A recent article on NFL network (yes they have good insight sometimes) brought to my attention a new perspective on the Kirk Cousins pick. I find it reasonable that Shanny wants insurance for his quaterback in this pass rush heavy NFC east. In the past two seasons NFC East QBs have missed a combined 17 games, plus Tony Romo's oft injured mid section this season.
I would believe that you all agree that a good back up that needs little development is better than the other projects at the spot we took Cousins. But what this article concerns isn't the faat we drafted a back up, but Shanahan's mindset on drafting a young one.
When thought is put into it, a man 3 years into a 5 year plan starts to draft players who he can trade down the road he probably intends to stay longer. If you look around at the entire team you see youth every where. This means Shanny doesn't plan on doing a quick "get in, get out" job on the Redskins, but in fact as you all say build a winner for years to come.
This can also relate to Dan Snyder. If any other FO trades away 2 first rounders and a second, preceded by two losing seasons marred by bad decisions then it's going to be a clean house suddenly. This could mean Snyder has, as we've all been thinking, maturing as an owner and regressing as a fan. He has bought into the Shanaplan and contrary to "professional" talking heads his seat isn't warming up.