The Washington Redskins used their first pick in the fourth round on quarterback Kirk Cousins from Michigan State. Even though the Redskins made their big move to pick Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the draft, the Redskins organization decided to bring in another QB. Not many expected Washington to return to the quarterback position in the draft, but Cousins does represent value at this spot in the draft. Whether they will keep Cousins as insurance for RG III or use him as trade bait down the line is unknown.
Cousins is scouted as an accurate passer who excels in the short an intermediate game. He was a three-year captain at Michigan State and has high character marks. Some of the knocks are in the long game and not allowing the big play to develop. Some question the arm strength and there is talk about improving his footwork and his ability to make passes on the move.
A curious pick by the Redskins, although assuredly Mike Shanahan will have an explanation.