Why The Redskins Drafted Kirk Cousins
After trading a three first round picks and a second rounder to acquire the No. 2 overall pick to draft Baylor quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III, it is clear that RG3 is the future for the Redskins. So why would the Redskins draft another quarterback a couple of rounds later? Well the answer is clear.
Citing depth as the main factor for selecting Cousins, the Redskins are thinking a little deeper than depth here. If you look at what New England did with Matt Cassel, Houston with Matt Schaub, Philadelphia with Kevin Kolb, Green Bay with Matt Flynn, you will see that in addition to grooming a capable backup, you can also build trade value for the future.
Then there is always the chance that Cousins ends up being a better pro than Griffin. While it is unlikely at this point, it is hard to predict the future. There is always a risk involved when making draft picks and we have seen some crazy things happen. If the Redskins drafted two quarterbacks that they think will both be quality players, there is a good chance that between the two of them - they found their quarterback of the future. If that ends up being the case, it was a great reason for a team that has struggled to find a capable starter for years to draft two quarterbacks in the draft this year.
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