Why The Redskins Drafted Kirk Cousins

It was shocking at first and seemed downright illogical, but after further though it makes perfect sense as to why the Washington Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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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  1. I had the same take on the Cousins acquisition as you did. They're either hedging their bets and investing in future trade bait or they've got insurance of some sort should RG3 fail to produce for some unforeseen reason.

    This is not a bad move. It may have startled the mock draft experts, but let's be honest, mock drafts are stupid.

    1. It seems to me that everybody is proclaiming Cousins as a work in progress to develop as the next Matt Cassel. I think that gives the Redskins too much credit. It is much simpler than that -- after last year they don't like the idea of Grossman being the starter or the backup. And who can blame them?

    2. Love this idea , what if 3 gets hurt you dont want another gross rexmann year