Ever since the Washington Redskins made a deal with the St. Louis Rams to acquire the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, everyone knew they were going to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins was another highly-touted passer. After Andrew Luck – who was taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 1 overall pick – and RG3, he was expected to be one of the next five or six quarterbacks to be drafted, which he was.
I just don’t think anyone expected this.
By this, in case you haven’t heard, I mean that I don’t think anyone expected Cousins to join, of all people, Mr. Griffin.
Heck, I would have been less surprised to have seen him go to the Colts, given the fact that they really don’t have any quality backups behind Luck, as evidenced by last year’s abysmal 1-15 season. Meanwhile, Washington has a few other quarterbacks on its roster, including a guy who has made an appearance in the Super Bowl, Rex Grossman.
But Cousins went to Washington? Seriously?
Yes, folks, I’m serious.
In my opinion, both Griffin and Cousins have the potential to be successful NFL signal callers. But for the latter to truly reach his full potential, he really needs to have some veteran influence – obviously not something that Griffin can provide him with.
So, to answer the question I posed in the title of this article, umm … no. It just doesn’t make sense.
If the Redskins really had no doubt that RG3 is their franchise quarterback, if they really thought that he was important enough to give up four draft picks (including three first-round choices and one second-round selection), then why would they also take Cousins just three rounds later?
I don’t know. According to head coach Mike Shanahan, he was just too good to pass up. But with plenty of talent remaining among the other offensive positions (specifically wide receiver, tight end, and running back), players who could have provided Griffin with more weapons, why would you select a quarterback, albeit one who shows promise? After all, he’s likely going to do nothing more than ride the pine.
The ‘Skins could have taken a page out of the Colts’ book and tried surrounding their young quarterback with young options in order to build rapport. Instead, they drafted someone who will only give him more competition and perhaps have him looking over his shoulder all season.
That’s not to say that they didn’t do some things right. They certainly strengthened their defense and their offensive line. However, when it comes to their playmakers, it really seems to be Santana Moss and everybody else, which is not a good thing.
I want to see both Griffin and Cousins have lengthy and productive professional careers as I am a fan of each, but for that to happen, one of them is going to have to go elsewhere sooner or later – unless Shanahan develops some sort of offense unlike any seen before.
With all that said, Washington did not make the worst pick of the draft. That honor goes to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected Bryan Anger in the third round.
Why is he such a bad pick? Well, I’ll let Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com take care of that explanation:
Bravo, Gene Smith. Bravo.
Other articles by Josh McKinney:
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Five Greatest Quarterback Busts in NFL History
Who Will Be the Better NFL Quarterback: Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III?