It looks like Kirk Cousins will remain a member of the Washington Redskins. At least for now.
Just want to reiterate, Browns were rebuffed by Skins on Kirk Cousins offer. All parties (incl. RG3) would welcome trade, except Bruce Allen
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 13, 2014
The Redskins drafted Cousins with the seventh choice in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Michigan State. At the time it caused a stir, but Mike Shanahan, the team’s head coach at the time, was quick to make his preference known.
“Any time you get a quarterback like Robert in the second pick of a draft … he’s your franchise quarterback,” Shanahan said. “He’s the starter. Period,” he would add.
And that makes sense. The scouting profile on Cousins was “a safe pick as a backup option … who will need talent around him to succeed.” So what’s the upside?
Over the past decade, there have been nine quarterbacks taken in the fourth round. Just one (Kyle Orton) became his team’s main option at quarterback, starting 70 of 75 games over eight years and throwing for 15,019 yards, 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions for a 79.9 rating. Two others hung around the league for eight years (Luke McCown and Brad Smith) but had just 33 starts combined. They posted a passer Rating of 68.3 and 50.4, respectively.
If we limit the time frame to production in years three through five (Cousins will be in this third year as a pro in 2014), the results are less encouraging.
We can even widen our search to any non first-round quarterback drafted out of the Big Ten over the past 10 years and still not get results any more encouraging.
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The bottom line is this: Cousins is likely, at best, a backup quarterback who is easily replaceable through the draft, free agency or via the waiver wire.