Thursday, May 3, 2012

QB Controversy in DC?

Ever since the Redskins selected Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round of the NFL draft this past weekend, Washington fans around the globe have been claiming that there is a controversy brewing in DC.

First of all, those people are the reason there are quarterback controversies to begin with! The Redskins make a move and they start talking and creating their own rumors.

Personally, I don't disagree with the player they selected. I do, however, disagree with the POSITION that they selected.

Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback with a bright future on any other team. He was a three year captain for the Spartans and saw playing time his freshman year on campus. If anyone can play quarterback, it's him. If anything, the Redskins have done him and his career an injustice by picking him.

BUT...there were bigger needs for the Redskins than a back-up quarterback. They could have turned to the defensive side of the ball and selected cornerback Brandon Boykin or linebacker Ronnell Lewis.

Another dimension to this is what they can do with Cousins further down the road. Let's be realistic, he may not be a Washington Redskin this time next year. Let me explain...

Let's say the Chiefs, Raiders, and Cardinals are shopping for a quarterback that can run a spread/west coast offense. Kirk Cousins has plenty of experience running an offense like that. The Redskins currently don't have a first round draft pick next year, they could attempt to trade Cousins for a draft pick.

What if Robert Griffin III doesn't pan out (don't hurt me for saying that!!)? Then what? Turn to Rex Grossman? At least now the Redskins won't have to wait another year to draft ANOTHER quarterback. They will already have one.

The move to draft Kirk Cousins was certainly an eye popping one. To sum up my feelings: I don't think they drafted the wrong PLAYER, I think they drafted the wrong POSITION.


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