Overlooked Kirk Cousins Has Studied His Way to the Top of the Game

January 7, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The winner of a contest to announce the first of the Redskins' two fourth-round picks in 2012 took the microphone.
"With the 102nd pick in the draft," Bridget Dowd said, "the Washington Redskins select Kirk Cousins, quarterback, Michigan State."
And the Cousins family room in Holland, Michigan, went silent.
Completely silent. 
Damn silent.
Cousins and his family did not expect he would slip out of the second round, let alone the third. They did not think seven quarterbacks would be taken ahead of him, including one, Nick Foles, whom Cousins had beaten out at Michigan State. They dreamt that one of the quarterback-needy teams that had expressed interest in him—maybe the Cardinals, the Bills or the Eagles—would have taken him and made him the future of the franchise.
Most of all, they never suspected he would be taken by a team that had used the second pick in the draft on another quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
If it was any consolati...

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