Redskins draft Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins

Did the Redskins make a mistake by drafting another QB after RG3?

4/30/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

April 28, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III shows off his new jersey and number to the press during the Redskins introduction of Robert Griffin III at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIREThe Washington Redskins didn't surprise anyone when they drafted former Baylor QB Robert Griffin III with the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

They did, however, raise some eyebrows when they drafted another QB, Michigan State product Kirk Cousins in the 4th round.

While there's no doubt that RG3 will be the starter from day 1, it might create a little unnecessary QB controversy.

Some people actually think that while Griffin is the bigger talent, Cousins might be more prepared to start immediately in an NFL offense.

Cousins has already been told that he's essentially a long term contingency plan, just in case anything happens to RG3.

RG3 actually supports the pick, and says he completely understands why the Redskins did it.

The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that the Redskins now have to develop two rookie quarterbacks, who play two entirely different styles. Will the Shanahans be able to properly develop both Griffin as the starter, AND Cousins as a viable backup?

Even if they're planning on trading Cousins sometime in the future, they'll have to somehow show that he's developing and has decent value.

Did the Redskins make a mistake by drafting another QB after their obvious franchise QB in RG3?
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5/1/12   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

given the situation the Redskins are in , the pick in of itself is questionable. However, if you stop and think about it, if Griffin works hard, how much of a threat does Cousins present? He'd have to stop caring at a Jamarcus Russell level to lose out on this position.

4/30/12   |   Nate   |   128 respect

I don't think that this pick by any means will create a quarterback controversy. Now I'm not sure it was a wise pick because you generally want your back up to play a similar style to your starter see Aaron Rodgers when backing up Brett Favre, but this was essentially a insurance card for the skins who have had a lot of QB problems in the past.

4/30/12   |   JenX63   |   32777 respect

Considering other positions needed filling far more than a backup qb? Yes! The idea that Cousins will be "developed", for future use/trade is absurd. I'm so very disappointed that the O/D lines were not added to with tangible players.

4/30/12   |   hskrdave   |   10672 respect

i think it's an idiotic pick unless they were drafting best player available.  

I hate you Snyder.

4/30/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Given RGIII's injury history I think its a great pick

4/30/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

IanThomas6 wrote:
So the Redskins are not expecting to hold on to RG3 for too long then.

^^ Ridiculous comment above! 

The Skins got Cousins at a great value. Yes, they need help at other positions, but they could not pass up 1) having insurance incase RG3 gets injured, 2) the opportunity to develop Cousins and trade him to a team in need of a starting QB.

You don't want to end up like the Colts, where an injured starting QB means the end of a franchise as we know it. You'd much rather be the Packers who had Rodgers soundly backed up by Flynn. 

All that said, I'm just playing devil's advocate. They should have drafted a different position.


4/30/12   |   IanThomas6   |   9 respect

So the Redskins are not expecting to hold on to RG3 for too long then.

4/30/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'll say it. I hope Cousins beats him out.