It's official. The Washington Redskins have selected Michigan State's Kirk Cousins with the 102nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In doing so, John Beck became completely unnecessary in the team's plans going forward, and thus, he was released shortly after the pick was finalized.
That's a tough break for Beck. The one time Miami Dolphins starting QB has never really found his game at the NFL level and this is just another setback in an admittedly lackluster career. I wish him well, he always seemed like a decent guy, just not a decent QB.
Kirk Cousins, however, was a three-year starter at Michigan State. According to the NFL.com Draft analysis on Cousins, his pros include having all the intangibles necessary for an NFL QB. He's been a productive starter at the college level, and is an accuarte thrower who can make plays on the run. Basically, he was considered a safe pick as a backup QB.
His cons, however, include things such as: Being a game manager. A guy who makes good decisions with the ball, but hasn't shown he can make the big plays needed to move his offense down the field and win games for the team. He will need talent around him to succeed.
If I may, I'd like to argue the cons offered about this young man. What's wrong with being a game manager? Don't you want a guy who can manage the game, keep things even and under control? Someone who makes smart decisions and doesn't take a bunch of wild chances when you least need mistakes?
And needing talent around him to succeed? That's a very vague, cop-out like statement to make about any QB. Without talent around them, QB's wouldn't be worth a damn. It helps if your QB is a thoroughbred like Manning or Brady for sure, but teams have found plenty of success with lesser talent at the position.
This is a good pick for the Skins moving forward. It will be interesting to see what the team does with him once they get him in camp.
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