Jason Reid, a sports columnist with the Washington Post, defends Mike Shanahan’s decision to draft quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round, even though they got their supposed franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Reid points out that Cousins is the winningest quarterback in Michigan State history. And, as Shanahan stated to the press during the draft, the Redskins, “have to have depth to win.” Reid’s thinking is right in line with Shanahan’s – a team must have a good backup quarterback on hand at all times due to the unpredictable nature of the NFL. Does anyone remember a journeyman by the name of Kurt Warner?
So while it was puzzling to so many NFL pundits when the Redskins called Cousins’ name, at the very least, the move signaled the thudding conclusion of the brief but disastrous Rex Grossman/John Beck era. And if Shanahan’s instincts are correct about Cousins and he ends up being a very good backup quarterback, the Redskins have the ability to trade him for a draft pick.