After Taking Robert Griffin III, Redskins Also Add QB Kirk Cousins
The Washington Redskins took Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins with their first of two fourth-round picks in the NFL Draft on Saturday, adding another quarterback after having previously drafted Baylor’s Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall pick on Thursday.
Cousins, a 6-foot-2, 214-pound pro-style quarterback, was a three-year starter for the Spartans who completed 267 of his 419 passes, 63.7 percent, for 3,316 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior. He holds the school records for completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense, and his 27 wins as a starter are the most in school history. He also served as a team captain his final three years.
By selecting both Griffin and Cousins, the Redskins became the first team since 1989 to take two quarterbacks in the first four rounds of the draft. They also have Rex Grossman, the starter for much of last year, as well as John Beck and Jonathan Crompton, on the roster.
The Redskins selected SMU left guard Josh LeRibeus on Friday with the 71st selection. At the time of Cousins’ selection, they also have an additional fourth-round pick – the No. 109 choice, acquired in 2010 from Oakland in exchange for quarterback Jason Campbell – and will have one fifth-round, one sixth-round and two seventh-round picks.