I have already heard three analysts on ESPN this morning freak out about the Washington Redskins drafting Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. Ron Jaworski even went so far as to say it will create an “unnecessary quarterback controversy”.
The last time I checked Washington traded a lot to move up to get Robert Griffin III as THE SECOND OVERALL PICK in the entire draft. While I dislike the Cousins selection for other more practical reasons (they have other needs) the idea that this pick is somehow a slight at Griffin is ridiculous. The idea here is not to light a fire under RG3, but instead to have a cerebral back-up quarterback who will not be as hindered by a lack of reps as other players. As a Wisconsin resident, I have seen Kirk in the Big Ten the last few seasons and I have never been anything but impressed. He doesn’t have the biggest arm in the world, but Cousins is a big time competitor and a great football mind. I think Kirk will get a shot as a starter down the road somewhere in the NFL after he proves himself on the practice field, in the pre-season, and possibly in relief of an injured Griffin.
It is analysis like this that makes ESPN the worldwide leader in over-reactions. On the other end of the spectrum the NFL network is…oh, they’re saying that too.