The Washington Redskins‘ front office is looking smarter by the day for taking Kirk Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. Many speculated, especially myself, that the Redskins could have taken a right tackle like Bobby Massie at that point in the draft, filling a giant hole on the Washington offensive line.
Fast-forward a year and Mike Shanahan has reason to feel smug on this one, with that theme continuing as Cousins went 6-for-7 in his preseason outing against the Tennessee Titans Thursday night.
Cousins has more than justified his draft position and the timing of it. Even though the Redskins were short on draft picks in 2012, it turned out that the Skins didn’t have nearly as many holes as feared. The offensive line rounded out really well with some lesser-known guys like center Will Montgomery. Alfred Morris emerged as a sixth-round gem and Jim Haslett managed to paste together a rag-tag secondary that didn’t completely kill the team. And of course the Shanahans’ offensive scheme set the league off-balance.
Cousins cousins delivered when called upon, ripping the Cleveland Browns to shreds when Griffin missed time down the stretch last season. Washington may very well need Cousins to step up more than once this September.
“I was really pleased with Kirk in the preseason. I was really pleased when he took advantage of the opportunity when he played against Cleveland,” Shanahan said, via the team website. “But more importantly, it was how he prepares and how he looks at the game.”