Originally written on Zone Blitz  |  Last updated 5/1/12
Why are people feeling sorry for Kirk Cousins? Why do people think his selection by the Washington Redskins was controversial? The Redskins thought he was a value in the fourth round so they took him. Cousins may be a backup. Or Robert Griffin III could be a flop. Then Washington has a backup plan in place. Look no further than 1994, the year Washington drafted both Heath Shuler and Gus Frerotte to see that it’s not unheard of for the unheralded guy to end up better than the big shot. Or, as a commenter in a National Football League Post column pointed out, the 1971 draft when the Houston Oilers selected both Dan Pastorini and Lynn Dickey. Both had long careers, but Dickey arguably outperformed Pastorini over the long haul after he got his shot with Green Bay. They did what I would always be looking to do if I was the general manager of an NFL team: They found a mid-to-late round value at quarterback whom they can develop. If he turns out to be the next Tom Brady, great. The Redskin...
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