The Redskins’ decision to take Kirk Cousins in the 4th round, even though they had already traded up to get a quarterback, Robert Griffin, in the 1st round, was one met with public scrutiny. Many argued that Griffin’s confidence would be shaken by the Redskins adding another quarterback that early. However, those critics might be shut up by today’s story that Griffin knew the Redskins were planning on taking another quarterback.
Griffin said in an interview with the Washington Post today that they told him after day 1 that they were going to take another quarterback and that he knows there is no competition for the starting job and that Cousins will be nothing but a backup. Cousins is only a threat to backup Rex Grossman if anyone. Those two will duke it out for the primary backup job with the veteran Grossman having the edge. Griffin will be the unquestioned week 1 starter.
The only criticism you can make of that pick is that the Redskins might have been better served getting Griffin a complimentary player rather than a backup, especially since they gave up their 2nd round pick and their 1st round picks in 2013 and 2014 to get him. Cousins might have been so good of a value in the 4th round that even that argument is invalid, especially if the Redskins are able to flip him in a trade for a higher draft pick in the future. Cousins was projected by many to go in the 2nd or 3rd round.