Kirk Cousins to Redskins: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Ryan AlfieriCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 22:  Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans throws a pass in the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Spartan Stadium on October 22, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Badgers 37-31 on the final play of the game.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)
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With all of the talk going to the top three quarterbacks of this year's draft class, there lies a lot of intrigue with Kirk Cousins as a potential NFL starter. 

In his 39 starts for the Spartans, Cousins won 27 of them and set just about every meaningful record for a Michigan State quarterback, including 66 touchdown passes and over 9,000 passing yards. For all of the success Cousins enjoyed in college, there are many differing opinions as to how he projects at the NFL level.

Cousins throws a good ball with average arm strength, but under pressure, he tends to fold. However, he is very mobile and showed improved throwing mechanics at the Senior Bowl.

Here is what Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports had to say about Cousins:

Cousins is an ideal developmental West Coast Offense quarterback in most aspects, specifically when it comes to his ability to be functionally mobile from the snap and make short to intermediate throws with good timing. It will be no issue for him to adapt to "Sprint Right Option." The question is, as it was with Cam Newton and Christian Ponder last year: How much can an NFL team go on faith when it comes to mechanical fixes? 

To me, Cousins is still a year or two away from being a starter in the league. For now, he can be a solid backup, and with some proper coaching, can develop into a potential long-term starter, a la Kevin Kolb or Matt Flynn.

The Redskins add Kirk Cousins as a potentially quality backup to RGIII (and, ostensibly, Rex Grossman).  Under Mark D'Antonio at Michigan State, Cousins had a dominant career and is maybe the best QB in Spartan history.  Needless to say, he'll have to adjust.