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Kirk Cousins helps stock by throwing at Combine

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The quarterbacks that didn’t throw at the Scouting Combine Sunday made a lot of news. That left a vacuum for someone from the “second tier” of quarterback prospects to step up.

That someone turned out to be Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins.

Both Russ Lande of the Sporting News and Tony Pauline of SI.com both write that Cousins had the best day of any quarterback at Lucas Oil Field. Mike Mayock of NFL Network also remarked many times how good Cousins looked throwing the ball.

Cousins is generally viewed as a mid-round pick, a backup-type that comes from a pro-style offense at Michigan State. Cousins was better in college than Brian Hoyer of the Patriots, who has developed into a promising player in New England.

Perhaps Cousins’ choice to actually throw  at the Combine will actually make him some money. Imagine that.

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27 Responses to “Kirk Cousins helps stock by throwing at Combine”
  1. eaglez10 says: Feb 26, 2012 9:50 PM

    Sounds like a good back up maybe a potential starter in 2 or 3 years

  2. realitypolice says: Feb 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    Perhaps Cousins’ choice to actually throw at the Combine will actually make him some money. Imagine that.
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    If that was intended as some sort of dig at the guys that didn’t throw, it kind of makes the opposite point-

    Those who stand to gain something by throwing should, those who don’t shouldn’t.

    And I bet if you asked 32 GMs today how many spots Cousins actually moved up solely through his workout today, most would say not much.

  3. dondada10 says: Feb 26, 2012 9:58 PM

    I saw somewhere that he was being compared to Andy Dalton. I don’t see it. Cousins was never overly impressive in the Big 10, which is a bit more challenging than a drill or two.

  4. lolb23 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:04 PM

    Watched this guy for 4 years. He might make an ok back up. Don’t expect him to go until the 5th earliest.

  5. mattbaehr says: Feb 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    He worked with Weinke at IMG just like Cam Newton did last year. I think he does a good job of getting those QBs ready.

  6. fatfreddystubbs says: Feb 26, 2012 10:13 PM

    @realitypolice,

    Exactly. Luck and Griffin already made their money. Despite the fact that he looks like he’s in 9th grade, Rosenthal seems like a bright guy, but the last line of that article was just dumb.

  7. tigers182 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:21 PM

    Cousins has everything an NFL team is looking for. Size, build, accuracy, arm strength, as good of a leader as you’ll find. But I guess that doesn’t matter if he wasn’t a dominate Big 10 qb. Right Tom Brady and Drew Brees?

  8. zingo1978 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:28 PM

    dondada10 says:
    Feb 26, 2012 9:58 PM
    I saw somewhere that he was being compared to Andy Dalton. I don’t see it. Cousins was never overly impressive in the Big 10, which is a bit more challenging than a drill or two.

    Man, you must never have watched an MSU game. He led MSU to the best record over a 4 year period in the schools history. Co-Big 10 Champs last year, played In the Championship game this year and basically lost on the last play of the game to WI. Oh yeah, also beat Georgia in the Outback Bowl and ended up as MSU”s career leader in:

    Pass Yardage
    TD”s
    Wins
    Completions
    Completion Percentage
    Total Offense

    He also finished in the Top 10 in the History of the Big 10 for:
    Completion Percentage
    Efficiency
    Passing Yards
    TD”s

    Pretty unimpressive……

  9. profootballwalk says: Feb 26, 2012 10:30 PM

    He played two full seasons plus played in five games the previous year. They have game film of every down. Are we supposed to believe that scouts saw something when he threw in shorts against no defense that they didn’t already know?

    The combine exists for measurements and interviews. For some guys, they have to show their timed speed. That’s it. No one wants to draft the next Mike Mamula.

  10. shieldsisland37 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:36 PM

    I live a block from state and have watched this kid alot. He looks the part, and is a competitor. However, with all the receiving talent he had, its shocking he did not win more games.

    This is the kind of kid who could go either way. Have him be a 2 for a few years, and maybe he takes his big shot and runs with it. Or maybe he never quite takes the next step.

    Either way, he is a good kid and he will make a great backup with starter upside.

    Solid late round pick and he deserves it.

  11. Soulman45 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:00 PM

    Someone will draft Cousins and have a good player to groom what happen to Brady and Rogers coach him up.

  12. tigers182 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    ” I live a block from state and have watched this kid alot. He looks the part, and is a competitor. However, with all the receiving talent he had, its shocking he did not win more games.” He’s 22-3 the last 2 years.

  13. linder10 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    Gonna be a surprise for the team that picks him up. Obviously, not a first year starter, but he will be a guy who eventually emerges when the starter is booed off the field, injured, or plays pathetic. He’ll step up and take over and win. Will a be a steal if he falls really late in the draft. Keep your eyes on him.

  14. cliffordc05 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:38 PM

    Attention Mayock and Rosenthal:
    Mid to late round picks should throw at the combine because they have little or nothing to lose. Don’t get your panties in a bunch because Luck and Griffin didn’t throw. The combine is not being conducted for the benefit of the so called professional press.

  15. dryzzt23 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    If Cousins came from an SEC school, the talking heads would gush about him like crazy but since he’s from a Big 10 school they have a ho-hum attitude toward him

  16. shieldsisland37 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:50 PM

    Your right, I just looked and they have only lost 5 games the past 2 years. All of those loses were against ranked opponents. So really, not bad. Its just around here, after a big loss, everyone sulks for a long time. So beating up on Purdont is not something that really impresses us or leaves an impression. My bad.

  17. jessethegreat says: Feb 27, 2012 12:31 AM

    Perhaps he’s Coach Mccarthy’s next pupil in Green Bay Packers Quarterback Class?

  18. newguy925 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:48 AM

    He consistently improved at State, his biggest issue was playing in hostile stadiums (Iowa, Nebraska). As a MSU fan I think he’s a career back up that might leak into the back of the 3rd. I see the similarity to Dalton, but I wasn’t that impressed by Dalton this year. The measure of a QB isn’t beating only sub 500 teams.

    I don’t expect a big pro career from Cousins, but I remember half the state thinking Drew Henson was better than 6th rounder Tom Brady. You never know.

  19. nflsucker says: Feb 27, 2012 3:00 AM

    Obviously, not a first year starter, but he will be a guy who eventually emerges when the starter is booed off the field, injured, or plays pathetic. He’ll step up and take over and win. Will a be a steal if he falls really late in the draft. Keep your eyes on him.
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  20. gator2006 says: Feb 27, 2012 3:00 AM

    He’s got the moxie. I like him. I like him a lot.

  21. wryly1 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:29 AM

    Saw the majority of games Cousins started at MSU. While he is fundamentally sound, intelligent and makes few mistakes, he is simply not a playmaker and only has an average arm.

  22. tundey says: Feb 27, 2012 5:53 AM

    Your last line makes me question just how much you know about the NFL.

  23. tomcous says: Feb 27, 2012 7:01 AM

    Anyone who says that he was unimpressive is talking-blind! … Kirk has game and I’m betting goes no lower than the 4th round.

    My take on Mayock’s statements and Rosenthals for that matter, is to chide future prospects into actually using the combine to showcase their talents.

    Anyone who has game and is in line for a job that pays in the millions, should be well ready to actually show-up to their interview to showcase ALL of their talents.

  24. oldbyrd says: Feb 27, 2012 8:38 AM

    Wouldn”t it great to see him go the NFL and be better than Luck and III ? Tom Brady????

  25. gmen1987 says: Feb 27, 2012 10:21 AM

    If I was a QB and Maykock is singing praises of me, I would be scared about my career in the NFL.

  26. bensawesomeness says: Feb 27, 2012 10:38 AM

    As a MSU student, and one who may not necessarily know alot about the NFL , i’ll say this and be on my way

    Kirk Cousins knows how to win games. He’s been on those game-winning drives with 2 minutes left, inspires his team to know he’s going to get the job done, and more often than not, gets it done. Over his last 2 years, the Spartans have only lost 4
    games, largely because Kirk had the ball. He’s smart, has alot of intangibles, and frankly is pretty darn good. Can he start the 2012 season? no. Would he benifit from sitting behind a veteran and getting a few years to soak up the knowledge and time to mature? hell yes.

    5 years from now, he has what it takes to start on a NFL squad

  27. zn0rseman says: Feb 27, 2012 10:41 AM

    dondada10 says:

    I don’t see it. Cousins was never overly impressive in the Big 10, which is a bit more challenging than a drill or two.
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    Spoken like a moron SEC fan. Must be nice playing every bowl game at home.

    I agree with the chorus of other posts in that Cousins is underrated and if he had played in the SEC analysts would be gushing over him and calling him a sure-fire day one selection.

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