On Saturday morning, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer suggested that quarterback Kirk Cousins will be a starter within a few years. Dilfer may want to revise that prediction now.
The Redskins picked Cousins with the 102nd pick in the 2012 draft, exactly 100 selections after Washington picked Robert Griffin III. The move comes 18 years after the Redskins selected Heath Shuler with the third overall pick, and Gus Frerotte at 197.
Actually, if history repeats itself in the place from which most American history emanates, maybe Cousins will be the starter. After all, Frerotte ended up supplanting an ineffective Shuler.
Yes, it’s highly unlikely that it will happen with Cousins and Griffin. But not as unlikely as it would have seemed in 1994, when Shuler was the can’t-miss prospect and Frerotte was the seventh-round afterthought.
In the short term, the decision to add Cousins is bad news for John Beck, who’ll almost certainly be cut. It also makes the ground under Rex Grossman’s feet a bit shakier.