Dec 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) throws a pass against the New York Giants during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Could Kirk Cousins Be the Vikings Quarterback of the Future?

Johnny Manziel. Blake Bortles. Derek Carr. Teddy Bridgewater. These, my fellow Viking fans, are all common names being thrown around at the biggest question facing the Minnesota Vikings front office–Who will be the Vikings Quarterback of the future? But… What if the actual QB of the future is not one of those four? What if, right now, the Minnesota Vikings QB of the future is sitting on another roster waiting to be traded? If you didn’t catch it (pun intended) in the title, I am talking about the Washington Redskins very own Kirk Cousins.

Physically, Cousins fits the prototypical NFL QB mold, with a 6’3” 209 lb frame, and at age 25, he still has time to develop. Cousins came out of Michigan State, where he had a fantastic career highlighted by a 22-5 record over his final 2 years. He ended up being drafted with the 7th pick of the 4th round (107th overall) in the 2012 NFL draft—The same year that the Redskins chose a man by the name of Robert Griffin III. Because of this, Cousins has rode the bench for the last 2 years for the most part, but has gotten the chance to start a total of 4 games both in 2012 (due to an RG3 injury) and 2013 (after Washington’s coaching staff decided to shut down the injury-prone and struggling RG3 for the rest of the season).

In his 4 career starts, Cousins has shown a lot of potential that he can be a franchise QB, specifically in week 15 of both 2012 and 2013 (I’m thinking he should wear #15?) in which he combined to complete 55 of 82 passes (67%) for 710 yards with 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, while showing that he is very accurate, good under pressure, can occasionally move the chains with his legs, and that he can throw a beautiful deep ball. While he has had plenty of highlights in his short career, he has also displayed a level of inconsistency, combining to complete only 40 of 85 passes (47%) for 366 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions in his other two starts while struggling with a mix of poor decision-making, indecisiveness, and drops.

If Norv Turner is indeed added as the Offensive Coordinator, which seems very, very likely at this point, he will undoubtedly be looking for someone who can throw the deep ball, which Cousins has shown time and time again that slinging it is one of his best attributes. Norv Turner is also regarded as one of the best young QB-developers in the NFL, and would have a great chance to live up to this reputation with Cousins.

Another benefit of trading for Cousins is that, since he has been in the league for 2 years now, he will have less of a development time than any QB in the upcoming draft, which would be fantastic news for the soon-to-be 29 year-old Adrian Peterson who may not have enough gas left in the tank to wait for a rookie to develop.

Now we get to the good part, what would it take to get Cousins? Mike Shanahan can be quoted on ESPN 980 saying “If he lights it up, hey, maybe we can bring a first-round draft choice back to this organization”. Keep in mind, this was before Cousins finished the season with two back-to-back stinkers in weeks 16 and 17, and even if he had lit it up, a first rounder could be a stretch. We are probably looking at something like a 3rd rounder for Cousins, and considering the way that Spielman drafts outside of the first two rounds, this, in my opinion, is definitely worth the gamble.

Feel free to leave your opinions in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @jackmack28 letting me know your opinions.


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  • Don

    Too many backups already

  • Tommy Tyler

    good idea!!!!!! didnot think of him.. vikings probably would not get a top qb in draft anyway..all your points are good ones.

  • Nation

    Kirk Cousins did not win the Rose Bowl. I’d love to have him. But lets not inflate his resume. We already dealt with George O’Leary.

    • jackmack28

      You’re right, my mistake. It has been fixed.

  • Daniel Laxen

    I still don’t see any pun intended or otherwise. Please enlighten us? “Could Kirk Cousins Be the Vikings QB of the Future?…Yeah, I don’t see a pun there? Pass, he looks spotty at best. we have at best spotty QBs now!

    • jackmack28

      It was a joke, I said “in case you didn’t catch it”. The pun was suppose to be about the “catch it” part.

  • 3kolu

    I can sit here all day and criticize your vote for Cousins. However, there are positives and negatives to tossing a 3rd rounder at the Deadskins for Cousins. In the end, I believe Norv is going to have a huge part in who will be behind center next year, Duh. But, I really believe that Spielman has conceded that his main issue is evaluating QB talent. The Vikings could also make a play for Ryan Mallet who has a similar plight to that of Aaron Rodgers and the Pats may part with him rather than lose him for nothing in FA next year.

  • Mike Bridges

    Why wouldn’t the Vikings get a top QB in the Draft? At #8 they will cuz only 4 teams ahead of them will take a QB.

    • jackmack28

      There are arguably only 4 1st round worthy QBs, and being that there are 4 possibly 5 QB-needy teams ahead of the Vikings, there is a good chance that we wont land a top QB, and even if we do, it would most likely be the worst prospect of the 4. However, if we were to trade up its a whole different story.

  • Eric Klitzke

    give them a 3rd rounder and ponder….

  • David Mallow

    He is not a bad QB and with Norv developing him I think it will work out extremely well…… They do have an extra 3rd rounder to make this happen…. Draft best player available no matter the position. Sign Verner, Shields , Michael Johnson, and Decker in free agency