ESPN recently shared survey results from NFL executives, coaches, and scouts that decided Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings is currently not a top-10 quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been receiving a lot of praise from the public during the last few days thanks to being featured in the recently released "Quarterback" docuseries from Netflix.
Despite all of the praise, however, the national media didn't waste much time bringing Cousins back down to earth.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has been sharing NFL positional group rankings that are based on the results of a survey given to multiple league executives, coaches, and scouts. On Monday, Fowler released the top 10 quarterback rankings, and unfortunately, Cousins was not selected as one of the 10 best signal-callers in the NFL heading into the 2023 season.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins named an honorable mention on ESPN's Top 10 QB list for 2023
Landing in the top spot on the list, to no one's surprise, was Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, followed by Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson, Trevor Lawrence, Dak Prescott, and Matthew Stafford.
Instead of earning a Top-10 ranking, the coaches, executives, and scouts listed Cousins as an honorable mention along with Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, Derek Carr, and Tua Tagovailoa.
On Cousins, Fowler shared a comment from one anonymous AFC executive who said that "you can poke holes in [Cousins'] game, and many do, but he's talented, he's accurate, and he wins."
Is there a quarterback in the top 10 that Cousins should be ranked higher than? The case can certainly be made that the current Minnesota signal-caller should be ranked ahead of Precott and Stafford, but the people filling out the survey clearly felt differently.
So now, Cousins will just have to go out and prove people wrong in 2023, just as he has during his entire NFL career.