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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

Kirk Cousins, #8

Michigan State

6'2", 214 lbs., 22 years old

Holland, MI

2011: 63.7%, 3,316 yards, 25 TD, 10 INT

2010: 66.9%, 2,825 yards, 20 TD, 10 INT

2009: 60.4%, 2,680 yards, 19 TD, 9 INT

2008: 74.4%, 310 yards, 2 TD, INT




- A well-documented leader of men for Michigan State throughout his time with the Spartans. Commands a huddle.

- Technically clean. No wasted movement. Possesses very good and quick feet. Quick delivery. Well trained and coached.

- Displayed confidence and poise down the stretch in two-minute scenarios with the game on the line.

- Athletic enough to get out of the pocket and make a play with his feet.



- Under duress he tends to not set his feet and just wing it at the target he's looking at. Led to some interceptions in his career.

- Can get caught in one-read tendencies from time to time.

- Only an average arm in terms of velocity.


Special Notes:

- Turns 23 in August


Projection: 2nd to 3rd round

- While Cousins may have some weaknesses to his game, he could be the type of natural leader a team identifies as someone they'd like as their quarterback. Perhaps a team that misses out on the Robert Griffin III sweepstakes will look to Cousins in the second round, or maybe even at the end of the first round with a trade back in to get him. His position could very well have him going in the top 32 picks.

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