2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 16, 2012 @ 15:15:44 PDT

 


Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins is the consummate game manager and is a safe pick in the 2012 NFL Draft as an eventual starter.

In 2011, he completed 63.7 percent of his passes (66.9 in 2010) for 3,316 yards. Cousins threw 25 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. He posted an efficiency rating of at least 142.6 in each of his four years as a Spartan.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
More than a game manager?

Strengths

  • Tough, gritty competitor
  • Extremely efficient
  • Three-time team captain - well-respected leader
  • Accurate when in the pocket
  • Experience in a pro-style offense in a major conference
  • Improved yardage and touchdown figures each of the last three years
  • Generally makes sound decisions with the football
  • Looks off safeties on vertical routes

Weaknesses

  • Has a tendency to double-clutch the ball
  • Really breaks down under duress - most of his mistakes come in the face of pressure
  • Below-average passer on the move
  • Questionable footwork - needs to improve his technique
  • Very average arm
  • Thin build (6-foot-2 5/8, 214 pounds)

Expected draft placement

Cousins is an uninspiring selection, but he should come off the board as early as the late second round and probably no later than the early fourth. We give him a solid third-round grade for a team looking to groom an eventual starter in a ball-control offense.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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