Scouting Report: Kirk Cousins – QB – Michigan St
Size: 6-3, 210
2009: 2680 yards, 60.4 comp %, 8.17 ypa, 19 TD, 9 INT
2010: 2825 yards, 66.9 comp %, 8.36 ypa, 20 TD, 10 INT
Strengths: Will be a 3 year starter in a pro-style offense when the 2012 draft rolls around which is a huge plus. He will impress at the combines and off-season work-outs with his maturity and leadership. Makes up for shaky accuracy with elite decision making, has only thrown 19 INT’s in 2 seasons. He stands tall and moves around confidently and instinctively in the pocket and has a very short and quick release. Kirk Cousins also demonstrates the ability to make all the NFL throws. When needed, Cousins can put a great amount of zip on the ball, while also being able to exhibit touch on his deep ball.
Weaknesses: Has the height, and the frame to carry more weight but needs to show he can put on about 15 more pounds and hold it. He doesn’t possess elite accuracy at any level down the field. His biggest flaw is the fact that he stares down receivers, as he often goes to his first or second read almost instantly without scanning the field.
Impression: He is never going to be the blue-chip QB prospect but the fact remains simple. If he can overcome the label he had as a game manager and get a big win over an elite defense (which he failed to do against Alabama) at least one team will fall in love with him enough to give him the first round grade he deserves.
NFL Comparison: Ryan Fitzpatrick/Drew Stanton
Draft Status: Fringe first round, early 2nd.