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Redskins Draft Cousins, Robinson In Fourth

Posted Apr 28, 2012

The Redskins surprised by drafting Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins with their first pick in the fourth round. Later in the fourth round, the Redskins added Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson.


The Redskins entered the third day of the NFL Draft with two picks in the fourth round, at No. 102 and No. 109.

They traded the No. 109 pick, acquiring the Pittsburgh Steelers' 119th pick and a sixth-rounder pick.

Here are each of the Redskins' fourth-round picks:

-- KIRK COUSINS, QB, MICHIGAN STATE
Fourth Round, No. 102 overall

The Redskins selected Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the NFL Draft.

Cousins, 6-2 and 215 pounds, was a three-year starter for the Spartans. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 9,131 yards, 66 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his college career.

As a senior last year, he completed 267-of-419 passes for 3,316 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He earned second team All-Big 10 honors.

Cousins played for the North squad at the Senior Bowl. (The Redskins coached the South squad.) In the game, he completed 5-of-11 passes for 115 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

According to draft prospect analysis by NFL.com, Cousins has "all the intangibles necessary for an NFL quarterback...The fact that he was a three-year captain will be highly regarded by NFL general managers.

"He is an accurate and safe thrower who knows how to pick his spots. He is a good athlete who can make plays on the run, but is not going to run past many NFL defenders. A safe pick as a backup option."

Other pro scouts suggested that Cousins' best fit would be in a West Coast offense, which the Redskins run under Mike and Kyle Shanahan.

Cousins was named a team captain each of the last three years with the Spartans.

The Redskins, of course, drafted Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the draft.

Griffin is sure to emerge as the Redskins' long-term starter, but Cousins provides a young, developmental prospect who should grow into a backup role.

-- KEENAN ROBINSON, LB, TEXAS
Fourth Round, No. 119 overall

The Redskins selected Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson in the fourth round (119th overall) of the NFL Draft.

Robinson, 6-3 and 240 pounds, was a two-year starter for the Longhorns, finishing his college career with 297 tackles (including 22.5 for a loss), 5.5 sacks, two interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

As a senior in 2011, Robinson posted 106 tackles (including 10 for a loss), one sack, two forced fumbles and a career-best seven pass break-ups.

Robinson played both inside and outside linebacker at Texas and that versatility will make him valuable in the NFL.

His ability as a coverage linebacker certainly intrigued the Redskins, as well as his ability to play special teams.

According to draft prospect analysis by NFL.com, Robinson "works well in space to position himself to make a play and is a quick mover off the snap. He is at his best when working towards the outside of offensive tackles and getting through to the backfield to run down ball carriers.

"He has the natural speed to play casually and run down players in space, and can pass set and cover tight ends with ease."

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