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Mike Mayock in 2016: 'I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future'

Mike Mayock in 2016: 'I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future'

A widely respected talent evaluator, NFL Network's Mike Mayock offered a strong receomendation of Kirk Cousins in 2016. Suddenly, that's a lot more interesting. 

"I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future and I think a lot of that is philosophically, he aligns perfectly with what Jay Gruden wants to do. So yeah I do believe he’s the guy."

Mayock's comments came on a conference call with reporters prior to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. At that time, remember, there was some question if Cousins could repeat his stellar 2015 performance. Eventually, those questions led Cousins to play the 2016 season on the franchise tag, as he and the Redskins were unable to get a long-term deal done. 

A year later, Cousins is again signed to a franchise tag, this time for $24 million and questions remain if the team and the quarterback can get a multi-year deal done. Cousins more than proved himself in 2016, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and almost getting the Redskins in the playoffs for a second straight season. 

Mayock's comments come under brighter lights now as reports of his candidacy for the Redskins vacant general manager job circulate.

Should Mayock get the job, it's important to know he believes in the Redskins passer. Perhaps that could help in getting a long-term deal done. Perhaps.

More Mayock on Cousins:

"I think the result is that we only have 10 or 12 franchise quarterbacks. We don’t take the time to develop them. So this kid got some time and then he got a head coach that believed in him, Jay Gruden, and what he does well matches up with what Jay Gruden wants to do. So I think it was the confluence of a smart, tough kid, along with a coach that believed in him and an offense that fits him and he’s taken advantage of it."

(h/t Redskins.com)

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

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Redskins draft oft-injured Auburn CB Joshua Holsey with their final pick

The Redskins haven't shied away from using draft picks on players with an injury history, and that trend continued all the way to their final pick of the draft with Auburn CB Joshua Holsey.

Holsey missed parts of the 2013 and 2015 seasons at Auburn due to torn ACLs, but rebounded with a strong season in 2016. He had 30 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended in his senior season.

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He was overlooked through most of the draft process due to his injury history and was snubbed at the combine. 

The seventh round is a spot to take a flier on a guy who has some traits you like, and this certainly fits the bill with the pick of Joshua Holsey. 

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All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

All or nothing? Redskins roll dice on 7th-round safety with lots of talent

With two picks in the seventh round, the Redskins rolled the dice and selected Josh Harvey-Clemons. A safety from Louisville that started his career at Georgia, Harvey-Clemons was a five star recruit out of high school that eventually left Georgia due to multiple positive drug tests.

His junior year at Louisville, however, was a breakout season for Harvey-Clemons. Here are three things to know:

  1. Testing - At Georgia, Harvey-Clemons dealt with multiple suspensions for marijuana. That had a major impact on his draft status, and will have the eyes of the NFL watching him on the next level.
  2. Size - Harvey-Clemons has the size to play safety in the NFL, or maybe even more of a hybrid role like Su'a Cravens as a rookie. He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 217 lbs. NFL.com describes him with an "alpha mentality."
  3. Keep it together - After sitting out a transfer year, Harvey-Clemons played well at Lousville for two seasons. He logged more than 140 tackles and took ACC conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Whatever problems he had early in his college career (cough pot cough) he controlled at Louisville. If that continues, Harvey Clemons could have a chance at making the Redskins roster.

Simply put? The Redskins rolled the dice on a kid with good size and tackling ability who had problems with marijuana early in his college career. A lot of college students have problems smoking marijuana early in their college career. In the 7th round, this seems like a good gamble.

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