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Twice as nice: Redskins draft MSU QB Kirk Cousins

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Twice as nice: Redskins draft MSU QB Kirk Cousins

The Redskins loved drafting a quarterback so much this year, they did so, twice.With the first of two fourth-round selections, the Redskins selected Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins with the 102nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.The 6-foot-3 Cousins threw for 3,316 yards with25 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions while completing 63.7 percent of his passes last season for the Spartans. In three seasons as a starter,the three-year captaintossed 64 touchdown passes and completed over 60 percent of his throws each season.Some draft analysts projected Cousins as a second-round selection. While he makes for a nice value in the fourth round, the selection is initially curious considering the assets the Redskins gave up to acquire Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick. Now RG3 and Cousins will become a brother in arms as Redskins quarterbacks with veterans Rex Grossman and John Beck still on the roster.
Pro Football Weekly notesCousinshas "rare intangibles and leadership ability. Can rally a huddle and inspire a locker room when the chips are down. Outstanding work habits. Can line up and direct an offense knows the responsibility of every player on the field."PFW's overall summary: "Has the intangibles and intelligence to develop into a highly efficient, dink-and-dunk, rhythm passer. Resemblance to 49ers QB Alex Smith and must continue developing physically to survive the toll of an NFL season. Could thrive with crisp coaching and confidence-building play-calling in a precision passing game such as that of the Texans, Redskins, Patriots or 49ers."

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NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

NFL Draft 2017: First round talent, but injuries explain Fabian Moreau's third round selection by Redskins

On the field, Fabian Moreau makes plays from his cornerback slot that translate to the NFL game. Staying on the field has been a different matter though. 

In five seasons at UCLA, Moreau dealt with his fair share of adversity. He took a medical redshirt year in 2015, suffering a Lisfranc injury three games into the year. More devestating to his draft status, however, was an injury suffered during his Pro Day in late March. Moreau tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights.

For many, that injury caused his slip from a possible fringe first rounder to Washington's prize with the 81st pick. It's possible Moreau will be back from injury by the time training camp opens, but it seems likely he begins the summer sessions in Richmond on the PUP list. 

At the combine, Moreau ran a 4.35 40-yard dash. Serious speed, and it instantly makes the 6-foot, 206 lbs., Moreau the fastest corner on the Redskins.

In his senior season, Moreau grabbed two interceptions, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Not scared to get physical and play press coverage, Moreau's mindset should mesh well with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland as he looks to force his way to playing time. 

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Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

Redskins take UCLA cornerback Moreau in the third round

After taking Alabama DL Jonathan Allen in the first round and Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson in the second, the Redskins drafted UCLA corner back Fabian Moreau in the third.

Moreau may have been drafted earlier but he suffered a torn pectoral lifting weights during his pro day. Although medical evaluations have said he should be ready to participate in training camp, he lasted until the 81st pick.

Moreau has good size at 6-0, 206 and he is a plus athlete. At the combine he ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. In 2016 he led the Bruins with six pass breakups and also two interceptions. He is also considered to be a good run defender.

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