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Redskins QB Kirk Cousins made a bit of a name for himself as a solid backup in limited action last season. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins made a bit of a name for himself as a solid backup in limited action last season. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images.

The Washington Redskins surprised several experts during the 2012 NFL Draft when they selected Cousins in the fourth round out of Michigan State, largely because the team had already selected the future face of the franchise with the second overall pick in Robert Griffin III.

The move paid off, however, as Griffin was banged up a few times during his rookie campaign. Cousins stepped in and performed well overall. In his first NFL start against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15, Cousins showed great poise while leading the ‘Skins to a 28-point second half and a 38-21 victory that helped them take the NFC East.