Kirk Cousins draws praise across the board at Senior Bowl practice
The Senior Bowl opened practice today with three Spartans on the North squad — and one stood head and shoulders above the rest at his position.
Quite literally, in fact.
Kirk Cousins measured in at the weigh in at just more than 6-foot-2, while his fellow quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore stand less than six feet tall.
The commentators before the practice opened also made comments on Cousins as they discussed quarterbacks.
“Kirk Cousins only the all-time winningest QB in the history of that proud school also the most productive QB ever to wear a spartan uniform,” they said. ” … Really intelligent kid, apparently he has already taken over in the middle rooms. Everyone knows he is really a take-charge guy.”
This was not the only way Cousins impressed those in attendance — his arm drew rave reviews from scouts and draft experts.
Sports Illustrated’s Tony Pauline in his Senior Bowl notebook praised Cousins — as well as tight end Brian Linthicum.
“Kirk Cousins (QB/Michigan State) has shown the best arm of any signal caller on the North and it’s of legitimate NFL strength. He’s powered the ball into the tight spots and has challenged the hands of his receivers.”
Others took to Twitter to show Cousins love.
“Have to admit#MichiganState QB Kirk Cousins looks like a flame thrower in comparison with Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore #SeniorBowl.” — Wes Bunting of National Football Post.
“Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins has an absolute cannon, and Marshall DE/OLB Vinny Curry is playing like a beast today.” — Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post and The Sporting News.
“#michiganstate’s Kirk Cousins throws the ball with a different velocity than Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore. Much stronger arm out here.” — Scott Kennedy of Scout.com/FoxSports.
“Kirk Cousins just thread the needle to Gerrell Robinson. Cousins is having a very good day, as is Robinson #Spartans #sundevils.” — Kennedy again.
“Kirk Cousins has been very impressive early in this practice. He looks like the only #NFL QB on this roster” — Charlie Bernstein of FoxSports.com.
As great as impressing media members is at a practice, the real reason Cousins and the other players take part in this bowl is exposure to NFL teams, and a couple reports came out on teams talking to Cousins after the practice.
“#Jaguars also spoke a bit to Vinny Curry and Kirk Cousins.” — Alfie Crow of BigCatCountry.com — the Jacksonville Jaguars SB Nation blog.
“#seahawks scouts talking with QBs after practice. Kirk Cousins and Kellen Moore. #SeniorBowl.” — Shane Hallam of Draftcountdown.com.
Scott Enyeart added to the thought about the Seahawks, “(Seattle head coach Pete) Carroll has been evaluating Kirk Cousins since this summer at the Elite 11 camp in Malibu, where Kirk was a counselor.”
Teams talking to a player isn’t anything to take huge stock in, but the Jaguars already were the team projected to select Cousins in the third round — against something that has no solid ground to it at this point. Plus, the reports on Cousins and the Seahawks — especially involving Pete Carroll — sure is intriguing.
NFL Network will have coverage of Senior Bowl practice throughout the week, check the schedule here.
(h/t Green Thoughts for the list of scheduled programming)