NFL Combine: Cousins steals the show; Worthy meeting with teams
With top prospects Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck not throwing at the NFL Combine on Sunday, it gave Kirk Cousins the chance to show even more of what he can bring to an NFL team — and made the most of it by all accounts.
He even had one writer saying he could be in the first-round discussion.
“The senior from Michigan State threw an accurate football in every drill and made it look easy,” Russ Lande of the Sporting News said. “Cousins’ performance since the season ended has helped him move up draft boards by showing NFL teams he can get rid of the ball quickly and next-level throws with the zip and accuracy. There were concerns about inconsistent play and untimely interceptions.”
Doug Farrar, of Yahoo! Sports, added to this thought and said Cousins is putting those doubts to rest.
“After a very solid Senior Bowl performance, Cousins is slowly but surely putting his reputation as a player who makes too many mistakes behind him — at least, for now,” he said.
Sports Illustrated’s Tony Pauline said Cousins is on the rise, and stood out in the workouts.
“Cousins stood out in all the passing drills and was the best quarterback on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium,” he said. “His passes were crisp, accurate and Cousins was on the money all day.”
“Kirk Cousins from Michigan State is kind of just sneaking around right now … Cousins was just kind of steady Eddie throughout his career, got a little bit better each year, had a great interview process, and is outstanding in terms of intangibles an threw the ball very well today,” added ESPN’s Todd McShay.
While his throwing impressed, a former NFL head coach said it is Cousins being a winner that will help make a club happy.
“He can make all the throws. He’s not gonna wow you with his measurables. He does everything well, but you know what he is a winner, he is 22-5 in his last two years with those Michigan State Spartans. But he can make all the throws, and he is gonna make a club very happy in his NFL career,” Steve Mariuccui said in a recap of the day’s events.
Not only was a he a winner on the field at Michigan State, but he was at Lucas Oil on Sunday according to ESPN’s John Clayton.
“The big winner Sunday was Kirk Cousins of Michigan State. He completed 14 of 16 passes, but none of his throws were off target,” Clayton said.
Cousins took the time during Sunday’s drills to interview with NFL Network’s Matt Smith and Bucky Brooks to talk about his experiences through the Combine, the other Spartans and his preparations for MSU’s pro day on March 14. You can see this interview here.
Worthy to run through drills today
Despite not having started the drills portion of the Combine yet, Jerel Worthy already has drawn interest from plenty of teams.
According the MSU football twitter account, Worthy already has met with 13 NFL teams, while more appointments were scheduled for Sunday night.
“Worthy, the big guy from Michigan State, does a great job,” Warren Sapp said on NFL Network.
Robinson gets process underway
Former Michigan State safety Trenton Robinson was the final Spartan to arrive in Indianapolis, which he did on Saturday. He measured at 5-foot-9 1/2 and 193 pounds. Hear from him during a media session here from msuspartans.com.