The quarterback who has name thrown out in potential trades more than any other is New England Patriots’ reserve Ryan Mallett. Mallett, however, hasn’t played well enough to really warrant that type of talk. In three NFL seasons, he’s thrown just four passes, completing one for 17 yards. In the Patriots’ preseason opener, a 23-6 loss to the Washington Redskins, Mallett was just five-of-12 for 55 yards.
The Patriots and Redskins practiced together during the week leading up to the game and according to Peter King of the Monday Morning Quarterback, Mallett wan’t the best reserve quarterback on the field. Instead, he was most impressed by Robert Griffin III’s backup, Kirk Cousins. In fact, King believes Cousins is worth a second round pick.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston isn’t just good on the Patriots. He’s strong on the ancillary things. Such as this, after the Patriots’ trip to Richmond: “One of my biggest takeaways from Patriots-Redskins joint practices was surprise that Robert Griffin III didn’t look like the best quarterback on his own team. In fact, I thought Kirk Cousins was better than him, from the perspective of running the offense, fine-tuned mechanics and how decisively the ball came out of his hand. I wondered if I was alone, and then heard the same sentiment echoed by some others in the Patriots organization.”
To me, Cousins is worth a second-round pick from a quarterback-needy team.
Cousins, a former Michigan State Spartans’ star, was selected with the 102nd-overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the same year they selected Griffin with the second-overall pick. Cousins has played in eight career games in his two NFL seasons. He has completed 114 of 203 passes for 1,320 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.