In a poll of five NFL personnel executives whose teams played the Redskins last season, all five listed Kirk Cousins as a top-15 NFL quarterback and three placed him near or inside the top ten.
Statistics certainly back this up, but there is a feeling Cousins' 2015-2016 success came as a product of Jay Gruden's system. "He's really accurate, has really good timing, touch," said one personnel man. "He's not a great athlete. He's not the biggest. [Mike Shanahan] thought he was Drew Brees. Whether he is or not, I don't know -- but similar attributes. Not the best arm, obviously not as big as you want, but really good rhythm, touch, timing within their offense." If Cousins indeed hits free agency in 2018, he will push to become the NFL's highest-paid player.