Through his first six seasons in the league, Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins has developed into one of the better players at his position.

He began his career by spending each of those campaigns with the Washington Redskins, where he was selected with the 102nd overall pick in the fourth round in the 2012 NFL Draft. According to Chad Graff of The Athletic, Cousins initially hoped to be taken by either the New Orleans Saints or New England Patriots to learn behind two future Hall of Famers.

The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots had the two picks after Foles was selected No. 88 overall. Despite three years as a Big Ten starter, Cousins admitted he wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He sat on the edge of his seats for those two selections, hoping to be able to learn from either of their experienced quarterbacks.

“He would’ve loved to be behind (Drew) Brees or (Tom) Brady,” MaryAnn said.

Neither team picked Cousins, and the third round ended with seven quarterbacks off the board. The taco meat went back in the fridge and the celebration was put on hold.

“He was pretty discouraged,” MaryAnn said.

This would have provided Cousins a unique chance to gain tutelage from two of the game’s most talented players under center. Entering the league, he was still working his way toward being a more effective passer to eventually become a viable starting quarterback. Both Brady and Brees could have been a tremendous help in shaping the quarterback Cousins has become at this point in his career.

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Instead, he has worked his way into the position of becoming a Pro Bowl level QB that helped lead the Redskins to the playoffs before going separate way this offseason by inking a three-year, $84 million fully-guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

Now, he has an opportunity in front of him to compete for a Super Bowl where he can join each of those future Hall of Fame quarterbacks by winning a championship.