Kirk Cousins looked to be on his way to an Offensive MVP award at the 2017 Pro Bowl, right up until he didn't. Cousins entered the game in the fourth quarter facing a two-score deficit, but had his team in position to tie the game with a late touchdown.
Cousins fired to an open Jimmy Graham (Seahawks tight end) and the ball was delivered on the money. Only Graham didn't bring it in, and the ball bounced right to Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander for the interception.
Then things got really wild.
On the return, Alexander lateralled the ball to Broncos CB Aqib Talib. The Denver speedster took off running toward the opposite end zone, and looked to be on his way in for a touchdown. Only Cousins came sprinting up and hit Talib from behind, stripping the ball out. It was an incredible display of hustle from any quarterback, let alone a quarterback facing free agency playing in an exhibition game.
After the game, Cousins said on the ESPN broadcast of the game that he thought Talib was holding the ball loosely and that he "was trying to do his best Don Beebe impersonation," a nod to the famous Bills special teams star's strip of Leon Lett in the 1990s.
For the game, Cousins completed 14 of 20 passes for 158 yards and one interception. He was sacked twice.
Many top draft choices chose to head to the NFL Draft, hear their name be called, and get the pomp and circumstance that comes with all that is the NFL Draft.
The Washington Reskins' No. 13 pick Da'Ron Payne was not one of those prospects.
Instead Payne watched the draft surronded by close friends and family.
The reaction was memorable:
Some draft picks choose not to come for fear of slidding down draft boards, or worse not being picked in the First Round.
So he doesn't get to meet Roger Goodell. He doesn't get a Redskins' jersey on draft night.
But this video wouldn't exist if the defensive tackle from Alabama chose to go to Dallas, Texas on draft night.
The Redskins went into the draft with everyone talking about their need to upgrade their defensive line. And despite the presence of two other intriguing defenders on the board, they went with the big guy.
Da’Ron Payne, a defensive lineman from Alabama, was the name that Roger Goodell read off of the card when the Redskins’ turn came up with the 13thoverall pick in the draft.
Here is our analysis of Payne from an earlier NBC Sports Washington post about him:
Stuff the run in the middle of the line? Check. Get outside to stop stretch plays? Check. Get after the passer? Check. Yes, Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne checks all the boxes the Redskins are looking for on the D-line.
He can be the immovable object, taking on double and triple teams, and he also can chase down the quarterback. At 311 pounds he could be the Redskins’ nose tackle in base and move outside in nickel.
At 6-2, 311, the Redskins likely will use Payne in the middle of the line as their nose tackle in their base defense. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will work with him to improve his pass rushing ability.
Payne has been talked of as the Redskins pick since early in the draft process. As the draft unfolded, it turned out that there were two defenders, safety Derwin James and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who most analysts had rated considerably above Payne, still on the board. As it turns out, the Redskins apparently made the need pick and went with Payne.
The Redskins draft an Alabama defensive lineman for the second straight year. Last year they took Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick in the draft.
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