This week practicing in preparation for Saturday's Senior Bowl , Cousins elevated himself as the top quarterback on the north side. Coming into Senior Bowl practice week, scouts have questioned Cousins arm strength and constant checking down to short throws, so far his throws have been on time with the routes being ran, shown variance in his throwing ability with short, intermediate and long routes along with showing great speed and velocities on his throws. Cousins just may leave the Senior Bowl rising on draft boards with a follow up performance in Saturday's game, as many scouts have been impressed. Cousins currently projects to be a third or fourth round pick.
Cousins will return to IMG Academy to finish training for the NFL Combine leading up to February 22nd, where he will continue his rigorous nutrition plan, mental conditioning, physical conditioning visual training and combine specific training. Cousins has had people question his ability to play football dating back to his days at Holland Christian High School. Cousins a native of Michigan, upon receiving his scholarship to play football at Michigan State had immediate skeptics. After three years of playing quarterback at Michigan State achieving 40 straight games, two Big Ten Championship Appearances winning one, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, going out on top winning the Outback Bowl and leaving Michigan State as the all time passing TD and yards leader there are still skeptics of his play at the next level. Cousins will continue to work with world renowned Speed Coach Loren Seagrave and former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke on his throwing technique, as he has shown he is more than willing to put in the work to be given that chance at the next level.
Cousins put in about 12 hours per day the past two weeks at the IMG Madden Football Academy. After breakfast, he would practice for the Wonderlic test, an intelligence exam administered at the NFL combine, and attend a nutrition meeting. After warming up and stretching, he would spend 90 minutes on movement drills, the last 30 devoted to drills he'll perform at next month's combine. That was followed by 90 minutes of throwing with Weinke.
After lunch, he would complete a 90-minute workout, followed by a film session with Weinke. After dinner, Cousins said he usually called his parents.
"Not a whole lot of free time, but it's what you have to do to be ready to go," Cousins said.
"I look at it as a job interview, and it's four months long. It's an exciting process, in my case, because I have nothing to hide. I have everything to gain. I feel what these coaches, scouts and general managers do is they open people up, and they want to examine every single thing. Their focus is, really, 'Why shouldn't we draft you?' "
Cousins knows what it's like to have people question his ability. He feels that will only help him when it comes to talking to NFL personnel.
Reviews have been positive during Senior Bowl practices. Rob Rang of cbssports.com wrote about Cousins' "sparkling efforts" and said he "outshined Wisconsin's Russell Wilson and Boise State's Kellen Moore."
"I have no doubt in my own ability," Cousins said. "The process, for me, back to high school, has been trying to fight for everything I've received. There were a lot of people who didn't believe in me, a lot of people who didn't give me a chance, a lot of people who said I didn't belong at Michigan State and shouldn't have received a scholarship.
"I think I was able to prove those people wrong and have a great deal of success at Michigan State. This process is much the same way, where people are going to doubt you, tell you what you can't do."
Cousins said he's an open book.
"I think when you've played three years and played 40 straight games at Michigan State and won a Big Ten championship and played in a second Big Ten championship game and won the Outback Bowl, there's not a whole lot people don't know about me," he said. "I'm not a mystery, as some other prospects may be.
"At the same time, there is a lot that has been misperceived about me and that people don't quite understand about me. That's why you want to be at the Senior Bowl and show people what you're all about."