Holland's Kirk Cousins and Grand Haven's John Potter Selected in NFL Draft

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It was a surprising final day of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Holland-native Kirk Cousins was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round and Grand Haven's John Potter was selected in the 7th round by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL draft today.

Cousins, Michigan State's all-time winningest quarterback, was expecting to go in either the second or third rounds.  While he wasn't completely surprised that he fell to the fourth round, he was shocked by which team eventually drafted him.  The Redskins had already traded up to draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the draft.

“It’s a unique situation with Washington picking Robert No. 2 overall and I didn’t expect it, but Coach Shanahan knows quarterbacks," said the former Holland Christian quarterback. "He worked with Steve Young and John Elway, and I think he held getting me in the fourth round was a steal. I think Robert is in their immediate plans and the long-term hope for their fan base, but they wouldn’t have selected me unless they believed in me. Now it’s up to me to learn the playbook and support Robert, and when I get my opportunity to play, Robert will support me.”

While Cousins was surprised by who drafted him, former Western Michigan place kicker John Potter was surprised that he was simply drafted.

The Buffalo Bills selected Potter with the third to last pick in the NFL draft, just seven spots after Potter's Broncos teammate, Jordan White, was selected by the New York Jets.  Potter was expecting to sign with a team as an undrafted free agent, but was happily surprised when he received a phone call from the Bills coaching staff saying they were selecting him in the seventh round.

Other West Michigan football stars did agree to join teams as undrafted free agents.  Whitehall's Ryan Van Bergen agreed to join the Carolina Panthers after the draft, while Rockford alum Jeremy Jones is set to join the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

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