Kirk Cousins has a new metric for the Vikings’ draft evaluation process.
Beyond height, weight, strength and speed, even hand size and arm length, he might suggest the scouts look at sweat — as in “How much does that guy …?”
The topic came up (again) Wednesday at the Vikings camp when Cousins was asked about how he was doing with a new center, first-round draft pick Garrett Bradbury.
“I’m going to go back again and talk about how much he sweats,” Cousins told reporters ( via the Star Tribune ).
You get the picture: For Cousins to take a snap under center, he has to place his hands against Bradbury’s sweaty butt.
“That’s probably one thing we didn’t get a measurement on in the pre-draft process,” Cousins said with a smile. “But It’s not really just the posterior. It’s really just the whole thing. I look at his shins and its just pouring, like my window after a rainstorm.”
And apparently the veteran QB has brought it up to Bradbury.
So what did the rookie say?
“I don’t know, I apologized?” Bradbury said half-quizzically at Wednesday’s line of questioning.
“I’m just going to try to keep doing my job coming out here to work,” he continued. “If we need to take alternate methods to prevent, I mean cease the sweating, I don’t know, but it’ll be fine.”
That apparently is also what Bradbury has told Cousins, particularly in the context of being able to grip a moist football.
“He promises that it’s not a problem in games, and it remains to be seen because his shorts today were soaked,” Cousins told the media Wednesday. “But apparently when they keep those domes air-conditioned and you get a break on the bench and you sit with the cooling fans, I’m hoping that really helps.”
A first big test comes when the Vikings open their preseason against the Saints in the Superdome.
“So that’s a big thing I’m going to take away from Friday night, is how tough was it to grip the ball after he snaps it to me. Uh, if it’s tough we might be in pistol and shotgun (formations) all year,” Cousins joked … probably.