Kyle Shanahan explains Redskins hoped to draft Russell Wilson over Kirk Cousins

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan
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In an alternate universe, somewhere where the Seattle Seahawks didn’t select Russell Wilson, the Washington Redskins had hoped to pick up the Super Bowl winning quarterback.

During a conference call with the media on Wednesday, former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator and current San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, dropped this golden nugget.

That’s Shanahan pretty much indicating that the Redskins’ organization he’s set to take on this week preferred Wilson to Kirk Cousins back in 2012.

Ouch. As it is, Wilson was selected by Seattle with the 75th pick in the third round. Meanwhile, Washington made the shocking selection of Cousins 102nd overall after having already selected Robert Griffin III with the second pick.

Just imagine the drama that would have unfolded if Wilson and RGIII were on the same team together. For the early parts of their careers, they were tied at the hip. Since then, Wilson has morphed into one of the game’s best while Griffin III finds himself unemployed.

As it relates to Cousins, he’s turned a mid-round status into a Pro Bowl-caliber career. He could also be joining Shanahan in San Francisco next season if the quarterback has his druthers (more on that here).

Amazing how one decision can impact so many teams during the draft. We’ll take a wild guess and assume that Seattle likes how it all turned out. Meanwhile, Cousins is playing out his contract year in Washington and the 49ers are left with Brian Hoyer under center for the short-term.

How fun.