Friday, April 29, 2011

NFL Draft introduces "experts"

NFL fans are batting 1.000.

They are by far the most knowledgeable fans of any sport.

Remember back in 2000 when the New England Patriots drafted quarterback Tom Brady in the sixth round – 199th overall? Remember how the MENSA’s on message boards were like, “The Patriots got themselves a steal. Great job by New England. Future MVP.”

It seems like yesterday fans pegged that pick correctly.

Or how about when the average NFL “ham and egger” predicted that former Denver Bronco Terrell Davis, who was also a sixth rounder, would set the NFL world on fire by rushing for 2,000 yards in 1998.

It’s truly astonishing how many fans were able to correctly forecast Denver’s decision.

So when I read that Auburn’s Cam Newton, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, and Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Baldwin are all going to be busts then I have to roll with it because the fans are perfect thus far.

Think about this for a minute: With their second overall selection, Oakland drafted a “can’t miss” prospect in Robert Gallery back in 2004, and he has done a masterful job with zero Pro Bowls and has switched positions on the offensive line multiple times.

I read that he was a future All-Pro left tackle. That one’s a mulligan. Next…

Defensive tackle Wendall Bryant was a steal for Arizona at number twelve overall back in 2002. I read that he was in the mold of Warren Sapp.

That worked out well for the Cardinals and Bryant now plays for the Omaha Nighthawks.

Or how about that horrible Mario Williams pick back in 2006? Remember, it was a major reach taking Williams over the likes of Reggie Bush, who is about to lose his job to Mark Ingram, and Vince Young, who’s about to get let go or traded in favor of Jake Locker.

The nerve of Houston taking a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time first team All-Pro selection over the likes of Bush and Young.

I haven’t seen Ponder throw a single NFL pass yet and I know he’s a bust.

Cam Newton’s too dumb and Jonathan Baldwin is too slow.

These are all quantifiable reasons why these three athletes have no chance of making it in the NFL. The fans decreed it to be true, so because of their vast knowledge and firsthand NFL experience it must be true.

Fourth through seventh rounder’s, please quit now. There’s no point in pursuing your dreams of being an NFL standout. The Pro Bowl and especially the Super Bowl is far beyond your grasp.

Just ask Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Green Bay’s James Starks. Both were undrafted and neither has seen an NFL field let alone a Super Bowl.

As long as the fans and the so-called “experts” continue to assess NFL talent correctly, I’ll continue to not make fun of them in the process.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a lottery to win.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

I think the scrutiny aimed at Ponder is because he was obviously drafted higher than just about anyone predicted. The fact that Fairley was still available, doesn't help matters. Off topic: Fairley and Suh on the same defensive line? That's almost unfair.

In all reality, Ponder could have very easily been available for them in the next round.