Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NFL Draft

Once again, it appears that everyone has forgotten the cardinal rule about quarterbacks: drafting quarterbacks from great college teams is very, very dicey. 

It's especially dicey when the quarterback in question has mediocre stats, because the talent surrounding him is far better, relatively, than he'll have in the NFL.

Which brings us to Jameis Winston.

Forget the character issues (there are many). Forget the attitude issues. Just remember that in his last season, with better talent on his team than the opponent in every game, he threw for 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Take out a mandatory win scrimmage against Citadel, and it's 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

I cannot overemphasize how poor those stats are for a top-flight college quarterback. That was the second highest number of interceptions in Division 1-A, which has well over 100 teams.

This is the kid who might be the number one pick in the draft? If he can't make good decisions and reads at the college level--when the players on his side were far better than the players on the other side--what is he going to do in pro football, when everything is much, much harder?

Draft at your own peril.

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