Paralysis by analysis… Is there a better way to describe the National Football League’s Draft process? Over the last few weeks we’ve seen Jadeveon Clowney called everything from the ‘next Lawrence Taylor’ to a guy who is ‘lazy and entitled.’
We’ve seen Louisville Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, often considered the most ‘NFL-ready’ QB in the draft, sink like a stone. Because his pro day didn’t go very well, many scouts and talking heads had him dropping all the way out of the first round.
Apparently Bridgewater’s performances during the ‘actual football season’ suddenly became moot points. Conversely, Johnny Manziel has been put through the ringer to the point where some very respected football people said they wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds.
But then Manziel had his pro day complete with helmet, shoulder pads and some rap music blaring over the loud speakers. Oh and former President George H.W. Bush and his wife in attendance as well.
All Manziel did was go out and thoroughly impress everyone with his accuracy and arm strength. But again I ask, did something suddenly happen to his game film from the last two years? Are NFL people really going to drop or raise a guy on their draft boards based on a ‘pro day?’
As I said in the opening, this is paralysis by analysis. Give me a guy who can play and produce in games. That’s what I’m looking for in a player.
The Apprentice Bills’ Style
Rumors continue to grow that billionaire Donald Trump is expressing serious interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. With long-time owner Ralph Wilson dying last month, there has been much speculation that his widow would eventually sell the team.
Trump is but the first shark to start circling. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has also expressed interest in buying the Bills and both men claim they keep the Bills in Buffalo although there could be strong sentiment to move them to Toronto as well.
The problem as I see it with Trump and perhaps Bon Jovi as well is that NFL owners aren’t exactly crazy about having loud and attention-seeking people join their ‘club.’ The NFL owner fraternity is quite old and is a typically buttoned-up crowd. This is part of the reason Mark Cuban has been basically told “forget it” when it comes to owning an NFL franchise.
No one can argue with Trump’s business acumen but his personality just doesn’t fit. I could be wrong and it wouldn’t be the first time, but I have a hard time seeing the league give Trump a ‘thumbs up’ on owning the Bills.
An Offseason to Forget
From Aldon Smith claiming to have a bomb at the airport to Colin Kaepernick being investigated in Miami for an alleged sexual assault, the offseason has not been kind to the San Francisco 49ers. It’s been so bad that even Jim Harbaugh’s consistent choice of the same outfit now pales in comparison to what else is going on.
The Smith situation is by far the worst right now. With two drunken driving offenses and a weapons’ charge on his record, this latest incident essentially means he will not see the field in 2014. If he does, shame on the Niners and shame on Roger Goodell.
It’s painfully clear to me that Smith has mental and perhaps psychological issues. People just don’t behave this way without their something being very wrong. Rather than worry about his playing career, the 49ers and the NFL might be best served to help him get healthy as a person first.