I'm not saying that you're doing it wrong. I'm just saying that many analysts are flat-out foolish when it comes to how they assess players going into the draft. I'm just going to entertain you with a short story. This story of course may (or may not) be completely fictional, but hear me out.
Once upon a time, there was a wonderful quarterback out of the University of Wisconsin. He was a talented baseball player, and a talented quarterback at NC State. When he transferred from NC State to the University of Wisconsin, he focused purely on football.
This talented player was a great leader. He performed well under pressure. He had wonderful stats and wonderful skills. However, this wonderful player was just too short. He couldn't see over the top of his 6'8 tackle if his tackle was standing directly in front of him. He had trouble reaching things on the top shelf. He was of a size range that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis would offensively consider a "midget."
This talented player would never be a first round draft pick, because he was just too short. The quarterback taken first overall in that draft, in 3 years, has only once come close to leading his team to the Superbowl. The second quarterback taken in front of him was benched in both his second and third seasons. This player, who was too short, would fall into the third round of the draft.
One team believed that this player wasn't too short. Sure, they had already signed a starting quarterback. And sure, Mel Kiper said the pick was a bad idea. But that didn't stop the head coach of the team, we'll call him Pete Carroll, from drafting "he's too short," in the third round.
In his first season, he was too short to win the Superbowl, but he took the team to the playoffs, as a starter. In his second year, he was too short to win Superbowl MVP, but he won the Superbowl. In his third year, he was too short to have an outstanding game in the NFC Championship Game, but he took his team to the Superbowl. He may be too short for foolish analysts who have never played a football game to fall in love with, but he's a solid player and he wins games.
I'll admit I was being slightly facetious in the beginning of the post. "He's too short" is none other than Seattle Seahawks third year quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has taken his team to two Superbowls in his first three years as a starter. Enough said. Size may matter in clothing, bar fights, and the bedroom, but when it comes to the NFL, the use of size alone to make or break a prospect's scouting report is foolish. Put away the measuring tape and watch the game tape. That's the only way to accurately and adequately gauge a player's level of talent.
The NFL needs to start changing it's way of evaluating players; Russell Wilson shows that many of the old myths are just that. Myths. I don't care if my quarterback needs a step stool to reach the top shelf in the locker room. I don't care if he's shorter than my linemen. The only thing I care about is if he wins games. Russell Wilson wins games. And that's good enough for me. Oh, and guess what? The wide receiver that caught the game winning TD pass in the NFC Title game was ALSO too short. Epic fail is epic.
Let's start drafting guys based on real assessments of talent and stop the nonsense. It's time for a new approach to the NFL Draft.
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