It’s coming folks. We’re now under a week away from the NFL Draft, and with that comes the annual onslaught of posturing and hyperbole. It’s great. So come with us, and let’s drown in rumors together every day.
Last year, Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki made headlines with his scouting report of Cam Newton. The report had little to do with Newton’s play on the field, stating the Auburn quarterback was “very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.”
That was only a small snippet of Nawrocki’s hatchet job on Newton. Carolina disregarded the strangely personal attacks and made Newton the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft. Needless to say, they made a pretty damn good choice, as Newton broke several rookie passing records and showed he could join the elite tier of quarterbacks in the NFL pretty soon.
As petty and vindictive as Nawrocki was, he had the courage to put his name on the quote. The same cannot be said for the unnamed scout who ripped the character of Robert Griffin III, a malicious, absurd, and late attack that surfaced yesterday through Bob McGinn’s profile of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class:
“This guy, the only way he gets big plays with his feet is if he’s got a wide-open field and the sea opens for him. He’s got a little bit of a selfish streak, too. Everybody was laying on Cam, but for some reason this guy has become gloves off. He doesn’t treat anybody good.” Another scout also questioned the way Griffin deals with people.
Griffin has responded in a calm manner, citing how typical these types of reports become as the draft inches closer.
Every year we scrutinize everything these athletes have said and done over the course of their life. If those with character concerns have a misstep in the pros, pundits inevitably leap to their ‘I told you so’ line of self aggrandizement.
And yet, when these players prove the haters wrong, there’s zero accountability. Nawrocki is still a featured contributor at Pro Football Weekly, but it’s likely we’ll never know the identity of the scout who questioned the character of RG3.
That’s complete and utter crap. Put your damn name on it.
Hold on, here comes more smoke…
- Buddy Nix knows the Bills need offensive tackles, but he remains confident in the abilities of Chris Hairston and may not draft one next Thursday. As a Bills fan, this has Buddy blowing smoke written all over it. [Buffalo News]
- Lions GM Matthew Mayhew says he won’t shy away from taking players who’ve used Marijuana. Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure are exhibits A and B. [MLive]
- The Vikings have narrowed their options down to three players – Matt Kalil, Justin Blackmon and Morris Claiborne. [ESPN]
- Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland says he won’t be pressured into taking Ryan Tannehill. Yes he will. [CBS Sports]
- Seahawks GM John Schneider doesn’t believe Tannehill will be available at No. 12. So if he is, Seattle gets a steal! Who needs PR flacks, the script writes itself. [NFL.com]
- Ohio State OT Mike Adams could fall into the second round after failing a drug test at the combine. [NFL.com]
- Mike Mayock says West Virginia CB Kevin Tandy is a late riser. [Detroit Free Press]
- Brock Osweiler has caught the eyes of John Elway and the Broncos. [Denver Post]
- The New England Patriots are expected to trade out of the first round. Mind blown. [News Telegram]
- NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora believes the Rams will select DT Fletcher Cox at No. 6. [NFL.com]