The order of these teams cracks me up. Say Chuck, have you seen Green Bay play this year? On the flip side, have you seen Denver or Minnesota play? Try changing up your draft order to how the teams are currently playing, it will change your drafts more from week to week, instead of looking the same.
if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
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Posted Feb. 11, 2010
Prospect Case Study: Tim Tebow
In the 2007 NFL Draft, there was a quarterback with the greatest physical tools of any prospect in the history of the NFL Draft, but the problem was he had late-round intangibles.
His name was JaMarcus Russell out of Lousiana State. He went to the combine weighing in at over 280 pounds and didn't show much interest in getting into good condition for the biggest job interview of his life. He had a rumored lazy work ethic and didn't put much work in the film room. He lacked leadership qualities.
Despite this, scouts and general managers were enthralled. He was the consensus top quarterback prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft, and years later, I don't blame the Raiders for taking him that high only because every other team would have as well. I had Brady Quinn as my top quarterback in that draft, and while he hasn't panned out like I expected, he certainly has more of a future in this league than Russell.
Russell was the case study of the quarterback with all tangibles and no intangibles.
This year, we have the antithesis to Russell in Florida's Tim Tebow.
People say he has an elite work ethic and leadership qualities. He is mentally tough and clean off the field.
However, he has absolutely no passing skills, and like I have been saying for the past three years (which experts are recently catching up to) - he likely won't pan out at quarterback in the NFL (and I doubt he will).
Regardless of my opinion, there is still a (very small) chance Tebow pans out because this dynamic hasn't happened yet.
If Tebow can develop into a consistent starting quarterback in the NFL, then we have to change the way we evaluate the position. Intangibles will go up in stock in terms of the evaluation at the quarterback position.
However, if Tebow doesn't pan out, then we also have to change our thinking a little bit in terms of saying that no matter how great a quarterback's intangibles are, if he has too many weaknesses it ultimately doesn't matter.
When I do radio interviews (or answer e-mails) I am OFTEN asked what specific things I look for on tape.
My answer? I look for everything. Everything is important. The only position where I single out certain, must-have attributes is receiver. To give a solid first-round grade, he must have good hands and run polished routes. But I digress.
The Tim Tebow Hypothesis: As when I evaluate prospects, I am simply looking at how well-rounded a prospect is. No matter how great a player is in one area, he must be capable of doing several things well as well as having adequate intangibles. Therefore, my hypothesis is despite Tebow's great intangibles, there isn't enough substance there for me to believe he can actually be a playmaking quarterback in the league.