[size=12pt]Educated guess: College expert takes stab at predicting prospects[/size]
Posted: Wednesday April 23, 2008 10:52AM;
Updated: Wednesday April 23, 2008 12:04PM
Regular readers of my College Football Mailbag know well my feelings about the NFL Draft process. I even devoted an entire chapter of a book to mocking the charade. Rather than rehash all that here, I'd rather call to your attention two recent quotes I found particularly amusing:
"Are you kidding me? It's not like we play the games in shorts."
-- A major college assistant, speaking to me about the NFL's absurd overemphasis on combines and 40 times.
"Half [of mock drafts] are put together by NFL writers who watched two Notre Dame games at the airport bar and the second half of the Sugar Bowl."
-- Dan Patrick in last week's Sports Illustrated.
My annual overrated/underrated list is based almost entirely on me reading the aforementioned mock drafts and projections and thinking to myself: "Are you serious? Are they really talking about the same guy I watched in college?"
The answer, of course, is no. In most cases they're talking about a guy the scouts watched in a combine drill and downgraded because he "doesn't use his hands properly at the point of attack." (Try using that phrase in an everyday conversation.)