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    A question of character - A Scout's view

    Really interesting article here.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/bucky_brooks/04/04/character/index.html

    [size=10pt]A question of character[/size]
    Players' past factors into draft status more than ever
    Posted: Thursday April 5, 2007 3:53PM; Updated: Friday April 6, 2007 1:24PM

    As I sat in the Seattle Seahawks' war room before the 2001 draft, my first year with the team as a scout, one of our discussions involved explosive North Carolina State wide receiver Koren Robinson.

    We were coming off a disappointing season and desperately needed a playmaker. In our version of the West coast offense, Robinson was the perfect fit. But when we delved into his background and character, there were concerns. The area scout rattled off numerous incidents that pointed to his immaturity and lack of responsibility. Robinson skipped classes, missed meetings and was not accountable in the weight room.

    When it came time to vote on whether Robinson was worth the risk, I chose to ignore those red flags because his athleticism and potential was so promising. The room was divided, but we were confident that we had the structure in place to allow him to be productive and decided to select him with the No. 9 overall pick.

    Needless to say, Robinson lived up to his reputation on and off the field. He was an explosive athlete with all of the tools to be a star, but he missed team meetings, did not work hard at practice and developed a reputation as a night owl. Eventually, his poor off-field habits destroyed his athletic potential and he was released from the Seahawks after a series of arrests. He's currently serving a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.

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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    "jmcdon00" wrote:
    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.
    I tend to agree with you, but it can be argued that Randy had an incredible mentor with Cris Carter, and he still didn't exactly turn out that well...
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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    "jmcdon00" wrote:
    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.
    Yeah, Randy helped the Vikings win all those Super Bowls back in the day.......

    Wait a minute.
    Oh, that's right.
    Never mind.

    When we stop to think about it, most folks behavior isn't perplexing after all !

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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    "Purplexing" wrote:
    "jmcdon00" wrote:
    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.
    Yeah, Randy helped the Vikings win all those Super Bowls back in the day.......

    Wait a minute.
    Oh, that's right.
    Never mind.

    Remember all those super bowls we won by drafting character first........

    Wait a minute.
    Oh, that's right.
    Never mind.

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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    "jmcdon00" wrote:
    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.
    Yes, Randy turned out alright.
    So did Warren Sapp, the other poster boy for slipping draft spots.

    But there are many more who did not.
    Rae Carruth, Lawrence Phillips, Maurice Clarett.
    Some biggies right there off the top of my head.

    I thought this article was interesting because he's an ex-scout, who's been through the process of investigating draft picks.


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    "jmcdon00" wrote:
    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.

    Turned out alright?


    You really wrote that?


    Maybe you should take off the Moss colored glasses before you post.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    "Purplexing" wrote:
    "jmcdon00" wrote:
    that is what they said about randy and he turned out alright. I say go for the best athletes and worry about off field issues later.
    Yeah, Randy helped the Vikings win all those Super Bowls back in the day.......

    Wait a minute.
    Oh, that's right.
    Never mind.

    That's just stupid.

    The closest we came to a super bowl in the past years is when we had Moss.


    All I can say about character, and winning, is: Superbowl XI

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    Re: A question of character - A Scout's view

    character is important when taking a player. obviously.
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