Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boom or bust, let them earn their way

The fatal flaw of the NFL draft is that we are all right.

The people in player personnel departments whose professional lives are devoted to knowing.

The media who cover the teams and whose observations on what it takes to make it in the NFL get them believing.

The fans who watch college football on television and whose first impression of a player makes them all-knowing.

When we finally get to the NFL draft and selections are made, opinions are never far behind.

Some prospects are labeled as sure-fire first-ballot choices for the Hall of Fame. Some are labeled as complete busts.

Here's a thought: How about we all let the players strap on shoulder pads and a helmet, get into the NFL and earn their reputation one way or another?

If they turn out to be a great player, and someone sees it beforehand, they deserve praise.

If they turn out to be a bust, those who saw those players otherwise deserve criticism.

If they're in between, so be it.

Regardless, is it really that difficult to allow the process to play out?

Just saying ...

- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH


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