There are no punishments or retributions for awful assessments and god awful hot takes. If there were, Mel Kiper would be pumping gas and Fox Sports wouldn’t shell out $26 million over four years, the same dude who picked Arizona to win March Madness this year.
While players are constantly being assessed and re-assessed, the talking heads who cast judgement on players go unscathed. The least we can do is remember all the times the “experts” have missed the mark. The Big Lead listed some notable NFL superstars who were undervalued before they got the chance to turn the league on its head.
Profile: Durability concerns since he missed the entire 2009 season after back surgery and missed three games in 2008. Does not have a great top-end speed and may not be able to stretch the field at the next level. Lacks the elusiveness to make people miss after catch. [via NFL.com]
Counterpoint: You don’t need to make people miss when you can carry them with you.
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Profile: Needs to add strength to more effectively beat press coverage and battled for the ball in the air. Route running skills could use some refinement. Needs to become more consistent catching the ball in a crowd. [via NFL.com]
Counterpoint: Antonio knows karate.
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AFC scout: “He’s a system quarterback. 3-, 5-, 7-step guy. Can’t create on his own. Panics under pressure. Gets flustered easy. I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the draft worthy of a first-round pick. I’m dead serious. None of them are worth it.”
Profile: Bit of a gimmick prospect, who may lack a true position at the next level.
Counterpoint: Great hair.
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Profile: Sub par vision prevents him from seeing cut back lines and sees him running up the back of his lead blocker too often.
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Check out the entire list over at The Big Lead..