Picking up the pieces from
A column note: I said I'd be writing about Freeney and Luke Kuechly today, but the Patriots story interceded. You'll read about both of them next week in Monday Morning Quarterback. Sorry for putting it off.
Now for your email:
MAYBE I DID MISS THE POINT, BUT I DON'T THINK SO.
You're absolutely right. It's an issue. It must be explored, and not just the issue itself but whether he's too naïve to fit in with his teammates and fit as the nerve center of a defense. I took what the coach said as this: He thought a rube player who lied out of embarrassment for what had happened would have a tougher time at the combine and in getting teams to believe in him than would a serial law-breaker with substance issues.
I'VE GOT ONE.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. Could go low second round and stun the world.
THE PLANS OF THE CHIEFS.
I look at it this way: Do I want to pay Albert $10 million a year, which will be the going rate for left tackles, when I don't totally believe in him? Or do I want to pick a player I trust more at a position of vital importance, and spend the $4.5 million a year that I save in the process (the top pick in the draft will cost about $5.5 million a year) to go get another player in free agency -- maybe a safety to team with Eric Berry, someone like William Moore of the Falcons or Jairus Byrd of Buffalo?