Quick hips aside, draft evaluation needs to be all about production
Or not, says one draft publication, because Mack "too often lands on the ground and has balance issues resulting from his lack of hip quickness."
Apparently, this is what the draft has become -- quick hips and wine sips. Forget how these prospects look on the field. We need to know whether they are a waist-bender or a knee-bender.
As NFL teams are finalizing their draft boards, experts and novices alike are breaking down prospects based upon a number of factors, including college production and off-field interests. The San Francisco 49ers even had their team psychologist ask Georgia quarterback prospect
While there are ideals that you look for at every position, it really all comes down to one thing when you evaluate: does the player accomplish his task or not. All of these pre-draft guides, television experts and real NFL scouts base their opinions on a number of factors that most coaches and players don't care about. So take all the information you will be inundated with over the next 10 days with a grain of salt because in the end only one thing matters.
"The old saying in the league is, 'I don't want to hear about the labor pains, just show me the baby,' and it is so true," said long-time NFL quarterback
Take Mack, for example. I played center in the NFL quite a bit and have no idea what "hip quickness" means, so I am going to guess I didn't have it. And the comment about being on the ground too much is one of my pet peeves when hearing so-called experts discuss offensive linemen. Who cares if the guy ends up on the ground? If he was trying to finish his defender and was able to carry out his assignment on the play, that should be all that matters. And wouldn't the offensive line prospect end up on the ground if he pancaked his opponent into the turf? I think I would be worried about the effort of a player who never ended a play on the grass. This is football, after all.
How aesthetically pleasing a player's performance is on the field is what a lot of scouts end up writing about in their reports, yet it means absolutely nothing when it comes time for a coach to decide who is going to play on Sunday. This is the cause for the sometimes contentious relationships in some organizations between scouts and coaches. All that matters to the coaching staff is whether or not the player carries out his assignment on a given play. How he looks or goes about getting the task completed carries much less significance.
Players at every position in the NFL, and college for that matter, typically receive grades from their coaches for their performances. If he gets a "plus" on a play it means the player got the job done in a satisfactory manner and a "minus" means he didn't. Though even this process can be somewhat subjective at times, it really is that simple. And in a result-oriented business, production trumps all.
That being the case, it makes these scouting reports that much more entertaining, as is the case with our wine-drinking buddy Beatty. I found the guide's comments particularly comical because I know Pro Bowl offensive linemen who eat cake, drink wine and, yes, get manicures. I know what is being insinuated about Beatty with this comment and I realize a good measure of it is for pure entertainment value, but give me a break.
How about the report on Penn State offensive tackle
One of the problems with stud Mississippi offensive tackle
And it is far from just being an offensive line thing, trust me. USC linebacker
I could go on all day trying to figure out how they determined that Ohio State's