The NFL Football Draft is almost upon us and the prospective picks are definitely the “buzz.” But can we really take these meat heads seriously?
In fact, can we take any professional football analyst, NFL scouts or coaches seriously? Can we trust their judgement when it comes to selecting players who they deem worthy enough to take them to the Super Bowl promise land? It’s important to remember that more than half of these analysts, scouts and coaches were former football meat heads themselves.
I love College Football, but honestly come NFL Draft season, I can’t help but get a little discouraged. Not only do you feel for these players whose futures lie in the decrepit hands of 60-something men who are either geniuses or don’t know what the hell they are doing, but you also can’t help but get your hopes up. “Future of the Franchise” they will say!
If you are a football fan, you can easily count the number of NFL busts. Although the list may be plentiful, it is still soul crushing to recall the fact that these once great athletes are now either in jail, on weight watchers, making PURPLE DRANK, addicted to drugs, etc. It is the type of sad feeling that makes you evaluate and reflect on your own life and the choices you make along the way.
Hello, have you seen Moneyball…?!
What isn’t sad is predicting the next upcoming NFL busts. Maybe because it has yet to happen or makes you feel like a Jedi Knight predicting the future, but the point is that these players’ reality has yet to set in and the potential for them to “bust” is up in the air. Feelings of grief and sorrow may or may not occur. So hey, don’t feel bad!
So here are my top 5 predictions for this year’s potential NFL busts. The players on this list aren’t necessarily newbies or rookies. Some are players who have played professionally for a few years and are on the verge of “busting.” SO let the judging begin.
1. Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston seems like an obvious choice for the top pick in the 2015 draft. He not only led Florida State to an undefeated season and a national championship, but he won the Heisman Trophy behind some incredibly efficient numbers.
However, this past 2014 season? Not so much. With 21 touch downs and 17 interceptions this year despite an offense with a massive talent advantage, I highly doubt that he has the budding future of a franchise QB.
His long list of off-field antics is just embarrassing. His shameful behavior has caused many to doubt whether he is too much of a risk to consider a franchise quarterback. You have to admit, any 20-year who has the college football world at his feet is going to have some indiscretions under his belt. But steering clear of the “no duh” obvious, a professional man would exercise some civility. Yea, good luck with that Crab Boy.
2. Johnny Manziel
Oh Johnny. Where to begin….?
Short, Frail, Incompetent, Party Boy, Immature, Out of the Pocket Scrambler, Fugly…..these are just some of the words that accurately describe Johnny Football. Although he was an exciting player to watch at Texas A&M, he has barely seen any noteworthy action in the Pros.
For starters, he didn’t make his first start until the season was all but lost. When he did start, let’s just say that it didn’t go so well. In total he has only thrown 175 yards with ZERO touchdowns. Go Team Hoyer.
All he has been actively demonstrating is his lack of respect. Although he may not look the part, he is definitely a Gronkowski “Meat Head” wannabe, partying it up every chance he gets (My apologies for sullying the name of “Gronk,” the meat head actually has a Super Bowl Ring). Manziel’s partying ways took him all the way to rehab prior to his upcoming 2nd NFL season, which could more or less be the stark realization that he may not be cut out for the NFL limelight.
Not exactly sure if one can surmise that he is not talented or dedicated enough for the game, but one thing is for certain, he is well on his way to becoming a bust.
3. Mark Sanchez
OMG, does this guy suck. I have to admit, I DO love saying that 🙂
Although he has played a number of years in the NFL, Sanchez has yet to experience any well-deserved credit for his less than stellar athletic ability. And who the hell would give it to him anyway?
In his four years as a starter for the Jets, he was historically bad at playing quarterback, a fact that didn’t stop the Jets from signing him to a multi-million-dollar extension. Also, lest we never forget: the butt fumble. One of the most glorious moments in NFL history… well not if you are a Mark Sanchez fan.
The “Sanchise” quarterback is now the backup in Philadelphia, Nick Foles #2, another Pac-12 quarterback who didn’t nearly experience similar success at Arizona University. My the tables have turned for Dirty Sanchez.
4. Colin Kaepernick
This may be a long shot, but Kaepernick’s performance towards the end of the 2014 was anything but stellar. With the sudden departure of his winning head coach Jim Harbaugh, the expected trade of their powerhouse running back Frank Gore and locker room shenanigans erupting, Kaepernick’s fate seems a bit muddled.
Sure he runs like a gazelle and has made a Super Bowl appearance, but without strength in leadership as well as support from his fellow teammates, Kaepernick may surely lose it. He can be just as disposable as his former mentor, Alex Smith.
However, I do have to acknowledge the fact that Kaepernick wasn’t necessarily a top pick coming out of Nevada. Being drafted in the second round isn’t bad at all. But when the label “NFL Bust” is flung around the locker room, it is assumed that the player in question was initially expected to perform at a high level before seeing any professional action. I am not sure if high expectations surrounded Kaepernick during the draft, nevertheless, his performance this last season along with the ambiguous future of the 49ers may mark the beginning of the end.
(Yea, you tell him Sherman)
5. Ray Rice vs. Adrian Peterson
The issue among these two players isn’t based on their athletic ability. It’s their off-field antics that may haunt them for the rest of their lives, so much so that they may not recover.
Both were caught in the act of beating one of their family members publicly, who were then dually reprimanded by the NFL, forcing them to leave the game in the 2014 season. Although Rice’s actions erupted a mass attack on the NFL and their domestic abuse policy, Peterson’s “debatable” actions also ignited an open commentary on corporal punishment. It was so serious that the NFL had to give up a precious Super Bowl commercial slot addressing domestic violence, losing millions and millions of dollars, money which could have been allocated towards something that benefits everyone, like beer.
Public perception has the keen ability (and perhaps burden) to either positively or negatively effect an individuals’ appearance and character. Despite evidence to the contrary, that perception can be everything, especially in this digital age where information is at everyone’s fingertips in an instant.
This wouldn’t be your feel good come back story of the season folks. Rice and Peterson did some not so nice things and people will not let them easily forget, score a few touchdowns and collect their checks. Public opinion may never let these athletes recover.
Despite the setback, I am certain that both Rice and Peterson will return to the NFL. Whether they return triumphantly is highly questionable.