Re: Duron Harmon - Not a reach afterall?
posted at 5/13/2013 7:28 AM EDT
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to sportsbozo1's comment:
A reach is when you expect to turn trash into gold.
RESPONSE: Wrong. A reach is when a team selects a guy early, when everyone else had projected the same guy to be a late round pick, or undrafted.
Taking an All league performer isn't taking trash, if you think Big East Football isn't on the same standard as other leagues then you drop the mineral value a little and call it silver and hope your geologist got it wrong and it was actually gold! I'm OK with the players drafted by BB because in reality a UDFA player has made this team three years in a row. It's all about the will of the player and the teaching he receives while compeating. If they both are in line then the player will achieve whatever his goals are.
RESPONSE: Nonsense. A player's physical and mental attributes are considered and measured against others, as well as that player's production, or lack thereof, in college. Level of competition is also considered.
If I played a sport it would be to be great not just average. I'm sure most of us feel the same way,why settle for the word adequate, when the word great is availible?
RESPONSE: At this level, will-power and hard work can only take a guy so far. For a player to rise to greatness, beside those things, the player must also possess a certain level of talent to build on. Though Tom Brady was drafted late...based on his size, and his production at Michigan, he was grossly underrated. Nothing personal against Harmon, but he hasn't shown a similar level of production, or talent level. His selection was an ill-advised, egotistical move by BB...who disregarded the advice of his scouting department. Evidently, BB still believes that he can "manufacture" a great safety.
Please stop trying to rationalize this...or make excuses for BB. If his scouts had recommended that he select Harmon at #91, then an argument can be made that the scouts saw something in this guy...etc. But, they instead were evidently strongly opposed to this selection. Why have a scouting department, if they are going to be completely disregarded? BB has pulled this bs now, two years in a row...with Tavon Wilson last year, and Harmon this year. Even if some day Harmon pans out...he still should not have been drafted at #91.
TexParrot knows because he read it in some draft publication and can repeat "Polly wants a cracker" as long as that bizarrely crested cockatoo Mel Kiper says it first.
As I said above, to date Tavon Wilson does look like the third best safety in last year's draft and has been a better contributor than all but a handful of the 35 or so guys picked after him. So by performance to date (admittedly too short a timeframe to judge definitively) Wilson looks like a decent pick at the place he was taken. And unless Mel Kiper is privvy to the draft boards of all 32 teams, it's impossible to say how other people actually drafting (rather than those writing ESPN articles) had rated him.
We'll see with Harmon. But when it comes to the Wilson pick, it seems like TexParrot is the guy with the ego as puffed up as Mel Kiper's hairdo . . . and Belichick (not surprisingly) the guy who actually knows something about football and football players.