He is awful. Absolutely awful. He is the reason no NFL coach respects the spread offense. He can’t read defenses, can’t throw deep, his accuracy is a joke and he couldn’t hit a receiver in stride if his life depended on it. He will not make a practice squad two years from now.
Gerald McCoy is a great defensive tackle and is a solid player in the middle. I like him as an anchor for a 3-4 defense. He’s worthy of a mid-first-round draft pick and I think he will be a solid pro, but top three – top five – he most certainly is not. He’s not a game changer. He’s not a guy that drops your jaw in awe. He’s not a player that will ever, ever, ever remake or redefine a franchise. This young man is not Warren Sapp and anyone who will not have an impact on that scale should not even be considered as a number one overall draft pick – or number two, three, four, five or any other number in single digits.
I have a bad habit of overrating Gators. Jarvis Moss, Keiwan Ratliff, Reggie Nelson, Rex Grossman, Kenyatta Walker, Dallas Baker…the list goes on. I hope I go the other way with this one. I’ve watched the kid for three years and while I think he’s a very solid player, I just don’t see what all the scouts are drooling over. He’s short, he’s got decent speed, he’s got OK hands and he only gets beat deep some of the time. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think that makes you the best corner in the draft, especially in a draft as loaded with defensive talent as this one.
This rating blows my mind. He was the fifth best player on an OK defense that gave up 37 points in the national championship game. Blows. My. Mind.
I loved this kid until the Fiesta Bowl. Then he got destroyed by a tackle I’ve never heard of and didn’t even have a QB pressure in the game. When you get erased in the biggest game of your life, you don’t deserve to be a first-round pick.
No one from Florida State’s 2009-2010 defense deserves to be selected in the first found of a football draft. No one.
I’m not saying he won’t rush for 1,000 yards next season. I’m not even saying he won’t be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year if the right team picks him. But I guarantee you, in 2014 if someone asks you who Ryan Mathews is, you will have no idea what to say.
He plays for Illinois. He chose to committ to Illinois and then stayed there to play with Juice Williams for three years. If that doesn’t bring into question his decision making, I don’t know what does.
Let’s just take a look at the Charlie Weis era. In five years, Weis has had two quarterbacks selected in the first round. In that same time, he’s been to three bowl games, won one of them and had a collective record of 35-27, playing annually against stiff competition like Syracuse, Duke Stanford and UCLA. I say that to say this: If the quarterback that actually won games for Charlie Weis couldn’t play in the NFL, why on earth would you think the quarterback that couldn’t win would be able to? Exactly.
Putting him on this list once wasn’t enough. Did you watch him in the Senior Bowl? He couldn’t perform a five-step drop. It’s a five-step drop! A five-step drop! This is millions of dollars we’re talking about! And it’s a five-step drop!