The new "combine" flavor of the month QB has appeared.
So I was just checking out the Sports News and noticed a story about "Anthony Richardson’s sensational combine performance" and how it's got the media whipped up and supposedly has raised his positioning in the upcoming Draft. Enough already, I say, enough..................how many times do the NFL scouts have to get fooled by the results of these dog-and-pony-shows?? They stand around with their clipboards, stop watches and tape measures in an attempt to disprove what 2-3-4-5 years of NCAA play have told them. Then the media hype starts, fan pressure builds and ownership decides to risk a lost season and millions of dollars.
I provide two examples, Tom Brady and Zach Wilson.
Tom Brady had a lackluster beginning at Michigan but in his final two seasons he displayed the skills which would develop in the NFL, enough so that any scouts tracking him should have at least been curious. At the combine he may not have "flopped" but he didn't impress and subsequently fell all the way off everyone's radar till he was taken in the draft as an afterthought. The rest, as they say, is History, as Brady had an illustrious 23 year career.
Zach Wilson is sort of a polar opposite, he played at a passing school and had a very fine resume prior to the combine. Under close watch he threw some passes that amazed everyone, I recall our own justacommeman being gaga over him. Wilson moved up in the Draft and was chosen with high hopes by the New York Jets. His fall was precipitous and his stands on the brink of two things: an unseen before resurrection with NFL employment or future selling Maytag washers at the local discount store.
If you hadn't noticed, I have a dim view of these "combine" results.