NFL – It’s the job of NFL scouts, and by extension, the general managers that oversee them, to find flaws in college prospects.
They all have them — some more obvious than others — and a failure to identify them correctly can manifest itself into a wasted draft pick. As such, even the elite prospects that are considered surefire first-round draft picks will get their share of scrutiny, even if it’s more microscopic — or myopic — in nature.
Enter Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has 24 touchdowns to only one interception this season, but might be too nice for the NFL, according to one NFL scout. Yep, too nice.
“Like if you punched him in the stomach, he might apologize to you,” the scout told Sports Illustrated. “I just don’t know if he’s that alpha male that you’re looking for. The kid’s kind of a fly on the wall kind of guy. Physically, he’s really talented, but it’s going to take a little time. If you’re expecting him to come in and be your savior year one, I don’t think that’s going to be it.”
Talk about different ends of the spectrum for your top 2 quarterback draft prospects. We got one Heisman winner in danger of dropping off draft boards for being such a dumb asshole, and the other top Heisman contender accused of being wayyyy too nice. Night and day. Personally I would look at 2290 yards this season at a 70% completion rate and his career 87 TDs to 11 interceptions before I analyzed how he helped old ladies cross the street and holds the door open too long for people, but then again I’m not paid to do this professionally. Sometimes a team just needs an alpha male. Look at Vince Young.
Listen I don’t fault scouts at all for saying this stuff and I don’t fault GMs for taking in their advice. It’s their job, they do this professionally, and if I’m about to use my franchise’s top 10 pick and contract money on some college kid I want to know EVERYTHING about him. Does he cry during romcoms, does he pee sitting down, does he drink Cosmos at the bar, does he put ketchup on his steak. All of it matters. All of it.
They’re not always off base.
All I know is if it’s between a super nice guy like Marcus Mariota and a guy like Jameis Winston on draft day I know who I want leading my franchise. Rather try and toughen a guy up than constantly have to bail him out of jail.