Hello APers!! I feel the need to get something off my chest. I am not your regular poster, but a daily reader and I am curious about everyones mindset regarding the draft. It has been well documented who wants who in this years draft, but thats not what I am talking about. My problem rises every year come draft time.
I just don't understand how fans can get so excited about players they have never seen play in an NFL game.
Let me preface my rambling by stating that I am not a follower of college football. I am a Jayhawk fan and root for them, but I cannot spend time watching football games that do not interest me. And if I don't have a horse in the race (so to speak), I am not interested.
I mean, sure, there are players in college that show incredible skills and talent. But there is nothing in the world that says those skills and talents will translate to an NFL field. Some guys just have IT, and some guys don't. I dont believe that there is anything in the college game today that can tell you whether a player will be good in the NFL or not.
There are several reasons why I think this way, but they almost all lead back to the same basic point.
There are 100+ Division-I schools playing football. And unfortunately, 95% of those teams just aren't very good. So what that leads to is good teams playing a LOT of subpar teams. How can you fairly judge someones talent or skills when they play mostly below average teams? In my opinion, the college talent pool is so saturated that I don't believe you can. Yes, some players are head and shoulders above others but that doesn't necessarily equate to NFL-level talent.
For every Peyton Manning, there are three Ryan Leafs.
Okay, maybe not on the grandiose self implosion level of Leaf, but my point still stands. There are players every year that, coming out of college, are supposed to be the "next big thing" but just don't ever get there. Maybe it's coaching or maybe not. I know there are a lot of factors in a players life and ability that will help determine if they make that leap to NFL quality and I just don't understand how fans can honestly expect immediate greatness from these players.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I don't get paid to find the "next big thing" so I don't care about what a specific player does in college. If it WAS my job, then I would. So you can beg for Berry, talk about Tebow, or push for Suh all you want, there is NO guarantee that they will even pan out in the NFL.
Just an observation from a Chiefs fan that can't get excited about college football and all of the hype that is perpetuated by the media.