theENGLISHseahawk wrote:he should just be grateful to get a shot in the NFL. It's not for him to say where he did or didn't want to play.
Saying he should be "grateful" to be in the NFL minimizes all he did to to get to this point. Like any other college player drafted, Bridgewater earned his place to be in the nfl. It took talent, hard work, dedication, blood sweat and tears to get where he is.
Professional athletes aren't given anything. They work for it their whole lives. They play through pain. They give up social events and time with family. They even sacrifice schooling. Yeah, they made the choice to pursue a professional sports career, but like a student who dedicates 7 years to become a lawyer, they understood there's a market for their skills if they are capable of it.
Take Clowney and the Andrew Luck for example. Would you say they should be grateful to be in the NFL or is it really the Texans and Colts who should feel fortunate enough to have drafted them? I think most would say it's the teams who lucked out there.
You know who should be grateful? The historically, poorly ran NFL teams like the Cleveland Browns who don't have to compete for the rights of players because of the format of the NFL draft. If any other person dedicated their lives to a profession and was the top of their graduating class nationwide, they'd have the choice of their employer. Not in the NFL. Rookies have no say, even when getting paid a small percentage of a veteran free agent who can choose which team they want to play for and are rarely crucified for admitting to not wanting to play for a different team for whatever reason.
Bridgewater should have left Cleveland out of it, but his words hardly take way the fact he earned the right to be in the NFL.
I've never once claimed to "know the draft". I have zero expertise. I'm a fan of college football who enjoys talking about the draft and found a way to talk about it every day.
But if we're going to talk about how accurately I projected the 2013 draft, I came joint 7th in the huddle report grading scale that year. This year I finished joint 23rd with Mel Kiper.
So not bad for an amateur from England.
I was actually talking about personal draft grades. Projecting the first round doesn't truly reflect our own boards with lots of it coming from media and scout source information.
Take my mock draft I posted on .Net. If I counted correctly using Huddle Report scoring system and they include my Vikings selection of Bridgewater with the #8 pick as a 2 point player match, I finished with 41 points. Tied for 3rd. Still, I didn't necessarily agree with some of those picks I had in those spots, as I'm sure a lot you didn't agree with some of yours either.