Friday, March 23, 2012
NFL PRO DAY: BIGGEST WASTE OF TIME SINCE NASCAR
The headline on SI.com read, "Robert Griffin III's NFL Pro Day Very Impressive". ESPN
sent a crew head to Palo Alto, California to show everybody that Andrew Luck was awesome
in his Pro Day. Ron Jaworski, the ex-NFL quarterback said that Griffin III was "spectacular"
because he completed 52 of 56 passes. 52 of 56 passes! That would be an NFL record or
something. Too bad it was compiled in the comforts of Baylor's indoor facility, with RG3 in
shorts and a t-shirt, and no 325lb defensive ends trying to rip the dreadlocks off RG3.
These NFL Pro days where scouts, general managers, and head coaches travel thousands
of miles to watch these workouts that are carefully scripted by the players and their "advisors".
Only two teams really have a chance at Luck and RG3, so what the heck are the others doing
there on the companies dime? Oh, right, they're going to pull off some huge trade. The
Washington Redskins just mortgaged the farm to move up four spots to get the number two
pick in the NFL draft. The Colts have the first, both teams need quarterbacks. You do the math.
In this Pro Days, Quarterbacks throw pass patterns to the receivers they connected with
in college--against no defense. In shorts and no helmet. If anyone can tell me the last time
the NFL played shirts and skins, I'll stop right now. Pass patterns against no defense? Heck,
even Tim Tebow could complete 52 of 56 passes. If he prayed to his Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ real hard beforehand, he could probably complete them all
I will give Luck for getting creative. He had someone chase him around the field with
a broom. A friggin' broom! I've never seen Vince Wilfork chase a quarterback around the
field with a broom, maybe a giant-sized drumstick, but never a broom. What a joke.
Throwing passes against an invisible defense. What is that supposed to expose?
Here's my suggestion. During these pro days, tell Luck and RG3 that Troy Palumalu is
going to come on a safety blitz and he's going to plant his helmet right between your solar
plexus. Ok, let's see how you're going to react, on two, ready break. Or how bout this drill.
Tell those future millionaires that their center and guard busted their assignments and Ray
Lewis and Terrell Suggs have an open lane to ending your life, what are you going to do,
on two, ready break.
Scouts, general managers, and other personnel that get paid to watch college players
for at least three years, break down film, do background checks, and attend everyone of
their games and many practices, so why do they need these show-and-tell nothings on
warm, sunny days, with no defenses invited. They are such a joke and a waste of time.
It's like going to a NASCAR event and watching these souped up cars going around in
When the NFL starts playing 7-on-7 in no helmets and no pads, these pro days will
have some importance. Somebody asked RG3 if he was nervous before his pro day, he
responded, "Nervous? Nervous about what? There's no defense over 100,000 people in
the stands. I was just throwing passes."
All you really need to know about Pro Day comes courtesy of Todd McShay of ESPN.
The NFL scouting guru said the best performance in an NFL Pro Day was turned in
by JaMarcus Russell. That says it all. Enough said.