By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 at 2:57 pm in off-season stuff.
It will be interesting to see where Daymeion Hughes goes in the draft this weekend. Obviously, his body of work on the field speaks for itself. But scouts are concerned that he isn’t fast enough to be a lock-down corner in the NFL.
It always amazes me how much pro teams — in football and basketball — are obsessed with the “measurables.” If a guy has the correct height, weight, speed, strength, etc., he becomes a top prospect, seemingly in spite of his skill level as a player. I think a lot of pro teams are confident they can turn a guy into a great player as long as he has the raw athletic ability. As we have seen so often, that is not always the case.
It’s true that college success doesn’t always translate into success in the NFL. But that still seems to be a better barometer than running the 40 in a certain time or squatting a certain weight a number of times. Here’s a crazy idea: How about evaluating how good a player a guy is.
It looks like Marshawn Lynch, Hughes, Brandon Mebane and Desmond Bishop are all locks to be drafted. Don’t be totally shocked if Tim Mixon’s name is called, too. He’s reportedly looked good in workouts and his ability as a kick returner makes him a more attractive prospect.