In January, when everyone was drooling over Vontaze Burfict, I wasn't even close to pronouncing him anywhere near a first-round talent. There were just too many holes in his game on the gridiron.
Not matter what Burfict did off the field, if these "experts" were right, the Arizona State product would have been drafted.
It was more what the troubled linebacker failed to show on the field that led to him to signing with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. Still, many experts refused to actually look at the tape and see what was apparent to a lot of fans.
Matt Miller had the following to say about Burfict at the beginning of February.
Burfict started the season No. 2 overall on my big board but quickly started to fall after taking himself out of games mentally. Burfict has top-five talent but second-round self-control. If he can land in a veteran locker room, the sky is the limit.
He wasn't alone in these opinions. Many other experts were still concluding that Burfict would be a dominating player at the next level. Top-five talent? That thought never entered my train of thought at any time during the draft scouting process.
But Mel Kiper Jr. was on board.
With little left to prove, it was time for Burfict to enter the draft. His tape is stacked because he has started from day one. Has great instincts, makes plays sideline to sideline and is far more disciplined than he gets credit for. Might have too much tape at this point.
What is this tape they are talking about? Did I miss it somehow? Taking character concerns out of the equation, Burfict was not a first-round prospect.