Michael Vick Ruined the NFL for Pat White

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Michael Vick Ruined the NFL for Pat White
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In the 2001 draft, there was a freak of nature that every team was drooling over. He was fast, athletic, and could throw the ball as hard as anyone in the league.

The player was selected with the first overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons. This player's name was Michael Vick

Vick was supposed to be a new kind of quarterback. He was supposed to be a game-changer and for several years he was. But for all his arm strength, Vick was unable to consistently pass with accuracy. 

So what does this have to do with Pat White? Everything.

White is short, athletic, fast, left-handed, and non- traditional. He's basically a carbon copy of Vick. And that's is where the problem is.

Vick never became the dominant quarterback that everyone, including the Falcons, thought he would. This is the reason for all of the hesitation on White. 

Some are saying White should switch to wide receiver, but why? He found more success at West Virginia than Vick ever did, so I see no reason why he should switch positions.

White started four bowl games for the Mountaineers and won every single one of them. No other quarter back in NCAA history that can claim that feat.

So why are teams hesitating? Because he is not the prototypical quarterback.

White is not the 6'3", 240-pounder that most teams think they need at the quarterback position, which is why they are telling him to move to wide receiver.

There is a big difference, though, between White and Vick.

White is by far the better passer, while Vick is a better runner. White, however, is a better team player than Vick ever was. 

I believe White will not get his chance to play at quarterback in the NFL, which is truly sad. He will fall in the draft and be taken by a team that had more than 10 wins last season—a team that doesn't need a quarterback

The Bottom Line:

Vick's inconsistency and trouble with injuries is making every team unjustly hesitate on White.

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