Ranking the 5 Biggest Divas in the 2013 NFL Draft Class
With today's media coverage, NFL players have nowhere to hide. NFL teams have gone to greater and greater lengths to ensure they know not just the player they're drafting, but the man as well. Divas are a bigger problem now than ever before because of all the social media and general exposure that individual players get.
A diva, in my admittedly loose definition of the term, is a player who causes distractions because of a selfish or immature attitude. They don't necessarily do anything "wrong"—that is, they aren't really rule-breakers so much as annoyances.
Players like Dez Bryant and Chad Johnson would be characterized as divas. They don't really get into trouble, but they are constantly doing things that get them in the spotlight, and it takes away from the team and organization at times.
There are a couple notable emissions from this list because of the "diva" definition.
A guy like Travis Kelce, who was suspended for the entire 2010 season because of an undisclosed team rule violation, has been called a "trainwreck character-wise" and seems to have some deep-rooted issues that don't qualify him as just a diva.
Also, Tyrann Mathieu is not on this list because a drug problem does not correlate to being a diva. He was, by all reports, a good teammate and kid who always played hard and caused no problems while dealing with family and personal problems that unfortunately caused his dismissal from LSU.
But here are five players who could be considered divas and should be looked at carefully by NFL teams prior to draft day.
Da'Rick Rogers was a starting receiver at Tennessee until getting kicked off the team just a few weeks prior to the 2012 season. The reasons were vague at the time. It was revealed later that he had failed three drug tests.
But there had always been questions about Rogers' maturity, and there were rumors of coaches being frustrated with his attitude. He plays hard on the field but has an edge that he needs to learn how to temper.
At the combine, Rogers tested out very well and sounded good in his interviews, but an NFL source said that he had heard of continued issues with coaches at Tennessee Tech throughout this season. Rogers' maturity and attitude need to develop, or he's going to be ostracized in the NFL.
I figure I might as well just get this one out of the way. It's hard to really classify Te'o into any type of category right now, but I figure "diva" works as well as any of them.
But it's important to make a distinction here about Te'o: I don't necessarily think he's a bad person. Even though all of the details and intentions are still not, and may never be, fully known, I haven't read anything that would lead me to believe that he is an inherently evil person.
Depending on what exactly you believe, Te'o would be considered naive, weird, unlucky, overwhelmed, awkward and weird again. But his intentions did not seem to be evil.
He definitely, however, has some type of penchant for attention and will now receive a lot of it for as long as he's in the NFL, so that will brand him as a "diva," at least for now.
You can read a good scouting report here on Tyler Bray for yourself. Don't bother reading more than one, though, because they will all say the same thing: tall, incredible arm, inconsistent mechanics, bad attitude.
He has a lazy, detached demeanor which makes it seem like he's not really concerned about much. As a quarterback, he needs to be a team-first player who leads both with his words and the example he sets.
Some quarterbacks are quieter, but they play hard and bear down when they need to. They don't necessarily add that much, but they certainly don't detract from the team, either. That's what is so concerning about Bray: His arrogance can actually drag the team down, which is the worst possible thing a quarterback can do.
Here's another guy who hasn't done anything "wrong" per se, but he still fits the description of a diva for quitting the Washington State football team last season.
Marquess Wilson quit in November, and later that week accused head coach Mike Leach of abuse. While abuse, in any form, should not be tolerated, the decision of Wilson to simply leave the team should provoke some concern.
Football coaches are not typically pleasant men, and there is plenty of proof that Leach is no exception. If Wilson didn't get on with Leach, that's fine, but the fact that he flat-out left his team midseason shows a lack of respect for both the program and the university. Transferring is always an option, and Wilson should have explored that before leaving his teammates behind.
Alec Ogletree is a phenomenal talent on the field and should be the first player taken out of everyone on this list. But he has a significant record that warrants a lot of concern.
Ogletree's issues put him right on the line between a diva and just straight-up troublemaker, but he's worth mentioning here. The linebacker was arrested for theft in 2010 and then was suspended for the first four games of the 2011 season after violating the team's drug policy.
But then just a few days before the NFL combine, the most important day of his life so far, Ogletree was arrested for DUI. This horrid lack of decision-making, combined with his previous issues, should make NFL teams a bit nervous if they decide to invest a first-round pick in him.