Myron Rolle-Senior Bowl: Rolle Hasn't Lost His Step

Jerry BurnesAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2010

So I hear there's this guy from Florida grabbing a lot of scouts' attention at the 2010 Senior Bowl.

If you're watching ESPN you're hearing all about Tim Tebow and his bad footwork, elongated motion, and so forth. Actually, the story is getting beat to death between from-site reports and attacks from Todd McShay of Scouts' Inc. and Mel Kiper Jr.

The guy not grabbing headlines? Myron Rolle. Remember him?

Rolle graduated after the 2008 season and was a projected late first, early second round pick in the pre-workout stage of the 2009 NFL Draft. His workouts only would have boosted his stock. 

But Rolle didn't enter the draft. Instead he took his Rhodes Scholarship and went to Oxford University in England to study for his Masters in medical anthropology, while saying he would enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

It's now draft time again, and Rolle is not only on the radar, but he's impressing scouts and will hopefully be taking some attention off of Tebow's dysfunctions. 

Rolle is no longer a first round pick. Not after missing out on football for an entire season. But this is unlike the Mike Williams and Maurice Clarett fiascoes. Rolle stayed in good physical shape, and now scouts are looking at him in the second or third round.

The first round potential he posseses will easily put him in the second if his workouts continue at this rate.

"For a guy who hasn't played he's done everything you'd want," a scout told Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel . "He's making people notice him. No one really came here thinking about him and he's jumped out a little."

At 6'2", 215 pounds, Rolle's physical specs are there for a safety. His numbers were never eye-popping at Florida State, unlike those posted by Eric Berry and Taylor Mays in their respective careers.

Rolle was a Freshman First Team All-American in 2006, along with being named the Sporting News ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and the Watkins Award winner.

In 2007 he was named a first team Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar and in 2008 he was awarded Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Second Team All-ACC, Associated Press Third Team All-America, and a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

So while mainstream focuses on the lapses of Tebow and his far more impressive college resume, don't sleep on Myron Rolle.

After all, he might be the one guy in this year's draft with less character issues than Mr. Tebow and far more upside on the field.