2010 NFL Draft: Why All The Pessimism?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Sam Bradford of Oklahoma watches drills after deciding not to participate  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Luke McConnellCorrespondent IApril 22, 2010

For the past several weeks, there have been countless articles and slide shows dedicated to the NFL Draft.  

Mock drafts, player rankings, player pros and cons, and every other possible list or opinion has been posted on here.  It's been a lot of fun to read and see where everyone thinks people will go and who is better than who.  

However, there has been a prevalent feeling behind many of these.

I've got one question: why all the negativity?

I've seen several articles with titles such as, "Why So and So Will Be a Bust," and it makes me wonder, what is our goal?

Why not have things like, "Why So and So Will Be a Star?"  

I'm not saying that we shouldn't write articles like these or wonder about how good or bad someone is going to be.  Quite the contrary.  Thinking is great, and that's what this site is built around.  Throw your opinion out there and let's discuss it!  

But do we focus too much on the bad and negative side of things?  

For example, if I thought that Tim Tebow was going to be a huge NFL bust and I turned out to be correct, would I be happy and excited that I said he would be a bust?  Would i celebrate over another person's failings?  Would you?  

I'm a very positive person.  I am always looking for the good in people because I believe that every person has good in them.  It's just up to them to find it within themselves and make that part of who they are or even the entirety of who they are.  

Maybe these thoughts are being fueled by that inner persona of me. 

Is it important to be well-informed and know that someone as good as Gerald McCoy could still be a bust?  Absolutely.  But to totally focus on that potential of a player is a bit unfair in my opinion.  

I'm excited about the draft tonight and where people will be taken, but I'm more excited to see them developing into the next group of stars in the NFL.  

THAT'S something worth celebrating.  

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