NFL Prospects Deserve the Right To Determine Their Own Fate

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIApril 16, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks downfield during the game against the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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This article is a response to this article by Jarrod Moore. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/379090-youll-be-sorry-big-names-bound-to-bust-big-time

Everything about this article just flat-out bothered me. This is the kind of article that does nothing productive and only gets the writer reads and comments. I just don't believe in predicting that a player will or won't be good at the NFL level. It is just wrong.

These are just young men who have worked very hard to get where they are. Most of them have never done anything to anybody that would deserve the kind of hate they receive.

One part that really bothered me the most was when Moore predicted Jimmy Clausen to be a bust. His reasoning was just ridiculous. Clausen was not as good as Brady Quinn in college and look what Quinn is doing now.

For starters, it is way too early to be writing off Quinn. He has yet to be really given a fair chance with a decent team. He probably will get that at some point in Denver. When he does, nobody knows how he will play.

Secondly, it is really beside the point. Clausen and Quinn may have both went to Notre Dame, but that is where the similarities stop. Their styles are completely different. Quinn is a 'manage the game, no huddle, play-action, and bootleg' guy. Clausen is simply a 'sling it down the field' guy.

I do agree that Quinn was better in college, but that has nothing to do with who will be better in the NFL. Brian Griese was better at Michigan than Tom Brady. Matt Cassel backed up Matt Leinart who had a much better career at USC than Mark Sanchez. What does that tell you?

Some players skill-sets are a better fit for the college game and others are better for the pro game. It is not the same at all.

This article also says that Thaddeus Gibson will be a bust since he went to Ohio State and the Buckeyes have had a lot of busts in recent years. I am an Ohio State hater and I find that to be ignorant.

The point is that this kind of stuff is just garbage. Nobody knows how any of these guys will be in the NFL. So why not let them determine their own fate before we start the lynching?

I do understand that criticism is part of the job of being a professional athlete, but these are still college students.


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