Off-field issues will dog some NFL dr...

Off-field issues will dog some NFL draft prospects

There are 12 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 11, 2009, titled Off-field issues will dog some NFL draft prospects. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

If every draft prospect were a choirboy, the first few rounds would play out very differently from how they will end up.

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Amos

Solon, IA

#1 Apr 12, 2009
What, no wide receivers?
Idiot Writers

Hamilton, OH

#2 Apr 12, 2009
Did they bias this to only affect the large schools? Does anybody on this list sound like the next Pacman jones?
Mistake Free

Beltsville, MD

#3 Apr 12, 2009
Come on this artilce is such bs, you just took one or two mistakes each player made and made it seem like it was much more then it really is, these guys are young and they've made a few mistakes, lets dig through your past see if you made any mistakes and add them to your resume, really this is total BS this article reallly is stupid
Topher

Chicago, IL

#4 Apr 12, 2009
Mistake Free wrote:
Come on this artilce is such bs, you just took one or two mistakes each player made and made it seem like it was much more then it really is, these guys are young and they've made a few mistakes, lets dig through your past see if you made any mistakes and add them to your resume, really this is total BS this article reallly is stupid
Is it really stupid for a team to be concerned when talking about million dollar contracts? Sounds smart to want to avoid the next Tank Williams or Cedric Benson. When you are interviewing for a job paying millions you'd better be able to explain why your past behavior isn't going to continue.
Da Bearss

United States

#5 Apr 13, 2009
What's the over/under on how many of these guys end up playing for the Raiders? It doesn't matter, I've got the over.
Tommyboy

Mosinee, WI

#6 Apr 13, 2009
Wisconsin is full of boozers!!
william yeatman

Washington, DC

#7 Apr 14, 2009
these are kids, for god's sake. give them a brake.
Graybeard

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 14, 2009
Talk about some baseless comments. Even I know Green worked for a year at a loading dock or something just to be given the opportunity to play again. Not a hard worder? Please, read something the coaches have said.
trojan_man

Panama City, FL

#9 Apr 14, 2009
Off the field problems have not hurt Ray Lewis.
Disgusted

Manteno, IL

#10 Apr 14, 2009
You naysayers are idiots. The newspaper is not prosecuting or drafting them. Plus the pro teams will, believe it or not, take these things into consideration. Don't give me the young mistakes baloney. The vast number of young people don't make the mistakes these guys have made. Most of them have not been arrested for DUI and most know how to listen to coaches. Many first-round picks have been less than outstanding in the pro ranks because they couldn't adjust to the pros. Before mentioning Pac man and Ray Lewis, there have been a lot more that have NOT made it than made it. To the people wondering what the coaches would say, do you think the author is making this info up or what was at the practices of every single player to judge for himself? C'mon people, grow brains!
Bill Ross

Murphysboro, IL

#11 Apr 15, 2009
Shonn ran a 4.5 to 4.56 (Faster than Marino) in a very impressive Pro Day where his increased his bench reps to a respectable 23 (from 19), and improved his explosiveness of his already “top 10” performances at the combine in the Vertical Jump (by 5 inches) and Broad Jump (by 3 inches).
The "Work Ethic" issue has been out there for a while and been swirled into a “Character” issue as well.
So, here is a guy that has never been in trouble with the Law or the Coaching staff who is absolutely loved and respected by all of his teammates...that, while recouping after a minor injury his sophomore year loses focus on attending classes, his class work slips and at midyear, finds himself academically ineligible.
Unlike most kids in this situation, Shonn decides to take the harder road, pays his own way to a local community college, builds his grades back up and re-qualifies in 2008. While going to CC and working at the furniture store, he puts on 14 lbs over his playing weight (248 lbs)… nowhere close to the 300 lbs rumored. This “Character question” is all related to one mistake Shonn made that caused him to rededicate his efforts and learn not to take things for granted.
As many before me have said, true “Character” is demonstrated best by how one responds to adversity. Shonn got a wakeup call and responded like a champion because he has outstanding character and an incredible work ethic (just ask his Team mates and his Iowa Coaches). While already the most consistent running back in the Nation, playing against the same competition Wells played against, Shonn Greene just kept getting better as the season came to a close (two pretty good defenses knew they had to stop Shonn Greene but couldn’t - Penn State and South Carolina).
Truth is, Shonn will continue to develop in the NFL (refine his blocking and have more opportunity to catch the ball). I think there are at least 15 NFL teams with more pressing needs than RB in the 1st round, that are preying the other teams believe this “Character Issue” smoke ….so that they can get a shot at Shonn later in the 2nd or perhaps in the 3rd round.
Given the smiles on almost all of the 29 scouts at Shonn’s PRO day…I wouldn’t be surprised if 1 team pulls the trigger late in the 1st round.
Tom

Milwaukee, WI

#12 Apr 15, 2009
NFL GM's have always faced the same dilemma: how to find players who are violent assassins on the field and gentlemen off the field.

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