Re: Prospecting for Draft Day "Sleepers"
Thats definitely an interesting article, it will be one to look back on after the draft and into next year.
I think the draft is a strange mix of crazy optimism and overly harsh criticism.
You read the final scouting conclusion with most players slated to go in the top 10 every year and they all sound like world beaters at their position.
Then you read their 'cons' and they sound pretty fundamentally flawed in some key aspect(s) of their game.
The fact remains that alot of rookies fail to make that much of an impression in their first year but its the job of the NFL and its 'talking heads' to hype them to the max.
I don't put Kirwan in this category - he seems more level headed than most.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.