Taking the r out of draft
NFL.com columnist Thomas George does some serious heavy lifting to come up with an angle for a draft-analysis article:
Tom Brady was drafted eight years ago at pick No. 199.
Andre Woodson went to the Giants on Sunday afternoon at pick No. 198.
Similarities exist in these sixth-round picks. Both are quarterbacks with big arms. Both possess superior football intelligence. Both found their college production relatively ignored.
And the major common element: Too many teams passed on these two snappy passers.
I am not saying that Woodson is Brady.
But I am saying George is a hack.
Brady does not have a big arm. Woodson does not “possess superior football intelligence.” And to suggest that “both found their college production relatively ignored” is to severely distort the issue: Brady competed for his starting job in college on a day-to-day, half-to-half basis. Woodson has been a celebrated starter since his sophomore year. The reason he was picked number 198 isn’t because he has been ignored but because he is well known. He’s a good college quarterback and that’s all he is, as Kentucky’s defensive coordinator Steve Brown seems to understand and probably tried to tell George:
“This is a very, very sharp, smart quarterback,” Brown said. “He has excellent touch. He reads coverages extremely well. He can get you into the right play. He is one of the better quarterbacks I’ve seen in the college game in the last couple of years. He compares in style to Jason Campbell of the Redskins. But Andre is going to make his own mark in that league.”
It doesn’t strike me as unreasonable to believe that a college coach who goes on record about one of his school’s former players is going to lay it on thick. In other words, Woodson is not only not a Brady, he’s not even a Campbell.
[10/24 update: The Giants cut Woodson today. Not from the 53-man roster, but from the practice squad. Good one, George!]