We all know I'm no draftnik. Goodness knows, I have trouble enough trying to keep track of the talent on the 32 teams in the NFL. I would simply be lost if I had to sort through the thousands of players at the collegiate level. No, I like to leave it to the men at 1265 Lombardi who make a living going on road trips all across the country, attending practices and games and then each breaking down untold amounts of tape on hundreds of prospects from schools both big and small. But most of all, I leave it in the capable hands of Ted Thompson.
Which, in an odd leap of logic that only comes when one has spent his weekend preparing and executing a blow-out surprise birthday party for a now-eight year old, brings me to this.
When Justin Harrell was selected, I, and a lot of you, I suspect, laughed at the over-the-top, absurdity of the clip. Yes, Harrell was a surpise, but Thompson thought he was, ahem, the 'best player available' and pulled the trigger. I counseled all who would listen what a wise choice it was. What with Corey Williams' contract coming due, Harrell would slide into the starting lineup the following year and the Packers wouldn't miss a beat. As we now know - that's not quite what happened.
And here's something else that, while frightening, we may also know just as plainly after this season. If Harrell doesn't stay healthy and show even the slightest acumen for playing football at the NFL level, our friends in the video clip linked to above - were right. And Ted Thompson was wrong.
THAT is what a crap shoot the draft is.
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