In the spirit of the season – when mock drafts and trading strategies rule the twitterverse – I decided to check out some of the NFL Combine on Saturday.
The goal was to get to know more about the upcoming crop of quarterbacks. And of course what ended up happening is my twisted brain went straight to behavioral analysis. The mind does what the mind does.
Instead of “oooing” and “awwwing” at footwork or circus throws, I immediately started watching how players were interacting with each other and the camera. How did they present themselves? How did they behave around each other?
It’s humorous watching a group of alpha-athletes in their prime preening for the camera. A lot can be observed about their behavior among this small group of peers.
Besides, I decided my observations can’t be any less accurate than those who prognosticate how much they KNOW that (FILL IN THE BLANK QB) is going to be the second coming of Tom Brady in this year’s draft.
My gasbag rants about whether or not player X has the right mindset for arguably the toughest job in professional sports surely can’t be any less meaningful than a mock draft in early March?
OK, assuming you’re still reading this – here are my unscientific, immeasurable and definitely laughable observations from Saturday’s telecast of quarterbacks at the 2018 NFL Combine:
- Mason Rudolph looks like he came straight off the streets of New Jersey prancing around for the camera.
Don’t believe me?
Dead ringer for a Jersey Boy, no doubt about it. The Jets would be completely off their rocker not to draft this guy. You can’t coach ‘destiny’. LOL.
Since we’re on the subject of destiny, look no further than this guy when it comes to finding a gem at quarterback:
Baker Mayfield wins the Doug Flutie Award for doing more with less than any of his much-taller peers.
And as a side note: He may not play special teams but no one grunts louder through the 40 yard dash than this generation’s obvious choice for the Doug Flutie Award winner.
Remember, it’s important to consider the intangibles :)
Given the superstition Flutie reaped upon a playoff-deprived fan base – for more years than required to get a drivers license – one might consider it destiny if the Bills somehow land Baker Mayfield in the upcoming draft.
Mayfield also seems to have a large dose of #KellyTough bravado that would certainly appeal to the WNY FAMbase.
And finally, I can’t give enough props to the boys of NFL Network for their incredible NFL Combine coverage. The most impressive part of their coverage?
"I'm sorry can we get back to the guys on the field and stop talking about how fine I am?"
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 3, 2018
Michael Irvin’s 1980’s throwback ‘Izod’ type muscle shirt.
Just when you thought it was safe to finally throw away all the shoulder pads in your closet. Ugh.
Editor’s babble: Admitting you’re addicted to football even in March is a good first step toward recovery. You can find my rants and other meaningless observations on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO. Oh, and as always, views expressed on the blog may not necessarily reflect those of the owners of the BillsMafia.com website.