Originally Posted by Fairplay
I remember the 2007 draft. Brady Quinn was thought to go in the top ten. He was in the draft room, cameras would pan on him anytime a potential team might pick him. Then he kept dropping down and down. Eventually Brady went to a private room behind the watching eyes of everyone as the debacle unfolded. You felt embarrassed for the poor guy. This wasn't suppose to happen, not now!
Certain Chief fans on here were thinking the Chiefs should draft down and nab him, they had to have him! It could have been the golden moment to shine according to some of our draft "gurus" using that term loosely i might add.
Cleveland the next day was heralded in the sports pages that they stole the draft, even gave them an A grade.
I ask you, did Brady Quinn pan out over the years? Did He?
There was a reason Quinn dropped. He had character issues that were uncovered in the evaluation process. Most people didn't know about that until late in the game. That's how it works, we have to go on the information we have, and so far there aren't any of that kind of negative on Smith. Maybe there will be in April. Maybe there won't. Who knows. But it's a porous argument, because Quinn should
have dropped, based on his character, and I think everyone would agree with that, now that we have the information. And I think everyone would be okay with the team not drafting Smith, if there was something like that on the books about him.
Otherwise, I have yet to hear a good, valid
explanation for why Smith is not a #1 caliber pick. I hear a lot of hemming and hawing and "well, I don't actually know very much about him, but he isn't any good IMO" and "he lost 6 games, he sux!", but I have yet to see any meaningful point against him made that can't be countered (to an extensive degree in most cases) with actual video evidence.
People are just gunshy.