The NFL draft is one of my favorite sporting events of the year, but the one thing I will never understand is how "high character guys" get penalized for being people of substance over some people who have a questionable past. Here is what some sources stated about my favorite player in the draft, Myron Rolle:
"You look at the opportunities away from football that Myron Rolle has; you wonder about the dedication to football. These teams want the guy to be a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year football player."
-- Mel Kiper Jr.
"To some in NFL circles, the former Florida State star's decision to put football on hold for a year while studying at one of the world's foremost academic institutions [Oxford] -- not to mention his plans to become a neurosurgeon -- indicates a lack of commitment to the game."
-- USA Today
"It's a character issue … if you want to create hesitation on a guy, make him think. [Rolle] can't help but think."
-- Brian Billick
Meanwhile a guy such as Carlos Dunlap is still projected to go first round despite being picked up on a dui where he was actually passed out behind the wheel of a car. Rolle's big discretion? BEING NAMED A RHODES SCHOLAR! He's now projected to go in the 5th round due to that decision. And people wonder what's wrong with our society.