Okay, someone explain this to me. Every mock NFL draft I can find has Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn as the pick-of-the-litter among QBs. He’s not only listed as the No. 1 QB in the draft – far and away – but most pundits have him as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. So I just finished watching the Nokia Sugar Bowl and Brady Quinn looked like a second-string Central Park QB compared with his counterpart – LSU’s JaMarcus Russell.
The 6′ 6″-260 pound junior commanded the Super Dome like the Grand Marshall of Mardi Gras. He threw for 325 yards and two TDs, with only one INT to lead LSU to a 41-14 stomping of a so-overrated Notre Dame team that should never have qualified for a BCS bowl. Quinn and his mates were overmatched and outplayed. The Irish QB passed for only 148 yards, 2 TD and 2 INTs, and looked like he needed another year of eligibility.
Russell – who passed for nearly 2800 yards and 27 TDs this season – has another year of eligibility, which partly explains why he’s been the Invisible Man on everyone’s mock draft. Not any more.
We all get what goes on in the draft. It’s mostly a beauty contest in which players are picked at, jabbed, measured and basted so much one can only dwell on their flaws and Wonderlic scores. NFL honchos get caught up in blood tests and medical reports and vertical leaps, and they seem to forget to look at films. Last year, Young was dissected like a high-school frog until six teams decided he, his quirky throwing motion and low Wonderlic score made him a risk. Today, Young was named the overwhelming offensive rookie of the year in the NFL.
Meanwhile, has the NFL learned? Will teams overlook Russell in favor of Quinn for reasons I do not want to express here? Probably, and one team will benefit immensely while another will become the next Texans.
And I have to say this again: ND should never have qualified for a BCS game. They are coveted simply because they are Notre Dame. They lost every big game this season (Michigan, USC, LSU), nearly lost games to weak teams (UCLA, Michigan State) and fattened up on the military academies. Can we stop this madness please?
Alas, probably not.
GAMER: JaMarcus Russell