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Does Heart mean anything in the draft anymore?

Been awhile sense I made a post. Hope I didn't lose my touch. I need to air something out here though. Janoris Jenkins I keep being told is the 2nd most talented corner in the draft. Even though they are not intrested many belive the Lions should take him at 23. At what point does talent overshadow the type of person you are?



We all remember the Mark Herzlich debate I'm sure but he was an undrafted free agent picked up by the Giants. Once considered a 1st round or even a top 10 draft pick at linebacker fell past 32 teams in 7 rounds soley because of question marks about his health. He's a teriffic human being though a hard worker and effects everyone positivley. He's mentally tough, he would have to be through out his cancer battle. To this day I still wish we had taken Herzlich if nothing else but to be a positive team member. On the flip side we have a guy in Janoris Jenkins who is completely healthy a fantastic physical talent and even a good mind for the game. Off the field he has had encounters with the law and even thrown off the florida gators roster yet he will be drafted in round 2 I would bet at the latest maybe an early 3 with word his agent walked away from him now. This bothers me every year and not as a Lions fan but as a pro sports fan. Wouldn't the risk on a player based on health be as big or perhaps even less than a player with a troubled history? You can write checks and know every week Mark Herzlich will be on time for practice and ready to prove no one man works harder at his craft than he does. While he may not be the starting linebacker he will be damned if he lets anyone else just have the job. Seems to me a player like that would be a better investment than a Jenkins or Bufict in the draft. Last year it was Jimmy Smith. Seems like these kids that cause trouble in college might have there draft stock slip but never really pay a sever punishment for there problems strictly because of the talent they posess. On the flip side of that coin why must players like a Mark Herzlich pay severly for something that is out of ones control? If I was a GM I most certainly wouldn't jump at the oppertunity to draft the next J marc or Pac Man Jones. I certainly would like to think I would constantly be searching for the Herzlichs and Marcus Cannons of the league. This risk to me seems less on a player with past health problems that is cleared to play. Than a potential law suit or jail sentence resulting from stupidity. Is it because the NFL is dire to find the next big play maker no matter his problems or is it just the socitey we live in ? I have no idea but I will say this. Heart and mind on the bench can effect a team more than tackles and ball skills on a 3 week suspension. Just one mans opinion

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