The NFL Draft is now just over two weeks away. Like every year, analysts—both armchair and professional—are foolishly speaking in absolutes. Talks of “can’t miss” prospects and “sure busts” will only come back to embarrass people. They always do.
All you have to do is look at the immediate reactions from the Lions’ 2013 draft. The selection of Ezekiel Ansah was met with a lot of worry, while just about everyone hated the Sam Martin pick.
No one is immune to making bad draft decision. Search the archives of Twitter or comment sections from decades ago and you’ll find opinions that will embarrass even the most talented draft experts. So today’s Question of the Day is:
What draft prospect did you get completely wrong?
My answer: Safety Jeremy Cash. I was very high on the Duke alum last year. I was so convinced of Cash’s ability to play at a high level immediately in the NFL that I took him in the second round of the SB Nation mock draft for the Detroit Lions.
Not only did Cash have no immediate impact in the NFL, but he actually ended up going completely undrafted. Cash did end up signing with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent and played well enough in the preseason to justify a roster spot on 53-man roster, but he only appeared in eight games and tallied six tackles in his rookie season. Though Cash’s career is far from over, it’s still pretty embarrassing to mock a prospect in the second round before he went undrafted.