Now that we’re less than two weeks away from the NFL Draft, it’s a good time to take a look inward and remind yourself that we often know nothing. For as much research as we do into the NFL Draft, there are countless example from literally anyone in which their detailed scouting report or or their draft projections were wildly off.
We fall in love with a prospect or claim that someone shouldn’t go until the sixth round of the draft, then they go on to have a completely surprising career.
We shouldn’t run from our mistakes, we should celebrate them and learn from then. Use that experience to constantly remind yourself that while we may feel confident about our scouting process, there’s always a pretty darn good chance we’re going to look like an idiot on draft day and beyond.
So let’s celebrate our mistakes with today’s Question of the Day:
What NFL Draft prospect did you end up getting completely wrong?
My answer: T.J. Clemmings.
Back in 2015, I took Clemmings in our POD Community Mock Draft. I passed up on the likes of Todd Gurley, Marcus Peters, and Byron Jones.
I made the fatal mistake of believing too much in potential and not enough in actual results. Taking a developmental tackle new to the position was way too big of a risk for the 23rd overall pick, and NFL teams knew it. In reality, Clemmings wasn’t selected until the fourth round.
He only lasted two years with the Vikings, then spent a couple years bouncing around the league as depth. As of today, he is a free agent.