Anyone been given the blunt, yet insightful relationship advice, “You can’t change your partner?”
That was the main thought going through my head as I watched a bunch of former A&M players, in odd-fitting tights, going through the most overhyped job interview on this planet — the NFL Combine.
As experts and analysts exhaustively dissected 40-yard dashes, broad jumps, bench presses and shuttle drills, the only thing that I came away thinking was this: Have you all watched the damn film?
I bring this up because of all kinds of questions that came up regarding, most notably, Luke Joeckel.
Evidently, Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher is an all-around better prospect than Joeckel and should be the favorite to be selected No. 1 in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft all because he has the physical tools to be exceptional. Yep, you read that correctly. Central Michigan.
Some experts and analysts so over emphasize players’ performances at the Combine that you almost forget about the real job interview — you know, like the player’s entire collegiate career.
Joeckel ran a mediocre 40-yard dash. He didn’t dominate on the bench press. La dee da, who cares? He was also undoubtedly the best offensive lineman in the country in 2012. He was the anchor for the best offensive line in the country. He protected the blind side of the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He has no character issues, and he will be a 10-year stalwart in the National Football League.
Look, the Combine has its purpose. It’s an event that allows players to come out of the woodwork and make some cash. But for the most part, what you get is what you get. For instance, let’s look at the Aggies.
With Joeckel, you get the No. 1 player in this draft, a guy who will be a superior left tackle in the NFL.
With Damontre Moore, you get a player whose stock has plummeted because of a horrific Combine performance. But if you turn on the tape, you see a player with the tools to be a great pass rusher in the NFL. A player whose motor has improved significantly. And a player who doesn’t have top-end strength — hence, the 12 repetitions in the bench press.
With Christine Michael, you get a physical freak who has some major character and injury issues. What do you know? He reportedly missed two team interviews.
With Ryan Swope, you get a player who showed scouts what he’s been for a superb four-years at A&M — that being, a burner who has top-end speed, an innate ability to find open spots in defenses and a guy who will be a steal wherever he’s selected.
The Combine is what it is. It ain’t going anywhere, either. That’s just the nature of the business. But none of the A&M players who attended the Combine shocked me with their performances. At this point in their careers, they are who they are. And there isn’t anybody that’s going to change them.
Here are a few more thoughts on a wonderful Wednesday:
-Leave it to Johnny Football to finally break the NCAA’s hypocritical system that keeps players from accepting much of anything while the bigwigs in Indianapolis and around the nation reap the monetary benefits. By trademarking his name and, now, having the opportunity to actually make some dough while in college, Manziel has somewhat broken the system. And it’s about time. The kid brought in close to $40 million to A&M with his incredible freshman season. And he pocketed absolutely zero from it.
Sure, he’s now famous and he has a Heisman Trophy. But in this world, money talks.
If people have an issue with Manziel seemingly selling out, let me ask this question: If you were working your tail off, on a daily basis, and producing unseen results all the while your employer pocketed all the earnings and all you received was a bronze trophy, would you be content? I think not.
-Consider me surprised with Jameill Showers’ decision to sign his LOI to play for UTEP beginning this fall. I figured he was destined to be a Baylor Bear. He would have absolutely flourished in that office. However, on the other hand, I can see where he doesn’t want to chance that he may not win the starting job come fall. Remember, he would have been missing spring football for whatever school he chose. Regardless, this is a huge coup for the Miners. Showers, in the right offense, has the arm to be an absolute stud.
Also, circle Nov. 2 on your calendar. A relatively uninteresting nonconference game at Kyle Field just got a whole lot more intriguing. UTEP vs. A&M. Showers vs. Manziel.
-Spring football begins Saturday. Yes, I just smiled. Heaven knows there are a ton of questions that A&M has to answer going into its most anticipated season, probably ever. I’ll take a look at the top-10 storylines going into spring on Thursday and Friday.