Posted by Big Ron on July 06, 20 at 13:08:03:
In Reply to: Re: Slow day trivia posted by PowayDevil on July 06, 20 at 11:23:31:
Just some anecdotal evidence. Things like 4/5 star recruits make up about 10% of the high school football recruits, but they accounted for 21 of the 32 first round picks in the last NFL draft. The rating doubters will point to a case of a 2 star that grew into a first round pick, but the ODDS of fielding a talented college roster greatly improves by landing proven high school talent.
More anecdotal observations.
Many HS linemen grade out high because they are bigger than their HS peers. But by the time they get to college ball, all the players are just as big. At that point, it takes dedication to the craft to develop proper technique and the muscle memory to perform on a consistent basis. Some big kids never learn and do not live up to their star rating. Some late bloomers that had to rely on proper technique early, Physically develop under college conditioning and training tables to become solid starters. Picking the right young linemen is an art. I’m hoping that Mawae has the magic.
Charles Barkley once described Steve Nash - “Too small. Too slow. Can’t jump. Best player in the league.” Sometimes conventional rating cannot account for the intangible assets of an athlete. That is what makes sports great. How would modern rating systems judge a 5-7 160 lbs DT at Michigan State? Frank Kush might have never had a chance to become an All American lineman.
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