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Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"

Posted on: April 21, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 8:11 pm
Stanford running back Toby Gerhart would be a first round pick if he were black, according to a longtime NFL scout anonymously quoted in an article published today by's Michael Silver.

“He’ll be a great second-round pickup for somebody, but I guarantee you if he was the exact same guy – but he was black – he’d go in the first round for sure,” the scout said. “You could make a case that he’s a Steven Jackson-type – doesn’t have blazing speed but he’s strong and powerful and versatile."
Gerhart led the nation with 1,871 yards and 27 touchdowns last year, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy race to Alabama's Mark Ingram -- who ran for 213 yards and 10 touchdowns less despite playing in 14 games last year. Gerhart played in 13 games.

Stereotyping Gerhart as just another white hope at running back is obviously unfair. Considering his underrated top-end speed, lateral agility and quick feet, it also isn't accurate. I've steadily made comparisons to former Cincinnati Bengals standout back Rudi Johnson with Gerhart.

Despite comparing him to a former Pro Bowl back, I agree with the first part of the scout's statement in that Gerhart is likely to be taken in the second round.

I believe, as I told Jon Wilner in this article for the San Jose Mercury News, that first round picks are generally reserved for running backs with explosive speed. I believe the color of Gerhart's skin won't have anything to do with where he is ultimately selected.

In a draft as talented as this one at hard-to-find positions such as offensive tackle and the defensive line, I expect it to be even more difficult for a third running back to sneak into the first round. 


Since: Mar 25, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2010 4:53 pm

Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"

This might be the dumbest comment of all time.  I am not a race baiter of any sort. And I would say that everyone has the capacity to be racist - including black people.  But to say that no young black man ever has had to experience real racism is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard.  Honestly.  Do you read anything? Do you know anyone black?  This comment is almost too stupid to dignify.  Almost.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 3:16 pm

Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"

Why is this even being brought up?  Teams will draft him where they think his value is at.  It has nothing to do with skin color or Gerhart's ability...if he was that amazing people would be picking him higher in their mock drafts...this is just something for the self ignorant racist lynch mob to screem 'RACIST!' over so that they can sweep their real racism under the rug.  Please ignore for those of you with half a brain...this is just to create contraversy.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2010 2:48 pm

Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"

Man all the race baiting al sharpton wannabee's everywhere around the country and on this site would be up in arms if this was said about a black person being to love the hypocracy in this country especially when not one young black man has ever experience real racism...I beleive black people actually treat whites worse than the  other way around....who gets out alive, a black man in the suburb or a white man in the hood.....please!!!  Yet i wont sit here and say Im so offended or all that garbage just pointing out the hypocracy.....of cours ethe scout may have been white and Im sure some of you race baiters would find somethign racist with this comment.....morons

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:46 pm

Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"

I meant to say: If you had read, not would've...sorry CBS scoring system!

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:44 pm

Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"

If you would've read the entire article you would've notice that Rob Rang DOES NOT AGREE with that statement.  That statement was made by an NFL scout anonymously quoted&
nbsp;in an article publish in by Michael Silver.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2010 5:05 pm

Scout: If Gerhart was black 1st round "for sure"


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