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4th is where workout warriors make sense

Posted on: April 24, 2010 10:12 am
Edited on: April 24, 2010 10:36 am
 
I'll admit that I was one of the media members who bought a little into the hype with workout warriors Everson Griffen and Bruce Campbell, the defensive end and offensive tackle from USC and Maryland, respectively.

Based on the film, however, I've steadily argued that they were being overrated and that some team was going to be disappointed if they invested a top 50 pick in them.

Griffen, in particular, is likely to disappoint. He signed with USC as one of the truly elite prep talents in the country, but had been a significant disappointment until this past season. Even this year, it was obvious that his motor ran hot and cold.

With Campbell, the classic "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" description applies.

Both, however, are well worth a 4th round pick, as they have the prerequisite athleticism and build to play in the NFL.

And after earning so much media hype throughout their respective careers, dropping to the fourth round could provide a very effective serving of humble pie.

Motivated, both players could develop into starters. Considering we're 100 picks into the draft (99, technically, with the selection of Mardy Gilyard by the Rams), the timing is right.

EDIT --- The Minnesota Vikings must have thought so too, taking Griffen with the 100th pick.
EDIT 2 --- The Oakland Raiders used the 106th pick on Campbell.

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