The nastiest, most unfair and borderline silliest thing ever written about a draft prospect appeared recently in Pro Football Weekly . When I say ever written, I mean, ever written.
PFW's Nolan Nawrocki wrote this about quarterback Cam Newton: "Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”
So that's how we're evaluating prospects now? On how they smile ?
On how if they know where the cameras are? What does that even mean?
I've never seen anything like this written in the media about a draft prospect. Never. And I've been covering the NFL for 20 years.
It's disgraceful. Really, it is.
Now, in the draft, we have the smile meter.
We measuring pouts next?