By now, most college football fans have already seen Oregon running back LaGarrette Blount's tirade after the Ducks' loss to Boise State last night. For those that haven't, I've pasted the URL for the YouTube video below.
Once the initial shock of Blount's inexcusable behavior wears off, NFL scouts will still need to determine if his skills translate to the NFL. Blount, roughly 6-1, 250 pounds, is a questionable fit in Oregon's spread offense and struggled to find holes yesterday against the Broncos, but in an I-back formation, the power back with surprising speed could be effective and many NFL teams will consider him.
His character grade, however, took a massive hit (sorry, couldn't resist) with the cheapshot, however. So much so that when placing this latest infraction with the multitude of others that have come in the past (suspended for grades over the summer, showed up overweight, etc.), Blount may have fallen from a potential Top 50 selection all the way out of the draft with his behavior.
How he answers questions about his lack of control to scouts and the media at the Combine (asssuming he's invited) will ultimately go a long way in determining whether he's given an opportunity in the NFL. More so, in fact, than any yardage and touchdown production he might put forth this season.