Posted on: January 27, 2012 8:10 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 8:20 pm
Florida State's Andrew Datko entered his senior season among the most highly touted offensive tackle prospects in the country.
Unfortunately, the Seminoles preseason All-ACC left tackle's 2011 season ended after just four games due to lingering shoulder issues. Datko pursued gaining another year of eligibility with a medical redshirt but was not among the list of several NFL-caliber players initially granted an extra season from the ACC.
According to editor-in-chief John Crist of NoleDigest.com, Datko has elected to end his pursut of a medical redshirt, has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus and is preparing for the 2012 draft. He's currently rated as the No. 11 offensive tackle for the 2012 draft and the 118th rated prospect, overall by NFLDraftScout.com. Datko was one of two highly athletic tackles to star for the Seminoles over the past four seasons. While he started at left tackle, Zebrie Sanders was the Seminoles' right tackle. Sanders flipped over to the left side and played well once Datko's senior campaign finished early.
The 6-6, 321 pound Datko will obviously have to answer questions about the health of his shoulders but when 100% has proven himself to be a very effective blocker for the Seminoles. Big and athletic, Datko started 40 games for Florida State, all of them at left tackle. The shoulder injury limited his play in 2011 but Datko allowed just three combined sacks in his previous two seasons with the Seminoles despite facing an impressive array of pass rushers in the ACC. Of concern to scouts, however, is that the injury isn't new. As Datko explains in this video he was essentially playing with "just one shoulder" in 2010 and had expected to be fully healthy in 2011.
The opinion of team doctors will ultimately play a critical role in where (or if) Datko is selected in the 2012 draft.
Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:24 pm
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor made his first public appearance after leaving the Buckeyes today, flanked by superagent Drew Rosenhaus.
Quite frankly, I didn't find the short press conference to be particularly interesting and had hoped to ignore it completely, until Rosenhaus described his newest client as a player he expects to be a "first round pick."
Now, don't get me wrong. Rosenhaus is simply doing his job as an advocate for his client, but whatever respect I may have had for Rosenhaus' talent evaluation just went out the window.
Pryor has proven himself to be a quality collegiate quarterback, but hasn't demonstrated the accuracy, understanding or technique needed to be a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL. He is a 3rd string developmental quarterback at best. He's got a littany of off-field issues that NFL teams will have very little time in which to investigate. I've spoken to several NFL teams about him and have found it difficult to find anyone willing to stick up for him. There is a similar sentiment surrounding Pryor as there was last April when I, after consulting with league sources, predicted that Ryan Mallett would slip into the third round based largely off of questions about his character and ability to lead an NFL franchise.
Drew and his brother Jason Rosenhaus have built their agency into one of the most successful in the industry. They've done a terrific job of getting their clients good deals and are often credited with helping boost the stock of some of their clients with their creative and effective use of the media.
Some characterized Rosenhaus' ability to manipulate the media (and, by extension the NFL) as genius when it came to pumping up the stock of Willis McGahee, among others.
If Rosenhaus is able to convince a team to use a first round pick from the 2011 supplemental draft on Pryor it will be his most impressive feat, yet.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:17 am
Edited on: January 25, 2011 9:18 am
Super-agent Drew Rosenhaus has a style which makes many people inside and outside of the NFL dislike him. But after the Senior Bowl's South practice yesterday, where watched clients OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida) and ILB Colin McCarthy (Miami, FL), he showed class that his critics would find hard to believe unless they saw it for themselves.
Walking off the Fairhope Stadium field while on his phone (like most agents, Rosenhaus spends most of his life with a phone to his ear), a burly man yelled towards him for an autograph. He pointed to his phone, and continued to walk away to get away from the crowd so he could hear the conversation. The man once again yelled quite loudly at Rosenhaus, saying "my son is a big fan, why won't you take a picture with him?"
Many agents, players or coaches may have continued walking given the rude nature of the father. However, Rosenhaus asked the person on the other side of the line to hold and walked back to the young man waiting for the picture. He smiled, took the picture, and the father thanked him with a enthusiastic handshake.