Credit to Cardinals general manager Steve Keim for his brutal honesty, which is hard to come by this time of year when obfuscation reigns in the days leading up to the NFL Draft. He offered a frank assessment of how much stock teams put into "off-field issues" when determing a player's draft stock.
GM Steve Keim on weighing off-field issues for prospects: "If Hannibal Lecter ran a 4.3, we'd probably diagnose it as an eating disorder."— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) April 22, 2015
It certainly follows that cannibalism would lead to an eating disorder.
Back on Earth, Keim also admitted that those same off-field issues had a lot to do with shortened NFL careers.
Keim went on to say he sees 4 main reasons why players fail: 1) Off-field issues 2) Injuries 3) Can't learn the game 4) Don't love it enough— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) April 22, 2015
In case you're wondering, the latest CBSSports.com mock drafts have the Cardinals using their first-round pick (24th overall) on running back Melvin Gordon, center Cameron Erving or tackle Ereck Flowers.