Predicting busts from the 2017 NFL Draft Class

Every season has them, but nobody wants to be one of them. People are paid millions of dollars to evaluate them, yet it seems that they never go away. These, of course, are NFL Draft busts.

Foreword: As I mentioned, executives, coaches, and scouts are paid millions of American dollars each year to evaluate the best college football talent and only a handful of players drafted pan out. I, on the other hand, do not get paid millions to be bad at my job. I do it for free.

With that in mind, here are some players who could be busts in the National Football League.

Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Stanford

Watching Christian McCaffrey play at Stanford was a wonderful experience. It seemed like every play he was running a total of 400 yards, going from one sideline to another, and one end of the field to another, just to have his wizardry called back.

McCaffrey was a Heisman finalist in 2015, and deservedly so. He broke an NCAA record with 3,864 all-purpose yards, and made highlight plays almost every drive. Personally, I think he should have won the Heisman in 2015. But, I digress.

He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash in the NFL Combine, fourth best among running backs. He’s 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 202 pounds. The physical assets are there, and he certainly knows what to do in the open field.

The former Stanford running back can do it all. He can return kicks and punts, catch passes, and make plays out of the backfield. Unfortunately, do-it-all specialists are few and far between in the NFL, and this hurts McCaffrey. He won’t be playing Pac-12 defenses anymore, and if NFL linebackers can figure out how to stop McCaffrey out of the backfield (which is not unlikely), then he becomes just another running back.

John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington


Yes, John Ross broke the official 40-yard dash record with a blinding run of just 4.22 seconds. Speed is great, and is becoming an ever-increasing necessity in the NFL. However, very few of the players who have ran sub-4.4 40-yard dashes have had major success in the pros.

For example, Darrius Heyward-Bey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.30 seconds, and has done virtually nothing in his NFL career. Jacoby Ford ran a 4.28 in 2010, and tallied only 848 yards in his four-year tenure in the NFL. Even Chris Johnson, or “CJ2K,” hasn’t had a spectacular career. Johnson, who ran a 4.24 in 2008, tallied 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. That season was one of the best in NFL history, but Johnson hasn’t eclipsed even 1,000 yards on the ground since 2013.

That’s not to say fast players can’t be great. But when a player’s best asset is speed, it typically doesn’t equate to greatness. That, combined with Ross’s ACL tear in 2015, has me concerned about his ability at the next level.

Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

What’s an NFL Draft without a quarterback bust?

Watson has had a great college career, winning a national championship and being named a Heisman finalist twice. His leadership skills are there, and he’s proved he can step up in the biggest stages.

His intangibles will be valuable in the league, but he’s got plenty of work to do before he can make a splash in the NFL. He’s slenderer than most quarterbacks, and has been inconsistent in his ability to throw the deep ball.

His numbers in college were out-of-this-world. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns in two separate seasons, but threw 17 interceptions in 2016, which is upsetting.

Watson is likely going to have a decent career in the NFL, but he doesn’t strike me as the face of a franchise due to his small frame and inconsistency with longer throws. If teams are looking for a revolutionary under center, Watson is probably not the best choice.

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The Wild Western Conference

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Every team is .500 or better. The top three teams have the three best records in the league. The past three MVPs have all come from here, and this year’s MVP is nearly a lock to come from here. Welcome to the Wild West.

The Players

Why is the NBA the best professional sports league right now? It’s player-centric. Which conference has the best players?

SPOILER: The West.

  • Kevin Durant (one-time MVP)
  • Stephen Curry (two-time and reigning MVP)
  • Russell Westbrook (likely to be an MVP)
  • James Harden (in contention for MVP)
  • Kawhi Leonard (two-time and reigning Defensive Player of the Year)
  • Draymond Green (finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2015 and 2016)
  • Damian Lillard (also a rapper)

I could have kept typing, but I thought it would be better if that list ended with the fact that one of the league’s best point guards also raps.

Anyway, the fact remains that the Western Conference has the best players (with the exception of the best player and G.O.A.T., LeBron James). Great players against for great players makes for the best matchups.

The Matchups

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Portland Trail Blazers

Out of the four series in the West, this is probably the least intriguing, but the series still has value. It’s a chance for Golden State to prove why it’s the league’s golden team, but also a chance to see what kind of find the Blazers have. The Splash Bros. vs. Dame and CJ McCollum. Portland may have a shortage in talent outside of its guards, but this series will see no shortage of offense.

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies

Despite featuring the best coach in the NBA (more on that later), this is probably going to be the least entertaining series from the West, at least if you like offense. Both teams, especially Memphis, are heavily defensive-minded. The problem for the Grizzlies is that Tony Allen, their defensive anchor, is going to miss most, if not all, of the series with a strained right calf. Nonetheless, we’ll get to see Kawhi be Kawhi, and that’s usually exciting enough on its own.

(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder

Close your eyes. Imagine a dimension where two basketball players were drafted by the same team and went to the Finals together, but then one of the players was unexpectedly traded away. Then, both players exploded on their own teams to be MVP candidates, averaging nearly 30 points per game and more than 10 assists per game (and one of them is actually averaging a triple-double).

Open your eyes. The dimension you entered is not an alternate reality. That dimension is very real, and we get to see James Harden and Russell Westbrook face off in the first round of the playoffs.

Oh boy. I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it. In case you thought you misread the above paragraph, WE GET TO SEE JAMES HARDEN AND RUSSELL WESTBROOK FACE OFF.

I hope the NBA rewrites the rules for this series and no other series that requires these teams to play one 90-minute, winner-take-all game. I can’t even fathom the points, rebounds and assists totals that the Beard and the Brodie would each have.

Unfortunately, all we get is a potential seven-game series between this season’s two best players. Darn. That is just so unlucky.

(4) LA Clippers vs. (5) Utah Jazz

Wait, there’s more?

Have we not been #blessed enough?

Apparently not.

This is actually an incredible matchup by two teams that have flown under the radar. The Clippers have been banged up, but actually have a healthy roster entering the playoffs for once.

The Jazz have 2017 All-Star Gordon Hayward and one of the best shot blockers in the NBA in Rudy Gobert squaring up against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

It’s not the flashiest series, but this is a great matchup nonetheless.

The Coaches

The Western Conference features four coaches who have won NBA Coach of the Year, including the reigning winner, Steve Kerr. Other winners of the award are Gregg Popovich, who has won Coach of the Year three times, Mike D’Antoni and Doc Rivers.

Steve Kerr just led the Warriors to the greatest three-year regular-season stretch in NBA history, including an NBA-record 73 wins last season. By the way, that 207-39 record in the past three seasons were Kerr’s first three seasons as an NBA coach.

Gregg Popovich is a five-time NBA champion head coach, and has won a title in three different decades.

Mike D’Antoni has the potential to be the NBA Coach of the Year yet again with the offensive revolution he’s led in his first season in Houston.

The NBA has some mastermind coaches, and a lot of them just so happen to be in the Western Conference.


The beauty of the playoffs is that anything and everything can happen. There can be upsets, sweeps, injuries, close wins and heartbreaking losses. The only certainty from this year’s Western Conference Playoffs is that it’s going to be wild.

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Kendrick Lamar Week: His best album

Kendrick Lamar — a.k.a. The King of Rap — is releasing his fourth studio album this Friday. So we here at TNJN thought that we would honor Kendrick’s divine status by providing you all with our scorching Kendrick Lamar takes. David Bradford, Quinn Pilkey and Robert Hughes will reveal their favorite Kendrick feature, verse, song and album.

BEST ALBUM

Oh boy, here’s the big one. Kendrick’s best album. He’s released three gems and a compilation of throwaways that are better than most albums. Simply put, there isn’t a wrong answer here (that’s a joke, David thinks both Robert and Quinn are egregiously wrong). But here we are folks, before DAMN. comes out on Friday, here’s Kendrick’s best album to date according to Robert, Quinn and David.

Hughes

All three of Kendrick Lamar’s studio albums have been great, and each shows a clear evolution in Kendrick as an artist. For me, however, there’s no debate; Kendrick’s best album is easily good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the tracklist.

  1. Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter
  2. B****, Don’t Kill My Vibe
  3. Backseat Freestyle
  4. The Art of Peer Pressure
  5. Money Trees (feat. Jay Rock)
  6. Poetic Justice (feat. Drake)
  7. Good Kid
  8. m.A.A.d. city (feat. MC Eiht)
  9. Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version]
  10. Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
  11. Real (feat. Anna Wise)
  12. Compton (feat. Dr. Dre)
  13. B****, Don’t Kill My Vibe (feat. JAY Z) [Remix]

Name one bad song. I’ll wait.

SPOILER ALERT: There is not a single bad song on that album.

And what’s even more impressive is that the album is not merely a collection of singles, but rather, 12 songs that can stand strong on their own, but are made stronger in the context of the album.

Each song takes on a different persona that has been beautifully crafted by Kendrick, but the songs fit together to tell the story of a young Kendrick Lamar Duckworth growing up in the streets of Compton, California, and the pressures and tragedies that come with growing up in a gang-ridden city.

The album, however, takes a positive turn in the last half of “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” and shows how Kendrick was able to escape a potential life of drug dealing and gang-banging.

Like I said earlier, however, Kendrick continues to evolve as an artist, and all of his albums have been great. I’m beyond intrigued to see how his new album turns out, but if I had to guess, I’m guessing it’ll be great, too.

Pilkey

To Pimp a Butterfly is a masterpiece, one of the most beautiful rap albums ever created. Despite that, Robert’s right: good kid, m.A.A.d city is Kendrick Lamar’s best album. It’s incredibly versatile, and it’s not quite as inaccessible as his most recent album is. TPAB is great, but it’s not always as easy to listen to in short bursts and it doesn’t have the same ability to do everything.

GKMC has enough bangers (“Backseat Freestyle” especially) that appeal to large audiences and are just pure fun to listen to. It has deeply emotional songs like “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” that are chillingly beautiful every time. It has comedy, it has features from Jay Z, Dr. Dre and Drake, and it tells an incredible story that’s both deeply personal and widely relatable. A variety of rapping and musical styles are shown off throughout the album, meaning there’s a bit of something for every kind of hip-hop fan. And it’s such a positive, uplifting message in the end.

Meanwhile, To Pimp a Butterfly is incredible, but it doesn’t do everything that good kid, m.A.A.d city does. That versatility is what makes Kendrick’s second studio album his best.

Bradford

Ignore the vitriol my two compadres just spewed. Their selection of good kid, m.A.A.d. city as the best Kendrick album is

This isn’t to say GKMC isn’t a masterpiece – the album is a classic – but because I live in this little thing called reality, it is pure objectivity when I say To Pimp a Butterfly is Kendrick’s masterpiece.

It’s also why I’m so damn excited for DAMN. Because when Kendrick released GKMC back in 2012, I asked myself, “How is he going to top that.”

And then, he obviously did with TPAB.

I’m not sure DAMN. can surpass TPAB. After all, no album in the realm of hip-hop can rival it. Not 36 Chambers. Not Illmatic. Not My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

What you have on TPAB is Kendrick using every weapon in his arsenal at an all-time level. It’s like Russell Westbrook notching a triple-double on Citizen Kane. That makes no sense, but I dig the visual. And imagine if Kendrick released an album titled Rosebud.

Now when I judge rappers, I focus squarely on four qualities: Lyrical content, thematic content, delivery and instrumental selection.

GKMC earned extremely high marks in all categories – the lyrical content was diverse, the thematic content was encapsulating, Kendrick’s flows and vocal inflections varied; and the instrumentals were a perfect blend of accessible and unique.

But TPAB accomplishes so much more.

While GKMC was an insightful tale into daily life in Compton, California, Kendrick really takes his lyrical and thematic choices to another level on TPAB.

In TPAB, the audience gets a vivid lends into Kendrick’s world post-GKMC. It isn’t a pretty picture. Kendrick deals with a number of issues that lead him to suicidal thoughts, such as being pimped by an industry he’s supposed to love, suffering from survivor’s guilt and being able to impact millions of strangers, but unable to impact his own. But as the album progresses, Kendrick becomes a self-confident powerhouse.

The journey is wildly emotional, and because so many emotions are at play, nearly every song feels like a climax. Songs such as “U” and “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry” and “i” are so powerful in their emotional range that each song could be considered the album’s apex.

But even the songs that aren’t a climax and act as more of a transition from one emotional stage of Kendrick’s life to another are excellent. “King Kunta” is braggadocios and challenges those around Kendrick, asking where they were when he wasn’t a superstar. “How Much a Dollar Cost?” is a stunning tale where Kendrick refuses to lend a homeless man money, but once he learns that the homeless man is actually God, he fears he’ll lose his spot in Heaven. “Mortal Man” – the album’s closing track – continues off the theme of true friendship, but goes at it in a much deeper way.

And I haven’t even mentioned the unique structure of the album. While GKMC is comprised of skits that carry the narrative along, TPAB features an album-long poem. Periodically, Kendrick will recite this poem, but not all the way through. Instead, with each reintroduction of the poem, Kendrick gets further and further into it. By the time “Mortal Man” fades out, we hear Kendrick finally finish the poem, which he was reciting for… 2pac.

Kendrick took snippets of a 2pac interview he was given while in Germany and treated it as if he was actually interviewing the 2pac in real life.

HOW. DOES. HE. DO. IT.

Instrumentally, this album is dense and diverse. The overarching instrumental pallet is jazz, but infused into it are elements of psychedelic music, funk, boom-bap and even some rock. Unlike GKMC, there isn’t a truly accessible, radio-friendly instrumental – “Alright” certainly has the best case for one – and that’s one of the album’s highest net positives.

It’s a challenging album to digest, which is one reason why I think a lot of people prefer GKMC over it. But with enough listens and full analysis into what’s going on, it’s the most rewarding listen of this decade. And not just hip-hop, but across every genre.

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Edited by David Bradford

Kendrick Lamar Week: His best song

Kendrick Lamar — a.k.a. The King of Rap — is releasing his fourth studio album this Friday. So we here at TNJN thought that we would honor Kendrick’s divine status by providing you all with our scorching Kendrick Lamar takes. David Bradford, Quinn Pilkey and Robert Hughes will reveal their favorite Kendrick feature, verse, song and album.

Best Song

Kendrick Lamar is a rapper who makes songs. And normally (read 100 percent) these songs are fire af. So it’s obviously a challenge to pick his best song when so many of them get the juices flowing. But if a parent can select their favorite child, then Robert, Quinn and David can pick their favorite Kendrick Lamar song.

Hughes

Kendrick Lamar has put out more classics than I can count. There really aren’t songs by him I don’t like, but to me, there’s a clear No. 1 when it comes to his best song.

“The Art of Peer Pressure” from good kid, m.A.A.d city is my personal favorite from King Kendrick because his storytelling within the span of just five minutes and 24 seconds is, simply, beautiful.

Like a painter uses a canvas, so Lamar uses a beat to create a masterpiece. “The Art of Peer Pressure” tells the story of a young Kendrick simply hanging out with his friends–or so he thought. It’s not until the end of the first verse that he admits the influence his friends have when he says: “look at me/I got the blunt in my mouth/Usually I’m drug-free, but [expletive] I’m with the homies.”

The same theme is repeated within the second verse. He begins to tell the struggles of living in Compton and how spending time with friends distracts him from those struggles, and inversely, leads him into gang temptations.

I can’t say it better than Kendrick, so I’m going to let his lyrics speak for him.

“We seen three [expletives] in colors we didn’t like then started interrogating/I never was a gangbanger/I mean I was never stranger to the funk neither/I really doubt it/Rush a [expletive] quick and then we laugh about it/That’s ironic ’cause I’ve never been violent, until I’m with the homies.”

As I listen to the song, Kendrick teleports me to Compton, a place I’ve never been. In the final verse, he talks about robbing a house and narrowly avoiding the police, all while avoiding his mother’s advice.

“My mama called–‘Hello? What you doin’? ‘Kicking it’/I should’ve told her I’m about to catch my first offense with the homies.”

I don’t understand how he’s so good at creating art in the form of music, but I will simply sit back and appreciate it in anticipation for his new album.

Pilkey

I wrote about Kendrick’s best verse being the second on “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” and the strength of that verse is a big reason why the song as a whole is his best. Yes, it’s the obligatory 12-minute song that Kendrick seems to have on every album. But if the length has dissuaded you from listening to it, I urge you to immediately reconsider your decision.

The first half is hauntingly beautiful, going in-depth on the lives of the subjects of his songs and how they feel about their relationships with him. The third verse is Kendrick himself exploring those relationships and wondering if he’s truly done enough. No matter how many times I’ve heard the song, I still get chills down my spine as Kendrick repeats the hook:

“When the lights shut off / And it’s my turn to settle down / My main concern / Promise that you will sing about me”

It’s an incredible way to summarize to the gut-wrenching story Kendrick has been weaving throughout good kid, m.A.A.d city, but it doesn’t end there. The second half of the song is different musically but it’s just as great. It opens with Kendrick explaining how tired he is of the life he’s been leading to this point in the narrative of the album – one of gang-banging and peer pressure leading to deaths becoming an everyday occurrence. The sins are adding up, and Kendrick and his friends can’t seem to escape them – they’re dying of thirst.

Then, it happens. Kendrick and his crew are presented with a way to escape their past and find a new way forward: they are baptized by a neighbor and accept God. It’s the incredible, hard-earned end to the story told throughout an incredible album. It’s by far the most introspective Kendrick gets on good kid, m.A.A.d city, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Bradford

Wow, this is a brain buster. First off, picking an individual Kendrick song is difficult because his songs fit perfectly in the context of albums. Second off, he has a bunch of good songs. Third off, fourth off.

I ended up wrestling with about five songs before narrowing it down to two — “How Much a Dollar Cost?” and “The Blacker the Berry.”

Although the former is his most creative story to date, I opted with the latter.

“The Blacker the Berry” is one of Kendrick’s most visceral performance in terms of his delivery. He doesn’t change his flow or alter his vocal inflection like he does in so many other songs. Rather, his flow is blunt and his voice is full of rage. Just check out these set of lines from the first verse.

“I’m African-American, I’m African/I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village/Pardon my residence/Came from the bottom of mankind/My hair is nappy, my d*** is big, my nose is round and wide/You hate me don’t you?/You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture/You’re f***** evil I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey.”

While listing off stereotypes and showing disdain toward a group of people trying to destroy his people, Kendrick complicates the message of the song in the final line.

“So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street?/When gang banging make me kill a n**** blacker than me?/Hypocrite!”

Using hypocrite as the last word is specifically powerful because Kendrick begins each verse with “I’m the biggest hypocrite of 2015,” which also means this song is outdated. Haha jk.

The lyrics are worth diving into, but more than the lyrics, the instrumental is simple and effective. It’s foundation is an emphatic boom-bat style beat with rising synths in the bridge that build the tension of the song perfectly. When Kendrick proclaims “hypocrite!” at the end, the song goes from a blunt-forced trauma to a soothing jazz outro, which gives the listener time to process everything that has just transpired over the song’s 5:29 span.

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Edited by David Bradford

Making the Case: Isaiah Thomas for MVP

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It’s arguable that the National Basketball Association has never seen this much offense in its 70-year history, and that’s due in large part to players scoring at an all-time high. The two highest scorers in the league, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, are the two favorites to win the MVP. The third-highest scorer in the league, however, has been (literally) vastly overlooked for consideration.

Here’s why Isaiah Thomas should win the MVP:

Shooting

The highest field-goal percentage among the top three scorers goes as follows:

  1. Thomas, 46.4 percent
  2. Harden, 43.9 percent
  3. Westbrook, 42.6 percent

These are good, if not great, shooting percentages. Nonetheless, Thomas shoots 2.5 percent better than Harden and 3.8 percent higher than Westbrook.

What about 3-pointers? Thomas has got the Beard and the Brodie beat in those categories, too.

Westbrook and Harden are shooting 34.4 percent and 34.6 percent from beyond the arc, respectively. Thomas is shooting 38.3 percent from deep.

Finally, Thomas is shooting more than 5 percent better than either Harden or Westbrook from the free-throw line. Westbrook is shooting 84.5 percent on free throws, Harden is shooting 85.1 percent and Thomas is making 90.9 percent of his shots from the charity stripe.

Efficiency

Now it’s time for a little game. The game is simple: question and answer. Ready? Good.

Question: In the NBA, which two players turn the ball over more than anyone else?

Answer: James Harden (5.8 turnovers per game) and Russell Westbrook (5.4 turnovers per game).

Interesting. The two leading candidates for MVP are also turnover machines. But, I digress.

Isaiah Thomas, coincidentally enough, averages less than half the turnovers of Harden, with only 2.8 turnovers per game.

Clutchness

Is clutchness a word? The red squiggly line that appears as I write this would indicate that it’s not, but it’s time to invent it.

There’s a reason Isaiah Thomas has been dubbed the “King in the Fourth.” His performances in the fourth quarter have been other-worldly, and he usually shines brightest under higher pressure.

For example, his career-high 52-point performance was impressive. What’s more impressive are the 29 points he scored in the fourth quarter of that game that gave his team the 117-114 win over the Heat earlier this season.

In the fourth quarter, only two players average more than nine points: Russell Westbrook and Isaiah Thomas. The more efficient of the two, of course, is Thomas.

Yes, Russ is averaging 10 points per game in the fourth quarter, but Thomas is just behind him with 9.8 points per game in the final frame, and it takes Thomas just 5.9 field goals to hit that mark, compared to Westbrook’s 7.3 field goals attempted in the last quarter of the game.

Either way, both will break Kobe Bryant’s fourth-quarter scoring record of 9.5 points in 2006.

If triple-doubles are all that matters and turnovers are irrelevant, then sure, either Harden or Westbrook should win the MVP. But if a player can score nearly as much at a much more efficient rate, especially with the game on the line, then it’s time for the NBA’s shortest-ever MVP.

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Is Josh Dobbs the next Dak Prescott?

Photo by Ben Proffitt.

Pro days, especially in the SEC, attract NFL scouts from nearly every, if not all, professional teams. In Knoxville, one player’s pro day has drawn national attention.

According to Bob Welton, a former scout with the Cleveland Browns, Josh Dobbs’ pro day workout was “the best quarterback workout” Welton has ever seen.

When it comes to NFL quarterbacks, even NFL quarterback prospects, nobody overreacts to anything, right?

“Wrong.”

-President Donald J. Trump

So, naturally, the comparisons and overreactions spread like wildfire.

Exhibit A:

This begs the question: Is Josh Dobbs (who is an aerospace engineer, I think; I haven’t heard play-by-play announcers say his major at least once per drive in every game he’s ever played in) the next Dak Prescott?

Not quite.

Dobbs has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his Tennessee career in all facets of the game.

Oh yeah, and he can even catch passes:

Unfortunately for Dobbs, however, these flashes of brilliance haven’t equated to the sustained brilliance of one Dak Prescott. Don’t believe me? Check the stats.

Dobbs’ collegiate numbers:

  • 7,138 passing yards
  • 2,160 rushing yards
  • 53 passing touchdowns
  • 32 rushing touchdowns

Prescott’s collegiate numbers:

  • 9,376 passing yards
  • 2,521 rushing yards
  • 70 passing touchdowns
  • 41 rushing touchdowns

“But Robert, Dak played in more games in his career, so it’s not fair to compare the numbers straight up.”

Fine, let’s talk averages.

In 37 games played at the University of Tennessee, Josh Dobbs averaged 192.9 passing yards per game, 58.4 rushing yards per game and 2.3 touchdowns per game (either rushing or passing).

His Mississippi State counterpart, on the other hand, averaged 191.3 passing yards per game, 51.4 rushing yards per game and 2.3 touchdowns per game (again, that is the average of rushing and passing touchdowns) in 49 games played.

Interesting. The averages tell a different story.

Is it possible that an overreaction wasn’t an overreaction at all? Could it be that it was just a…reaction? Not an underreaction, not an overreaction, but rather, a Goldilocks-esque just right reaction?

Yes and no.

There’s no correct answer to that question, at least not yet.

Prescott has played a full season in the NFL, and Dobbs has played one less season than that (that’s zero NFL seasons for all you non-aerospace engineers). Luckily for Prescott, that one season included four All-Pro teammates on offense, including one Ezekiel Elliott and three offensive linemen.

Oh, and his now-former teammate, who just happened to be the starting quarterback at the time, Tony Romo, got injured in the preseason, ipso facto delivering the starting job to none other than Dak Prescott.

Is it likely that Dobbs gets that lucky? Absolutely not. But there are a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks in the NFL, and many of them are probably looking for Dobbs.

Is Dobbs the next Prescott? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell. But if the chips fall the right way, he will be the first Josh Dobbs, and that’s all he needs to worry about.

Featured image by Ben Proffitt