So Jevan Snead, after tons of pre-season hype last year, has a thoroughly average season for Ole Miss, including a terrible showing in a couple of big games, yet he still decides to forgo his final season of college eligibility and leave early for the NFL. He then goes undrafted. Yikes. Although the decision showed a lethal combination of over confidence and poor judgement, I kinda feel bad for the kid.
OT: Historical bad decision #2,567,399: Jevan Snead leaves school early
That is not a complete sentence.
Before it all came down to sex, now it's all about money? Which is it? I'm running out of white-out.
Commentators yesterday said he may not have started if he returned to Ole Miss for his senior year. I'm not sure who he was listening to when he declared - maybe he can play Arena League.
"Most people at my level feel he is a joke," a veteran NFL scout told us via e-mail. "People in the league respect Kiper. He is not a true scout but he does work at it. A lot of his info he gets from connections in the league, and over the years he has made quite a few. When he was younger he used to burn some bridges. He doesn't do that any more."
So what about McShay?
"McShay does not have any good connections," the source opined. "Higher-ups in the league think he is an arrogant asshole. A know-it-all. And he really knows nothing. Whatever he says about a quarterback, take it to the bank, it will be the opposite. Remember, last August he stated that Jevan Snead was better than Colt McCoy and would get drafted in the top five. He has yet to publicly retract that statement.
"One of the reasons the kid came out was because of what McShay said. The family thought McShay knew and everyone else was wrong. . . . He has problems with game management, accuracy and leadership among other things, but pretty boy Todd thought he was great because of one good game (the Cotton Bowl) a year ago. McShay is a pretty face who comes across like he knows what he is talking about. He does have good presence, but knows nothing."
I'm no fan of Kiper, but he's way more tolerable than McShay imo...I loved reading this.
Because he thinks McShay is hot.
"McShay is a pretty face who comes across like he knows what he is talking about."
is that unlike most of us, Kiper and even some pro scouts, he actually played college football and was a QB at Richmond. So it's not like he comes from a position of no knowledge. Now that doesn't mean he's great at evaluation or anything, but he does have a credential.
That report was in March....touting Clausen and saying Mcshay was a moron. Looks like Mcshay was more right than anyone else was. Clausen went in the 2nd rd and Mcshay was the only 1 saying that leading up to the draft.
No one knows for sure right now, but advantage Mcshay on this one.
Regardless of what McShay says, he's a talking head on TV. Any player/family who puts the future on the line because of some guy on ESPN deserves to have it thrown back in their faces.
ESPN's job is to get ratings. It's not to decide kids' football futures. People should make their decisions based on personal need (do they need the money, will coming back be beneficial on a personal level, etc.) and evaluations from NFL scouts (whose jobs depend on whether they're good at what they do).
I don't feel sorry for Snead at all. He'll either work his ass off and still make it to the NFL, or he was never meant to make it in the first place.
I don't disagree agree with you. If he based the biggest decision of his life on the opinion of a talking head, his decision making is pretty suspect to begin with.
And no, I have no sympathy for him. As Lloyd said, "Life is tough if you're stupid."
then changed and went with Texas, where he ended up transferring from.
what's the context of that quote from LC? not heard it before. thanks in advance/
Yes he was a Texas recruit, in the same class as Colt Mccoy. He obviously lost that battle although he had a few opportunities. I do remember a crazy shootout against Kansas St where Jevan threw for 300+ as a freshman.
The NCAA should allow most of these kids back to school if they aren't drafted. It's strange that kids can choose to remain "amateur" and play hockey and baseball in college after they have been drafted, but not the two main revenue sports.
Only in the NCAA does getting drafted in one sport make one a "pro" while being drafted in another doesn't.
Hiring of agents is the difference. Once you cross that bridge, there is no going back.
For football I know it's not. You have a certain amount of time before the draft to put your name down for it. Once that deadline has passed, if you submitted your name...you're done in college. If you don't hire an agent and submit your name, you're done regardless.
It's both, a player is ineligible regardless of when he hires an agent.
Part of the NFL draft declaration is expressly forgoing any remaining eligibility in a letter to the NFL commissioner. Why the NCAA cares about this is beyond me, but they recognize that declaration as becoming a professional athlete--regardless of whether or not the player makes any money. I had a buddy that played D-III ball and we thought about having him "declare" for the draft just to see if we could con anyone into being interested. Unfortunately, I lacked follow-through at 20.
this would cause trouble with recruiting. Kids choose their school based in part on the roster and schools need to know what their position needs are before accepting a LOI. Also, schools need to work within the 25/85 limits.
You have to admire what he's been able to do. Considering he's a high school grad, and started his business while in JUCO. Didn't graduate, per Wikipedia...
But having a public persona and a key slot @ ESPN doesn't mean the college players and their families should take him seriously.
Don't know much about McShay, but Kiper had Jimmy Clausen AS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE DRAFT.
Kiper had Jimmah 4th, behind Suh, G. McCoy, and Berry.
... best QB available, and best player after those three.
And Mel has already put up his initial list for the 2011 draft:
And it appears Ryan Mallett is #1... :(
As he should be imo. Mallett has a very similar skill set to Ryan Leaf. If his abilities between the ears are even average he could be a franchise guy for 10 years or so. Maybe the next Drew Bledsoe?
Mallet is #6 I think, Locker is #1
He was eligible for the draft after last year, and would have been no lower than a 2nd round pick had he come out then. Then again, anyone who has watched Jevan Snead play is painfully aware that he is always making bad decisions.
And this is why I've stopped watching all of ESPN's coverage of the draft and started watching NFL Network. Mike Mayock has to be one of the most on point talent evaluators I've seen, and everyone on that show is there because they either offer expert analysis or because they offer comic relief.