YardBarker- In a recent interview with GQ, Sherman was asked if he ever gets frustrated about how the media reports breaking news and stuff happening within an individual team’s locker room.
The response is perfectly Sherman:
“It’s more funny than it is frustrating. I don’t really care. I think of it as them talking to a bunch of sheep who will believe anything anyway. So I just laugh,” Sherman said. “Because they have no idea. Every year they sit here and make all these predictions about who’s going to get drafted and where and how they have all this inside information, and then when the guys don’t get drafted there, and what they predicted doesn’t happen, there’s no ridicule.”
Well it's about time somebody said it. Doesn't matter that Richard Sherman's harsh critique of an entire profession was completely unprovoked, because he brought up an excellent point. I have been saying for years thats scouts and draft analysts do nothing but create a competitive imbalance. What we should do is throw all the names of draft eligible players in a hat and have teams randomly select them that way. Who cares if the most talented quarterback ends up as a 7th round pick, how is that any different than Richard Sherman going in the 6th round after having his game studied critically? Why do we to continue to pigeon hole players into a draft slot when we can just let them step on an NFL field and prove it themselves. Forget about physical abilities and past experience. None of that stuff can truly determine how good a player is going to be the next level.
Listen, I understand that Richard Sherman likely treats his own personal drafting as an insult, and thus has zero faith in the process. He doesn't make the worst point in the world. The job of a draft analyst is rather strange. A bunch of old men intently breaking down the physical attributes of kids that are fresh out of college does seem a little weird. That being said, it's a necessary evil. This guys aren't just blindfolding themselves and throwing darts at a wall full of names. Of course they are wrong sometimes. That's just the nature of the business. Not every profession is like playing cornerback in the NFL. If these dudes that spend their lives studying game tape get a projection wrong they aren't going to have that mistake constantly replayed on television for millions of people to see. If that's what Richard Sherman has a problem with then he basically has a problem with every single career path that isn't his own.