It's that time of year again. Playoff Hockey and Basketball, the beginning of the Baseball season and nothing but OTA's to look forward to for football fans. So what to do? It's time to begin the anointment of the next great "no name." It's a timeless hobby, a mixture of excitement and complete boredom overtakes us. Our inner scout turns into an inner jerk. Every year a new player is chosen and almost every year said player flops. Except once in a decade comes Victor Cruz and the needle in the haystack allows us to go searching with amazing bravado for the next gem.
Last year around Big Blue view and any other site that attracts Gmen junkies fans chose there man and it was clear David Douglas was EL HOMBRE. Receivers often fit the bill because fans can see the results tangibly. Douglas was going to be the next Victor Cruz, with quick feet and the ability to get open in the slot. Douglas was cut and picked up by the Tampa Bay Bucs - how very dare they.
Remember Anthony Mix? Fans clamored for Mix and claimed he would be an awesome end zone threat. Fans and analysts alike often believe height makes a wide-out an incredible one. Mix, Barden and several others have proven that theory to be false. Mix made the practice squad and eventually made the team the following year, but soon was waived and was no more.
Years ago there was the legend of Jonas Seawright. A defensive tackle weighing in at 600 pounds who could move mountains with just a look. Seawright actually made the team but was cut the following year.
There is no doubt it is fun to root for the underdog. For fans to play scout as they watch the pre-season. Sometimes it actually works. Guys like Jake Ballard, Victor Cruz, Chase Blackburn and James Butler are wonderful examples. But before you go crazy for the next UDFA remember most of these players end up just where the scouts thought they would, on the couch watching. That said Charles Dieuseul is gonna be NASTY and the GMEN better not cut him or they are complete morons.