Don't know about that. You probably have more positive stories than negative. That's just how the media and people are, focusing on the negative.
On an off note, Greg Hardy's legal issues began in the NFL.
Legal issues, yes. Character concerns have been documented in college. He fell to 6th round due to foot injury and character concerns. He's had plenty of character concerns before his legal issues with us as well. It's been put out there that the Panthers had no intention of resigning him before the domestic violence. They wanted to rent him and try to make it back to the playoffs then let him walk.
Joe Adams ran a slow 40 too. The difference is USDA BEEF.
I watched some youtube videos of Funchess (im an expert I know). He's more explosive than Kelvin. He jumps higher, has sudden movement, and agility. He's a threat after the catch and his upper body is stacked. Just watching him play in college reminds me of Terrel Owens.
He measures bigger than TO but he has the same bull in a china shop look when he runs into the secondary.
When we picked him I was mad because I really wanted a Lineman but I get it. And I'm starting to like it.
I do think the catch radius stuff is overblown. The majority of Cam's passes do not require a freak with 35" arms. They just require sure hands that won't drop them. He had a pinpoint pass to Greg Olsen down the seam against Seattle that is just classic Cam. He had a pinpoint pass to Cotchery against Seattle in the regular season I think and it was dropped in the endzone.
Remember that perfect pass he threw to Steve for his last touchdown with us? Sniff.
I think Ron Rivera's explanation might have been better. He creates match up advantages. If we can force a team into Nickel with 22 personnel, that makes our offense versatile. Imagine Funchess and KB at X and Z, then you have Olsen as a split end and Dickson in line. Now you have a passing attack that must be respected and you retain the option to run.
I nearly choked on my saliva when Ron suggested going 4 wide. When I look at our current WR corp, assuming everyone is healthy and Funchess lives up to his draft slot. We have enough variety and talent to open it up and play 4 and 5 wide sets. I just don't know if we have the expertise to teach it and execute it. How is Mike Shula going to explain a play with 5 receiving options to Cam Newton?
I may be being a little hard on him since I was strongly against taking him at 57 before the draft so you can understand how I feel trading our 3rd for him, but I'm optimistic. If he can put that up I'd be ecstatic. May be a little unreasonable for a 2nd round rookie WR (last year's insanely good WR class has expectations for rookie wideouts higher) but if he goes under 600ish and 5 TDs, I'd be extremely disappointed.
Gettleman used words like "upside" and "potential" with him. Mike Mayock used phrases like "better pro than college player". Based on what I'm reading he has superior movement skills to Kelvin. That's fluid running, change of direction, and leaping. He's slightly less gifted in terms of size.
I don't think we can expect an insane rookie season for him simply because we gave up so much to get him. Gettleman wanted him more than a 3rd and 6th round pick based on the way the draft was going. That is really all it comes down to.
I don't think he will have the same impact as Kelvin. Mainly because we won't be down by 30 chucking it in the 4th quarter. He needs to come in and earn playing time. Kelvin had to beat out the likes of Brenton Bersin and Tiquan Underwood for the starting role. Devin will need to prove he is reliable in an offense with limited opportunities.
I say 600 yards and 5 Touchdowns would be a good year for this rookie.
TJ Clemmings and Fisher were in the discussion for us and Gettleman made it clear they were not in his plans tonight. Morgan Moses was the same last year. So it's tough to say "we could have gotten this guy later" when that guy was never on the board for them. Honestly I think Gettleman wanted to make sure Funchess was a Panther and not a Saint or Falcon.
I think I like your idea better. If he doesnt get picked in rounds 2 or 3, he should try to withdraw from the draft process and then try to find the team that would give him the best chance to start and sign a cheap one year deal and hope he balls out and earns a big contract next year.
I think if he could do this he would be taking less of a risk. I dont see him going any higher next year a year removed from football then he would this year.
This is not how it works. If players could negotiate their own terms out of college, none of the big names would enter the draft.
Undrafted guys are also on a rookie wage scale and enter into restricted free agency until they have 4 years of accrued service. That means if you sign a 1 year deal, the team can tender you for 3 more years. Furthermore there is exclusive rights free agency in which you basically take the league minimum and no other team can make an offer. I'm not sure when and how these classifications would apply but the point is he would be making very little money for the next few years.
So a late 1st round pick makes more the day he signs the contract than a 4th rounder does in 4 years of play. It's significant when you consider the 4th rounder could blow a knee in mini camps and never collect that 4 years of salary.