Friday, April 23, 2010

Disappointment of the Week: The Moustache Brigade

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 10:57 PM


The Atlanta Falcons selected Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon with the 19th overall pick in last night's NFL Draft and it shouldn't take too long for them to regret it.

Weatherspoon—-an All-American and two-time Butkus Award finalist—-will probably develop into a solid starting linebacker for Atlanta so to call the pick "disappointing" would be unfair.

However, there is one player who the Falcons' brain trust somehow overlooked and will regret doing so forever.

Arthur Blank, the owner of the Falcons, and Thomas Dimitroff, the general manager, make up the aforementioned brain trust and although they sport some adult-film-caliber lip fur, they missed out on drafting an instant game changer last night who—-no pun intended—-fell into their laps.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was suspended for a majority of his junior season due to his inability to tell the truth, fell past the Falcons and all the way to the No. 24 slot to the Dallas Cowboys.

Before anyone grills me for jumping to conclusions, let's recall the draft day plight of Randy Moss, shall we?

Moss, the most physically talented player to put his name into the 1998 Draft, fell to No. 21 despite being pegged as a top-5 selection and the rest is history.

Names like Ryan Leaf, Curtis Enis, Duane Starks, Robert Edwards, Brian Simmons and Vonnie Holliday were chosen before the ultimate 1998 Rookie of the Year and certain Hall of Famer (Moss).

History repeated itself last night as my pick for the 2010 Rookie of the Year almost fell out of the first round due to "character issues."

The last time I checked, the Super Bowl isn't a morality contest and a roster replete of choir boys probably won't win you too many football games.

Avoiding players with "character issues" has cost teams in the past and I hope for Atlanta's sake that Dez Bryant becomes the next Charles Rogers and not the next Randy Moss.

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