One of the most popular phrases during the months of March and April is "Anonymous Source", you see it all through free agency and you see it leading up the draft. You can't open up a sports website at the moment without seeing it attached to 10-15 articles. A scout is saying this, a player is saying that, an executive can't believe this and a coach wants that. It's all a load of nonsense, it really is.
So when we read that a scout said the following:
"Like if you punched him in the stomach, he might apologize to you," the scout told Sports Illustrated. "I just don't know if he's that alpha male that you're looking for. The kid's kind of a fly on the wall kind of guy. Physically, he's really talented, but it's going to take a little time."
Is this accurate? is the scout trying to get other teams to question their evaluation? Or does he have serious concerns. We have no idea, but this speaks volumes of old school scouting circles. if the player doesn't want to knock anyone and everyone's block off, he hasn't got what it takes. Above the shoulders intelligence is second to being an "alpha male"? Child please!
Scott Frost, the Oregon offensive coordinator is getting sick of it.
"Some of them were great questions and some of them were some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard," Frost said, according to oregonlive.com. "I think it's ridiculous to think Marcus is too nice to play football. If that was the case, he wouldn't have won so many games around here."
I don't need my Quarterback screaming and shouting, he'll lead in his own way and if he performs well on the field, then naturally his team-mates will follow him. Peyton Manning isn't a screamer, a verbal alpha male, neither is Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers and you could carry on with this list. I absolutely hate the argument that you have reservations about Mariota because he's a nice guy, it's absolute rubbish and lazy evaluation.
If you want to raise questions about his game or coming from a spread system, that's absolutely fine. If you want to worry about his mechanics or his delivery, his accuracy or his velocity, by all means I'm all ears. However start trying to convince me, or yourself that the fact he's a nice guy will prevent him from succeeding, and I'll tune out. It seems as though Scott Frost is just as frustrated with this angle as I am.
I don't think Mariota will fall to #6, but if he does, I have a feeling the Jets will take him and I'll welcome him to the organization, nice guy or not.