When evaluating the incoming draft class, people tend to drift from the truly important characteristics in an athlete. There is a stat for everything now, every aspect of the game can be replaced with a decimal or a fraction. No longer do Yaks roam the fields of the Midwest, nah, the only Yaks they are ever talking about in Wisconsin is how many YACs Greg Jennings had in Sunday's game against the Vikes. No longer do things like character, drive, and motivation factor into how good a player is, because these can't be replaced with numbers.
However, I believe the greatness of a player can be measured by just how phenomenal his name is. Look at the game's best quartebacks, shortstops, and centers today. Names like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, and Tony Romo come to mind. These are straight-up Hollywood names. If you didn't know a thing about pro sports, if you had been living under a rock void of an ESPNs or MNFs, when you heard these names-you would think 'Football.' You may have never even heard the word 'football' before in your life, but that's what would come to mind. But when you hear names like Alex Smith, Rex Grossman, or David Carr, you would think lawyer, canine, or assistant to the regional manager.
To baseball, you have names like Derek Jeter, Prince Fielder, and Ken Griffey Jr. Fantastic baseball names. Then you look at the bottom of the league, with names like Geoff Geary, Ron Mahay, and Elizier Alfonzo. A name like Elizier just says 'baseball' to you-doesn't it.
Look at all the draft busts over the years, and names like Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf, and Rick Mirer come to mind. They sound like they should be players on the Florida Marlins Single A Team, not the National Football League.
Sorry, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, my money isn't on you to be in Canton.