Saw an interesting article related to Donald Driver's retirement where they posted Bob McGinn's (writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) season by season grades for Donald Driver and I was a bit shocked on how Driver was viewed earlier his his career -- basically a a bottom of the roster special teams guy:
1999: Staged a training-camp clinic on how to make a team as a seventh-round draft choice. Deserves another look but odds and his own limited ability conspire against him. Grade: D.
2000: No more than a No. 4 wide receiver on a good team. Shows toughness catching in crowds and was most explosive and fearless receiver on club after the catch. Too small for steady workload. Left horrible last impression by dropping the ball three times in first career start. Grade: D-plus.
2001: His leaping third-and-8 catch against the 49ers when the game was slipping away might have been the club's most memorable of the season. A competent No. 4 receiver and terrific special teams player. Just not very big. Grade: C.
Seeing those grades my think twice about critical I was of Dwayne Harris last season and possible even Cole Beasley this season. There a bunch of WRs in the league who weren't 1st round picks who don't fit the prototype that end up being Pro-Bowl type players.
Here on CZ I've been critical of folks who've said "you need to give rookies 3 years to evaluate them". I've argued otherwise. Looking at hour Driver's career panned out (10,000 yards, Packer's all time leading WR statistically) after 4 nondescript seasons really is an argument that patience is a virtue.
I have a feeling that Dwayne Harris just might end up being more than serviceable.... I'm thinking he could be way better than that.