Originally Posted by tm1119
Can we please stop saying things like "player x is off the board because of character concerns"? And for the love of god please stop saying "RKG". We are talking about a franchise that was a dynasty at one point with several convicted criminals and a whole bunch of drug users on the team. And everyone of you cheered your off and loved those guys.
Now I agree, there has to be a line drawn somewhere. If a guy is a habitual drug user or has multiple arrests that's one thing. But I'm constantly seeing people say to not draft guys cause of minor slip ups by 20 year old kids. This is football, not the presidential election. I'll take the 11 most talented guys on both sides of the ball.
Ok rant over. Agree or disagree.
Head Coaches like Jimmy Johnson or Bill Belichick can get by with those type of players on their team.
Head Coaches like Wade Phillips (soft) and Jason Garrett (lack of cred) are much more affected by these types of players, IMO.
Also, you can't really compare the early nineties teams to present day teams due to the significant changes in the rules and the enforcement of the rules. All the talent in the world is useless if the player is suspended.
Having said all of that, my biggest concern with character issues is in the top 2 or 3 rounds. Players that are drafted in the 5th round know that if they have any issues then they're probably off the team and possibly out of the league; whereas, 1st round draft picks have influence in the locker room and are generally not worried about getting cut.