Friday, September 3, 2010

Hardesty pick backfires

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert Jr. has some explaining to do.

It doesn't bother me he bundled a third-round pick and two fifth-round picks to move back into the second round during the draft in April, but then to use the 59th pick on a running back who had four leg injuries before his senior year was asking for trouble.

History repeats itself in sports. That's why players are scouted. The players who are fast and throw, catch, run or tackle well usually - but not always - take that to the NFL.

Likewise, those who have problems in college football often have the same problem in the NFL. Not to compare William Green to Montario Hardesty, but it was no surprise off the field issues ended Green's career because the Browns' 2002 first-round pick had off the field issues at Boston College. Green was a bad, senseless pick by Butch Davis.

Maybe Hardesty will bounce back in 2011 and be injury free the rest of his career, but I doubt it. He suffered a bone bruise in a non-contact drill before camp started and after just seven plays in a practice game he is on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Those injuries followed his college history. Heckert was convinced Hardesty would be fine in the NFL.

Hardesty is a hard-working, nice guy with an engaging smile. Too bad he has so much trouble staying healthy, and too bad Heckert didn't get the memo.


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