Originally Posted by onejayhawk
When a player refuses to go into a game, that is a BIG red flag. I do not think anyone sees him as 1st day anymore. He is going to have to kill his interviews, and that is not something I expect will come easily. Add that to his position shortcomings, and the Ravens might get him in round 2.
I am not aware of him refusing to go in the game so I can't comment on it. I agree that it is a red flag. I just wonder how much of this year has been a result of coaching, I don't know why he refused to go into a game but I might assume it had to do with the coach, who is now fired despite having a fairly talented team.
Again, I think that he slips, I don't know if its out of the first round, again, because of his talent level and upside. We can agree to the fact that concerns about character will cause him to slip a bit. However at some point, a team will pull the trigger based on talent. There is a point where value outweighs risk.
For example, a team at the bottom of round one looking for an ILB, do you take Hightower? or Burfict? Hightower is an early-mid 2nd rounder on talent, Burfict is a top 15. Do you reach for a guy to address a position or do you take the risk that a very talented player can be reigned in a bit?
It's not unheard of for guys to turn around when drafted to the right team. Meanwhile, how many guys that get drafted as reaches at the bottom of the first just don't turn out? I believe there is a thread on it right now.