The belief that Black men were not smart or good enough to play QB in the NFL was discredited long ago, but some still haven’t gotten the memo
I’ve long dismissed the idiotic talk from the so-called Draft experts regarding their evaluations of Louisville’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Their cocksure analysis amuses me, especially coming from the likes of Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN’s go-to talking head when it comes to evaluating college players.
After all, Kiper is that dude who has said, among other things over the years, that Andre Wadsworth was the best overall talent, ahead of Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson, in the 1998 Draft. He called Ki-Jana Carter the next Bo Jackson, rated 25 players ahead of LaDanian Tomlinson in 2001, said that Johnny Manziel was the No.1 overall prospect in 2014 and went so far as to call him the next Fran Tarkenton.
This is the same dude that had Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi rated higher than Cam Newton in 2011, who said that JaMarcus Russell had John Elway-type potential and that Akili Smith and Andre Ware would one day be great NFL signal callers.