BY STEVEN KUBITZA
“I think that I am the best player in this draft.”
“I want to be the best ever.”
“I deserve to be the number one pick in the draft.”
These types of quotes have been reported from the NFL Combine nonstop this past week. They are being publicized as big news by outlets such as ESPN when they should not be.
These quotes are so obvious that they barely deserve to be reported. If one were to ask a star player at the Combine what his hopes were for the NFL, he should be saying how great he thinks he is. No coach wants to pick a player who lacks confidence or who does not want to be great.
This is different for lower-level players at the Combine, but for the likes of Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, it is not a stretch to say they should be the top pick in the draft.
The issue comes with the fact that reporters are all trying to be the ones to break the next big story, or get the next big quote from a player.
However, confidence is not breaking news. Confidence is expected from players who have been the best players on their respective teams since childhood.
The only news that should be coming from the Combine should be the performances of each player.
The news that is coming out is all about Michael Sam, who simply wants to talk about football, and the quotes shared at the beginning.
This is something more appropriate for entertainment coverage as opposed to football coverage. Unfortunately, it is a trend that will likely be around for the foreseeable future.