NFL scouts, like the rest of us, aren’t perfect. Even they often can’t tell years in advance which college players will make NFL stars and which won’t.
Still, it’s fun to look back and chuckle when pre-draft scouting reports don’t quite pan out the way their authors planned.
A YouTube user named Highlight Heaven recently compiled clips from The Dan Patrick Show of NFL players reading and reacting to negative scouting reports written as they were coming out of college.
This first video features former Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt, who was picked No. 11 in the 2011 NFL Draft and is now a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Watt, the scouting reports said, “Can be blown off the ball by double teams but does fight hard to hold his ground.” Also, “his recognition skills leave something to be desired.” And finally, as one scout said, “he won’t ever be a stud pass-rusher.”
Another video posted by Highlight Heaven featured a new cast of NFL players reading their old scouting reports. Former Purdue QB Drew Brees faced concerns that he “lacks accuracy and touch on his long throws” and, of course, “does not possess the ideal height you look for in a pro passer.”
And then there’s former quarterback and current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who was taken No. 26 in the 1987 NFL Draft. Harbaugh’s scouting report actually wasn’t that bad, but it did say he “lacks ideal mobility” and “will rely on intellect more than talent.”
You can’t get them all right.