I dealt with similar draft decisions, though none involving a situation as egregious as that of Mixon. The most notable for me came with the Vikings in 1998, when we selected Randy Moss.
Moss clearly was a top-five talent, but he had been involved in a bad high school fight over a racial slur against a friend. He also had an alleged failed marijuana test, which Cheap Discount Jerseys prompted Florida State to dump him. Moss of course wound up at Marshall, where he was an outstanding player. But the character questions lingered.
One of our scouts, Conrad Cardano, spent extensive time researching Moss. Cardano had coached with Marshall head coach Bob Pruett, who convinced him Moss was a great talent whose off-field problems were in the past. Cardano recommended Moss and was not wishy-washy (as so many scouts can be to avoid putting themselves on a limb).
We selected Moss in the first round at pick No. 21, where the financial risk was far less compared that of a pick at the top of the draft. We also knew our All-Pro receiver Cris Carter would be a great mentor for Moss, which ended up being the case.
I protected the team with clauses in Moss’ contract that required him to give back a portion of his signing bonus if he got suspended for any misbehavior. And that was on top of his potential loss of weekly salary under such a suspension.
He will be the choice for the Browns with their first overall pick. Browns fans not only should be excited to get the best player in the draft, but they also are getting one of Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon the best defensive prospects since 2000.