With a record number of underclassmen entering the draft pool, Bedard wrote in his latest column that now more than ever scouts and general managers need to weigh the great debate of “potential vs. polish.”
Meaning, do you take the more proven player, or the player with a higher ceiling?
It’s a difficult, thankless job that Bedard himself would never want any part of.
“I think some of the fans, and even some of the media look at this guy in the college level and say, ‘Oh he’s a good player obviously he’ll do good in the NFL’ and it just doesn’t work out that way for a variety of reasons.
“You’re projecting so much with so many underclassmen coming out. You’re talking about a lot of 20-year-olds and projecting not only does this guy fit into our scheme next year, but you’re looking down the road 5, 10 years "
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