Drafting By Zip CodeMay 4th, 2014
So Joe’s sunning himself on a lounge chair drinking Beck’s Dark and reading BSPN The Magazine’s NFL Draft issue today. And what does Joe come across? Analysis by some noted stats geek explaining how Blake Bortles’ hometown zip code is part of the equation of why he’ll be successful in the NFL.
Joe’s about had enough of the extended 2014 draft buildup. It’s painful enough, without the growing invasion of the stat geeks trying to chip away at good ol’ fashioned scouting.
Did you know “the NFL’s 32 primary starting quarterbacks from 2013 come from ZIP codes with a mean income of $95,198, more than 85 percent above the national average?”
Dear BSPN, Joe doesn’t give a crap — even about how your stats geeks say it’s important to value 40-yard dash times down to the hundreths of a second.
Yes, Joe read all of the ZIP code analysis, which tried to guide Joe to believe that because Bortles comes from a wealthy county like Mike Glennon and Andy Dalton, therefore Bortles is the “The Man.”
Ironically, this waste of ink came a few pages after a fantastic feature about Teddy Bridgewater building his character in a rough South Florida neighborhood mowing lawns to help support his family through his mother’s bout with breast cancer. (Joe highly recommends that read. And count Joe among the staunch Bridgewater backers.)
Joe sure would love to hear what Warren Sapp, pride of Apopka High, thinks about this BSPN stats drivel.