Another Reason To Pass On Josh Freeman

April 7th, 2009
As long as Mel Kiper and Rick Stroud continue to jock Josh Freeman, Joe will continue to expose him.

As long as Mel Kiper and Rick Stroud continue to jock Josh Freeman, Joe will continue to expose him.

As long as there are people foolish enough to suggest the Bucs should draft Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, Joe will keep writing about how he is and will be a colossal stiff.

Don’t believe Joe? Fine. Then believe Mike Mayock of the NFL Network.

There is no better NFL draft guru — with the exception of WDAE-AM 620’s Justin Pawlowski — than Mayock. Like Pawlowski, Mayock isn’t overly impressed with Freeman.

In fact, speaking to’s Peter King, Mayock explains what a complete crap shoot drafting Freeman in the first round will be.

A year ago, Mayock told me he liked Ryan, who played four years at Boston College, more than he’d liked any quarterback to come out in years. Not the case with the three early entry passers this year — Stafford, Sanchez and Kansas State’s Josh Freeman. “In the last 15 years, there have been 11 underclass quarterbacks taken in the first round,” he said. “Of those 11, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers are the only clear successes. It’s a dangerous thing, picking young quarterbacks so high.”

The difference between Big Ben, Rodgers and Freeman is crystal clear: When Big Ben and Rodgers entered the draft, they dominated their opponents. Only a blind-drunk Kansas State fan or Kiper would dare hint that Freeman dominated opponents.

And keep in mind that Largo High School played better defense than some of the teams in the Big XII.

One Response to “Another Reason To Pass On Josh Freeman”

  1. Mr Lucky Says:

    In any other year Freeman wouldn’t even THINK about sneaking out of the 2nd round let alone the first round. There is no way the Bucs are dumb enough to waste their #19 pick on Freeman.

    With regard to Sanchez – look at his numbers and compare them to his team-mate John David Booty – similar (Sanchez has the advantage) but look at what impact Booty has had last year and where he went in the draft.

    The best thing that Sanchez has is he was smart enough to leave USC early due to the weak QB class thereby increasing his stock.