Part of this article was already posted, but only the part about Braylon Edwards. There's more of it focusing on Pacman. I'm a WVU grad and a big Pacman fan and ive been getting sick and tired of hearing on this board how the kid is too small to be a star in the NFL.
3. Cleveland – Scouts Inc. pick: Edwards, WR, Michigan. The right
pick: Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, CB, West Virginia.
I don't want to hear that he's only 5-foot-10, 190 pounds. This is one
kid that you do not judge by his cover.
Pac-Man Jones is the son of a dead man. In fact, he's the first male
in his immediate family to make it to the age of 21.
His father was murdered at 19, and his father's brother was murdered
at a similar age. That's why Pac Man takes his little brother,
"Squirt," wherever he goes. He takes nothing for granted: not life,
not football. He may look like a thug and talk like a thug, but he has
been virtually adopted by his college strength coach, Mike Barwis, a
strength coach who says, "Pac-Man has what no other corner has in this
draft: a burning desire, the passion of a warrior."
Now let me tell you about strength coaches. They're the people who
know if a player is phony or not. Strength coaches do not hang out
with slackers, and they do not promote slackers. If a strength coach
says a kid is a keeper, then you elevate that kid in your mind,
elevate him high into the first round. Strength coaches know. God, do
When Pac Man showed up in Morgantown, W.Va., he weighed 169 pounds and
ran only a 4.5 40-yard dash. Now, I'm not big on 40-yard dashes, in
general, but when I hear that in two years Pac-Man gained 21 pounds
and improved his 40 time to a personal best of 4.27, I do a double
take. He worked at it, lived in the weight room. "My assistant says
he's me, that he's 'a black Mike,' " Barwis says. "Tell me who plays
with more passion and energy. And he's a leader. He's telling guys in
the locker room what he expects from them."
The kid plays offense, defense, special teams and tour guide. He takes
kids from a local hospital and shows them around the Mountaineer
football facility. The way Edwards is Jerry Rice reincarnate, this is
Darrell Green reincarnate.
I personally liked the last sentence. I WILL be wearing my WVU #9 jersey tomorrow during the draft.