Futures: Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler
By Matt Waldman
I’m a big fan of Stephen White’s draft profiles. The former NFL defensive end-turned-blogger has a writing voice that transports me to a corner booth at a late-night Korean barbecue joint where, over the sizzle of pork belly, beef brisket, and kimchi on the iron-cast lid, we’re just a couple of buds downing beers and trading fours on rookie prospects.
Last month, White characterized Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler as the most terrifying prospect of the 2015 class:
The prospect of drafting Fowler in the top 10, let alone the top 5, would have me scared shitless if I were running a team this year. Then again, choosing to not pick him would also have me scared shitless…Potential is such a funny thing. As one of my former teammates so eloquently put it back in the day, potential really just means you haven’t done shit yet…
[Fowler] was fun as hell to watch in college, no doubt, but the NFL is a different animal. I’m imagining a team considering drafting Fowler, who only had 5.5 sacks before the bowl game by the way, and their GM going to Sam’s Club to stock up on Tums. Way too many unknowns, but how can you afford to pass on him? I’m just glad I don’t actually have to face that decision. Have fun with that!
Entertaining the last question of White’s article sounds like a fun challenge—especially as an armchair GM without an ounce of accountability for my answer. Instead of giving another breakdown of a player that comes across as if I’m doing this work in a vacuum, this week I’m using White’s article as the launching point for a conversation.
Stephen, I’d prefer to have this talk with you at a back booth over beers and barbecue, but the Internet will have to do. I’ll admit this upfront though: I know I’m taking the losing side of this argument, but it’s worth the effort. Read the rest at Football Outsiders.