Over the weekend, as I saw the picks of Adams, Spence and Hainey go through the draft tracker, I was initially seized by some undefined anxiety that, at the time, I attributed to my very own preconceived notions about what I call "the punk" factor, what others call locker room chemistry. Call it what you will, but I have this naive, romantic notion that one can draft only character guys with no personality flaws, and still hit a home run in today's NFL. These three, to various degrees, have exhibited the potential to make bad decisions that will affect their professional lives, and, implicitly, may hurt their team.
Of course, what my on-and-off frequentation of BTSC has thought me, over the past four years, is that not only this has not been the way of our storied franchise, but that it's almost impossible to do with today's top-flight college athletes being what they are: supremely talented but too often entitled brats whom you cannot avoid if you want to build or maintain a successful NFL team.
I now realize that this anxiety had deeper roots. It wasn't : what's with drafting these characters, but rather, will they alter team chemistry?
So this begs the question, especially after Ms. Rollett's recent seminal piece on the leadership crisis: who will handle the troubled but talented, in this leadership-depleted locker room? Will the necessary efforts prove too much for what they will bring to the table? The debate's open.