CBthree wrote: ...
Worst decision Colt EVER made, and even his father regrets it: COMING BACK FOR HIS SENIOR SEASON. The demolishion at the hands of the Bulldogs set him back professionally which has been too much to recover from. The time and money investment for a 1st/2nd round pick is much more than some 6th round scrub.
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I've had long-winded detailed posts on this exact thesis many times on this board in recent years.
I give you John Beck.
Had Colt come out he would have competed with that draft group - JaMarcus Russell (who declared late, knocking Colt down a notch late). And who could forget the uncomfortable Brady Quinn, breathing a sigh of relief after he goes at 22 in the 1st. QBs then "flew off the shelf" quickly in the 2nd round, with Colt projected around the 3rd, surely the 4th Qb off the board previous to his announcement to return. Kolb went next, and John Beck goes soon after, with Drew Stanton soon after that.
John Beck ends up with the Dolphins ... of all places. But a 2nd rounder, and as you pointed out, that "investment" made in him versus the loose-change the 6th rounders get. There's a reasonable chance that Colt would have gone at this slot had he declared and come out his Junior season.
Fast forward to now: John Beck fills a void left at the QB position for the Redskins after Shanahan cleans house, including all QBs along with Colt, who was coming off an IR season. Sort of spooky how it all turned out.
It gets more speculative if you consider that Colt would have gone for sure by the time Stanton went - a Lion - still a Lion. Can you imagine Colt with this current Lion team?
Again, considering that concept that if you're drafted high - 2nd round - an "investment" is made by the organization in you, hence, more opportunties to prove yourself, otherwise, fail.