There's been a healthy amount of debate, and most of it laudable, about the very real damage invisible "character issues" can have on NFL Draft entrants by dubious sources. Most notably, Todd McShay suddenly had an issue with Robert Griffin III as the Draft neared, despite the quarterback's virtually spotless record of generally upstanding conduct as a football player and human being.â†µ
And while a hundred or so college players suffer the "character" label unfairly each season, the case of Dwight Jones reminds us why scouts have jobs, and why size, speed and athleticism aren't the only metrics we debate every April. Jones up and quit football on Tuesday, surprising very few aware of his "poopy" work ethic going back to college. The move came after Jones was the only player on the entire roster who missed a voluntary workout earlier in the month.
Jones was supposed to be a low-investment reclamation project with a huge upside - big enough for Jones to refer to himself as the "next Andre Johnson" when he was signed (but probably not that big). But in fairness, score one for the scouts and talking heads. Jones looked and ultimately walked just like the lazy duck he was deemed to be.â†µ