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By Bruce Feldman | Senior College Football Columnist
This post was edited by Jon Leggette on 4/30/2012 at 1:59 PM
In the wake of NFL Draft week, it's always fascinating to see where touted guys end up their college careers from a pro perspective. No doubt it's a different type of game. Just because the NFL personnel folks weren't sold on Kellen Moore, Case Keenum & Chris Polk doesn't mean those guys weren't outstanding college players. They were.
Feldman had quite a few good points...especially how character concerns affected the draft prospects of several players (and there were several more that were drafted but a lot lower than projected that Feldman didn't mention).
If DPM was more productive when he actually played then it would be one thing and he would have much more of an argument to getting himself drafted. However, even when he was on the field he did no more than show 'flashes' of his potential.
And more immediately, he's rehabbing an ACL and can't actually do anything. No NFL team is going to give him a contract until they actually see him regain football form and do some sort of football drills to show he's actually healthy. Paying him money right now would be as good as burning it.
It wouldn't surprise me if DPM showed up next year to work out at UNC's Pro Day like Bobby Rome, Cooter Arnold etc showed up this year. Either that or he's going to have to get a private type audience of NFL scouts when he does return to form. However, even then, with his history his odds of making it to the league and actually staying there are an incredible long shot.
Physically he's still a huge gamble and we aren't even taking into account attitude and work ethic issues.
In a perfect world, if he didn't burn his bridges on the way out of town, he sticks around for his senior season, rehabs, plays a little bit when he can towards the end of the season, shows he can be a team player, builds a rapport with the new staff and does everything to rebuild his image all the while working out and rehabbing for free at UNC while continuing to get a free education.
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