Reporting Mark Zinno
In the wake of Aaron Hernandez being charged with murder, NFL teams are struggling to find ways to avoid drafting players like him. Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports joined Zinno on “Last Call” to discuss the topic. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he was “duped” by Hernandez in the pre-draft process. Carpenter says that Kraft couldn’t have know that Hernandez would have ever done something like this, if he is found guilty.
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Zinno asked Carpenter about the NFL Combine and the interview process. Zinno asserts that the interview is a joke because the players are coached through the process, they are taught what to say and it’s all an act for NFL executives, so how can they really get an accurate picture of who someone really is.
In the end, NFL teams will weigh the risk-reward of the whole process and will find ways to justify that a player who helps them win on the field is more important than avoiding any potential off-the-field disasters after the fact.
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