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Monday, January 14, 2008

Say what?

Arkansas running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones announced decisions today to leave school early for the NFL.

No shock there.

There is a shock, though. It is this: There are some who don't think Darren McFadden will be a great pro.

FOX Sports' Brian Baldinger writes in this week's Sporting News: "I've seen no special qualities that will make him an exceptional running back.''

Wait, there's more.

"I hate to burst the bubble of Darren McFadden and all the draftniks who think he's the second coming of Adrian Peterson, but he isn't. Honestly, you shouldn't even use both names in the same sentence.''


Baldinger rips McFadden for initiating contact with defenders, not knowing how to make defenders miss, lacking vision to find the open field, rarely making cuts to gain more yards.

I'm sure he made some old lady made at some point in his career, too.

Personally, I think McFadden is fabulous. I don't know what Baldinger was watching. He saw him against Missouri and McFadden still had a 100-yard rushing game even with his team never in synch offensively.

Baldinger likes Jones, though you can make the case that he is Reggie Bush (Jones, 6-0, 207; Bush, 6-0, 203). And we've heard for two years now how Bush isn't an every down guy.

We'll see how this turns out.


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