Mel Kiper Costs Crowder Money?


Oh, the off-season.  Add a little bit of a lockout to it and what can players do?  Well, they can’t spend money because they have none coming in…damn greedy owners.  How dare they force the players into decertification.  Ok, sorry I don’t want to talk about the players and the owners right now, there is other things to complain laugh about.   Like the money that was lost and subsequently owed by our very own Channing Crowder.

Earlier today on WQAM Crowder said that he watches the draft every year but that he is skeptical of ESPN’s draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. Why?  No, it”s not because he likes Bill Polian more, it’s because, according to Crowder, Kiper cost him money.

Crowder’s story goes something like this.

"“Yeah I watch it and all,” Crowder said, via “Mel Kiper and all, he messed me over, he lied to me, told me I was top-20 had me go out and spend X amount of dollars and then owe the bank stuff. So I don’t know the guys. They’re guessing just like we guess — I can guess who the Dolphins are going to take too. But I look at it a little bit and hear the ‘experts,’ I guess they call them, to see what they say.” – PFT"

HUH? Had him go out and spend “X” amount of dollars?

So once again, a college athlete who attends a, well, college, comes out and can’t realize that what some people say about you isn’t true?

Kiper had Crowder listed as a first rounder shortly after the college season ended but by the time the draft rolled around he had changed that a third rounder due to injury concern.  Smart man.  Crowder was taken in the third round and has basically been injured every year.  Too bad Kiper wouldn’t have elaborated a bit more and said something to the effect that he would be grossly overpaid for what little game changing plays he would provide.  If he had said that, then he would have been a genius.

This is part of the NFL landscape problem.  Incoming players begin spending the minute the get agents and then start buying into their own hype.  There are 32 picks in the first round of a draft, unless it’s a year New England gets caught cheating with a video camera.  Any college athlete should be well aware that while their agents are saying “first or early second” and the guys on TV are saying “first or early second” the only voice that really matters is the one that calls you on draft day and says “we are taking you with our next pick”.

Then you start spending money.

I mean, I understand spending a little bit of money, but spending like you were going to be paid millions compared to thousands?  Well, at least he has someone to blame I guess.  God forbid the man that stares back at him in the mirror had anything to do with it.

But since you listen to other people Channing, the guy who wrote this article thinks you should throw about 100 grand his way because, well, frankly, I think your going to be a shoe in for the Pro-Bowl next year and that’s a nice little bonus.