For Many NFL QB Draft Prospects, Only Time Will Tell

By: Shaun Bijani

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Remember when you were just a kid? Your parents, teachers, cheek-pinching aunts and uncles always asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up.

Baseball player, army ranger, firefighter…of course, you remember!
At least those were some of my typical responses I can recall.

I always dreamt of playing in the big leagues like my grandfather Frank Mancuso. He played back in the glory days of Major League Baseball in the 30’s and 40’s. He was also an Army paratrooper. He never fought fires, but supported those who did on the Houston City Council for 30 years.

Needless to say, none of those things transpired for me. The closest I got to knocking one out of the park, was proposing marriage to my wife (clearly she said YES) in center field at Minute Maid Park.

I’ll take that!

I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane from 15,000 feet. That worked out OK.

And the closest I’ve come to fighting a fire is putting out the last cigarette I ever so stupidly smoked when I was in college.

I used to have dreams, as did you. Now, we try and help others, like our sons and daughters or kids at school (if you’re a coach like myself) reach their goals, while often times entertaining ourselves along the way by laughing off our favorite collegiate players or ones we love to hate and their heroes they wish to be just like.
Hence, Notre Dames Deshone Watson this past week told USA Today Sports just how high he’s setting the bar for himself.

“No one else can do what I can do. And I’ve truly figured out in this (draft) process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game – this is bold – I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”

People crushed him for those remarks.

Sure, I had a little fun at his expense as well, but I didn’t kill the kid for being confident. Hell, haven’t we seen one too many quarterbacks around these parts that lacked the confidence in their game? Or GAME in general?

I always love listening to prognosticators as the NFL draft approaches. Where they think this or that guy will go, and who they remind them of, or who this quarterback or that receiver tries to pattern their craft after.
Sometimes we think we see things in others that may or may not be there. With a crop of quarterbacks that according to most of the experts, leaves much to be desired this year, one thing remains the same, and that’s time.

Time will only tell. And the right system.

Tuesday, Texas tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury joined “The Triple Threat” and talked up his now former star quarterback, Pat Mahomes and said he reminds him of a 2x Super Bowl champion quarterback.

“At the next level, someone like Big ben (ben Roethlisberger), who may not be on time – Aaron Rogers – who plays a lot of the same way. Every throw may not be on time but they have the unique ability to extend plays. There big athletic guys who can move around enough, who don’t have to have perfect platforms to make plays. That’s kind of Pat’s game,” Kingsbury says.

“He has such arm talent, that he can throw falling backwards, he can throw with one foot on the ground, he can throw from all these different platforms which is very unique.”

One quarterback on the outskirts of the most criticized and talked about, is Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman.
Peterman joined “The Triple Threat” on Tuesday as well, and said he’s always looked up to Saints longtime signal caller, Drew Brees.

“Seems like what he stands for off the field, being a good family man and Christian as well, but obviously on the field, if you could model your game after anybody – his accuracy and anticipation – I’ve gotten the chance to study him a little bit. You can just see it, those attributes and then his leadership traits. I think you see that he just has such command of the offense and that team, I think there’s a reason they’ve had all the success they’ve, he’s definitely a top quarterback.”

You have to love the enthusiasm that you hear from so many of the draft hopefuls each and every year.

Some don’t necessarily sit well with us at times, as was the case with Deshone Kizer.
But, damn. To be in their position.

To have their opportunity.

To have had your dreams and aspirations and hard work pay off like it has, could and will for some of these guys.

For an organization that has to make yet another important and possibly franchise-altering decision come Thursday night, the Texans fan base can only sit back, wait and watch.

Only time will tell.

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