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6 of the worst NFL draft takes of all time

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The NFL draft is hard to predict. Things change between the course of the college football season, to the Senior Bowl, and then through the NFL Combine and pro days. Regardless, there have been some downright bad — and sometimes flat-out stupid — takes. This year is no exception.

It’s not unusual for somebody to get something wrong — that’s fine. But there have been instances in the past where it seemed impossible that the person spewing certain takes could actually believe what they’re saying is even remotely true.

Here are some of the best worst draft takes of all time, as selected by SB Nation NFL and by the readers. Brace yourself.

These are the more memorable ones for us.

Nolan Nawrocki REALLY didn’t like Cam Newton

“Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.” – Nolan Nawrocki on Cam Newton, via the Big Lead

Why this take is bad: It’s one thing to critique a quarterback’s throwing motion or his ability to read a defense. But a player’s smile probably isn’t the best indicator of what he’s capable of in the NFL.

Nawrocki, a writer for Pro Football Weekly, was sure that Cam Newton’s facial expressions suggested he couldn’t be a good quarterback. Nawrocki even said that GM Marty Hurney would destroy his reputation like Bobby Beathard, who drafted Ryan Leaf, if the Panthers took Newton.

Well, Beathard will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year despite drafting Leaf, and Newton has led the Panthers to the postseason in four of his seven years in the league and was named the NFL’s MVP after the 2015 season. His “fake smile” hasn’t held him back.

Aaron Rodgers is just a system quarterback

“I don’t like him. He’s a clone of Harrington and Boller. They all throw the same way. What have those guys done? Nothing. If you take him in the second round, fine. Heady guy. They do a marvelous job of coaching quarterbacks there. I don’t think he’s as good as the top quarterbacks coming out last year.” – anonymous AFC scout, via USA Today

Why this take is bad: Aaron Rodgers is a clone of Joey Harrington and Kyle Boller? LOL. Boller finished his NFL career with a 56.7 completion percentage and a lifetime quarterback rating of 69.5. Harrington ended up with more interceptions (85) than touchdowns (79). So far, Rodgers just has a Super Bowl ring, two NFL MVP awards, several memorable Hail Marys, and a career QB rating of 103.8.

The Seahawks totally blew it in the 2012 NFL Draft

“As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.” – Bleacher Report

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