Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

by Gary Shelton on April 14, 2016 · 0 comments

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Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with "ask the expert'' in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected.

Thursday, 6 a.m.

Okay, I’m confused again. Not that Josh Gordon has been busted again, but that he still might play before the start of the season. What gives?

I have no clue. This guy has more lives than an ally cat, which obviously he is. Why the commissioner just doesn’t ban him for life is beyond me. He has the power to do it.

If Gordon doesn’t qualify, then why have it as part of your punitive

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power. Gordon is an absolute train wreck. Why should the league keep putting him back on the track?

I read an unnamed scout say that Carson Wentz had better grades than Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. If that’s the case, why isn’t someone trying to get the top choice to draft him?

Who says they aren’t? I personally believe some team(s) will make a serious move to get him. He is as coveted as any recent quarterback coming into the draft.

A team without an established signal caller would look at him as they did Winston and Mariota. Why not? He has all the physical and mental tools and the tape to prove it.

Over your years in the NFL, you witnessed a lot of busts. What is the primary cause? Misidentifying the talent? The desire? The intelligence?

I would say it's the desire. Players with great talent can mask their lack of passion (love for the game) in college. They can’t when they get to the NFL.

Whatever flaw a player has will magnify at the professional level. My experience has taught me that just because a guy dominates in college doesn’t mean he’ll do the same unless he has the desire to do so. That desire will have him working out on his own, watching tape on his own, playing through injuries and giving his best efforts each and every week. Unfortunately, some guys are cursed with talent. They play the game because of what they can get out it, not because they love it. In my book that’s a bad guy!

A new study suggests a correlation between NFL arrests and low Wonderlic scores. Are you surprised?

No. Doesn’t it make sense? Let me qualify this by saying, some guys with marginal intelligence really struggle in life, particularly when no one is out there to help them. They may have come from a bad home life or poor schooling growing up. They just can’t find their way. There are reasons people turn to crime.

Whatever the case that study showed they are most prone to do something desperate. I’ve seen it, I understand it. It doesn’t make it right, but it’s a fact of life. Some people are dealt bad hands and simply don’t know how to play them other than to cheat.

The Bucs have swung and missed at two Clemson defensive ends in recent years: Gaines Adams and Da’Quan Bowers. Does that give you pause if you are considering, say, Shaq Lawson?

Yeah, it would a little bit. Wouldn’t you wonder? Sometimes it’s just best to move on to other pastures. I don’t want to say there be something in the water, but do I want to kill another horse finding out?

Receiver Mike Evans suggests that he and Jameis Winston had a lack of chemistry last year. That’s a little hard to understand, isn’t it?

It would be for me. If you're telling me the best receiver on the team and a number one draft pick, seventh overall, couldn’t find a rhythm with the best quarterback in the draft and first overall pick. Something is very wrong. In my mind, someone is lazy. Some one started counting his money, before he earned it. Some one better take a hard look in the mirror and determine who’s fault it was and is.

How high would you ever draft a kicker? Even one as good as Roberto Aguayo?

Easy, just write his name on a card and turn it in. That’s what Al Davis did when they drafted Janikowski.

Which quarterback import will have the best season in ’16? Robert Griffin III, Mark Sanchez or Brock Osweiler?

Obviously, it better be Osweiler or heads are going to roll. The other two guys have already sent their head coaches to the guillotine.

The Sporting News ranked all 24 quarterbacks the Cleveland Browns have had since 1999. Derek Anderson, at 16-18, was first. Johnny Manziel, as bad as he was, was 14th. Bruce Gradkowski was last. What does that say about this franchise?

Cleveland, unquestionable is the worse franchise in the NFL and you don’t have to stop and think about it. That’s the shame of it, they aren’t competing with anyone for the infamous position. They clearly have hit bottom. Unfortunately for them, they have plugged.

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