4 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE DAY OF THE DRAFT...
High ambitions, will, fate, and determination are all very accurate words to describe that of a Myron Rolle. Rolle is one of the more interesting prospects coming out in this years draft. Most pundits have accredited high praise of Rolle and had nothing but the kindest of words about the NFL prospect off the field. He definitely seems like a guy who teams won't have to worry about character with.
Rolle has aspired to accomplish careers both in the National Football League as well as in the medical field. He has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time that if football was not an option, he'd be set up just fine. Some of what has knocked Rolle's stock down some was that he decided to postpone playing in the NFL to study at the elite University of Oxford. The year off was surely bitter-sweet for Rolle as he got to do something not many folks get to do by attending the prestigious University but at the same time lost some of the attention he had before deciding to do so. The Florida State safety was not only the fourth student in school history to receive the Rhodes Scholarship, but was the very first Florida State football player to accomplish that feat. It is without doubt that Rolle's intelligence has translated on to the football field and will continue to.
Safeties come in all shapes and forms, and all have different skill-sets. Rolle's strengths have not exactly been of the ball-hawking variety but more on the side of coming up and hitting people right in the mouth. He has been very solid against the run in the three years he played at Florida State. One of the few things Rolle has going for him is his size. He definitely could be characterized as your prototypical strong safety... or at least what you'd hope for in that regard.
Rolle's best year statistically came in his freshman season. ESPN had him ranked as the number one overall prospect coming out of High School and he lived up to expectations through his first season in college. Since then, Rolle has been quite solid but hasn't done much outside of his scholastic accomplishments to set himself apart from his competition at his specific position. This will leave him to be drafted in the later rounds more than likely. However, as many former NFL players will tell you, it's not what where you get drafted, but what you do after you get drafted. Myron Rolle has much void to fill if he wants to leave a permanent mark on the NFL when he decides to leave the game; particularly if he doesn't want the game to leave him first. It's a dog eat dog business figuratively speaking.
Below, as you're used to, I will provide highlights, stats, and my final thoughts on this young talented athlete.
This feed isn't your typical highlight video, but Rolle isn't your typical player. I found this video to be very interesting and I believe that many of you will too. We have been looking at highlights for 96 days straight. It;s always nice to have a change of pace...
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- 2006 First Team All-American Freshman
- 2006 Watkins Award
- 2007 Rhodes Scholar
- 2007 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar
- 2008 Second Team All-SEC
- 2008 Academic All-American
|2008 Regular Season Game Log||Tackles||Fumbles||Interceptions|
|9/6||Western Carolina||W 69-0||5||2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|9/20||Wake Forest||L 12-3||9||6||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|10/4||@Miami (FL)||W 41-39||4||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|10/16||@North Carolina State||W 26-17||8||6||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|10/25||Virginia Tech||W 30-20||5||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|11/1||@Georgia Tech||L 31-28||5||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|11/15||Boston College||L 27-17||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008 Postseason Game Log||Tackles||Fumbles||Interceptions|
|CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL||Wisconsin||W 42-13||5||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:
There is a possibility that Rolle could go higher than he is projected to go due to all the national exposure he has received. He has been one of the more highly touted names on all of the cable networks recently. Many of the stations have done special pieces on Rolle because of his scholastic and athletic achievements. This alone has drawn scouts and NFL Teams to look at Rolle under a finer microscope.
Talent wise, Rolle has very good size as I mentioned above. He demonstrated extremely good instinct in coming up and helping in run support. His weaknesses are also a big contributor to why he is not being considered higher. He struggles with one-on-one coverage and sometimes is exploited over the top. He does use his intelligence to put himself in good position to make up for his lack of natural speed though. I am very curious to see how well Myron Rolle does at the next level when he is on the field. He measured at 6'2" and weighed 215 LBS at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.
Possibilities -- 5th Round: Picks 132-169, 6th Round: 170-207. Note: There could be one or two teams that consider Rolle in the 4th. Should he be selected there, it may be a bit of a reach.
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