The good, the bad and the weird of NFL draft profiles

NFL draft prospects profiles have grown into a strange reading genre.

Some of the profiles read like dating ads trying to match cattle with mates. Others make prospects sound like prepubescent boys, such as Johnny Manziel’s profile on NFL.com, referring to him as having “an unorthodox body type with marginal height, rounded shoulders and an underdeveloped body.”

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina’s standout defensive end who is the frontrunner to be the first overall selection, is said to be “more thinly built in the lower body.” Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater apparently has “limited bulk” and “small hands.”

After perusing some of the literature on the higher-rated prospects, we found the four former Georgia players with profiles on NFL.com.

Some of the compliments, analysis and criticism are warranted. Some of the terminology used, however, brings about some strange verbiage. (The term “overly fleshy” is used at one point.) Check it out:

AARON MURRAY, QB, 6-foot, 207 pounds

The Good:

— “Has a quick release and is light enough on his feet to escape the first wave and make some plays on the move.”
— “Encouraging team leader with a likeable personality.”
— “Is very intelligent and football smart.”

The Bad:

— “Long-term durability is concerning.”
— “Gets too jittery and anxious (overanalyzes) in big games and has a very low winning percentage vs. top-10 teams.”
— “Could stand to improve his footwork.”

The Weird:

— “Diminutive”
— “Very small-framed with a thin waist”
— “Short and short-armed”

The Projection: Rounds 6-7

ARTHUR LYNCH, TE, 6-foot-5, 258 pounds

The Good:

— “Can adjust to throws and extend to catch.”
— “Tough and durable.”
— “Willing to engage and compete as an in-line blocker.”

The Bad:

— “Shaky hands (too many drops)”
— “Not yet ready to match physically 1-on-1 with NFL defensive ends.”
— “Will have to dedicate himself as a blocker to have a chance to stick as a No. 3.”

The Weird:

— “Tight hips.”
— “Unsudden — cannot separate.”
— “Thinks he’s better than he is. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.”

The Projection: Round 7 or priority free agent

CHRIS BURNETTE, OL, 6-foot-3, 306 pounds

The Good:

— “Flashes shock in his punch and a mean streak in his play.”
— “Is book smart and football smart and capable of setting protections.”
— “Three-year starter in the Southeastern Conference.”

The Bad:

— “Is stressed easily by quickness”
— “Will struggle vs. any quick movement”
— “Average recovery speed vs. stunts and counters.”

The Weird:

— “is overly fleshy”
— “needs to be in a phone booth to survive”
— “Has short arms”

The Projection: Priority free agent

GARRISON SMITH, DL, 6-foot-1, 310 pounds

The Good:

— “Versatile”
— “Flashes some strength”
— “agility to keep working to come free”

The Bad:

— “Marginal athletic ability.”
— “Minimal pass-rush potential.”
— “Struggles to control blockers.”

The Weird:

— “squatty”
— “slow-footed plodder”

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