In a recent piece by NFL.com, five NFL executives were asked the question, “who is the most polarizing player in college football?”
While that is a wide open question which could receive any variety of answers, there was some unity among the executives who were polled. Two players received multiple votes, while an additional two players each received a mention.
The two most polarizing players? Ole Miss defensive star Robert Nkemdiche and Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.
Nkemdiche has been in the headlines following a marijuana charge after a bizarre incident in Atlanta earlier this month, while there have been growing concerns about Cook’s personality and demeanor.
“I’m sure you’ll here this name a bunch. Nkemdiche is very talented, but he’s also very troubled. There will be some interesting discussions,” one excutive said.
Speaking of Cook, another executive added, “Some will be blindsided by the talent and look past the intangibles.”
Other players receiving votes were Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State.
It is not surprising to see so many quarterbacks on the list, nor is it a shock to see the growing doubts about Nkemdiche’s ability to stay in line off the field.
It will be interesting to see how these opinions continue to develop over the course of the draft season.
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