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Myron Rolle knows he's better than a lot of players drafted before him

Myron Rolle, the Florida State Seminole turned Rhodes Scholar turned Tennessee Titan, seems like too nice a guy to walk around with a chip on his shoulder.

But as he embarks on his NFL career, Rolle does seem motivated by the fact that he was a sixth-round draft pick even though he believes strongly that he has something more than sixth-round talent.

“There were a lot of guys who were taken ahead of me that I know I’m better than,” Rolle said, per Jemele Hill of ESPN.com.

There’s been a lot of talk that NFL coaches question whether Rolle will be committed to football or whether he’ll be more interested in pursuing a career as a doctor or scientist, and even some talk that Rolle “deserted” the Florida State football team when he enrolled at Oxford. Rolle says he doesn’t know how much that affected his draft stock, but he does know that he’s disappointed by where he ended up being taken.

“I came into the draft thinking pragmatically that the first or second day wouldn’t be my day,” Rolle said. “I thought the third day would be my day, but I didn’t expect to be the last pick in the sixth round.”

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  1. Rapistberger says: Apr 28, 2010 12:35 PM

    Well we know he is too smart for the Jets…Raiders or Steelers….

  2. JaxJagtixholder says: Apr 28, 2010 12:35 PM

    When’s the last time you heard an NFL player use the word “pragmatically?” – Besides Emmitt Smith saying pramatigly

  3. PittsburghSteelerz says: Apr 28, 2010 12:37 PM

    That’s all BS…
    He wasn’t drafted higher because of his on field skills (or lack thereof)
    I heard Wilbon playing the race card… smart black man, dumb white coaches, anarchy, blah-blah
    Maybe it’s because he’s a liability in coverage (Roy Williams, anyone?), lacks elite speed and hasn’t played football in a year.
    But, yeah… it’s smart and black so his draft stock fell.
    What a joke.

  4. TheVillain112 says: Apr 28, 2010 12:38 PM

    For such a smart guy, when is he going to learn to just STFU?

  5. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 12:38 PM

    If you didn’t come into it thinking “pragmatically”, then the first or second day might have been your day. Poser. I don’t think teams are worried about his commitment so much as his questionable athleticism and his insufferable self absorbtion.
    Rolle is fairly bright, but he’s no Eric Decker or Bay-Bay Thomas, obviously. Check the Wonderlic scores. :)

  6. joelvis72 says: Apr 28, 2010 12:39 PM

    Smart? Yes. Smart ass? Probably a little bit of that, too.

  7. K-Rock says: Apr 28, 2010 12:39 PM

    More likely that NFL coaches feel intimidated by this guy’s intellectual prowess than issues with his commitment to football.

  8. Meat Tuperello says: Apr 28, 2010 12:43 PM

    Vince Young went into his draft thinking pragmatically too. But he then declared he couldn’t be the father because he was at a shirtless party and there wasn’t a single girl there..

  9. robert ethan says: Apr 28, 2010 12:43 PM

    Myron will Rolle over for the money just like anyone else. You have to work a lot harder and longer for less money in the real world. He’ll hang on by his fingernails as a backup as long as he possibly can in the NFL. Riding the waiver wire around the league.

  10. jwill007 says: Apr 28, 2010 12:45 PM

    PROVE IT!
    If you feel that way then you play will speak volumes….
    To leave this only gives more ammo……
    Marvin White??? TCU 5th rd 2006 said the same thing….He cant be found now….
    PROVE EM WRONG!
    This is goes away!

  11. Fonetik says: Apr 28, 2010 12:46 PM

    His draft stock didn’t fall (too far) because he went to Oxford, it fell because his speed and coverage skills are very questionable. He’s gonna be a career backup/special teams player.

  12. JoeSchmoe says: Apr 28, 2010 12:47 PM

    He knows as we all do the mantra….
    Put up or shut up.
    (I believe he can put up though, I’m a big fan of the guy)

  13. Xpensive Wino says: Apr 28, 2010 12:49 PM

    Apparently, PacMan Jones is way smarter ‘cuz he got taken with the sixth overall pick!
    In all fairness, PacMan does have a Masters Degree is Scrip Clubology.
    Teams spend millions and millions on degenerate, low-life pieces of shit year after year and then scratch their heads wondering why they don’t win and a guy like Rolle lasts until the end of the sixth round.
    Please, someone remind me again what the qualifications are to be a GM for an NFL team???

  14. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 28, 2010 12:50 PM

    Jemele Hill article?
    Race must be involved in some way.

  15. godofwine says: Apr 28, 2010 12:50 PM

    Such a shame. Damned shame. He will be a great player. Tim Te-Bum over Myron Rolle. Bet money that Rolle will be a better NFL player.

  16. Drat says: Apr 28, 2010 12:51 PM

    Coaches are human, too. Naturally, when they meet with a player, they don’t like to be the stupid one in the room. It’s intimidating. Look at Florio, he always wants to be the smarty pants, but now and again he’s a little slow. So he gets pissed and hissy. Human nature.

  17. Abe Froeman says: Apr 28, 2010 12:51 PM

    I love how him going to Oxford after his junior season is him deserting his team, but kids going pro after their junior year aren’t.

  18. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 28, 2010 12:52 PM

    yo, dude should be thankful he even got picked up
    regardless what round he went, he still on the cusp of becoming a multimillionaire
    he’s playing for a great organization in Tennessee
    good luck trying to tackle Chris Johnson

  19. DarkHorse81 says: Apr 28, 2010 12:53 PM

    Myron my man that is why they play the game you’ll have your chance to prove it on the field enough said.

  20. iggman says: Apr 28, 2010 12:53 PM

    Rolle is a hell of a player if him not entering the draft isnt the ultimate comitment i dont know what is.. the guy could be a DR right now but he chose football that should show people, i hope he does well in tennessee

  21. Robj says: Apr 28, 2010 12:55 PM

    I guess he would’ve been better off being a dumb-dumb.

  22. McWest says: Apr 28, 2010 12:55 PM

    “and even some talk that Rolle “deserted” the Florida State football team when he enrolled at Oxford.”
    So Rolle left college with 1 year of remaining eligibility. College players do that all the time and aren’t questioned about it. When was the last time an underclassman was asked about deserting his teammates to enter the NFL draft?

  23. deftspyder says: Apr 28, 2010 12:56 PM

    Using the word “pragmatically” is probably going to be shocking to an NFL locker room.

  24. paleandpasty says: Apr 28, 2010 12:56 PM

    This is so stupid, why penalize the guy because he is super smart.

  25. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 28, 2010 12:59 PM

    i cant believe they let this kid slip that far.
    intelligence is something that’s covetted in the NFL. Half these players are pushed through college any way. to find a talent like this is hard to come by.
    PRO BOWL in 3 years.

  26. jeadie5 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:00 PM

    “pragmatically” I can already see this guy having trouble in the NFL.

  27. Yak says: Apr 28, 2010 1:01 PM

    This is crap!! He had a once in a lifetime chance to go to Oxford and took it. Everyone at FSU was on his side the choice and had his back fully!! I wish the Vikings would’ve taken him instead of some of the garbage we took in the later rounds. Rolle is gonna be a beast for years and the Titans should be happy he fell to them in the 6th!!

  28. McWest says: Apr 28, 2010 1:02 PM

    “and even some talk that Rolle “deserted” the Florida State football team when he enrolled at Oxford”
    Questioning Rolle’s passion for football is understandable. Debatable, but understandable.
    Asking him how it felt to desert his college teammates is neither. Every year some underclassmen in all sports “desert” their college teammates. It’s just for a different reason.
    When was the last time an underclassmen leaving to enter the pros was asked how it felt to desert his college teammates?

  29. el_dude00 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:03 PM

    This kid is going to be fine as soon as he learns to shut up. Lotsa yapping before even hitting the field.
    I love his story, love that’s he’s a braniac with legit skills. But, shut it dude. Even if you are right…shut it.

  30. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:03 PM

    4.76 40 at safety?
    Gotta get that down..

  31. vegassquire says: Apr 28, 2010 1:08 PM

    Don’t take a year off, than run a 4.85 and you wouldn’t have to worry about being the last pick in the 6th round.

  32. midwest says: Apr 28, 2010 1:08 PM

    I agree 100%. The kid can play. He was just under-coached by a lame FSU coaching staff.

  33. Krow says: Apr 28, 2010 1:09 PM

    He may have been… until he made that comment. Guess you don’t have to be THAT smart to be a Rhodes Scholar.

  34. TP7 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:14 PM

    Myron, you’re a Rhodes Scholar….so you probably don’t have to look up the meaning of “jackass”

  35. edgy1957 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:15 PM

    Would they rather that he played his senior season and THEN went to Oxford? That’s an opportunity that any STUDENT would love to have. I know that student-athlete can be a joke but it bothers me when people think that guys who put in the effort for being good at the former means that they won’t put in the effort to being good at the latter.
    If you consider the number of really bad picks at his position over the years, why would it be such a big deal to take him high and flame out, if he wasn’t a Rhodes Scholar.or if HE did the same thing.

  36. richkotitte says: Apr 28, 2010 1:15 PM

    He was drafted in the sixth round because he can’t cover, not because he scored too high on the SAT.

  37. darth_vincent says: Apr 28, 2010 1:16 PM

    so the kid who blew off his last game of his junior season, all of his senior season — thought he was going to be a 1st day draft pick????
    I’m starting to think he’s one of those “University of Phoenix” scholars.

  38. DanSnyder says: Apr 28, 2010 1:19 PM

    If you listen closely to Myron he talks about himself alot and seems to think very highly of himself. He also didn’t prove much in college as before he left for oxford he was still considered a mid round pick. He lacks speed and isn’t instinctive. I see him nothing more as a backup strong safety in the NFL. He may not even last long because he is not athletically gifted and tennessee likes guys who are.

  39. Citizen Strange says: Apr 28, 2010 1:20 PM

    Yeah, a lot of picks fall to the late rounds because they are too smart and better players than everybody else.
    NFL teams are so stupid.

  40. Tampa Gator says: Apr 28, 2010 1:24 PM

    “Myron will Rolle over for the money just like anyone else. You have to work a lot harder and longer for less money in the real world. He’ll hang on by his fingernails as a backup as long as he possibly can in the NFL. Riding the waiver wire around the league.”
    I see what you did there.
    “Hanging on by his fingernails as a backup” will still earn him thousands of dollars, even for just a few seasons. That alone will pay his way through school as he gets his PhD in neuroscience. Yeah, that’s definitely a bad thing.
    Put gold teeth in his mouth with a Lil Wayne lisp and he’s got “swagga”. Keep him as is and he’s “arrogant” and “self-absorbed”. Nice.

  41. Football says: Apr 28, 2010 1:26 PM

    This guy comes off as a pretentious ass. Since when does a 3.75 GPA at Florida St. get you a Rhodes Scholarship anyway?

  42. DCPowerGator says: Apr 28, 2010 1:40 PM

    hey myron, maybe its because you didn’t come close to covering any UF WRs or picking off tim tebow in three years vs UF. he has no cover skills whatsoever. if he didn’t have the oxford story being repeated over and over (most often by him), nobody would even know who he is.
    he is just another 5 star HS player that was coached into near oblivion by the crack fsu coaching staff.

  43. realitypolice says: Apr 28, 2010 1:43 PM

    darth_vincent says:
    April 28, 2010 1:16 PM
    so the kid who blew off his last game of his junior season, all of his senior season — thought he was going to be a 1st day draft pick????
    I’m starting to think he’s one of those “University of Phoenix” scholars.
    ===========================
    And I’m starting to think you’re an illiterate idiot:
    “I came into the draft thinking pragmatically that the first or second day wouldn’t be my day,” Rolle said.
    I will translate that into stupidese, removing the big words you are obviously struggling with:
    “I knew I wouldn’t be drafted on the first or second day.”
    Since the first and second day included rounds 1,2 and 3, that meant the earliest he thought he would be drafted was round 4.
    Understand now?

  44. Jack Burton says: Apr 28, 2010 1:43 PM

    The guy will still make more than most people here and he should be thankful for that.

  45. BillsFan20 says: Apr 28, 2010 1:44 PM

    @Midwest– A lame coaching staff at FSU? Yeah your right Mickey Andrews was a lame coach at FSU never coached anyone good. But he had 8 straight all american corners including that one guy who did ok in the NFL right Midwest.. What’s his name? Deon Sanders. Oh yeah not to mention he coach 2 Jim Thorpe Award winners and in 1998 had the #1 defense in the nation both total and passing. Coached players like Derrick Brooks, Deon Sanders, Geno Hayes, Ernie Simms, Brodrick Bunkley, Antonio Cramartie, Chris Hope, Lawerence Timmons (All starters in the NFL).
    As for Myrone Rolle hes an outstanding player. Learned and memorized the entire FSU defensive playbook in 4 days. Dude is going to be a film and playbook genius and will look like Troy Polamalu out there just because he will know where the ball is going to be on every down.
    PS: Lets not make comments on here when we have no clue about what were talking about. Huh Midwest? Terrible coaching staff? Wow.. Congratulations Midwest you win the Biggest Idiot Post of the Year..

  46. Tikkanen says: Apr 28, 2010 1:55 PM

    In three years at Florida State, he had 1 INT and 1 forced fumble. He’s lucky to have even been drafted with those stats and spending his entire senior season out of football.
    For comparison’s sake, Earl Thomas (sophomore) played two seasons with 10 INT (2 for TD) and 5 forced fumbles. Now ask yourself smart guy Myron, who deserves to be the first rounder?

  47. godofwine says: Apr 28, 2010 1:58 PM

    Abe Froeman says:
    April 28, 2010 12:51 PM
    “I love how him going to Oxford after his junior season is him deserting his team, but kids going pro after their junior year aren’t. ”
    Tell ‘em Froeman. My thoughts exactly.

  48. jth23 says: Apr 28, 2010 2:09 PM

    i am a big florida state fan and hope the best for this guy. but to be honest, the more i hear from this guy, the more i wish he would shut up. and he is reminding me of tiki barber, not a good thing!

  49. m2karateman says: Apr 28, 2010 2:16 PM

    “Tikkanen says:
    April 28, 2010 1:55 PM
    In three years at Florida State, he had 1 INT and 1 forced fumble. He’s lucky to have even been drafted with those stats and spending his entire senior season out of football.
    For comparison’s sake, Earl Thomas (sophomore) played two seasons with 10 INT (2 for TD) and 5 forced fumbles. Now ask yourself smart guy Myron, who deserves to be the first rounder?”
    Well, let’s look at this. Rolle played strong safety at FSU, and historically strong safeties aren’t the ones free roaming (hence “free” safety) in the secondary looking to ball hawk.
    Also, look at the numbers for CB Brandon Ghee. He had one pick, just one, in four years at Wake Forest. Yet, he was taken in the third round.
    “Geez Daddy, aren’t cornerbacks supposed to get more than one pick in four years?”
    “Why, yes son, I believe good cornerbacks DO get more than just one pick in four seasons.”

  50. Mandingo52 says: Apr 28, 2010 2:17 PM

    I’m sure none of this has anything to do with the fact that he was beat like a drum during the Senior Bowl or that he was outclassed during the combine workouts. The guy is a good player, but there were THAT MANY guys better than him.

  51. LightningStrikes says: Apr 28, 2010 2:20 PM

    You know, I’m really getting sick of hearing how Myron “abandoned” his team to go to Oxford when Mike Williams from Syracuse WALKED AWAY from the team and still was drafted in the 4th round. Rolles intelligence will be an asset on the field when he does eventually start. Just because he is a thinking man and not a mindless automaton should not prevent him from having a successful NFL career.

  52. live2ride1642 says: Apr 28, 2010 2:20 PM

    Just to clear up the concept of the “deserter” question that Florio can’t seem to grasp and the rest of you seem to follow. Rolle was asked what it was like to desert his football team after he skipped their Nov 22 game against Maryland to interview for the Rhodes Scholarship.
    The deserter question had to deal with skipping an important game towards the end of the season, NOT him leaving FSU after his junior year.

  53. Frank Burns says: Apr 28, 2010 2:24 PM

    Is it me, or is this guy really starting to get on our nerves?
    No wonder he sounded too good to be true — the scholar/athlete and all that. I loved the story at first.
    Now he just sounds like a know-it-all and frankly kind of a punk. At least play a couple years before you go offering your views about league discipline policies and how much you “deserved” to be taken higher.
    Someone here compared with with Tiki, had to chuckle.

  54. The Curse of Bobby Layne Part 2 says: Apr 28, 2010 2:28 PM

    I HATE that my Lions passed on this guy but hey….
    He’s got to figure out if he wants to play football, or be a neurosurgeon!
    Not a lot of time in a year to practice brain surgery AND play professional football!

  55. live2ride says: Apr 28, 2010 2:39 PM

    Just to clear up the concept of the “deserter” question that Florio can’t seem to grasp and the rest of you seem to follow. Rolle was asked what it was like to desert his football team after he skipped their Nov 22 game against Maryland to interview for the Rhodes Scholarship.
    The deserter question had to deal with skipping an important game towards the end of the season, NOT him leaving FSU after his junior year.

  56. deymond says: Apr 28, 2010 2:46 PM

    I’m sure he’s miffed that lesser football players got drafted before him, but what about all us non-Rhodes Scholars who know better than to end a sentence with the word “than”?

  57. texasPHINSfan says: Apr 28, 2010 3:18 PM

    First NFL player to use “pragmatic” in a sentence – I like this guy already!

  58. finsbooyah says: Apr 28, 2010 3:44 PM

    Safeties who were projected to be drafted before Rolle in pretty much all mock drafts:
    Eric Berry
    Earl Thomas
    Nate Allen
    Morgan Burnett
    TJ Ward
    Major Wright
    Taylor Mays
    Chad Jones
    Rashad Jones
    Kurt Coleman
    I’m probably missing a few as well. The notion say that he fell so far because NFL coaches were intimidated by his intelligence is ridiculous. He fell because he was not one of the better safeties in this years draft class. Pure and simple.

  59. DJSlyBri says: Apr 28, 2010 4:10 PM

    Soon enough, Rolle will have to prove that he deserved to be taken a lot earlier.

  60. Maddog says: Apr 28, 2010 4:22 PM

    BillsFan20 says:
    As for Myrone Rolle hes an outstanding player. Learned and memorized the entire FSU defensive playbook in 4 days. Dude is going to be a film and playbook genius and will look like Troy Polamalu out there just because he will know where the ball is going to be on every down
    ———————————————–He’s going to be Troy Palamalu because he’s smart huh? Listen, I’m rooting for the kid, but that’s idiotic. Best case scenario he’ll be a good/solid player for 10 years. Worst, he’s not athletic enough and will be out of the league in 2 to 3 years. No way does he become a Polamalu/Ed Reed type player. No chance.

  61. DanRooney says: Apr 28, 2010 4:24 PM

    “I think it’s amazing” he fell all the way to the 6th round. Haha scrub.

  62. Eternal Optimist says: Apr 28, 2010 4:57 PM

    Tom Brady – 6th round . . . it’s a crap-shoot kid. Kiper and the gurus think that they have it all figured out, but it’s all about how you play the game. Keep your mouth shut and show ‘em on the field.

  63. Theodocius says: Apr 28, 2010 6:17 PM

    Guys, he wasn’t good at FSU. He won’t magically conquer the NFL. Special Teams.

  64. Schnitzel says: Apr 28, 2010 7:47 PM

    If he is so smart how come he hasn’t figured out nobody wants a neurosurgeon who has had concussions? I don’t understand why he would risk his career as a doctor by playing football. He needs to learn that you are your record. He most definitely is a 6th round pick because that is where he was drafted.

  65. francissizer says: Apr 28, 2010 9:02 PM

    Myron may be right that he is a better football player than some drafted. But there are also several drafted who are much smarter than the Rhodes Scholar. Myron has an IQ equivalent to 126 which is superior and not bad, but about 13 draftees scored much higher with scores well above his (33) on the Wonderlic.

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