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“Character” is an all encompassing word used around this time of year to describe NFL prospects.  Some teams put an emphasis on “high character” guys, while “character concerns” knock others down the board.

From an athlete’s perspective, we can see how it sounds harsh or unfair.  Saying someone has poor character is more than saying he made a bad decision; it’s attacking who he is as a man.

Michael Oher of the Ravens is now just an observer to the NFL Draft process, but he doesn’t feel character tags are fair.

“Ok im so tired of the Character issues they are puttiing on ppl!” Oher tweeted Tuesday.   “What Character issues?!? Somebody tell me? . . .  I never got in trouble with the Law . . . yes sir no sir guy . . . But this Todd Mcshay guy acts if he knows ppl on a personal level get real!”

Percy Harvin chimed in during all this and noted that he was tagged with the character issue as well.  At that point, Oher realized McShay was on Twitter and started addressing him directly:

“What if someone was to talk about your son . . . and he had character issues!! Thats how my family felt.  You need to meet ppl first and then judge them not go off what you hear!! . . . And I respect Mel Kiper way more then I respect you…your a joke!!” Oher wrote at McShay.

If Oher made these comments while he was a draft prospect, folks would probably knock him for immaturity.  We like that he’s sticking up for himself and future “character” tag kids that get painted with an overly broad brush.

McShay, who isn’t overly active on Twitter, has yet to respond.

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89 Responses to “Michael Oher takes on Todd McShay”
  1. zibikbeer says: May 3, 2011 7:22 PM

    Big mike!

  2. dirtybirds24 says: May 3, 2011 7:25 PM

    Get um Mike…

  3. bfridley says: May 3, 2011 7:28 PM

    Whats his explanation for why he respects Kiper and not McShay?

    And as a Ravens fan, I can’t say I agree with him singling McShay out, as if it isn’t every single scout and hack-mock-draft-website that points out character concerns… McShay probably DOES get to meet some of the players he talks about – he should be going to mock draft websites that get their info from watching YouTube videos and reading articles

  4. phreakin says: May 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    Maybe if he would have went with a different college instead of Ole Miss he’d know the difference between your and you’re. Apparently the tutor and Ole Miss education isn’t that valuable.

  5. terrellochouno says: May 3, 2011 7:30 PM

    I believe the most shocking aspect of this is that someone actually has an ounce of respect for Mel Kiper! WOW @ the character issues this guy has!

  6. wetpaperbag2 says: May 3, 2011 7:31 PM

    BOTH Todd McChicken sandwich and Mel “Go fly a” Kiper are tools. I haven’t paid much attention to these blow hards ever since listening to my first pre draft/combine experience with Mike Mayock years ago.

  7. txchief says: May 3, 2011 7:32 PM

    Who’s Todd McShay? What credentials does he have to judge someone’s character?

  8. smellmyface says: May 3, 2011 7:32 PM

    Its Michael…he doesnt like Big Mike

  9. dawsonleery says: May 3, 2011 7:32 PM

    McShay is the worst. I have no idea why he has the job he does.

  10. prosb4hos says: May 3, 2011 7:36 PM

    Always kills the validity of an argument when you don’t know the difference between your and you’re.

  11. norcalraider510 says: May 3, 2011 7:37 PM

    Todd McShay is an assh0le

  12. nfl25 says: May 3, 2011 7:37 PM

    not that i am a big todd mcshay fan but why single him out? unless he was the only one saying oher had character issues.

  13. snnyjcbs says: May 3, 2011 7:37 PM

    Many scouts in the NFL laugh at McShay and wonder how people listen to this guy. As for Mel?, did you catch the look on Mel’s Face as Gruden was laughing AT him so bad that Gruden almost feel off his chair.

    It was not a laugh you are funny type laugh, it was a I cannot believe this dude and what is coming out of his mouth, you are a Fool laugh.

    Sad that so many FOOLS look to these guys as if they were doing anything more then throwing Darts at a Board hoping a few stick. Would love to dip into old Mel’s and McShays private life, my guess is character issues would get a whole new meaning with these guys.

  14. lostsok says: May 3, 2011 7:40 PM

    Wow…McShat got BLIND SIDED.

  15. minormillikin says: May 3, 2011 7:42 PM

    What do Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw think about all this?

  16. kingjoe1 says: May 3, 2011 7:44 PM

    Oher is way off base here. McShay is saying these things, because he is paid to evaluate players. Maybe if the Ravens paid attention to that a bit more they would not have wasted a high pick on Sergio Kindle. Maybe the Titans would have realized Pacman was a waste of money, or maybe the Bucs would have heeded these character issues and not gone after Talib.

  17. paulnoga says: May 3, 2011 7:44 PM

    This is terrible. We need football!!

  18. clayjayhawk says: May 3, 2011 7:48 PM

    Bin Ladin got JACKED UP !

  19. lovesportsandsurfing says: May 3, 2011 7:50 PM

    Todd McShay is an embarrassment to see on tv,…I like Mel Jr,..McShay is like a little kid with no credentials that was given a job…ESPN needs to can him,..he brings nothing but embarrassment.

  20. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 7:54 PM

    i’m glad someone is saying it. I was getting tired of hearing how Jimmy Smith has character issues because he drank and smoke weed in college. I’m in college right now and out of everyone i know i would say about 75% of them have at least tried weed, and 99% of them have gotten drunk before they turned 21. that doesn’t mean they have character issues, it means they are in college and having fun.

  21. *Legion* says: May 3, 2011 7:56 PM

    >> “You need to meet ppl first and then judge them”

    Or at least watch their movie.

  22. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 7:57 PM

    and those two a**clowns are the reason i dont’ watch espn and why i pay extra every month to get nfl network.

  23. sabeybaby says: May 3, 2011 7:57 PM

    Finally a player that gets it. Toad is indeed a McTurd. I got a brand new hi def TV and was startled to see that McTurd is orange with racoon eyes. Scared the hell out of me.

  24. whatsafairway says: May 3, 2011 7:58 PM

    As a Browns fan I may not care for the Ravens, even a little, but it’s hard not to like this guy!

  25. eyesofdisarray says: May 3, 2011 8:00 PM

    Doesn’t McShay basically say what he hears from team officials? If he (or Kiper for that matter) say so-and-so player has “character concerns” then chances are that is what they are hearing from teams.

  26. justonemoretime2 says: May 3, 2011 8:05 PM

    “phreakin says:May 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    Maybe if he would have went with a different college instead of Ole Miss he’d know the difference between your and you’re. Apparently the tutor and Ole Miss education isn’t that valuable.”

    Shhh. Apparently, you’re stupid too.

    Your criticism should read, “Maybe if he would have GONE TO …” not “have went with…” or even “have went to…”

  27. staff2cj4td says: May 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    phreakin maybe if you weren’t such trash, you’d know the difference between your brother and your uncle………oops, same person? Happy Tuesday to you and your bruncle!!

  28. mr92687 says: May 3, 2011 8:14 PM

    This is funny because I noticed weeks ago that McShay put the “character issue” tags on players a lot more than Kiper and Mayock. By the way, Mayock does a great job, you actually take what he says serious because he doesn’t say things unless he knows it’s true.

  29. broncobourque says: May 3, 2011 8:16 PM

    @ravensfan4life52

    I agree with you to an extent, most college students like to drink, party, smoke weed and just generally be young college students. Jimmy Smith did more than just that though. He was arrested twice while in college, tested positive for drugs 4 TIMES and is known to have fathered a couple of children with different women already. With a track record like that, he may have the potential to be a shutdown corner on the field but off the field he has the potential to be a mix of Antonio Cromarti, Ricky Williams and Pacman Jones. Those are some major red flags when you are going to be investing millions into the guy.

    Would you be willing to bet a significant amount of money on Smith staying out of trouble once he is in the league? If your answer is yes, can I get in on the action?

  30. hobartbaker says: May 3, 2011 8:18 PM

    Poor Todd, he got Blind Sided with that one.

  31. icewalker946 says: May 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    http://www.nesn.com/2011/03/report-colorados-jimmy-smith-off-the-draft-board-for-many-teams.html

    Not only do NFL Draft ‘experts’ talk about character but also pro personel scouts, and that is what DOES matter. To be taken off some draft boards completely not because of talent or injury but what kind of PERSON he is, well that falls on the player.

  32. broncobourque says: May 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    As for the article, Oher is just attacking the messenger. Mcshay may be a tool but his job isn’t to go out and meet all the draft prospect to investigate their character. His job is to pass along what the scouts and GMs he speaks to are saying about prospects. When he says a guy has character issues, he is either just stating the obvious (guy gets arrested multiple times or tests positive for drugs) or he is passing along what his contacts have told him.

  33. theredbengal says: May 3, 2011 8:42 PM

    The BLINDSIDE blindsided McShay outta the blue!

  34. jo3jo says: May 3, 2011 8:45 PM

    @ravensfan4life 52 –
    The difference between the typical average college kid trying weed and getting drunk and some of these character issue guys is that very few people in college rack up multiple substance related arrests like these guys do. If you got caught 4 times doing something illegal, it means you were doing it hundreds of times. Or you were very stupid about it and dramatically increased your chances of getting caught. Folks who smoke weed or drink beer in the comfort of their own dorm rooms seldom end up with a rap sheet.

    Bottom line is that college athletes are treated like celebrities at some colleges, and if they party like a rock star in those smaller environments, there is valid concern that they will really go nuts when they get the fame and money that comes with an NFL position. So unless an NFL team thinks they can keep good tabs on them, it’s a gamble.

  35. azcardinal32 says: May 3, 2011 8:53 PM

    I just love when ESPN puts the resume thing up for the analyst who is talking… for McShay it reads

    ESPN director of pro scouting or something similar

    Has evaluated prospects since 1998

    uhh.. so his only credentials are his job title and the fact that he evaluated prospects every year…

    Give me his job and I would have the same credentials, McShay is a JOKE

  36. jthammerstix says: May 3, 2011 8:57 PM

    8D all balls

  37. crubenst says: May 3, 2011 8:58 PM

    prosb4hos says: May 3, 2011 7:36 PM

    “Always kills the validity of an argument when you don’t know the difference between your and you’re.”

    I haven’t seen a worse grammatical sentence than this one. “what” kills the validity of an argument. You need a subject in a sentence you fool. And no, it doesn’t really make a difference in the argument.

  38. blackheld says: May 3, 2011 9:07 PM

    You know, it’s funny. The character issues thing is really a joke. Consider Brett Favre, Ben Roithlisberger and Tom Brady.

    Favre and Rothlisberger came out of college clean as a whistle. Good character guys…love football. Brady dropped to the sixth round because of comments like “disappears in big games” and “poor leadership skills”.

    Now, it’s obviously a small sample size, but you could add Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme to the clean cut side, and remember Aaron Rodgers dropped nearly out of the first round, and Tony Romo has been dogged by character comments his whole career, even though he’s never even been caught jaywalking.

    “Character issues” are something manufactured by sportswriters and draft experts (an oxymoron, obviously) so they have A) something to talk about, and B) so they can appear knowledgeable, even when basically they have no clue. We fans aid in the conspiracy by screaming at our teams when they draft someone who has been labeled a character problem, and he fails…even though just as many good character guys don’t make it in the NFL as flawed ones.

    Kiper, McShay and others like them are entitled to make a living, but equally, they deserve to be called out when their comments affect others. I applaud Michael Oher and any other player who bitch-slaps these guys. They probably damage as many careers as they get right.

  39. smacklayer says: May 3, 2011 9:09 PM

    Hey Michael, talk to me when you are putting up contracts for people worth tens of millions of dollars for your business, I guarantee you are going to look at their “character”, their parents “charater”, their dog’s “character” and just about everything else. This isn’t an $8/hr job flipping burgers. This is a 50 million dollar contract that can make or break a billion dollar business for the next few year, especially in the case of a first round face of the franchise QB.

    So STFU talking about things that you have no idea about.

  40. billionsvsmillions says: May 3, 2011 9:21 PM

    Oher, I would focus on trying to beat the Steelers in games that matter rather than what is said about you. Big baby. Go get your blankey, and lay down with mommy. It’s nite nite time.

  41. dumlionsfan says: May 3, 2011 9:29 PM

    I don’t want anyone to think that this is an attack on McShay’s character, but I’ve heard that his 1st job was doing Mel Kiper’s hair!!!

  42. raider316 says: May 3, 2011 9:30 PM

    Big Mike smashed McShay like he smashed that airbag

  43. ttommytom says: May 3, 2011 9:30 PM

    I don’t often type in caps but….MCSHAY IS AN IDIOT

    He looks inbred and rarely fed. He seemed flat out scared of Gruden. (Imascared Norton).

    To quote Walter “Todd McFraud”

    I like me some Mike Oher that much more today…

  44. pettergriffen says: May 3, 2011 9:35 PM

    Fudge todd “pubescent” mcshay and fudge Mel “big hair” Kiper.. oh ya and fudge that guy who gives a shiiit about twitter spelling and grammer lol what a ra-tard lolololololol

  45. jgrange says: May 3, 2011 9:35 PM

    Why a multi-million dollar company would want to hire a person who openly admits to drinking and smoking weed is beyond my comprehension. If you can’t see that then you must be blind. Why would a company want to willingly hand out millions to a person who is self-admittedly immature and not ready to handle a real time ie: career?

  46. omniscient48 says: May 3, 2011 9:35 PM

    I am with Oher 100% on this one.
    But Rashardoofus Mendenhall seems to have character issues!

  47. jgrange says: May 3, 2011 9:36 PM

    real time = real job, excuse my typo.

  48. jamoe17 says: May 3, 2011 9:37 PM

    The more surprising part (OK…maybe not) of this story is that Percy ‘the headache’ Harvin would feel compelled to chime in. I mean the man failed a drug test at the biggest interview of his life!! Missed NFL rookie orientation, and has been unaccountable to his team numerous times since then. What a frickin’ idiot.

  49. whatswiththehate says: May 3, 2011 9:39 PM

    Like I said before, I hope they retire that darn phrase “character issues.” And what is so funny, they first accuse the athletes of having “character issue,” then they find anything to justify their claims, ex: Nick Farley. I’m still trying to find out what character issues he has.

    Those folks on ESPN are beyond reckless…The NFLN isn’t much better.

  50. hendawg21 says: May 3, 2011 9:44 PM

    What do either Mcshanene and El Wiper bring to the table that any football fan couldn’t I trust the scouts and coaches of my team to know better who we need than those two clowns.

  51. supashug says: May 3, 2011 9:49 PM

    ravensfan4life

    don’t knock anyone up, get arrested for drinking, get hooked on codiene or fail 3 drug tests

    you will be fine and no one will comment on your character

    just saying, you are on fire boss!!!

  52. calhounlambeau says: May 3, 2011 9:54 PM

    Guys like McShay and Kiper are just media people trying to do a job, and they generally do a respectable job and do well by the players. Michael Oher has to realize those guys are outsiders and that the players should just ignore them, he’s blowing something small completely out of proportion.

  53. jtfris says: May 3, 2011 10:00 PM

    This is crap. If these athletes can’t stand the heat, get out of the million dollar per year kitchen. Every aspect of their lives will be analyzed as long as they make their money this way. Some of the analysis will be good and some will be bad. Live with it or quit.

  54. defensiveplaymaker says: May 3, 2011 10:03 PM

    Dear Mr. Oher and Mr. Harvin,

    Mr. McShay’s job is to analyze draft prospects. Nobody that enters the NFL is a perfect person. They have all done wrong things in their life, they are human. Some have done worse things than others. If you don’t want the NFL draft analysts talking about your character issues, then don’t ever do anything wrong. But here we go again with people not wanting to take responsibility for their actions. If my son had done stupid things in his past and then was labeled with character issues, then guess what?! He shouldn’t have done those stupid things. It’s really simple but people want to be able to do whatever they want and never face any consequences. When an NFL team is about to give you millions and millions of dollars of course they are going to bring up your past, because you are an investment in their business.

  55. swervinmervin says: May 3, 2011 10:05 PM

    Seriously – how did McShay get his job at ESPN? Does his dad know somebody over there?

    The guy is a total deuche.

  56. Canyonero says: May 3, 2011 10:13 PM

    To a football player every problem looks like a football.

  57. usfdrewhamilton says: May 3, 2011 10:14 PM

    Oher was described as a bad character guy??

    I read the Blindside. Guy sounded like a great kid…

    Wouldn’t McShay actually read The Blindside or any best-selling book about a consensus first rounder in order to evaluate the guy??

    If someone was going to pay you to interview Obama, wouldn’t you think you’d start with reading The Audacity of Hope? (enter trolls stage Right, probably should have went with another analogy)

  58. friendlylittletrees says: May 3, 2011 10:26 PM

    Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character. – The Wolf ‘Pulp Fiction’

  59. jagonzal says: May 3, 2011 10:51 PM

    Todd McShay = total douche bag

  60. thephantomstranger says: May 3, 2011 10:53 PM

    usfdrewhamilton says:
    May 3, 2011 10:14 PM
    If someone was going to pay you to interview Obama, wouldn’t you think you’d start with reading The Audacity of Hope? (enter trolls stage Right, probably should have went with another analogy)
    ____________________

    I’ll take this one. I’m glad you didn’t say Dreams From My Father, because Bill Ayers wrote that one!

  61. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 10:55 PM

    @broncoborque

    yeah getting arrested for booze twice means he was probably partying too much. but i understand him failing a drug test 4 times. that stuff stays in your system for a while and with how often those kids get tested in college thats understandable. with the kids, the guy should’ve used a condom. that’s his mistake. but once he realized his potential and his coach talked to him, he stopped smoking weed, stopped partying so much, and stopped knocking girls up. so yeah i would bet a lot of money that he won’t have consistent issues throughout his career. he might slip up once or twice, but i doubt he will constantly be in trouble.

    @jo3jo

    he’s gotten it under control in the last 2 years and he seems fine now. he was a young and dumb kid who didn’t think he was going anywhere in life and didn’t care about whether or not he got caught, but like i said above, once his coach pointed out his potential and sat him down, he straightened up his life and has been out of trouble since.

    @supashug

    i use condoms, i can outrun the cops in my college town, and where did codeine come from? Jimmy only got caught with weed as far as i know. and i don’t mess around with that purple drank.

  62. garyman1 says: May 3, 2011 10:57 PM

    All I know about Michael Oher is that Sandra Bullock looked real good in the movie about him.

  63. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 10:59 PM

    but in the end i’m kind of glad that jimmy got labeled as having ‘character issues’ because if he wouldn’t have gotten labeled then he wouldn’t have fallen down to 27 and gone to the Ravens.

  64. blkmanwtan says: May 3, 2011 11:00 PM

    Character issues are important, but this McShay guy sounds like a broken record.

    McShay reminds me of the cop who wasn’t squat in high school, and once he gets his gun and badge, he thinks he is king.

  65. garyman1 says: May 3, 2011 11:07 PM

    ESPN announcers talking about character issues ? Was that Jalen Rose, Ron Franklin, Harold Reynolds, or the thankfully forgotten Sean Salisbury who said that ?

  66. rajbais says: May 3, 2011 11:31 PM

    I agree!!!

    Other than the positive drug test what “character issues” did Percy Harvin have???

    Stupid Todd McS*** said that Harvin was a lot like “T.O. or Ochocinco”. In what way Todd???? Be specific you jerk!!!!!!!!!!

    ESPN either assumes crap and blow it out of proportion or acts like 1 day of a bad event equals 365 days of bad events.

    Well, knowing that all journalists suck at math (especially ESPN’s) they probably would think that 1= 365!!!!

  67. thefiesty1 says: May 3, 2011 11:35 PM

    That’s what happens when ALL these idiots get on Twitter. Everybody just shut up and do your job.

  68. ernestbynershands says: May 3, 2011 11:37 PM

    McShay is a douche bag. Aside from criticizing draft prospects, There is no record of him ever doing anything in the game. Not even playing.
    I wish Oher would Blindside McShay.
    Mel is cooler, more accurate and has cooler hair.
    Ignore him, don’t read his blogs or mocks and he’ll be gone.

  69. davisjosh20 says: May 4, 2011 12:01 AM

    McShay is a no talent hack! And has basically said ESPNU was all him. Whether he had the idea, or not, taking that attitude, on the air, with other guys that work their assessing off on their shows (he was a great on “The Experts” when he did this), is completely ridiculous, and shows his “character issues.” Calling himself “The Godfather” of ESPNU, and then judging kids he doesn’t know anything about, based almost completely based on a newspaper article, is dumb. He has been dead wrong on so many kids, so often, that taking him seriously is impossible. Much gratitude to these players for attacking his character, and I would not he surprised if moat of the reason he hasn’t responded, is because he’s crying too hard to be able to see the keyboard. He’s a joke. and Mel Kiper, Jr. is entirely too damn full of himself, his faces on camera when he is being interviewed, are comical. And he is supposed to be taken seriously too? Mike Mayock is the ONLY draft expert that has any credibility. Sure they have the credentials but McShay is a damn joke.

  70. bcgreg says: May 4, 2011 12:12 AM

    All you fans rippin McShay are hilarious. You’re the same people who criticize your team when they don’t draft who you want. After the draft is over, you rip the drafted player that McShay or Kiper ripped BEFORE the draft.

    I happen to think these guys are pretty good. Mayock is much better though. Sorry, but guys in college who get arrested multiple times have CHARACTER issues (not applying this to Oher). Guys in college who smoke pot have character issues. Etc.

    Look. I don’t pretend that NFL scouts know what they’re doing all of the time. For instance, how does Da’Quan Bowers drop to the 2nd round? Because of a knee injury he’s had and played through? Why does Mark Herzlich not even get drafted? The kid was a 1st round prospect before being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He missed a year. He had a VERY good, but not great, comeback season. His chances of having a relapse were put at about 2%. He’s getting stronger as time goes along. Just like they miss on a player’s on field attributes, the scouts can miss on their off field conduct too.

    Kiper, McShay, and Mayock are simply “scouts” for ESPN and NFLN. None of them are the be all end all. They’re just guys who watch a lot of football and give their OPINION on players. I’d LOVE to be paid for that! To have the passion to say you hate these guys is ridiculous.

    Fact is, some prospects DO have character issues coming into the draft. Did Corey Dillon have character issues? How about Christian Peter? Think the Saints would have liked to know that Ricky Williams liked smokin pot more than playin football BEFORE they traded their whole draft for him? Dez Bryant had an issue at Oklahoma State that seemed very minor after hearing the story. Yet, the character concerns came out, and he slid in the draft. Now, look at the BS he’s goin through this off season. Were the character concerns legit? Did Lawrence Phillips have character concerns? I’d say that since he bashed a female student’s head into a wall, then yeah. What about Sergio Kindle’s DUI incidents? Isn’t that a character concern? And before someone throws the race card out there, I’ll ask if the Jaguars wish they knew Matt Jones was a dealer before wasting a first round pick on him? How did GB overlook Mandarich’s obvious steroid use? How does Ryan Mallet fall to the 3rd round? Oh, he had character concerns. And, I already mentioned Christian Peter.

    Throwing the character issue out there isn’t a problem as long as its put into the proper context (again, I thought Dez Bryant’s issue at OK State was a bit overblown and he shouldn’t have been suspended) and the concerns are legit (see Christian Peter). And you can thank the Len Bias situation for all of the scrutiny these prospects go through. No team had any idea about Bias’ coke use until he was dead because before that, no one checked those things out. Now they do. It’s part of the process. Too bad. If you don’t like it, then don’t get in trouble or do anything that puts your potential earnings in jeopardy.

  71. headhuntin11 says: May 4, 2011 12:46 AM

    @Dear Mr. Oher and Mr. Harvin,

    Mr. McShay’s job is to analyze draft prospects. Nobody that enters the NFL is a perfect person. They have all done wrong things in their life, they are human. Some have done worse things than others.

    Right, it is to analyze draft prospects. In regards to Mr. Oher’s comments you overlooked that his main point was that he’s publicizing these ‘evaluations’ without actually investigating them. It seems that no one close Mr. Oher received a call or was interviewed about his character. Instead McShay tagged him with a detrimental trait that potentially hurt his and future rookies draft stocks and therefore hurt their pro future. Unfortunately it’s something that sticks with a player.

    It would be different if he actually investigated these claims. Makes you wonder if he actually evaluates any player or if he just goes on what other people say. That’s why I respect Mayock so much – he sits down and gives first hand evaluations.

  72. godzilla68 says: May 4, 2011 1:04 AM

    Todd McDouche looks like he’s suck at a game of handball. I wish he’d just go away….

  73. ajtexans says: May 4, 2011 1:20 AM

    I’m sure Oher was defending Ryan Mallett on this one, right?

  74. buffalodiehard says: May 4, 2011 1:37 AM

    Todd McShay actually uses the phrase “character concerns” in a compassionate way. He’s just saying the player might not be mature enough to make it in the league. It has to be said. Otherwise we the fans will judge players only on athletic ability and disregard the things that made Ryan Leaf, Cade McNown and Rae Carruth unsuccessful. I guarantee this is the part of the job McShay and Kiper hate the most but when you’re considering investing multi-millions in a player it has to be brought up. You want that money? GET OVER IT!

  75. jcdavey2011 says: May 4, 2011 2:12 AM

    did oher meet mcshay in person first before calling him a joke?

    just curious lol

  76. stanklepoot says: May 4, 2011 2:45 AM

    phreakin says: May 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    Maybe if he would have went with a different college instead of Ole Miss he’d know the difference between your and you’re. Apparently the tutor and Ole Miss education isn’t that valuable.
    _________________________
    Perhaps, or perhaps it has more to do with the fact that it was a twitter message with limited characters. In this case, dropping the apostrophe makes for one less character without making the message any harder to understand.

  77. stanklepoot says: May 4, 2011 2:51 AM

    kingjoe1 says: May 3, 2011 7:44 PM

    Oher is way off base here. McShay is saying these things, because he is paid to evaluate players. Maybe if the Ravens paid attention to that a bit more they would not have wasted a high pick on Sergio Kindle. Maybe the Titans would have realized Pacman was a waste of money, or maybe the Bucs would have heeded these character issues and not gone after Talib.
    ______________________
    Check your facts. Kindle didn’t get arrested or anything like that. He fell down two flights of stairs in the middle of the night and busted his head open. That’s a tragic accident, not a character flaw.

  78. stanklepoot says: May 4, 2011 3:13 AM

    calhounlambeau says: May 3, 2011 9:54 PM

    Guys like McShay and Kiper are just media people trying to do a job, and they generally do a respectable job and do well by the players. Michael Oher has to realize those guys are outsiders and that the players should just ignore them, he’s blowing something small completely out of proportion.
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    Really? What if every day when your family opened up the newspaper or turned on the news there was someone going on and on about your supposed “character issues”. Worse yet, in many cases the supposed nature of those character issues are never openly discussed. In many cases, the most you’ll ever get is a very vague allusion to something inappropriate delivered with a wink and a nod that makes the person look like they know what’s really going on. How are the players supposed to ignore that, especially when comments like that can take on a life of their own and hurt their draft status regardless of the level of truth (if any) to the comments.

    Why don’t we make it really simple? If they want to go on tv (or write in a newspaper or magazine) that a prospect has character issues, they have to describe what those issues are and give at least a shred of information that would make the accusation seem credible. No, they’d rather report salacious rumors and speculation because that gets them attention. Additionally, if they did have to make specific accusations about players, then they’d be open to slander and libel suits unless they could back them up. So much easier for them to simply refer to “character issues” than to have to actually do some research for their reports.

  79. kingbeason52 says: May 4, 2011 6:31 AM

    Who dosent like Oher? But i gotta say he is wrong on this..all these dudes are characterize for having issues, because they acctually have ISSUES. When you have such special talent, and are willing to risk for stupid sh*t, then you need to be evaulated. Also Micheal the whole NFL draft proccess isnt on your personailty..

  80. xmgmx says: May 4, 2011 7:16 AM

    McShag & Kyper (kipe-hair)? When the draft comes around, I avoid ESPN.com, and I WILL NOT watch anything with Kiper yapping. Mayock is wayyyy better.

  81. xmgmx says: May 4, 2011 7:32 AM

    Kiper just likes to hear himself talk. I’m sure he records every take and watches them at night lying in bed, “Aren’t I wonderful? Damn I look good.”
    I would love to see Will Ferrell do a bit on him, with an ‘Anchorman’ spin on it.

  82. mrone50 says: May 4, 2011 7:51 AM

    smacklayer says:
    May 3, 2011 9:09 PM
    Hey Michael, talk to me when you are putting up contracts for people worth tens of millions of dollars for your business, I guarantee you are going to look at their “character”, their parents “charater”, their dog’s “character” and just about everything else. This isn’t an $8/hr job flipping burgers. This is a 50 million dollar contract that can make or break a billion dollar business for the next few year, especially in the case of a first round face of the franchise QB.

    So STFU talking about things that you have no idea about.

    The guy who watches the NFL tells the guy who is actually in the NFL to STFU about thins he has no idea about, when it comes to the NFL.

    And please tell me what Mcshay has to do with putting up with 10s of millions of dollar in contracts. Last I checked he does not work for an NFL team.

  83. lbcoach34 says: May 4, 2011 8:04 AM

    McShay’s not the only one…

    false rumors fly all-day during pre-draft time…

  84. bertcampaneris says: May 4, 2011 8:05 AM

    Well, when you play for the Baltimore Ravens, your character is automatically called in to question. Sometimes reputation preceeds you. Comes with the territory.

  85. notoriousbri says: May 4, 2011 8:15 AM

    I still think Oher has character issues and that Big Mike is a Big Joke… Talk about letting your head get big.. I was rooting for this guy at the draft but during his rookie season he started to pop off at the mouth a little too much.. and Ill never see that movie =)

  86. bunjy96 says: May 4, 2011 8:47 AM

    phreakin says: May 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    Maybe if he would have went with a different college instead of Ole Miss he’d know the difference between your and you’re. Apparently the tutor and Ole Miss education isn’t that valuable

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    Guess your tutor didn’t do any better with the use of “have went”

  87. jaypace says: May 4, 2011 4:24 PM

    Jgrange I would submit to you. How many people get hired at billion dollar companies that suffer from alcohol abuse? Companies hire addicts and abusers everyday. Or maybe they start clean then develop an addiction.

  88. draftanalyst says: May 6, 2011 9:36 AM

    Along with Mel Kiper, Todd McShay has no idea if an athlete has character issues or not, They both stink at predicting what teams will take what players and why. Todd McShay has his job because ESPN put him there and these guys come out and spill stats that can’t make a player be a standout NFL prospect. Todd McShay should be fired, he has no talent on choosing talent, and if his predictions were purely picked on character then he would be failing miserably…because all his predictions are horrible

  89. draftanalyst says: May 6, 2011 9:40 AM

    What Todd McShay and Mel Kiper should do if they want to know if a kid will be successful … go out and talk to the people who really watch them week end and week out, those who have followed them from pee wee league through College and you will find out…. because the analyst who know who will succeed best are those who have been there…. every week, Not a guy sitting in a studio, with numbers and a cup of green tea….. get real, Todd McShay and Kiper himself have got one of the biggest scams and shams going…. so they benefit from not truly knowing anything and trying to fool others that they know something…. by the way, I predict Cam will be successful, and so will most of the players they picked to fail….. you saw it here first sports fans…….

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