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Vontaze Burfict calls Mike Mayock’s assessment “hurtful”

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When NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock referred to Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict as “a non-draftable kid,” it seemed to perfectly encapsulate what had happened to Burfict over the last several months: Once considered an elite talent, Burfict combined off-field problems, a lack of production on the field late in his college career and terrible performances at the Combine and his Pro Day to make himself look like he doesn’t belong in the NFL.

Burfict says he knows Mayock is just doing his job, but he also wants Mayock to know that his comments stung.

“If I could talk to him, I would ask him why is he being so hurtful to a young man and trying to trash me,” Burfict told Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. “I think about what he said with every rep that I do in the weight room. I use the criticism as motivation, but I like Mayock. I have a lot of respect for him. I would just ask him to be fair.”

Burfict neither confirmed nor denied the report that he failed a Combine drug test, but he acknowledged that he has used marijuana.

“I talked to some teams, and I told them I had smoked marijuana before,” Burfict said. “It’s not like I’m the only person that has ever done that.”

Burfict realizes that he won’t be the first-round pick he was once projected as, but he says he’s content because he believes his future is in God’s hands.

“I don’t care where I get drafted because God will place me somewhere great,” Burfict said. “Wherever I go, I will cherish it and play my hardest. I will be grateful for the opportunity and make the best of it. I can’t wait for that to happen.”

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  1. njdevil7 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:27 PM

    So are drugs, but that didnt stop him from doing them right before the combine

  2. lolb23 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:28 PM

    Mayock said the same bad things about Cam Newton last year, and he isn’t employed by any of the 32 NFL teams. Screw him.

  3. bigshirk says: Apr 25, 2012 9:28 PM

    The Truth Hurts.

  4. cakemixa says: Apr 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    Who really cares what these tools on TV have to say about prospects, anyway? Most, if not all, are TV analysts, and not working for a team, for a reason.

  5. fxws says: Apr 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    I’d like to see the Ravens take him as a UFA if they don’t land Hightower. I think their locker room is strong enough to straighten him up.

  6. jeremywflores says: Apr 25, 2012 9:30 PM

    This guy needs to be surrounded by a veteran locker room. Needs guidance.

  7. jhart615 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:31 PM

    Here’s a hint Vontaze…Don’t fail your drug tests, don’t sound like a jerk in your interviews, take responsibility for your actions, and don’t throw away your God given talent if you don’t want to get criticized.

  8. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Apr 25, 2012 9:31 PM

    Stop getting high and know one thing about Mayock and others like him. They watch endless film, they saw you take every other play off. They saw you dog it. They saw you playing lazily. Mike didnt say you sucked because you got high, it was the tape. The tape dont lie. Im guessing you will be drafted, and Im assuming you will celebrate that with a joint. Will be among the first round of cuts in August.

  9. rollore says: Apr 25, 2012 9:31 PM

    Just do what everyone in America does: Sue him!

  10. ohnothatguy says: Apr 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    Giants should definetly take a shot at him with their 2nd rd pick if he is still there

  11. ctiggs says: Apr 25, 2012 9:33 PM

    I think Vontaze is more “hurtful” to himself than Mike Mayock ever could be.

  12. jacobslatter says: Apr 25, 2012 9:34 PM

    Get suspicious of/when anyone says their fate lies in God’s hands. God is in heaven livin’ the life while his 7 billion+ experiment gone horribly wrong is left to toil and fend for themselves in this purgatory just steps away from the Gates of Hell.

  13. Soulman45 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:34 PM

    It hurt but don’t do what he is talking about you made the bad sleep in it.
    Sorry but sometime the truth hurt.

  14. frankrizzo51 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:36 PM

    When does somebody tell this kid to shut the hell up? The LAST thing he needs to worry about is what Mike Mayock has to say. Vontaze got HIMSELF in this situation. No one else.

  15. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 25, 2012 9:36 PM

    What’s the worst that can happen Vontaze? Being the 300th rated player in the draft, having to go to the CFL, then getting cut after your first game there?

    Oh, wait…..that’s what happened to Mayock back in the Iron Age.

  16. sc5000 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:37 PM

    No one has “trashed” Vontaze Burfict’s draft stock more than Vontaze Burfict.

  17. kuantan97 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:38 PM

    And you still don’t get it, Vontaze. Teams want to see that you acknowledge your mistakes and that they won’t happen in the future. But by questioning Mayock’s professional assessment and acting as if it’s a personal attack you show that you are still utterly clueless.

  18. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 25, 2012 9:39 PM

    If you know you have a drug test and the most important interview in your life scheduled in the near future, yet you still do drugs anyway shows you do not care.

    If you do not care then do not complain when other call you out for what you are.

    The best shot you have for success in the NFL at this point is if Saint Tebow places his hand upon you, snuggles you up under his angel wings, and prays you to stradom.

  19. bleed4philly says: Apr 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    Playing the God card only works when you have a clean resume, he’s making it worse! Just shut up and play!

  20. axltcu says: Apr 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    The truth hurts. Playing the victim now isn’t going to help.

  21. pacificamjr says: Apr 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    im about to head home from the office and “vontaze”

  22. amgdds says: Apr 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    Dude must have been high when he said all that stuff.

  23. lolb23 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:41 PM

    Mike Mayock looks like the flappy-headed Canadian guys from South Park.

  24. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:42 PM

    well………….if the shoe fits… and dont put GOD into this buddy!! im sure he wouldve told him to pass the puff puff instead of puff puff pass!!

  25. teamgoku says: Apr 25, 2012 9:42 PM

    Denver round 6 and he will be the steal of the draft in 3 years or less

  26. cooklynn17 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:42 PM

    Ahh! Poor little linebacker lost his way. What a worthless Bitch, get over it allready.

  27. shaggyjeff says: Apr 25, 2012 9:43 PM

    I hope the Bucs draft him…PLEASE..

    lol Mayock I saw where Parcells had him at the #3 mlb in the draft.

  28. redrobots44 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:43 PM

    Jets, so hot right now, Jets…

  29. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 25, 2012 9:44 PM

    Burfict is undraftable. Draft no longer has 10 rounds like it did back when Mike was taken in that round.

  30. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 25, 2012 9:44 PM

    he’s a natural fit in Cincinatti

  31. LoCoSu@%s says: Apr 25, 2012 9:44 PM

    For Vontaze’s sake, I hope he gets a chance – undrafted free agent or whatever, and turns his attitude and life around. Not a good story for another failure as a human being

  32. rajbais says: Apr 25, 2012 9:46 PM

    “[T]rying to trash me”?????

    Bro, please show no signs of weakness!!!

    Ever heard of going “under the radar”???

  33. 49erdynasty says: Apr 25, 2012 9:46 PM

    “You hurt my feelins man!”

  34. drgreenstreak says: Apr 25, 2012 9:47 PM

    He’d be cut in camp…

  35. totallydisgusted says: Apr 25, 2012 9:47 PM

    I can’t stand to hear guys that have done Devilish things say “I’m gonna leave it in Gods hands.” after they’ve been caught. You should have been motivated before you decided to smoke weed and under achieve.

  36. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 25, 2012 9:48 PM

    Upside for Burfict is that three drafts back, Mike said that OLB Robert Ayers would be the best defensive player from the 2010 draft. So………

  37. joshspangler says: Apr 25, 2012 9:48 PM

    Maybe he’s trying to challenge you… But if you’re going to stick around in the victim loop – I think you’ve already decided your own fate.

  38. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 25, 2012 9:49 PM

    I’m fine with the Vikings taking a 5th-7th round flyer on him, a big mess like this could be a huge wake up call to a young man. We could use a talented linebacker/project as we are lacking depth at linebacker and this kid used to be viewed as a 1st round talent. He could end up being a huge steal if he gets his head on straight and commits himself, a change of scenery to a new city and a fresh start may just be all he needs.

  39. halo81 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    Hurtful? Grow a set man. You’re not in high school anymore. You’re applying for a job — one that’s going to pay you millions of dollars at that.

    Most of us will never see that type of money. If we stink at what we do, we don’t get hired. If we fail a drug test, we don’t get hired.

    In the real world if someone doesn’t say they think you may not be good, they tell you to get out of their office and you don’t eat.

    Seriously, this sense of entitlement is what brought you hear Vontaze.

    What a joke.

  40. justanotherdummy says: Apr 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    No, your future is not in God’s hands. It is in the hands of many NFL GM’s who now think you are a dope smoking, not working out, showing up with a bad attitude to a job interview clown, who cannot possibly help their team. If you do not want people to say harsh things about you, don’t do ignorant things that makes people say harsh (but true) things about you.

  41. dalyman3 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    Honestly the kid deserves a chance. Who are we to say there is no place for him in the NFL. You never know.

  42. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    The Raiders select…..

  43. mcjon22 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    “If I could talk to him, I would ask him why is he being so hurtful to a young man and trying to trash me,”

    Um, Maybe you should look in the mirror Vontaze

  44. boilerup1869 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    One time I got a “C” in an economics class and that was hurtful, too.

    But it wasn’t the professor’s fault.

    Nawmean, Vontaze?

  45. illwillthemick says: Apr 25, 2012 9:53 PM

    poor vontaze.. u did all of this to yourself… dont be mad at mayock for telling you how far YOU have fallen.

  46. rjwill says: Apr 25, 2012 9:54 PM

    If I’m the Ravens I take a flier on this kid late, 5,6,7th round and hope Ray Lewis can motivate and groom him.

  47. thegonz13 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:55 PM

    Let’s see… you had an average season, a bad Combine, you screwed up your interviews, you failed a drug test, you have anger management issues. Please feel free to stop me at any time!

    Mayock stated the obvious, kid. You have an uphill climb in front of you and none of what I said will go away just by going to the weight room.

  48. larkintp says: Apr 25, 2012 9:56 PM

    Vontaze,

    This wouldn’t be an issue if you produced last year and quit smoking weed. Oh, and ran a half a second faster 40 at the combine.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Mayock

  49. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Apr 25, 2012 9:56 PM

    Why didn’t the “young man” consider his actions before all his, ahem, slipups? OK, so you screwed up but don’t resort to the God card. If the Big Guy cared one lick about you, he would have whispered in your ear a lot earlier, “stop being an ahole.”

  50. tackleberries says: Apr 25, 2012 9:56 PM

    “It’snot like I’m the only person who has ever done that.”

    Weird that people say this kid is immature.

  51. saintphilly says: Apr 25, 2012 9:56 PM

    “Burfict, Tim is on line 1….”

  52. doe22us says: Apr 25, 2012 9:56 PM

    Dude is as delusional as it gets probably still high. Let me break it down for you fella, you are not good, Mayock went solely by game tape, your measurables etc. You are not to smart, add all of that and voila you have an non-draftable kid.

  53. nfl fan says: Apr 25, 2012 9:57 PM

    Don’t worry Vontaze, we don’t value Mayock’s opinion anyway. Go out and prove him wrong.

  54. coop16 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:57 PM

    Well, it sounds like the kid is SAYING all the right things. Now if only he’d start DOING all the right things, maybe he’ll salvage his chance to play in the NFL after all. He’d better not delay, however. If he fumbles his chance, he may not get another one.

  55. warrenmoon says: Apr 25, 2012 9:57 PM

    “I don’t care where I get drafted because God will place me somewhere great. Wherever I go, I will cherish it and play my hardest. I will be grateful for the opportunity and make the best of it. I can’t wait for that to happen.”

    Raiders please please draft this kid for me! We already have one middle linebacker constantly getting himself arrested so it is not like he will be trashing our good name. Take the risk for me please!

  56. obiwanbonogi says: Apr 25, 2012 9:58 PM

    I think its laughable that Burfict is “non-draftable” but Luke “I never faced a block in college” Kuechly is being touted as top 10 talent.

  57. barrstarr says: Apr 25, 2012 9:58 PM

    Id draft you in the fourth and let you learn to be a man/pro behind London Fletcher.

  58. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 25, 2012 9:58 PM

    What a set up.

    “The truth hurts”
    “Where there’s smoke there’s fire”
    Etc etc.

  59. daysend564 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:58 PM

    Sometimes it takes kids a proverbial viscous slap to the head to set them straight. Sometimes it takes a literal one. Sometimes it takes a whole lot more than that.

    For this kid’s sake, hopefully Mayock’s was the first and this will be what he needs. He’s already thrown away millions, how far is he willing to go with it.

  60. habibthomas says: Apr 25, 2012 9:58 PM

    I wish these guys would stop using the old line ” I’m not only one who smokes weed …” . its immature and everyone else smoking weed has nothing to do with your actions . Own up to your mistakes and stop blaming everyone else. If this is the mentality he is bringing to the NFL than Mayock is absolutely right in his assessment.

  61. rhinojr says: Apr 25, 2012 9:59 PM

    Suddenly he is not coddled like he has been for years and cant hack it….welcome to real life bro! CFL is always there.

  62. raidadon says: Apr 25, 2012 9:59 PM

    I’d like to see Mayock and Vontaze in a face to face. We see who is undraftable.

  63. rcali says: Apr 25, 2012 10:00 PM

    Since we are getting God involved…”Dear God, please don’t let my team draft him or Jenoris Jenkins.”

  64. txxxchief says: Apr 25, 2012 10:00 PM

    There are so many things wrong with this kid, and he completely lacks any insight into his own flaws. I don’t think anyone in the NFL should even invite him to a camp. Perhaps he can try out for a CFL team where he can smoke all the dope he wants.

  65. shotgunnaz says: Apr 25, 2012 10:02 PM

    Really??! Because it was pretty hurtful to your team, ASU, for all those ridiculous personal fouls/penalties/bonehead plays after the whistle. Think about someone besides yourself.
    I remember two back-to-back 15 yd penalties on the same play, you gave up 30 yds for free! Who was that hurtful towards

  66. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:02 PM

    Great comments by Burfict; the first time he has done himself the favor of making himself look good all year, apparently.

  67. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 25, 2012 10:02 PM

    Just have to prove yourself son… we’re not talking F#!% you money here

  68. 7thlombardiontheway says: Apr 25, 2012 10:02 PM

    Lolz

  69. duanethomas says: Apr 25, 2012 10:03 PM

    “Why is he being so hurtful to a young man”? Why? Because you’re a jerk on and off the field who looks like Tarzan and played like Jane last year….plus you were dirty. Dirty and Soft.

    Hope I didn’t hurt your feelings young man.

  70. 69finfan says: Apr 25, 2012 10:04 PM

    Vontaze can’t handle the truth.

  71. bullpuppy552 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    Vontaze, you need to grow up. Plain and simple. You’ve done enough stupid things in your life. It’s time you start acting like a man.

  72. detroitcityryda says: Apr 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    Mayocks lisp is unfixable 👊👊👊pow hit him where it hurt bucey

  73. nygchamps says: Apr 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    I would take a flyer on this guy if i were the giants, not saying he is a terrell suggs type player but same things were said about suggs , to slow bad work ethic, and turned out just fine. Give the kid a chance, its not like mayock was all world, he was a scrub when he played a year for the Giants in the early 80’s, so give this kid a chance, at least he not janoris jenkins type kid that has 4 kids with 3 different women.

  74. division2lbss says: Apr 25, 2012 10:07 PM

    I hope he gets his chance to shut up all his critics. Even though the criticism is justified.

  75. vontazemebro says: Apr 25, 2012 10:08 PM

    The Burfict Storm.

  76. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 25, 2012 10:08 PM

    *facepalm*

  77. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:09 PM

    “I don’t care where I get drafted because God will place me somewhere great,” Burfict said.

    He’ll end up on the Jets with Tebow…………….

  78. nice2meetumarco says: Apr 25, 2012 10:09 PM

    Undraftable? Au contraire, Michael Irvin thinks he should go #1 overall. He has all the intangibles that Irvin looks for in a top prospect. Andrew Luck, on the other hand, should slide to at least Round 3 because his lack of a criminal record shows that he doesn’t have the psychological fortitude to make it in the NFL.

  79. coreyg10 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:09 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation

  80. harperquinn says: Apr 25, 2012 10:10 PM

    Mediocre performance on the field, bad performance at the Combine, bad performance at his Pro-day, and now a report that he failed the Combine drug test. After all of that, exactly what kind of comments did he expect to hear?!?

  81. warrenmoon says: Apr 25, 2012 10:10 PM

    People already hate the Raiders. We already set the record in penalties last year so how much worse could he really make us in that department. He is aggressive and we need more linebackers if we are moving to the 3-4 and I hope we do. This article seems to think he has all sorts of off the field problems but he doesn’t. Pair him up with Rolando and those two could be best friends. It could blow up in our faces or everyone else’s in the NFL. Either way with a late round pick why not? Not like Andrew Luck is gunna slide to the 5-6th round or anything.

  82. largent80 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:10 PM

    Michael, you will not see me at the pancake social tomorrow!

  83. machester52 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:12 PM

    Someone will draft him.

  84. seatownballers says: Apr 25, 2012 10:12 PM

    Your own decisions have hurt your image. People perceive your lack of effort and poor decision making as questionable traits. School is out, this is the real world. People are now holding you accountable for your actions and words

  85. pigskin28 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:13 PM

    I like the response. Not that all is forgiven, but more players should personalize themselves. Too many analyst become engrossed in work and start vhiewing guys simply as a prospect. Make people view you as a real person who has feelings. Never mind those who will call you soft or otherwise, just ensure you’re not simply a number.

  86. lostsok says: Apr 25, 2012 10:13 PM

    I blame the Arizona State coaches for this kids trouble nearly as much as Vontaze himself. Erickson and that staff just gave up coaching that team. They looked so unprepared against Boise State in their bowl game it was sad (for Boise State, too; Kellen Moore deserved the chance to play against someone better than that train wreck in his final game).

    I could see Burfict going to a well-coached team with strong locker room leadership and really blossoming. As a Phin fan, I hate to saw it, but New England would probably put him right back on track. If he goes to a team with a poor coach and locker room (cough, Jets, cough)…he’s toast.

    I’m actually rooting for him. I hope he can turn his life and career around.

  87. kahnsbushymustache says: Apr 25, 2012 10:14 PM

    I surprised Vontaze could put his bong down long enough give this interview…

  88. fthrvic says: Apr 25, 2012 10:16 PM

    Buyer beware….poor man’s Jamarcus Russell

  89. feck12a says: Apr 25, 2012 10:19 PM

    you can only hope what this clown mayock says doesn’t have any real effect on the live’s of these young men hoping to be drafted. mayock was a failure as a player and he is by far the worst football announcer I have ever heard. this man should not be criticizing people. has the nfl ever explained how this man got his job? does he have pics of goodell with a farm animal?

  90. kvanhorn87 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:19 PM

    That is what all these analysts forget. You are talking about young men who have families. Sometimes their comments way overstep analysis and becomes personal. That is not right. Someone is going to get a motivated individual with strong talent. Good luck.

  91. rr2000k says: Apr 25, 2012 10:20 PM

    but then I got high. La da da da, da da….

  92. cablelayer says: Apr 25, 2012 10:20 PM

    As the caveman in the commercial says, “your words are hurtful.”

  93. marlin1894 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:22 PM

    Gotta like Burfict’s honesty. Mayock’s job is next to worthless, some guy in his 40’s railing on a kid is pitiful. Mayock doesn’t need to be so brutal on someone trying to achieve his dreams.

  94. peterozelle says: Apr 25, 2012 10:22 PM

    Wow. Ain’t nothin’ like a chip on a shoulder if it can be channeled in the right direction.

  95. hillbillyjim says: Apr 25, 2012 10:22 PM

    “I talked to some teams, and I told them I had smoked marijuana before,”.

    Before the interview? I quit eating candy bars after I had my last one, I’ll start again when I have my next one.

  96. stoptrippn says: Apr 25, 2012 10:25 PM

    Mayock is a gimmick. Also, borderline trailer park trash.

  97. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    I find your piss poor attempts at getting drafted “hurtful”.

  98. rickywatts80 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    Mayock is just doing his job. Burfict needs to get himself in shape, get in camp, keep his mouth shut, and play some damn football.

    He can be a good player if he gets his ass in gear.

  99. jh4prez says: Apr 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    My steelers can take him in the 4th and make him into a pro bowler

  100. profootballwalk says: Apr 25, 2012 10:28 PM

    kvanhorn87 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:19 PM

    That is what all these analysts forget. You are talking about young men who have families. Sometimes their comments way overstep analysis and becomes personal. That is not right. Someone is going to get a motivated individual with strong talent. Good luck.
    ———————————————

    Motivated? Not motivated enough to put down the ganja.

  101. phelbin says: Apr 25, 2012 10:29 PM

    Mayock’s assessment was truthful and accurate. His job isn’t to be nice to these guys or to build up their self esteem. Burfict thought it was unfair only because it portrayed him negatively. It’s the same as the athletes who make dumb statements and then claim it was taken out of context. Nope…it wasn’t unfair, or taken out of context…you’re just a moron!

  102. cubsin2049 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:32 PM

    Well if walks like a duck

    and if it smells like a duck

    well the, it must be……..TRUE!

  103. chitownbears says: Apr 25, 2012 10:32 PM

    Hurtful but probably truthful. Vontaze Burfict is a young man who’s playing has regressed and has made very poor choices. He will be assessed accordingly. Will he use this criticism to raise his level of play and walk the straight path in his personal life? Only time will tell..

  104. xpensivewinos says: Apr 25, 2012 10:33 PM

    I wouldn’t touch this schmuck with a ten foot joint. He had the opportunity to come across as humble or apologize or even lie and say he’ll never smoke a fatty again or chalk it up to a youthful indiscretion, but instead, all he did was say others have done it as too……like it’s no big deal.

    That gives me all the insight I need to know about this dope. Pun intended……

  105. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 25, 2012 10:33 PM

    kvanhorn87 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 10:19 PM
    That is what all these analysts forget. You are talking about young men who have families. Sometimes their comments way overstep analysis and becomes personal. That is not right. Someone is going to get a motivated individual with strong talent. Good luck.

     _____________________

    If he didn’t fail a drug test than the media is wrong. If he did, then he is a public figure and welcome to the NFL.

  106. tweeter75 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:33 PM

    God will put him somewhere great…..maybe skid row or the penitentary?

  107. mediasloppy says: Apr 25, 2012 10:33 PM

    Looks like Mayock lit a fire under his arse. There’s nothing wrong with that…

  108. miles1988dez says: Apr 25, 2012 10:33 PM

    I hope he does well wherever he goes.

  109. jagsfanugh says: Apr 25, 2012 10:35 PM

    This guy don’t get it. He might as well go stock at wal mart now.

  110. stevemo says: Apr 25, 2012 10:36 PM

    In case anyone here is actually gullible enough to believe that shenanigans:

    “I have set my standards very high, so whether it’s other people talking or just myself it’s up to me. I am going to go out there and work as hard as I can… I want to be a leader on and off the field. If I can do my best, I know that rubs off on everybody else. I know if I work as hard as I can, anything is possible.”

    – JaMarcus Russell on the back of my Sage “Draft Day” football card.

  111. johnnycash19 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:37 PM

    kvanhorn87

    It’s not right? You’re going to sit there and say it’s not right that Mike Mayock is doing his job? Are some of the things say hurtful to some people? Probably, but you know what, he’s doing his job. The NFL is a business. It’s not like every where you go someone is going to say nice things about you. I hate the wussification of America. “He said some mean things about me :(” Suck it up and prove it on the football field.

  112. snccoach says: Apr 25, 2012 10:38 PM

    Whatever. Now Burfict is the victim? LOL. I love this time of year because it’s clowns like him that finally realize that their past actions have consquences.

  113. pdxpanther says: Apr 25, 2012 10:40 PM

    “you can only hope what this clown mayock says doesn’t have any real effect on the live’s of these young men hoping to be drafted. mayock was a failure as a player and he is by far the worst football announcer I have ever heard. this man should not be criticizing people. has the nfl ever explained how this man got his job? does he have pics of goodell with a farm animal?”

    ____________________________________

    1) So by your logic, because he wasn’t good at PLAYING football, he should have no opinion about football? So what’s your opinion on Bill Belichick because he never even played football.

    2) If you’ve read anything about Mike Mayock, you would know that he takes his job seriously, practically lives in the tape room watching film and coming up with his own analysis and doesn’t go only based on hearsay (Todd McShay).

    3) If what Mayock says about these “young men” has any affect on them, then they have no business being in the league. They are men, and should take criticism like men. He is just one of many analysts criticizing Burfict for single handedly taking himself out of not only the first round, but the entire draft by himself with no one else to blame. If a pro player can’t take the heat from the media, then he is doomed from the beginning (Ryan Leaf).

  114. redbullenergydrink says: Apr 25, 2012 10:40 PM

    Look kid, go out there and prove Mike wrong then.

  115. vincentbojackson says: Apr 25, 2012 10:40 PM

    Mayock is paid to analyze talent based on his own opinion.

    That being said, there isn’t one NFL front office paying any attention to what these draft “experts” say. If Burfict fails to get drafted it will have nothing to do with what Mike Mayock thinks or says.

  116. raiderapologist says: Apr 25, 2012 10:41 PM

    Burfict doesn’t need Mayock’s help. His self-inflicted damage stands on its own.

  117. nygchamps says: Apr 25, 2012 10:41 PM

    I would take a flyer on this guy if i were the giants, not saying he is a terrell suggs type player but same things were said about suggs , to slow bad work ethic, and turned out just fine. Give the kid a chance, its not like mayock was all world, he was a scrub when he played a year for the Giants in the early 80′s, so give this kid a chance, at least he not janoris jenkins type kid that has 4 kids with 3 different women.

  118. jpb12 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:41 PM

    Dear Vontaze,

    When you are going to a job interview, especially one that potentially pays you millions of dollars… don’t smoke dope before the drug test.

    It’s a business. Businesses are pretty harsh about sh*t like that.

    They also don’t want to throw money at guys who don’t work hard and go to Vegas before the draft.

    Thanks for not taking this seriously.

  119. smartanis says: Apr 25, 2012 10:45 PM

    Burfict’s teammate at ASU called his punch in the face “hurtful”.

  120. thepancreas says: Apr 25, 2012 10:45 PM

    Another kid that doesn’t get it.

    He smokes weed before the biggest weekend of his life—he averages more personal foul penalties than he did tackles for loss, he adds weight, runs slow, interviews poorly—and is an cancer in the lockerroom, and somehow this is Mayock’s fault for calling him out.

    Don’t worry Vontez. The Bengals are drafting.

  121. pflynn20 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    Eagles just got an extra 7th round pick. Why not?

  122. thesmartest1 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:47 PM

    More personal responsibility out the window….

    Hey Vontaze,
    Don’t do the stupid stuff and nobody will use those hurtful words.

  123. larrybrown43 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:48 PM

    Possible great late round value. I see Ron Artest or Rodmam in this kid. Is that good or bad? Both? Worth a shot in DC with no better mentor than London Fletcher.

  124. rtrinidad777 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:50 PM

    You would think the short term memory loss would help him forget Mayock’s comments and move on.

  125. drumnw says: Apr 25, 2012 10:51 PM

    sometimes the truth hurts…

  126. buddybowl69 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:54 PM

    As soon as he finishes his dime-bag, and realizes just what was said, he will probably agree. Where’s the snacks?

  127. simplesimon1 says: Apr 25, 2012 10:55 PM

    Who cares…. If it was Mayock talking about an offensive player, then it would be a big deal. Mayock has no idea about Defensive players. He’s wrong every year, almost every time.

    He thought Suh wasn’t as good as McCoy, he didn’t like JJP, etc, etc, etc. Now, he doesn’t like Coples, Jenkins etc and these people drop in the draft. That is so sad. These players will play well with a big chip on their shoulders. Mayock is good in some ways, but his opinion is taken as God’s word on draft picks and he is not that great in evaluating talent much times.

  128. belfastelf says: Apr 25, 2012 10:56 PM

    I would use a fourth round pick on him in a heart beat because I think he will fall. Our FO will not pick him though because they look for ‘quality’ characters – that has not worked for my Browns. Kids are kids and get in trouble. He can change.

  129. rmavs says: Apr 25, 2012 10:57 PM

    Oh, thank you, Burfict, for keying the religious bullschizzer once again! Love it…

  130. rexryansdirtysock says: Apr 25, 2012 10:57 PM

    Well, it certainly sounds like he has a chip on his shoulder now.

    Perhaps dropping in the draft, or not getting drafted at all, will really make this guy turn it around and become the player he has the potential to be.

  131. slingingsh1t says: Apr 25, 2012 10:59 PM

    Hurful is not not having the discipline to layoff the weed for a week or two. Quit crying and smoking, and go to work!!!

  132. rmavs says: Apr 25, 2012 11:01 PM

    mayock is a joke, too…just like the supposed 6 that failed the drug test at the combine…puff, puff, give…someone is gonna take a sniff

  133. henryjones20 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:03 PM

    Khan and feck : good stuff guys. Ppl tend too forget that these kids are only 20years old.gettn hated on by hater fans and media types Smh!!

  134. 49er33 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:03 PM

    If he was once rated as a 1st rounder and is really at risk at being undrafted, I wouldnt mind my 49ers taking a chance and using a late round pick on him.

  135. slizzyslizz says: Apr 25, 2012 11:04 PM

    Somewhere Marcus Vick is nodding…

  136. rmavs says: Apr 25, 2012 11:06 PM

    Percy Harvin has done ok…

  137. blacknyellablacknyella says: Apr 25, 2012 11:09 PM

    Poor poor, Vontaze. I didn’t feel sorry for him when he was swinging on his teammates in the locker room, I didn’t feel sorry for him each and every time he acted selfishly and cost his team another fifteen-yard personal foul penalty, I didn’t feel sorry for him when he got benched for his bad attitude and lack of discipline then proceeded to turn his back on his teammates and laugh and wave at friends in the stands, I didn’t feel sorry when his poor discipline and effort led to abysmal play in 2011 dropping him from pre-season all-american to conference honorable mention, I didn’t feel sorry for him when he showed up overweight at the combines and embarrassed himself in every exercise he performed, and I certainly didn’t feel sorry for him when he got caught abusing drugs. I only feel sorry for me having to endure that guy’s absolute, epic failure to put forth the effort to live up to expectations at my alma mater. A lack of talent can be forgiven. A lack of a positive attitude, work ethic, discipline, integrity, and character cannot.

  138. azpackerbacker says: Apr 25, 2012 11:10 PM

    So now he’s portraying himself as the victim. As the late great Phil Hartman once said, “Boo hoo, you had me and then you lost me”

    Thanks to you and the boozy salty sea captain known as Dennis Erickson for putting back the ASU football program 5 years.

  139. geo1113 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:10 PM

    Burfict uses Mayock’s words as motivation. One wonders why it took that rather than a chance to be a high draft pick (double entendre originally unintended).

    And quite frankly, the harshest criticism I received about myself made me look inside and make some changes. Hopefully Burfict will do the same.

  140. bobby2478 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:12 PM

    I don’t get all the fuss about players who smoked dope. Out of all the problems people could have, someone who smoked weed isn’t necessarily top on the list of concerns. Personally I’d be more concerned with someone who has multiple DUI’s and had a serious drinking problem.

    He obviously made a mistake if he failed the combine drug test since he knew it was coming, but that isn’t to say that he has no heart and isn’t willing to put in the time to be a good player. Jamarcus Russel’s problem was lack of heart and the fact he didn’t feel he needed to put in the effort at the pro level.

    So my point is I wish people would be a little less paranoid about a player with weed in their past. Yes it’s a question mark and dings his prospect, and no one is questioning that. But to call him completely undraftable is way over the top, and has the potential to seriously harm a young player that wants to put in the work to make a better life for himself and his family.

  141. kronix7 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:13 PM

    You better get used to the critics in the pros. Every player gets it, every team gets it. From sports analyst to fans. learn to live with it, or you’ll blow your stack like “Ryan Leaf” did.
    Lol fans boo other teams and like wise. Me, I don’t hate teams, I hate other fans. In a sporting kind of way of course.

  142. dawsonleery says: Apr 25, 2012 11:13 PM

    If you watch a few games, the kid can play. He has talent. Needs to be on the right team. Ravens, maybe. He’ll go in round 5, IMO.

  143. rmavs says: Apr 25, 2012 11:14 PM

    and…wow…those crazy college kids…gettin high on a weekend…why isn’t boozing a main concern? there are many more violent crimes committed when booze is involved…spousal abuse, child abuse, murder, fights…

  144. armorgan67 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:15 PM

    Only players that have issues complain like this. What does this kid expect analysts do say? This kid’s off and on the field problems have led to this, he has no one to blame but himself. If you think Mayock is the only person thinking that Burfict is “a non-draftable kid” then you need to wake up and join the real world. Yes no one wants someone to say negative things about them but if you are a kid who is trying to impress people in order for them to draft you and draft you high and you make the mistakes like Burfict has made and made in a short period of time then you can’t expect everyone to just turn the other way and act like they didn’t happen.

  145. jluns275 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:22 PM

    Guess Vontaze really DOES care where he gets picked & is NOT content with wherever God puts him….otherwise, he wouldn’t be crying for sympathy, right?
    Oh, wait-
    Is Vontaze now blaming God for all his off the field transgressions and illegal drug use with it’s resulting stigma?
    Either way-typical entitlement behavior.
    He is offering himself up for review by scouts (and yes draftniks from our favorite 4 letter networks) in the hope that some team will pay him millions to play a kids game.
    If he doesn’t like all the attention, I’m fairly confident noone has a gun to his head. He is more than welcome to put on his big boy pants and come out into the real world & get a real job.
    Vontaze may rely on the FACT that some other college football hopeful is chomping at the bit to be subjected to analysis by big, bad, intimidating Mike Mayock.
    By the way, if Burfict truly is adamant in finding a sympathetic ear @ NFLN he’d be well informed to give Michael Irvin a try.
    Old #88 has come down from on high (get it?) to opine that ‘you can’t win in football with all choir boys’ in reference to another crybaby dope-smoking entitlement seeking football player named Janoris Jenkins.
    Or, maybe they can all go get high together & get just a little more stupid. *

    *Word to wise, DON’T let Michael drive!

  146. cometkazie says: Apr 25, 2012 11:22 PM

    Hurtful?

    They sound like consequences to me.

  147. moagecu says: Apr 25, 2012 11:47 PM

    I love all the prudes that get upset at a player smoking weed. I hate to let you know, but most college/nfl football players smoke. And your naive if you think differently.

  148. vtdcfan says: Apr 26, 2012 12:07 AM

    oh yeah its the anylist fault… are u JOKING!? That being said, vontaze please grow up! you put yourself in this position. There are plenty of people willing to give u a chance, just don’t be yourself, be the better version u are capable of being… people just ask Matt barkley if this guy can play!

  149. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:15 AM

    Giants should definetly take a shot at him with their 2nd rd pick if he is still there

    _______________________________________________

    ….someone clearly doesnt realize how far his stock has fallen..

    with that said i’d love for the Eagles to take him in the 6th or with that extra 7th pick we got today. DeMeco can teach this guy a lot and theres no denying the kid does have talent and potential just not as much as once thought.

  150. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:15 AM

    Giants should definetly take a shot at him with their 2nd rd pick if he is still there

    _______________________________________________

    ….someone clearly doesnt realize how far his stock has fallen..

    with that said i’d love for the Eagles to take him in the 6th or with that extra 7th pick we got today. DeMeco can teach this guy a lot and theres no denying the kid does have talent and potential just need guidance for sure

  151. wadinmypants says: Apr 26, 2012 12:26 AM

    What kind of name is Vontaze Burfict? Is that some high class upscale name and his parents both graduated from an Ivy league school?

  152. lilmiddle78 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:38 AM

    When I watch this guy’s game film, I see a backer who can stick his nose in the hole, sniff out the ball, then bring the rest of him THRU the ball carrier!! Like a form fit tackling video!!! Dude is always making great looking tackles in the backfield!! The top rated LB this year (Kuechly) seems to only make tackles once the play is 5 yards up field!! Similar to a guy in his 2nd or 3rd pro contract in Barrett Ruud!! This guy can be a great player, I’m certain that Lovie smith, Urlacher & Briggs can get him on the right track!! In fact, I hope that 31 other teams are drinking that Mayock Cool-aid so that the Bears can scoop him up in the 6th round!! Probowler within 3-4 years with the right mentoring!!!

  153. mrninetysixchamps says: Apr 26, 2012 12:39 AM

    I like Mayock. People criticizing him for not working for a team smh. I’m pretty sure a TV analyst gets paid more than an average NFL scout. All Mayock is is a scout.

  154. mrninetysixchamps says: Apr 26, 2012 12:41 AM

    I wish I had his talent. What a waste.

  155. chawk12thman says: Apr 26, 2012 1:38 AM

    Just remember that God said “let there be light” and not “lets light up”. You do that, you may have a future in the NFL. If not, you will end up hanging with Ryan Leaf…..

  156. skolvikesskol says: Apr 26, 2012 2:33 AM

    150 comments on Burfict?! Not worth it…

  157. denverscott says: Apr 26, 2012 3:57 AM

    I just want a Bazillion dollars so my kids can all have their own McD so they won’t go hwooongry. Oh yeah,m I’ll want gold teef on all of ‘em.

  158. lombardihero says: Apr 26, 2012 6:12 AM

    Prove yourself…. If you do or you do not get drafted prove yourself…

    If he does not get drafted he will get invites to camps now that you can bring in 90 vs 80..

    If you want to make a statement your actions will speak louder than your words.

  159. patriots55 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:08 AM

    His production was there two seasons ago so all a coach has to do is take a chance make sure he has no more off the field issues and work with him and he will be fine

  160. autumnwind999 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:48 AM

    I’d love it if the Raiders take this kid. You know if he was sitting there in the twilight of the draft Al Davis would’ve scooped him up. At that point, what’s the risk? Most guys drafted that late are no better than special teams/practice squad guys anyway.

    I’m aware of all the knocks on Burfict, but I think he can still be a special player.

    Could be this year’s Legarrette Blount.

  161. haywoodjeffries says: Apr 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    If the Eagles can grab him with that 7th rounder they received for Asante, the trade might be a little easier to swallow. Too much upside to not get drafted.

  162. fuzzytaint says: Apr 26, 2012 9:12 AM

    It’s not a big deal about someone smoking dope.Many jobs now test for it [like the nfl and county workers] and it’s not merely a case of the man be keepin’ somebody down.The problem is he’s one bad pee test from a 4 game suspension and 2 away from a seasons ending suspension.

    Now basesd on his own history this makes drafting him high [hee hee] a risky move.

    I hope this helps you enablers understand why the pot thang is an issue!!!

    Also, these players are not only being paid well because they are elite talents,they are being paid to represent their team and their city in a classsy/Professional manner. This seemingly for many seems to be a rub.Not sure why following rules seems to be such a burden? Especially when the pay is so good.

  163. dryzzt23 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:12 AM

    (Burfict’s mind)
    Yo Yo Yo!
    The season is over, scouts say I’ll get drafted early so now all I have to do is hang out with my homies yo.
    I can do all the drugs I want, I don’t have to workout anymore b/c the NFL has game tape of me, I can take it easy an just party til I get paid yo!
    Oops my drug test was positive? All I have to do is make up an excuse an apologize, my talent speaks for itself so I am sure I’ll still get drafted yo.
    What my combine numbers sucked? Um oh yeah, I was helping a relative all offseason so I haven’t been able to workout, yeah that’s it.
    Oh come on, what do you mean that my draft stock has dropped? The NFL is racist! If I don’t get drafted I’ll sue!
    Hello, you want me to sign w free agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings? What’s that? You just signed Jerome “The Drugstore” Simpson? Where do I sign yo?

  164. bobby2478 says: Apr 26, 2012 9:16 AM

    I love all the prudes that get upset at a player smoking weed. I hate to let you know, but most college/nfl football players smoke. And your naive if you think differently

    —————————————-

    Agreed. Lots of self righteous people posting here. I’m sure NONE of the people on here have EVER smoked weed before or tried any sort of illegal substance. Otherwise they wouldn’t demonize someone for something as stupid as smoking a J.

    I’m sure NO ONE ever drank underage either, and of course NO ONE here has ever driven after having too much to drink.

    Somehow the same mistakes that I can guarantee MOST people in society make are more serious for sports players.

  165. johanneschimpo says: Apr 26, 2012 9:56 AM

    This is to the point where I want Burfict to succeed. Never seen someone who is apparently horrible get so much media attention.

    Wait, nevermind, Tim Tebow.

  166. m2karateman says: Apr 26, 2012 10:15 AM

    I suppose you failing your Combine drug test was your coaches fault too?

    Start accepting responsibility for your questionable effort. Start taking responsibility for your mental breakdowns. Start taking responsibility….and then maybe, just maybe, people will look at you as more than just an “non-draftable KID”.

  167. 11jlacy says: Apr 26, 2012 1:11 PM

    Say vontaze keep god 1st n everything will fall in place the kid got talent just have to stay focused

  168. bubba9er says: Apr 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    I have absolutely no sympathy for people who show up to job interviews still faded or buzzed. The Combine is the biggest interview of these young men’s lives, and some still fail drug tests. He has cost himself the chance of a lifetime. Literally millions of dollars. What a waste. His family should be ashamed of the mess he has made of their sacrifices for him…

  169. skolvikings2011 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    He would be drafted higher if he was “flabbergasted” instead of saying it was “hurtful.”

  170. bittersportspills says: Apr 27, 2012 9:50 PM

    I like the posts blaming Burfict and the ones making fun of Mayock. Because they are both right. Burfict has cost himself millions and Mayock is not working for a team.
    Burfict’s going to have a chance to make a career in the NFL, but he has to really do the work.

  171. waynefontes says: Apr 28, 2012 11:18 PM

    blacknyellablacknyella says:
    Apr 25, 2012 11:09 PM
    Poor poor, Vontaze. I didn’t feel sorry for him when he was swinging on his teammates in the locker room, I didn’t feel sorry for him each and every time he acted selfishly and cost his team another fifteen-yard personal foul penalty, I didn’t feel sorry for him when he got benched for his bad attitude and lack of discipline then proceeded to turn his back on his teammates and laugh and wave at friends in the stands, I didn’t feel sorry when his poor discipline and effort led to abysmal play in 2011 dropping him from pre-season all-american to conference honorable mention, I didn’t feel sorry for him when he showed up overweight at the combines and embarrassed himself in every exercise he performed, and I certainly didn’t feel sorry for him when he got caught abusing drugs. I only feel sorry for me having to endure that guy’s absolute, epic failure to put forth the effort to live up to expectations at my alma mater. A lack of talent can be forgiven. A lack of a positive attitude, work ethic, discipline, integrity, and character cannot.

    —————————————————

    One of the best comments I have ever read on PFT or CFT.

    I have no investment in this kid. I couldn’t care less what happens to him, and it seems like he will become another epic fail.

    Right now is the defining moment in his life. He’s screwed up countless times.

    What do you do, Vontaze? You can prove everyone wrong and seize this final chance and opportunity. Or you can become another statistic.

    You can become an example of redemption, or another example of wasted potential.

    What is it going to be….

  172. lombarditrophypackers says: Apr 29, 2012 12:35 PM

    Does Amsterdam have a team? Maybe Jamaica?

  173. bullitts says: Apr 30, 2012 1:02 AM

    Mike Mayock is garbage… a DB drafted 265th in the 10th round back in the 80’s by the Giants that played 9 games in 2 years and the only stat he has is ONE return for 9 yards… NOTHING ELSE! Talk about being a “non-draftable kid”. I still remember when this douche bag came onto the scene… guy had a lisp worse than Cindy Brady and Sylvester the Cat combined. This guy swears he knows football talent and he was the worse DB ever! Anyone bother to see his Mock Draft the day before the NFL Draft? Luck, RG3, and Khalil were a given… but after that, Mayock got TWO players correct to the teams he picked. Shows that this dildo doesn’t know jack-$hit about football talent!

  174. mavajo says: Apr 30, 2012 11:43 AM

    “Mike Mayock is garbage… a DB drafted 265th in the 10th round back in the 80′s by the Giants that played 9 games in 2 years and the only stat he has is ONE return for 9 yards… NOTHING ELSE! Talk about being a “non-draftable kid”. I still remember when this douche bag came onto the scene… guy had a lisp worse than Cindy Brady and Sylvester the Cat combined. This guy swears he knows football talent and he was the worse DB ever! Anyone bother to see his Mock Draft the day before the NFL Draft? Luck, RG3, and Khalil were a given… but after that, Mayock got TWO players correct to the teams he picked. Shows that this dildo doesn’t know jack-$hit about football talent!”

    Vontaze, is that you?

    You don’t have to be a chef to be a restaurant critic. You don’t have to be an actor to be a film critic.

    And you don’t have to be an elite football player to be a talent evaluator.

    Vince Lombardi never played a single down of professional football. But his name is still etched on the trophy.

    I don’t really care whether you like Mayock or not, but at least come with something legit. A lisp and he sucked at playing pro football. Yes, clearly he has no credentials to evaluate others, right?

  175. detroitlionsnfl says: May 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    Hey Vontae, Mayock didn’t say anything unfair about you. He reported what you did and gave his opinion. Maybe you should have played better, prepared better and put the weed away.

  176. urbanlegendphelps says: Sep 2, 2014 6:47 PM

    BIG shout out to Mike Mayock and all the other haters for giving my Bengals a chance to snag this man out of rookie free agency a few years back! He’s probably liking that $20 million we just gave him more than he would have liked the spot in Radio City Music Hall that y’all said he didn’t deserve!

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