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The silliest thing you'll hear all day

So I'm driving home from taking my son to school this a.m., and I'm listening to the two Mikes on ESPN, and they're dissecting last night's first round of the NFL draft.

(Which I did not watch. I hear rumors, though, that the Colts took Andrew Luck with the first pick, and the Browns did some really weird stuff, like trading up to take Trent Richardson -- a running back, the most value-degradable commodity in football -- and then taking Brandon Weedin with the 22nd pick even though they supposedly have their QB of the future in Colt McCoy.)

Anyway .... so, I'm listening, and suddenly I hear Todd McShay, one of the self-styled draft gurus, say the most amazing thing.

He's talking about some pass-rushing prospect. And he's saying there are questions about his value because he has 32-inch arms, and only two guys in the NFL in the last X-number of years have had 32-inch arms and been effective pass rushers.

OK, question No. 1: Who looks this stuff up?

And, question No. 2: Who thinks it's important besides, I don't know, the Todd McShays of the world?

This is why the NFL draft, besides being boring TV, is the oddest thing on the planet. Seriously, you're marking a guy down because he has short arms?Would he be a better prospect if he had, say, 33-inch arms?

This is almost as dumb as the time I heard one of the draft gurus raving about Marlin Jackson's "tight skin." Look, I don't care if a guy has T-Rex arms, if he can rush the passer, he can rush the passer. Unless he's got no arms, this is just classic paralysis by analysis.

Or so it says here.

Ben Smith's blog.

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