Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki’s name has been all over the web this week because of his controversial scouting report on West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. In the report, Nawrocki said Smith “is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room.”
That on its face is bad enough. But add to it the fact that Nawrocki wrote an eerily similar scouting report on Cam Newton before he was drafted and one begins to wonder if Nawrocki has an agenda. Well according to NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock, Nawrocki doesn’t have an agenda. And he came to Nawrocki’s defense on ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning on Wednesday.
“I know Nolan Nawrocki very, very well,” Mayock said on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on Wednesday. “The guy has an unbelievable group of sources throughout the NFL. He works it tirelessly. I’ve been on the phone with the guy at midnight, 2 a.m., talking draft. The guy is crazy as far as his passion and love for the game.”
“When he puts that out there, there’s no agenda. He’s not trying to bash Cam Newton or Geno Smith. This is the feedback he’s getting from scouts and what he believes based on his tape study. Does that mean it’s right or wrong? No. We have to minimize that a little bit because scouts can say a lot of things to get their opinions out there for their own vested reasons.”
“I would bang the table for Nolan Nawrocki,” Mayock said.
It’s hard to believe that Nawrocki, or at least someone feeding him information, doesn’t have an agenda. Especially since his work ethic claims don’t seem to be shared by others.