Leon Hall Apparently Totally Awesome And Stuff
I mean no offense to Hall, but he's always seemed like a supersized version of Jeremey LeSueur to this intrepid reporter. So quotes like "Hall has been called Michigan's top cornerback since Heisman winner Charles Woodson" in articles that rank him the top secondary prospect for the '07 NFL Draft are extremely disturbing for someone like me. I have been known to shout things like "what do you mean, 'Dave Pearson isn't a first round pick'?" at Mel Kiper. When this same site declared Lamarr Woodley the sixth best linebacker available I logged on to my local message board and scoffed at the "loosers" who could be so blind and yet still get paid for this. Yet I somehow think Leon Hall was fundamentally all right and no better. My powers of overrating fail me.
Could this be the Stenavich Effect at work here? I refer, of course, to the media's tendency to overrate any long-term starter at a high-profile school, especially at positions where statistics don't provide an easy barometer of a player's worth. Recently-departed LT Adam Stenavich was a four-year starter at left tackle for Michigan; by the time he was a junior and senior his relentlessly average play dissuaded few from writing !!! articles about him. Hopefully Leonmania is nothing similar.
*(Note that post originally said "Al-American" teams, which is totally going to be a postseason feature: the 22 players in college football you'd most like to see the government blow up.)