As you may have heard, University of Arizona tackle Eben Britton was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 39th pick in the NFL Draft. Not bad right? Britton was projected by some to go in the 1st round, while others had him going in Round 2, thus 39th seems to at least make a bit of sense. Not to Britton.
Britton informed reporters that he was pissed off about being picked so low and that every team that passed on him would “regret it for the rest of the history of their franchise”, setting aside the obvious flaws with the English language, kind of a bold statement. But I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, his feelings were hurt. Oh…he wasn’t done? Britton also had words for those draft experts who had the gall to give him a 2nd round ranking:
“You know what, if one of these draft guys lined up across from me they’d be dead,” Britton said. “So that’s not something I’m really concerned with. If you want to line up across from Eben Britton you’re going to know what’s happening to you, I guarantee you that.”
Yes Eben, that is exactly what all the draft experts are saying; you are rated as a 2nd round pick, thus they think they can get through you and sack David Garrard. I’d watch out though, Todd McShay has a mean head slap and Mel Kiper, Jr. has sneaky speed off the end. Speaking in the 3rd person is a nice touch for a rookie too. But wait, there’s more.
Britton closed out what I’m sure was an incredibly entertaining interview with the closing remarks that he planned on leading the Jaguars to the Super Bowl and wanted to become “the greatest tackle in the history of the NFL.” Well there you have it Jags fans, the 2nd tackle you picked in the 2009 draft is going to turn into the greatest in the history of the league and you’re going to win a Super Bowl! As I see it Britton sure as hell better end up at least a Pro Bowl-level tackle, because I’m sure there will be no shortage of defensive ends ready to put him on his ass.
So there you have it, every franchise (including the Jacksonville Jaguars for passing on him with the 8th pick) will rue the day they passed on Eben Britton, who I can only assume fell down from heaven to save us all. But who am I to talk? Eben Britton could totally block the shit out of me, and that’s what matters.