With the 2013 NFL Draft over and done, the staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about whether or not Illinois’ Michael Buchanan should have a chip on his shoulders after dropping to the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the draft.
Ricky: If I was Michael Buchanan, would I have a chip on my shoulders after the NFL Draft? Yes. This is because Buchanan has proven that he can perform at a high level and that he can do the same at the next level. In many mock drafts, he was going between the third and fifth rounds. No one had him lower than the sixth round. Because of this, Buchanan should feel like he needs to prove people wrong.
Although, is this the right thing to do? Maybe not. He was drafted to the New England Patriots and one thing they do best is drafting “low risk/high reward” players. Come on, look at Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, and Julian Edelman. All those players were late round picks. Buchanan doesn’t need to start right away. All he needs to do is add size and work on his game. He’s in the right place at the best time.
Austin: I would like to think he should have a chip on his shoulder. I like Buchanan, and I feel like the Pats got a steal with him. That being said, his statistical drop off last year really worries me with him as a big time play maker. I want to see him succeed, but until he can play better, and avoid trouble (i.e., the fight in the off season) I think he just needs to focus on being a better player and leave the ego and chip on the shoulder at home. Working on his game should be the priority, not worrying about proving something to the teams that didn’t draft him.
Ryan: Heading into his senior season, the world looked to be Michael Buchanan’s oyster, but things didn’t quite work out that way. Coming off his junior season where he posted 7.5 sacks, even bigger things were expected of him, and he came up short registering only 4.5 sacks his senior season. In fact, his overall tackle totals dropped as well, and in the big scheme of things this is probably the most telling reason why his stock dropped in the eyes of the NFL scouts. Ultimately, players are judged on production, and his sagged when it mattered most. Therefore, if he has a chip on his shoulder it might best be addressed by looking into a mirror.
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