The Mitchell Report: Vernon, the ACC and Tweeting
Posted April 28, 2013
Updated April 29, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
Duke wide receiver Conner Vernon is the ultimate test for a lot of us. If you have seen the guy play, it's hard not to admit he's a fantastic football player. He is the ACC's all-time leader in receptions. That holds a lot of weight when you think of the guys who came through that league. He's also an overachiever.
He wasn't a hot recruit coming out of high school due to his size and speed and that proved to be the case in the NFL draft once again. Not many teams are in a hurry to draft a guy at wide receiver who doesn't possess blazing speed. Vernon ran a 4.5 second, 40-yard dash at his fastest.
I say he's the test subject for us because I, along with many people I talk to, believe he will be a great pro. We will soon find out if his work ethic outweighs his skill like it did it college. I am excited to see what he can do out in Oakland.
ACC fans should be pretty pumped about what happened at this year's NFL draft. The league had six first round draft picks. That's second to only the SEC. And while it's probably annoying to continue to finish second to the SEC, do keep in mind that league had a ridiculous one out of every five draft picks. This is the best first day performance by the ACC since 2008.
— OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
— QB EJ Manuel, Florida State
— DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
— CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
— WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
— DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Tweeting during draft
If you are a fan of twitter, you may have noticed many of your favorite NFL reporters were not tweeting during the NFL draft. ESPN and the NFL Network discouraged employees from tweeting picks before they were announced on TV. Apparently some fans were upset the suspense was "ruined" for them by reading a tweet before the name came out of the mouth of Roger Goodell. The Networks tried to make this year "spoil-proof".
Seriously? If you have a problem with reporters tweeting information, try looking away from twitter. I know it's tough. It can be done, though. If you want it to be a TV event, watch TV. Put your phone down.
The networks were stupid for making this rule because it only allowed other media outlets to get ahead. CBS reporters made it a point to tweet picks and as much information as possible.
Here is an interesting twitter exchange between Stephen Curry and Michigan guard Nik Stauskas. It also includes a pretty cool video if you aren't into reading.
Really great read about ESPN's NFL reporter Adam Schefter. He's one of the best in the business and he details his thoughts on reporting, sources and why he doesn't take vacation.