Issuing A Mea Culpa On My 2017 THR-Influenced Mock Draft

Before the 2017 NFL Draft, I put together a Broncos mock draft based upon the fine work done by the team at The Huddle Report. Since then, I now realize I made a grave mistake in this process, one so grave that I believe it warrants a separate article to make this point crystal clear.

At pick #82, I advocated for the Broncos to draft CB Jourdan Lewis, based upon a favorable profile of his football talent by Drew Boylhart. However, at the time I was not aware that Lewis was facing a July trial for domestic violence against his former girlfriend.  The severity of these accusations were heightened today with news that this was not the first time the police were involved regarding Lewis in this matter. (Both links are courtesy of PFT.)  This is a disturbing, and all too common trend that is often seen in accusations of domestic violence.

Had I been aware of the history of the first known accusation against Lewis, I would not have considered him for this mock draft, and I likely would have instead recommended Rasul Douglas at some point in the mock. But I do not believe ignorance can be used as defense in this matter, and I feel it proper to apologize for this mistake and to pledge make an effort to research these matters better in the future.

In the end, I was correct in one aspect: the Broncos were indeed looking for depth at cornerback in the third round. They filled it by selecting Brendan Langley at #101 overall. Regardless of the football futures of both Lewis and Langley, I am grateful the Broncos selected the latter instead of the former.

  • QDoc

    We’re all human, brother. Thanks for doing what you do.

  • cjfarls

    No one has perfect information. The best we can do is muddle through life, and when new/more information emerges, reconsider our decisions in light of the new info… and apologize if necessary.

    You more than meet that standard, and even in publically doing your re-evaluation, you’re showing nothing by class and respect for others. Putting yourself out there in public inherently has risk… which is why I appreciate you sticking yourself out there and giving us content to critique and judge you by. Thanks for that, and thanks for contributing to our little community here.

    • Nick

      Yeah, using my real name online is something that’s definitely new to me. I’ve been around the internet for a long time but until now have always done so anonymously due to the typical fears of what it was like on the internet in the old days. It’s a tough habit to break and has been discomforting for me at times, but I think there has also been positives to come out of it.

      • bradley

        I thought everyone on the net was using their real name. Blow me down.

  • G Mik

    You didn’t need to post this. Your opinion on these matters are clear and your character is unquestioned here….

    • Nick

      Thanks. Better to be safe than sorry, and there’s likely more people reading the website than the regulars who have a good feel for each other.

  • VonSwenson

    It’s all good, Nick. More than good, actually.

  • ohiobronco

    Nick, you’ve always taken violence against women seriously and I respect that. It’s a sad commentary that any self respecting mock drafter needs to google “Player X sexual assault” and “Player X domestic violence” for every pick.