Some people are athletic and stupid (e.g. Titus Young). Other people never find their muscle memory but they’re super intelligent (e.g. Joshua Huffman).
If you’re Myron Rolle? You don’t choose between peanut butter and chocolate—you combine the best of both worlds. The former Rhodes Scholar was one of college football’s top safety prospects when he played at Florida State University. Despite his talents, Rolle’s draft stock plummeted when he forewent his senior season for studies in Oxford. The Titans pounced on him with pick No. 207 in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Rolle didn’t make the team. No other teams would make a long-term investment on him because they feared that he could abandon football for neurological studies. Recently, Rolle left football so he could attend medical school. He’s grateful to have left the game without suffering any serious medical conditions.
Late sixth-round picks who don’t make the 53-man roster? Nothing new. Had the Titans given him the same treatment as Robert Johnson, Rolle probably does just as well, if not better. Is that enough for a passing grade?
2010 NFL Draft Report Card Evaluation
Myron Rolle, S, Florida State
Round 6, Pick 207
Still With Team: NO
Career Games: 0
Joshua Huffman (Editor): 50 (F)
Imagine the trash talk from a starting defensive backfield that included Alterraun Verner and Myron Rolle. Here’s the story of how Rolle tried to balance his football dreams with his dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon. Although Rolle didn’t make it in the NFL, I can’t fault anyone for taking a chance with a late sixth-round pick. Much of his plummeting draft stock was accredited to scouts not believing that Rolle was committed to football. Playbooks or medical books? Titans get the F, but I’d have made the same decision.
Josh Gunnels (Assistant Editor, Lead Columnist): 65 (D+ to D)
Rolle was a Rhodes scholar and incredibly bright person. Rolle was not a good safety. After not sticking on the Titans, he played for the Steelers for a year, before quitting football and going to medical school. He was worth the pick in an effort to try and change the culture of the locker room of the Titans at the time, but like most late round picks, didn’t pan out.
David Fleming (Contributor): 53 (F)
I’ll admit that I was excited about this pick back in 2010. Rolle was a talented athlete, but more importantly, he was really smart. He was awarded one of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, and he decided to take a year off from football to study at Oxford University. Rhodes never panned out in the NFL and has announced his retirement to attend medical school.
Titan Sized Staff (3 Participants): 56 (F)
65 + 53 + 50 = (168 / 3) = 56
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