Giants: Not the best destination for Bomar
Star-crossed quarterback Rhett Bomar went to the New York Giants in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. I don’t think that’s a good situation for Bomar.
I am sort of pulling for Bomar, though I don’t suppose I have a good reason why. There’s an old story that when the St. Louis Cardinals traded Keith Hernandez to the Mets, in what seemed to be a purely punitive trade to a moribund franchise, Cardinal manager Whitey Herzog said, “Hernandez traded himself.”
Well, the same is true of Bomar. Whatever his fate, he did it to himself. Bomar was unpopular as the OU quarterback, then when he stuck his hand in the Big Red Sports & Imports cookie jar, he had no constituency. He traded himself to Sam Houson State.
But I still pull for Bomar. I don’t think he got much home training, and I think he got caught up in a fast world. Without a solid base, you can drown pretty quickly, and Bomar did.
Anyway, for Bomar, I’m hard-pressed to find a team a worse fit than the Giants. 1. The Giants only kept two quarterbacks on the main roster in 2008 (Eli Manning and David Carr). 2. The Giants have three QBs signed up, including Andre Woodson, a sixth-round pick out of Kentucky in the 2008 draft. 3. The Giants will no patience with knuckleheads. They don’t much anyway, but after the Plaxico Burress scandal, the Giants re-learned their lesson.
Truth is, Bomar would have been better off being a free agent and finding a team that wanted to take a flyer on a quarterback.
Bomar’s past no doubt hurt him in the draft. The Dallas Cowboys drafted Texas A&M’s Stephen McGee in the fourth round. McGee is a tough guy and a good leader who just got caught at A&M in the wrong era. But anyone who thinks he can play NFL quarterback jumped into a time machine. McGee is a good fit for George Clooney’s leatherheads, but this is the 21st century. McGee throws about like Zac Robinson and runs about like Sam Bradford, neither of which is bad but neither of which is NFL-caliber.
The Cowboys must have figured they had so many late picks, might as well take an Aggie and build up some goodwill.
There was no goodwill for Bomar. He was banished from OU long ago, and it seems like his banishment will continue.
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