Palmer: Jobs Hang In The Balance With Every Draft Pick

Are NFL prospects overly scrutinized? Maybe, Carson Palmer said, but war-room seats aren't guaranteed

Tiki and Tierney
April 26, 2018 - 7:27 pm

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Carson Palmer was drafted No. 1 overall 15 years ago. It was 2003, and social media did not exist – at least not as we know it today.

But even if it did, Palmer would have been fine.

“I was more on the Sam Darnold side where there’s just not a whole lot of stuff that he’s done, whether it’s tweets or things that he’s gotten in trouble for,” Palmer said on Tiki and Tierney. “I didn’t have much of that stuff. There wasn’t something to harp on or really try to dig up. With Baker (Mayfield) and Josh Rosen, there’s so much to dig up on – and it’s because there’s a lot of guys that don’t make it and have successful careers because they just don’t have things under control off the field. I think that’s how these guys are being viewed – as guys that can’t control themselves, whether it be on Twitter or just control themselves off the field away from football.”

True or untrue, that matters. Yes, when it comes to the NFL Draft, perception is very much reality.

“With the first second, third, fourth, fifth pick, you are the future of the franchise,” Palmer said. “You are the face of a billion-dollar company. So much goes into that and there’s so many and things that can have such a negative impact on those organizations. I get it. I know why they dig so deep and look for so many little things. Maybe they overhype some of them, but there’s a lot of talk and a lot of discussion in those war rooms.”

And for good reason. After all, no one’s war-room seat has a lifetime guarantee.

“When you’re sitting in a war room, you could be out of that war room in three or four years if you pick the wrong player,” Palmer said. “Then you’re looking for a new job, every coach is looking for a new job, the GM is looking (for a new job). The only person that gets to stick around is the owner. There’s a reason players are so harshly scrutinized because there’s so many jobs that are hanging in the balance off of one player.”