I honestly think the only reason you CAN defend him is because you agree with his religious views
I don't agree with his religious views, I just liked the guy, his hard work, his attitude. I was rooting for the underdog so to speak. I don't share his religious views but I didn't mind him putting them in his video. He made the video and people had a choice to watch. He didn't force anyone so therefore I don't mind him saying what he wants to say. I like the guy and wish his career didn't end in such a way.
Ok...I was bored. I also was planning on looking at the 7th round draft choices and seeing a majority of them out of the league by now. However, I expect to see more out of the league for 2011, what I type is of 2010 to match with what Follett has done.
I do think Follett had some promise to be a backup LB/Special Teamer, and ultimately contribute as a 7th round choice.
After looking at where some of the draft picks I have to change my view that I thought Follett over achieved for his draft status. Most are either out of the NFL or are still on practice squads. Follett did contribute and started games. I would have to say that he over achieved based on what is normal for a 7th round player. However, for those 7th round players that have found some success, it is nominal and is more inline with what Follett has seen.
So I guess it depends on how a person views it...if a person looks at it from the standpoint of all 7th rounds picks, Follett may have overachieved due to him actually starting and making solid contributions to special teams, while most 7th round picks haven't played in a game or are out of the NFL.
If a person views it as, a team is going to select a player thinking they will contribute at some point in their career, and being a sub average starter/special teamer is about as minimal as an impact a player can have and still be a contributer, than he isn't really an over achiever. He is par for the course of what production is expected when being drafted in the 7th round.
Anyway, on to the analysis below (not much analysis, just stating where the players are and what they have done)
There were 47 players taken in the 2009 NFL Draft in the 7th round.
7 210 Atlanta Falcons Walker, VanceVance Walker DT Georgia Tech ACC from Detroit via Dallas [R7 trade 1] Played in 2010 and had 1 start.
7 211 St. Louis Rams Ogbonnaya, ChrisChris Ogbonnaya RB Texas Big 12 Now with the Texans practice squad
7 212 Kansas City Chiefs Williams, JavarrisJavarris Williams RB Tennessee State OVC Practice Squad Seahawks
7 213 Philadelphia Eagles Fanaika, PaulPaul Fanaika G Arizona State Pac-10 from Seattle Practice Squad
7 214 Miami Dolphins Folsom, J. D.J. D. Folsom LB Weber State Big Sky from Cleveland [R7 trade 2] Practice Squad
7 215 Cincinnati Bengals Vakapuna, FuiFui Vakapuna RB BYU MWC Can't find him on a roster
7 216 Carolina Panthers Munnerlyn, CaptainCaptain Munnerlyn CB South Carolina SEC from Oakland
Played 15 games in 2009 and 16 in 2010 and has some decent stats for a 7th rounder. Never watched him play so I don't know how good of a player he is.
7 217 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Biggers, E. J.E. J. Biggers CB Western Michigan MAC from Jacksonville [R7 trade 3]
In 2010 played in 16 games started 6. Got his break with Aquib Talib getting in trouble.
7 218 Green Bay Packers Jones, BradBrad Jones LB Colorado Big 12
Was starting after Kampman left and then got injured.
7 219 San Francisco 49ers Taylor, CurtisCurtis Taylor S LSU SEC
Played 12 games in 2010 and 2009 and had a total of 7 tackles.
7 220 Buffalo Bills Lankster, EllisEllis Lankster CB West Virginia Big East
Has 5 career tackles
7 221 Washington Redskins Williams, EddieEddie Williams TE Idaho WAC from Washington via Minnesota [R7 trade 4]
With Chicago but hasn't played.
7 222 Indianapolis Colts McAfee, PatPat McAfee P West Virginia Big East from New Orleans via Philadelphia Eagles
7 223 Houston Texans Nolan, TroyTroy Nolan S Arizona State Pac-10
Has 3 INT 1 Sack and 49 tackels. He has contributed.
7 224 San Diego Chargers Byrd, DemetriusDemetrius Byrd WR LSU SEC
Not currently on a roster
7 225 Denver Broncos Schlueter, BlakeBlake Schlueter C TCU MWC
Not on a roster
7 226 Pittsburgh Steelers Shipley, A. Q.A. Q. Shipley C Penn State Big Ten from Tampa Bay [R7 trade 5]
7 227 Dallas Cowboys Mickens, MikeMike Mickens CB Cincinnati Big East
Not on a roster
7 228 Detroit Lions Murtha, LydonLydon Murtha OT Nebraska Big 12 from New York Jets
Has 4 starts
7 229 Dallas Cowboys Johnson, ManuelManuel Johnson WR Oklahoma Big 12 from Chicago via Tampa Bay and Detroit [R7 trade 6]
7 230 Philadelphia Eagles Fokou, MoiseMoise Fokou LB Maryland ACC
16 games played 11 starts 1 sack 1 FF.
7 231 Minnesota Vikings Sanford, JamarcaJamarca Sanford S Ole Miss SEC
Has 3 career starts but has over 20 games played in 2 years
7 232 New England Patriots Edelman, JulianJulian Edelman WR Kent State MAC from Miami via Jacksonville [R7 trade 7]
Has a few catches and the Pats franchis record for longest punt return
7 233 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stroughter, SammieSammie Stroughter WR Oregon State Pac-10 from Baltimore [R7 trade 8]
55 career receptions with 1 td and 1 punt return td
7 234 New England Patriots Richard, DarrylDarryl Richard DT Georgia Tech ACC
7 235 Detroit Lions Follett, ZackZack Follett LB California Pac-10 from Atlanta via Denver [R7 trade 9]
31 career tackles (asst count too). Had 21 in 5 games (2 starts) before being hurt. On pace for 70 tackles in a season.
7 236 Indianapolis Colts Thomas, JaimieJaimie Thomas OT Maryland ACC
7 237 Kansas City Chiefs O'Connell, JakeJake O'Connell TE Miami (OH) MAC from Carolina via Miami [R7 trade 10]
Started 2 games in 2010 and played in 15. Caught 3 receptions but thought to be a blocking specialist
7 238 New York Giants Woodson, StoneyStoney Woodson CB South Carolina SEC
7 239 Tennessee Titans Durand, RyanRyan Durand G Syracuse Big East
7 240 Arizona Cardinals Stephens-Howling, LaRodLaRod Stephens-Howling RB Pittsburgh Big East
23 carries in 2010 and 16 receptions. Had 1 rushing TD and a KR TD.
7 241 Pittsburgh Steelers Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson TE Arkansas State Sun Belt
7* 242 Tennessee Titans Schommer, NickNick Schommer S North Dakota State MVFC
7* 243 Washington Redskins Mitchell, MarkoMarko Mitchell WR Nevada WAC
In Canadian football league
7* 244 San Francisco 49ers Jean-Francois, RickyRicky Jean-Francois DT LSU SEC
He has played sparingly 12 tackles 1 sack 1 ff
7* 245 Seattle Seahawks Greene, CourtneyCourtney Greene S Rutgers Big East
Played in 9 games starting 0
7* 246 Chicago Bears Louis, LanceLance Louis G San Diego State MWC
Started 4 games
7* 247 Seattle Seahawks Reed, NickNick Reed DE Oregon Pac-10
Injured and released. Some interest but no contract offers
7* 248 Seattle Seahawks Morrah, CameronCameron Morrah TE California Pac-10
3rd string TE. Gets some playing time.
7* 249 Cincinnati Bengals McDonald, ClintonClinton McDonald DE Memphis C-USA
Has 5 rushing TD's and averaging 5.4 ypc.
7* 250 Jacksonville Jaguars Jennings, RashadRashad Jennings RB Liberty Big South
7* 251 Chicago Bears Kinder, DerekDerek Kinder WR Pittsburgh Big East
7* 252 Cincinnati Bengals Brown, FreddieFreddie Brown WR Utah MWC
Not on a team
7* 253 Jacksonville Jaguars Underwood, TiquanTiquan Underwood WR Rutgers Big East
10 games 8 rec 111 yds in 2010.
7* 254 Arizona Cardinals Canfield, TrevorTrevor Canfield G Cincinnati Big East
Never played a reg season game, now with the Jets
7^ 255 Detroit Lions Gronkowski, DanDan Gronkowski TE Maryland ACC
Started 4 games 8 rec 65 yds in 2010
7^ 256 Kansas City Chiefs Succop, RyanRyan Succop K South Carolina SEC