Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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As a result of the Ohio State Pro Day, at least one player is scheduled to work out with an NFL team…and that player is Buckeye fan favorite Kenny Guiton. According to Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch, Guiton will work out for the New England Patriots on March 26.
Now, for Buckeye fans, this is very exciting news. We all rooted for good ole Smooth Jazz after he saved our season against Purdue two years ago. Last season, we watched him step up to the plate while filling in for an injured Braxton Miller. Then Braxton Miller came back, Guiton returned to his clipboard holding duties on the sidelines, and there he sat for the rest of the year.
That said, Kenny Guiton is by far the highest profile back-up quarterback in college football right now. No football expert out there is expecting Guiton to go early in the draft, but many of the experts predict him to go in the sixth or seventh round, or even get a chance as an undrafted free agent.
Now, if memory serves me correctly, the Patriots have done pretty well with late round quarterbacks and backups in the past. Anybody ever hear of a guy named Tom Brady? Yes, just a little bit. Also, anybody ever hear of a guy named Matt Cassel? Yes, because he filled in for Tom Brady for a season and has used that success to make way more money than he probably deserves. Good for him.
I’m not suggesting that Kenny Guiton is guaranteed to get drafted in the sixth round, become the starter of the Patriots, marry a Victoria’s Secret model, and be a lock for the NFL Hall of Fame. All I am saying is that he’s starting off on the right track and with the right team.
We all hate the Patriots, because like the Yankees, they’re good and they win a lot of games, but nobody can deny the success of the organization. Bill Belichick is one heck of a coach and his staff is always on the short list for head coaching jobs every season. Couple that organizational success with a guy like Guiton, who works hard and refuses to be kept down, and this could very well be something special.
Does Smooth Jazz have a pretty big mountain to climb in the coming weeks? Absolutely! But I for one hope that he makes it to the top.