Brigham Harwell signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins today. I feel bad that Harwell went undrafted. Pete Carroll recruited him hard (as did ASU), but the kid fell for Karl Dorrell's dreamy puffery, and in the end Neuheisel killed off his draft prospects. He could have been our 12th man drafted (in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th round) this weekend.
I'll be rooting for Harwell to make it with the Redskins; but Dorrell and Neuhi's Ruins cost him millions. On the other hand, he will always be able to take comfort in his "superior" UCLA education; I just hope it was worth all that money. I also hope things work out better for Morrell Presley and Randall Carroll, but it's not looking good right now.
Fred Robledo made these comments about Harwell on October 28, 2006:
"Then, he arrived at UCLA. Then he got moved inside for some stupid reason. A finesse, pass rushing defensive end that dubbed himself (and I wrote it) "The Sackmaster" was moved inside. Not only is Harwell not big enough to play inside, his remarkable speed isn't best utilized inside. Most schools prefer 320-pounders plugging up the middle. UCLA prefers a 275-pounder, who had to gain weight to get there, not lose it (as most interior linemen do)."
"Harwell has had his moments at UCLA, but it hasn't been what it should've been. He hasn't turned into the next Dwight Freeney or Terrell Suggs. Instead, he's suffered through some injuries, some of which might be because he's out of position. He's suffered through playing a position that he splits time at. He's suffered through Dorrell and staff making it so that one of the country's former top recruits hasn't matriculated into being the dominant force he could've been."
When does basketball season start?