To celebrate the beginning of spring, which also comprises the beginning of blockbuster movie season and the NFL Draft, some editors at NFL.com decided to combine the two.
With "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" arriving in theaters this week, they put together a draft featuring only DC Universe characters.
After a certain point – mostly after Batman, Superman and a few supervillains – the list is mostly arbitrary as the cultural impact of each character lessens. That being said, the Redskins, with pick No. 21, in my opinion, get a steal with Bizarro.
Conceived as a mirror image, or imperfect duplicate, of Superman, though often portrayed as his antagonist, Bizarro was originally created to be Superman's clone by nemesis Lex Luthor. But, his poorly constructed genetics caused him to become the opposite.
Here's what the NFL.com editors have to say about the "draft pick."
"Maybe the thinking here is that if the Redskins can't get Superman then they could opt for the next best thing. Bizarro is an imperfect clone of Superman, with all the attributes of the Man Of Steel but none of the intellect. In a bizarro world, Bizarro would most likely be the first pick in the draft but this is an obvious reach by the Redskins. Bizarro is unpredictable but maybe that lends to the entertainment value."
Despite their negative view of this pick, when you consider GM Scot McCloughan's track record, the potential makes a lot of sense. He chooses "football players," and so in this case, he'd probably choose "comic book characters," which in his mind would still have the same traits he loves: competitiveness, toughness and passion.
Bizarro has these qualities, and the intellectual compnent he might be lacking will come in time.
You can look at this negatively, but this is quite a pick. Just imagine what he could do on the sidelines, reading an opposing team's playbooks with his x-ray vision. It's quite an advantage.