If you're like most people in and around Lawrence, your first instinct when you meet Jon Cornish is…
Cornish An Expected Seventh-Round Selection
That’s what former scout Russell Lande said Kansas running back Jon Cornish will find challenging in the pros. Oh, Lande watched film on Cornish. Saw him break long run after long run after long run on his way to leading the Big 12 in rushing. But he also saw what Cornish didn’t have … and what Lande said will stop Cornish from becoming a starter in the league. “Cornish’s top speed is excellent,” Lande said. “When you see him at top speed, he’s usually not being caught. What he lacks, what he doesn’t have is that explosion, that burst, through the hole. “In the NFL, your top speed isn’t as important as how fast you get to top speed,” Lande said. “Cornish will get caught before he reaches top speed in the NFL.” Lande’s time scouting started out of college when he wrote up a book on that year’s prospects, mailing them to teams begging for a job. There were no takers, but Lande was able to grab a job as an unpaid gofer for UCLA for one year, then took up a similar job with the Rams during...
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