The hard part isn’t grading what a prospect has done in college. It’s using that performance to determine what they’re capable of in the NFL.“You’re supposed to be looking for what the tape says they can become,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein told me. “The biggest mistake an evaluator can make is assuming that whoever the player is in college is who they’re going to be in the pros.”
Scouting is NOT a science. Draftniks do not exist. Draft Gurus do not exist.
Information is free and at hand.
Steelers fans who love the draft and love the Steelers understand the Steelers needs better than the so called experts.
Which brings up another thing....How the fuck do the experts know what coaching staffs are going to do? The Steelers coverage schemes could be changing...Do the experts account for that? What about a player stashed on the practice squad like Willie Parker Michael Bennett or Kerry Hyder?
The perfect example for the point Zeirlein is attempting to make.
The Steelers’ 2013 draftees include linebacker Jarvis Jones (1st round, 17th overall),
running back Le’Veon Bell
(2nd, 48th), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (3rd, 79th)
, safety Shamarko Thomas (4th a, 111th), quarterback Landry Jones (4th b, 115th), cornerback Terry Hawthorne (5th, 150th), wide receiver Justin Brown (6th a, 186th), linebacker Vince Williams
(6th b, 206th) and defensive end Nicholas Williams (7th, 223rd).
The Steelers bought into the production at UGA and USC with Jones. They missed.
Bell would be a top 5 pick in a re-draft
Wheaton love him or hate him...Out performed his draft slot. Same thing with Vince Williams.
Misses happen...The infuriating thing is when players you know are going to be solid fall and end up on other teams.
Expect chaos at the draft...Players will fall...Hearts will break. I will bitch....Thats the NFL draft.