I described Doug in a previous podcast as the blogger’s Mike Mayock and I mean that in the most laudatory way possible. He’s one of the hardest working guys I know, and we discussed how he got into watching film, what he looks for and, of course, which players he likes for the Steelers in the first few rounds.
Earlier today, Wex tweeted that “With news that Flozell Adams will return, Colon expected to leave. So money’s coming in on Orlando Franklin as 1st-rounder. Odds now at 8-1.”
So, naturally, I got Doug’s take on Franklin (he’s intrigued by him and has him at No. 62 in his Shutdown Corner predraft rankings).
I also give Doug my first-round draft theory: the Steelers should focus on cornerback (like, say, Brandon Harris) because of the obvious depth issues, and because there is less likely to be a player in later rounds capable of playing in the sub-packages in Year 1.
Other topics we touched on: Derek Sherrod (pro-ready, but not a guard, at least as the Steelers like them), Nate Solder (“raw like sushi”), Marcus Cannon (2nd-round option), James Carpenter (similar to Franklin in aggressiveness), and Davon House (“Jimmy Smith lite”).
Finally, Doug and I review his 40-yard dash.
This is my nomination for video of the year and I give Doug props for not editing out the part where he falls down. Absolutely love it.
Talking starts below…