Steelers Lounge Podcast #45.1: Doug Farrar Recaps the NFL Draft

Now that the draft is in the rear view it seemed like the perfect time to get Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders and’s Shutdown Corner back on the horn to review how things played out.

Naturally, we discuss the Steelers picks (Doug had Cam Heyward with a second-round grade, but really likes Curtis Brown and Chris Carter), the other goings-on around the AFC North (A.J. Green is for real, Dalton is a third-rounder; Phil Taylor is a great pick; Jimmy Smith is more Cromartie than Revis), as well as the Seahawks’ first two selections, James Carpenter and John Moffitt, two players thought to be on the Steelers’ radar.

As usual, Doug brings it.

Conversatin’ starts below…

Steelers Lounge Podcast #45.1: Doug Farrar Recaps the NFL Draft

Steelers Lounge Podcast

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  • Randy Steele

    Very enjoyable show. Thank you, again. The one topic I keep drifting back to is the Patriots’ draft, and I just flat-out don’t get it. I liked Doug Farrar’s comment comparing Belichick with Billy Beane. Yeah, he’s right. There’s something there…

    As Farrar said, Nate Solder is a work in progress. Maybe he has lots of upside, but how do you spend a pick in the the low teens (1.18?) of the first round on a o-lineman with upside? Upside?! I’d be trying to get the real thing for right now if I had that pick.

    Lots of people (and lots of Steeler fans) were hoping for Ras-I Dowling, the Patriots’ pick at 33. But if the Steelers front office didn’t think he was good enough to pick at 31, why was he good enough to pick at 33? Time will tell, of course, but given Dowling’s many injuries, I don’t see how this is not a very risky pick.

    And Ryan Mallett? You’re kidding me, right? I don’t care how much value he represents as a third-round pick, you don’t draft a guy like that with Tom Brady on your team. I mean, how do you think Brady feels about that? Nice way to undercut your franchise player, Belichick. The Patriots are barely a winning team without Brady. Can you imagine the Colts drafting Mallett with Brady on the team? The Saints with Drew Brees? Or for that matter, the Steelers with Rothlisberger? I don’t get it.

    And Marcus Cannon? His circumstances are too sad to repeat, but after his diagnosis, his status became DND. I know a lot of people (Steeler fans included) think he’ll get treatment for his cancer and be fine, and I certainly hope this is the case, but a lot of people apparently know squat about lymphoma and the effects of chemotherapy and other treatments on these cancer patients. By the way, have we already forgotten how badly Kendall Simmon’s career was damaged by diabetes? Hey, some cancer victims will tell you that diabetes is a bug bite compared to non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

    Anyway, all I can say is, I’m glad these weren’t our draft picks.

  • GlennW

    The Patriots draft to their own drummer, to be sure. The thing I most object to though is the evaluation of draft picks against their supposed “consensus” value. I think that’s vastly overrated– if you like a player and you know what you’re doing with your evaluation, then take him no matter what anyone else thinks. Examples? Logan Mankins, reach pick. Result: perennial Pro Bowler. Devin McCourty: reach. Result: runner-up Defensive Rookie of the Year. Rob Gronkowski: risk, missed senior season due to injury. Result: 10 TDs as a rookie. In the end only results matter, not “expert” opinion. And yes, the Patriots have had many draft misses (like everyone else), but not in the last two drafts. They’ve restocked their team pretty nicely, which is a big part of the reason why they “rebounded” to 14-2. In conclusion, I’m going to respect mine enemy, at least until I see them fail…