Breaking Down the Steelers’ 2012 NFL Draft, Expert-Stye

Our good buddy Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner has a weekly podcast with NFL Films’ Greg Cosell. In the latest episode, they recount the AFC North draft haul and because I know many of you are among the laziest people on Earth, I transcribed the Steelers-related bits.

You can listen to the entire podcast here, and the Steelers talk starts around the 52-minute mark. Also worth noting: Farrar loves David DeCastro. Cosell likes him too, but was also a fan of Kevin Zeitler, the guy the Bengals took with their second first-rounder after passing on DeCastro with their first first-rounder (Cincy took CB Dre Kirpatrick instead).

On Mike Adams
Cosell: To me, he fits anywhere because I believe he’s the most athletic left tackle in the draft. Was he the best left tackle? I think there are games you put on with Mike Adams where you say that he was the best left tackle in this draft. There were other games — and I guess I didn’t see those games because, you know, you can’t watch every game and I don’t work for a team — where I was told that he was not quite as competitive snap after snap, where some flaws came out, some people, I guess, pointed to a game he played not this year but last year against Marshall and Vinny Curry apparently ate him up.

Are there flaws and some concerns? Absolutely. But as a pure athletic left tackle, I thought he was the best in this draft. … Athletic-ability-wise, he’s fine. There’s not an issue. … There’s one thing about linemen that goes beyond Xs and Os: you gotta compete in the NFL to play offensive line. It’s a ‘compete’ position. You’re gonna get beat, you’re gonna get your ass kicked at times.

(Note: Max Starks hasn’t heard from the Steelers and doesn’t expect to. Make of this what you will.)

On Sean Spence:
Cosell: This is my opinion, this is not something … Mike Tomlin called me and told me. I think they see Sean Spence playing inside in their 3-4, and I think they see Lawrence Timmons, who athletically could be dynamite as an outside linebacker in a 3-4, ultimately moving there.

On Alameda Ta’amu
Farrar: He played a lot of one-game at Washington. I think he’s a better two-gap guy.

Cosell: It’s funny you say that because after I watched him, here’s my line: best transitions to the NFL as a 3-4 nose tackle base personnel player. … For people who talk about where guys get drafted, I think he’s a perfect value. I think he can become the successor to Casey Hampton, either two-down or base personnel. … And I think he fits perfectly in that role.

Farrar: I believe that if you’re a team in need of an absolute two-gap, hole-plugging nose guy … — not a Haloti Ngata, who’s just a freak from another planet, but that traditional 3-4 nose — he’s a perfect fit there.

On Chris Rainey
Cosell: I love the pick of Chris Rainey. … I like Rainey more than Dexter McCluster and McCluster was a second-round pick of the Chiefs. … The reason he’s a fifth-round pick is because he is what he is: he’s not a feature back, he plays 12 or 15 or 20 snaps … but this guy can score from anywhere on the field. He was so smooth changing direction … he was so fluid doing that. … I think Rainey is faster (than McCluster). I think McCluster is more lateral. … Rainey did not dance, Rainey was a downhill guy with incredible hips.

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  • Cols714

    I listened to this, it’s pretty good. Cosell can be irritating because he repeats himself a lot when you listen to multiple podcasts you hear a lot of the same phrases. But overall the Shutdown Corner Podcast is well worth it.

    I like that he likes Adams and before the draft he said that he thinks he may be the best LT prospect in the draft. I don’t like that he thinks we are ever moving Timmons to OLB, because Timmons sucks when he plays out there.

    Also, he’s the only person I’ve ever heard who thinks Zeitler could be better than DeCastro.

    • Randy Steele

      His notion that Timmons can be a good OLB for the Steelers proves to me he hasn’t watched Timmons play OLB for the Steelers. What a ridiculous remark.

      • Eric

        Agreed. Besides, Worilds is already on the roster so moving Timmons makes even less sense.

  • Rob D

    On another podcast (too many of them out there..don’t remember which one right at the moment) Cosell and his co-host both say Zeitler was the best overall G in the draft. AGain, they are collectively the ONLY ones who have said that to my knowledge.

    I think thats just plumb….Decastro has it all…size, smarts, pulling ability and a compete level second to noone. I kinda like the pick and would NOT have been happy if they had taken Z instead. NO way.

    • Cols714

      Cosell also said that DeCastro is the perfect fit for the Steelers offense, better than Zeitler. Doug Farrar, the other guy on the Shutcorner podcast loves loves loves Decastro.

  • steelreason

    Ngata overrated on a podcast what else is new. Guy has done a milk carton in last half of last 2 seasons. I am getting tired of Ngata is god nonsense. In Texans playoff game he was getting blown off the ball routinely. In pats game he wasnt much better. Guy plays like a HOFer for first 6 games then the decline in 2010 and 2011 has been precipitous. I believe Geno Atkins kid with Bengals is best DT in division right now. Phil Taylor played as well as Ngata down the stretch. Until Ngata plays at a high level for an entire season I refuse to buy into the hype.