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27 Apr 2017

Mike Tanier's Draft Grades

Grading draft picks immediately on draft day is silly, but at least Mike Tanier's draft grades will be a) funny and b) include intelligent analysis of these teams' strengths and weaknesses. So go check out our old compatriot. He'll be grading every pick all weekend long, all the way through Mr. Irrelevant.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 27 Apr 2017

13 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2017, 10:25am by wiliam


by Duff Soviet Union :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 6:15am

I actually like draft grades because they keep pundits honest. Anyone can call the Chargers idiots for drafting Ryan Leaf three years after it happened, but it's harder when you gave them an A+

by BJR :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 8:27am

Yes I'm with you. It's not silly. Obviously we need players' careers to pan out before we can pass definitive judgment on a pick. But evaluating in hindsight is not particularly challenging or interesting. This way we can test whether any pundits do actually have above average ability to evaluate a draft board.

by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 8:07am

"Strengths: Hand placement/fighting, pass-rush technique, upside, last name.

Weaknesses: Injury history, experience, high-end athleticism."

injury history is not the proper term. Injury likelihood in future is more important considering what is wrong with his patella.

he had the 4th highest SPARQ score for LB/EDGE, not sure athleticism is his problem, in the 95th or 96th %ile.

Also, there's a very good chance he will be more of an ILB or whatever you call a 4-3 WLB equivalent in the 2-4/4-2 nickel thing the Steelers run.

The standard is the standard!

by jtr :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 1:04pm

As far as Watt's role, Tomlin and Colbert hinted a couple of times in their presser yesterday that he's going to play OLB. Not to say that he can't move around in some of the sub packages, but it sounds like they primarily see him as an edge rusher.

by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 1:34pm

What I mean is a lot of that hybrid nickel stuff they stack the LBs in some sort of rotated "over" role where the backside OLB really ends up playing as an ILB

We'll see!
The standard is the standard!

by Theo :: Sun, 04/30/2017 - 4:34pm

I hear what you mean, but he'll be a 3-4 OLB and in nickle he'll be the 2-4 defensive end/OLB.
Don't expect him more than 2 yards off the LOS this season.

by jtr :: Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:20am

You're right that his primary role will be on-ball edge rusher, but T-I-I has a point. Pittsburgh mixed in some 4-3 fronts last year with one of the OLB's (usually Chickillo) lined up off the ball and behind the defensive line. Watt played a mix of pass rush and linebacker roles for Wisconsin, so he's better equipped to fill that role than Bud Dupree, who was a straight-up DE at Kentucky.

by Led :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 9:10am

Tomlinson is a weird comp for Fournette.

by MJK :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 9:28am

Is labeling Adoree' Jackson as a WR a typo, or a subtle joke? Can't tell with Tanier.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:59am

Draft grades before anyone has played a professional snap are obviously silly, but, that being said, I'm perplexed as to why O.J. Howard is a B+ and Evan Engram is an A.

by duh :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:37pm

Maybe because of this observation?

'Engram outperformed O.J. Howard in Senior Bowl week practices, looking much more comfortable as a downfield receiver and giving it his all in blocking drills.'

Not saying I agree or disagree just observing what MT wrote ...

by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:53pm

he's also a "2017" NFL TE.

The standard is the standard!

by wiliam :: Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:25am