NFL Draft: Day 2 thoughts
April 27, 2012 - Ray Eckenrode
Going to pot?
> When massive Ohio State tackle Mike Adams tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine, an event where he had been informed months prior that he would be drug tested, it was generally assumed the Pittsburgh Steelers took him off their draft board. But as we pointed out in our pre-draft analysis, no one in the Steelers camp ever went on the record with that, and as it turns out, Adams provides just too much value for Pittsburgh as he tumbled from a once-upon-a-time Top 15 prospect to the 56th player taken. We've said many, many times that it's nearly impossible to draft a franchise left tackle at the position where the Steelers almost always pick, the bottom of the first round. There's a chance that we'll be sitting here in five years noting the only way you can get a franchise left tackle picking where the Steelers pick is to have him show up stoned for his job interview. Of course, we could be sitting here saying the Adams pick was a key turning point in the Steelers losing their way in the draft. It's that risky.
> Adams was ranked as the #19 prospect on the National Football Post board. The same board had David DeCastro graded at #3. So that's the #3 and #19 prospects (in the opinion of one talent evaluator) with the #24 and #56 picks. That math is fantastic no matter how you cipher it. Now, we'll see is potential turns into production.
Spence for hire
> It was hard to reconcile scouting reports of Miami linebacker Sean Spence as a tough-as-nails competitor with the 12 reps he did with 225 at the NFL Combine, but Spence told reporters Friday night he lifted with a shoulder injury at the combine and we'll take his word for it. Spence is clearly not a guy who's going to step in and start, but he brings the potential to some day be a three-down player (meaning he can play both the run and pass), something that's becoming more and more valuable in the NFL.
> The draft results clearly make Stevenson Sylvester a key performer for the Steelers at ILB in 2012
Day 3 predictions
Fourth round: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Fifth round: Hebron "Loni" Fangupo, DT, BYU
Sixth round: Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
Seventh round: Brandon Lindsey, LB, Pitt; Dan "Boom" Herron, RB, Ohio State; Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette; Kelvin Beachum, G, SMU.