JayhawkMike wrote:You pick the draft guru. I don’t care. It’s some here that are apologists for the crappy drafting that are sad to listen to here.
Then take the Hawks out of it and consider Josh Uche and the Steelers.
We can all look at Uche's college film and we know that the Steelers have met with him a couple of times. That's about all we know considering he didn't test at the combine. However, let's say I spend a lot of time looking at his film anyway and end up ranking him as the 50th best prospect in the draft.
The Steelers on the other hand have likely had private investigators look into his background. They'll have talked to his head coach and his position coach. In addition, they have probably talked to many more minor figures such as an equipment guy inside the Michigan locker room.
They have met with him on multiple occasions themselves, asked a lot of questions, and digested not just his answers but also his attitude. Did he answer a zoom call laying in bed or was he wearing a tie? Did he understand the scheme questions?
Finally, the Steelers know what their own plans are regarding 3-4 LBs. How much they like their own guys, which FAs they could still bring in at the position, and how all the other 3-4 LBs candidates would fit. After careful review, they decide that Uche is the 35th best player on their board for their team.
How much should the Steelers care that I rate Uche at #50? How much should Steeler fans care? Not at all - instant mock draft "grades" are completely backwards and just tell you how far off the mock drafter was.
What I can do as a fan is follow Uche's career, and then give the pick a grade a couple of years down the road once the rookie contract is over and we see what the Steelers gained. However, even then you should treat it with a grain of salt because in life even good decisions can have bad consequences and vice versa.