Good news, Steelers Nation, after being stunned by the mock draft and a lot of unreasonable speculation during what appears to be an overly long pre-draft process, minus the Scouting Combine to break up the boredom, the 2021 NFL Draft finally arrived. We already I had an outstanding job of trying to apply letter grades to each steeler’s selection.
There are specific criteria that are required when trying to accurately and fairly rate draft selection. Only time will reveal the validity of the given grade. But I will use some parameters as I try to use the default grade for each Steelers draft selection.I consider each grade based on the projected roster fit, the immediate impact and the draft values. Fictitious Draft value can be achieved by evaluating each selected player actually against the projected draft position, whether it is a player rating or a projected round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers picked Wisconsin DL Isaiahh Loudermilk with the 156th NFL Draft qualifying of 2021, of course it was a big surprise. The Steelers came in today without qualifying for the fifth round. But redeemed the 2022 fourth qualifying session for the Miami Dolphins for the right to choose Loudermilk. Actually, my first reaction to the selection was ‘Who?’ Followed by ‘Why?’ Seriously.
This is a head-scratching selection that I don’t even want to try to grade letters. I want to be fair to this young man and I want to keep the faith in Steeler’s decision-makers as I always preach. However, applying grades to every selection is part of the job description, so here we go.I had Isaiahh Loudermilk pick the initial D draft grade, although I was tempted to go lower. I admit that I know nothing about the situation compared to the steelers’ decision-makers. But i have a question
The Steelers gave up a significant future tundra to move into the fifth round to pick a young man expected to be a critical free agent. Seriously? Are Steelers concerned that other franchises are going to pick him up ahead of their sixth round qualifier? This is not the trigger of the knee jerk reaction at the moment. This is a calculation for every account decision. Even though the Steelers thought this young man was the body thief, I still had to ask who competed with the Steelers for his services? Only the steelers can answer that question.
Loudermilk is great in size and strong, he stands 6’6 “and his playing weight is stated at 274 pounds. He has plenty of room to add weight to his long frame. Of course, he looks like an NFL defender. But sometimes the look can be deceiving.
He has a wealth of experience as a letter writer for four years. But the effects of the productions and plays are infrequently to say the least. He was a meat eater at this point in his career, specializing in tying up bloggers and preventing them from reaching the second level. He has struggled to get the most out of his running game and has yet to show true passing abilities.
The best assessment I could find from him said he might have the potential to become the end of the backup defense on the roster. We can always hope that the Watts brothers will share inside information about the young man who made him too good to pass up. I will gladly admit that I made a mistake in this grade. I pray that I am
Right now, we’d love to hear from the BTSC community and from the Steelers Nation.What do you think about the selection and how much of an entry grade would you give? Please vote on the survey attached and share your reasoning in the comments section below.
I would like to welcome Isaiahh Loudermilk to the Steelers family on behalf of the BTSC and Steelers Nation community!
What basic draft will you rate for the Steelers?
A = Excellent selection
B = Selection above average
C = solid selection
D = below the selection mean
F = Very poor selection.
3 total votes