The Terrible Podcast – Talking New Steelers Day-Two Selections, Draft Recap & More

Season 6, Episode 107 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this Saturday show, David Todd and I recap day-two of the 2016 NFL Draft.

As you would expect, David and I thoroughly breakdown the Pittsburgh Steelers selections of safety Sean Davis and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave in this episode following their Friday night selections.

We also recap the second and third rounds of the draft in this show as well

As always, several other smaller talking points are mixed in throughout the show that are not highlighted here in this post.

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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    What do you want from a strong safety? Ideally?

    1) He MUST be able to tackle. More specifically, he must be able to CLOSE QUICKLY and tackle. The play is usually in front of the SS (whether it’s a RB or WR or even TE) so he must read/react quickly then close hard. Sean Davis has the quickest feet (1.56 split) and change of direction (3.97 shuttle) of any SS in the draft. He averaged over 100 tackles per year as a starter. Box 1 = checked.

    (Sean Davis is a much better tackle than either Vonn Bell or Justin Simmons. And some would say he’s even better than Karl Joseph. Don’t shoot me, but those are the stats.)

    2) He MUST be able to fight his way through the scrums and arrive with power. Sometimes that means muscling his way past 300 pound offensive linemen, and Davis definitely has the frame to do that. Sean Davis benched 21 reps at 225 pounds. But he also forced 5 fumbles last year. That tells me his functional strength is elite (for his size) and when he gets near the ball, he arrives with physicality. Box 2 = checked.

    (In my opinion, Vonn Bell and Justin Simmons cannot do this consistently on the NFL level. Davis can. Karl Joseph had 3 forced fumbles in his college career. Keanu Neal had. 2. Sean Davis had 5 FF last year alone. Just saying.)

    3) He MUST be able to cover TE’s. Having played CB his senior year, Davis has developed some very nice tight cover skills, in both man and and off schemes. And while he may not have the hips and technique to cover A.J. Green, he does have the skills to cover Tyler Eifert. Davis has the strength to jam TE’s at the line, and the length to bat down passes. At 6’1′ with 31.5″ arms, he is more than adequate, but his 38 inch vertical is where he should really be able to compete for one on one jump balls, or fade routes in the end zone. And Colbert mentioned this very thing in his interview.

    (Red zone coverage defense is crucial to the Steelers right now. I think Davis is head and shoulders above Keanu Neal in this department, and even slightly above Karl Joseph due to his length.)

    4) In the Steelers scheme, it is a requirement to be able to play free safety (on occasion) as well, which is where Davis spent most of his college career. He’s a former baseball center fielder so you know he has some aptitude for tracking the deep ball. And his long speed (4.46 forty) is better than most CB’s, so he can cover a lot of ground on deep passes. And as I described previously, he can bring some POP when he arrives.

    5) As a bonus, he appears to be very intelligent as well (learning multiple languages require extreme book study and memorization) so remembering multiple schemes and plays calls shouldn’t be a problem.

    In summary, while Sean Davis might not be the single best safety in any one area or skill, I believe he is the 2nd best all around safety in the entire draft (right behind Karl Joseph). He can literally do EVERYTHING we ask.