Don't believe the hype

A guy whom I work with insists that actress Liv Tyler is unattractive.<br><br> He says she looks too much like her father, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.<br><br> Certainly, he is entitled to his opinion and there is a striking resemblance between fair Liv and wrinkled old Steven. But it just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Why do I bring this up on a football web site? Because this is the time of year when teams are throwing out to anyone who will listen the various "flaws" they've found in every available player in this year's draft.

That's why we're hearing things like Robert Gallery's 300-pound frame is all built in the weight room and there are questions whether he can keep his weight above 300 pounds throughout a long NFL season (Hello, that's why they have strength and conditioning coaches).

After spending months looking for all of the good players, as the draft approaches, NFL teams spend the last month or so throwing out every rumor possible and trying to play up little flaws with players in the hopes they can throw other teams off the scent of their true intentions.

It's as if NFL teams choose to partake in their own little Cold War every spring, sans the nuclear weapons.

The bottom line? Don't believe everything you hear in late March and April. Often times it's the spin masters leading the national media types astray.

If Team A has a gaping hole at offensive tackle and Gallery is going to be there when they make their pick, don't think for a second they will pass on him.

Let's face it, even though the guy I work with says he doesn't feel Liv Tyler is attractive, my bet is that if she walked into the office and told him she'd like to go out with him, he'd go in a heartbeat.

© The last few weeks before the draft are some of the most fun and frustrating of the year.

We've seen numerous players linked with the Steelers in the past few weeks. And there's a reason for that.

The Steelers are right there on the edge of no-man's land in this draft. In every draft there are usually between eight to 15 players who are head and shoulders above the rest. After that, as I said earlier, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

This is a strange draft this year in that it is ridiculously deep at certain positions but ridiculously thin at others.

If you need a wide receiver or defensive tackle, you're in luck, because you can likely get a good one deep into the first round or even the second.

If you need an offensive tackle, there's Gallery and then nobody else worth taking in the first 20 picks.

Since acquiring a player to plug in at right tackle is the Steelers' biggest need, that's why there's been so much indecision about who they'll take with the 11th pick.

© If the Steelers do take a cornerback – DeAngelo Hall or Dunta Robinson – it may not spell the end of Chad Scott in Pittsburgh just yet.

Even though Scott's salary cap number is nearly $5 million this season – about $3.5 million more than it should be – it's doubtful the Steelers (read Bill Cowher) will be comfortable with a top three cornerback rotation of Deshea Townsend, a rookie and Ike Taylor going into next season.

© On the plus side, maybe Jason Gildon's release in June will spur Scott on to spend more time working at his profession instead of working an hour every day on modifying his practice gear to look like a 7-year-old's bike.

Note to Chad: You're a grown man. Wearing streamers and all the other slappy stuff you do is only a distraction. And 6-10 teams don't need distractions, especially not from their overpaid, under-performing cornerback.

© Kordell Stewart was in Buffalo the other day talking with the Bills about a backup job to Drew Bledsoe.

If the Bills sign Stewart, he would join the likes of Scott Shields and Kris Farris, among others, whom Tom Donahoe drafted with the Steelers and then tried to make something out of in Buffalo.

Note to Donahoe: Just because you once drafted him doesn't mean you owe him a job later in life. Admit your mistake and move on.

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