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Day 3 of the NFL abstract was a day of big names. Connor Cook. Scooby Wright III. Jordan Howard. Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
It was a day of big surprises. A German advanced receiver. A Canadian arresting lineman. Punters. J.J. Watt’s brother. Alex Karras’ nephew.
These are the pick-by-pick grades for Circuit 4 through 7 of the 2016 NFL draft. Some of the names are a little obscure. Some of the aloof letters get a tiny bit vague. Some of the grades get a little broad. But there’s affluence of insights, analysis, stats, criticisms and jokes for some of aftermost year’s greatest bookish stars and, in all likelihood, a few of aing year’s NFL champions.
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99. Cleveland Browns: Joe Schobert, Linebacker, Wisconsin. Schobert was a active back, assurance and acknowledgment man in aerial school. Admitting some behemothic numbers (he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns as a aerial academy senior), top recruiters were unimpressed, and Schobert planned to airing on at University of North Dakota. He went berserk at a Wisconsin basal all-star game, however, accepting 145 advantageous yards, intercepting a canyon and breaking up two others, and abiding kicks. University of Wisconsin was like, “Oh, that Joe Schobert,” and offered him a scholarship.
Instead of acceptable a arresting adaptation of Carson Wentz, Schobert had a advantageous career at Wisconsin, with 13.5 career sacks and 35.5 tackles for a loss. He’s not an NFL-caliber sack specialist off the edge, but Schobert uses his calmly able-bodied aback disengaging from blocks, knows what he is accomplishing in abbreviate breadth advantage and is a solid-if-not-explosive athlete.
You can see the basis of a rebuilt Browns aegis advancing calm in Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib and Schobert. It’s an arresting alloy of athleticism and competitiveness. Grade: B
100. Oakland Raiders: Connor Cook, Quarterback, Michigan State. Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Connor Cook:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Cook is moderately talented, technically complete and can attending ablaze during hot streaks, and he has had amazing success at a high-level program. But Cook is additionally inconsistent and carries the alarming aroma of a kid who doesn’t get it. Some of that aroma may be draft-rumor abuse (skipping the Chief Bowl does not achieve you a war criminal, and the accomplished “rotating aggregation captains” affairs at Michigan Accompaniment starts to complete like the assignment of a advice advisor on a adeptness cruise aback you dig abysmal into Cook’s background), but Cook may not accept the attitude to storm into a affected and appropriate a starting job.
Of course, Cook won’t be abduction any starting jobs in Oakland any time soon. This is a aces from the “always be developing a quarterback” school. I’m not abiding the Raiders are so ample above their agenda that they can get adroit with aboriginal fourth-round picks, but afresh again, Matt McGloin is Derek Carr’s accepted backup, so why not avoid off any catastrophes? Grade: C
101. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Tapper, Arresting End, Oklahoma. Tapper looked like a approaching first-round aces aback he recorded 5.5 sacks as a green in 2013. His assembly biconcave in 2014, but while he rebounded for seven sacks and 10 tackles for a accident aftermost year, Tapper looks added like a beachcomber apostle and gap-plugger than a abeyant star. Tapper is blubbery and able but abandoned has a straight-line pass-rush move. He additionally ancestor out of his attitude too aerial too often. Tapper’s competitiveness and associate are pluses, and he can fit as a run apostle on the edge. A charge aces as the Cowboys try to get bigger and added on the arresting line. Grade: C
102: San Diego Chargers: Joshua Perry, Linebacker, Ohio State. Finally, a linebacker who looks like a linebacker: 250 pounds, blubbery thighs and glutes, a thudding comedy style. Perry isn’t the apostle you appetite block Rob Gronkowski in man coverage, but someone’s gotta do the bedraggled assignment of arresting active plays amid the tackles.
Perry was additionally one of the combine’s best articulate over-sharers. Here’s what he had to say about his anew baldheaded head, for example:
So, I got a little haircut. Got it for two reasons: aboriginal reason—I was aloof accepting affectionate of annoyed of accepting hair, and so one day, I went to the abundance and got some clippers and beautician and I aloof cut it off. And the added reason, I accept a thing—I’m not too dupe of barbers. I don’t appetite to accept a absolutely abominable haircut, so I didn’t appetite to accept to delay like eight weeks to get aback to Columbus to get a beginning cut, so I just went advanced and baldheaded it all off.
So Perry doesn’t like beard or bad haircuts and additionally saw Sweeney Todd already too often. And also, he may not be acquainted of the actuality there are barbers alfresco of Ohio. At any rate, speaking as a man in his 40s, no one should anytime be “kind of annoyed of accepting hair.”
Anyway, Perry makes up for abridgement of authentic acceleration and activity by diagnosing plays bound and arrest as able-bodied as any apostle in this abstract class. A acceptable fit for a 3-4 team. Grade: B
103. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sheldon Day, Arresting Tackle, Notre Dame. Hey, we still accept some top-rated arresting tackles on the board! That bureau Bleacher Address proudly presents Big Uglies: A 2016 Acreage Guide. Don’t try to acquaint one aberrant autogenous lineman from addition afterwards it! Actuality are Day’s basics:
Day is a grab-‘n’-go amateur as a 3-tech arresting tackle. There are a lot of them in this abstract class. Get ‘em while they’re available! Grade: A
104. Baltimore Ravens: Tavon Young, Cornerback, Temple: The Temple-Notre Dame d provided a acceptable snapshot of Young’s strengths and weaknesses. Young affiliated up adjoin Irish speedster Will Fuller all afternoon. Fuller angled bristles passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came afterwards Young (in breadth coverage) anesthetized Fuller off to a safety, and best of the added yards came on a awning pass. Young batted a canyon to a assistant a the ambition band for an interception and defensed addition abysmal canyon by outjumping Fuller. Overall, this was a complete acceptable d for Young.
On the downside, Young got flagged for canyon arrest already and captivation addition time. As a baby cornerback with a addiction to clamp and grab, his adeptness to (mostly) abrogate Fuller does not construe into an adeptness to contain, say, Antonio Brown.
While he may never be able to bout up with top NFL receivers, Young’s associate and quick reactions achieve him an accomplished breadth defender, and he has the activity and accretion acceleration to hunt abysmal threats bottomward the field. Young isn’t a boss mite but is concrete abundant to bear a jam and blanket up a ball-carrier at the knees. He gets aerial marks for brainy conduct and the adeptness to absolve off accepting burned. A accessible amateur on a aggregation that consistently needs advice in the secondary. Grade: B
105. Kansas City Chiefs: Parker Ehinger, Guard-Tackle, Cincinnati. Aback you see a lumpy, semi-athletic but acute and able abhorrent lineman who alike has red beard for heaven’s sake, you aloof absolve and say, “Typical Andy Reid autogenous lineman.” Guess the Chiefs are demography addition year off from annoying about their abridgement of advanced receivers. Grade: C-
106. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Murray, Cornerback, Minnesota. A nickel bend and appropriate teams terror. The Chiefs accept roles for players like Murray in their secondary, which uses the dime amalgamation added than best teams. Acceptable player. Guess the Chiefs are absolutely demography addition year off from annoying about their abridgement of advanced receivers. Grade: C
107. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Moore, Advanced Receiver, Cincinnati. Moore is a big, blubbery receiver who wasn’t complete productive: His career aerial in receptions was 45 in 2013. He averaged 19.3 yards per accession in his career, but I am not abiding the big-play adequacy will access up with him. A Ravens-type receiver, admitting the Ravens accept not been all that abundant at developing receivers. He looks a tiny bit like Torrey Smith if you squint. Grade: C-
108. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Smith, Cornerback, North Carolina Central. Smith ran a 4.47 40 at the amalgamate and did able-bodied abundant in drills to advance his way into the abstract picture. He was a abeyance corner, playmaker and arresting acknowledgment man in the MEAC, a weaker appointment alike by FCS standards. A acceptable athlete/good mindset project. With Vernon Hargreaves as the brilliant of the abstract chic in the Bucs secondary, they can acquiesce to activity and be a little adorning now. Grade: B
109. New York Giants: B.J. Goodson, Alfresco Linebacker, Clemson. Goodson is a poor man’s Reggie Ragland. He’s stout amid the tackles, can command the aegis and can achieve plays aback the brawl gets into his breadth of control. But Goodson is apathetic in pursuit. Unlike Ragland, he isn’t able at diagnosing a comedy and application apprehension to get a jump on the brawl and affected his limitations in bottom speed.
Goodson will be of bound use on 3rd-and-long, but coaches will adulation his backbone and accomplishment and will accord him every adventitious to contribute. The Giants are aggravating to economize at linebacker afresh (though they appeared to be targeting Leonard Floyd in the aboriginal round); Goodson isn’t a complete player, but he’s not some abandoned from added teams’ convenance squads, either. Grade: B-
110. Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Higbee, Bound End, Western Kentucky. Oh look, the Rams fabricated addition pick! And on NFL Network, all of Jared Goff’s approaching receivers helped achieve the pick! Oh wait, those were the Minions from Despicable Me. Easy mistake.
Well, here’s a charge pick. Higbee was Brandon Doughty’s motion bound end on a Hilltoppers aggregation that threw for about 6 abundance yards aftermost year. Higbee angled 38 passes. He’s tall, well-built, quick-footed and catches the brawl well. It’s adamantine to acquaint breadth affiliated of antagonism ends and NFL abeyant starts aback a baby affairs gets its calmly on some Doughty-Higbee-level aptitude and starts arena pitch-and-catch. But this is a anemic bound end era, so why not abstract a big, fast kid who can t and see what happens? Grade: C
111. Detroit Lions: Miles Killebrew, Safety, Southern Utah. Killebrew is one of about 80 players in this abstract chic who draws comparisons to Deone Bucannon. Every big safety/small-quick linebacker is Bucannon the way every alpine cornerback is Richard Sherman and every short, white advanced receiver is Wes Welker.
Except that best aren’t. Killebrew draws babble reviews for his arbiter tackling, but aback I watched him adjoin Sam Houston State, Corey Avery accursed appropriate through Killebrew several times. Avery is a abundant aback for the Big Sky Conference, but he isn’t Todd Gurley. Killebrew is able-bodied and aggressive, but he maxes out as a appropriate teamer and bank defender, not a guy who changes the way coordinators band up the defense. Grade: C-
112. New England Patriots: Malcolm Mitchell, Advanced Receiver, Georgia. Mitchell wrote a children’s book titled The Magician’s Hat. He self-published the book with his own money. His website to advance the book (and added initiatives) contains no acknowledgment of the actuality Mitchell is a moderately acclaimed academy football star. There isn’t alike a bi-weekly or a Georgia “G.” That’s because the NCAA forbids academy players from application their football acclaim for self-promotion. Why, if the NCAA let Mitchell point out his cachet as an amateur to achieve his book added ambrosial to boys who could account from account a account about the adeptness of the imagination, the aing affair you know, academy athletes everywhere would be scrawling out children’s tales to get begrimed rich. The accomplished adored abstraction of “amateurism” the NCAA has auspiciously safeguarded for ancestors would be crushed!
Anyway, Mitchell now gets to be allotment of the chargeless market. Hooray! He’s a tall, high-effort receiver who had a able assuming at the Chief Bowl. Mitchell has abundant pass-catching abilities and will snatch the brawl abroad from a apostle in a bound area. He’s fast and active abundant to advance into a ascendancy receiver and has the assignment habits to stick on appropriate teams.
I like Mitchell but get the consequence that the Patriots aloof abstract receivers in mid-rounds so they can get baffled out for jobs by their selections in astern rounds. Grade: B
113. Chicago Bears: Nick Kwiatkoski, Linebacker, West Virginia. Kwiatkoski is a grinder at central linebacker who will apparently apply on a between-the-tackles role, while free-agent accession Danny Trevathan plays a added gangling advantage role. We’re accession at the point of the abstract breadth high-effort role players alpha to become absolutely appealing. Grade: B-
114. Cleveland Browns: Ricardo Louis, Advanced Receiver, Auburn. Amalgamate bedrock brilliant with abeyant big-play capability. There is a lot of big-play band to adulation if you attending accomplished lots of axiological errors. This is a acceptable “gamble” aces for a aggregation that already has Corey Coleman in its aback pocket. Grade: B
115. Atlanta Falcons: De’Vondre Campbell, Linebacker, Minnesota. A authentic pass-rusher blazon with abundant athleticism. Dan Quinn may see Campbell in a situational role. You can absolutely see the Falcons about-face their aegis into article smaller, quicker, beneath acceptable and added explosive. Grade: B
116. Indianapolis Colts: Hassan Ridgeway, Arresting Tackle, Texas. Finally, a Colts aces I absolutely like.
Ridgeway plays mostly at adenoids tackle, admitting he slid out to arresting end in some 3-4 fronts. He’s a amplitude hog and double-team-muncher with aloof abundant activity and block-shedding adeptness to get from one ancillary of the besom closet to the other. Ridgeway has battled acrimonious injuries for abundant of his career; he looked inconsistent and weary at times in 2015, but a accept abrasion bound him.
Ridgeway’s above linemate Malcom Brown was a astern first-round aces for the Patriots aftermost year. Ridgeway adeptness accept aing him if not for the injuries and the amazing abyss and affection of this accouterment class. Grade: A
117. Los Angeles Rams: Pharoh Cooper, Advanced Receiver, South Carolina. If there are two things I accept a weakness for, it’s a) age-old Egyptian actuality and b) Gamecocks aperture receivers. I adulation pyramids, hieroglyphics, cartouches, obelisks, chariots drowning in the Red Sea and such, and I was a huge fan of Ace Sanders (personal problems bedridden his NFL career) and Bruce Ellington (on the 49ers aftermost year, poor guy) aback they were the boxy little South Carolina aperture specialists.
So I am agreeable to adulation Pharoh Cooper, cool spelling and all. Except Cooper is not as quick as Ellington or as adamant as Sanders. He ran lots of screens, reverses, adeptness passes and quick hitches at South Carolina and approved an adeptness to sit in zones to t abbreviate passes and juke some defenders with the brawl in his hands. But he offered complete little aback he was added than 10 yards downfield. He’s like Tavon Austin, but a step-and-a-half too slow.
Cooper is able-bodied and has a tough-guy personality (he played arresting aback aboriginal in his career), so he could stick as an advantageous appropriate teamer who can achieve a little article as a acknowledgment man or fifth receiver. But if you attending at his receiving/rushing assembly and advanced you are accepting a Randall Cobb type, you are in denial.
Get it? The Nile? Hahahaha! I adulation a acceptable Egyptian joke. And I am actuality all weekend, folks! Grade: C-
118. New York Jets: Juston Burris, Cornerback, North Carolina State. Burris is tall, strong, acute and reliable, but he’s not a aqueous acceleration demon. He may be added of a nickel assurance than a authentic cornerback. A safe best at a position that absent Antonio Cromartie and is consistently one King Midas dream abroad from added Darrelle Revis issues. Grade: B-
119. Houston Texans: Tyler Ervin, Active Back, San Jose State. Ervin was fun to watch during Chief Bowl practices. He’s so baby that he looked like a little kid who chased his dog assimilate the field. But already the drills started, Ervin angled aggregate in sight, hit holes with ascendancy and took on defenders in pass-protection drills with aggregate he had and abandoned got splattered above their windshields occasionally.
Ervin alternate kickoffs at San Jose Accompaniment and will charge that versatility at the NFL level: He’s aloof too baby to stick as annihilation but a returner and situational runner. That’s all the Texans need, though. With all their new playmakers on offense, the Texans are activity to either win 12 amateur or get anybody fired. I am aptitude adjoin the former. Grade: B
120. New Orleans Saints: David Onyemata, Arresting Tackle, University of Manitoba. Accidental black Saints arresting carbon No. 2,043B: The Saints accustomed 129.8 hasty yards per d aftermost analysis (31st) in the NFL and 4.9 yards per hasty attempt. If any aggregation had to go analytic for aptitude in Canada, it was the Saints.
Onyemata was built-in in Nigeria and confused to Winnipeg as a teenager. He played football for the aboriginal time at any affiliated four years ago aback he absolved on at University of Manitoba. He’s now one of the best Canadian academy affairs in decades.
Onyemata is a accustomed 300-pounder with accomplished bottom acceleration and crabbed quickness. He excels in following and aback aition zone-stretch blazon runs. He’s a adversary who plays to the whistle. On the downside, Onyemata’s pass-rush abilities are raw, and he played at a affiliated about affiliated to Analysis II at the best, but with altered rules and strategies.
Onyemata has accessible upside but may charge a year as the seventh lineman or on the convenance squad. Grade: C
121. Minnesota Vikings: Willie Beavers, Abhorrent Tackle, Western Michigan. Beavers is one of abounding solid adorning accouterment affairs from abate programs in this year’s draft. He got through Michigan Accompaniment and Ohio Accompaniment aftermost year (lots of Shilique Calhoun and Joey Bosa) with abandoned one sack allowed. He’s athletic, advancing and a acceptable block finisher. Beavers can get baffled with technique, however, and will both acquiesce too abounding canyon pressures and ascendancy aback the activity gets rough. He’s a advantageous adorning pick. Grade: B
122. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Billings, Arresting Tackle, Baylor. With so abounding accomplished arresting accouterment affairs in this year’s abstract class, Bleacher Address proudly presents (probably for the aftermost time) Big Uglies: A 2016 Acreage Guide. Don’t try to acquaint one aberrant autogenous lineman from addition afterwards it! Actuality is Billings’ breakdown:
Billings was my top-rated amateur in this year’s arresting accouterment class. So yeah, I adulation this pick. Grade: A
123. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerald Hawkins, Abhorrent Tackle, LSU. Hawkins had an animal d adjoin Alabama in 2015: two sacks allowed, two added quarterback hits. Mistakes can snowball on Hawkins; he played able-bodied for best of the Alabama game, but afterwards giving up a sack on a stunt, he wasn’t the aforementioned player. (Hawkins additionally angled an actionable canyon already the Alabama d got out of duke and LSU players were basically active for their lives. In fairness, it was a accomplished catch.)
Hawkins’ address is all over the place. Sometimes he’s a waist-bender and lunger who can get rocked by bigger defenders. Added times, he sets appropriately and gets the best from his backbone and quickness. His advance auto and achievement acceptance is additionally inconsistent.
Hawkins is a high-upside aces because of his athleticism and flashes of potential. If that Alabama d is any indication, he could additionally be a weapon on tackle-eligible ambush plays at the ambition line. Grade: C
124. Chicago Bears: Deon Bush, Safety, Miami. Bush is a big hitter with a good-character acceptability who can accord on appropriate teams appropriate away. He’s best aback advancing the band of collapsed or dispatch up to achieve tackles underneath. In coverage, Bush is a little bit of a come-off guy with abecedarian able and acceptance skills; alike slower receivers will get accessible on him in man advantage because he does not advanced canyon patterns. Grade: C
125. Indianapolis Colts: Antonio Morrison, Linebacker, Florida. Morrison was arrested in 2013 for barking at a badge dog. Watching the video of the arrest will either affirm or bang all of your perceptions about how American association operates.
Morrison got arrested for punching a bouncer a ages earlier, so he doesn’t absolutely absorb all his chargeless time photocopying hymnals. He additionally has a continued and ambiguous abrasion history. But he’s one of the best advancing defenders in the nation, a big hitter with acceptable athleticism and instincts.
Without the arrests and injuries, Morrison would be a second- or third-round pick. Alike with the issues, he could still surprise. There’s added to Morrison’s d than aloof bark. (Sorry). Grade: B
126. Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Robinson, Advanced Receiver, Florida. Marcus Robinson’s nephew. Uncle Marcus had a huge year for the Bears in 1999 (84 catches for 1,400 yards), afresh ashore about for years as a big, reliable ascendancy receiver. Demarcus shows flashes of outstanding abeyant but has been abeyant four times by two apprenticeship staffs for bootless biologic tests and such. Extreme high-risk amateur who needs to crank the adeptness up at atomic one abounding level. The Chiefs agents has a acceptable acceptability with high-risk guys, and heaven knows the Chiefs charge a advanced receiver. Robinson could be a abduct if Andy Reid, Jeremy Maclin and others bulk him out. Grade: B
127. Chicago Bears: Deiondre’ Hall, Cornerback, Northern Iowa. Hall is 6’2″, and his accoutrements are so continued that he can apple-pie the balustrade gutters with both anxiety collapsed on the ground. His d is about length: Hall can t passes abroad from his anatomy (four career pick-sixes) or bat abroad a canyon that appears to be three yards above a human’s reach.
Hall’s bottom acceleration is ordinary, and his turn-and-run abilities are annihilation special. He’s competitive, but he takes poor angles aback advancing plays and ends up diving at a lot of ankles. Hall performed able-bodied abundant at the Chief Bowl to artifice NFL types. If annihilation else, he would be the ideal apostle adjoin Dez Bryant on red-zone achromatize routes. The aftermost few Bears selections accept acquainted a little underwhelming, but I like Hall’s upside, and I like the abstraction of assimilation drafting the aegis this year and about-face the roster. Grade: B
128. Arizona Cardinals: Evan Boehm, Center, Missouri. Best centers are the atomic impressive-looking guys on the abhorrent line. Boehm is a 310-pound catchbasin with biceps that attending like they were created by CGI. He’s additionally abiding and experienced, with 52 starts in four years, and he’s acceptable at both punching his apostle off the band and latching on afterwards cartoon a captivation penalty. On the downside, Boehm runs like a cleanup toy, and quicker arresting tackles are activity to abstract accomplished him at times. Boehm may fit best as a advancement center-guard, admitting authentic backbone and application could achieve him a appropriate autogenous starter. I don’t see A.Q. Shipley as accepting a stranglehold on the centermost position or Evan Mathis arena at a aerial affiliated above this year. Grade: B
129. Cleveland Browns: Derrick Kindred, Safety, TCU. Boxy little guided missile and appropriate teams intimidator. Affiliated absent a agglomeration of tackles in the accessible acreage and may be one of those Big 12 defenders bigger ill-fitted to arena wide-open artery brawl than starting in the NFL.
You accept apparently heard this elsewhere, but trading bottomward in the NFL abstract is an analytics principle. The abstraction is that the abstract is so accidental that you are bigger off aloof accepting added pulls on the aperture apparatus than continuing pat and demography your seven appointed pulls. I don’t advanced it’s an adage that’s 100 percent, universally authentic (anyone who believes in 100 percent universally authentic axioms doesn’t absolutely accept the abstraction abaft analytics), but you can see how it impacted Patriots abstract strategies in accomplished years, and how a aggregation like the Ravens uses a agnate abstraction aback accumulating compensatory picks.
Everything the Browns do amiss from now on will be abhorrent on analytics. (What they do appropriate will be accustomed to Hue Jackson.) Whatever your animosity about whether complete research, argumentation and anticipation can advice multimillion-dollar organizations succeed, you charge accept that a) the Browns bald so abounding bodies that the added picks, the merrier and b) alike an Atlantic City granny at the penny slots has had added luck than the Browns in contempo drafts. Grade: C
130. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Lewis, Abhorrent Tackle, Nebraska. Lewis is big, about able-bodied and becoming Bookish All-Big Ten ceremoniousness in 2014, so he is no dummy. He additionally has baggage: a fight amid his alteration out of Colorado, an online bluster adjoin Nebraska fans, acerb kiss-blowing to the army afterwards the bluster and addition loss. Lewis may be a little adolescent (ranting on the Internet is appealing abundant our civic pastime, afterwards all), may adore arena the WWE heel or may be Richie Incognito afterwards the top-tier strength. With Ronnie Stanley as the aboriginal accouterment in the adorning pipeline, Lewis will accept to prove himself. But the upside is there. Grade: C
131. Green Bay Packers: Blake Martinez, Linebacker, Stanford. Martinez is smart, gangling and productive, accepting registered 240 tackles and four interceptions in two seasons as a amateur for the Cardinal. He’s a Awning 2 blazon best ill-fitted to comedy abaft two blubbery slabs of arresting tackle, analyze the comedy and breeze to the ball. The Packers don’t comedy a Awning 2, of course, but they are attractive for central linebackers who excel in coverage. Martinez and third-round aces Kyler Fackrell are two altered types of central linebackers, which may be absolutely the point. Grade: B
132. Baltimore Ravens: Willie Henry, Arresting Tackle, Michigan. Merry Ozzie Newsome Christmas, everyone! The compensatory picks are in the stockings by the fire!
Henry’s bristles best plays per d assemblage up with annihilation on Sheldon Rankins’ or Robert Nkemdiche’s broil reel. Henry sometimes bursts from his stance, slides alluringly abroad from his associate on an central move or stunt, hustles with hasty activity to the ball-carrier or quarterback, and delivers a thud.
It’s Henry’s added 30-50 plays per d that are so frustrating. He about leaves the band of collapsed with his waist angled and his arch down; this is not what coaches alarm as “good football position.” Cut blocks were a connected antecedent of abruptness and frustration. If Henry jumped offsides one added time (or leapt assimilate the top of a accumulation like Jimmy Superfly Snuka off the top braiding again, like he did adjoin Michigan State), Jim Harbaugh adeptness accept concluded up in an asylum.
If you focus on what Henry does able-bodied and bulk you can get those bristles acceptable snaps as a circling amateur aboriginal in his career, Henry is a heck of a adorning project.
This is such an Ozzie Newsome aces that Ozzie charge accept been amusement aback he fabricated it: a major-upside amateur at a tough-to-fill position for the bulk of not advantageous a veteran. Grade: A-
133. San Francisco 49ers: Rashard Robinson, Cornerback, LSU. Robinson is a accomplished amateur with lots of bookish problems and a acknowledged one. He sat out the 2015 analysis due to a abuse of aggregation rules. Article tells me that Robinson is not the affectionate of kid who is activity to become besties with Chip Kelly. Grade: D
134. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Dixon, Active Back, Louisiana Tech. Dixon is my admired anticipation in this class. His activity and accepting abilities bound off the awning aback you watch his tape. He was one of the stars of Chief Bowl week. He comes above in interviews as a guy you would appoint as an intern. Dixon is about amid Gio Bernard and Warrick Dunn on the all-purpose-back scale.
Dixon’s bigger shortcoming may be that he is too dedicated. He fumbled 13 times in three seasons, about advancing for added yards instead of activity to the ground. Dixon additionally has a angular anatomy and will get banged up if he tries to lower his accept at the end of every run at the NFL affiliated the way he did at college.
Those are quibbles or calmly correctable flaws. Dixon is activity to be a heck of a lath aback for the Ravens. Don’t be afraid if he grows bound into a 15-20 abstract role. As usual, Ozzie Newsome is crushing the compensatory process. Grade: A
135. Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Mississippi State. Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Dak Prescott:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Prescott is the best quarterback in this abstract at account defenses, authoritative band calls, blockage bottomward to accessory receivers and added brainy aspects of the job. He runs adequately able-bodied and makes throws on the run, but the added time he spends in the abridged aggravating to advance authentic passes downfield, the added agitation Prescott gets into. Advanced of Prescott like a 30-year-old artisan who accustomed in the abstract instead of chargeless agency. His upside is limited, but he could get the Cowboys through a four-game emergency as a amateur and has the abeyant to be a able amateur on a aggregation that surrounds him with goodies.
Prescott and the Cowboys are a acceptable fit. The Cowboys get a advancement who can ascendancy bottomward the acropolis if Tony Romo’s accept disintegrates, and they are architecture an breach that can be run at a aerial affiliated by a agitative babysitter blazon if Prescott cannot advance into article more. Grade: A-
136. Denver Broncos: Devontae Booker, Active Back, Utah. Booker is a common runner. He is quick to the hole, has some curtailment adeptness and about takes every inch the aegis gives him. There is not a lot of lateral-motion nonsense in his game. Booker catches the brawl calmly and had a activating role in the Utes casual game. He can get apprenticed astern as a canyon protector, but he stays amid the apostle and the quarterback.
All that is missing from Booker’s d is size, afire acceleration and sizzle. He will sometimes jump-cut, circuit or breach tackles in the accessible field, but he lacks top-tier adeptness and explosion. Booker is additionally a 23-year-old JUCO transfer, so what you see is what you get athletically.
Booker is agnate to Charles Sims of the Buccaneers, who is putting calm a accomplished career as a change-up and third-down aback abaft Doug Martin. This is your basal rock-solid committee-back alternative during the compensatory lightning round. Grade: B
137. Green Bay Packers: Dean Lowry, Arresting End, Northwestern. A high-energy-system fit in the Packers’ 3-4 defense. May be a little reach-y here. Pick: C-
138. Cleveland Browns: Seth Devalve, Bound End, Princeton. A beefed-up Ivy League receiver projected as a bound end. This is a anemic bound end class, but there are bigger affairs at bound end in the Ivy League, let abandoned above the nation. Grade: D
139. Buffalo Bills: Cardale Jones, Quarterback, Ohio State. Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Cardale Jones:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Jones is a big, strong-armed, about adaptable quarterback with aloof a scattering of career starts and a abecedarian compassionate of the quarterback position. Afterwards demography the NCAA by storm astern in the 2014 season, Jones spent 2015 accepting yanked into and out of the starting calendar while arch one of the best accomplished teams in academy football history. Achieve Jones your aperture day starter, and you’ll get two or three amazing clutter plays, four or bristles turnovers and lots of scared-rabbit impersonations in the pocket.
This is a acceptable aces if Jones will be accustomed a abounding year to advance and will be amidst by coaches who will bear absorption and fundamentals instead of throwing him assimilate the acreage and assured him to be a playmaker. Oh wait, this is a Rex Ryan team. Grade: C-
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140. Tennessee Titans: Tajae Sharpe, Advanced Receiver, UMass. Sharpe is alpine and runs crisper routes than abounding bookish receivers. It’s appetizing to pencil him in as a mid-major abduct as a ascendancy receiver, but Sharpe has baby calmly and poor all-embracing pass-catching skills. He had a adventitious to achieve scouts abatement in adulation with him at the Chief Bowl but abandoned some passes and didn’t attending bland or ambiguous as a receiver. He maxes out as a agenda body. The Titans’ big abstract is absolutely activity like a letdown. Grade: D
141. Carolina Panthers: Zach Sanchez, Cornerback, Oklahoma. The Josh Norman bearings has gotten the Panthers a little like the guy who decides he does not charge sunblock at the beach, gets burned, afresh starts applying sunblock every 15 minutes, alike aback he is in a adumbral esplanade or a cine theater. Selecting a agglomeration of so-so cornerbacks may eventually breach the problem, guys, but they won’t alter the abundant one you charge appropriate now, so maybe you should attending to some added needs. Grade: C
142. San Francisco 49ers: Ronald Blair, Arresting End, Appalachian State. Here’s a actor of Blair’s d adjoin Clemson to accord you a faculty of his upside. Blair has continued accoutrements and a able rip move. He’s quick off the snap, can afford blocks and will accompany plays bottomward the band or afterwards the abridged collapses. Appalachian Accompaniment coaches lined him up all over the place, and Blair was able as an central pass-rusher. He could be a Pernell McPhee blazon of wild-card rusher in the NFL.
If you watch the cutup, bethink that it’s a highlight reel, not aloof film: Lots of accustomed snaps are edited out. Also, Blair did best of his accident aback Clemson led 31-0, so some of his best agitative plays arise with a atom of salt. Blair had an booze affair in his academy career, is too baby to band up central at the NFL affiliated unless it is 3rd-and-15 and doesn’t win off the bend adjoin the low-major antagonism he faced as about as a top anticipation should. Still, the upside is there. Grade: A-
143. Oakland Raiders: DeAndre Washington, Active Back, Texas Tech. Abbreviate but tough, able-bodied and versatile, Washington is as abundant of a sleeper as a active aback can be afterwards hasty for over 2,500 yards in two years at a above program. Washington has abundant calmly as a receiver and is an aggressive, able canyon protector. There’s annihilation adorned about his active ability, but he has the access and accomplishment to run amid the tackles, additional some curtailment ability. Washington could advance into a James Starks blazon who keeps award means to get circuitous in the breach admitting defective an ideal size-speed profile. Grade: B
144. Denver Broncos: Connor McGovern, Guard, Missouri. McGovern sounds like the guy at the gym who consistently leaves a huge bulk of weight on the bar as a affectionate of bashful humble-brag; you consistently get the aftermost laugh, however, as aloof removing all the weights constitutes your complete workout. McGovern benched 225 pounds 33 times at the combine. He holds the Mizzou broad almanac at 690 pounds, and fable has it that he already squatted 785 pounds. He already tore a pec aggravating to bank 515 pounds. Heck, I could breach a pec on the bank too. But McGovern played through the injury.
McGovern is Larry Allen in the weight allowance and looks like Allen on his broil reel, mauling defenders with a abundant antecedent bite and all-wheel drive already he latches on. In the attitude of all linemen whose aloof address begins with weightlifting stories, McGovern is annealed and gets into agitation aback ambidextrous with quicker defenders or annihilation that happens alfresco his two-step breadth of influence. McGovern is strong, accomplished and aloof able-bodied abundant to deserve a continued attending and could force his way into a starting job. He’s a awe-inspiring fit for the Broncos, but there is a ton to like. Grade: B
145. San Francisco 49ers: John Theus, Abhorrent Tackle, Georgia. Theus is a low-risk, low-ceiling selection. He was a four-year amateur at Georgia and a aggregation captain. He doesn’t achieve audacious mistakes and finishes his blocks well. But Theus can be baffled to the bend on both run and canyon plays, and he lacks a abundant bite or a adeptness game. He projects as a steady, reliable three-position sub, admitting the ‘Niners may charge him to alpha somewhere. Grade: C
146. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Judon, Arresting End, Grand Valley State. Judon led the nation in sacks (all levels) with 20.5 aftermost year. He afresh blew up the amalgamate with a 4.73-second 40 and a 35-inch vertical bound at 275 pounds. It would be nice to accept apparent him play, but I abandoned accept broil reels from Grand Valley Accompaniment (no cutups, let abandoned coaches’ tape), and Judon absent the postseason all-star amateur with an bearding accessory injury.
Judon reportedly has abecedarian pass-rush moves and no complete duke technique, which is archetypal for a Analysis II pass-rusher. Accumulate in apperception that not all “low levels” are created equal. Carson Wentz’s North Dakota Accompaniment would be advancing in a mid-major appointment like the Abundance West. Grand Valley Accompaniment faces opponents like Ohio Dominican anniversary year. Judon faces an acclivous NFL battle, but the conditioning numbers and sack totals achieve him account a continued look. And the Ravens can agreement a little with their 8,000 late-round picks. Grade: C
147. Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Jefferson, Arresting Tackle, Maryland. Small, quick, technically complete central apostle with some accomplished abrasion issues. Phew, it’s a acceptable affair the abhorrent band is 100 percent acclimatized so the Seahawks can focus on abyss picks on defense, right? Grade: D
148. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Caleb Benenoch, Abhorrent Tackle, UCLA. Benenoch’s mother, a abbot from Nigeria, anticipation she was signing Benenoch up for soccer aback he was nine years old. Because, you know, best of the apple calls soccer “football.” But Benenoch’s ancestors was in Texas, breadth they alarm soccer “You charge be one of them East Coast bookish types. Put this helmet on and don’t ask questions.”
Benenoch grew to be 6’5″ and 305 pounds (at the combine, anyway. He apparently played at about 280 pounds), so football was the appropriate activity for him. UCLA’s breach was the appropriate arrangement for him, too. Benenoch is quick and athletic, but he is angular for an abhorrent lineman. He comes to the NFL with the accepted uptempo spread-option caveats: two-point stances, quick sets, etc.
Benenoch showed abundant adeptness to sustain blocks and alter pass-rushers on additional moves in academy to be a solid NFL starter. Donovan Smith and Gosder Cherilus are far from abundant shakes, but they can ascendancy bottomward the acropolis until Benenoch develops. Grade: A-
149. New York Giants: Paul Perkins, Active Back, UCLA. Perkins rushed for 2,918 yards in his final two seasons at UCLA. He’s one of those super-productive academy rushers who has lots of B or B-plus traits, but no A-pluses to adhere his hat on. Perkins has acceptable eyes and abundant start-stop and quick-cut moves to achieve some defenders miss. He’s a appropriate finisher with some open-field speed. He can t aperture passes and throws his anatomy about as a blocker. But Perkins is not huge, powerful, blazingly fast or abundantly artistic or ambiguous in the accessible field. The added you watch him, the added you see abbreviate receptions on 3rd-and-long and plays breadth Perkins fails to outrun linebackers to the edge.
Perkins could become an able basal active aback in the NFL, but the cheers of abyss archive and acme of convenance squads are abounding of backs who aloof don’t activity abundant to arete added than the casual touch. Perkins looks added like these backs than like a approaching 1,000-yard rusher, and he enters a awash Giants backfield situation. Grade: C
150. Chicago Bears: Jordan Howard, Active Back, Indiana. Howard aing the Indiana aggregation as a refugee from the UAB program, which briefly bankrupt in 2014, and accepted a aces advancement for Tevin Coleman, hasty for 1,213 yards. He showed that the jump from a complete acceptable mid-major affairs to a bad above one isn’t all that great. Sorry, Indiana football fans!
There is annihilation adorned about Howard’s hasty style. He’s a big aback who squares his shoulders, gets up to acceleration bound and barrels to the hole. He can accomplish yards afterwards contact. Howard’s accepting associate is bound to some screens and blaze passes, but he can t and is a amount aback active to the accessible acreage with a arch of steam.
Howard absent four amateur with knee and abate injuries aftermost year. Aback a 230-pound able-bodied with little crabbed activity starts arresting lower-body injuries, you accept to anguish about his activity as annihilation added than a circling aback in the NFL. But as a thumper amid the tackles, Howard may be added able than Derrick Henry of Alabama, who is bigger and added abounding but beneath acceptable to bear a abstract in the aperture and accomplishment a run with power.
Look for a Howard-Jeremy Langford army in the Bears backfield. For a aggregation that was authoritative runs at C.J. Anderson and acutely capital a active aback advancement afterwards Matt Forte’s departure, this is an accomplished amount pick. Grade: A
151. Detroit Lions: Joe Dahl, Guard, Washington State. Dahl played larboard accouterment in the Mike Leach Air Raid but won’t cut it there in the NFL: He’s abbreviate and ablaze for an NFL larboard tackle, and he’s a little bulky athletically. Dahl can be an accomplished canyon protector at guard, however, because he sets well, maintains advantage and finds a way to get the job done if he loses the first-step battle. Dahl would accept been an A-plus alternative if the Seahawks took him. Grade: B
152. Washington Redskins: Matthew Ioannidis, Arresting Tackle, Temple. Ioannidis is a big, able ornery defender. He has some pass-rush technique, including a abundant rip with his hands, but his affirmation to acclaim is active gaps and cutting bottomward blockers. There’s no beam here, but the Redskins band coaches will adulation Ioannidis and circle him amid the accouterment spots as a brawler and agitator. Grade: A-
153. Philadelphia Eagles: Wendell Smallwood, Active Back, West Virginia. Smallwood is a fun-to-watch advantageous aback who lined up all over the acreage and acclimated every on on the d controller. He’s a slasher with abundant activity in amplitude and a array of jump-cut and start-stop moves. Smallwood has a angular anatomy and runs cocked at times. He can be balked if there is no accessible aperture to access through. Smallwood additionally had a alarming accusation in his past. He was accused of alarming a annihilation witness. That was abandoned aback the doubtable (a Smallwood acquaintance) pleaded guilty. So there is a lot to adulation and a lot to abhorrence here. He’ll get a adventitious to stick as a lath aback and playmaker. Grade: C
154. Cleveland Browns: Jordan Payton, Advanced Receiver, UCLA. Payton angled 145 passes for 2,059 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Bruins over the aftermost two seasons. But he may be little added than agenda fodder in the NFL. Payton’s measurables aren’t spectacular, and the band shows a guy communicable a lot of beneath passes in a high-octane breach from some appealing acceptable quarterbacks. Payton lacks the access to be a big-play anticipation off the bank and lacks the admeasurement and versatility to allure the appropriate teams coaches. It’s a bind that could accumulate him off best rosters; alike the Browns are starting to assemblage up on receivers in this abstract to the point that Payton cannot apprehend a scholarship year. Grade: C
155. Indianapolis Colts: Joe Haeg, Abhorrent Tackle, North Dakota State. Haeg was Carson Wentz’s bang protector in 2014 and 2015. He’s tall, quick and motivated, and he accepted at the Chief Bowl that he could handle top antagonism (though he suffered a accessory abrasion astern in the week.) The access up from North Dakota Accompaniment to the NFL is abrupt but not precipitous; Haeg faced antagonism in a boxy FCS appointment and playoff tournaments over the years no altered from what a Abundance West, AAC or MAC lineman faces on the archetypal Saturday. Haeg is angular and a little unrefined, but he has the abeyant to become a starting NFL larboard tackle. Don’t be afraid if he gets on the acreage beforehand and proves added able than aboriginal aces Le’Raven Clark. Grade: A
156. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Williams, Active Back, Arkansas. Boy, the active aback run is on! This is like the aboriginal 30 account of a fantasy abstract (after the two hours of arguing about abstract adjustment and rules, of course).
Williams absent his chief analysis at Arkansas with a bottom injury, was bound to ablaze duties during Chief Bowl anniversary and could not run for scouts until his March pro day, aback he produced solid but unspectacular results. Flashy 40 times aren’t what Williams is about, anyway. He’s a between-the-tackles abettor with an accomplished admixture of burst, short-area activity and vision. He makes quick, economical cuts, finishes his runs with ascendancy and can t and block able-bodied abundant to breach on the acreage in any situation.
Williams has DeMarco Murray upside and some DeMarco Murray traits. He fumbled three times in 2014 (teammate Alex Collins additionally had a averseness problem; Arkansas amateur could be arresting to watch) and can get a little too dainty about his active lanes. Assuming he tightens his brawl aegis and is absolutely recovered from the bottom injury, Williams is a solid lath aback at the complete least.
Williams is a appropriate prospect, but you may accept noticed that Rex Ryan makes me a little afraid whenever he thinks alfresco the box, mainly because that’s the abandoned abode he anytime thinks. Grade: B
157. Tennessee Titans: LeShaun Sims, Cornerback, Southern Utah. Sims is a size-speed-competitiveness anticipation who afflicted assemblage at the Shrine Game. This is aloof a admonition to all approaching NFL prospects, abnormally small-school guys, to analysis your mailboxes for those postseason all-star invitations and to do aggregate accessible to arise them. You can do added in three canicule of one-on-one drills to addition your banal than you did in four years of alive competition. You never apperceive what some aggregation with a bulk of abstract picks and no abstraction what to do with them adeptness bung into their arcade cart. It could be you. Grade: C
158. New York Jets: Brandon Shell, Abhorrent Tackle, South Carolina. This is archetypal Jets abhorrent band advance strategy. The Jets haven’t drafted a lineman in the aboriginal two circuit aback 2010 but like to booty a flyer on an Oday Aboushi or Jarvis Harrison (or Shell) in the fifth round. That’s why aback a adept such as D’Brickashaw Ferguson retires, they accept to blitz out and assurance Ryan Clady. Shell is Art Shell’s nephew, which counts for…not much. Grade: C-
159. Houston Texans: K.J. Dillon, Safety, West Virginia. Dillon is a tall, rangy, advancing apostle who played a lot of nickel and aperture cornerback for the Mountaineers; “safety” is sometimes an honorary appellation in the spread-happy Big 12. Dillon is accomplished but inconsistent; aloof letters on him alter based on whether experts focused on his best amateur (he was all over the acreage adjoin Kansas State) or his affliction (he looked like he capital to achieve SportsCenter on every comedy and kept missing tackles adjoin Liberty). Dillon appears acting at the breeze but closes bound already he diagnoses. He’s a adorning apostle with abundant advantage adeptness and animality to be productive. Grade: B
160. Minnesota Vikings: Kentrell Brothers, Alfresco Linebacker, Missouri. Brothers is an odd-looking athlete. He’s a little wobblier than your boilerplate non-lineman. He runs with a hardly odd gait, like he is cutting corduroy pants. These may not be authentic aloof observations, but Brothers aloof doesn’t attending and move like the added top linebacker prospects.
Then the brawl is snapped. Brothers zooms all over the field. He’s faster than would accept accessible for a guy with inclement strides and can be abrupt aback authoritative a quick move to abstract or baffle a blocker. Brothers’ instincts are top cleft and he pursues well, reacting bound and demography acute angles. He’s abundant on screens because he reads both the comedy and the blocking and can achieve the aboriginal associate miss. Admitting abbreviate arms, Brothers has blocked three career kicks. He’s that affectionate of ballplayer.
The aing allegory I could advanced of to Brothers was Levon Kirkland, who didn’t attending like a superhero in a T-shirt but became an outstanding playmaker for the Steelers in the astern 1990s and aboriginal 2000s. He’s a abundant aces in this spot. Grade: A
161. Cincinnati Bengals: Christian Westerman, Guard, Arizona State. Westerman bench-pressed 225 pounds 34 times at the combine; he’s a acclaimed weight allowance champion. He’s additionally quick and boxy on the autogenous line, able to admit blitzes, accelerate alongside and balk his opponent. Westerman is a little short, short-armed and angular for an NFL guard. Admitting his quickness, he’s not that able on screens or second-level blocks. Your basal abyss lineman for a authorization with few needs. Grade: B
162. Kansas City Chiefs: Kevin Hogan, Quarterback, Stanford.
Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Kevin Hogan:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Hogan is a big guy with some advancement and a abundant compassionate of the game. But his accurateness wavers on alike accepted throws, he has poor arm backbone and his commitment is continued and loopy. Hogan can apparently transform himself into a Hoyer or Matt Flynn with adamantine assignment and accomplished coaching, but that’s the complete ceiling. The floor, admitting Hogan’s intelligence, appearance and academy success, is a guy who looks like he doesn’t accord in the fourth analysis of a preseason game.
Andy Reid brand these guys, accepting alleged Kafka and A.J. Feeley and accomplished for Kevin Kolb in the additional annular years ago. The fifth annular is aloof too aboriginal to get a poor man’s Hunt Daniel. Grade: D-
163. Green Bay Packers: Trevor Davis, Advanced Receiver, California. Fast, angular acknowledgment man and abysmal threat, Davis alternate two bliss for touchdowns in 2014. With a lot of work, he could be a advantageous aals receiver. Grade: C
164. Philadelphia Eagles: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Abhorrent Tackle, TCU. The abiding Eagles band plan: move Lane Johnson to larboard accouterment aback Jason Peters retires, admit this huge appropriate accouterment anticipation in Johnson’s place. As continued as he is on the bench, I don’t accept to anguish about accounting his name again. Grade: C
165. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill, Active Back-Receiver, West Alabama. Small-school clue brilliant and acknowledgment man. Pleaded accusable in 2015 to punching and asthmatic his girlfriend. There are still major-program speedsters for this role all over the lath with no calm advance records. Shouldn’t accept been drafted. Grade: F
166. Houston Texans: D.J. Reader, Arresting Tackle, Clemson. The abandoned amateur abaft Vince Wilfork on the Texans adenoids accouterment abyss blueprint appropriate now is a above sixth-round aces alleged Christian Covington. I think. Let’s face it: It’s absolutely absurd to see annihilation that’s abaft Vince Wilfork. Grade: B
167. Arizona Cardinals: Marqui Christian, Safety, Midwestern State: Small-school boxy guy with abundant conditioning after-effects and (by all accounts) a appropriate teams temperament. We above a beginning in the aftermost few picks into “deep draftnik dive” territory, so attending out. Grade: C
168. Cleveland Browns: Spencer Drango, Guard, Baylor. Thick, chapped All-American lineman. The Browns accept John Greco and Alvin Bailey at appropriate bouncer appropriate now. Appearance me a Rams and a Seahawks abandoned on the abhorrent line, and I’ll appearance you a starting job a fifth-rounder could win. Grade: B
169. Detroit Lions: Antwione Williams, Linebacker, Georgia Southern. Williams was a advantageous playmaker at the low mid-major level. He has NFL size, acceptable ambit and abundant instincts and ambit to do a little of aggregate at linebacker. A three-position sub, at least. Grade: B
170. Arizona Cardinals: Cole Toner, Tackle, Harvard. Toner joins Joe Haeg of North Dakota Accompaniment and Willie Beavers of Western Michigan as this year’s small-program, high-upside adorning tackles. Toner faces the steepest NFL jump of the bunch. He looked angry and adequately able-bodied at the Chief Bowl. Grade: B
171. Seattle Seahawks: Alex Collins, Active Back, Arkansas. Collins is basically addition Knile Davis: a able-bodied decline abettor with some appropriate qualities and the ball-security abilities of a third-grader acquirements to juggle. Collins fumbled 17 times in college, admitting administration the workload with Jonathan Williams for abundant of his career. On the cast side, Collins rushed for over 1,000 yards three beeline seasons admitting administration the amount with Williams for two of them.
Collins is like a barter on a abrupt abundance brand aback active amid the tackles from the I-formation. Aback active outside, he squares his amateur a the amusement and takes what he can get. Like Davis, he can comedy a role in a lath if not asked to do abundant in the casual game, and he could arise as a alarming bang returner admitting bound experience. He could additionally get alert to the bank afterwards one too abounding fumbles.
The Seahawks accept drafted as abounding active backs as abhorrent linemen. I am done abode on it. Grade: D
172. Cleveland Browns: Rashard Higgins, Advanced Receiver, Colorado State. Higgins got the appellation “Hollywood” in adolescence football. He accomplished a receiver advancing above the average and his drillmaster started calling him Hollywood.
Um, Coach: What does a bone-crunching hit accept to do with Hollywood? Shouldn’t that name be acclimated for addition who array a 99-yard touchdown and dances above the end zone? What about Hacksaw Higgins or Hitman Higgins?
Then again, maybe that adolescence football drillmaster 15 years ago did the appropriate affair in not applying an ultra-violent appellation to a third-grader.
Despite the nickname, Higgins is a quiet guy who gets aerial marks for intangibles. He’s abundant at acquisitive up bad assurance (he handled the change from Garrett Grayson to Nick Stevens and Coleman Key well) and does a abundant job award bendable spots in coverage. Higgins was allotment of the Amalgamate Disappointing 40 Relay Team, active a 4.64-second sprint, and he is abundant bigger at gliding abroad from breadth advantage than authoritative bound cuts to baffle absolute defenders.
Higgins reminds me of Brian Quick of the Rams: soft-spoken, hard-working, complete able-bodied but raw as blush hamburger by the standards of an NFL receiver. Like Quick, he could end up as a role player, but there’s a adventitious for a little Hollywood as well.
This is why the Browns traded bottomward for a bulk picks. Higgins may arise as bigger than Jordan Payton, but the antagonism will advice them both. Grade: A-
173. Cleveland Browns: Trey Caldwell, Cornerback, Louisiana-Monroe. The Browns additionally traded bottomward for a bulk picks so they could abstract tiny arresting backs who the experts. Grade: C-
174. San Francisco 49ers: Fahn Cooper, Abhorrent Tackle, Ole Miss. The 49ers arise to be opting for safe, low-downside players to ample out their abhorrent line. Can you accusation them?
Cooper started his academy career at Bowling Green but capital to comedy for a above program. He transferred to Academy of DuPage to go the JUCO route, alluring Ole Absence in the process. He advised entering aftermost year’s abstract but anticipation he was arena too abundant to affect the NFL. So Cooper slimmed bottomward and anguish up at larboard accouterment for the Rebels during Laremy Tunsil’s suspension. Cooper is a determined, high-effort-and-character amateur who lacks starting-caliber adeptness or agility. It’s the archetypal contour for a advancement guard-tackle at the NFL affiliated (see Avery Young and John Theus).
If you are wondering, Academy of DuPage is amid in Illinois, and its sports teams are the Chaparrals, which sounds like a 1960s babe accumulation but is absolutely some affectionate of bird. These Day 3 lineman aloof letters can get a little monotonous, folks. Grade: B-
175. San Diego Chargers: Jatavis Brown, Linebacker, Akron. Brown is tiny alike by the standards of this year’s tiny linebackers: 5’11” and 227 pounds. He broiled a bounded amalgamate with a 4.47 40 and stands out on tape, cutting gaps as a pass-rusher and aerial to the brawl in the accessible field. Brown may be the best apostle to arise out of the Zips affairs aback Jason Taylor, but not every pint-sized linebacker is destined to be addition Cardinals supertool, abnormally on a aegis not accepted for its creativity. Brown fits best as a appropriate teams terror. Grade: C
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176. Denver Broncos: Andy Janovich, Fullback, Nebraska. Peyton Manning is gone, so Gary Kubiak gets to accept fullbacks again. Janovich is a abundant choice: He can run a little and comedy appropriate teams like a mad man, authoritative him advantageous alike aback he is not lead-blocking. Grade: B
177. Los Angeles Rams: Temarrick Hemingway, Bound End, South Carolina State. Hemingway was a spread-option aperture bound end at a baby program. He’s continued and angular with bendable hands. He possesses appealing acceptable anatomy ascendancy and got accessible in academy with quick, open-field agitate moves. That said, he was accepting accessible adjoin FCS competition; those little adjustments apparently won’t affect NFL defenders. Hemingway’s amalgamate after-effects were impressive. His acceptability as a associate is abundant beneath impressive.
I adulation how the Rams are like: “Oh, you advanced we can’t beleaguer Goff with weapons? Attending at all these awe-inspiring Day 3 aboveboard pegs we got for him!” Hey, yeah, awesome. You guys looked at your accessory lately? Grade: C
178. Kansas City Chiefs: D.J. White, Cornerback, Georgia Tech. Quick, accomplished apostle with aerial character. The Chiefs are loading up on this affectionate of amateur in this draft. Grade: C
179. San Diego Chargers: Drew Kaser, Punter, Texas A&M. Kaser bankrupt several of Shane Lechler’s punting annal for the Aggies. He has a big leg and several clubs in his bag, admitting his bomb attempt central the 20 is inconsistent. Mike Scifres is 35 years old, and in the sixth round, it’s OK to booty a continued attending at a punter who bears a affinity to Lechler. Grade: B
180. Minnesota Vikings: Moritz Boehringer, Advanced Receiver, Germany. Boehringer is this year’s white albatross of the draft, a 6’4″, 227-pound case from the German Football League who captivated his own pro day and acquaint conditioning numbers that would get a power-conference receiver drafted in the aboriginal round.
Highlight reels from Germany appearance a man who appears to be the admeasurement of Rob Gronkowski active about on a Pop Warner acreage with average schoolers diving at his feet. So conceivably we charge to get a faculty of the German Football League antagonism level.
Boehringer did not advance his Schwabisch Hall Unicorns in accepting aftermost season. Boehringer angled 59 passes for 1,234 yards and 13 touchdowns while assistant Patrick Donahue angled 75 for 1,353 yards and 17 TDs.
Donahue is 5’11”, 185 pounds and played NCAA football at Southern Oregon, an NAIA program. Donahue was a abundant amateur at the NAIA level—he angled 103 passes in 2012 and was on the NFL aloof radar—but the actuality an NAIA amateur put up Randy Moss numbers should accord you a faculty of the German Football League antagonism level.
Boehringer was a No. 2 receiver at that level. His adventure will be fun to watch, but you may not appetite to acquirement a jersey aloof yet. Grade: C
181. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyrone Holmes, Linebacker, Montana. Adorning pass-rusher. The Jaguars are 5-of-5 on drafting arresting players. One attending at Jaguars d band will acquaint you why. Grade: C
182. Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Reynolds, Active Back, Navy. You accept apparently heard of Reynolds: Navy’s advantage quarterback, accomplished fifth in the Heisman voting, bankrupt all the Analysis I quarterback hasty annal with 4,559 yards and 88 touchdowns.
Reynolds has the achievement and crabbed activity to be an able active back, and he’s congenital effectively abundant to jam his adenoids into the accumulation for an added yard. It’s adamantine to activity an under-center advantage quarterback who adapted active aback (the blocks, keys and reads are absolutely different, as are the antecedent accomplish afterwards the snap), but Reynolds got acceptable reviews at the Shrine Game.
Reynolds fumbled 32 times at Navy, but bethink that a triple-option quarterback is activity to lix a lot because of all of the pitches and exchanges he executes.
If Reynolds develops as a receiver, he could be a heck of a changeup back, admitting Kenneth Dixon may block his way to arena time. In any case, he will be a fun-to-watch-and-root-for experiment. Grade: B
183. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devante Bond, Linebacker, Oklahoma. Strong-side linebacker type. Strictly adorning appropriate now. Grade: C
184. New York Giants: Jerell Adams, Bound End, South Carolina. Adams looks like a big-play bound end, and he acquaint some accomplished amalgamate conditioning numbers. He was ashore in a Gamecocks breach that took the fun out of Fun ‘n’ Gun, breadth he spent a lot of time extensive for overthrows from a first-year academy quarterback. So his accepting assembly wasn’t great.
Adams blocks appealing able-bodied for a angular guy, so there is a lot to like. But Adams is still a half-step slower than a authentic seam-stretcher, aeroemism at the waist aback run blocking and didn’t authenticate abundant as a route-runner or exploiter of breadth advantage in college. Grade: B
185. Chicago Bears: DeAndre Houston-Carson, Safety, William & Mary. DHC did aggregate a small-school anticipation can do to rocket up abstract boards in the offseason. He performed able-bodied at the Chief Bowl. He ran a 4.54 40 at the combine.
DHC played cornerback aboriginal in his academy career but confused to assurance aftermost season. The cornerback band isn’t NFL ready, and the assurance band shows a accomplished assignment in advance adjoin aerial FCS-level competition. So a anniversary of solid practices in Mobile, Alabama, and acceptable conditioning after-effects were important. DHC accepted he was able-bodied and advancing abundant for the NFL. No one questions his intelligence or assignment habits.
DHC blocked nine bliss in academy and should be an immediate-impact appropriate teamer. He’s apparently a year abroad from starting but should advance into a solid player. He has added versatility and upside than Deon Bush, whom the Bears drafted beforehand Saturday. Grade: B
186. Miami Dolphins: Jakeem Grant, Advanced Receiver, Texas Tech. As anon as you see that a 5’6″ receiver got drafted, you can address the blow of the aloof address yourself. Yes, Grant is fast and blessedly quick aback authoritative open-field cuts. Yes, he’s a activating acknowledgment man. Yes, he is an “in-space” player; the Red Raiders admired to motion him into the backfield for end-arounds and misdirection plays.
And yes, Grant is the aforementioned acme and weight as my seventh-grade son. The wide-open Big 12 is a continued way from the NFL for a tiny jitterbug. I saw so abundant adorable Grant band that I appetite to pencil him in as the aing Jermaine Lewis, the acknowledgment man who had such a huge appulse for the Super Bowl Ravens of 2000. But Lewis was an inch taller and about 15 beef pounds thicker. Grade: B
187. Washington Redskins: Nate Sudfeld, Quarterback, Indiana. Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Nate Sudfeld:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Sudfeld is a big, able guy with a acceptable arm who ran an uptempo advance breach for Indiana amid injuries. He’s account blame the tires on because of his measurables and associate at a high-competition level. That’s about it. This is aloof an archetype of the “always be developing a quarterback” theory. Grade: C
188. Minnesota Vikings: David Morgan, Bound End, UTSA. Morgan was accepting an absorbing anniversary of practices for the Shrine Bold afore tweaking his MCL; he alternate to participate in the combine. Best small-school bound end affairs are King Kong athletes for their affiliated of antagonism who win by aloof actuality bigger and faster than anybody else, but Morgan is added of a acceptable bound end with blocking chops who aloof happened to end up in a baby pond.
He fits as a additional bound end, admitting he has some able-bodied upside. It feels like I’ve typed that book about seven added bound ends already. Also, the Vikings consistently accept a dozen bound ends on their roster, so this feels like overkill. Grade: C-
189. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Brown, Cornerback, Purdue. Cowboys cornerbacks accept intercepted aloof six passes in the aftermost two seasons. That’s one of the best abominable statistics I accept slung at you over the accomplished three days. Brown is their aboriginal alternative in the secondary. He’s a gamble-and-guess guy with abundant conditioning numbers. The Cowboys bald added advice earlier. Grade: C
190. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Forrest, Linebacker, Kentucky. The Rams aloof noticed that Bryce Hager is at the top of their abyss blueprint at average linebacker. Forrest is a low-range, gap-shooting thumper who can accomplish in this arrangement abaft this arresting line. Grade: B
191. Detroit Lions: Jake Rudock, Quarterback, Michigan. Congratulations, Lions, on selecting a quarterback with such a low aloof brand that I didn’t achieve one of those cool “Deadly Authentic Prediction” archive for him. Rudock bigger beneath Jim Harbaugh’s guidance, but I see a guy with so-so measurables and the upside of a low-level backup. Aloof because you abstract a Michigan quarterback in the sixth annular doesn’t beggarly you drafted…no, it’s not alike account mentioning. Grade: D
192. Buffalo Bills: Kolby Listenbee, Advanced Receiver, TCU. The botheration with Listenbee’s d band is that Josh Doctson keeps upstaging him. Listenbee runs fly and abbreviate accident routes while Doctson makes t afterwards catch. Then, aback all of the safeties are congregating on Doctson’s ancillary of the field, Listenbee puts a bifold move on some poor cornerback and catches a bomb or two.
Listenbee is fast and has abundant anatomy ascendancy for over-the-shoulder catches. But he’s thin, not too alpine (6’0″, 197 lbs) and his avenue timberline doesn’t branch. He could comedy the Percy Harvin role as anon as Percy Harvin admits that he’s not activity to comedy the Percy Harvin role anymore. Grade: A-
193. Tennessee Titans: Sebastian Tretola, Guard, Arkansas. Tretola played for Nevada at the alpha of his career. “Played for” is the able term, not “attended,” as Tretola didn’t bother assuming up for chic and flunked out of school. He reemerged added committed and (slightly) lighter in Arkansas, breadth he became a pile-driving associate in one of the best run-heavy offenses larboard in the avant-garde football world.
Tretola is apparently best remembered for throwing a touchdown canyon on a affected acreage ambition adjoin Alabama-Birmingham. Here’s a articulation to not aloof the play, but an all-embracing adventure about how it came to be. (Tretola absolutely had options and reads on the fake. He may be added NFL-ready than some quarterbacks who accept already been drafted.)
Tretola can stick as a starting bouncer if he continues to absolute the Waffle House alley trips. I like this pick. If the Titans are activity to try to abuse the NFL off-tackle with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, Tretola is a acceptable advance associate for the attack. Grade: B
194. Oakland Raiders: Cory James, Linebacker, Colorado State. Baby linebacker. Four-year starter. Did it all at Colorado Accompaniment and could flash as a situational pass-rusher. Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton apparently saw a affiliated spirit and will bulk out what to do with James later. Grade: C
195. Atlanta Falcons: Wes Schweitzer, Guard, San Jose State. There’s little abyss abaft Andy Levitre and Chris Chester. Grade: B.
196. Philadelphia Eagles: Blake Countess, Cornerback, Auburn. No affiliation to Biff Duchess or Blane Contessa. Countess is a tiny apostle with some appealing solid Pro Football Focus charting numbers: aloof a 53 percent achievement bulk allowed, admitting with a lot of absent tackles. Grade: C
197. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dan Vitale, Fullback, Northwestern. Vitale was a “superback” at Northwestern. A superback is an H-back with aberrant self-esteem.
Vitale lined up everywhere from fullback to the slot, but he’ll be an H-back and situational fullback in the NFL. He’s quick in abbreviate bursts for a 239-pounder and has abundant calmly and pass-catching skills. Vitale is able as a cut-blocker as a bound end on zone-stretch runs, but if you put him at fullback and apprehend him to adduce linebackers on iso handoffs you’ll be disappointed.
Vitale’s versatility and some accomplished amalgamate workouts got him into the sixth round. Attending and you can see a Delanie Walker-like contributor, but Vitale added acceptable maxes out as a amount appropriate teamer and added bound end. That won’t stop the Mike Alstott comparisons. Annihilation will. Grade: B
198. San Diego Chargers: Derek Watt, Fullback, Wisconsin. J.J. Watt’s brother. A absolutely poor man’s Glenn Gronkowski. A ashen pick. I brainstorm the Chargers putting Watt’s locker aing to Joey Bosa’s and exclaiming “This is your brother now.” Grade: D
199. Cincinnati Bengals: Cody Core, Advanced Receiver, Ole Miss. A 6’3″ complementary/possession receiver for a aggregation that needs abyss at the position. We accept accomplished the allotment of the abstract breadth amateur names alpha to complete like video-game-character names. Grade: C
200. Green Bay Packers: Kyle Murphy, Abhorrent Tackle, Stanford. Murphy is your standard-issue Stanford lineman. He’s bright, analytic quick and able on pull-and-trap blocks. His address is OK, but best defenders will either overpower or blooper accomplished him. Murphy can accomplish in a zone-stretch arrangement as a bouncer or appropriate accouterment or in an breach abounding of pull-and-trap concepts.
But he may max out as a multiposition sub like Cameron Fleming, the above Cardinal lineman the Patriots accumulate inserting all over the band with bordering success. He’s a acceptable amount in this slot, and as mentioned earlier, every Packers lineman drafted decreases the likelihood of approaching Don Barclay misadventures. Grade: B
201. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brandon Allen, Quarterback, Arkansas. Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Brandon Allen:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Allen is kinda-sorta OK at aggregate and played in a pro-style offense. He can arise into affected and compete, admitting it’s adamantine to see upside above “adequate backup.” Allen additionally has tiny 8 ½-inch hands. Scoff about duke admeasurement if you like, but Allen’s calmly are a acceptable indicator of how aing he is to the NFL binding in best categories. Grade: C
202. Detroit Lions: Anthony Zettel, Arresting Tackle, Penn State. Small, high-energy 3-tech tackle. Adorning backup. A’Shawn Robinson is the guy to be aflame about. Grade: C
203. Kansas City Chiefs: Dadi Nicolas, Pass-Rusher, Virginia Tech. Nicolas is best accepted for aback slapping bottomward a referee’s arm while accepting a hissy fit over accepting flagged for a neutral-zone infraction. Judgment blooper aside, the Haitian-born Nicolas is a circuitous anticipation to evaluate. His sack assembly tailed off in his chief season, and the actuality that he was acclimated about abandoned as a pass-rusher makes him adamantine to activity as an alfresco linebacker.
But there is a lot to like about Nicolas. He has a quick aboriginal step, continued accoutrements and the adeptness to use circuit moves, central moves and duke techniques to exhausted blockers. He’s inconsistent in his use of techniques, but the accomplishment is there. Nicolas high-jumped 41 inches at the amalgamate and has 34 ¾-inch arms.
He blocked two bliss at Virginia Tech (granted, there are computer science majors at Virginia Tech with two blocked kicks) and should accept the lower-body access to be an able pass-rusher, at atomic situationally, at the NFL level. Put him in the activity with Dee Ford as Justin Houston and Tamba Hali’s understudies and closing replacements. Grade: B
204. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Lucas, Safety, Penn State. Lucas has acceptable conditioning numbers and was a admired amateur at a above program. Projects as a accessible nickel safety-cornerback angle player. Grade: B
205. Arizona Cardinals: Harlan Miller, Cornerback, Southeastern Louisiana. The 6’0″, 182-pound Miller is a tall, twiggy, assured FCS cornerback with acknowledgment skills. He reacts bound to the brawl in the air and can fly decline aback the comedy is in advanced of him. Miller’s admeasurement and alarm after-effects are aloof NFL adequate, and he’s no artisan in coverage. The return-man moves and appropriate teamer’s acuteness are big pluses. Grade: B
206. Los Angeles Rams: Mike Thomas, Advanced Receiver, Southern Miss. This is the “other” Michael Thomas: not Keyshawn Johnson’s nephew from Ohio State, but a mid-major boxy guy who angled 71 passes aftermost year. Thomas is advantageous and will get the job done on appropriate teams to stick as a fourth or fifth receiver. I advanced it’s beautiful how affected the Rams are about loading up on receivers for Goff, alike if it’s a quantity-over-quality approach. Grade: C
207. San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Driskel, Quarterback, Louisiana Tech. I went to the Chief Bowl acquisitive to see a design in the asperous in Driskel. I admired his Louisiana Tech band and can empathize with a quarterback accepting the rug pulled out of him at a above affairs and accepting to alpha over. Unfortunately, Driskel’s accuracy, controlling and able were all over the place. He looked undraftable.
Driskel is agnate to Hackenberg in that the 49ers are cyberbanking on abeyant they saw aboriginal in his career. The differences: Driskel at atomic has lots of acceptable contempo (smaller program) film, and this is the sixth annular instead of the second. Driskel is activity to get a lot of attention, and annihilation is accessible if he becomes Chip Kelly’s pet, but there is a ton of assignment to be done to achieve him an NFL quarterback. Grade: C
208. New England Patriots: Kamu Grugier-Hill, Linebacker, Eastern Illinois. Grading late-round Patriots abstract picks is what wastes of time do to decay time. A 215-pound small-school linebacker? Whatever. Bill Belichick has a plan of some kind. Grade: C
209. Baltimore Ravens: Maurice Canady, Cornerback, Virginia. Canady is 6’1″ with continued accoutrements (31 ⅝”) and crabbed activity that makes him able both aback shadowing receivers and abiding punts. If abandoned his band were better.
Canady got austere for several touchdowns in 2014. He overcompensated by axis into an Ike Taylor lowlight reel, giving receivers bendable cushions and acceptance t afterwards t underneath.
By the end of aftermost season, Canady started to abound into the acceptable adaptation of Taylor, still arena abysmal but closing on the brawl in time to breach up passes or at atomic bead the receiver anon afterwards the catch. He slid into the aperture and alike into the nickel linebacker position at times; Canady’s arrest is not ideal, but he can bang off the bend adjoin the run and hunt plays to the adverse ancillary of the acreage bottomward from behind.
Canady is a abduct if his adventure over the aftermost two seasons absolutely did go from too broiled to too bendable to aloof right. At the complete least, he can be a antagonism dime apostle adjoin alpine receivers and bound ends, and he has appropriate teams value. Grade: B
210. Detroit Lions: Jimmy Landes, Continued Snapper, Baylor. The continued snapper allowance has been broken! Annihilation is now possible! Grade: C
211. San Francisco 49ers: Kelvin Taylor, Active Back, Florida. Taylor is the son of Fred Taylor, the above Jaguars and Patriots active aback who spent the aboriginal four seasons of his career advancing injuries, afresh somehow begin the abstruse to acceptable bloom and rushed for over 11,000 career yards.
Kelvin Taylor has additionally battled aches and pains aboriginal in his career. He’s additionally a quick one-cut abettor with a able finish, aloof like his father. But Taylor lacks his father’s accepting chops (just 24 career receptions at Florida) and open-field creativity. Taylor is an odd fit as a baby aback with so-so accepting ability, but he does abundant able-bodied to attempt for a agenda spot. Grade: B
212. Dallas Cowboys: Kavon Frazier, Safety, Central Michigan. Addition able size-speed-effort anticipation with ambiguous instincts; this abstract is abounding of them (Tyvis Powell, T.J. Green, K.J. Dillon, Kevin Byard, etc.). Frazier is added able than some of the added “specimens” at safety, admitting he’s a footfall slower than the best of them. Frazier will beat some plays and acknowledge too astern to others but should be a appropriate teams monster aboriginal in his career and could abound into a assault able safety. A acceptable amount aces at a charge position for the Cowboys. Grade: B
213. San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Burbridge, Advanced Receiver, Michigan State. Connor Cook’s go-to target: Burbridge angled 85 passes aftermost season. He lacks above acceleration and quickness, but Burbridge is a aciculate route-runner who excels on amusement and improvement routes and can achieve difficult catches. Hard-to-classify anticipation who could become a able-bodied ascendancy receiver in the NFL but may additionally accept maxed out in the B1G.
The Niners focused on aegis and abhorrent band advice aboriginal in the abstract and are now aggravating to activate the accomplishment positions late. It’s not a bad activity (they bald advice everywhere), but the buffet is accepting a little bare. Grade: C
214. New England Patriots: Elandon Roberts, Linebacker, Houston. Roberts led the FBS analysis with 88 abandoned tackles, at atomic according to official FBS totals (which can alter from team-recorded tackles, Pro Football Focus-recorded tackles or the angels-dancing-on-pins totals that broadcast amid assorted sources).
He wasn’t arrive to the amalgamate but set the convenance adeptness on blaze during his pro say. Roberts has a abundant feel for the d and a get-the-job-done attitude. His abandoned complete shortcomings are his hands; Roberts abandoned several interceptions this year. Roberts is a sleeper with starting potential. Archetypal Patriots. They apparently larboard him off the amalgamate account on purpose. #Conspiracy. #JustKidding. Grade: B
215. Seattle Seahawks: Joey Hunt, Center, Texas Christian. He’s a center. The Seahawks charge him. ‘Nuff said. Grade: A
216. Dallas Cowboys: Darius Jackson, Active Back, Eastern Michigan. Jackson is a amazing amateur who played quarterback and assurance in aerial academy and was additionally a baseball star. On tape, Jackson looks like your archetypal able mid-major active back: acceptable activity and accepting chops, able eyes and power, no show-stopping qualities.
Jackson ran a 4.40 40 at his pro day, however, coupling it with added outstanding conditioning numbers, so aback his abstract angle changed. He’ll be an appulse amateur if the Cowboys adjudge to run the brawl 70 times per game, which is possible. Grade: C
217. Dallas Cowboys: Rico Gathers, Bound End, Baylor. Basketball player. Averaged 11.2 credibility and nine rebounds per d aftermost year, so he can comedy some forward. Teams still abstract basketball players as bound ends? Isn’t that a little 2004? You be you, Jerry. Grade: D
218. Buffalo Bills: Kevon Seymour, Cornerback, USC. Baby apostle with abundant acceleration but abrasion concerns. The Bills adulation accomplishing things the adamantine way. Grade: C
219. Denver Broncos: Will Parks, Safety, Arizona. Leadership-hustle-effort guy with appealing acceptable athleticism. Apparently projects to appropriate teams, because the Broncos are accepting appealing loaded at safety. Grade: B
220. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Feeney, Linebacker, Washington. The Steelers about went this accomplished abstract afterwards avaricious a super-athletic pass-rushing linebacker. Ahhh…there he is. Grade: B
221. New England Patriots: Ted Karras, Guard, Illinois. Alex Karras’ great-nephew. That makes him Webster’s…what…first accessory already removed? Karras is a four-year B1G amateur but apparently maxes as a affected adversary in a awash Patriots abhorrent band affair room. Grade: C-
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222. Tennessee Titans: Aaron Wallace, Linebacker. UCLA. Adorning pass-rush prospect. Account a attending in the Titans’ 3-4 system. He may be a bigger amateur than abounding of the players projected advanced of him at alfresco linebacker. Grade: B
223. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Doughty, Quarterback, Western Kentucky. Bleacher Address proudly presents Mike Tanier’s Deadly Authentic Quarterback Comparisons for Brandon Doughty:
Jargon-Free Aloof Nutshell: Doughty is an authentic abbreviate passer and abundant decision-maker with an ultra-competitive, rah-rah personality. He alleged himself a “football muffin” during a mile-per-minute account at the combine, and he plays the way he talks.
Doughty lacks a top arm and mobility, attached his upside. But he’s the affectionate of amateur who wins over coaches and teammates as a backup, finds a way to attempt aback alleged aloft and ends up in the NFL until he’s 38.
Doughty is no complete blackmail to Ryan Tannehill unless the Dolphins become a axis of artifice with altered authoritative factions advancing altered agendas. And what’s the adventitious of that happening? Grade: B
224. San Diego Chargers: Donavon Clark, Guard, Michigan State. The Chargers’ bouncer comedy was appealing abhorrent aftermost year, admitting above first-round aces D.J. Fluker and cher chargeless abettor Orlando Franklin arena best of the year. Grade: C
225. New England Patriots: Devin Lucien, Advanced Receiver, Arizona State. Transferred from UCLA to Arizona Accompaniment and angled 66 passes aftermost year. Tall, analytic fast and appealing ordinary. Grade: C
226. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Woodard, Arresting End, Central Arkansas. The fifth alternative forth the advanced seven for a aggregation that active Malik Jackson for a trillion-billion dollars and is accepting Dante Fowler back. We get the point, guys. Grade: C
227: Minnesota Vikings: Stephen Weatherly, Linebacker, Vanderbilt. A big, decline type. Like a poor man’s Anthony Barr. The Vikings accept the complete Anthony Barr. Grade: C-
228. Denver Broncos: Riley Dixon, Punter, Syracuse. Britton Colquitt costs $4 actor adjoin the bacon cap and is in the final year of his contract. The Broncos charge cap space. No charge to draw a alley map. Grade: C
229. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarcus Ayers, Advanced Receiver, Houston. A baby receiver with raw abilities who ran an abominable 4.72-second 40 at the combine. It’s that time in the draft, folks. Grade: D
230. Chicago Bears: Daniel Braverman, Advanced Receiver, Western Michigan. A Wes Welker type. No, seriously: Braverman looks and plays like Wes Welker. Am I declared to coffin that in a agglomeration of euphemisms? It’s not like I slathered on all the semiotics: hard-working, lunch-pail, quicker-than-fast, old-school, blue-collar, admired son fan admired FOOTBALL PLAYER. He’s a 5’10”, 175-pound jitterbug in the aperture and, yeah, he’s white. I’m not actuality defensive. YOU’RE THE ONE BEING DEFENSIVE.
Here, watch a actor of Braverman adjoin Ohio State. He catches quick slants and caster routes. He demonstrates accomplished absorption on abysmal passes. He slithers accomplished tacklers in the accessible acreage and executes some chic jump cuts. Braverman can absolutely accomplish as a aperture receiver who exploits mismatches adjoin linebackers and safeties in abbreviate zones and gets artistic in the accessible field. Comparing him to whomever you like, but Welker was appealing acceptable at that stuff. Grade: B
231. Miami Dolphins: Thomas Duarte, Bound End, UCLA. Duarte is a tall, ripped-up aperture receiver reimagined as a bound end. He’s apathetic off the band of collapsed and blocks as able-bodied as your archetypal big advanced receiver. Duarte has acceptable calmly and angled 52 passes and 10 touchdowns aftermost year, but he is neither big nor quick abundant to accomplishment mismatches at the NFL affiliated the way he could in the Pac-12. Grade: C-
232. Washington Redskins: Steven Daniels, Linebacker, Boston College. Big, acute and reliable, between-the-tackles type. Daniels would be abortive in a 4-3, but the 3-4 will accord him a adventitious to shoot gaps, assemblage blockers and abandoned awning the atomic advancing acceptable receiver on the field. Grade: C
233. Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Mills, Arresting Back, LSU. Mills played through a astringent leg abrasion aftermost year, so his band can be a little misleading. He’s quick and athletic, but the abysmal acceleration is not there, so Mills may max out as an advancing nickel corner-safety. But don’t advanced Tyrann Mathieu; advanced Micah Hyde.
Mills additionally has a 2014 arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman on his record; Mills’ advocate claimed that he wasn’t the one who threw the punch, and we can accept (or hope) the Eagles advised thoroughly. Grade: C
234. Oakland Raiders: Vadal Alexander, Guard, LSU. A abundance of a man and a four-year starter, Alexander offers size, experience, effort, appearance and little else. He meets the bald minimum of NFL athleticism and isn’t alike all that able for a man his admeasurement (6’5″, 326 lbs). He’s a acceptable amateur to accompany to affected as a multiposition sub because he played accouterment and bouncer at a above affairs and will accord max accomplishment in the weight and blur rooms. Grade: B
235. New York Jets: Lac Edwards, Punter, Sam Houston State. A small-program punter for a aggregation with cap problems that needs bargain specialists. Addition acute move for accepted administrator Mike Macgrigson. Oops, I beggarly Mike Maccagnan. Did I blazon Macgrigson? Silly me. Grade: C-
236. Detroit Lions: Dwayne Washington, Active Back, Washington. Big, fast addle-brain who runs too cocked and dances too much. A aggravate who looks like a brilliant until the blur rolls. Grade: C-
237. New Orleans Saints: Daniel Lasco, Active Back, California. Lasco rushed for 1,115 yards in 2014 but suffered hip and abate injuries aftermost season. A 4.46-second dart and added aberrant amalgamate numbers reminded anybody of what a playmaker Lasco was afore he got hurt.
Lasco has speed, quickness, moves and the admeasurement to be an every-down aback but additionally has some bad habits. He’s not a abundant finisher and will animation to the bend at the aboriginal assurance of a chock-full active lane. Advanced of Lasco as a poor man’s LeSean McCoy. The Saints aegis is so bad that their breach absolutely shouldn’t be accustomed to abstract nice things, but it’s the seventh annular and Lasco fits their philosophy, so let’s be kind. Grade: B
238. Atlanta Falcons: Devin Fuller, Advanced Receiver, UCLA. The Falcons accepting corps, in its entirety:
There arise to be some opportunities for an advancement here, don’t you think? Grade: B
239. Indianapolis Colts: Trevor Bates, Linebacker, Maine. I’m not activity to pretend that I watch a agglomeration of Maine d blur here, folks. Grade: ?
240. Philadelphia Eagles: Alex McCalister, Pass-Rusher, Florida. Tall, angular pass-rusher who was kicked off the aggregation astern in the year. The Eagles accept affective a lot of coarse personalities on Day 3. They additionally aloof affective a no-leverage apostle who will attending abundant on the field-goal-blocking unit. Grade: D
241. New York Jets: Charone Peake, Advanced Receiver, Clemson. Peake is not a anticipation in the chic of above Clemson stars Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant. He’s be the aing best thing, however, if he didn’t accept baby calmly and a case of the dropsies.
Peake is 6’2″ with 4.45 speed, gives a aerial effort, knows a little about avenue active and can accomplish yards afterwards abbreviate receptions with quick upfield moves and a alertness to break through arm tackles. Peake had some knee injuries in the accomplished but was advantageous aftermost season. If his calmly become reliable, he’s a starter. If not, he won’t stick on a roster. For the seventh round, he’s account the selection. Grade: B
242. Washington Redskins: Keith Marshall, Active Back, Georgia. Marshall was off the alarm until he ran a 4.31-second dart at the combine. A above top recruit, Marshall tore an ACL in 2013 and suffered added injuries in 2014. He was relegated to third-string cachet aftermost year, attractive like aloof addition SEC active aback in his bound action.
Marshall got some appropriate teams associate during his time on the third cord and handled his duties well. It was apparently the best affair for him. Marshall’s acceleration got him into Redskins amateur camp, but his adeptness will accumulate him on the agenda and accord him a adventitious to absolve his speed. Grade: B
243. Seattle Seahawks: Kenny Lawler, Advanced Receiver, California. Lawler was a allotment affiliate of the Amalgamate Disappointing 40 Relay Team, a accumulation of agitative playmaker receivers in academy who ran their 40-yard dashes in the 4.6-second range. Lots of accomplished NFL receivers ran 4.6-second 40s at the combine, but it’s consistently a adverse assurance aback the alarm corroborates band that shows accustomed break speed.
Lawler is alpine and can t annihilation in his vicinity, and his routes are about sharp. If he had a thicker frame, he’d fit as a ascendancy receiver and red-zone target. But Lawler is congenital a little like Todd Pinkston, the above Eagles receiver who was too angular and agile for ascendancy assignment but not fast abundant to be a abysmal threat. Grade: C
244. Minnesota Vikings: Jayron Kearse, Safety, Clemson. Jayron Kearse is the nephew of Jevon Kearse, one of the best players anytime nicknamed The Freak and a brilliant pass-rusher for the Titans and Eagles.
Kearse had accoutrements continued abundant to bear-hug the accomplished ataxia and confused like a cheetah, but conceivably the best memorable affair about Kearse is that he crawled off the accommodation and limped aback to the ataxia like he had aloof sprained both ankles afterwards every third or fourth snap. If there is anytime a Hall of Acclaim for players who appeared actively afflicted afresh recorded a sack three account later, Kearse is a first-ballot shoo-in.
Also, autograph aloof letters of the nephews and accouchement of players I covered is authoritative me feel old.
Anyway, Jayron Kearse is 6’4″ with 34 ¼-inch arms, and he has a rep for actuality apathetic to get into position pre-snap, so the ancestors affinity is there. Kearse has acceptable instincts but a aberrant anatomy blazon for a assurance and so-so ambit and advantage skills. He has amount as a appropriate teamer (he should be able to block some kicks) and can excel in some specialized arresting roles, like blitzing the bend as a nickel assurance or abashing up 6’6″ bound ends. Grade: B
245. Cincinnati Bengals: Clayton Fejedelem, Safety, Illinios. Aftermost name translates from the Swedish as “special teams gunner.” Grade: C
246. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Matakevich, Linebacker, Temple. Matakevich recorded 493 absolute tackles as a four-year amateur for the Owls. He intercepted bristles passes and registered 4.5 sacks aftermost year. He had some behemothic amateur in big-time situations: three sacks and a agglomeration of hurries adjoin Penn State, a accouterment for accident and an interception adjoin Notre Dame.
Matakevich is at his best aback advancing the band of scrimmage, thudding into a associate and either application the gap or address to achieve a play. He has a quick decline access and can bedrock blockers backward. His instincts, brawl area and ambit in following are all accustomed at best, and he has agitation adjusting or alteration direction. Matakevich is not abundant in coverage, but he has a lot of associate (Temple bald him to do a little of everything); he can absorb an beneath zone, apprehend a avenue and t an aberrant pass.
Matakevich is a appropriate teams demon and first-linebacker-off-the-bench blazon at worst. He could advance into an ornery situational apostle who grinds out a few sacks anniversary year. Grade: A-
247. Seattle Seahawks: Zac Brooks, Active Back, Clemson. Does this beggarly we can aish Christine Michael from John Schneider’s associate list? Grade: C-
248. Indianapolis Colts: Austin Blythe, Center, Iowa. Blythe is the affiche adolescent from zone-blocking centers. He’s undersized (6’2″, 291 lbs), but Blythe has quick anxiety and amazing eyes for an autogenous lineman. He adjusts to defenders cutting gaps abaft him on amplitude runs or blitzes, bound resetting and animadversion the apostle off course.
Blythe finishes his blocks and has becoming the Kirk Ferentz Hawkeye Allowance of Approval for line-play fundamentals. The Colts aren’t messing about with their interior-line upgrade. Grade: B
249. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Charles Iworah, Cornerback, Western Kentucky. Iworah is 5’9″, ran a 4.32 40 and fabricated a lot of plays at a abate program. Are you picturing a angry little fly-around guy who lacks fundamentals? You got it. Grade: C
250. Cleveland Browns: Scooby Wright III, Linebacker, Arizona. If Wright hadn’t broken his meniscus and absent best of 2015, he would be entering this abstract as addition A.J. Hawk. Like Hawk, Wright bankrupt up on the bookish bays circuit: Wright won the Bednarik, Nagurski and Lombardi Awards, the Triple Crown for a linebacker (I accept been accoutrement the abstract for 15 years and cannot bethink which is which, so aloof go with it), while Hawk won the Lombardi, was a backstab All-American and accomplished sixth in the Heisman voting.
Like Hawk, Wright fabricated endless of plays and generated lots of attention. Additionally like Hawk, Wright’s blur did not attending all that outstanding beneath scrutiny. Wright leaps, dives and penetrates to achieve plays, but he additionally gets abiding out of holes by blockers, outrun to the bend and angled up in the debris in pursuit. Like Hawk, Wright hustles in advantage but isn’t blazingly fast or accustomed aback block receivers.
Hawk has had a accomplished career but has additionally been a bound apostle and an cher disappointment for his abstract status. Assuming Wright comes aback absolutely from the meniscus breach (his bound 2015 band is not account watching), he could be a agnate player: a fly-around apostle who will account some disruption and achieve a lot of tackles but will additionally achieve mistakes he’s not able-bodied abundant to atone for.
Now, booty some of the expectations and aerial cap numbers abroad from Hawk in his prime, and you had yourself a advantageous arresting contributor. That’s what Wright projects to at this point in the draft, left-knee willing. Not a bad investment, really. Grade: A
251. Philadelphia Eagles: Joe Walker, Linebacker, Oregon. Weak-tea Kiko Alonso, admitting at a atom of the amount and expectations. Grade: C
252. Carolina Panthers: Beau Sandland, Bound End, Montana State. Sandland (a) was a JUCO standout who (b) spent one year at University of Miami but developed slowly, so he (c) transferred to Montana State, breadth he excelled in the hinterlands afore (d) animated at the amalgamate with aberrant jump and bank results.
If that sounds to you like the affectionate of amateur who gets draftniks all swoony but ends up bouncing from convenance band to convenance squad, afresh you are not alone. As a bonus, the bald acknowledgment of his name gets a Metallica song ashore in your head. Grade: C
253. Tennessee Titans: Kalan Reed, Cornerback, Southern Miss. Mr. Irrelevant has some begrimed Pro Football Focus charting numbers at the C-USA level: 14 canyon breakups, a 48.3 percent achievement bulk on throws to his receivers. He fills a abyss charge in the Titans secondary.
I teased the Titans throughout this draft, but they acquired 10 new players broadcast all over the roster: a mix of “safe” picks and adorning guys, abeyant stars and acceptable role players. This absolutely could be the abstract that turns the authorization around. Afterwards all, this all started with the actuality that they already accept the quarterback. Grade: B
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