2017 NFL Draft Grades: Full Day 3 Report Card
Two words: Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys quarterback of the present and future was just sitting on the board at the end of the fourth round last season. Any team in the NFL could have snapped him up. And we don't need the lecture about how he landed in an ideal situation: When Day 3 of the draft rolls around, the only "ideal situation" is finding a job.
Maybe Pitt's Nathan Peterman (above) or Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs is just a Prescott looking for an opportunity. Perhaps there's a 1,000-yard rusher lurking on the board in Oklahoma's Samaje Perine, or a big play receiver to be found among Texas A&M's Josh Reynolds and others. Heck, some team may look back on today as the day they drafted Zane Gonzalez, kicker of the 55-yard game-winning field goal of some future Super Bowl.
These are the official Bleacher Report draft grades for Rounds 4 through 7. The picks come fast and furious Saturday. Stop back early and often.
Round 4 Pick-by-Pick Grades
No. 108 Green Bay Packers: Vince Biegel, Linebacker, Wisconsin
Strengths: Motor, instincts, experience.
Weaknesses: Foot injuries, power game.
Biegel is your central-casting, old-school Big Ten linebacker. He has the tools to be a run-thumping NFL inside linebacker, but a long history of foot injuries cloud his potential, and he needs to become better at converting his size and his effort into block-shedding and gap-plugging. Also, old-school thumpers just aren't as useful as they used to be. The Packers are really leaning into the defense in this year's draft. Grade: C.
No. 109 Minnesota Vikings: Jaleel Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Iowa
Strengths: Instincts, anticipation, technique, size.
Weaknesses: High-end agility, upside.
Johnson is an interior-line technician. He anticipates the snap count and can usually beat his blocker to a spot on the field. His power and positioning then kick in, allowing him to make plays in the backfield or generate sacks.
That style of play doesn't always translate to NFL stardom, but Johnson is a high-effort, high-character individual who should contribute as a Johnathan Hankins-style run-clogger and sometime disruptor. A good value pick here to keep the Vikings defense playoff-caliber. Grade: A-minus.
No. 110 Jacksonville Jaguars: Dede Westbrook, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Strengths: Speed, receiving ability.
Weaknesses: Size, character concerns.
Westbrook is a tough-but-spindly open-field playmaker. He is exceptional at over-the-shoulder catches and hauling in contested throws. He has nasty open-field fakes to get separation at the top of his routes.
At just 178 pounds, Westbrook is right at the minimum threshold for NFL survival. There are also some serious domestic-violence allegations and police reports from 2012 and 2013, all of which were cleared up without convictions but sure don't sound like misunderstandings/isolated events.
Wide receiver is a position of strength for the Jaguars, at least when the quarterback gets the ball within 15 feet of them. I don't like the idea of taking a too-small high-risk player here. Grade: C-minus.
No. 111 Seattle Seahawks: Tedric Thompson, Safety, Colorado
Strengths: Ball skills, athleticism.
Weaknesses: Tackling, pursuit angles.
Tedric's brother Cedric plays for the Vikings. Rather than joke about rhyming sibling names, let's consider the wisdom of naming your child after a variation on a famous NFL personnel director's name in the hope of improving his future draft stock. Johnaleth Schnieder. Ozzymandius Newsome. Howievingous Roseman. Maybe this is a bad idea.
Thompson was part of a loaded Colorado secondary, hauling in 10 interceptions in his career but making a lot of mistakes as a run defender and clean-up tackler. The tools are there, but Thompson must prove he is more than a bad-ball cherry-picker to stay on the field in the NFL.
The Seahawks haven't realized yet that drafting an entire new Legion of Boom will not matter at all if Russell Wilson finally takes that one hit too many behind the offensive line they steadfastly refuse to upgrade. Grade: D-plus.
No. 112 Chicago Bears: Eddie Jackson, Safety, Alabama
Strengths: Return skills, a letter of introduction from Nick Saban.
Weaknesses: Injuries, instincts.
Jackson returned two punts for touchdowns in 2016 and started for most of four years before a broken leg wiped out the end of his 2016 season and limited him during the predraft process. The free safety in Saban's system twiddles his thumbs like the Maytag Repairman, and Jackson mostly cherry-picked interceptions for the Tide. He's a plus special teamer but probably not a starter.
The Bears defense intercepted just eight passes last season: four against the Lions and four against everyone else. So it needed upgrades and finally addressed a need. But Chicago traded up to get a role player. About par for the course for this draft for the Bears. Grade: C.
No. 113 Los Angeles Chargers: Rayshawn Jenkins, Safety, Miami
Strengths: A big, physical striker.
Weaknesses: Instincts, deep coverage reliability.
Jenkins is one of 16 siblings. His sister Charlisa plays NCAA basketball. At least two brothers have played high school football, and this 2013 Miami Herald piece notes that 10-year old brother Kevary scored 30 touchdowns in Pop Warner, which means he's probably already listed on some 2024 mock draft somewhere.
Rayshawn Jenkins lacks range and instincts in coverage, but he will play the run and hit you, and his combine numbers were strong. This was an overdue need pick in the secondary for the Chargers; they may have been taken by surprise by this early run on safeties. Grade: B.
No. 114 Washington Redskins: Samaje Perine, Running Back, Oklahoma
Strengths: Power, versatility.
Perine was the Sooners' featured rusher in 2015 and then gave way to Joe Mixon in 2016. He still managed 1,060 yards and 12 touchdowns in a funky hybrid/complementary role.
Perine is an odd fit in a committee backfield but potentially a useful one. He's a powerful runner between the tackles, with good hands and receiving chops, plus value as a pass protector. His big-play ability will be limited by his straight-line rushing style and lack of niftiness. But big backs who can do enough in the passing game to be useful and get high marks for character and effort have a way of staying on the field.
Look for Perine to take over Matt Jones' role for a team that likes to run between the tackles and use its backs in a variety of ways. Grade: A-minus.
No. 115 Arizona Cardinals: Dorian Johnson, Guard, Pittsburgh
Strengths: Quickness, effort.
Weaknesses: Raw power, recognition.
The Panthers loved to use Johnson as a pull-and-fold blocker on inside runs and as a "Molly" blocker (the guard who loops outside to engage an edge-rusher) on play-action passes. He moves quickly and can hammer defenders in the hole, making him a natural fit in a rushing attack with lots of criss-crossing blockers (like the Kansas City Chiefs).
He's not as obvious a fit for the Cardinals, but he's quick-footed, hard-nosed and competitive, so he'll make himself useful for a team that always has needs along the offensive line. Grade: B-plus.
No. 116 Cincinnati Bengals: Carl Lawson, Edge-Rusher, Auburn
Strengths: Athleticism, moves.
Weaknesses: Injury history, run defense.
ACL and hip injuries wiped out Lawson's early career. He bounced back from mostly lost seasons in 2014 and 2015 for 9.5 sacks last year.
Lawson is the standard-issue SEC stand-up edge-rusher in many ways. Not that there is anything wrong with that: The SEC produces lots and lots of athletic, capable edge-rushers. Lawson is athletic, gets out of the blocks quickly and has some creative over-under moves to cross up his backpedaling blocker. His run defense is nothing special, and his moves lack refinement, but he's still relatively inexperienced at his position.
Lawson fell in my Taco Charlton high-risk pass-rusher bin. But now that we have dropped into Day 3 (Lawson had a lot of late-first, early-second round grades early in the draft process), the potential reward of a double-digit sack producer outweighs the minimal risk. The piggyback selections of Lawson and Jordan Lewis should also have a major impact on the Bengals pass rush, which was too dependent on Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap to provide all of its pressure last year. Grade: A.
No. 117 Los Angeles Rams: Josh Reynolds, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
Strengths: Height, leaping ability, contested catch capability.
Weaknesses: Strength, route-running.
Reynolds is long-armed, quick-footed, great at leaping for jump balls, dangerous on the slant-and-go and feisty as a downfield blocker. Some scouting reports question his release, but he is quick off the line and varies his technique to gain separation in tight man coverage.
He is about 15 pounds of muscle mass and some route refinement away from being a No. 1 NFL receiver. Even without the improvements, he can be a terror against shorter defenders in the slot, and his blocking can keep him on the field during running downs.
The Rams' offense-heavy draft speaks to what new coach Sean McVay thinks of many of the existing weapons assembled by Jeff Fisher. He thinks of them what all of us think of them. It shouldn't be printed in a family edition of Draft Grades. Grade: A-minus.
No. 118 Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Hollins, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
Strengths: Size, speed, special teams ability/experience.
Weaknesses: Route-running, productivity.
Hollins missed half of last season with a collarbone injury. Even when healthy, he was a second-rung option in a passing game featuring Ryan Switzer, Austin Proehl, Bug Howard and a pair of pass-catching running backs.
But Hollins was a special teams captain for several years. Combine kick coverage and blocking with a 6'4" frame and 4.5-range speed, and you have a player who will stick in the NFL long after flashier prospects have flamed out.
The Eagles upgraded their receiving corps with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency. I love Hollins as a fourth or fifth wideout who can play a role in the offense and not just the kicking game. Grade: B-plus.
No. 119 Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen, Running Back, North Carolina A&T
Strengths: Speed and quickness.
Cohen is nicknamed "The Human Joystick." Remember joysticks? They went out of style in video gaming with the Nintendo NES in the late 1980s. Kids these days with their retro gaming nicknaming.
You know what else went out of style in the 1980s? Running backs who measure 5'6" and 179 pounds, like Cohen does. Come to think of it, they never were in style. Cohen is blessedly fast and looked like Sonic the Hedgehog against FCS opponents. But if I am taking a chance on a running back the size of a junior high point guard, it's going to be Donnel Pumphrey.
I keep waiting for an opportunity to say something nice about a Bears selection. It will happen one of these picks. Grade: D-plus.
No. 120 Minnesota Vikings: Ben Gedeon, Linebacker, Michigan
Strengths: Run defense, toughness/physicality, special teams value.
Weaknesses: Agility, range/pass defense.
Gedeon is a tough thumper with special teams experience. I don't have him rated as an every-down linebacker, so while he is sure to come in and compete for the Vikings, there were better values on the board. Grade: C-minus.
No. 121 San Francisco 49ers: Joe Williams, Running Back, Utah
Strengths: Burst, quickness, finish.
Weaknesses: Fumbles, character questions.
Williams was kicked out of the UConn football program for credit card theft in 2013. After a promising season for the Utes in 2015, he briefly left the program for unpublicized reasons. He returned during an injury crunch to rush for 1,407 yards.
From what I was told, the 2016 "retirement" was nothing teams should be concerned about, from either a character or a "passion for football" standpoint. The credit card issue is also said to be long behind him. Minimal receiving chops (20 career receptions) and fumbles (six in a short career) are the real issues.
Williams may be this year's Knile Davis, the back you love for his rumbling style between the tackles and breakaway potential. Then he coughs the football up in the fourth quarter and breaks your heart. This is an odd pick for a team that possesses an every-down rusher in Carlos Hyde and has a head coach who likes to use his backs in the passing game Grade: C.
No. 122 Baltimore Ravens: Nico Siragusa, Guard, San Diego State
Strengths: Athleticism, experience.
Weaknesses: Technique, in-space blocking.
Hooray! The Ravens drafted an offensive player! Boo! He's a guard!
Roughly 99.4 percent of Siragusa scouting reports begin by pointing out that he is not related to television personality and former Colts/Ravens great Tony Siragusa. About 75 percent then point out that Nico Siragusa blocked for Donnel Pumphrey, the San Diego State mighty-mite rusher who is roughly the size of Siragusa's right thigh.
Siragusa tore up the combine workouts and has gobs of experience at a strong mid-major program. But there is too much video of him getting beaten off the snap by defenders, or worse, pulling into the hole for Pumphrey and getting blown backward or wrenched aside by linebackers. He's a developmental pick based on his workout results and NFL bloodlines.
Oh, yeah, right. No relation. Grade: C-plus.
No. 123 Washington Redskins: Montae Nicholson, Safety, Michigan State
Weaknesses: Game film.
Nicholson is 6'2", 212 pounds and ran a 4.42-second 40. His ability to do nothing special with those talents is the stuff of scouting legend. Nicholson misses too many tackles and spent most Saturday afternoons cleaning up plays instead of making a difference. The talent is worth a practice squad redshirt, but Nicholson will have to show some fire on special teams to make the Washington roster. This round's safety run has forced teams to reach a little too deeply into the barrel. Grade: D-plus.
No. 124 Detroit Lions: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Linebacker, Tennessee
Strengths: Initial quickness, versatility, instincts.
Weaknesses: Injury concerns.
Reeves-Maybin missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. Before getting hurt, he produced some high-quality tape as both a coverage defender and a quick-footed pass-rusher. If healthy, he can grow into a starter as an in-space linebacker, and he and Jarrad Davis could become a pair of tone-setters for the Lions. Grade: A-minus.
No. 125 Los Angeles Rams: Samson Ebukam, Linebacker, Eastern Washington
Weaknesses: Level of competition, technique.
Ebukam is a Nigerian-born multisport prep standout who came to football late. He gets high marks for athleticism and intangibles but a rep as a fly-around athlete still learning some of the basics. An athletic practice squad redshirt type, Ebukam will have time to learn behind a strong stable of Rams linebackers (Robert Quinn, Connor Barwin). But this was a minor reach. Grade: C.
No. 126 Cleveland Browns: Howard Wilson, Cornerback, Houston
Strengths: Size, ball skills, closing speed.
Weaknesses: Experience, injury history.
Big, athletic cornerback No. 9,472 of this year's draft class. Wilson missed much of 2015 with an ACL injury but impressed in 2016 with his downhill playing style against the run/screen passes and knack for picking off passes. His instincts and lateral quickness are also plusses.
Opposing quarterbacks earned a 101.8 rating against the Browns defense. Only the Lions defense, which looked like it was playing prevent on first down in the first quarter at times, gave up a higher efficiency rating. Wilson will need time to develop, but he can play in dime packages early and could grow into a starter. Grade: A.
No. 127 Detroit Lions: Michael Roberts, Tight End, Toledo
In honor of what may be the best tight end draft class ever, Bleacher Report proudly presents this field-guide scouting report on Michael Roberts.
Productivity: Sixteen touchdowns last season.
Athleticism: A 270-pound mini-mountain who can move.
But can he block? He's a 270-pound mini-mountain! He's better thudding against defensive ends than blocking downfield, however.
Other notes: Roberts pulled himself up from a hardscrabble childhood. He acquitted himself well at the Senior Bowl among a who's who of top tight end prospects.
The Lions may see the next Brandon Pettigrew. I see a career second tight end and goal-line play-action specialist—the kind who hangs around for 10 years, catching 15 passes and three touchdowns per season. But the upside is interesting. Grade: B.
No. 128 Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Malone, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Strengths: Size, quickness, ball tracking.
I love Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, but he's not the most accurate quarterback in NCAA history. Malone, Dobbs' top target, got used to adjusting to throws behind him across the middle of the field and underthrown deep lobs. Like Virginia Tech's Isaiah Ford, Malone became a reliable bad-ball retrieval system.
Malone is a rudimentary route-runner, but he has the talent to develop into a big-play boundary receiver. John Ross will be the burner, Malone could play a Marvin Jones role, A.J. Green will be himself, and Andy Dalton will have all the margin for error he needs. Grade: B-plus.
No. 129 Oakland Raiders: David Sharpe, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Strengths: Size, foot quickness.
Weaknesses: Agility, technique.
Sharpe is an absolutely massive 343-pounder with surprising quickness and spotty habits when it comes to balance, leverage and doing the little things in pass protection. He fits the slobberknocker Raiders line better than he would most other schemes, and he has the mentality to succeed if not pressed as a left tackle. Grade: C-plus.
No. 130 Houston Texans: Julie'n Davenport, Offensive Tackle, Bucknell
Strengths: Size, intangibles.
Weaknesses: Balance/leverage, physicality.
Boy, that announcement from space was cool. There was a football and everything! (It was a Brock Osweiler pass to Braxton Miller from October that ended up in orbit.)
A 6'7" small-program superhero like Davenport is supposed to show up at the Senior Bowl and walk away with Eric Fisher-like buzz. Davenport instead struggled with the ramp-up to top competition, showing both uneven ability to handle inside moves and an inconsistent finish to his blocks. The latter is a no-no.
But smart, hard-working giants don't arrive by the bushel, and if Texans coaches can clean up his technique, the lack of nastiness won't be as severe of an issue. Grade: B.
No. 131 New England Patriots: Deatrich Wise, Defensive End, Arkansas
Strengths: Arm length, power.
Weaknesses: Quickness, athleticism.
Wise has 35⅝-inch arms. Any scouting report that starts with an arm measurement has nowhere to go but down, folks. He's an undersized 3-4 defensive end who played 4-3 defensive end for the Razorbacks, and he was a little too inconsistent to be an every-down run-stuffer and too sluggish to do serious damage as a pass-rusher.
The Patriots are just dropping by this draft to check out the scene, folks. They're grabbing players to compete for the bottom of the practice squad. Other teams would get criticized for drafting a pair of long arms and wondering what to do with them later. The Patriots will either find something to do with them or find something better to do. Grade: C.
No. 132 Philadelphia Eagles: Donnel Pumphrey, Running Back, San Diego State
Strengths: Vision, quickness, toughness.
Weaknesses: Tiny, tiny man.
If Pumphrey stepped onto a basketball court with a junior high basketball team, you would think he was the small forward, and you probably wouldn't make him out to be the star. There are small running backs, and then there are 5'8", 176-pound fellows who look like 15-year-olds with their shirts off.
Pumphrey had to bulk up to reach that 176-pound figure for the combine. At the Senior Bowl weigh-in, we all got a look at his frame, and he'll only support 185 pounds if you take him to an all-you-can-eat cheesesteak binge before the weigh-in. Everything is narrow and skinny.
Look, I saw Pumphrey's tape too. It rocks. And he was quick, fearless and effective in Senior Bowl practices. But he'll weigh 162 pounds at the end of his first 90-degree NFL practice. He's too small to do anything but occupy the fringe of the roster. He's not Darren Sproles. Sproles is far bigger.
If he proves me wrong, I'll be the first one to buy a jersey. For authenticity's sake, I'll give it to one of my kids. Grade: C-minus.
No. 133 Dallas Cowboys: Ryan Switzer, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
Strengths: Quickness, short-area elusiveness, hands.
No need to belabor the point here: short, shifty, nifty slot receiver; quick off the line; fearless in traffic; too small to be anything but a role player.
I got to see a lot of Switzer at the Senior Bowl and during combine workouts, and he's a powerfully built little ballplayer who snatches the ball out of the air. Compare him to your favorite Patriots slot receiver or to incumbent Cole Beasley. It's OK. It's not problematic. That's what he's like. Grade: C-plus.
No. 134 Green Bay Packers: Jamaal Williams, Running Back, BYU
Strengths: Downhill style, foot quickness.
Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne profiled Jamaal Williams earlier in April. Williams sounds like a character Trey Parker and Matt Stone might have made up: a high school kid who had never heard of the Mormon religion until he was all but committed to BYU, then tried to have a "normal" college experience (girls, beverages) but kept getting hammered by the strict rules of campus life in Provo.
Williams' life was no episode of South Park, however. Williams kept getting suspended for things that kids in most colleges get away with before noon. Older, wiser and more committed to the straight-and-narrow than ever, Williams enters the NFL as an outstanding value pick at this point in the draft. He's a powerful, no-nonsense downhill runner who takes care of the ball and finishes every run.
Williams has bell-cow potential, but he will likely start his career as a situational runner and max-effort special teamer. He may not be Eddie Lacy at his peak, but Williams can be James Starks at his peak. Grade: A-minus.
No. 135 Pittsburgh Steelers: Joshua Dobbs, Quarterback, Tennessee
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I profiled Dobbs a couple of weeks ago, detailing how he juggled All-SEC-caliber quarterbacking with an aerospace engineering program, designed his own airplane and his own pro day workout within the span of a few weeks this spring and squeezed community service into his spare time between fluid mechanics classes and preparing to face Florida and Alabama.
Dobbs' footwork is nearly random. His receivers have a lot of experience reaching back to catch his passes over the middle. When he starts pressing, as he did against Kentucky last year, he can have Mark Sanchez-level slumps.
But the talent is there, as are the intelligence and work ethic. If you can't get to the NFL on pure passing talent, the next-best thing is to convince coaches that they want to adopt you as their son, then bolt down your mechanics later. That's the Dobbs route, and it often leads to a 12-year career.
Dobbs fits as both a potential quarterback of the future and a freewheeling, playmaking security blanket for those one to six weeks per year when Ben Roethlisberger is considering playing in a full body cast. The Steelers need their developmental quarterbacks more ready to play than most other teams. Grade: B-plus.
No. 136 Atlanta Falcons: Sean Harlow, Guard, Oregon State
Strengths: Quickness, technique.
Weaknesses: Power, high-end athleticism.
Chris Chester retired in the offseason, and it was about time. Chester was just 34 years old and still playing well, but...the beard...wow. He looked like Gandalf the Guard. I have a grey beard, too, but no one expects me to stop blitzing linebackers from making oatmeal out of Matt Ryan.
Hugh Thornton arrived from the Colts to replace Chester, and the Falcons have had success plugging in veteran linemen in recent years. But the team needed an infusion of youth and quality depth.
Harlow is the son of former USC standout and Patriots tackle Pat Harlow. He played left tackle for the Beavers in 2016 and was a functional position blocker and adequate pass protector. Better defenders could too often either put him on the ground or knife past him, however, and Harlow also whiffed too often at the second level. Harlow may have been maxed out as a Pac-12 tackle, but he's worth a look as a pass-protecting guard. Grade: B.
No. 137 Indianapolis Colts: Zach Banner, Guard-Tackle, USC
Strengths: Size, size, size.
Weaknesses: Size, size, size.
The upside for the 350(ish)-pound Banner is Jon Runyan, a hulking (Banner-Hulk pun intended) right tackle with a mean streak, enough athleticism to carry some extra poundage and a find-a-way attitude about beating faster, sleeker pass-rushers.
The downside for Banner is Aaron Gibson or Texas Mike Williams, a guy who is always a Waffle House binge away from four bills and a ticket out of the NFL.
At the Senior Bowl, Banner looked quicker than I suspected, but the tape shows an awkward, sluggish pass-blocker. Yeah, he could probably move inside to guard, but moving the needle on the scale down to about 330 will be essential no matter where he plays. The Colts did a lot of good work in the first two days of the draft. This feels like an old Ryan Grigson pick. Grade: C.
No. 138 Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Glasgow, Defensive Tackle, Michigan
Strengths: Run defense.
Weaknesses: Athleticism, pass rush.
Glasgow's older brother, Graham, is an offensive lineman for the Lions. Younger brother Jordan is a safety for Michigan. Ryan is a no-nonsense, high-effort run-stuffer who can eat up double-teams. He called himself an "underrated pass-rusher" during Senior Bowl week, which is technically true, because I think he has zero pass-rush capability, and he probably has a little more than that. He's a developmental depth pick, like last year's fourth-round selection, Andrew Billings. Grade: B.
No. 139 Kansas City Chiefs: Jehu Chesson, Wide Receiver, Michigan
Strengths: Size, athleticism, rushing ability.
Weaknesses: Overall receiving skills.
Chesson is like a weak tea Cordarrelle Patterson. He's a big guy who is a weapon in the reverse game (22-219-3 as a rusher), but he's not a good route-runner or jam-breaker. Chesson tailed off in 2016 after an impressive 2015 season. A knee injury may have been the issue, but opponents may also have figured out how limited Chesson's repertoire is.
The Chiefs draft has made little sense so far. At least Chesson fits their philosophy of making sure their wide receivers are good at running the ball, because (until Patrick Mahomes develops) that's the only way they are ever going to touch it. Grade: C.
No. 140 New York Giants: Wayne Gallman, Running Back, Clemson
Strengths: Power, finish, versatility.
Weaknesses: Vision, decision-making.
Gallman was the third to fifth wheel in the Clemson offense, after Deshaun Watson, Mike Williams and whomever else was having a big day (Artavis Scott, Jordan Leggett, Charone Peake last year). He's a tough, downhill runner with some power and moves in the open field. Gallman will bounce too many runs outside and doesn't have elite big-play capability. But he's a decent receiver who can work in a committee system because he's used to waiting his turn for touches.
You know what I missed? I missed the part where the Giants solved all of their problems along the offensive line and can focus on quarterbacks and committee runners. Grade: C.
No. 141 New York Jets: Chad Hansen, Wide Receiver, Cal
Strengths: Size, hands and pass-catching skills, route-running.
Hansen is a well-built, long-striding receiver best known for hauling in Davis Webb's deep passes. But Hansen is also an effective short route-runner who can snap off slants and other underneath routes and drift into zone-coverage soft spots. He caught his share of screens in the Cal Air Raid and is strong and just nifty enough after the catch to cause trouble.
Lack of pure foot quickness off the line and after cuts will limit Hansen, but he offers a lot as a complementary receiver.
You know what else I missed? I missed the part where the Jets found a quarterback, a tight end, two cornerbacks and depth all over the roster so they could spend this whole draft selecting safeties and wide receivers. Grade: C-minus.
No. 142 Houston Texans: Carlos Watkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
Strengths: Size, Initial quickness.
Weaknesses: Power, technique.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson is getting too much screen time. Quick: Someone put a space suit on Garett Bolles' baby!
At least Whitson didn't sing "Fly, Eagles Fly" from space.
Watkins has an explosive first step but not much else. He's not as stout as his frame suggests and doesn't support his quickness with pass-rushing technique. He had a strong Senior Bowl, in my opinion, and I like him as a wave player who can penetrate as a 3-tech in some packages and get by in a rotation at nose tackle. Factor in upside if he develops a complete game to go with his potential, and this isn't a bad pick. Grade: B-minus.
No. 143 Indianapolis Colts: Marlon Mack, Running Back, South Florida
Strengths: Versatility, big-play capability.
Weaknesses: Consistency, rushing style.
The Colts running game generated just four rushes of 20-plus yards last season and zero rushes of 40-plus yards. Playmaking change-up to Frank Gore has been one of the many blind spots in an organization full of blind spots.
Mack, USF's all-time leading rusher, is either a smaller, quicker version of Le'Veon Bell or a mid-major wonder whose game won't translate to the NFL.
Like Bell, Mack can stutter-step to set up blocks and then explode for a big gain. Mack also has the speed and fluidity to excel as a receiver out of the backfield.
But he also has some troubling habits. He runs outside with his shoulders perpendicular to the line of scrimmage, does too much backtracking in search of Barry Sanders highlights and sometimes holds the ball like he's waving a flag at a parade. He's the kind of back who makes the highlight reel for two touchdowns in Week 3 and then gets benched for the season in Week 4 for fumbling at the end of a nine-yard loss. Still, as a change-up for Gore at the end of the fourth round, he's a fine selection. Grade: B-plus.
No. 144 Indianapolis Colts: Grover Stewart, Defensive Tackle, Albany State
Strengths: Size, power.
Weaknesses: Technique, level of competition.
Stewart looked like Warren Sapp's big brother at times against Division II competition. He frequently sled his blocker straight back into the backfield and can hold his ground against double-teams. His technique consists of slamming into his blocker as hard as possible and hoping he shatters, and sometimes Stewart lets blockers get under his pads and neutralize him. He could be a load in the middle if he learns what to do with his arms.
The Colts did a nice job adding long-term potential with this 1-2 punch at the end of the fourth round. Grade: A-minus.
Round 5 Pick-by-Pick Grades
No. 145 Denver Broncos: Jake Butt, Tight End, Michigan
In honor of what may be the best tight end draft class ever, Bleacher Report proudly presents this field-guide scouting report on Jake Butt.
Productivity: Ninety-seven catches in 2015-16 for a program that hasn't exactly been an aerial circus.
Athleticism: Butt's athleticism is downplayed in favor of his leadership, competitiveness, work ethic and intangibles because he's white. Yeah, I'm pretty much done sugarcoating that stuff. He's a good athlete. And a hardworking leadership guy too.
But can he block? Tough and willing, but a little unrefined and grabby.
Other notes: Butt is coming off a late-season ACL tear, of course, so his 2017 usefulness will be limited. He'll develop into a tight end who gives the Broncos a little bit of everything.
Once you make peace with the fact that the Broncos feel no urgency and are drafting methodically for the long term, selections like this one start to look good. Grade: Excellent.
No. 146 San Francisco 49ers: George Kittle, Tight End, Iowa
In honor of what may be the best tight end draft class ever, Bleacher Report proudly presents this field-guide scouting report on George Kittle.
Productivity: Twenty-two catches last year. You don't turn on Iowa games to watch the tight end used in creative ways.
Athleticism: Kittle ran a 4.52 40 at the combine at 248 pounds. His father was a Hawkeyes left tackle. His cousin is Broncos tight end and former Iowa teammate Henry Krieger-Coble.
But can he block? Again: Iowa tight end. Which means "small Iowa tackle." Which means good blocker.
Other notes: The Charles Clay comparison is common for Kittle, because it fits. He's a raw receiver, but like Clay, he can line up at H-back, block for 25 running plays, then streak down the seam for a score the moment the defense starts lining up its biggest, slowest linebacker over him.
Kittle should quickly push his way past Garrett Celek on the depth chart. Kyle Shanahan will find matchups for him to exploit. Grade: Excellent.
No. 147 Chicago Bears: Jordan Morgan, Guard, Kutztown
Strengths: Size, upside.
Morgan is a mountainous small-program lineman with small-program lineman issues. He leans too far forward when blocking and bumps into defenders rather than striking them, because those are the things you can get away with when you are the biggest, strongest human on the field.
I've seen scouting reports praising his foot quickness, but it just looked adequate to me. Morgan is a practice-squad project at guard. The Bears are now just trying to impress us with how many small-college prospects they know about. Grade: Poor.
No. 148 Jacksonville Jaguars: Blair Brown, Linebacker, Ohio
Strengths: Burst, instincts/play recognition.
Brown was Tarell Basham's co-conspirator at Ohio, an inside penetrator whose game complemented Basham's devastation on the edge nicely. He's short and undersized for a blitzing inside linebacker, but Brown has enough athleticism and football IQ to adjust his game and become a nickel linebacker or multi-position sub. Grade: Good.
No. 149 Atlanta Falcons: Damontae Kazee, Cornerback, San Diego State
Strengths: Quickness, alertness/instincts, playing the ball.
Weaknesses: Size-speed measurables are not ideal.
Kazee is this year's William Jackson: a fun-to-watch mid-major superstar (two-time Mountain West Defender of the Year) who makes a ton of plays even though opponents should really know better than to throw to his side of the field.
Kazee looks lean and a half-step slow compared to this year's metahumans at cornerback, but he can step in and play an immediate role.
Bears fans who think I am picking on their team have to wonder why they are drafting giant guards from tiny programs when starting-caliber cornerbacks are on the board. Grade: Excellent.
No. 150 New York Jets: Jordan Leggett, Tight End, Clemson
In honor of what may be the best tight end draft class ever, Bleacher Report proudly presents this field-guide scouting report on Jordan Leggett.
Productivity: Leggett went 46-736-7 (16 yards per catch) for the national champions, who happen to be a wide receiver factory with the best receiver in the nation (Mike Williams) as their primary passing weapon.
Athleticism: Leggett is a former high school receiver with great agility. His workout numbers didn't stand out at the combine because this year's tight end class consists of Kryptonians.
But can he block? He'll try.
Other notes: The Jets tight end depth chart consists of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Braedon Bowman, Eric Tomlinson and Brian Parker. My usual routine is to create one-line intros and gags about each of these players, but Seferian-Jenkins is the only one I can identify, and he is suspended to start the season. Former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey wasn't a big fan of tight ends, preferring four-wide receiver sets that made maximum use of the Jets' three NFL-quality receivers.
"Lazy Leggett" has owned up to the questionable work habits of his past. Give me someone who knows his effort is a potential problem over someone who thinks he's made it any day. Leggett would be the first or second tight end off the board in a typical class. Grade: Excellent. (This tight end run is really padding some teams' grades!)
No. 151 Los Angeles Chargers: Desmond King, Safety, Iowa
Strengths: Durability, versatility, instincts, hands/ball skills.
Weaknesses: Athleticism, tackling.
King was the most likely player in this year's draft class to be referred to as "a football player."
While a ridiculous cliche, "football player" is also a high compliment for someone who lacks eye-popping workout results. It signifies the guy who shouts and whoops at the start of practice, runs to be first on the field for punt coverage drills, knows when to make a tackle and when to strip the ball, figures out the route combination and steps in front of the pass, makes the tackle on the end-of-game lateral play and all the other little things that come from being intense, aware and thrilled to be playing football instead of hammering roof shingles. That's King.
King is smart and technically proficient enough in man coverage to play cornerback but lacks high-end speed. He has the read-and-react skills to play safety but is an inconsistent tackler. He produced lots of promising tape in three years as a Big Ten starter, plus some sloppy/foolish penalties.
I love King as a second cornerback and force defender. I also like the idea of doubling down on defensive backs in the middle rounds and coming away with King and Rayshawn Jenkins. So this selection deserves a rarely-given Special Grade: Double-Deluxe Extra Excellent.
No. 152 Carolina Panthers: Corn Elder, Cornerback, Miami
Strengths: Competitiveness, quickness, intelligence and instincts.
Elder is the ultimate Mighty Mite cornerback. He flat-out loves to hit, plays run support well and can match up with any jitterbug receiver in the league. His tape pops, and his toughness/competitiveness was obvious during Senior Bowl practices.
Here's the thing: Smaller cornerbacks usually play in the slot, because they are too likely to get matched up by Julio Jones-sized receivers when split wide. In the slot, they must play run support, which means they often take on run-blocking tackles and tight ends. Below a certain weight class, the whole berserk X-23 routine becomes irrelevant, because it doesn't matter how aggressive a Jack Russell Terrier is against a snowplow. Elder is just a hair above the "too small for the NFL" threshold, and that's when he's at his ideal weight.
So Elder is either a total mold-breaker or a kick gunner who only covers Taylor Gabriel in the dime package. Watching him practice, I started believing he could be the former. Grade: Good.
No. 153 Cincinnati Bengals: Jake Elliott, Kicker, Memphis
Elliott broke Stephen Gostkowski's field-goal record at Memphis, nailing 81 of them (on 104 attempts) in four seasons as the Tigers kicker. Elliott is small, even by kicker standards, and lacks power and hang time on kickoffs. Take him past 40 yards, and he becomes erratic: He will kick straight-on when on a far hashmark or slice the attempt too far.
The Bengals kept Mike Nugent around until his leg was a dry twig, then had to scramble to replace him last season. Drafting a kicker in the fifth round isn't a terrible idea if you select the right kicker. The right kicker's name was Zane Gonzalez. This could turn into an adventure. Grade: Poor.
No. 154 Washington Redskins: Jeremy Sprinkle, Tight End, Arkansas
In honor of what may be the best tight end draft class ever, Bleacher Report proudly presents this field-guide scouting report on Jeremy Sprinkle.
Productivity: Sixty total catches and 10 touchdowns in 2015-16. It's Razorbacks football, folks. That translates to about 60 catches per year in a normal offense—or 175 per year in the Big 12.
Athleticism: Sprinkle is like Groot: tree-like, with huge arms and hands, and surprisingly nimble for someone you want to hang a tire swing from.
But can he block? Blocking is Sprinkle's thing. He has the best technique of any tight end in this class, as well as the strength and mentality for the role.
Other notes: Sprinkle is best known for shoplifting from Belk before the Belk Bowl. The incident involved a complimentary swag bag from the department store and Sprinkle's inexplicably stupid decision to fill it with a little something extra. Assuming he matures a great deal after that Winona Ryder moment, Sprinkle can grow into a Benjamin Watson type whose blocking keeps him on the field for three downs and whose an effective enough receiver to make linebackers and box safeties pay for trying to cover him.
Washington likes to use multi-tight end sets, and it can use a thumper to take some blocking pressure off Jordan Reed. Grade: Excellent.
No. 155 Tennessee Titans: Jayon Brown, Linebacker, UCLA
Brown is a quality coverage and in-space linebacker. He's a good system fit as a package player. The Titans have reached the point where they can afford to invest in sub-package and situational players. Grade: Good.
No. 156 Atlanta Falcons: Brian Hill, Running Back, Wyoming
Strengths: Between-the-tackles downhill running, pass protection.
Weaknesses: Receiving chops.
A late riser on draft boards and designated supersleeper in analytics circles, Hill rushed for 3,491 yards in his final two seasons at Wyoming. Think of him as off-brand Leonard Fournette. He's not as big or fast as the LSU star, but he takes I formation and Ace formation handoffs, runs downhill, has good hips and shoulders for shedding tackles and making economical cuts and finishes runs with authority.
Hill is also a willing pass protector, so his rudimentary receiving chops won't necessarily take him off the field on third downs. Grade: Good.
No. 157 Arizona Cardinals: Will Holden, Offensive Tackle, Vanderbilt
Strengths: Run-blocking, finish, experience.
Weaknesses: Lateral quickness, short arms.
What's your favorite Will Holden movie? It's hard to argue against The Bridge on the River Kwai, but I'm a Network fan myself, and who doesn't have a soft spot for The Towering Inferno? And then there's Sunset Boulevard: absolutely iconic.
(The preceding paragraph was brought to you by Turner Classic Movies. C'mon, folks: It's hard to punch up these offensive lineman reports. Especially this year, when the tackles stink. At least Bruce Arians gets these references.)
This Will Holden is ready for his close-up after two years at left tackle against top SEC competition. He's a stocky, ornery type best suited to right tackle. Like every other tackle in this class, Holden needs lots of technical polish to maintain footwork and balance. He could stick as a multi-position sub to start his career. The Cardinals are doing a fine job building quality depth on the offensive line here on Day 3. Grade: Good.
No. 158 Indianapolis Colts: Nate Hairston, Cornerback, Temple
Strengths: Size/athleticism, upside.
Weaknesses: Experience, fundamentals.
Hairston played wide receiver early in his college career, only switching to cornerback in 2015. He demonstrated good play recognition and lateral quickness, but he's no technician, and his default coverage technique against better receivers was to give them a soft cushion and make tackles after receptions. The tools are there, but if every receiver-turned-cornerback turned into Richard Sherman, there wouldn't be anything remarkable about Richard Sherman. Grade: Good.
No. 159 Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Eluemunor, Guard, Texas A&M
Strengths: Size, athleticism.
Weaknesses: Experience, technique.
Eluemunor was born in London and came to America at age 14. He played rugby early in life, working his way up from Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania to a redshirt role with the Aggies and finally a 2016 starting job. He's a little like Marcus Cannon: huge, pear-shaped guy with some nimbleness, played tackle at a Big 12 spread-offense passing factory, needs at least a year to figure out what he's doing. The Ravens will spend that year scoring 0.75 points per game, because no matter what they do to upgrade their interior line, their receiving corps still stinks. Grade: Poor.
No. 160 Cleveland Browns: Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
Strengths: Size, strength, upside.
Weaknesses: Fundamentals, consistency.
Johnson looks like an elite left tackle prospect until you watch him play. He has the size, long arms and strong lower body of a Trent Williams type, and there are stretches when he overpowers his defenders and demonstrates something approaching textbook technique.
And then, Johnson's feet are crossed. Or he is inexplicably on the ground. Or he's lunging at defenders and losing balance. At its best, Johnson's technique is robotic: carefully placed steps to maintain position against an edge-rusher. At its worst, Johnson looks like an AT-AT from Star Wars waiting to get tripped.
Rare size and big-program experience got Johnson drafted. But the Browns have a lot of work to do. I like Johnson as a developmental fifth-rounder much more than I would have on Friday night.
Note: The Jets traded out of this pick. Imagine looking at their roster and thinking, "Mission accomplished. Let's start sliding down to stockpile picks for the future." It's not like the Jets are set at tackle, for instance. Grade: Good.
No. 161 Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Walker Jr., Linebacker, Northwestern
Strengths: Between-the-tackles capability, instincts.
Weaknesses: Speed, quickness, range.
Walker was called "The Franchise" at Northwestern. Isn't it cute how even academic universities have stopped pretending they are programs and now use business terminology to hype their unpaid labor.
Anyway, Walker is a big thumper in the middle who does a lot of little things well: read and diagnose, sift through traffic to find the ball, constrict middle zones and so on. He's a high-effort guy who should stick as an extra linebacker, despite limitations.
The Colts are just creating competition on defense now. It will be an exciting new experience for them. Grade: Good.
No. 162 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy McNichols, Running Back, Boise State
Strengths: Quickness, balance.
Weaknesses: Ball security.
McNichols is a compact, fun-to-watch, no-nonsense rusher who was incredibly productive for the Broncos (1,709 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in 2016). He's a determined runner who once regained his balance against Wyoming by dropping his free hand to the ground and running "three-legged" for about five yards.
McNichols fumbled eight times at Boise State and will sometimes just eject the ball when jarred by a big hit. He worked out well at the combine but is not an elite size-speed specimen. He's worth a look at this point in the draft, especially for a team that was scraping running backs off the practice squad and dropping them in the huddle last year. But those fumbles will be his greatest obstacle to a pro career. Grade: B.
No. 163 Buffalo Bills: Matt Milano, Linebacker, Boston College
Strengths: Awareness, motor.
Federal law requires that all Boston College linebackers be compared to Luke Kuechly, especially when Kuechly's old boss Sean McDermott is the one who selected Milano in the draft.
Well...Milano is not Luke Kuechly. He's a lunging tackler, largely because he lacks the quickness to position himself and break down against better ball-carriers. He'll also get plowed like winter wheat when a run-blocking lineman latches on. Milano does diagnose plays well and plays with hustle, so he'll win some coaches over and be a good culture fit with the all-new, all-business Bills. Grade: Good.
No. 164 Miami Dolphins: Isaac Asiata, Guard, Utah
Strengths: Power, quickness, effort/character.
Weaknesses: Technique and precision.
Asiata (the cousin of running back Matt Asiata) is one of my favorite players in this draft. Garett Bolles got all of the attention for crushing everything in his path at left tackle for the Utes, but Asiata was beside him clobbering defenders and paving the way for Joe Williams.
Asiata plays nasty but is a soft-spoken, high-character guy off the field. He has quick feet and benched 35 reps at the combine. Like Bolles, he is more of a raw mauler than a precision blocker, prone to lunging, getting lost on a stunt or whiffing at the second level. But he's everything you would want in a developmental phone-booth guard.
The Dolphins always need extra bodies on the offensive line. This is their first line selection of the draft. It's a little late, but it's a sound choice. Grade: Good.
No. 165 Detroit Lions: Jamal Agnew, Cornerback, San Diego
Agnew was a pro day standout and four-year starter at a small program. He has the requisite feisty reputation for a 185-pound defender.
Opponents only threw 151 incomplete passes against the Lions last season. That's fewer than 10 per game. Opponents converted 206 first downs through passing plays, which means the Lions were more likely to give up a first-down pass than cause an incompletion last season.
Obviously, there's room for improvement in the secondary, even with Teez Tabor arriving in the second round. Grade: Good.
No. 166 Philadelphia Eagles: Shelton Gibson, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
Strengths: Speed, quickness, over-the-shoulder catches/deep tracking ability.
Weaknesses: Size, catching in traffic, over-the-middle receiving.
Gibson is a pure boundary receiver. He's dangerous on the fly route, the comeback route that looks like a fly route until he stops and the screen.
College boundary receivers are most likely to translate to the NFL if: they are crafty enough in their first steps off the line of scrimmage to beat jams and create initial separation and they can block enough to stay on the field. Gibson has both of those traits, making him a promising lid-lifter.
Bold prediction: Gibson ends up playing the role Torrey Smith is penciled in to play in the Eagles offense. And he does it better. Grade: Excellent.
No. 167 New York Giants: Avery Moss, Defensive End, Youngstown State
Strengths: Arms, quickness, torque move.
Weaknesses: Technique, character issues.
Moss and Derek Rivers combined for 24.5 sacks for the Penguins last year. Moss was banned from the Nebraska campus in 2014 for allegedly exposing himself to a female student in 2012. He became the best athlete on the field at Youngstown State, an effective turn-the-corner edge-rusher who needed only one move (and Rivers coming off the other edge) to win.
Moss is quicker and twitchier than Rivers. Rivers has better workout numbers, has a better practice rep and has never felt the need to expose himself to anyone.
Long story short: Moss is a quick-step, long-arm prospect who will be an understudy to Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul, and Youngstown State's nickname is the Penguins. Grade: Good.
No. 168 Oakland Raiders: Marquel Lee, Linebacker, Wake Forest
Lee was a three-year starter for the Demon Deacons with 14.5 career sacks. He's well-regarded as a run defender and straight-ahead defender. Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton Jr. know their linebackers, but there is still a lot of better-regarded talent on the board. Grade: Poor.
No. 169 Houston Texans: Treston DeCoud, Cornerback, Oregon State
DeCoud is a well-built cornerback who was both penalty-prone and susceptible to big plays at Oregon State. His speed-quickness measurables are not outstanding. There is better value at cornerback still out there. Grade: Poor.
No. 170 Minnesota Vikings: Rodney Adams, Wide Receiver, South Florida
Strengths: Size/speed package, effort.
Weaknesses: Separation, route tree.
Adams is your standard mid-major screens-and-bombs receiver. He rises above the pack because of 4.44-second 40 speed and his willingness as a blocker. He may fit Cordarrelle Patterson's old role in the Vikings' receiver ecosystem. Grade: Good.
No. 171 Buffalo Bills: Nathan Peterman, Quarterback, Pittsburgh
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Peterman's calling cards are: his five-touchdown performance in a win against Clemson and a solid Senior Bowl week in which he looked like the kind of quarterback who usually has a strong Senior Bowl week.
Sorry, that's snarky. I like Peterman well enough. He's just an ordinary overall prospect: good enough size, good enough arm and athleticism, enough success at a major program. It's the Kessler/Colt McCoy/AJ McCarron toolkit, and it usually projects to a backup who sticks around for years and gets the local sports talk callers hot and bothered if he wins a spot start or looks good in the preseason.
You can probably guess where that might go in Buffalo.
I don't think Peterman can beat Tyrod Taylor for a starting job anytime soon. But the Bills appear eager to enjoy the pleasures of a quarterback controversy. At least they took Peterman in the fifth round and not the third. And at least this isn't Chad Kelly. That would have been...something in Buffalo. Grade: Good.
No. 172 Denver Broncos: Isaiah McKenzie, Wide Receiver, Georgia
McKenzie has six career return touchdowns to go with the usual screens-and-reverses production you expect from a pint-sized receiver. His size is a major issue. The fact that he duplicates Carlos Henderson will be an even bigger one when the Broncos start finalizing their roster at the end of camp. Grade: Poor.
No. 173 Pittsburgh Steelers: Brian Allen, Cornerback/Safety, Utah
Strengths: Length, leaping ability, ball skills.
Allen is a converted wide receiver, and he tackles like one. He has better footwork and awareness than many ultra-tall cornerbacks, though, and he can read patterns, break on the ball and use his long arms and jumping ability to intercept or break up passes. I like him better than most of the other beanpole tweeners in this class, and he fits for the Steelers, who like defensive backs who can handle off coverage. Grade: Excellent.
No. 174 Atlanta Falcons: Eric Saubert, Tight End, Drake
Strengths: Athleticism, size.
Weaknesses: Has hands like knees.
Saubert's game tape consists of an amazing small-program athlete getting open over and over again and either hauling in a touchdown pass or dropping a throw a good high school JV player should haul in. Shrine Game observers saw some improvement in his hands and pass-catching technique. Saubert's potential is intriguing, and the Falcons have enough weapons on offense that they can redshirt a tight end. Grade: Good.
No. 175 Green Bay Packers: DeAngelo Yancey, Wide Receiver, Purdue
Strengths: Height, ball tracking.
Yancey is a tall collegiate playmaker who caught 10 touchdown passes in 2016. He's a long strider with limited quickness, making it hard to project him as a valuable underneath receiver. But Yancey has the size and mentality to be a factor on special teams. If a Ted Thompson wide receiver pick made perfect sense, it wouldn't be a Ted Thompson wide receiver pick. Grade: Good.
No. 176 Cincinnati Bengals: J.J. Dielman, Center, Utah
Strengths: Athleticism, versatility.
Weaknesses: Power, technique.
Part of Utah's stellar offensive line (with Garett Bolles and Isaac Asiata), Dielman moved from right tackle to center last year but missed most of the season with a broken leg. He's short-armed and lacks tackle athleticism but is raw as a center. Sounds like the perfect formula for a four-position sub. Grade: Good.
No. 177 San Francisco 49ers: Trent Taylor, Wide Receiver, Louisiana Tech
A 5'8" wide receiver who ran a 4.63-second 40 at the combine (though with some fine cone and shuttle results). Thresholds, guys. I know you are new at this, but you have to be mindful of thresholds. Grade: Poor.
No. 178 Miami Dolphins: Davon Godchaux, Defensive Tackle, LSU
Strengths: Size, athleticism.
Godchaux is a powerfully built 310-pounder with quick feet and the agility to get skinny when shooting a gap. Everything else should just be nitpicking, but a tendency to wear down quickly during drives, come off the snap late and pop straight up into the arms of his blocker has kept Godchaux from becoming a Michael Brockers-caliber prospect.
NFL coaches are usually a little more logical than NCAA coaches about using 310-pounders for 40 snaps per game instead of 75 (though LSU was pretty generous with the series off), so Godchaux could turn into a nasty package sub right away. This is a great value pick for a team that needs wave defenders on the interior line. Grade: Excellent.
No. 179 Arizona Cardinals: T.J. Logan, Running Back, North Carolina
Strengths: Speed, open-field capability, versatility.
Logan got lost in the shuffle of weapons with the Tar Heels, then woke everyone up with a 4.37-second 40 at the combine. He's a quick accelerator with the ball in his hands who can make things happen on swings, screens and returns. He can run between the tackles, but he's not a great cutter or block reader, and he isn't built to take a pounding. Logan's pure speed makes him a potentially special player in a 5-10 touches-and-returns role. He'll make a nifty complement to David Johnson. Grade: Good.
No. 180 Minnesota Vikings: Danny Isidora, Guard, Miami
Strengths: Experience, technique.
Weaknesses: Power, upside.
Isidora is your basic major-program starter with limited upside. He's huge and relatively athletic but was nothing special at the Senior Bowl and doesn't possess any one superior NFL attribute. Even on the Vikings offensive line, he'll have to fight for a roster spot. Grade: Poor.
No. 181 New York Jets: Dylan Donahue, Defensive End, West Georgia
An undersized pass-rusher from the Gulf South Conference? When you need cornerbacks, offensive linemen...a quarterback (though that ship has sailed, I guess)? You do you, Jets. Grade: Poor.
No. 182 Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jones, Running Back, Texas-El Paso
Powerful runner but small; gained over 2,000 yards for the Miners last year; has some fans among draftnik circles, including Ted Thompson, of course. Something about seeing Christine Michael near the top of a depth chart gets teams to prioritize multiple selections at running back. Grade: Good.
No. 183 Kansas City Chiefs: Ukeme Eligwe, Linebacker, Georgia Southern
A one-time Florida State recruit who transferred to Georgia Southern after the dreaded foot injury/rules violation 1-2 combo. Recorded 2.5 sacks last season. The Chiefs have a good track record with players like this. But this selection feels reachy. Grade: Poor.
No. 184 Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Gerry, Safety, Nebraska
Strengths: Burst, intangibles.
Weaknesses: Speed and range.
Gerry, a two-year team captain for the Cornhuskers, is at his best when he can explode toward the line of scrimmage to shoot a gap or disrupt a screen play. He handles underneath assignments well and will turn mistakes into interceptions. Gerry lacks an extra gear when pursuing ball-carriers to the edge or on breakaways and will probably struggle in deep coverage. He can shine in dime packages and probably get by as a box safety. A solid wrap-up-the-fifth round selection. Grade: Good.
Round 6 Pick-by-Pick Grades
No. 185 Cleveland Browns: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Strengths: Block shedding/hand use, quickness, power.
Weaknesses: Pass-rush creativity.
Brantley looks like an All-Pro during the first three seconds of every play but a fringe player on the last three.
He has the explosive first step of a 3-tech superstar, and he uses strong arms and hand technique to keep blockers disengaged and either control his gap or pursue the quarterback. Then, something bad happens: He attempts a spin move that goes nowhere (or leaves him with his back to the quarterback), he fails to close the gap to notch the sack, or (worst of all) he slows to a stop to watch a play that is still going on.
Brantley would fit best on a D-line with multiple pass-rushers, so he can disrupt the run on early downs and be the containment rusher on 3rd-and-long. Have you seen who the Browns have drafted this year? They are building a D-line that should define their identity for years to come. In a good way. Grade: Excellent.
No. 186 Baltimore Ravens: Chuck Clark, Safety, Virginia Tech
Strengths: Experience, run defense.
Weaknesses: Tweener tendencies.
Clark was a three-year starter as a safety for the Hokies who was marketed during the predraft run-up as a matchup cornerback. He's physical and aggressive as a safety but small for the position. At cornerback, he's inexperienced and a little stiff, and he has a run defender's mentality (his eyes are on the line and the backfield, not necessarily the receivers). He could develop into a "heavy nickel" type of defender, but that's his upside. Gonna just hammer the Ravens with this grade for not getting an offensive skill position player. Again. Grade: Poor.
No. 187 Seattle Seahawks: Michael Tyson, Safety, Cincinnati
So, the Seahawks saw Earl Thomas get hurt, had a meeting with Richard Sherman that got a little testy, then started hyperventilating into a paper bag and drafting defensive backs. That's as good an explanation as any for this draft class. Unless they are innovating the 1-1-9 defense. Grade: Poor.
No. 188 New York Jets: Elijah McGuire, Running Back, Louisiana-Lafayette
McGuire rushed for three-straight 1,000-yard seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette. He has also battled foot injuries. An injured, overused small-school running back. You do you, Jets. Grade: Poor.
No. 189 Los Angeles Rams: Tanzel Smart, Defensive Tackle, Tulane
Strengths: Effort, motor.
Smart is a tough, high-energy mid-major standout with decent initial quickness and a splash of pass-rushing technique. He projects as a coach's favorite who gets the job done as a rotation tackle and won't kill you if he starts, because he will hustle to the whistle and won't make mistakes. A sound value in this round. Grade: Good.
No. 190 Los Angeles Chargers: Sam Tevi, Offensive Tackle, Utah
Strengths: Quickness, aggressiveness.
The Utah line was really good in 2016. Like linemates Garett Bolles and Isaac Asiata, Tevi is quick-footed and aggressive, able to get out to the second level and drop a payload on a defender. Tevi also has a terrible habit of lunging straight forward with his helmet down at the snap, which will lead to both blown blocks and possible concussions if he doesn't refine his technique. Tevi played left and right tackle and some defense in his career, so he may stick as a multi-position sub and project.
The Chargers are working overtime on their offensive line upgrade. Maybe Philip Rivers has secretly taken over the organization. Nah, they would still be in San Diego. Grade: Good.
No. 191 Dallas Cowboys: Xavier Woods, Safety, Louisiana Tech
Strengths: Range, instincts, hustle.
Weaknesses: Size, some swing-and-whiff tackling.
Draft crush alert! Woods is an undersized, high-octane, mid-major playmaker who is always around the football. He can attack the backfield or play in space and usually takes great angles to the football, though he will sometimes overrun the play or go for the kill shot. He will also read the quarterback and undercut a route given the opportunity. Woods cannot cover Gronk types, but I love him as a nickel package safety against nifty slot receivers and as a special teams demon. Grade: Excellent.
No. 192 Carolina Panthers: Alex Armah, Fullback, West Georgia
Linebacker-fullback tough guy from a small program. The Panthers may be looking for the next Mike Tolbert. Or maybe just a special teamer. Either way, this is a reach. Grade: Poor.
No. 193 Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Evans, Linebacker, Oklahoma
Strengths: Athleticism, versatility.
Evans was extremely productive as a run-stopper, coverage defender and sometimes-blitzer over three seasons as a starter for the Sooners. He has a wide battery of skills: diagnosing and shooting gaps, constricting throwing lanes and jumping routes in zone coverage and timing his blitz and leaping to deflect passes. I've seen knocks on his stack-and-fill game, but I think Evans does a pretty good job taking on blockers in the hole.
Evans fails to wrap on tackles and can be slow to redirect when the ball is going right by him. But I think he has outstanding potential as a coverage-and-space linebacker. Grade: Excellent.
No. 194 Miami Dolphins: Vincent Taylor, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma State
Strengths: Size, quickness.
Weaknesses: Power for a huge man.
I like Taylor more than most draftniks. He's a quick-footed 300-pounder who can shed blockers, and he consistently shows up on tape with wins and hurries. He loses leverage and lacks consistency, and some of his production comes from playing hundreds of passing downs in the Big 12, but interior pass-rushers can be very useful at the NFL level, and Taylor has the tools to be a good one. Rotate him with Davon Godchaux in support of Ndamukong Suh, and you don't have to worry about either of them getting overused or exposed. Grade: Good.
No. 195 Buffalo Bills: Tanner Vallejo, Linebacker, Boise State
High-effort, low-measurables coverage linebacker who played though a wrist injury last year. Duplicates Matt Milano as the high-motor middle linebacker in the Bills draft class. Grade: Poor.
No. 196 New Orleans Saints: Al-Quadin Muhammad, Defensive End, Miami
Athletic project whose college career was marred by multiple suspensions, some more serious than others. His combine results didn't blow the league away, but there is talent here. Grade: Poor.
No. 197 New York Jets: Jeremy Clark, Safety/Cornerback, Michigan
Strengths: Size, athleticism.
Weaknesses: ACL injury, lateral quickness.
Clark missed most of 2016 with an ACL tear and was unable to run at the combine. He's your typical king-sized cornerback-safety tweener: His strides are too long and loose for him to be a top cover cornerback, and while he has some potential as a downhill striker, his physicality is not ideal for the safety position. Clark projects as a possible matchup nickel defender, but so do a lot of tall cornerbacks who cannot move laterally.
Hey, you know what: I'm not going to hammer the Jets for drafting a damaged-goods tweener here, because it's the sixth round, and at least they addressed a need. Grade: Good.
No. 198 San Francisco 49ers: D.J. Jones, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi
Strengths: Size/athleticism package, upside.
Weaknesses: Consistency, durability.
Jones is a 319-pound mountain of a man with surprising agility and some pass-rush moves, including an effective rip move to disengage from blocks.
Jones appeared to be developing into a first-round pick early in 2016, but his play tailed off late in the year. When not at the top of his game, Jones can be skated around by blockers and ends up on the ground too often.
Jones rose from the JUCO ranks of "Last Chance U" (East Mississippi Community College) and may still be putting his game together. He may also max out as a 20-snap rotation tackle.
The 49ers allowed 22 rushing plays of 20-plus yards last season, the highest figure in the NFL. It should be noted that former defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil was the innovator of a system in which defensive linemen read the blocks of offensive linemen while linebackers read the motion of the defensive linemen. Safeties read Anna Karenina, or something. It was a system with two built-in sources of potential miscommunication and failure, particularly when defenders were tired, and they always were when Chip Kelly's offense went three-and-out in 75 seconds of real time.
So grabbing extra reinforcements on the defensive line who can actually play at this point in the draft earns a positive assessment. Grade: Excellent.
No. 199 Washington Redskins: Chase Roullier, Center-Guard, Wyoming
Strengths: Size, tenacity, footwork.
Weaknesses: Power, initial quickness.
Roullier is a find-a-way blocker who lacks elite power or quickness but is effective when blocking on the move. He performed well at Shrine Game practices. He projects as a heady multi-position sub in a zone-blocking scheme. This is the time to draft such useful spare parts. Grade: Good.
No. 200 New York Giants: Adam Bisnowaty, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh
Strengths: Experience, competitiveness, thickness, arm length.
Weaknesses: Balance, quickness.
Bisnowaty is a thick, ornery, find-a-way blocker who looks slow and awkward when moving laterally, whether when zone blocking or sliding out against edge-rushers.
Stick Bisnowaty at left tackle, and he'll allow just five sacks per year—but with roughly a billion holding penalties. Move him inside, and he'll get your running back creamed on screen passes by whiffing on blocks at the second level.
Keep Bisnowaty around as a super sub, however, and he can do enough of everything to prevent crises if he has to make a spot start or two.
The Giants needed more on the offensive line than Bisnowaty. But his versatility makes him a good selection here. Grade: Good.
No. 201 Minnesota Vikings: Bucky Hodges, Tight End, Virgina Tech
In honor of what may be the best tight end draft class ever, Bleacher Report proudly presents this field-guide scouting report on Bucky Hodges (even though he might be a wide receiver).
Productivity: Three straight seasons of 40-50 receptions, six or seven touchdowns and gobs of big plays against major-conference competition.
Athleticism: Forget Bucky: This dude is the Winter Soldier!!! (Sorry. Not my best work. But it was just sitting there.) Hodges is a converted quarterback who stands 6'6" and owned his combine workouts.
But can he block? Eh. It's not as bad as you would think when you hear "converted quarterback." It's not great, though.
Other notes: The Hokies were more likely to split Hodges wide in search of mismatches (and interference penalties) against 5'10" cornerbacks than they were to motion him into an H-back role. And in-line blocking just didn't happen. I see Hodges compared to Devin Funchess often, and that comp underscores the risk that he's a pumped-up receiver who can't get separation rather than an athletic mismatch of a tight end. At this point in the draft, though: Take a big, productive guy, and see what he can do. Grade: Good.
No. 202 San Francisco 49ers: Pita Taumoepenu, Edge-Rusher, Utah
Undersized pass-rusher who recorded nine sacks last season. Gets good marks for agility, hustle and potential as a special teamer. Grade: Good.
No. 203 Denver Broncos: De'Angelo Henderson, Running Back, Coastal Carolina
Strengths: Speed, receiving ability.
Weaknesses: Lateral quickness.
Henderson was a prolific, pint-sized rusher and receiver for the Chanticleers who dropped a 4.49-second 40 at the combine. He's a small back who runs like a big back, which can cause trouble in the NFL, both because of injury potential and because NFL linebackers aren't as easily muscled through in the open field.
Henderson reminds me of Dri Archer, the mid-major burner drafted by the Steelers a few years ago who could never develop into much more than a role player. That said, the Broncos need a playmaker as a rotational running back, and Henderson has a lot of potential for a sixth-rounder. Grade: Good.
No. 204 New York Jets: Derrick Jones, Cornerback, Mississippi
Jones is a 188-pound clothes prop who bounced from receiver to cornerback for the Rebels and never found a full-time home at either position. There are still many solid cornerback prospects on the draft board. You could not make a Jets draft up if you tried. Grade: Poor.
No. 205 Detroit Lions: Jeremiah Ledbetter, Defensive End, Arkansas
Strengths: Size, run-stuffing.
Weaknesses: Athleticism, pass-rushing.
Ledbetter's box set, The Swamp Holler Records: Years 1952-54, is now available on vinyl, which offers the highest-fidelity reproduction of his iconic homemade slide guitar and harmonica blues stylings (with expert accompaniment by washboard legend Blind Cheesesteak Hamilton).
Also: a stout wave defender with limited upside. Definitely the boxer and not the bag. Grade: Good.
No. 206 Los Angeles Rams: Sam Rogers, Fullback/H-Back, Virginia Tech
Strengths: Versatility, hands.
Rogers is the fullback equivalent of Bucky Hodges. Hodges is an oversized Virginia Tech receiver pretending to be a tight end. Rogers is a straight-line running back disguised as an all-purpose fullback. (The Hokies were led by Jerod Evans, who looked like a linebacker masquerading as a quarterback, so it all works out.)
Rogers looks like Charles Clay when sneaking up the seam for a big catch, but he has an amazing ability to run past two or three linebackers without blocking them. He's so unreliable in the open field as a blocker that I don't know if he can even stick on special teams. I will grade generously, though, because the Rams are looking for playmakers and need to cast a wide net. Grade: Good.
No. 207 Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Wilson, Athlete, Houston
Strengths: Athleticism, special teams value.
Weaknesses: Man without a position.
Wilson was a post-pro day riser, running a reported 4.36-second 40-yard dash with other outstanding numbers. He played both cornerback and running back between nagging injuries at Houston, making his biggest splash with kickoff return and blocked-kick touchdowns.
The Bengals are likely to list Wilson at running back, but his short-term future is as a core special teams contributor. He's a high-upside player if he stays healthy and settles into a position. He may also be the player the Jets thought they were selecting when they took Derrick Jones a few picks ago. Grade: Good.
No. 208 Arizona Cardinals: Rudy Ford, Safety, Auburn
Yet another multi-position, offense/defense athlete. Ford played a little bit of running back at Auburn but was primarily an undersized box safety or cornerback. The Cardinals can be creative with players like this, but what a strange run we find ourselves in. Grade: Poor.
No. 209 Washington Redskins: Robert Davis, Wide Receiver, Georgia State
Strengths: Size, speed, athleticism.
Weaknesses: Routes, release.
Davis tore up the combine with outstanding workouts. He's your basic small-program stud: athletically raw, wins by being the biggest and fastest. Those who really studied him say there's enough foot quickness and other tools to develop. Grade: Good.
No. 210 Seattle Seahawks: Justin Senior, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State
Strengths: Size, big-program experience.
Weaknesses: Footwork, technique.
Senior is a 330-pound three-year starter who got by with size and strength throughout his college career. He has some athletic upside, but he looks like a player who maxes out as a college player and will need a lot of refinement to be anything more than a fringe NFL player. But he's an actual offensive lineman, not the 14th defensive back selected by the Seahawks. And drafting actual major-college starting linemen to be starting linemen is a big positive step for this team. Grade: Good.
No. 211 New England Patriots: Conor McDermott, Offensive Tackle, UCLA
Oh look, the Patriots are still here. Hi, Patriots! A tall tackle with good workout results, you say? Sounds like a zany reach. We'll see you in the Super Bowl, with McDermott starting in two years. It's a date. Bye, guys. Grade: Good.
No. 212 Green Bay Packers: Kofi Amichia, Offensive Tackle, South Florida
The Packers call the Patriots' unheralded left tackle prospect and raise them a smaller, even less-heralded tackle prospect. The Packers are more likely to need immediate offensive line help, however. Grade: Poor.
No. 213 Pittsburgh Steelers: Colin Holba, Long Snapper, Louisville
Experienced snapper who has snapped to holders for both lefty and righty kickers as well as for punts. Athletic enough to be a factor in coverage. The seal on the Crazytown period of the draft is officially cracked with the first (and perhaps only) long snapper selected. For the record, Steelers incumbent long snapper Greg Warren is 35 years old. Grade: Good.
No. 214 Philadelphia Eagles: Elijah Qualls, Defensive Tackle, Washington
Strengths: Size, leverage.
Qualls wore No. 11 for the Huskies. Skinny numbers make big guys look bigger. Qualls looked like an industrial storage unit.
The quarterback-like uniform number was part of a general identity crisis for Qualls, a thick, all-thighs-and-glutes run-plugger. Qualls played running back in high school. The Huskies then began sliding him from nose tackle out to defensive end, where he looked like Kevin James impersonating Dwight Freeney.
Qualls is no Danny Shelton, the Browns' massive defensive tackle who preceded him at Washington. But he'll get low and control the A-gaps, and he won't look so out of place when he is wearing a uniform number in the 90s.
This is third-round value and a perfect fit for the Jim Schwartz defense sitting at the end of the sixth. Grade: Excellent.
No. 215 Detroit Lions: Brad Kaaya, Quarterback, Miami
Mike Tanier's Devastatingly Accurate Quarterback Comparison: Kaaya's downside is Mike Glennon. His upside is the fantasy version of Mike Glennon that only the Bears braintrust sees.
Kaaya's mother is Angela Means, the actress who played Felisha in the seminal 1990s comedy Friday. Felisha is best known for the line "Bye, Felisha," uttered by Ice Cube as a brush-off; the line became a meme for ending conversations with unpleasant people on the internet.
That means Kaaya's mom is a meme—the NFL's first meme mom.
Kaaya is the kind of methodical, technically-sound quarterback who can fool coaches and scouts when he throws against air during the combine and his pro day. Kaaya did look excellent during his combine throwing session (it was one of the sessions I attended). But when pressure arrives, he says "Bye, Felisha" to his decision-making and mechanics.
This is about the time in Matthew Stafford's career arc that the Lions should at least be making minor quarterback-of-the-future investments. As a developmental sixth-rounder, Kaaya is a pretty solid value. Grade: Good.
No. 216 Dallas Cowboys: Marquez White, Cornerback, Florida State
Strengths: Size, jam.
Weaknesses: Transition, footwork, run support.
White is a long-armed 6-footer who can control smaller receivers at the line of scrimmage. Things get messy after that, however, as White has bad feet and hips in transition and doesn't show up often in run support. White looked like a budding first-rounder in 2015 but didn't develop last season. It's a gamble-on-the-tape measure selection, with the risk minimized by the fact that the Cowboys have made major expenditures at cornerback in this draft. Grade: Good.
No. 217 Tennessee Titans: Corey Levin, Guard, Chattanooga
Experienced starting interior lineman. Just a depth selection at a position of strength for the Titans. Grade: Good.
No. 218 Kansas City Chiefs: Leon McQuay III, Safety, USC
Lean safety/cornerback tweener and a project. The Chiefs needed more help in the secondary than this selection, or this draft, is going to provide. Grade: Poor.
Round 7 Pick-by-Pick Grades
No. 219 Minnesota Vikings: Stacy Coley, Wide Receiver, Miami
Strengths: Speed, route-running, effort.
Weaknesses: Size, injuries.
Coley would be a first-round pick if he were two inches taller, 15 pounds heavier and didn't have a history of nagging knee/shoulder/hammy issues. He's a good, technical route-runner for a college player who snaps off his out and comeback routes. Coley can catch the ball in a crowd and is a solid blocker. He has the upside of a smooth No. 2 wide receiver or super-crafty slot weapon on third downs. His downside is the PUP list. I like this pick in this round; Coley could end up playing a bigger role than Bucky Hodges or Rodney Adams. Grade: Excellent.
No. 220 Minnesota Vikings: Ifeadi Odenigbo, Defensive End, Northwestern
Active, athletic pass-rusher with a variety of moves. A fine understudy for Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter. This was a fine 1-2 punch to start the seventh round for the Vikings. Grade: Excellent.
No. 221 Oakland Raiders: Shalom Luani, Safety, Washington State
Workout warrior with a bad reputation as a tackler. The Raiders need depth and competition at safety, but there are better options available. Grade: Poor.
No. 222 Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Myrick, Cornerback, Minnesota
Strengths: Speed, return capability, hips.
Weaknesses: Physicality, contested passes.
Myrick was the combine sprint champion among cornerbacks, with a 4.28 40. He plays to his speed and was outstanding at turning and running on deep routes. Myrick is also a capable return man, with darting moves to go with his breakaway speed.
Quarterbacks don't challenge Myrick often, but he does misplay or overrun some deep balls and can get outmuscled on 50-50s. He will never be a Cover 2 thumper and can get turned around on double moves, but he's alert in zone coverage, and speed is speed. It was surprising to still see Myrick on the board. Grade: Excellent.
No. 223 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, Defensive Tackle, USC
Strengths: He's a human cement mixer.
Weaknesses: You don't want to drive a cement mixer unless you are pouring concrete.
Tu'ikolovatu, the nephew of defensive tackle Sione Pouha, is a 330-pound central air conditioning unit of a human with the skills you might expect of a defender his size: double-team munching, run-clogging, pass-rush observing. Solid work habits and a useful initial punch should make him an effective 30-snap space hog. The Buccaneers run defense needs some pluggers and wave players. Grade: Good.
No. 224 Cleveland Browns: Zane Gonzalez, Kicker, Arizona State
Gonzalez shattered Dustin Hopkins' all-time Division I field-goal record, nailing 96 of them in his Sun Devils career. He has real 50-plus-yard range (he drilled 50-, 51- and 59-yarders in one game against Colorado) and a lot of clubs in his bag, allowing him to angle shorter attempts through and blast kickoffs for touchbacks. Gonzalez is a Greg Zuerlein type who may whiff on some makable kicks but will be an asset on kickoffs and a weapon the moment the offense reaches the 40-yard line.
Gonzalez should easily beat Cody Parkey for the Browns' kicker job and give the team one less thing to worry about as it tries to rebuild. Grade: Excellent.
No. 225 Los Angeles Chargers: Isaac Rochell, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Strengths: Effort, character, technique.
Weaknesses: Size, athleticism.
Rochell is the brother of Air Force lineman Matt Rochell and the exact opposite of fellow Notre Dame lineman Jarron Jones, a top talent whose work habits have kept him from being drafted so far. Jones has monstrous talent and upside but takes whole weeks off when he doesn't want to face service academy cut-blockers. Rochell is undersized and athletically limited but handles his assignments well and eats holiday dinners with a service academy cut-blocker. Grade: Good.
No. 226 Seattle Seahawks: David Moore, Wide Receiver, East Central
A stumper. Not an offensive lineman. Grade: Poor.
No. 227 Tennessee Titans: Josh Carraway, Linebacker, TCU
Strengths: Athleticism, experience.
College coaches get paid unholy sums of money to make brilliant strategic decisions, like lining up quick, athletic 240-pound defenders in a three-point stance in front of 300-pound tackles and asking them to slam into the line of scrimmage 60 times per game. Carraway has the athleticism to be a quality off-ball defender and pass-rusher, but he spent a lot of his college career getting engulfed, so it takes a little imagination to see the potential. Carraway will get a long look as an understudy to Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. Not a bad redshirt selection. Grade: Good.
No. 228 Dallas Cowboys: Joey Ivie, Defensive Tackle, Florida
High-effort run-plugger. Missed chunks of his college career with injuries and family crises. A good selection to provide max-effort, bottom-of-the-depth chart competition. Grade: Good.
No. 229 San Francisco 49ers: Adrian Colbert, Cornerback, Miami
Colbert played mostly special teams at Texas, then played cornerback as a graduate transfer for the Hurricanes. He was off the scouting radar until a fine showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which he followed with some great workouts. There have been wilder selections than this already. Grade: Good.
No. 230 Washington Redskins: Josh Harvey-Clemons, Safety, Louisville
Strengths: Size, range.
Weaknesses: Speed, character concerns.
Harvey-Clemons transferred from Georgia to Louisville after a pair of drug suspensions. He has cleaned up his act by all accounts, but a pro day 40 in the 4.6-second range further clouded his potential. I have seen Kam Chancellor comparisons for Harvey-Clemons, but not all 6'4" safeties who can run (fairly well) and hit are Chancellor. This is the round to take a flier on a player who could stick as a nickel defender. Grade: Good.
No. 231 Oakland Raiders: Jylan Ware, Offensive Tackle, Alabama State
Strengths: Size, agility, hands.
Weaknesses: Waist-bending, level of competition.
Ware is 6'8", can hustle out to the second level, packs a nasty punch and finishes his blocks. Everything else is nitpicking in this round. I love him as a developmental pick. Grade: Excellent.
No. 232 Minnesota Vikings: Elijah Lee, Linebacker, Kansas State
Strengths: Range, potential in coverage.
Weaknesses: Taking on blocks, power game.
Lee is built like a lanky safety. His overall skill set is strange. He has some burst when attacking the backfield or closing on a ball-carrier, but if any blocker gets in his way, he's likely to get pulverized. He has five career interceptions but is not super instinctive in coverage. Lee probably fits best as a nickel coverage linebacker who will surprise some blockers with his explosion on the blitz. Mike Zimmer may also give Lee a long look as a starting Will. Grade: Excellent.
No. 233 Carolina Panthers: Harrison Butker, Kicker, Georgia Tech
A kicker with a 71.7 field-goal percentage? I will see what's available in undrafted free agency instead, thanks. Butler has a great kickoff reputation, which helps a little. Grade: Poor.
No. 234 Los Angeles Rams: Ejuan Price, Edge-Rusher, Pittsburgh
Strengths: Athleticism, instincts, productivity.
Weaknesses: Size at defensive end, injuries.
Price is one of those edge-rushers who ends up as a down lineman at a major program because defensive coordinators at major programs are stubborn about making 5'11", 241-pound athletes put their hands in the dirt to get clobbered by 300-pound tackles.
Price somehow recorded 13 sacks in 2016 despite being an out-of-position outside linebacker/Leo. He's agile, has a knack for slicing through gaps and locates the ball quickly, allowing him to make a play whenever he wins at the line of scrimmage.
Price is a converted inside linebacker who missed most of the 2013 and 2014 seasons with back and chest injuries. Again: Let's put this kid in a three-point stance against dudes 50 pounds heavier than him instead of in space. Sigh. Wade Philips will figure it out (he always does) and keep Price upright and a little off the ball.
Price is also known for wearing cutoff pants in games and for collecting sneakers. Both of which are preferable to wearing cutoff sneakers in games and collecting pants. Grade: Good.
No. 235 Washington Redskins: Joshua Holsey, Defensive Back, Auburn
Tiny defender with a pair of ACL injuries in his past. Holsey played fairly well in 2016 and crushed his pro day. If healthy, he could be a matchup cornerback and special teamer. Grade: Good.
No. 236 Tennessee Titans: Brad Seaton, Offensive Tackle, Villanova
Strengths: Size, awareness/recognition.
Giant, smoothly athletic lineman who can get to the second level. Handled himself well at the College Gridiron Showcase, a C-list all-star event. It's take-a-tall-tackle-from-a-basketball-school time for a team that's already stacked on the offensive line. Grade: Good.
No. 237 Miami Dolphins: Isaiah Ford, Wide Receiver, Virginia Tech
Strengths: Tracking deep passes, ball skills.
Weaknesses: Frame, route-running.
The Hokies offense last season consisted of lots of Jerod Evans heaves to Ford and Bucky Hodges. Evans had the range and accuracy of a medieval catapult, so both Ford and Hodges spent a lot of time guessing where the ball would land, rushing there and trying to wrest the pass away from a defender.
Hodges was effective because he was six inches taller and 25 pounds heavier than most of his defenders. Ford needed more finesse. His combination of ball-location ability, over-the-shoulder catching skill, leaping and general bad-pass retrieval capability make him an enticing prospect as a boundary receiver in the NFL. Grade: Excellent.
No. 238 Green Bay Packers: Devante Mays, Running Back, Utah State
Strengths: Size-speed package.
Weaknesses: Mid-major back with major injuries.
Mays ran for 966 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015, then exploded for 37-259-3 in his first five games last season before he injured his ankle. Mays is big and can run, but he caught just two passes in his NCAA career. A power back from a small program with injuries and no receiving chops selected by a team that throws the ball a zillion times per game and has already drafted multiple running backs? Welcome to the end of the draft. Grade: Poor. (Ted Thompson is stuck in a running back rut and cannot get out.)
No. 239 Dallas Cowboys: Noah Brown, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Strengths: Size, blocking, upside.
Weaknesses: Injury history, speed/quickness.
Brown is the next Jermaine Kearse. He will be one of the best blocking receivers in the NFL, adding just enough run-after-catch ability and possession value to keep him involved in an offense. Like Kearse, Brown is more likely to be the guy blocking for some other receiver's tunnel-screen touchdown than the guy catching it. But Brown missed 2015 with a broken leg and was often used as an all-purpose player at Ohio State, so he may have untapped potential as a more traditional weapon.
This is the steal of the seventh round. Grade: Excellent.
No. 240 Jacksonville Jaguars: Marquez Williams, Fullback, Miami (Ohio)
A 260-pound fullback. They don't really fit in the NFL anymore. But two people really like them: Leonard Fournette (the last of the I formation running backs) and Tom Coughlin (the last of the I formation drill instructors). Grade: Good.
No. 241 Tennessee Titans: Khalfani Muhammad, Running Back, Cal
Ultra pint-sized running back and return man, for all the touches that will be left in the Titans offense after this draft (none). The Titans have more picks than they know what to do with. Grade: Good.
No. 242 Oakland Raiders: Elijah Hood, Running Back, North Carolina
Strengths: Power, pass protection.
Weaknesses: Speed, upside.
Hood was the thumper in the loaded North Carolina offense. He's solid between the tackles but lacks breakaway potential. He can block, which could secure him the third running back job and special teams role. This may best be thought of as an "In Case of Marshawn Lynch Flake Out, Break Glass" selection. Grade: Good.
No. 243 Houston Texans: Kyle Fuller, Center, Baylor
Strengths: Size, power, finish.
Fuller was one of my Senior Bowl favorites, a pile driver who finished every one-on-one line drill with authority. Hammering the defender right in front of him is Fuller's specialty. When zone blocking, stopping stunts or blitzes or doing anything that requires quickness and balance, Fuller runs into trouble. His ornery, no-nonsense style should endear him to the Texans coaches and help him hold on to a roster spot. Grade: Excellent.
No. 244 Oakland Raiders: Treyvon Hester, Defensive Tackle, Toledo
Adequate size-athleticism package who can play nose tackle or 3-tech. Helps solidify tackle depth, along with Eddie Vanderdoes. Grade: Good.
No. 245 Minnesota Vikings: Jack Tocho, Cornerback, North Carolina State
Strengths: Experience, intangibles.
Weaknesses: Top-end athleticism.
Tocho is a dependable, capable three-year starter for the Wolfpack. He lacks superior traits but is relatively big and fast. Tocho has the potential to be an assignment-perfect No. 2 cornerback if everything lines up just so for him. That makes him a good value here. Grade: Excellent.
No. 246 Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Carrell, Defensive End, Colorado
High-energy run stopper. Not regarded as a top athlete. Carrell probably maxes out as a wave defender. Grade: Good.
No. 247 Green Bay Packers: Malachi Dupre, Wide Receiver, LSU
Strengths: Size, after-catch ability.
Weaknesses: Technique, productivity.
Dupre and Travin Dural both suffered from playing in a post-Odell Beckham Jr., post-Jarvis Landry program that ran the ball approximately 5000 times per game and asked the wide receivers to stalk block and run clear-out routes. Dupre has exceptional hands and ball-snatching capability, and he does block pretty well. But he has no experience beating jams, runs ordinary routes and makes most of his big plays by just outleaping some 5'10" cornerback for jump balls.
I like Dupre as a project, but a project he is. At least he's playing with a team and quarterback that get footballs to their receivers. Grade: Good.
No. 248 Pittsburgh Steelers: Keion Adams, Edge-Rusher, Western Michigan
Strengths: Quickness, agility.
Weaknesses: Leverage, power.
Adams is a stand-up edge-rusher with some traits I really like: an effective spin move, the ability to disengage and pursue, diagnostic chops when reading options and play action. He plays too tall and can be a liability as a point-of-attack run defender, but schemed up properly he can be a nasty situational player. I see a little of Dee Ford in him, but Adams may have quicker instincts and reactions than Ford. The Steelers, of course, know their edge-rushers. Grade: Excellent.
No. 249 Seattle Seahawks: Christopher Carson, Running Back, Oklahoma State
Strengths: Measurables, versatility.
Weaknesses: Injury history, consistency.
A big third-down back with bad hands: What will they think of next? Carson is an upright runner with the ball in his hands and will drop easy passes in the flat. On the plus side, he's big, quick and ran a diverse array of routes in the Cowboys offense. Carson has the combine results, but man, there are so many other third-down options out there. The Seahawks have had a strange draft. Grade: Poor.
No. 250 Detroit Lions: Pat O'Connor, Defensive End, Eastern Michigan
O'Connor is a big, productive pass-rusher with 16 sacks in his last two seasons. He's an older prospect who missed all of 2015 with a shoulder injury. A good competition-sparker and possible rotation end. Grade: Good.
No. 251 Cincinnati Bengals: Mason Schreck, Tight End, Buffalo
A big, productive tight end who caught 59 passes in 2016. I still have several tight ends on my draft board with higher grades. But he's a four-year contributor who had solid pro day results. Grade: Good.
No. 252 Cleveland Browns: Matt Dayes, Running Back, North Carolina State
Strengths: Open-field and cutback running, moves, receiving chops.
Weaknesses: Power, long speed.
Dayes is an effective rusher on outside zone plays who plants his feet and cuts to the hole with authority. He has a whole console controller's worth of jukes and spin moves in the open field. He's an experienced receiver who sometimes lined up in the slot for the Wolfpack.
Dayes is not a specimen or speed demon. His pass protection is inconsistent, and he will sometimes whiff on assignments or just get plowed under. His best bet is to try to stick as a special teamer and role player. If he cannot protect the passer, however, he won't get on the field to generate any highlights. Grade: Good.
No. 253 Denver Broncos: Chad Kelly, Quarterback, Mississippi
Mike Tanier's Deadly Accurate Quarterback Comparisons: Jim Kelly, but from the evil mirror universe in which Spock has a beard.
Younger fans who only know Jim Kelly as the inspirational old legend who lost all of those Super Bowls but beat cancer may be surprised he had a reputation as a selfish jerk at the start of his career. If the senior Kelly had lived in the age of Instagram, he would have been regarded by the midday sports-yak crowd as somewhere between Cam Newton and LeBron James: a (perceived) me-first player who preferred South Beach glamour to hard-nosed, working-class Great Lakes virtues like digging your car out of the snow.
The junior Kelly combines a double dose of Uncle Jim's early-career immaturity with about 70 percent of his talent plus injury problems that seem to get worse every time he picks up a football. Already on the mend from an ACL tear, Kelly injured his wrist at his pro day and required mid-April surgery. The injury problems come piled atop a heap of character and maturity issues, making Kelly a quarterback who cannot throw right now and cannot be counted upon to act like a professional when not throwing.
So perhaps the Mr. Irrelevant title is appropriate motivation for Kelly: a reminder of the potential that is seeping away because of forces both within and outside his control. (From possible first-round pick to court jester of a weak class: That has to sting a little.) Or perhaps it's an ironic misnomer. The Broncos have an unsettled quarterback situation, and Kelly is the ultimate wild card if he can return to health and settle down a bit as an individual. That's highly relevant.
Either way, Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly is the most fitting capper the 2017 draft could ask for. This is the deepest draft I have ever covered. It's only appropriate that it's final selection is a potential franchise quarterback.