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Welcome to our Day 3 NFL Draft Blog. Once again, we’ll be providing instant reaction to the picks as they come in.
There are several marquee players that remain on the board. As always, the media’s attention is on a quarterback. I’m shocked USC QB Matt Barkley remains on the board. He does have shoulder issues and his 2012 tape is very mediocre. I’d argue USC was as dysfunctional as any college program a year ago, so I think his drop in play has as much do that with that (and a depleted o-line), as it does anything else.
You put on his 2011 tape -- particularly against Stanford and Andrew Luck -- and you see a starting NFL caliber quarterback. His career trajectory is going to be an interesting one to watch.
Here’s a look at the best players available entering round four.
1. Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
2. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
4. Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
5. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
6. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
7. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
8. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
9. Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
10. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
11. Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
12. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
13. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
14. Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
15. A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State
16. Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
17. John Simon, OLB, Ohio State
18. Armonty Bryant, OLB
19. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
20. Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin
21. Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
22. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
23. Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
24. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
25. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Talk of Jacksonville dealing this pick. Perhaps Barkley won't wait long.
You can't judge a draft for at least two years. For what it's worth, however, I really like Pittsburgh did with their first three picks. I think they nabbed three starters with Jarvis Jones, Le'Veon Bell, and Markus Wheaton.
98. Philadelphia Eagles (from Jacksonville) select USC QB Matt Barkley
Reaction: Barkley is the prototype quarterback. His size (6-2 & 227 pounds) is ideal for a starter and he can make every throw with a good arm. His experience in a pro system at USC is a definite plus, but his accuracy will need work. The biggest red flag, however, is the regression from his junior year to his senior year. He’s a top 10 pick during his junior year. He’s very mediocre during his senior year. Which player are the Eagles getting?
99. Kansas City Chiefs select Alabama LB Nico Johnson
Reaction: Johnson isn’t much of an athlete, but he has the size and fundamentals to develop into a starter.
100. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Oakland) select Illinois DT Akeem Spence
Reaction: Spence did 37 reps of 225 pounds at the combine. He won’t offer much of a pass rush, but he has the ability to push for playing time in Tampa’s d-line rotation.
101. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Philadelphia) select South Carolina WR Ace Sanders
Reaction: Sanders had a chance to be a day two pick, but he ran a poor forty while being undersized. Regardless, the Jags are getting a quality slot receiver capable of helping out the return game.
102. New England Patriots (from Minnesota) select TCU WR Josh Boyce
Reaction: I like Boyce’s size and speed combo. He ran a sub 4.4 forty at over 200 pounds. This is the second wide receiver New England selected in this year’s draft. They clearly had intent of getting younger at the position after losing Wes Welker and releasing Brandon Lloyd.
103. Arizona Cardinals select Texas DE Alex Okafor
Reaction: A powerful edge rusher, Okafor is coming off back-to-back productive seasons (12.5 sacks last year). He gets off the ball well and does a good job of using his hands to get off blocks. He does struggle in space and isn’t a candidate to drop in coverage, so I’m assuming Arizona views him as a sub-package player in their defense.
104. Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland) select Florida LB Jelani Jenkins
Reaction: Jenkins is an undersized outside linebacker. He’s had medical issues with his hamstring, foot, and hand. However, he can run with tight ends could be a decent contributor in sub-packages.
105. Buffalo Bills select Nevada S Duke Williams
Reaction: Williams has a good combination of size and speed. He’ll give Buffalo depth in the secondary and could be a major special teams contributor.
106. Miami Dolphins (from New Orleans) select Michigan State TE Dion Sims
Reaction: The Dolphins wanted to add another tight end, despite signing Dustin Keller to a one-year contract. Sims probably had the best combination of size and speed from the remaining tight ends. He’s an interesting project, but I like his versatility.
107. Tennessee Titans select California C Brian Schwenke
Reaction: Schwenke does a nice job of keeping his hands inside and is experience enough to start quickly into his career. Because he’s not a powerful player, he’ll struggle against nose guards. I suspect the Titans simply took the best player on their board, as they have a pretty strong interior after drafting Chance Warmack and signing Andy Levitre.
108. Carolina Panthers select Valdosta State OG Edmund Kugbila
Reaction: Kugbila turned some heads at the combine. He has good movement skills and will compete in Carolina.
109. Green Bay Packers (from Miami) select Colorado OT David Bakhtiari
Reaction: The run on offensive lineman continues. The Packers have a history of grabbing undersized offensive lineman and trying them at tackle. It hasn’t worked so far and I’m not sure it’ll work here, either. I think Bakhtiari is probably a guard. In the long-term, he could push T.J. Lang, who’s coming off a disappointing season after signing a big contract.
110. N.Y. Giants (from Arizona) select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib
Reaction: Nassib‘s put together well (6-2 & 227 pounds). He’s a pocket passer with big hands, a strong arm, and perhaps the quickest release in the draft. He won’t offer much athleticism, and there are concerns about his ability to throw on the run. He’ll obviously backup and learn from Eli Manning, who has a similar style.
111. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Cleveland) select Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas
Reaction: The Steelers continue to land hits in this draft. Thomas compares to Matt Elam, who went in round one. He’s not as polished, but he’s a great athlete and big hitter. His lack of height probably led to his drop, but he makes up for it with tackling, aggressiveness, and range.
112. Oakland Raiders (from Tampa Bay) select Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson
Reaction: In 2011, Wilson played like a future first-round prospect. He led Arkansas to 11 wins and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl. His 2012 season was disappointing, as the controversial departure of Bobby Petrino may have hindered his development. I like his spiral and he’s accuracy is very good. He’ll need to learn to get rid of the ball quicker, however, playing behind Oakland’s offensive line.
113. St. Louis Rams select Alabama C Barrett Jones
Reaction: A jack-of-all-trades player, Jones started at left tackle, guard, and center on three of Nick Saban’s national championship teams. He’s an outstanding run blocker capable of getting to the next level with ease. There was concern about a lisfranc injury in his left foot, which he played with during the BCS championship. However, I suspect several teams (namely Dallas) will be kicking themselves for passing on Jones.
114. Dallas Cowboys select William & Mary CB B.W. Webb
115. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
Reaction: On paper, Jones looks the part of a starting NFL quarterback. He played at a major college program, and actually broke Graham Harrell’s Big 12 passing yardage record. However, he forces the ball too much, turns the ball over, and doesn’t offer much athleticism. I think he’s a career backup.
116. Arizona Cardinals (from N.Y. Giants) select James Madison OG Earl Watford
117. Chicago Bears select Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene
Reaction: Greene is an athletic, downhill linebacker. He was very productive in college, earning Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. He covers and tackles well. Overall, he’s starter in the pros. I suspect the Bears just found Lance Briggs’ replacement.
118. Cincinnati Bengals select Texas A&M LB Sean Porter
Reaction: Porter has good size, speed, and versatility. This is a nice depth pick for the Bengals, who also add a special teams contributor.
119. Washington Redskins select Fresno State S Phillip Thomas
Reaction: After missing 2011 with a leg injury, Thomas bounced back to have a productive 2012 campaign, leading the nation with eight interceptions. He’s always around the ball and is seldom out of position. His effort against defending the run needs work, but his combination of size and athleticism translates really well to the pro game.
120. Minnesota Vikings select Penn State LB Gerald Hodges
121. Indianapolis Colts select USC C Khaled Holmes
Reaction: An experience player at both guard and center, Holmes is smart, physical, and finishes blocks. Injuries hampered his 2012 season, but he was second-team all-conference in 2011 as a center. He’ll need to answer questions regarding his recent injury history, but if he’s healthy, he’s a future starting interior player.
122. Green Bay Packers Cornell OG J.C. Tretter
Reaction: The Packers are definitely sending a message to the likes of Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang, and even Evan Dietrich-Smith. Tretter’s a versatile ivy leaguer, who is a very good athlete. He’s a great scheme fit, but he’s a got a bit of nasty to him as well. We’ll see if it translates from the Ivy League to the NFL, though.
123. Seattle Seahawks select Kansas State WR Chris Harper
124. Houston Texans select Connecticut DE Trevardo Williams
Reaction: Williams will convert to outside linebacker in the pros. He has the athleticism to do it and will see the field in sub-packages. However, I expect his immediate impact to come on special teams.
125. Green Bay Packers (from Denver) select UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
Reaction: Mike McCarthy entered the off-season wanting to find a pair of running backs to contribute. The in-house options just weren’t sufficient and Green Bay’s draft reflects this. I actually like Franklin more than their second rounder Eddie Lacy. He’s an every-down player that pass protects, operates well in space, but can also run between the tackles. I suspect the Packers will open the competition up to both players, which should be a fun one too watch.
126. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New England) select Michigan State William Gholston
Reaction: Despite underwhelming production in 2012, Gholston remains on the NFL radar because of his physical build. He has great size (6-6 and 281 pounds) and 34-inch arms. He had a solid 2011 campaign, which saw him earn second-team All-Big Ten honors. He must learn to use his hands better. I thought he'd bulk up and play end in a 3-4, but it looks as if Tampa will take as he is.
127. Atlanta Falcons select Clemson DE Malliciah Goodman
Reaction: Goodman has freakish arm length (36-plus inches) and good strength. He’s more of a high upside pick, as his skills remain raw and need developing.
128. San Francisco 49ers select Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton
Reaction: With good production and solid workouts, Patton’s climbing many boards. He has ideal size, but he needs to pluck the ball out of the air better, especially in one-on-one situations. He was my No. 13 overall wide receiver, so I wasn’t as high on him as some, but he could develop into a complimentary receiver.
129. Baltimore Ravens select Ohio State LB John Simon
Reaction: Simon is undersized (6-1 & 257 pounds) to play defensive end, so he’ll transition to linebacker for Baltimore. He led the Big Ten in sacks per game, so there is pass rushing ability. He’ll develop into a quality role player.
130. Baltimore Ravens select Harvard FB Kyle Juszcyk
Reaction: Juszcyk was the top fullback in the draft. He has good versatility as a blocker and receiver. I also expect him to contribute on special teams. It’s nice to see the fullback isn’t extinct yet.
131. San Francisco 49ers select South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore
Reaction: Possibly the most gifted back in the draft, Lattimore’s injury history is why he fell. He suffered consecutive season ending knee injuries. When he was healthy, he was a physical, explosive runner that could carry a heavy workload. If he ever returns to full strength, he’ll emerge as Frank Gore’s replacement.
132. Detroit Lions select South Carolina DE Devin Taylor
Reaction: At 6-7 and 266 pounds, Taylor possesses outstanding size and athleticism. He helped himself with a strong combine. He wasn’t productive, though, despite playing opposite of Jadeveon Clowney.
133. Atlanta Falcons select Stanford TE Levine Toilolo
This brings us to the end of round four.
134. Kansas City Chiefs select Georgia CB Sanders Commings
Reaction: I think Commings is a safety, but we’ll see what Kansas City does with him. He was very productive and is an outstanding tackler. He’ll make an impact on special teams, regardless of his defensive position.
135. Jacksonville Jaguars select Michigan WR Denard Robinson
Reaction: I don’t know what you do with Robinson. He’s a major project at wide receiver and he doesn’t have the durability to play running back. He’ll need to make it as a return man to stick in the NFL.
136. Philadelphia Eagles select N.C. State S Earl Wolff
137. Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit) select Alabama DT Jesse Williams
Reaction: Williams won’t offer much pass rush, but he’s about as good as it gets against the run. He’ll demand double teams. He’s also a decent athlete for a 300-plus pound defensive lineman. Alabama used him as a fullback during goal line situations, so the big man is good on his feet. He fell because of medical issues, but if you focus on his tape, he’s a late round one prospect. This is insane value for Pete Carroll and his defense.
138. Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland) select LSU CB Tharold Simon
Reaction: Another big corner for Seattle’s scheme. That’s what they do and Simon is a nice developmental prospect. Of note, he was arrested on Thursday night, so we’ll see what comes from that, though it’s not believed to be anything serious.
139. Indianapolis Colts (from Browns) select Tennessee-Martin DT Montori Hughes
Reaction: I thought Martin had a chance to go round two. He’s quick with natural size. He’s also powerful and a disruptor. I think he’ll develop into a starter for Chuck Pagano.
140. Arizona Cardinals select Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor
Reaction: There’s a lot of mileage on Taylor, but he’s a three-down running back. He breaks tackles and always forward. He likely fell because he lacks explosiveness and straight-line speed, but he runs like a bowling ball between the tackles.
141. N.Y. Jets select Virginia OG Oday Aboushi
Reaction: A college left tackle, Aboushi lacks the footwork to play left tackle and the natural athleticism to slow down edge rushers. Despite his underwhelming bench numbers, he plays the game powerful, and is physical at the point of attack. The Jets needed two guards entering the draft and I think they got them with Brian Winters and Aboushi.
142. Tennessee Titans select LSU DE Lavar Edwards
Reaction: This draft is just littered with LSU defenders. It’s a real testament to Les Miles’ recruiting.
143. Buffalo Bills Clemson S Jonathan Meeks
144. New Orleans Saints select Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills
Reaction: Stills has loads of untapped potential. He’s explosive off the ball and his vertical speed is outstanding. He’s a deep threat, who goes up and makes the tough catches. He’s raw in several areas (namely route running), but he’s a great choice at this point in the draft.
145. San Diego Chargers select California CB Steve Williams
146. Denver Broncos (from Green Bay) select Western Kentucky DE/LB Quanterus Smith
Reaction: I thought Smith was a potential 3-4 outside linebacker, but the Broncos do a good job of utilizing their pass rushers. He did tear his ACL last year, so Denver’s looking at 2014 with this pick.
147. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Buffalo LB Steven Means
148. Carolina Panthers select Iowa State LB A.J. Klein
Reaction: Klein has the versatility to play inside or outside linebacker. He’s productive, instinctive, and a good athlete. At nearly 250 pounds, he ran a 4.61 forty at the combine. There’s some misgivings in coverage, but he’s a potential two-down starter down the road. I’m surprised he lasted this long.
149. St. Louis Rams select Miami (FL) CB Brandon McGee
Reaction: McGee is a size and speed corner. He challenges receivers for the football and does a great job of breaking on the ball. His inconsistent senior season led to his drop to day three.
150. Pittsburgh Steelers select Illinois CB Terry Hawthorne
Reaction: Many of the players chosen in rounds 5-7 are developmental prospects that’ll have to immediately play special teams. Hawthorne fits that profile. He could be a gunner on special and help out the return game.
151. Dallas Cowboys select Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle
Reaction: With good size and vision, Randle has starter’s upside. He’s physical enough to get the tough yardage and explosive enough to bounce it outside the tackles. This pick will put pressure on DeMarco Murray, who has big-time ability, but can’t stay healthy.
152. N.Y. Giants select Richmond S Cooper Taylor
153. Atlanta Falcons (from Chicago) select TCU DE Stansly Maponga
Reaction: Maponga is a playmaker. He finishes plays and gets disruption in the backfield.
154. Washington Redskins select Florida State RB Chris Thompson
Reaction: Mike Shanahan just can’t help himself. I doubt Thompson will push Alfred Morris, who had a ridiculously good 2012 season, but he could develop into a quality backup. He also has return capabilities.
155. Minnesota Vikings select UCLA P Jeff Locke
156. Cincinnati Bengals select Kansas OT Tanner Hawkinson
Reaction: There’s nothing unique about Hawkinson. He has excellent durability, having started 48 consecutive games. He also has experience at both left and right tackle, but his size and strength is underwhelming. Still, he’s a versatile player capable of backing up several positions.
157. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) 49ers select Alabama DE Quinton Dial
Reaction: It’s not flashy, but the 49ers needed d-line depth. Remember, Tank Carradine is coming off a torn ACL, so he may be brought along slowly. Dial will have to compete for a roster spot, but he’s an ideal fit in the 49ers’ defense.
158. Seattle Seahawks select Rice TE Luke Wilson
159. Green Bay Packers select Iowa CB Micah Hyde
Reaction: With Randall Cobb taking on a larger role in the offense, Green Bay wants to get him away from the return game. Hyde gives them a fallback option in that department.
160. St. Louis Rams (from Houston) select Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy
Reaction: Stacy is a productive, compact runner. He won’t replace Steven Jackson, but he’ll make the roster as a backup.
161. Denver Broncos select Georgia WR Tavarres King
Reaction: King plays bigger than his size. He had an outstanding Senior Bowl, where he displayed excellent route running ability. He’s not always the most reliable pass-catcher, but he offers good potential.
162. Washington Redskins (from New England) select Florida State LB Brandon Jenkins
Reaction: It’s hard to pencil Jenkins in at one position. He’s put together like a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he may not have the athleticism to play the position. The Redskins obviously feel he can make that transition.
163. Chicago Bears (from Atlanta) select Louisiana Tech OT Jordan Mills
Reaction: A developmental tackle, Mills has tremendous size and length. While his bench numbers (20 reps) were underwhelming at the combine, he does play with power, and is physical in the run game.
164. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco) select Florida RB Mike Gillislee
Reaction: An excellent pass protector, Gillespie will make a living as a third-down running back. He plays well in space, but his inability to break tackles will probably keep him from becoming full-time running back.
165. Detroit Lions (from Seattle) select Appalachian State P Sam Martin
166. Miami Dolphins select Florida K Caleb Sturgis
167. Green Bay Packers select Mississippi State DT Josh Boyd
Reaction: The Packers are probably going to be without Jerel Worthy for a substantial portion of the season. Boyd gives them depth at a position, where the team’s been decimated by injuries over the last few years.
168. Baltimore Ravens select Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner
Reaction: Wagner is an excellent run blocker with ideal size. He has long arms (34 inches), and is quick enough to reach the next level. He struggles with speed rushers, but with ideal size and length, he has the ability to be a backup swing tackle in the pros.
That choice marked the end of round five.
169. Jacksonville Jaguars select Florida S Josh Evans
Reaction: The Jags stay within the state to add a safety. Evans was Matt Elam’s running mate in the secondary. He’ll bring good size with decent athleticism to Jacksonville’s secondary.
170. Kansas City Chiefs select California (PA) C Eric Kush
171. Detroit Lions select Virginia Tech WR Corey Fuller
Reaction: The Lions have had bad luck with wide receivers in recent drafts. Tavon Austin didn’t workout and Ryan Broyles injured himself (again) late last year. I know he has off-field red flags, but I would’ve rather of seen the Lions take a chance on Tennessee Tech WR Da’Rick Rogers.
172. Oakland Raiders select Colorado TE Nick Kasa
173. Denver Broncos (from Green Bay) select Virginia Tech OT Vinston Painter
Reaction: Painter started his career as a defensive tackle before converting to the offensive side of the ball. He has very little starting experience, as he didn’t work his way into the starting lineup until his fifth year. He does have the arm length (34 inches), strength, and athleticism that should intrigue Denver coaches.
174. Arizona Cardinals select Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope
Reaction: I was wondering when Swope would finally come off the board. He’s ideally suited to play the slot, has good hands, and is a crafty route runner. He’s quick in space and displayed excellent straight-line speed at the combine with a 4.34 forty.
175. Cleveland Browns select Notre Dame S Jamoris Slaughter
Reaction: I find it interesting that Slaughter goes before teammate Zeke Motta. The latter had more buzz about him.
176. Houston Texans (from Oakland) select San Jose State OT David Quessenberry
Reaction: A tackle prospect with quick feet and long arms, Quessenberry displayed outstanding athleticism at the combine. He ran a 5.08 forty, including a 10-yard split of 1.73. His underwhelming strength is a red flag, but he’s a good fit for Houston’s zone blocking.
177. Buffalo Bills select Florida State K Dustin Hopkins
Reaction: Another kicker! What's next a long snapper? I feel like I’m in an alternate universe.
178. N.Y. Jets select Michigan DT William Campbell
179. San Diego Chargers select Florida International DE Tourek Williams
Reaction: This is the second Florida International player selected. I only know of one Miami (FL) player (Brandon McGee) selected. That’s hard to imagine.
180. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami) select Florida State LB Nick Moody
ESPN reporting that Tampa Bay traded RB LeGarrette Blount to New England for a seventh-round pick. Remember, Blount was an un-drafted free agent, so I guess the Bucs are getting something for him. From New England’s perspective, they’re getting a power back capable of picking up those tough yards.
181. Oakland Raiders (from Tampa Bay) select Central Florida RB Latavius Murray
182. Carolina Panthers select Oregon RB Kenjon Barner
Reaction: Barner is quick in space and a creative offensive mind could use him in a number of ways. However, he’s an inexperience pass protector, which will make it hard for him to find the field on third downs. The Panthers will need to find a specific role for him on offense, though he also offers great value as a return man.
183. New Orleans Saints select Tarleton State DE Rufus Johnson
184. Oakland Raiders (from Houston) select Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera
Reaction: Rivera doesn’t do anything particularly great or bad. He does lack the athleticism to get downfield, but he has soft hands and blocks well. He could contribute as a No. 2 tight end in multiple sets.
185. Dallas Cowboys select South Carolina LB DeVonte Holloman
186. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma WR Justin Brown
Reaction: In recent years, the Steelers have gone away from big-bodied possession wide receivers. The 6-3, 215-pound Brown returns them to that profile.
187. Arizona Cardinals (from N.Y. Giants) select Clemson RB Andre Ellington
Reaction: This is the second running back Arizona took today. Ellington makes up for his lack of size, speed, and power with vision, quickness, and toughness. He’s decisive when he hits the hole and plays bigger than his 199-pound stature suggests.
188. Chicago Bears select Georgia DE Cornelius Washington
Reaction: A freakish combine put Washington on the radar. He ran a 4.55 forty, which is remarkable considering his size (6-4 & 255 pounds). In addition, he benched 225 pounds 36 times, which led all linebackers. Those numbers look great on paper, but he still needs to do a better job of translating his gym numbers into production on the field.
I swear ESPN has run the John Clayton long hair commercial 20 times today.
189. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Minnesota) select Miami (FL) RB Mike James
190. Cincinnati Bengals select Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead
Reaction: At around 215 pounds, Burkhead is a compact runner with good vision and toughness. He lacks great speed, but he does offer good quickness. His best season came in 2011, where he rushed for 1,357 yards. I think he’s a very solid backup running back in the pros.
191. Washington Redskins select Georgia S Bacarri Rambo
192. Indianapolis Colts select Oregon S John Boyett
Reaction: Boyett had high expectations entering the 2012 season, but he played in only one game after injuring his knees. I suspect the Colts will attempt to sneak him onto their practice squad, while developing him for the 2014 season.
193. Green Bay Packers select Illinois State LB Nate Palmer
194. Seattle Seahawks select LSU RB Spencer Ware
Reaction: This is the second running back Seattle selected in this draft (Christine Michael). They already have Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on the roster, so I’m not sure what they’re going to do with all these backs.
196. Minnesota Vikings (from Tampa Bay) select UCLA OG Jeff Baca
197. Cincinnati Bengals (from New England) select Arkansas WR Cobi Hamilton
ESPN is talking about Manti Te’o and the online girlfriend hoax. The best thing he can do is just own it. Have some fun with it and make fun of yourself. If I were his agent, I’d have him do a commercial where he takes his fake girlfriend shopping or to dinner. He needs to make the invisible girlfriend the punch line instead of himself.
198. Houston Texans (from St. Louis) select Bowling Green State DT Chris Jones
Reaction: Jones was a very productive player. He was the MAC Defensive player of the year and earned first-team, All-American honors.
199. Detroit Lions (from Seattle) select Notre Dame RB Theo Riddick
Reaction: The Lions had had poor luck with running backs in recent drafts. Jahvid Best’s concussion issues could end his career and Mike Leshoure has battled injuries. Riddick gives them depth, while they heal their wounds.
200. Baltimore Ravens select Notre Dame DE Kapron Lewis-Moore
201. Houston Texans select Connecticut TE Ryan Griffin
202. Tennessee Titans select Nevada CB Khalid Wooten
Reaction: Wooten has the size and versatility to play safety, so it’ll be interesting how Tennessee views him. At this point in the draft, though, you’re just looking to fill out your roster.
203. Baltimore Ravens select Colorado State-Pueblo OG Ryan Jensen
204. Kansas City Chiefs select Kansas State FB Braden Wilson
Reaction: Wilson is a throwback, lead-blocking fullback. He has a chance to make Kansas City’s roster, if they can find a spot for him on special teams.
205. Oakland Raiders select Oklahoma DT Stacy McGee
206. Pittsburgh Steelers select Florida State LB Vince Williams
We’ve now entered round seven. Here’s a look at my best players remaining…
1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
2. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
3. Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
4. Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
5. Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
6. Armonty Bryant, OLB, East Central
7. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
8. Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
9. Keelan Johnson, S, Arizona State
207. Kansas City Chiefs select Princeton DE Mike Catapano
208. Jacksonville Jaguars select New Mexico State CB Jeremy Harris
Reaction: Harris has the speed to play corner, but I’d like to see him move to free safety. He’s really thin, though, and must get stronger. In the immediate future, I expect him to get looks on special teams, as a potential gunner.
209. Oakland Raiders select San Diego State WR Brice Butler
210. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Philadelphia) select Appalachian State CB Demetrius McCray
211. Detroit Lions select Alabama TE Michael Williams
Reaction: As a great blocker, Williams will contribute in goal line and short-yardage situations. He’s by no means an athlete, so he’ll have minimal impact between the 20s. The NFL is becoming a more open game, so his inability as a receiver makes him a journeyman player.
212. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) select Utah DE Joe Kruger
Reaction: Kruger might not be as athletic as his older brother Paul is, but he has a better frame (6-6 & 269 pounds). He’ll need to bulk up and play defensive end in Philadelphia’s new 3-4 defense, but I think he can develop into a two-down starter.
213. Minnesota Vikings (from Arizona) select Penn State LB Michael Mauti
214. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo) select North Carolina OG Travis Bond
Reaction: Bond has 35 ½-inch arms. His size alone (6-6 & 332 pounds) will give him a chance in the NFL. However, he plays at a high pad level because of his height. In addition, his weight is a significant concern, as he once weighed over 370 pounds.
215. N.Y. Jets select Wake Forest FB Tommy Bohanon
216. Green Bay Packers (from San Francisco) select Grand Valley State WR Charles Johnson
Reaction: Despite drafting two running backs, Green Bay is still a pass-happy team. Johnson has tremendous size and speed. That made his combine snub all the more surprising. He obviously played at a small school, but he’ll receive an opportunity to compete for a roster spot behind Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones.
217. Cleveland Browns (from Miami) select East Central LB Armonty Bryant
Reaction: Bryant was suspended eight games for trying to sell marijuana, which likely contributed to his drop. He’s a productive pass rusher with good measurables. While his combine 40 may have disappointed, he’s explosive off the ball, and fluid enough to play outside linebacker.
218. Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay) select Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer
Reaction: There must be a reason why Poyer fell all the way to round seven. He’s very physical. In fact, he measures his game after St. Louis CB Cortland Finnegan. He has excellent ball skills (7 interceptions last season). He’s also a capable zone player, but he could thrive in man-to-man coverage. I believe the Eagles may have just plucked another starter this late.
219. Arizona Cardinals (from Carolina) select Rutgers TE D.C. Jefferson
220. Seattle Seahawks (from New Orleans) select Vanderbilt OG Ryan Seymour
221. San Diego Chargers select Southern Utah QB Brad Sorenson
Reaction: It’s interesting to see Sorenson go ahead of the likes of Arizona’s Matt Scott and Tennessee’s Tyler Bray. It’s almost better if those players don’t get drafted, so they can choose the team they sign with.
222. Buffalo Bills (from St. Louis) select Arkansas TE Chris Gragg
223. Pittsburgh Steelers select Samford DT Nicholas Williams
224. Green Bay Packers (from Miami) select Maryland WR Kevin Dorsey
Reaction: The Packers grab their second receiver in the draft’s final round. This is Ted Thompson’s attempt to fill out this roster, while also giving Mike McCarthy special teams options, as well.
225. N.Y. Giants select Ohio OG Eric Herman
226. New England Patriots (from Chicago) select Illinois DE Michael Buchanan
Reaction: A high upside tweener, some teams will view Buchanan as a pass rushing outside linebacker, while others view him as a defensive end. The Patriots probably view him as both. He’s a good athlete, but also the ideal size and length to bulk up. He has an early round look to him, but his production sealed his fate.
227. Cleveland Browns (from Cincinnati) select Chadron State OT Garrett Gilkey
228. Washington Redskins select Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison
Reaction: Injuries prevented Jamison, who’s a compact runner, from achieving his true potential. He lands in an excellent spot, though, as Mike Shanahan is arguably the best in the business at developing a running game.
229. Minnesota Vikings (from Tampa Bay) select Florida State DT Everett Dawkins
230. Indianapolis Colts select Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams
Reaction: The Colts probably should’ve grabbed a running back much earlier in this draft. Donald Brown and Vick Ballard are good No. 2s, but not starters. Right now, the Colts lack a starter, and Williams is simply depth.
231. Seattle Seahawks select Harding LB Ty Powell
232. Green Bay Packers select South Florida LB Sam Barrington
233. Oakland Raiders (from Houston) select Missouri Western State DT David Bass
It’s hard to declare anyone a winner or loser based on projections. However, I believe Pittsburgh really helped themselves their last three days. They landed potential starters in Markus Wheaton and Le’Veon Bell, while also getting a defensive rookie of the year candidate in Jarvis Jones. They filled out their roster nicely with Landry Jones -- a backup quarterback -- and Shamarko Thomas. For what it’s worth, they’re my draft winners.
234. Denver Broncos select Miami (OH) QB Zac Dysert
Reaction: Some people really like Dysert’s upside. He has a strong arm, so he’ll compete, but I think they’ll probably try to stash him on the practice squad.
235. New England Patriots select Rutgers LB Steve Beauharnais
Reaction: Bill Belichick is so familiar with Rutgers players. I believe this is the third Rutgers player he took in this draft.
236. Chicago Bears (from Atlanta) select Washington State WR Marquess Wilson
237. San Francisco 49ers select South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
Reaction: After trading Alex Smith to Kansas City, San Francisco is in search of depth at quarterback. They did bring in Colt McCoy, but Daniels gives head coach Jim Harbaugh a new toy to play with.
238. Baltimore Ravens select Elon WR Aaron Mellette
We’ve reached the homestretch, as the rest of the picks are all compensatory.
239. Philadelphia Eagles select Oklahoma DT David King
240. Cincinnati Bengals select Ohio State OT Reid Fragel
Reaction: A former tight end, Fragel bulked up and converted to tackle for the 2012 season, where he played well enough to start in all 12 games. Despite already weighing 308 pounds, he could stand to add weight to his 6-8 frame. He’s still learning the position, but his upside and athleticism is very intriguing.
241. Seattle Seahawks select New Hampshire DT Jared Smith
242. Seattle Seahawks select N.E. Oklahoma State OT Michael Bowie
I proclaimed a winner from the draft, so now it‘s time to look at the opposite end of the spectrum. New England just didn’t get the immediate impact I thought they needed. That’s not say they can’t get quality from this draft class. I do like a lot of their players, but I like them as developmental prospects. The Pats want to win now, but I’m not sure this draft does much for them in that department.
243. Atlanta Falcons select Central Florida S Kemal Ishmael
244. Atlanta Falcons select Notre Dame S Zeke Motta
Reaction: Motta is a thick in-the-box strong safety. He reads and reacts well, but his lack of straight-line speed was a significant enough red flag to drop him in this draft.
245. Detroit Lions Florida A&M LB Brandon Hepburn
Reaction: A former walk on, Hepburn offers good size and athleticism. He had a solid combine, plus a productive season so his drop is surprising. He’ll make an impact on special teams, but could develop into a role player down the road.
246. San Francisco 49ers select Iowa State OT Carter Bykowkski
247. Baltimore Ravens select California CB Marc Anthony
The best value from this draft may have come in round four, when Green Bay took UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin. He was my No. 2 overall running back and I thought he had a chance to be a first-round pick. The competition between him and Eddie Lacy is going to be interesting to watch.
I also applaud the Eagles for grabbing Jordan Poyer and Joe Kruger in this round. Both are good football players.
248. Tennessee Titans select Nebraska S Daimion Stafford
249. Atlanta Falcons select Duke QB Sean Renfree
Reaction: With good size and a strong arm, Renfree has the makings of a good backup with the occasional spot start. He’s capable of making the spectacular throw ala Jay Cutler, but he’ll also follow it up with a boneheaded decision. Despite having all the physical tools, his decision-making will likely prevent him from developing into a starter.
250. Miami Dolphins select Arkansas State S Don Jones
251. Cincinnati Bengals select South Carolina C T.J. Johnson
Mr. Irrelevant is approaching fast. The best players left on my board are Stanford LB Chase Thomas and Arkansas OG Alvin Bailey. We’ll see if one of them becomes this draft’s Mr. Irrelevant.
252. San Francisco 49ers select Rutgers CB Marcus Cooper
253. N.Y. Giants select Massachusetts RB Michael Cox
254. Indianapolis Colts select South Carolina TE Justice Cunningham
Reaction: Being an NFL draft pick is an honor, even if you’re the last one picked. However, the guy could’ve at least got his name right. Anyhow, the Colts really overhauled the tight end position with Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener last year. Cunningham is practice squad potential.
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