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Welcome to Row12’s coverage of Day 3 of the NFL Draft. I’ll be here throughout the afternoon providing instant reaction to every pick.
Day 3 is about to begin!
Best Players Available
1. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
2. David Yankey, OG, Stanford
3. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
4. Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
5. Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
6. Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State
7. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
8. Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
9. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
10. Keith McGill, CB, Utah
101. Philadelphia Eagles select Florida CB Jaylen Watkins
Reaction: Watkins is versatile enough to play cornerback and safety. His athleticism is very good, though he didn’t standout much on tape. The Eagles need help in their secondary, especially at safety, where Watkins could help fill out their depth chart.
102. Washington selects Clemson CB Bashaud Breeland
Reaction: Breeland is a press corner with underwhelming ball skills. He’s way too grabby, making him a potential target for officials. He also lacks recovery speed, evident by his 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. He’s a competitor, though. He gets right into a receiver’s face and does a nice job in run support. Washington’s issues defending the pass are well-documented.
103. Atlanta Falcons select Florida State RB Devonta Freeman
Reaction: After rushing for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013, Freeman opted to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. He is jack-of-all-trades type of player. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and contribute as a pass protector. He competes for the backup role behind Steven Jackson, who he compliments very well.
104. N.Y. Jets select Oklahoma WR Jalen Sanders
Reaction: A solid performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, no doubt, elevated Sanders into round four. The Jets can use him in the slot, but his biggest impact will come in the return game.
105. New England Patriots select Florida State C Bryan Stork
Reaction: Winner of the 2013 Rimington Trophy, Stork has ideal size (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) and good technique. The Patriots were looking to add depth to the interior of their defensive line and Stork provides just that. In fact, he could develop into a competent starting center.
106. San Francisco 49ers select South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington
Reaction: Undersized but an incredible athlete, Ellington could emerge as a viable slot receiver. He’s dynamic in space and catches the ball well. He has the ability to contribute in the return game. His best football is ahead of him.
107. Oakland Raiders select Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis
Reaction: At 332 pounds, Ellis won’t make an impact as a pass rusher, but he could be a valuable contributor on running downs. He’s like a brick wall at the line of scrimmage.
108. Seattle Seahawks select UCLA DE Cassius Marsh
Reaction: Standing 6-foot-4 and 253 pounds, Marsh has the frame to add 10-15 pounds. He’s an incredibly powerful player, with a quick and violent punch. He also does a nice job of disengaging from blocks. He could compete for a starting role down the line for Seattle.
109. Buffalo selects Duke CB Ross Cockrell
Reaction: A 48-game starter at Duke, Cockrell displays excellent ball skills. He anticipates routes well and is capable of playing outside or in the slot. The latter probably suits him best. Cockrell’s performance against Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans is very good.
110. St. Louis Rams select Utah State S Maurice Alexander
Reaction: Alexander plays his best football in the box. He defends the run well and can blitz the quarterback. His immediate impact will be in covering kicks.
111. Cincinnati Bengals select North Carolina C Russell Bodine
Reaction: An All-ACC honorable mention in 2013, Bodine will provide depth to Cincinnati’s interior line. He can play guard as well as center.
112. Tennessee Titans select Penn State DT Daquan Jones
Reaction: Jones’ scheme versatility fits well with what Tennessee wants to do on defense. He can play inside in a 43 front or defensive end in a 34. He was first-team All-Big Ten in 2013, consistently disrupting backfields. He explodes off the snap and uses his hands well to disengage from blockers.
113. N.Y. Giants select Boston College RB Andre Williams
Reaction: One of this draft’s most productive runners, Williams surged as a late-season Heisman contender in 2013. He runs hard between the tackles, improving as the game progresses. Boston College never used him as a receiver, making his potential contributions in that field unknowable.
114. Jacksonville Jaguars select Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin
Reaction: Colvin tore his ACL during practice at the Senior Bowl. He isn’t likely to make an impact until 2015, where he could compete to become Jacksonville’s nickel cornerback.
115. N.Y. Jets select UCLA WR Shaquelle Evans
Reaction: Evans has good size (6-foot-1, 213 pounds). He’s a smooth route runner and does a nice job of plucking the ball out of the air with his hands.
116. Oakland Raiders select Utah CB Keith McGill
Reaction: McGill is strong, using his strength to overwhelm receivers in press coverage. He does a great job of finding the ball in the air. In fact, sometimes he looks like the receiver. He needs to cleanup the little things (his back pedal), but McGill fits today’s profile of big, long corners. His upside is high.
117. Chicago Bears select Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey
Reaction: Carey has excellent acceleration, but he lacks the long-range speed to be a homerun threat. He was one of the most productive runners in FBS, with 16 consecutive games of 100-plus rushing yards. He may have some wear on his tires after receiving 300-plus carries in each of the last two years.
118. Pittsburgh Steelers select Clemson WR Martavis Bryant
Reaction: The other half of Clemson’s receiving duo, Bryant’s combination of size (6-foot-4, 211 pounds) and speed (4.42) makes him a high-upside receiving prospect. His size makes him a viable red zone target, though he doesn’t always go up and get the football. He could be sneaky good in the NFL or forgotten about within his first few seasons. Because of his size, Pittsburgh might be thinking Plaxico Burress with this pick.
119. Dallas Cowboys select Iowa OLB Anthony Hitchens
Reaction: Hitchens was immensely productive and his athleticism translates well to Dallas’ scheme.
120. Arizona Cardinals select Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas
Reaction: Thomas is a coach’s project. He looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane. His mechanics are awful, affecting his accuracy. He consistently forces throws into double-coverage and fails to recognize what the defense is showing him. Thomas struggled versus high-level competition. Overall, despite his intriguing athleticism and size, he’s all flash and no substance. The Cardinals already have Carson Palmer, though, so they can bring him along slowly.
121. Green Bay Packers select Arizona State OLB Carl Bradford
Reaction: Coming off a productive junior season, Bradford opted to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Bradford is an ideal candidate to convert from college defensive end to pro 3-4 outside linebacker. He displays enough athleticism to drop back into coverage and plays the game unrelenting. His presence may light a fire under Nick Perry.
122. Tennessee Titans select Wyoming CB Marqueston Huff
Reaction: Huff has the versatility to play cornerback or safety. At safety, he can act as the last line of defense. He can even cover the slot.
123. Seattle Seahawks select Alabama WR Kevin Norwood
Reaction: An impressive 40 (4.48) at the NFL combine may have made a few teams take a second look at Norwood. He runs good routes and is a natural pass catcher. Despite the presence of the ultra-talented Amari Cooper, A.J. McCarron would go to him when Alabama needed a big third-down conversion.
124. Kansas City Chiefs select Oregon RB De’Anthony Thomas
Reaction: Elusive in space and a good receiver, Thomas is somewhat comparable to Darren Sproles. The difference between the two (and it’s a big one) is Sproles can run between the tackles, while Thomas cannot. Still, Thomas can return kicks, impact the game as a receiver, and change direction as well as any running back from this class.
125. Miami Dolphins select Liberty CB Walt Aikens
Reaction: Aikens is a small school corner. He doesn’t do good job of finding the ball in the air, though his technique is polished. He has good size (6-foot-1, 201 pounds) and physicality. He has the size and ball skills of a free safety. He can also cover the slot.
126. New Orleans Saints select California OLB Khairi Fortt
Reaction: Fortt probably would’ve benefited from another season in college. He’s a good athlete, though, who did 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He figures to kick inside for Rob Ryan.
127. Cleveland Browns select Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir
Reaction: The Browns continue to add depth to their secondary with a small-school defensive back. His arms are incredibly long, making him a good candidate to harass receivers at the line of scrimmage.
128. Carolina Panthers select North Carolina S Tre Boston
Reaction: Boston has good size and displays good closing speed. His impact will come in special teams.
129. San Francisco 49ers select N.C. State S Dontae Johnson
Reaction: With experience at both corner and safety, Johnson could emerge as a viable backup in the pros. Perhaps his biggest issue is he lacks a true position. He doesn’t read and react like a safety, but at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, he has the size of one.
130. New England Patriots select Wisconsin RB James White
Reaction: White has the agility to make defenders miss and the hands to emerge as a receiver out of the backfield. Despite his size, he’s capable of running between the tackles, though he never handled a full workload at Wisconsin, sharing time with Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon III. He’s an excellent cutback runner with the patience and vision to return kicks. He’ll settle in as a change of pace running back.
131. Chicago Bears select Minnesota S Brock Vereen
Reaction: The brother of New England running back Shane Vereen, Brock is an undervalued prospect. He was very productive at Minnesota, playing both cornerback and safety. His athleticism and versatility will make him hard to keep off the field. He’s a bit like Jimmie Ward, who went in the first-round to San Francisco.
132. Seattle Seahawks select Boston College OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis
Reaction: A four-year starter, Pierre-Louis had an excellent combine workout. He’s short (6-foot), but he’s immensely talented. His straight-line speed is off the charts. Given Seattle’s depth, I suspect this pick was about special teams.
133. Detroit Lions select Utah State CB Nevin Lawson
Reaction: Detroit’s secondary is woeful, so adding competition to it may be a strategy for them throughout the day.
134. Baltimore Ravens select Virginia DE Brent Urban
Reaction: An injury at the Senior Bowl prevented Urban from competing at the combine as well as his pro day, so his draft stock has been stagnant ever since. Still, his size (6-foot-7, 295 pounds) makes him intriguing to the 3-4 teams. His athleticism also adds to his potential.
135. Houston Texans select Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage
Reaction: Savage is a developmental quarterback with great size (6-foot-4, 228 pounds). His arm is one of the best in the class, but his decision-making and accuracy need work. He’s a traditional throwback signal caller, who fits the mold of what Bill O’Brien seems to want in a quarterback.
136. Detroit Lions select Bloomsburg DE Larry Webster
Reaction: Webster’s performance at the NFL combine created some buzz. At 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds, he ran a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash. He also had a 36.5 vertical leap. Frankly, his measurables compare to Jadeveon Clowney. He comes from a small school, however, so his adjustment to the NFL could be difficult.
137. N.Y. Jets select Furman OG Dakota Dozier
Reaction: Dozier is a good run blocker. He played left tackle at Furman, but he’ll probably kick inside.
138. Baltimore Ravens select Coastal Carolina RB Lorenzo Taliaferro
Reaction: Taliaferro set school records in rushing yards (1,729) and touchdowns (27). He was the 2013 Big South Offensive Player of the Year and second-team All-FCS.
139. Atlanta Falcons select Notre Dame OLB Prince Shembo
Reaction: Shembo was a defensive end in college, but he’ll likely convert to outside linebacker in the NFL. He’s a good tackler, but his athleticism will limit him in the pros. He’s a three-year starter. His biggest impact will be on special teams.
140. New England Patriots select Stanford OT Cameron Fleming
Reaction: Fleming was a three-year starter at Stanford and is very assignment sound. That experience will help him play early in his career, as Stanford is one of the best programs in college football at developing offensive lineman. He is a very good run blocker, using his power to knock defenders off the ball. He’s not a great athlete, but his size, power, and experience compensates for that flaw. His lack of versatility (he’s a right tackle only) probably hurt his draft stock.
Best Players Available
1. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
2. David Yankey, OG, Stanford
3. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
4. Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
5. Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
6. Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State
7. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
8. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
9. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
10. Marcus Robinson, Florida
Mettenberger and Skov have health issues, which explains their drop. In fact, because of Skov’s knee issues, he could even go undrafted.
141. Philadelphia Eagles select Oregon DE Taylor Hart
Reaction: Hart was a productive three-year starter, who moved around Oregon’s defensive line. He currently weighs around 280 pounds, but he has the frame to play between 290-300 pounds. He hustles on every play. Chip Kelly recruited him.
142. Washington selects Tulane WR Ryan Grant
Reaction: Grant was a productive player in Conference USA. He’s a two-time All-Conference USA selection. He lacks the straight-line speed to beat defensive backs deep.
143. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Tennessee State OG Kadeem Edwards
Reaction: Carl Nicks has a severe toe injury that will keep him out until training camp. The Buccaneers need an insurance policy in case his toe prevents him from playing in all 16 games.
144. Jacksonville Jaguars select Florida State OLB Telvin Smith
Reaction: Undersized at 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds, Smith is ideally suited to play weak side linebacker. He’s a good athlete, using his athleticism to bolt from sideline-to-sideline. He tackles well and does a nice job of tracking down ball carriers.
145. Minnesota Vikings select Stanford OG David Yankey
Reaction: An ideal gap-scheme guard, Yankey is a vicious run blocker, who uses his power to clear defenders out of the hole. He finishes blocks, knocking defenders on their butts. His athleticism isn’t great, but it’s good enough to get to the second level. Given his college production and nastiness, I’m surprised he’s still on the board. He’s a good fit in Minnesota, where he could compete for playing time early.
146. Dallas Cowboys select Pittsburgh WR Devin Street
Reaction: Street plays well on the outside. He’s a possession receiver, who runs good routes.
147. Atlanta Falcons select Purdue CB Ricardo Allen
Reaction: Allen does a nice job of sitting on routes. He could be susceptible to getting beat deep, as his speed isn’t terrific. His size could be problematic, though he does a good job in run support. When you watch him play, you see shades of Antoine Winfield
148. Carolina Panthers select San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere
Reaction: The Panthers lost Captain Munnerlyn to free agency, so adding a cornerback to fill out their depth chart was in the cards. They obviously see a run on cornerbacks coming or they wouldn’t have moved up for him.
149. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Purdue OT Kevin Pamphile
Reaction: A strong pro day elevated Pamphile. He’s a good athlete, showing the movement skills to get to the second level.
150. San Francisco 49ers select South Florida DE Aaron Lynch
Reaction: As a freshman at Notre Dame, Lynch emerged as one of college football‘s top underclassman. In the spring of 2012, he transferred from Notre Dame to South Florida where he failed to re-ignite some of the magic from his freshman year. Lynch is incredibly talented, though, with ideal measurables (34-inch arms). He is a developmental prospect.
151. Tennessee Titans select Kentucky ILB Avery Williamson
Reaction: Williamson earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2013. He was immensely productive, recording 100-plus tackles in two consecutive seasons. His coverage skills need work, but he could push for playing time as an inside backer.
152. N.Y. Giants select San Diego State S Nat Berhe
Reaction: Berhe is a good tackler, but he doesn’t make many plays on the ball. He’ll need to contribute on special teams to stick long-term.
153. Buffalo Bills select Baylor OG Cyril Richardson
Reaction: Richardson is a mauler suited for a power scheme. He’s a wall in pass protection and has enough athleticism -- given his size -- to get by. He doesn’t explode out of his stance on a consistent basis and needs to do a better job with his hand placement. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and a unanimous first-team All-American. His Senior Bowl performance had a negative impact on his draft stock. Nevertheless, there’s not many 6-foot-5, 329-pound guards out there.
154. N.Y. Jets select Iowa State ILB Jeremiah George
Reaction: Coming off a productive season, George was first-team All-Big 12 in 2013. He is short (5-foot-11), but he plays hard. His time speed is a bit disconcerting, but he seems to play faster on the field. As with most late-round linebackers, he’ll need to prove himself on special teams.
155. Miami Dolphins select Georgia TE Arthur Lynch
Reaction: Lynch can operate inside the red zone as a pass catcher, but he’s not going to do much between the 20s. He has the size and strength to develop into a blocker, but he must refine his technique and learn to finish.
156. Denver Broncos select LSU ILB Lamin Barrow
Reaction: Barrow is an athletic, undersized linebacker capable of playing inside or outside linebacker. He needs to work on his physicality, as he struggles to shed blocks, but he displays enough straight-line speed to turn and run with tight ends. Because of his pass coverage skills, he’ll likely sub in on third downs. His athleticism will also allow him to emerge as a special teams ace.
157. Pittsburgh Steelers select Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson
Reaction: Richardson is a developmental corner. He’s a very good athlete, evident by his strong pro day, but his athleticism hasn’t yet translated onto the field.
158. Detroit Lions select Princeton DT Caraun Reid, Princeton
Reaction: Good athleticism and size makes Reid a high-upside prospect. He’s tenacious off the ball, shooting gaps and making plays. He needs to get stronger versus the run, but overall, he has the size and athleticism to play inside when Detroit goes to their sub packages.
159. Jacksonville Jaguars select Arkansas DE Chris Smith
Reaction: Smith earned All-SEC second-team honors in 2013. He’s quick, strong, and shows consistent hustle. He’s never going to dominate and his upside is limited, but he could push for playing time rather quickly into his career.
160. Arizona Cardinals select Alabama DE Ed Stinson
Reaction: A space-eating defensive lineman, Stinson was a two-year starter for Nick Saban’s defense. He plays with power, holding his ground against the run. He also pushes around opposing offensive lineman. He’ll fit into Arizona‘s rotation.
161. Green Bay Packers select Ohio State C Corey Linsley
Reaction: The Packers lost starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency, so they needed to add another body to their interior line. Linsley is a mauling run blocker, who displays incredible strength. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013. Despite this pick, it’s clear Green Bay intends to give J.C. Tretter first crack at replacing Dietrich-Smith.
162. Philadelphia Eagles select Stanford S Ed Reynolds
Reaction: Reynolds is a backend safety with good instincts. He has good size (6-foot-1, 201 pounds) and does a good job of diagnosing plays. He was productive, earning All-Pac-12 honors twice. He could develop into an underappreciated starter.
163. Kansas City Chiefs select Georgia QB Aaron Murray
Reaction: Murray suffered a torn ACL late last season. His draft stock took a tumble, as a result. Nevertheless, Murray displays the qualities to develop into a spot starter. He has the mobility to extend plays outside the pocket and throws with accuracy on the run. His accuracy is so good that it compensates for his average arm strength. Murray is probably a system quarterback at the next level. He’s not a fit for an offense that calls for a lot of downfield passing. Instead, his skill set fits a more traditional west coast offense, which calls for the quarterback to make quick-decisions and accurate throws. He compares favorably to Matt Flynn.
164. Cincinnati Bengals select Alabama QB A.J. McCarron
Reaction: A throwback pocket passer, McCarron has more big game experience than any other quarterback of this class. He has superb accuracy, placing the ball where receivers can make plays after the catch. He does a good job of setting his feet while delivering a throw. His arm is good, not great. He lacks the athleticism to extend plays outside the pocket and is sometimes late with his throws. He’ll never elevate the players around him, but he could emerge as a consistent starter under the right circumstances ala Brad Johnson with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the early 2000s. You know what you’ll get with him. With all this said, you don’t wait to draft a quarterback until round five if you’re looking to replace your current one. Andy Dalton’s job is safe.
165. San Diego Chargers select Arizona State DT Ryan Carrethers
Reaction: The Chargers need competition at nose tackle, which was one of their primary needs heading into the draft. Carrethers is a developmental prospect in a weak group of nose tackles. Given San Diego issues at the position, he could find his way on the field.
166. Indianapolis Colts select Ball State OLB Jonathan Newsome
Reaction: Newsome started his college career at Ohio State before transferring to Ball State in 2011. He has good size (6-foot-3, 247 pounds) and put forth a decent combine workout. He projects to outside or inside linebacker in Indianapolis’ defense.
167. New Orleans Saints select Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri
Reaction: Sunseri started the first seven games last season before tearing his ACL against Arkansas. He’s a good tackler, which will serve him well on special teams.
168. Atlanta Falcons select Syracuse ILB Marquis Spruill
Reaction: At this point in the draft, teams are debating between potential and special teams contributions. Spruill fit’s the latter
169. New Orleans Saints select Florida OLB Ronald Powell
Reaction: The issue with Powell is that it’s hard to get a read on which position he projects to play. In New Orleans, he could be a 34 outside linebacker or I could see him kicking inside. Once he finds a true position, though, he has the skill set to emerge as a starter.
170. San Francisco 49ers select Florida Atlantic CB Keith Reaser
Reaction: The 49ers seem to have a history of taking players with injury issues. They took a risk with Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore last year. This year, they’ve done it with Brandon Thomas and Reaser. The latter tore his ACL midway through last season.
171. Miami Dolphins select Montana OLB Jordan Tripp
Reaction: Tripp tested well at the combine. He struggles in coverage, however, limiting his upside. He’s an intense player and does a nice job of reading and reacting. Overall, Tripp is an outstanding run-stopping linebacker. His pass coverage woes may cost him a round or two, but he has the ability to contribute on defense and special teams.
172. Seattle Seahawks select Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten
Reaction: A strong pro day elevated State into day three. He’s a developmental player, who plays the game with immense power.
173. Pittsburgh Steelers select Vanderbilt OT Wesley Johnson
Reaction: Because of his size (297 pounds), the Steelers will kick Johnson inside. This makes him a bit of a project, despite his 51 career starts. His athleticism and technique are very good. He could push for playing time in 2015.
174. N.Y. Giants select USC OLB Devon Kennard
Reaction: Kennard will play defensive end or SAM linebacker for the Giants. He‘ll make his biggest impact on special teams, though.
175. Baltimore Ravens select Penn State OG John Urschel
Reaction: Urschel was first-team All-Big Ten in 2012 and 2013. The Ravens may give him a shot at playing center.
176. Green Bay Packers select Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis
Reaction: Maybe the most fluid route runner of his class, Abbrederis was first-team Big Ten in 2012 and 2013. He consistently battles on the field, evident by a remarkable performance (10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown) against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, who the Broncos took in the first round. Abbrederis does a nice job of finding the ball in the air. The Packers may play him in the slot, but he’s also capable of producing on the outside. Good hands, route running, and toughness should allow him to contribute for the Packers, where his Badger credentials make him an immediate fan favorite.
177. Houston Texans select Alabama DE Jeoffrey Pagan
Reaction: On paper, Pagan is what you want in a five technique. He’s big (6-foot-3, 315 pounds) and strong.
The Titans just traded up. I think this is a good spot for Zach Mettenberger, who is my top player on the board.
178. Tennessee Titans select LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
Reaction: If not for medical issues, Mettenberger would’ve gone no latter than day two, in my opinion. His offensive coordinator in 2013 was former NFL coach Cam Cameron, who did wonders for his mechanics. Mettenberger has one of the biggest arms in the draft. He can thread the needle between defenders and consistently deliver strikes all over the field. He also stands tall in the pocket and delivers a good ball, even as he’s about to take a hit. He does need to improve his ball placement, but as a right-handed quarterback, he’s capable of rolling to his left and delivering an accurate throw. He’ll compete for the No. 2 job behind Jake Locker, who I think he could push in the long-term.
179. New England Patriots select Florida OG Jon Halapio
Reaction: Halapio made 36 consecutive starts for the Gators, playing through a torn pectoral in 2013. His technique needs refining, but he displays good strength pushing around opponents. I thought a strong week at the Senior Bowl would’ve elevated him higher.
Best Players Available
1. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
2. Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
3. Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
4. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
5. Marcus Robinson, Florida
6. Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB, Texas
7. James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
8. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
9. Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
10. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
180. San Francisco select SMU CB Kenneth Acker
Reaction: The 49ers need depth in the secondary and that’s exactly what they’ve added in this draft. Remember, Reaser is coming off a knee injury, so they may view Acker as the more likely prospect to contribute in 2014. It'll have to come on special teams.
181. Houston Texans select LSU RB Alfred Blue
Reaction: LSU had a deep group of running backs, so Blue didn’t have many opportunities. When he was on the field, though, he looked pretty good. His burst and size especially stood out.
182. Minnesota Vikings select Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum
Reaction: Exum tore his ACL in January of 2013, but fought his way back on the field. However, an injury to his ankle forced him out of several games this season. Nevertheless, his 2012 tape is very good. He's capable being a press corner or he could even play safety.
183. Chicago Bears select San Jose State QB David Fales
Reaction: While Foles lacks upside, he’s probably ready to step in and make a roster as a No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback. He makes good decisions with the football. His accuracy is solid, though there remains room for improvement. His biggest liability is arm strength, where he doesn’t have the ability to stretch the field.
184. Houston Texans select Maine CB Kendall James
Reaction: Perhaps this choice means the Vikings view Exum as a safety. James' best shot is as a nickel corner.
185. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Wyoming WR Robert Herron
Reaction: Because of the high-demand of slot receivers, Herron will stick in the NFL. At the combine, he ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.
The draft is moving very fast now. My updates will begin to come in bunches.
186. Washington selects Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk
Reaction: A patient runner who waits for his hole to develop, Seastrunk lacks the elite speed to get around the corner. He runs hard between the tackles and does a nice job of weaving his way through traffic. He’s also willing to drop his shoulder and finish a run. He’s a good fit in Washington’s scheme, where he’ll give Alfred Morris the occasional breather.
187. N.Y. Giants select Notre Dame CB Bennett Jackson
Reaction: Jackson had a nice combine workout, but his skills remain raw. He started all 13 games in 2013. The Giants are probably thinking special teams with this pick.
188. St. Louis Rams select Missouri CB E.J. Gaines
Reaction: A three-year starter at Missouri, Gaines is a very good zone corner. He reads and reacts well, doing a nice job of making plays on the football. His physicality is good, not great. He's solid versus the run and is a pretty good tackler.
189. Detroit Lions select Notre Dame WR T.J. Jones
Reaction: Jones is incredibly polished. He’s smooth in and out of his breaks and snatches the ball out of the air with his hands. He doesn’t have excellent speed, but he has enough that defenders must respect him. He’ll do most of his damage as a slot receiver.
190. Miami Dolphins select Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel
Reaction: Joe Philbin’s offense demands its receivers run good routes and Hazel is a fluid route runner. He obviously didn’t play against elite college athletes on a consistent basis, but when he did, he performed well.
191. Chicago Bears select Miami (FL) P Pat O’Donnell
Reaction: The Bears always field good special teams. O’Donnell was the top punter in the draft. They obviously drafted him to compete for a starting job.
192. Pittsburgh Steelers select UCLA OLB Jordan Zumwalt
Reaction: Versatile enough to play inside or outside linebacker, Zumwalt’s biggest impact may come on special teams. He has good size and straight-line speed, but he struggles to shed blocks. His tackling could stand to improve. He could push for playing time if he bulks up and cleans up his fundamentals.
193. Kansa City Chiefs select Tennessee OG Zach Fulton
Reaction: A raw prospect with the upside to start, Fulton made 40 career starts for Tennessee. He’s a good pass protector, with the toughness to battle NFL caliber defensive lineman. As a run blocker, he pushes defenders off the ball and consistently finishes his blocks.
194. Baltimore Ravens select Ball State QB Keith Wenning
Reaction: Wenning has prototype size and a good arm, but he’s an erratic thrower. He’s inconsistent, so he’ll need seasoning before developing into a backup quarterback.
195. N.Y. Jets select Northwest Missouri State CB Brandon Dixon
Reaction: Dixon is a small school prospect who performed well at the combine. He’s a practice squad candidate in New York.
196. Arizona Cardinals select Murray State WR Walter Powell
Reaction: In the long-term, Murray could contribute as a kick returner. In the short-term, he’s a practice squad candidate.
197. Green Bay Packers select Baylor CB Demetri Goodson
Reaction: An honorable All-Big 12 pick in 2013, Goodson is a developmental corner with really good athleticism. I suspect he’ll have a difficult time making Green Bay’s roster because of their depth at cornerback. As a result, he’s a candidate for the practice squad, where he can develop his skill set.
198. New England Patriots select Concordia DE Zach Moore
Reaction: A good combine workout gave Moore a shot at getting drafted. At 6-foot-5, he could potentially bulk up and play defensive end when the Patriots go to their 34 package. Alternatively, he could also play inside in their 43 package.
199. Seattle Seahawks select Marshall OT Garrett Scott
Reaction: The Seahawks reportedly brought Scott in for a workout about a week before the draft. They must’ve liked what they saw to use a draft choice on him.
200. Kansas City Chiefs select McGill OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Reaction: The Chiefs are really digging deep into their scouting department. Duvernay-Tardif is from the Canadian developmental system. He made some noise at the East-West Shrine Game.
201. San Diego Chargers select Arizona State RB Marion Grice
Reaction: An elusive runner, Grice has enough speed to get around the edge. He can make an impact as a receiver, particularly in the screen game. He’s not likely to see the field unless he improves as a pass blocker. If he does, his elusiveness and pass-catching ability makes him an intriguing third-down running back.
202. New Orleans Saints select Kansas State OT Tavon Rooks
Reaction: Rooks is a right tackle prospect who started all 13 games last season for the Wildcats. He received All-Big 12 honorable mention.
203. Indianapolis Colts select Western Kentucky ILB Andrew Jackson
Reaction: A thumper with the potential start, Jackson is a very good run defender. He doesn’t have the athleticism to turn and run with tight ends, however. In addition, I wouldn’t trust him in the flats, but he can be a Brandon Spikes type of player in Chuck Pagano’s system.
204. Carolina Panthers select Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney
Reaction: A two-sport athlete, Gaffney took time away from football to pursue playing minor league baseball. He’s a tough, hard-nosed runner not so different from Toby Gerhart. He lacks the long-range speed and quickness to emerge as a starter. He should settle in as a backup, who’ll contribute in short-yardage situations.
205. Jacksonville Jaguars select Virginia C Luke Bowanko
Reaction: Bowanko played both center and guard last season. He started every game and was a team captain.
206. New England Patriots select Georgia Tech S Jemea Thomas
Reaction: Thomas’ style is a bit throwback. He’s a good tackler and terrific in run support. He struggles to cover, however, making him a liability if he’s matched up with tight ends or slot receivers. His height (5-foot-9) will also give him troubles with covering tight ends. What he lacks in height, though, he makes up for with his aggressiveness.
207. Denver Broncos select Boise State C Matt Paradis
Reaction: Paradis was first-team All-Mountain West in 2012 and second-team All-Mountain West in 2013. He’s a physical run-blocking interior player, who stands a good shot at making Denver’s squad as a backup.
208. Seattle Seahawks select San Diego State S Eric Pinkins
Reaction: At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Pinkins fits Seattle’s philosophy of targeting big defensive backs in the later rounds.
209. N.Y. Jets select Nebraska WR Quincy Enunwa
Reaction: Enunwa played outstanding in the Gator Bowl against Georgia. His overall production was very good and his size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) likely drew the Jets to him.
210. N.Y. Jets select Louisiana Tech OLB IK Enemkpali
Reaction: Enemkpali is too small to play defensive line in Rex Ryan’s defense, so I suspect the Jets will list him as a linebacker. He’s tough and you can spot the intensity he plays with. He seems suited for special teams.
211. Houston Texans select Auburn FB Jay Prosch
Reaction: Prosch is a good run-blocking fullback. He won’t offer much as a receiver, but he’ll open holes for Arian Foster.
212. Cincinnati Bengals select Arizona OLB Marquis Flowers
Reaction: Versatile enough to play linebacker or safety, Flowers earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He’s a run defender and will fight for a roster spot in training camp.
213. N.Y. Jets select Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
Reaction: Unable to generate any buzz during the pre-draft process, I thought there was a chance Boyd would go undrafted. Boyd is elusive in the pocket, but he also knows when to pick his spots to run. He senses pressure well and does a decent job of keeping his eyes downfield. Many attribute his success in college to the immense talent that surrounded him. There’s no question Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, and Andre Ellington elevated him, but Boyd also played within the system. He could develop into a pretty good backup.
214. St. Louis Rams select SMU QB Garrett Gilbert
Reaction: Gilbert started his college career at Texas before transferring to SMU. He has a big arm, size, and good mobility. He could develop into a solid No. 2 or No. 3.
215. Pittsburgh Steelers select Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers
Reaction: Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 353 pounds, McCullers’ massive size makes him an intriguing prospect. His size limits his athleticism, making his pass rush non-existent. In addition, his height prevents him from playing with leverage. Still, McCullers’ is a mountain of a man, who will stand as a brick wall against the run. If he makes Pittsburgh’s roster, they’ll sub in during running situations.
216. Houston Texans select Vanderbilt CB Dre Hal
Reaction: Hal was a productive player at Vanderbilt, earning second-team All-SEC honors. He has good coverage skills, but he’s short and slow.
Best Players Available
1. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
2. Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
3. Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
4. Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
5. Marcus Robinson, CB, Florida
6. Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB, Texas
7. James Hurts, OT, North Carolina
8. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
9. Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
10. Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
217. Washington selects Indiana TE Ted Bolser
Reaction: Bolser could develop into a No. 3 tight end that’ll contribute near the goal line. His blocking needs to improve, however, or he risks not making Washington’s roster.
218. Baltimore Ravens select Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro
Reaction: The Ravens will develop Campanaro as a slot receiver and hope he can contribute returning kicks and punts.
219. Oakland Raiders select Ohio CB Travis Carrie
Reaction: Carrie missed all of 2012 because of a shoulder injury. He had an excellent workout at his pro day, posting a 41-inch vert and a sub 4.5 in the 40.
220. Minnesota Vikings select Connecticut DT Shamar Stephen
Reaction: An 11-game starter in 2013, Stephen is 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds. He takes up blocks, freeing up linebackers to make plays. He’s a good developmental player on day three.
221. Buffalo Bills select Florida Atlantic OLB Randell Johnson
Reaction: Johnson’s pro day workout was good enough for the Bills to take a chance on him late. He’ll need to earn his keep on special teams if he’s going to make the roster. The practice squad seems his most likely destination.
222. Jacksonville Jaguars select Central Florida RB Storm Johnson
Reaction: Small but physical, Johnson does a good job of reading his blocks. He demonstrates little hesitation in attacking the hole, but doesn’t break tackles, and lacks the long-range speed to be a homerun threat. He’s a future No. 2, who could contribute with 5-10 carries per game.
223. Minnesota Vikings select Georgia Tech OLB Brandon Watts
Reaction: Watt runs very well. I could see Minnesota toying with the idea of moving him to safety, but this pick is mostly about special teams.
224. Philadelphia selects Wisconsin DT Beau Allen
Reaction: Allen is a two-down developmental nose tackle. He’s intelligent, earning Big Ten all-academic honors. He’s tough and incredibly powerful. He uses his size (6-foot-2, 332 pounds) to engulf running backs. He doesn’t make any eye-opening plays, but he’s an underappreciated player that competes.
225. Minnesota Vikings select North Carolina CB Jabari Price
Reaction: A good tackling cornerback, Price plays the run well and has the athleticism to holdup in coverage. He’s a bit undervalued this late.
226. St. Louis Rams select Portland State OG Mitchell Van Dyk
227. Seattle Seahawks select Arkansas FB Kiero Small
Reaction: Small overcame injuries to make it this far. He is a punishing run blocker. He fits Seattle’s ground and pound mentality well.
228. Washington selects Arkansas K Zach Hocker
Reaction: Kai Forbath struggled with a hamstring injury midway through last season. He kicked fine when he was healthy, but Washington is obviously not taking any chances.
229. Detroit Lions select Boston College K Nate Freese
Reaction: There’s going to be a kicking competition in Detroit this summer. The Lions currently have Giorgio Tavecchio and John Potter on the roster. Tavecchio kicked well in Green Bay’s camp last summer. It’ll likely be him or Freese that wins the competition.
230. Pittsburgh Steelers select Massachusetts TE Rob Blanchflower
231. Dallas Cowboys select Stanford DE Ben Gardner
Reaction: The Stanford prospect is a good, not great athlete. He demonstrates the ability to get off the ball fast and displays good effort in hunting down quarterbacks. A pectoral injury ended his season midway through, but he was a three-year starter on one of college football’s toughest defenses.
At this point in the draft, there are players coming off the board that I don't have notes on. That's why you'll see some picks without a reaction to them. I simply don't have one.
232. Indianapolis Colts select Georgia State OT Ulrich John
233. N.Y. Jets select Utah OLB Trevor Reilly
Reaction: Reilly is an intriguing prospect because of his size (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) and versatility. He runs to the ball well, displays good tackling fundamentals, and fights through blocks. His athleticism is average, however, and he could stand to play with more power. He was first-team All-Pac-12 in 2013 and he’ll play outside linebacker in Rex Ryan’s defense.
234. Miami Dolphins select Marist DE Terrence Fede
235. Oakland Raiders select Illinois State DE Shelby Harris
236. Green Bay Packers select Saginaw Valley State WR Jeff Janis
Reaction: Janis had a buzz worthy combine, where he ran a sub 4.5 at 223 pounds. Given his size (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) and strength, he has a shot at sticking around on the practice squad.
237. Buffalo Bills select Miami (FL) OT Seantrel Henderson
Reaction: A 6-foot-7, 331-pound right tackle prospect, Henderson has the size and athleticism you want in an NFL offensive tackle. He was a big-time college recruit coming out of high school, but failed to meet those expectations. He has long arms (just under 35 inches) and the movement skills to reach the second level. There’s a looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane sentiment regarding Henderson.
238. Dallas Cowboys select Texas Tech OLB Will Smith
Reaction: Smith was All-Big 12 honorable mention in 2013. He fits the Tampa 2 profile of small, athletic linebackers.
239. Cincinnati Bengals select LSU WR James Wright
Reaction: Wright has the speed to make an impact in the return game, though he’ll probably need to cover kicks in order to stick to a roster.
240. San Diego Chargers select Baylor WR Tevin Reese
Reaction: Reese averaged over 20 yards per reception in 2013. He also caught eight touchdowns. His speed in the return game could help him make San Diego's team.
241. St. Louis Rams select Ohio State S Christian Bryant
242. Denver Broncos select Oklahoma OLB Corey Nelson
243. San Francisco 49ers select Boston College DE Kaleb Ramsey
Reaction: Injuries prevented Ramsey from reaching his true potential in college. He was actually granted a sixth-year of eligibility for 2013. He shows the quickness to kick inside in sub packages and is incredibly strong. He did 36 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the NFL combine.
244. New England Patriots select Michigan WR Jeremy Gallon
Reaction: An ideal slot receiver, Gallon can wow you with acrobatic catches. He was dominating versus Notre Dame, catching eight passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He does a nice job of coming back to the ball and helping out his quarterback. Overall, Gallon is a deceptively fast receiver with the capabilities to contribute from the slot.
245. San Francisco 49ers select Oklahoma FB Trey Millard
Reaction: Because of injuries and the devaluing of the fullback position, Millard fell to round seven. However, he can contribute in a variety of ways. He can run between the tackles in short yardage situations, block, and catch the ball out of the backfield. I also think he could make an impact on special teams. This is yet another player with an injury history that San Francisco took.
246. Oakland Raiders select Boise State OT Charles Leno
247. Oakland Raiders select Western Kentucky S Jonathan Dowling
248. Dallas Cowboys select Baylor S Ahmad Dixon
Reaction: An in-the-box safety, Dixon is tough against the run and wraps up well. His coverage skills are inconsistent. He struggled badly at the Senior Bowl, causing his stock to freefall. Still, Dixon has the size, fundamentals, and physicality to start. He just needs to show more consistency in coverage.
249. St. Louis Rams select Missouri DE Michael Sam
Reaction: I wrote an article on Michael Sam in March. You can read my thoughts on his transition to the NFL here.
250. St. Louis Rams select Tennessee State C Demetrius Rhaney
251. Dallas Cowboys select Northern Illinois DT Ken Bishop
252. Cincinnati Bengals select Georgia Southern CB LaVelle Westbrooks
253. Atlanta Falcons select Connecticut ILB Yawin Smallwood
Reaction: A bum hamstring limited Smallwood at his pro day. It also gave him problems at the combine, where he didn’t test particularly well. Still, his tape is solid. He can blitz, defend the run, and has excellent size. His instincts and athleticism, however, could force him to a backup role.
254. Dallas Cowboys select Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell
Reaction: Mitchell was a productive player for Oregon, intercepting five passes in 2013. He’s a good fit in the Tampa 2 defense, which can hide some of his athletic deficiencies.
255. Atlanta Falcons select South Dakota OLB Tyler Starr
256. Houston Texans select Memphis S Lonnie Ballentine
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