216.) Texans: G Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee St (6’4, 309) - Long armed guard who helped his stock at the Senior Bowl, but didn’t show much athleticism at the combine. Will give the Texans some interior line depth in the short-term and has starter potential if he can improve his technique.
217.) Redskins: P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa St (6’4, 202) – The Redskins were the only team in the league who had a punter worse than the Bears Adam Podlesh. Redskins punter Sav Rocca had the worst net punting average in the league (Podlesh was 31st). Van Der Kamp was a four year starter at Iowa St and is a polished punter who can kick for either distance or direction with great hang time.
218.) Browns: WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest (5’10, 191) - Classic slot receiver with good hands, surprising strength and elusiveness on underneath routes. Campanero could give the Browns what they thought they were getting when they signed Devone Bess.
219.) Raiders: CB Bene Benwikere, San Jose St (5’11, 195) – Good cover guy with solid instincts and ball skills, but a liability against the run and can be dominated physically by bigger receivers. Benwikere can contribute in sub packages off the bat, but it will probably take a season or two before he is ready for anything more than that.
220.) Falcons: QB Jeff Matthews, Cornell (6’4, 223) - Tall, cerebral QB who has a similar skill-set to Matt Ryan. Matthews has ideal size, a big arm, he’s accurate, and has good leadership potential (3-time captain). The main problems are that he’s a statue in the pocket and hasn’t played against anything close to NFL competition coming from the Ivy league.
221.) Buccaneers: G Josh Walker, Middle Tennessee St (6’6, 320) – Four year starter with great size and a mean streak. Walker is a phone booth blocker who excels when asked to block the man in front of him and not move too much laterally. Run-blocking is his strength and Walker should be a good fit with Lovie Smith’s run-first offensive philosophy. The Bucs need as much depth at guard as they can get in case they have another staff infection outbreak.
222.) Jaguars: TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon (6’5, 250) – Troubled tight-end who left Oregon during the season for “personal reasons” and then got arrested for cocaine possession. Lyerla has legitimate first round talent, but concern about his maturity and off-field problems could keep him out of the draft all together. Without much talent at TE on the roster it might make sense to take to take a risk on the talented Lyerla. If he can get his head on straight he could be an All-Pro. If not he could be out of the league in a year or two. It’s a big gamble, but that’s what the 7th round is for. Lyerla impressed physically at the combine finishing near the top in every workout except the bench, but most rumors about his interviews were negative.
223.) Vikings: WR Ryan Grant, Tulane (6’0, 199) – Might have the best hands in the draft, but choked at the combine dropping multiple passes in the receiver drills. Grant doesn’t have great speed or athleticism, but he’s strong and can catch anything near him. His combine performance dropped his stock a round or two but I still think he will be a solid possession receiver in the NFL.