161. Texans: G Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee St (6’4, 309) – Long armed guard who helped his stock at the Senior Bowl. Will give the Texans some interior line depth in the short-term and has starter potential.
162. Redskins: G Spencer Long, Nebraska (6’4, 315) –Would of gone higher if not for an ACL injury late last season. Long, a former walk-on, is a two-time academic All-American who has been a solid run-blocker for the Huskers since he earned a starting spot in 2012. His pass blocking needs work, but it’s not hopeless.
163. Jaguars: WR Mike Davis, Texas (6’0, 193) – Davis was hindered by inconsistent QB play at Texas, but showed off good hands and crisp route-running at the Senior Bowl. Davis is more quick than fast, but could be a solid possession receiver for the Jags.
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164. Browns: ILB Max Bullough, Midchigan St (6’3, 265) – It’s been a tumultuous last few months for Bullough; He was suspended for MSU’s bowl game for undisclosed reasons and then showed up to Senior Bowl practices noticeably overweight. His draft stock has slipped a little, but after viewing his game tape, he deserves to be drafted. Bullough was the leader of one of the best defenses in the country and is a force vs the run. He shows good timing and burst through holes to stuff plays at the LOS and is a heavy hitter with better than expected range sideline to sideline. He struggles in coverage and is probably just a 2-down LB, but he can be a quality run-stuffer as a 3-4 ILB right away.
165. Raiders: T Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (6’5, 290) – Too small to play LT like he did at Vandy, but has great feet and an innate understanding of blocking angles. Whether he ends up as a RT or inside as a Guard, Johnson should eventually be in the starting lineup somewhere.
166. Falcons: RB Charles Sims, West Virginia (6’0, 214) – Atlanta gets a steal with Sims this late in the draft. Viewed as a 3rd down back coming into the Senior Bowl, Sims changed some minds with power running, smooth hands out of the backfield, and good enough pass protection. Sims drew comparisons to Matt Forte, Shane Vereen, and DeMarco Murray from various analysts. High praise, Sims will probably go higher than this.
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167. Bears: C Bryan Stork, Florida St (6’4, 306) – Smart, with a quick burst off the line and great leadership skills. Stork can learn from Roberto Garza for a year or two before he retires and then take over as the Bears center of the future. Great value this late and fills a need for the Bears.
168. Vikings: T Charles Leno, Boise St (6’4, 302) – Good depth pick for the Vikings. Leno might be too small to play tackle in the NFL but he excelled at left tackle in college and would make a very solid guard if he has to move inside.
169. Bills: OLB Morgan Breslin, USC (6’2, 250) – Would have been a much higher pick if Breslin came out after his junior year (13 sacks), but he struggled with injuries as a senior and looked much less explosive. If Breslin gets healthy and can regain his 2012 explosion he could be an effective pass-rushing OLB in the Bills hybrid scheme.
170. Titans: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (6’6, 250) – Has elite size and physical tools, but he’s a serious question mark above the shoulders. Thomas takes way to long to make decisions in the pocket, leading to too many sacks and forced passes. There are times when Thomas looks like a top 10 pick but they are too infrequent for me to think he can ever play that way consistently. Some team will fall in love with Thomas’ potential and probably draft him earlier than this. I hope it’s not the Bears.
171. Giants: WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (5’9, 196) – Super quick, with surprising power for a little guy. Ellington was a big-time play-maker for the Gamecocks and would give the Giants a completely different type of weapon then what they currently have at the receiver position.
172. Rams: CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon St (5’10, 191) – Tough, max-effort corner, who showed competence in most coverage schemes but doesn’t really excel at anything in particular. Good athlete with good, not great, speed and is a little shorter than ideal. No specific skill jumps out at you, but he’s solid enough to contribute as a 3rd or 4th corner.
173. Lions: SS Isaiah Lewis, Michigan St (5’10, 205) – With the recent release of Louis Delmas the Lions are in the market for a strong safety. Lewis shares Delmas’ penchant for big hits, but the question is whether he can cover like the 2 time pro bowler Delmas. Lewis made a few nice plays in Senior Bowl practices but also got beat deep a couple of times putting a spotlight on his lack of top-end speed. Worst case, Lewis will be a standout big-hitter on special teams.
174. Dolphins : TE Crockett Gilmore, Colorado St (6’6, 253) – If he would have lasted one more pick I would have had Gilmore going to the Bears. He was the surprise of the Senor Bowl as a late invite. Gilmore proved his blocking skill in college, but at the Senior Bowl showed great hands, crisp route-running, and surprising mobility after the catch.
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175. Bears: RB/WR/KR Dri Archer, Kent St (5’9, 175) – Bears replace Devin Hester with possibly the fastest player in college football last year. Archer is a more complete football player than Hester with 24 career rushing touchdowns, 12 receiving touchdowns, and 4 kick return touchdowns. He’s very small, but could give the Bears a speed dimension they just don’t have right now at receiver or running back. More importantly he is a dangerous weapon in the return game. Check out his highlights here, it’s worth it. If you don’t have time for the long version at least check out his runs at 2:39, 4:00, & 4:58. I think Archer was the most exciting player in CFB last year. One more highlight reel, just for fun:
176. Steelers: CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma (6’0, 186) – A 1st or 2nd round talent who has dropped due to an ACL tear in the Senior Bowl. Colvin is doubtful to be ready in time for the 2014 season, but assuming full recovery, he has #1 corner potential. Colvin has the speed, athleticism, and aggressive nature of a shut-down CB and this pick could pay off handsomely for the Steelers in 2015. The free agent market is flush with competent veteran corners who could be a stop-gap for the 2014 season.
177. Cowboys: G Ryan Groy, Wisconsin (6’5, 325) – The Cowboys had good luck with a Badgers lineman last year, Frederick, so they go back to the well with Groy. He’s a massive guard with good power, but limited mobility. Groy could eventually become a road-grading run blocker, but will probably always be a liability in pass pro.
178. Ravens: S Hakeem Smith, Louisville (6’0, 186) – Hard-hitting strong safety who is a good value this late. Smith is a sure tackler who will be a good complement to last year’s first round pick Matt Elam. Smith has gotten better in coverage every year at Louisville so the potential is there to eventually become a well-rounded starting safety.
179. Jets: S Alden Darby, Arizona St (5’10, 192) – Doesn’t have NFL measurables, but is a good football player. Darby played strong safety for ASU but is too small for the position in the NFL so will need to switch to free safety. Smith played free safety for the first time at the Senior Bowl and had two interceptions in the game. Apparently he’s a quick learner. Darby has all the intangibles you look for in a football player and at worst will be a standout on special teams, but if given enough time to develop he could be a productive NFL safety.
180. Cardinals: DT Justin Ellis, Lousiana Tech (6’2, 342) – Flashed some pass rushing skill at the Shrine game and again at the Senior Bowl, but hasn’t done it consistently enough to be a sure thing. Plenty of talent though and is moving up most draft boards. This could be another mistake as I could see Ellis going 2-3 rounds higher.
181. Packers: OT Cornelius Lucas, Kansas St (6’8, 329) – Developmental prospect with great size and surprising athleticism. Lucas shows a knack for understanding blocking angles, but needs a lot of work on the rest of his technique. He is too much of a waist bender and will get roasted against good NFL DEs unless he can learn to bend at the knees.
182. Patriots: DE Will Clark, West Virgina (6’6, 271) – Extremely long armed (33 3/8) and uses then well to keep blockers off of him, but not quick or explosive and will struggle against tall tackles (which is all of them). Smith has good strength and needs to develop some pass rush moves to be anything more than a run stuffing 3-4 DE.
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183. Bengals: QB Tahj Boyd, Clemson (6’1, 222) – A bad Senior Bowl performance drops Boyd all the way to the 6th round. He struggled with his accuracy in practice and then played poorly in the game to cap off a rough week for Boyd. During the game he floated a couple deep balls, got picked off, and got three passes batted down at the line. It isn’t fair to base his value on one game and week of practice, Boyd was a consistent winner at Clemson and showed great intangibles, elite mobility, and an accurate short-to-mid range passing game. He’s a long-shot, but worth a late round pick to see if Boyd’s college success translates to the next level. It’s not like the Bengals are set at QB or anything.
184. Chiefs: G Andrew Norwell, Ohio St (6’6, 316) – Interior line depth. Not much else to say.
185. Chargers : ILB Jeremiah George, Iowa St (5’11, 231) – A tackling machine at Iowa St who led the Big12 in tackles (112), George was one of the stars of the Shrine Game practices and showed a more well-rounded skill set than expected. George could provide good depth as a 3-4 ILB and excel on special teams in the short-term. I think he’s underrated and in 2-3 years will be starting in the league.
186. Saints: T Matt Hall (6’10, 323) – At just under 7 feet, Hall would be the tallest player in the league. Hall is surprisingly athletic for a guy that big and is very strong (rumored 40 reps of 225). He’s also played at three colleges in the last 4 years (Arkansas, Mississippi, Belhaven) which is a bit of red flag. Hall has the potential to be a dominate RT if he can mature enough to stay out of trouble.
187. Colts: WR Ryan Grant, Tulane (6’0, 197): Good route runner with outstanding hands. At the Senior Bowl Grant caught everything with his hands away from his body and showed the ability to get open with crisp routes. He’s not flashy and isn’t a deep threat at all, but could be a reliable possession receiver who isn’t afraid to make tough catches over the middle. One of my favorite late-round receivers in the draft.
188. Panthers: RB Devonta Freeman, Florida St (5’9, 203) – Smallish back but runs low to the ground with good power. Freeman is exceptionally shifty and a smooth receiver out of the backfield (28 catches for 278 yards). The Panthers haven’t had a legitimate #1 back in a long time (ever?) and DeAngelo and Stewart haven’t been good in a couple of seasons. Freeman could team with Mike Tolbert for a legitimate thunder & lighting combo. I have running backs going much later than projected in most mocks and I could be way off, it just seems that’s the trend the last few drafts.
189. 49ers: ILB Preston Brown, Louisville (6’1, 262) – Tough, versatile run-stuffer. The Niners could use some insurance in case Navarro Bowman isn’t recovered from his ACL / MCL injury in the playoffs.
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190. Patriots: DE/DT George Uko, USC (6’3, 275): Would have been a much higher pick if he had stayed in school another year, but the Pats get an explosive D-line prospect who can be a 3-4 DE or eventually move inside if he gains more weight. After watching more clips of Uko, I should have had him a round or two higher. He has a ton of potential.
191. Broncos: WR Jalen Sanders, Oklahoma (5’9, 164) – The Broncos get a speedy slot receiver to go with their twin towers outside. Sanders is small, but can fly and make people miss in the open field. He is also a dangerous kick/punt returner.
192. Seahawks: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice (6’1, 195) – Tall physical corner who doesn’t have top-end speed and gets burned deep too often. That’s not as much of a concern in Seattle’s press coverage scheme and Gaines gives them another big corner to develop if Thurmond and Browner leave in free agency or can’t lay off the adderall.