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NFL DRAFT: 4TH-7TH ROUNDS

May 11, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



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Fourth round:

1. (101) Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Watkins, DB Florida

Quick take: Watkins provides flexibility in the Eagles’ defense. He is built and has the athleticism to play cornerback, but he was the Gators safety last season. Watkins will be a free safety covering the backend of the defense and likely drop into the slot to cover wide receiver against multi-receiver packages.

2. (102) Washington Redskins: Bashaud Breeland, CB Clemson

Quick take: Breeland may have been hurt due to declaring early and a poor 40-yard dash time, but he had early-round talent. Breeland adds depth to a secondary that features aging veterans DeAngelo Hall and Ryan Clark. Breeland has the size to play either cornerback or safety.

3. (103) Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman, RB Florida State

Quick take: Steven Jackson is on the wrong side of 30, and he battled injuries last year. While Jackson can still carry the load on first and second down, Freeman can become the team’s third-down back. Freeman runs bigger than his size and is a good receiver out of the backfield.

4. (104) New York Jets: Jalen Saunders, WR Oklahoma

Quick take: While Eric Decker will work outside the numbers, the 2014 draft has yielded two new slot receivers for the Jets. The team selected TE Jace Amaro earlier, and Saunders adds tremendous quickness. Saunders is nearly impossible to cover is small areas.

5. (105) New England Patriots: Bryan Stork, C Florida State

Quick take: The Patriots re-signed Ryan Wendell in the offseason, but Wendell’s play was subpar last season. Wendell was available for a long time before he eventually went back to New England. Stork provides insurance and will likely step in as the team’s starter in 2015.

6. (106) San Francisco 49ers: Bruce Ellington, WR South Carolina

Quick take: The 49ers wide receiver corps is generally comprised of bigger and more physical wide receiver. Ellington adds more speed and athleticism to the position. Ellington not only starred for the Gamecocks’ football team. He was also the school’s starting point guard on the basketball team.

7. (107) Oakland Raiders: Justin Ellis, DT Louisiana Tech

Quick take: The Raiders loaded up on veteran defensive line talent during free agency. But they never addressed 1-techique (defensive tackle on the outside shoulder of the center). Ellis is a 334-pound run stuffer that will allow the talented linebackers behind him, Khalil Mack and Sio Moore, run free.

8. (108) Seattle Seahawks: Cassius Marsh, DE UCLA

Quick take: Marsh is an ideal Pete Carroll player. He a relentless pass rusher than can play multiple positions along the defensive line. His motor never stops – on or off the field.

9. (109) Buffalo Bills: Ross Cockrell, CB Duke

Quick take: Cockrell is a four-year starter that plays his angles really well and has very good ball skills. He was able to frustrate Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, a first-round selection, during the bowl game. Cockrell provides length, athleticism and upside to the Bills secondary.

10. (110) St. Louis Rams: Mo Alexander, SS Utah State

Quick take: In a division where Kam Chancellor sets the tone for the Seahawks, Mo Alexander is a similar physical talent for the Rams. Alexander is a massive strong safety at 6-1 and 220 pounds. He’s also a very good athlete at his size. Alexander finished Top 5 among all defensive backs in vertical, broad jump and 60-yard shuttle.

11. (111) Cincinnati Bengals: Russell Bodine, C North Carolina

Quick take: During the offseason, the Bengals released stalwart center Kyle Cook. Cook was the team’s starting starting center for five years. Bodine, an early entrant to the draft, will get an opportunity to compete with Trevor Robinson to start. If Bodine doesn’t win the job, he also has experience playing guard.

The Cincinnati Bengals acquired the pick from the Seattle Seahawks for the 123rd and 199th picks.

12. (112) Tennessee Titans: DaQuan Jones, DT Penn State

Quick take: The selection of Jones is the first step in transitioning the Titans from a four-man front to a 3-4 scheme. Jones is hard to move off the spot and can immediately contribute in a rotation at nose tackle.

13. (113) New York Giants: Andre Williams, RB Boston College

Quick take: David Wilson has been a disappointment. Even if Wilson can remain healthy, he’s not a physical runner. Williams is a load at 230 pounds. He led the FBS level of college football with 2,177 rushing yards.

14. (114) Jacksonville Jaguars: Aaron Colvin, CB Oklahoma

Quick take: Colvin is a value pick for the Jaguars. He was considered a potential second-round talent before he tore an ACL at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Colvin will likely sit out this season, but when he returns he’s a physical cornerback, ideally suited for Gus Bradley’s aggressive defensive scheme.

15. (115) New York Jets: Shaq Evans, WR UCLA

Quick take: The Jets revamp of their skill positions continues. Decker is now the teams No. 1 receiver. Draft picks Amaro and Saunders will work out of the slot, while Evans has the size and athleticism to compete for time opposite Decker as an outside receiver.

16. (116) Oakland Raiders: Keith McGill, CB Utah

Quick take: The McGill selection would make Al Davis proud. McGill is 6-3 and 211 pounds. He is very physical at the line of scrimmage and wins before the wide receiver ever gets into his route. McGill is also a little stiff. If a receiver can beat him off the line, McGill will struggle to close the gap.

17. (117) Chicago Bears: Ka’Deem Carey, RB Arizona

Quick take: The Bears’ depth at running back was lacking prior to the selection of Carey. Only two running backs were on the roster. Carey can step in from Day 1 and take a few repetitions away from Matt Forte. Carey was the most productive runner at the FBS level of college football the past two seasons.

18. (118) Pittsburgh Steelers: Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson

Quick take: Bryant is very physically talented at 6-4 and 211 pounds. However, he was highly inconsistent at Clemson and only managed a single 100-yard game during his career. Bryant does present the type of speed and size to be a legit deep threat or red-zone target.

19. (119) Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Hitchens, OLB Iowa

Quick take: Hitchens is an ideal linebacker for Monte Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme. Hitchens is an instinctive chase linebacker that excels running sideline to sideline. He also is experienced dropping into coverage, which another vital aspect of playing for Kiffin.

20. (120) Arizona Cardinals: Logan Thomas, QB Virginia Tech

Quick take: Thomas is the most intriguing quarterback prospects in this class. No quarterback is more physically talented. He’s 6-6 and 248 pounds with a cannon for an arm and tight end-level athleticism. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has to see a blank slate ready to mold and develop behind Carson Palmer.

21. (121) Green Bay Packers: Carl Bradford, OLB Arizona State

Quick take: The ILB next to AJ Hawk has been a sore spot in the Packers’ lineup for years. Bradford, who will convert from defensive end to linebacker, will likely make the transition inside. Bradford does have linebacker experience before he was converted by the Sun Devils. He plays very well with the ball in front of him.

22. (122) Tennessee Titans: Marqueston Huff, FS Wyoming

Quick take: The Titans lost Alterraun Verner during free agency. The organization didn’t sign anyone to replace him. Huff has the experience to play either cornerback or safety. He was primarily a safety for the Cowboys, but the Titans now have options with this selection.

23. (123) Seattle Seahawks: Kevin Norwood, WR Alabama

Quick take: After taking Paul Richardson earlier in the draft, the Seahawks double-dipped at the wide receiver position. While Richardson will work outside the hashes, Norwood is a bigger and more physical receiver. He proved to be the security blanket for Alabama QB AJ McCarron during their time together.

24. (124) Kansas City Chiefs: De’Anthony Thomas, RB Oregon

Quick take: Thomas becomes Dexter McCluster’s replacement after he left via free agency. Thomas, like McCluster, can play wide receiver or running back. Thomas is also an explosive play maker in an offense that lacks the ability to rack up yards after catch.

25. (125) Miami Dolphins: Walt Aikens, CB Liberty

Quick take: With Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan serving as the team’s starting cornerbacks, the Dolphins lacked size and length at the position. Aikens is over 6-1 and 215 pounds with plenty of natural upside to develop.

26. (126) New Orleans Saints: Khairi Fortt, LB Cal

Quick take: Fortt is a physically talented linebacker, but he has trouble staying on the field. In the Saints’ 3-4 defense, Fortt will likely move inside and provide depth behind Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne.

27. (127) Cleveland Browns: Pierre Desir, CB Lindenwood

Quick take: The Browns started their draft by trading down and selecting Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert in the Top 10. They’ve now doubled up at the position with the addition of Desir. Desir, like Gilbert, is a long and physical cornerback ideally suited for Mike Pettine’s defensive scheme.

28. (128) Carolina Panthers: Tre Boston, S North Carolina

Quick take: With the loss of Mike Mitchell in free agency, the Panthers needed to address the safety position. Boston is a versatile but inconsistent safety. He can play down in the box or cover the back half of the defense. Boston is also full of attitude and lets his opponents know it.

29. (129) San Francisco 49ers: Dontae Johnson, CB North Carolina State

Quick take: The run on the long cornerbacks continue. After selecting Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward in consecutive drafts, Johnson isn’t likely to move to safety. He’s a 6-2 cornerback that adds legit size outside in the 49ers’ defense.

30. (130) New England Patriots: James White, RB Wisconsin

Quick take: The Patriots’ top two backs last year were Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount. Blount signed with the Steelers in free agency, and Vereen is entering the last year of his contract. White, who comes out of a pro style system, adds immediate depth and may replace Vereen if he’s not re-signed.

31. (131) Chicago Bears: Brock Vereen, FS Minnesota

Quick take: Safety play in Chicago has been very poor in recent years. Vereen, who originally converted to safety from offense, quickly took to the position and excelled. Vereen’s instincts will continue improve, but he already showed he could be a play maker for the short amount of time he was in the Badgers’ secondary.

The Bears traded into the pick, sending a 2014 and 2015 fifth round pick to the Broncos. Chicago also received the 246th pick.

32. (132) Seattle Seahawks: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB Boston College

Quick take: While the Seahawks didn’t have an immediate need at linebacker, Kevin Pierre-Louis is a very fluid athlete that drops into coverage with ease. He runs very well, and he should be expected to contribute on special teams.

33. (133) Detroit Lions: Nevin Lawson, CB Utah State

Quick take: The Lions needed to add talented depth to their secondary. Lawson is a very physical, albeit undersized, cornerback that should excel if placed in the slot

34. (134) Baltimore Ravens: Brent Urban, DT Virginia

Quick take: At 6-7 and 295 pounds, Urban is a tailor-made 5-technique (defensive end) for the Ravens’ 3-4 defensive scheme. Urban has injury concerns and he has to get stronger, but he could develop into a potential replacement in the rotation for Arthur Jones.

35. (135) Houston Texans: Tom Savage, QB Pitt

Quick take:  The Texans finally get their quarterback, and it’s a player many projected them to select a round or two earlier. Savage is a prototypical pocket passer with plenty of arm strength. He’s still developing after only starting one full season at Pitt. Bill O’Brien now has a quarterback to develop into a potential starter.

36. (136) Detroit Lions: Larry Webster, DE Bloomsburg

Quick take: There was a question whether Webster, a former basketball player for the Huskies, would play defensive end or tight end in the NFL. He worked out at both positions during the pre-draft process. With the Lions’ earlier addition of TE Eric Ebron, Webster is destined to be another pass rusher on the Lions’ talented defensive line.

37. (137) New York Jets: Dakota Dozier, OG Furman

Quick take: Guard is not settled for the Jets. Veteran Willie Colon is expected to start at one of the spots, while the other is wide open and there for the taking. Brian Winters should have the inside track to start, but Dozier, a collegiate left tackle, will get an opportunity to compete for early playing time.

38. (138) Baltimore Ravens: Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB Coastal Carolina

Quick take: The Ravens expressed their desire to add depth to the running back position, particularly with the uncertainty that surrounds Ray Rice. Taliaferro adds size and a physical presence, and his one-cut running style is ideal for Gary Kubiak’s zone blocking system.

39. (139) Atlanta Falcons: Prince Shembo, LB Notre Dame

Quick take: The Falcons have gotten bigger and stronger up front on both sides of the football. One glaring weakness on the team’s roster was a lack of  pass rushers that can convert to outside linebacker in their new 3-4 system. Shembo spent his career as an edge rusher in Notre Dame’s 3-4.

40. (140) New England Patriots: Cameron Fleming, OT Stanford

Quick take: Fleming fits the stereotype of a Bill Belichick offensive lineman. Fleming is big, physical and smart. He’s a little stiff in pass protection, but he can provide depth at tackle and maybe guard.

Fifth round:

1. (141) Philadelphia Eagles: Taylor Hart, DE Oregon

Quick take: Hart is the second former Oregon Duck to be chosen by their old coach. Hart is an ideal 5-technique (defensive end) for the Eagles three-man defensive front. Hart uses his hands really well, disengages from blocks and consistently gives good effort.

2. (142) Washington Redskins: Ryan Grant, WR Tulane

Quick take: Pierre Garcon led the NFL with 184 targets last season. The next closest receiver on the Redskins’ roster received over 100 less targets. Grant may not step in from Day 1 and contribute, but he adds depth to a position that lacked it in recent years. And he could potential develop into a bookend to Garcon.

3. (143) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kadeem Edwards, OG Tennessee State

Quick take: Edwards provides insurance at the guard position. Carl Nicks’ status is still up the air after battling a vicious case of staph infection last season. Neither starting spot is completely settled.

4. (144) Jacksonville Jaguars: Telvin Smith, LB Florida State

Quick take: Smith, a former safety, will immediately help the Jaguars in nickel and dime packages. Smith, who is only 218 pounds, is very comfortable dropping into space. He’s also more physical than his size would lead you to believe.

5. (145) Minnesota Vikings: David Yankey, OG Stanford

Quick take: The Vikings have been looking to potential replace RG Brandon Fusco the past two years. Yankey, who was once consider an early round possibility, can provide competition. If Yankey doesn’t force his way into the starting lineup, he fan be a backup at both guard and offensive tackle.

6. (146) Dallas Cowboys: Devin Street, WR Pitt

Quick take: Outside of Dez Bryant, the Cowboys’ wide receiver corps is thin. Terrance Wiliams flashed last season, but he needs to continue to his development. Street, meanwhile, will provide another deep threat in the offense. Street is Pitt’s all-time leader in receptions.

The Cowboys acquired the 146th pick from the Lions.

7. (147) Atlanta Falcons: Ricardo Allen, CB Purdue

Quick take: Last season the Falcons added Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford in the first two rounds of the draft. Allen can provide depth and flexibility alongside the two. Allen’s ideal slot is playing nickel cornerback.

8. (148) Carolina Panthers: Bene Benewikere, CB San Jose State

Quick take: The Panthers have spent back-to-back picks to improve their secondary. The reality is the Panthers played well last year on the back end due to how good their defensive front seven was. Benwikere isn’t the biggest or fastest cornerback, but he’s smart and physical. He’ll likely slide inside to the slot.

The Panthers acquired the 149th pick from the Vikings.

9. (149) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kevin Pamphile, OT Purdue

Quick take: With Anthony Collins and Demar Dotson on the roster, Pamphile will provide depth at offensive tackle. He’s an athletic position blocker that isn’t very physical at the point of attack.

The Buccaneers acquired the 149th pick from the Bills.

10. (150) San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Lynch, DE South Florida

Quick take: The selection of Aaron Lynch is all about potential. He was tremendous as a freshman at Notre Dame. But he decided to transfer to South Florida,where he wasn’t the same player. Lynch has the natural talent to be a good pass rusher, but he hasn’t been that player for two years.

11. (151) Tennessee Titans: Avery Williamson, LB Kentucky

Quick take: Williamson will add to multiple linebackers already on the roster ready to compete for the two starting spots at inside linebacker. Williams, though, is a run stuffer with better than expected athleticism.

12. (152) New York Giants: Nat Berhe, SS San Diego State

Quick take: One of the safety spots with the Giants is locked down by Antrel Rolle. The other is up for grabs. Behre didn’t test as well as expected, but he has the traits to play both strong and free safety. And if he can’t push for playing time on defense, he can contribute on special teams.

13. (153) Buffalo Bills: Cyril Richardson, OG Baylor

Quick take: Early in the draft process, Richardson was considered an early-round talent. But he was then exposed at the Reese’s Senior Bowl due to his lack of lateral agility. The Bills will ask Richardson to do what what does best, fire off the ball and drive defenders off the line of scrimmage.

14. (154) New York Jets: Jeremiah George, LB Iowa State

Quick take: George is a Rex Ryan linebacker. He’s only 5-11 and ran a 4.91-second 40-yard dash. But he’s a hard-nosed, instinctive defender that racks up tackles.

15. (155) Miami Dolphins: Arthur Lynch, TE Georgia

Quick take: Lynch will serve as a solid in-line blocker and No. 2 tight end for the Dolphins. Charles Clay certainly isn’t a traditional tight end and isn’t going to play at the end of the line of scrimmage. Lynch can provide that aspect at the position.

16. (156) Denver Broncos: Lamin Barrow, OLB LSU

Quick take: The Broncos’ biggest need entering the draft was inside linebacker. They finally address the position in the fifth round. Barrow isn’t the most physical linebacker, but he excels running from tackle to tackle.

17. (157) Pittsburgh Steelers: Shaquille Richardson, CB Arizona

Quick take: The Steelers top cornerback is 35 years old. Ike Taylor’s play is already diminishing, but the Steelers haven’t found an adequate replacement. Richardson has similar physical tools, and the ability to develop behind Taylor and eventually replace him.

18. (158) Detroit Lions: Caraun Reid, DT Princeton

Quick take: Reid becomes insurance for Nick Fairley, whose future with the Lions is in question. Like Fairley, Reid is predominantly a disruptive one-gap defender. Reid went to the Senior Bowl and played very well against top talent from bigger schools.

19. (159) Jacksonville Jaguars: Chris Smith, DE Akransas

Quick take: Smith isn’t a traditional edge rusher due to only being 6-1. But he has 34-inch arms and the ability to turn the edge due to a quick first step and ideal flexibility. He can slide into the “Leo” role in the Jaguars defense and learn from Chris Clemons and Jason Babin.

20. (160) Arizona Cardinals: Ed Stinson, DE Alabama

Quick take: Darnell Dockett turned 34 this year. While he’s still playing at a high level, the Cardinals have to develop a defensive end to eventually take Dockett’s place. Stinson played DE in a similar 3-4 defense at Alabama. Dockett can also teach Stinson how an undersized interior lineman can excel in the scheme.

21. (161) Green Bay Packers: Corey Linsley, C Ohio State

Quick take: The Packers lost starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency. J.C. Tretter is expected to move to center from guard and start. Linsley will likely sit in his rookie year as he picks up the pro game. He particularly excels when blocking laterally or at the second level.

22. (162) Philadelphia Eagles: Ed Reynolds, FS Stanford

Quick take: Malcolm Jenkins was signed in free agency to be the team’s free safety, but strong safety is still unsettled for the Eagles. Nate Allen will continue to receiver opportunities to start. If Reynolds plays with the same type of intelligence and reliability as he did at Stanford, he could eventually take over for Allen.

23. (163) Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Murray, QB Georgia

Quick take: The Chiefs will have a decision to make at some point this year. Alex Smith is on the last year of his contract. They can either sign him long-term or groom his eventual replacement. Murray would come in and learn under Smith and Chase Daniel. Murray is a perfect fit in Andy Reid’s West Coast passing attack.

24. (164) Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. McCarron, QB Alabama

Quick take: Just like the Chiefs, the Bengals have the same decision to make with Andy Dalton. Dalton continues to play well in the regular season but falters in the postseason. Another disappointment and the Bengals may move on. McCarron is a very similar player to Dalton, but he slightly better completing passes on the deeper routes.

25. (165) San Diego Chargers: Ryan Carrethers, NT Arkansas

Quick take: The Chargers lost NT Cam Thomas in free agency to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Carrethers is a tailor-made two-gap nose tackle that is a load against the run. He’s also one of the strongest defensive tackles in the class.

26. (166) Indianapolis Colts: Johnathan Newsome, DE Ball State

Quick take: Newsome is a conversion prospects that played defensive end at Ball State. He’ll transition to outside linebacker in the Colts’ 3-4 scheme. A former Ohio State transfer that has the talent to eventually contribute as a pass rusher.

27. (168) New Orleans Saints: Vinnie Sunseri, SS Alabama

Quick take: Safety is locked down with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd already on the roster. But Sunseri is an instinctive playmaker that can provide depth and contribute on special teams. He’s coming off an ACL injury.

28. (168) Atlanta Falcons: Marquis Spruill, LB Syracuse

Quick take: Last year the Falcons benefitted from two finds at linebacker, Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu. Spruill will join them and Sean Weatherspoon at inside linebacker. Spurill is a speedy straight-line linebacker that adds depth.

29. (169) New Orleans Saints: Ronald Powell, OLB Florida

Quick take: If not for knee injuries, Powell would have gone much higher in the draft. What Powell adds is another potential edge rusher in the Saints’ 3-4 defense. The Saints are looking for a compliment opposite Junior Gallette. If Powell is healthy, he could be that guy.

30. (170) San Francisco 49ers: Keith Reaser, CB Florida Atlantic

Quick take: The 49ers already an earlier pick on Day 3 for a cornerback in North Carolina State’s Dontae Johnson. Reaser presents a different style as a smaller corner bettered served covering the slot. Reaser is also coming off season-ending ACL surgery.

31. (171) Miami Dolphins: Jordan Tripp, OLB Montana

Quick take: Last year, the Dolphins lavishly spent in free agency, particularly at linebacker. Neither Dannell Ellerbe nor Phillip Wheeler played to expectations. If they continue to disappoint, the Dolphins may cut ties sooner than later. Tripp, an athletic linebacker with good lateral quickness, provides insurance at the position.

32. (172) Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Staten, DT Middle Tennessee St.

Quick take: It’s impossible for Pete Carroll to have too much talent along the defensive line. Staten (6-4, 304) flew under the radar as a draft prospect, but he was a team captain and performed well at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

33. (173) Pittsburgh Steelers: Wesley Johnson, OT Vanderbilt

Quick take: The best way to describe Johnson is he’s an utility lineman. He was Vanderbilt’s starting left tackle the past two seasons. He’s also played guard and center. Johnson’s best position may actually be center, where he take advantage of his intelligence and quickness.

34. (174) New York Giants: Devon Kennard, OLB USC

Quick take: The addition of Kennard gives the Giants options. Kennard can play defensive end or linebacker. They could start him at strong side linebacker and then put his hand in the dirt on passing downs. Kennard has dealt with a lengthy injury.

35. (175) Baltimore Ravens: John Urschel, OG Penn State

Quick take: Left guard was unsettled for the Ravens all last year. As they transition to Kubiak’s zone scheme, the Ravens need more athletic lineman. Not only is Urschel is a reliable option at guard, he’s also the smartest lineman in the class having won the Campbell Trophy.

36. (176) Green Bay Packers: Jared Abbrederis, WR Wisconsin

Quick take: The Packers may have selected Davante Adams in the second round, but they couldn’t resist selecting in-state product Abbrederis. Abbrederis is the best route runner in the class and a prototypical possession receiver.

Sixth round:

1. (177) Houston Texans: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE Alabama

Quick take: In one draft, the Texans have nearly rebuilt their defensive line to be bigger and more physical under the direction of Romeo Crennel. Clowney will be an outside linebacker, but primarily serve as an edge rusher. Louis Nix is an ideal nose tackle. And Pagan spent his collegiate career as a 3-4 defensive end at Alabama.

2. (178) Tennessee Titans: Zach Mettenberger, QB LSU

Quick take: Mettenberger’s free fall ends in the sixth round. Mettenberger has the size and natural passing ability to be a potential starter in the NFL. Yet, there were concerns with injuries and attitude. He has the potential to replace Jake Locker next year as the Titans’ starter if the team decides to move past the 2011 first-round pick.

The Titans acquired the 178th pick from the Redskins for the 186th and 228th picks.

3. (179) New England Patriots: Jon Halapio, OG Florida

Quick take: With their last two picks, the Patriots got bigger and more physical along the offensive line. Halapio has arguably the best punch of an interior blocker in this class. He can rock defenders. Halapio is not the best athlete, but he can be dominant once he gets his hands on a defender.

4. (180) San Francisco 49ers: Kenneth Acker, CB SMU

Quick take: The 49ers have now added three cornerbacks in four picks since the start of the fourth round. Acker has the size to potentially provide depth at safety as well.

5. (181) Houston Texans: Alfred Blue, RB LSU

Quick take: With Ben Tate now in Cleveland, the Texans needed to add depth at running back, particularly with Arian Foster’s injury history. Blue will join Andre Brown as the team’s primary backups. Blue never lived up to his potential at LSU, but he has good physical tools.

6. (182) Minnesota Vikings: Antone Exum, CB Virginia Tech

Quick take: Exum received high grades from scouting services entering the season. He was coming off an ACL injury and then hurt his ankle which cost him the most of his senior season. At 6-0 and 213 pounds, Exum is only one year removed from being named an All-ACC second-team selection.

7. (183) Chicago Bears: David Fales, QB San Jose State

Quick take: Josh McCown left the Bears in the off season to sign as the starting quarterback with the Buccaneers. Fales is a backup plan for Jay Cutler. Fales doesn’t come close to having the same type of arm as Cutler, but he throws with tremendous anticipation.

8. (184) Minnesota Vikings: Kendall James, CB Maine

Quick tape: The Vikings are attempting to quickly build depth at cornerback with their last two picks. Minnesota selected James two picks after choosing Exum. While Exum is an injury risk, James is a top-notch athlete.

9. (185) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robert Herron, WR Wyoming

Quick take: The Buccaneers now have the trees at wide receiver and tight end, but Herron falls on the opposite side of the spectrum. He’s 5-9 with legit 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed. Herron, who was a high school track star, adds a vertical threat to the receiving corps.

10. (186) Washington Redskins: Lache Seastrunk, RB Baylor

Quick take: As an offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals last year, Jay Gruden utilized Gio Bernard in numerous ways to provide a spark to the offense. Seastrunk is another very explosive running back Gruden can use in tandem with Alfred Morris.

11. (187) New York Giants: Bennett Jackson, CB Notre Dame

Quick take: The Giants expect their veteran cornerbacks to step up this season and play better. Jackson has the size and athleticism to provide depth and the potential to develop into something more. At worst, Jackson is a standout special teams player.

12. (188) St. Louis Rams: E.J. Gaines, CB Missouri

Quick take: Janoris Jenkins will shut down one side of the field, but the other cornerback position is in question for the Rams. The organization already spend a second round pick on Lamarcus Joyner. E.J. Gaines is a different player than Joyner. He’s not as active or versative, but he excels in zone coverage.

13. (189) Detroit Lions: T.J. Jones, WR Notre Dame

Quick take: Jones is yet another weapon for Lions QB Matthew Stafford after the team spent a first round pick on TE Eric Ebron. Jones is a shifty receiver that can do plenty of damage out of the slot. With Megatron, Ebron, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and, now, Jones, defenses won’t be able to cover all of them.

14. (190) Miami Dolphins: Matt Hazel, WR Coastal Carolina

Quick take: Hazel adds to the depth the Dolphins already had at wide receiver. Hazel, who can be an outside or slot receiver, joins Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibbs. There won’t be enough balls to go around in the offense for all of them.

15. (191) Chicago Bears: Pat O’Donnell, P Miami

Quick take: The Bears select the first specialist. Adam Podlesh averaged only 40.6 yards per punt last year. O’Donnell averaged 47.1 yards per punt as a senior.

16. (192) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jordan Zumwalt, LB UCLA

Quick take: The Steelers started the draft by selecting an inside linebacker in Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier. They’ve now added quality depth. Zumwalt, who only started one season for the Bruins, is an instinctive run defender and a vocal leader on the field.

17. (193) Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Fulton, OG Tennessee

Quick take: The Chiefs lost both Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz during free agency. The two split time at right guard last season. While Fulton shouldn’t be expected to start immediately, the Chiefs still felt the need to address the position.

18. (194) Baltimore Ravens: Keith Wenning, QB Ball State

Quick take: While the Ravens used backup QB Tyrod Taylor in certain offensive sub-packages, he isn’t guaranteed to be the Ravens’ backup under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Wenning doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he makes good decisions and is a relatively accurate passer.

19. (195) New York Jets: Dixon Brandon, CB Northwest Missouri St.

Quick take: The Jets took a cornerback earlier in the draft, but Dexter McDougle isn’t the same type of prospect as Dixon. Dixon is a small-school product with prototypical size and athleticism. He’s a developmental prospect that has all the ideal measurements to fit into Rex Ryan’s scheme.

20. (196) Arizona Cardinals: Walt Powell, WR Murray State

Quick take: Earlier in the draft, the Cardinals selected speedster John Brown. Powell can add a different dynamic to Arizona’s growing wide receiving corps. Powell excels due to his short-area quickness. He can also contribute in the return game.

21. (197) Green Bay Packers: Demetri Goodson, CB Baylor

Quick take: Goodson is an intriguing athlete and developmental cornerback. He gave up a basketball scholarship at Gonzaga to play football at Baylor. He looks lost at times, but he also has shutdown ability if he can harness his natural ability.

22. (198) New England Patriots: Zach Moore, DE Concordia (MIN)

Quick take: Moore’s production dropped off as a senior, but his physical tools are intriguing for a small school product. At 6-5 and 270 pounds, Moore can play multiple roles in the Patriots’ hybrid defense. He can potentially be a defensive end in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

23. (199) Seattle Seahawks: Garrett Scott, OL Marshall

Quick take: The Seahawks continue to go off the board with unlikely picks. Scott is a 6-5, 294-pound offensive tackle. He’ll likely slide inside to guard and use his athleticism to excel in the Seahawks’ zone blocking scheme.

24. (200) Kansas City Chiefs: Laurent Durvernay-Tardif, OT McGill (Canada)

Quick take: A Canadian product, Duvernay-Tardiff is very raw, but he has all the physical tools to eventually start at offensive tackle. Duvernay-Tardiff did play at the Shrine game, where he showed off his natural ability. He’s at his best when asked to block on the move.

25. (201) San Diego Chargers: Marion Grice, RB Arizona State

Quick take: Marion Grice may be listed as a running back, but he’s a far better receiver out of the backfield. He’s an instant contributor on third down as a good check down option. He can even line up out wide.

26. (202) New Orleans Saints: Tavon Rooks, OT Kansas State

Quick take: Each year the Saints unearth gems at the offensive line position late in the draft. This year they’ve selected Rooks, who, at 290 pounds, is a very mobile offensive lineman with a nasty attitude. Rooks could potentially back up four of the five offensive line positions.

27. (203) Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Jackson, LB Western Kentucky

Quick take: At 254 pounds, Jackson is a big, physical, downhill, two-down run stuffer. He’ll provide depth behind Kelvin Sheppard and Jerrell Freeman.

28. (204) Carolina Panthers: Tyler Gaffney, RB Stanford

Quick take: The Panthers can’t have too many good running backs. If the Panthers decide to move on from DeAngelo or Jonathan Stewart in the near future, Gaffney can fill the void. Gaffney, who gave up a professional baseball career to return to football, was a workhorse for the Cardinal in 2013.

29. (205) Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Bowanko, C Virginia

Quick take: The Jaguars needed to find a replacement for Brad Meester, who started at center for 14 seasons. Bowanko can be the heir apparent. He can also provide depth at guard, if he doesn’t win the starting center spot.

30. (206) New England Patriots: Jemea Thomas, CB Georgia Tech

Quick take: Thomas adds flexibility to the Patriots’ secondary. He’s started at cornerback and safety. And he’s not afraid to play close to the line of scrimmage and fill against the run.

31. (207) Denver Broncos: Matthew Paradis, C Boise State

Quick take: Maybe the most memorable play to the Broncos’ season was an ill-timed snap during the Super Bowl. Manny Ramirez, a guard by trade, was forced to play center after multiple injuries. The addition of Paradis ensures the Broncos are prepared if something similar occurs.

32. (208) Seattle Seahawks: Eric Perkins, FS San Diego State

Quick take: At 6-3 and 220 pounds, Pinkins will play the role of Kam Chancellor on the Seahawks’ second or third defensive unit. Pinkins was second on the Aztecs last season with 75 total tackles and seven tackles for loss.

33. (209) New York Jets: Quincy Enunwa, WR Nebraska

Quick take: When the Jets passed on receiver in the first round, their selection was questioned. With the addition of Enunwa, the Jets have now added four new targets in this draft class. Enunwa is 6-2 and 225 pounds with 4.45-second 40-yard dash speed. He also led the Cornhuskers with 12 receiving touchdowns last season.

34. (210) New York Jets: IK Enemkpali, DE Louisiana Tech

Quick take: One area the Jets had yet to address was pass rusher. Inemkpali was an undersized collegiate defensive end that projects to outside linebacker. Inemkpali is a straight-line pass rusher with 17.5 career sacks.

35. (211) Houston Texans: Jay Porsch, FB Auburn

Quick take: The first fullback finally comes off the board. Prosch is a physically overpowering lead blocker. He won’t help much in the passing game. He won’t run the football. But he’ll blow up a linebacker in the hole with the best of them.

36. (212) Cincinnati Bengals: Marquis Flowers, OLB Arizona

Quick take: With James Harrison not being re-signed and Vincent Rey moving into the starting lineup, the Bengals needed depth at outside linebacker. Flowers, a former safety, grew into his role as a linebacker. He adds much-needed speed and coverage ability to the Bengals linebacker corps.

37. (213) New York Jets: Tajh Boyd, QB Clemson

Quick take: While there are questions exactly who will be the starting quarterback for the Jets, Boyd can be the team’s No. 3 signal caller. Once the dust settles between Michael Vick and Geno Smith, Boyd can eventually move into the No. 2 role.

38. (214) St. Louis Rams: Garrett Gilbert, QB SMU

Quick take: The Rams were thorough in their studies of this year’s quarterback class. They eventually settled on Gilbert. Gilbert really started to blossom as a senior before his season was derailed by injuries. He has plenty of natural talent and is a long-term developmental prospect.

39. (215) Pittsburgh Steelers: Daniel McCullers, DT Tennessee

Quick take: McCullers is a true nose tackle at 6-7 and 352 pounds. The Steelers have been looking for an adequate replacement since Casey Hampton finally retired. McCullers may not be that guy, because he is stiff and plays high, but he has the size to take a chance on late in the process.

Seventh round

1. (216) Houston Texans: Andre Hal, CB Vanderbilt

Quick take: Hal doesn’t have ideal measurements, but he is one of the most fluid cornerbacks in coverage in this year’s class. Hal can open up his hips and run with most receivers. He also showed very good ball skills during his career with the Commodores.

2. (217) Washington Redskins: Ted Bolser, TE Indiana

Quick take: Jordan Reed developed into a real weapon in the Redskins’ offense last year. But he’s not the biggest tight end at 6-2 and 243 pounds. Bolser is a bigger target (6-5, 257), but he’s also a functional receiver.

3. (218) Baltimore Ravens: Michael Campanaro, WR Wake Forest

Quick take: Last year, the Ravens attempted to rely on Brandon Stokely as their slot receiver. Stokely eventually called it a career after another concussion. Campanaro can fill the role Stokely was originally asked to do.

The Ravens acquired the 218th pick from the Cleveland Browns.

4. (219) Oakland Raiders: Travis Carrie, CB Ohio

Quick take: The Raiders are loading up on cornerback talent on the third day of the draft. After selecting Keith McGill, Oakland added more size at cornerback with the addition of Carrie. Carrie is 6-0 and 206 pounds. Carrie’s isn’t the most fluid corner, but clearly the team wanted to get bigger in the secondary.

5. (220) Minnesota Vikings: Stephen Shamar, DT Connecticut

Quick take: Linval Joseph and Shariff Floyd are the building blocks at defensive tackle for the Vikings. The team did lack overall depth at the position. Shamar Stephen is a talented one-gap defensive tackle that can being an immediate contributor in the rotation.

6. (221) Buffalo Bills: Randall Johnson, OLB Florida Atlantic

Quick take: The Bills decided to make some changes at LB this season. Kiko Alonso will slide to outside linebacker. Brandon Spikes was signed to play inside. And Nigel Bradham will be on the strong side. Depth was a concern. The team has now added Johnson and Preston Brown in this class.

7. (222) Jacksonville Jaguars: Storm Johnson, RB Central Florida

Quick take: Blake Bortles will find a familiar companion in the backfield with the Jaguars’ selection of Johnson. Johnson was the primary threat in the Knights’ offense last year. He is a big and physical back, but he has a problem with fumbles.

8. (223) Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Watts, OLB Georgia

Quick take: Watts adds to two areas of the Vikings’ roster. He’s a very fast linebacker that moves well sideline-to-sideline. He can also be a core special teams contributor.

9. (224) Philadelphia Eagles: Beau Allen, DT Wisconsin

Quick take: Allen blossomed as a senior when he had the opportunity to be a pure nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. At 333 pounds, Allen is hard to move, but he also moves well laterally. He’ll fit well in the Eagles three-man front.

10. (225) Minnesota Vikings: Jabari Price, CB North Carolina

Quick take: Price is the third cornerback selected by the Vikings. The organization clearly wanted to upgrade the 31st passing defense. Price has all the physical tools to eventually develop into a good cornerback.

11. (226) St. Louis Rams: Mitchell Van Dyk, OT Portland

Quick take: At 6-7 and 313 pounds, Van Dyk was a Big Sky All-First Team selection in 2013. He was also a three-year starter for the Vikings. Van Dyk doesn’t display great footwork, but he can provide depth at the offensive tackle positions.

12. (227) Seattle Seahawks: Kiero Small, RB Arkansas

Quick take: Small is the second fullback off the board. Small isn’t merely a lead blocker. He caught 19 passes and ran the ball 40 times as a senior. At 5-9 and 242 pounds, Small can be a short-yardage specialist.

13. (228) Washington Redskins: Zach Hocker, K Arkansas

Quick take: The Redskins used two kickers last season. Like they say with quarterbacks, if you have two kickers then you have none. Hocker was accurate and showed a strong leg last season with three made field goals over 50 yards.

14. (229) Detroit Lions: Nate Freese, K Boston College

Quick take: Two kickers have come off the board in a row. Freese didn’t miss a single kick for Boston College last season. His long was 51 yards.

15. (230) Pittsburgh Steelers: Rob Blanchflower, TE UMass

Quick take: Blanchflower may have gone higher in the process if not for hernia surgery. Blanchflower provides insurance for Heath Miller. Blanchflower will need to improve his blocking, but he’s already a good receiver.

16. (231) Dallas Cowboys: Ben Gardner, DE Stanford

Quick take: While Gardner was a 3-4 defensive end in college, he’ll convert to base end in the Cowboys’ 4-3 scheme. He may even slide inside to defensive tackle in certain sub-packages. Garnder is a well-coached, tough and persistent defender.

17. (232) Indianapolis Colts: Ulrick John, OT Georgia State

Quick take: John is a towering offensive tackle at 6-8 and 290 pounds. During his career, John started at each of the tackle spots and guard. His versatility and upside were clearly intriguing for the Colts at this point in the process.

18. (233) New York Jets: Trevor Reilly, OLB Utah

Quick pick: Reilly would have gone much higher if not for his age. He’s already 26 years old. But he was a solid edge player for the Utes. Reilly isn’t the most explosive edge rusher, but he can set the edge against the run and is already used to playing from a two-point stance.

19. (234) Miami Dolphins: Terrence Fede, DE Marist

Quick take: Fede showed the ability to rush the passer, despite playing at a small school. As a senior, Fede registered 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. At 6-5 and 270 pounds, Fede also adds size to help the Dolphins’ undersized defensive ends.

20. (235) Oakland Raiders: Shelby Harris, DE Illinois State

Quick take: Harris is a stoutly built (6-2, 288) defensive end with tremendous length (34 5/8-inch arms). A Wisconsin transfer, Harris did not play in 2013 after being dismissed from school. He registered 16 tackles for loss in 2012.

21. (236) Green Bay Packers: Jeff Janis, WR Saginaw Valley State

Quick take: Janis is a highly productive small-school product, who went to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and proved he can get open on a regular basis. Janis, who ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash, is also 6-3 and 219 pounds. He will drop some passes due to small hands.

22. (237) Buffalo Bills: Seantrel Henderson, OT Miami

Quick take: Henderson has as much physical talent as anyone not named Jadeveon Clowney in this year’s draft class. Henderson was once a No. 1 high school recruit. He transferred, experienced back problems and never became a full-time starter. He then allegedly failed a drug test at the NFL combine. Yet, talent tends to eventually trump trepidation.

23. (238) Dallas Cowboys: Will Smith, OLB Texas Tech

Quick take: At 6-3 and 220 pounds, Smith is a typical weak side linebacker in a Cover 2 defense. Smith is a sideline-to-sideline defender who led his team with 120 total tackles. He was also named the Holiday Bowl Defensive Player of the Year this past season.

24. (239) Cincinnati Bengals: James Wright, WR LSU

Quick take: Wright’s contribution to the Bengals won’t come from playing wide receiver. He didn’t have a single reception as a senior. Wright is a fantastic special teams player that will contribute on every one of the Bengals’ kicking units. 

25. (240) San Diego Chargers: Tevin Reese, WR Baylor

Quick take: Tevin Reese is a straight-line speedster who will have trouble holding up against bigger cornerbacks. Reese could take the top off any defense for the Bears, but he struggled to stay healthy at 163 pounds.

26. (241) St. Louis Rams: C.B. Bryant, FS Ohio State

Quick take: Bryant is an undersized (5-9, 198) free safety who is still recovering from an broken ankle suffered in September.

27. (242) Denver Broncos: Corey Nelson, OLB Oklahoma

Quick take: Nelson is the type of prospect the Broncos will attempt to stash for a year and allowed him to develop. Nelson suffered a torn labrum last year and only played in five games. Prior to that, Nelson proved to be a fluid linebacker in space.

28. (243) San Francisco: Kaleb Ramsey, DE Boston College

Quick take: Ramsey never played a fully season during his time at Boston College. Yet, he’s 6-3 and 293 pounds with a good motor. He has the potential to develop into a solid 5-technique (defensive end) in the 49ers three-man front.

29. (244) New England Patriots: Jeremy Gallon, WR Michigan

Quick take: The Patriots finally break down and give Tom Brady a weapon to use on offense. Gallon is undersized (5-7, 185), but he was impossible to cover in space during his senior season. He’s an ideal slot receiver and returner.

30. (245) San Francisco 49ers: Trey Millard: FB Oklahoma

Quick take: With their 12th and final pick, the 49ers acquired the top fullback in the draft class. Millard slid due to a knee injury he suffered during his senior season. Like Brandon Thomas earlier in the 49ers’ draft class, the 49ers will benefit by being patient with another top talent. Millard can block, run the football, line up on the wing and leap over defenders.

31. (246) Chicago Bears: Charles Leno Jr., OT Boise State

Quick take: Leno can provide depth at offensive tackle and guard for the Bears. Leno was a left tackle for the Broncos. While he has the length and footwork to remain there, his 6-4 frame projects to guard.

32. (247) Oakland Raiders: Jonathan Dowling

Quick take: Charles Woodson can’t play forever. The Raiders need to develop a contingency plan. Dowling can become that player. Like earlier picks by the Raiders, Dowling (6-3, 190) adds more size and length to the secondary.

33. (248) Dallas Cowboys: Ahmad Dixon, SS Baylor

Quick take: Dixon is an aggressive and physical safety who will benefit from Monte Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme. Dixon is at his best when he’s playing downhill with the ball in front of him. By playing a deep half and letting him work his way up the field is in his best interests.

34. (249) St. Louis Rams: Michael Sam, DE Missouri

Quick take: The Rams add yet another presence off the edge. Sam is a relentless pass rusher. He uses his hands well. Sam, the reigning Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year, is an ideal situation for skill set. Sam can start his career by contributing to the defensive line rotation and be used in third-down sub-packages.

35 (250) St. Louis Rams: Demetrius Rhaney, C Tennessee State

Quick take: Rams C Scott Wells is entering his 11th season. He is 33 years old. Rhaney is a developmental center with good athleticism that could eventually become Wells’ eventual replacement.

36. (251) Dallas Cowboys: Ken Bishop, DT Northern Illinois

Quick take: As the Cowboys continue to rebuild their defense, Bishop will serve as a 1-techniques (the defensive tackle that lines up on the outside shoulder of the center). Bishop is stout at the point of attack and should immediately add to the team’s defensive line rotation.

37. (252) Cincinnati Bengals: Lavelle Westbrooks, CB Georgia Southern

Quick take: The Bengals started their draft with a cornerback by selecting Darqueze Dennard in the first round. Their draft ends with a cornerback. Westbrooks is another physical man-cover corner with good length but sub-par recovery speed.

38. (253) Atlanta Falcons: Yawin Smallwood, LB Connecticut

Quick take: A team which utilizes a 3–4 defense can never have too many linebackers. Smallwood is the third selected by the Falcons on Day 3 of the draft. The UConn linebacker is another instinctive run-stuffer, who disappointed at the NFL combine with his workout.

39. (254) Dallas Cowboys: Terrance Mitchell, CB Oregon

Quick take: Mitchell’s short-area quickness numbers indicate he’ll be an ideal nickel corner for the Cowboys.

40. (255) Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Starr, LB South Dakota

Quick take: While the previous linebackers selected by the Falcons will primarily play inside linebacker, Starr is an edge rusher with good quickness off the snap. Starr can provide more pressure off the edge, an area the Falcons didn’t adequately address in this year’s draft.

41. (256) Houston Texans: Lonnie Ballentime, S Memphis

Quick take: Even as this year’s Mr. Irrelevant, Ballentine still presents some value to the Texans. Ballentine is a big (6-3, 219) and physical defender with strong safety potential.


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