151. Christian Sam | Arizona State | LB
There seems to be more outside linebackers in this draft class than inside guys, Christian Sam is a quality player at the inside linebacker position. Sam is well built at 6-foot-2 237lbs and flies to the football all over the field. Good strength in his upper half allows him to get off blocks with ease and flow to the football. For his size, Sam glides all over the field and has little trouble changing directions when playing the run and in coverage. Christian Sam may not be a top-five linebacker in this draft class, but he is a guy you can grab late who has starting potential and can help contribute on defense in his rookie year.
152. J’Mon Moore | Missouri | WR
J’Mon Moore is built to play the wide receiver position. At 6-foot-3, 200lbs, Moore has a well-defined body that allows him to play big and win at the catch point. 200lbs sounds skinny for a 6-foot-3 guy, but he is well built. Moore also plays much quicker than his combine numbers suggest. Separated with ease playing at Missouri, but will need to develop his route tree, and focus on having cleaner releases off the line of scrimmage against NFL corners.
153. Nick Nelson | Wisconsin | CB
Nick Nelson is a guy who isn’t getting talked about nearly as much as he should. For a guy who isn’t very big, and doesn’t have long arms, Nick Nelson plays big using his athletic ability, and ball skills to get his hands on balls thrown his way. Nelson can be a little too grabby downfield and was penalized a ton in the film I watched. Better zone-player than man. Gave Maryland’s D.J. Moore fits in 2017, due to his physical play and ability to stay sticky in coverage down the field.
154. Damon Webb | Ohio State | S
Damon Webb is a guy who has some free safety flexibility, but I see him making his money at strong safety. Webb is one of the better pure cover safeties in this draft class, as he made a living eliminating tight ends and slot receivers at Ohio State. Webb is extremely aggressive when playing the ball and that leads to a ton of interceptions and a ton of bad plays. If he can find a happy medium with his aggressive style of play, Webb could be a quality rotational player in the NFL.
155. Timon Parris | Stony Brook | OT
Looks and played the part of dominant tackle at Stony Brook. Timon Parris is a four-year starter who possesses great size and athleticism for the position. Parris stays clean in his pass sets and has no problem getting to the second level due to his flexibility and fluidity in his lower half. With Parris’ impressive footwork, size, and strength it would really surprise me to see him around past the fourth round, but some questions regarding health and competition may say otherwise.
156. Byron Pringle | Kansas State | WR
Byron Pringle is one of the more underrated wide receivers in this draft class. Pringle is a nice route runner who shows quick twitch in his route stems and has a deadly double move he uses to beat opposing cornerbacks. Pringle has one of the more twitched up lower halves in this class and that shows in his route’s, body control, and ability to make guys miss after the catch. Pringle does have some previous off the field items that will affect the way teams feel about him, but the skill set is there to be successful.
157. Akrum Wadley | Iowa | RB
Iowa’s Akrum Wadley is a shift back, who is extremely elusive in the open field and can be a home run hitter if he gets into the second level untouched. While he is undersized, Wadley still is a nightmare to bring down in the open field due to his quick feet, ability to change directions. Wadley’s struggles come when he’s asked to pass block, and he had a serious issue with putting the ball on the ground at Iowa. He will need to improve on both of these things if he wants to see playing time early on.
158. Dylan Cantrell | Texas Tech | WR
Dylan Cantrell possesses surprising athletic ability for a receiver who measures in at 6-foot-3 215lbs. Cantrell moves well for his size and catches almost anything thrown his way with an insane catch radius. Cantrell has the ball skills and is great at bringing down contested catches with his strong hands. Some of the best hands in this draft class are attached to Dylan Cantrell’s arms. Reminds me a bit of what Cooper Kupp was coming out of Eastern Washington the last draft. I can see Dylan Cantrell outplaying his draft stock heavily if he lands with the right team.
159. Siran Neal | Jacksonville State | CB
Siran Neal is a guy I’d love to get my hands on if I was a defensive coordinator. Neal has great size, great length, and moves well in space. He’s extremely physical at the line of scrimmage and has the range and instincts to play at safety as well. If he can clean up his technique, he will be a steal in the middle to late rounds.
160. Kurt Benkert | UVA | QB
While the tape is more inconsistent than you’d like, there are a ton of redeeming traits that Kurt Benkert brings to the table. Benkert throws the ball extremely well out of the pocket and when on the move. He shows the capability to keep his eyes downfield when scrambling and finding the open man. Benkert doesn’t have an extremely live arm, but he can fit the ball into tight spaces, and showed the ability to throw with some anticipation downfield.
161. Nyheim Hynes | N.C. State | RB
N.C. State’s Nyheim Hynes holds value as a rotational running back with elite straight-line speed. While he is tight in his lower half and struggled in changing direction smoothly, Hynes could be a great option as a compliment as a backup running back. If Hynes can prove to be reliable in the receiving game, teams will want to get him involved in the screen game as well with the speed he possess.
162. Tim Settle | Virginia Tech | DT
Tim Settle is a big space eating nose tackle that lacks athletic ability, and play speed to make a big difference in the NFL. While Settle is extremely strong at the point of attack, and can eat up a ton of space, that’s his ceiling to me. He is a below average athlete, who can still get washed out of plays at time due to his bad pad level, and slow feet. Even with the disappointing athletic ability, Settle’s 6-foot-3, 335lbs stature is going to get him drafted higher than he should go. If he can learn to play with better pad level and keep his motor running, he can be an effective player in the league.
163. Jaleel Scott | New Mexico State | WR
Jaleel Scott was a guy I thought would absolutely dominate the Senior Bowl earlier this offseason, that week was a roller coaster ride for him, but I left Mobile feeling not as excited about the player than I was coming in. Scott has great height, an exceptional catch radius, and has strong hands that allows him to bring in some balls he probably shouldn’t. While his hands are strong, they aren’t all that natural so there’s more drops on tape than I’d like to see.
164. Trenton Thompson | Georgia | DT
Trenton Thompson was built in a lab, and passes the eye test with ease. At 6-foot-4 297lbs, Thompson has extremely good size and matches that with a fluid lower half that allows him to move well laterally and vertically. Has very heavy hands and you can see that from the tape when he strikes offensive lineman. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistent play plagued Thompson’s career, but he can be a quality three-technique in the NFL if he’s able to stay healthy and hungry.
165. Desmond Harrison | West Georgia | OT
Another example of a guy who could potentially be a top 100 pick, but off the field issues have severely hurt him. West Georgia’s Desmond Harrison originally started his football career at the University of Texas before getting suspended from the team twice. Harrison took some time off from playing football, but played left tackle in nine of West Georgia’s ten games. Harrison has elite size and elite athleticism, he just hasn’t been able to display it due to the suspensions and the ensuing time he spent away from the game. Harrison has starting LT potential, but needs to keep his head on straight in order to maximize his skill-set.
166. Mason Cole | Michigan | OL
Mason Cole has the center/guard versatility that teams love when drafting interior offensive lineman late. Cole is well built, but lacks the ideal strength to keep the pocket clean. I was very high on Mason Cole before the Senior Bowl, but a rather disappointing week down in Mobile forced me to go back to the tape, and I changed my tone on him quite a bit. I love Mason Cole’s athletic ability, versatility, and experience playing multiple positions, but I wanted to see him play better in Mobile, and the tape didn’t match up consistently with his athletic ability. Potential is sky high with Cole, but I think for now he’s more of a developmental guy.
167. Darius Phillips | Western Michigan | CB
There’s plenty of quality nickel corners in this draft class, and Darius Phillips is one of them. Phillips plays well in zone and man coverage. Darius showed physicality and cover ability when playing man to man, but also showed off his ball skills, instincts, and drive to the ball when playing zone. Phillips isn’t an elite talent, but he can come in and possibly start for teams needing young talent at the slot cornerback position.
168. Korey Robertson | Southern Missouri | WR
Robertson is another one of these bug bodied, physical receivers who wins at the catch point and can be a nightmare to bring down in the open field. Southern Missouri’s Korey Robertson has some Dez Bryant to his game, in the way he’s able to go up and get the football and bring it down with ease. Robertson has strong hands that latches on to the ball when it hits his hands. Needs to develop his route tree and show the ability to beat zone coverage more than he did at Southern Missouri. I think his ceiling is extremely high, but I also see where he could struggle making a team out of training camp.
169. Chris Jones | Nebraska | CB
Chris Jones’ 2017 was filled with injuries after a strong 2016 season. Chris plays best in off coverage and when he’s able to see things develop in front of him. Jones has good ball skills, and knows how to use his physicality to push receivers to the sideline to limit their space. Chris Jones is an extremely long cornerback with a tall lanky frame, wish he was just a tick faster, but he plays quicker than his combine numbers suggest.
170. Jeremy Reaves | South Alabama | S
South Alabama’s Jeremy Reaves is again one of the few free safeties in this draft class. Reaves has a good feel for roaming the back end of the secondary on an island, and has the range to make plays outside of the hashes on deep balls when playing centerfield. Reaves trusts his eyes, and is quick read and reactor. Great tackler in the open field and when coming downhill to meet ball carriers. Smooth athlete who showed off at the Senior Bowl on a stage taking place in the state he played the last four years in.
171. Tyquan Lewis | Ohio State | EDGE
Ohio State’s Tyquan Lewis didn’t develop into the player that some, including myself, thought he would in the 2017 season. Lewis spent time playing DE, DT, and LB in Ohio State’s defensive scheme. Lewis is an adequate rusher who relies on his strength, technique, and motor to get to the quarterback. Lewis has well built upper half that allows him to convert speed to power, stay strong at the point of attack, and disengage from blockers when getting up field. Lewis doesn’t have the flexibility in his lower half, or change of direction you’d like to see, but that’s where his motor comes into play.
172. Richie James | Middle Tennessee | WR
Middle Tennessee’s Richie James reminds me a lot of Memphis’ Anthony Miller. Both players can stretch the field, play in the slot, have a and can be a nightmare to deal with after the catch. James has an alpha male attitude and plays like he’s the only man on the field at times. James runs crisp route’s and creates separation in all three levels of the field with his quickness and route running ability.
173. Bilal Nichols | Delaware | DT
Bilal Nichols is has starting caliber traits as an interior defensive lineman. He plays with a ton of explosiveness, great balance, and strength in his lower half. Nichols will need to work on becoming more of a pass rusher at the next level, but can be a valuable option as a run stuffing interior lineman that can offer some juice as a pass rusher in obvious passing situations.
175. Troy Fumagalli | Wisconsin | TE
Troy Fumagalli is what you’d imagine a TE playing like coming out of Wisconsin. Bigger, slower, but a nasty blocker who can win one-on-one against his man when playing inline. While he’s not very explosive or fast, Fumagalli actually runs pretty decent route, and has natural hands. His lack of speed will hurt him due to the bigger, faster, stronger defensive backs he’ll be lining up against in the NFL.
176. Antonio Callaway | Florida | WR
If Antonio Callaway had zero off the field issues, he’d probably land inside by top 100. Callaway has very reliable hands, can take the top off the defense, and creates separation in all three levels of the field with his quickness, route running ability, and ability to eat zone coverage up. Almost all of Callaway’s issues are off the field, so if he’s serious about improving in that aspect, he could be a steal in the mid rounds.
177. Tony Brown | Alabama | CB
Tony Brown possess great speed and great size to man the nickel corner position. Brown is long and has elite straight line speed to keep up with quicker, smaller receivers. Tony Brown also has nice ball skills and can be a force defending the run. The former five star recruit and track star underwhelmed in his four years at Alabama, but is looking for new life once drafted in the NFL.
178. Andre Smith | North Carolina | LB
A 2017 injury unfortunately left Andre Smith with little tape and forced him to lean heavily on his 2016 season. Smith is big hitting sideline to sideline linebacker that also can hang in coverage as well. Smith shows off his instincts and play speed when playing against the run, but also shines when covering running backs and tight ends in coverage. Don’t expect Andre Smith to get talked about a ton leading up to the draft, but his 2016 tape was great, and if he can return that form he could be a starting linebacker in 4-3 schemes as a middle linebacker.
179. Taron Johnson | Weber State | CB
Taron Johnson while playing at a small school in Weber State was one of the best cover corners I evaluated this offseason. Johnson has fluid hips, good athletic ability, and plays the ball in the air like a receiver. Jonson is undersized so may have to make the move to the slot in order to get playing time, but with his short area quickness, and physicality at the line of scrimmage, I see little trouble with the transition.
180. Breeland Speaks | Ole Miss | DT
One of the more overlooked defensive tackles in this draft class is Ole Miss’ Breeland Speaks. Speaks is undersized, but plays with great twitch in his lower half, and is extremely explosive off the ball. Breeland is a technician in the way he uses his hands to work to the quarterback/ball carrier. Can get pushed off the ball when defending the run, but teams will work with him to build mass in his lower half to help hold at the point of attack.
181. Ade Aruna | Tulane | EDGE
Elite size and length, with tons of intriguing traits. Ade Aruna is a raw talent but has all the attributes to be successful in the NFL. Aruna is at his best when he’s rushing off the edge and able to use his length and speed to beat offensive tackles. Aruna also has a really nice inside move that he uses to penetrate the pocket with his quickness.
182. Tray Matthews | Auburn | S
Tray Matthews is another big hitting, strong safeties in this draft class. Mathews, a former Georgia transfer, who played his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years for the Tigers. Matthews is a strong, physical player that can really pop you when he’s flying downhill. Matthews trusts his eyes and reacts to the ball quickly when playing deep safety. Tray Matthews also brings a leadership mentality to the defensive meeting rooms that coaches will love.
183. Trevon Young | Louisville | EDGE
From the tape, I expected Trevon Young to run in the mid 4.5’s to low 4.6’s at the combine, it shocked me when he ended up with a 4.78 40 yard dash. He won me back over with an impressive 6.99 3-cone drill, which in reality is the most important drill for edge rushers. Young ha the explosiveness and length to be a very nice rusher in the NFL. Young changes directions, has some bend in his lower half, and knows how to use is hands when rushing the passer. Trevon Young’s questions come with durability and consistency. If he can stay healthy and work on being more consistent in his rush plan, I really like Trevon Young’s chances of making a difference in the NFL.
184. Christian Campbell | Penn State | CB
Christian Campbell has good size, good length, and is a good athlete coming out of Penn State. Campbell’s length is the first thing you notice when turning on the tape. Campbell had a really nice Senior Bowl week before getting a little banged up in the last day of practices.
185. Chandon Sullivan | South Georgia | CB
Another Senior Bowl guy, who I thought had a really nice week of practices. Chandon Sullivan is a feisty cornerback who competes every single minute of every single game. Sullivan is good in press man, but also plays well in zone as well, that scheme versatility is loved by scouts in the NFL. Sullivan will need to improve on some of his hand technique and footwork, but I like Chandon Sullivan’s potential to develop into a quality nickel at the next level.
186. Ito Smith | Southern Mississippi |RB
Every NFL team needs a quicker, shiftier, change of pace back, and Southern Mississippi’s Ito Smith is just that. Smith is undersized, but makes up for that with his burst when getting into the second level. Smith also has some strength in his lower half that allows him to run through, and break arm tackles. Ito Smith uses his size and burst to his advantage when being patient then exploding through the second level when things finally open up. Ito Smith has some Tarik Cohen in his game, and can make a huge difference as a third down back with his receiving skills and speed.
187. Donte Jackson | LSU | CB
Donte Jackson showed at the combine that he has blazing speed, but he’s also not a bad cover guy either. While he can play in coverage, his size is really concerning. At 175lbs, Jackson will need to improve his strength in order to hold up against bigger, physical receivers in the NFL. Jackson will get drafted due to his special teams value and the speed aspect the brings to the defense.
188. Keke Coutee | Texas Tech | WR
Texas Tech’s Keke Coutee is a vertical receiver who can make plays outside and in the slot. While he’s kind of a one trick pony, Coutee is really good at that trick. Keke tracks the ball extremely well down the field, and catches the ball naturally with his hands and uses his body when he has too.
189. Michael Joseph | Dubuque | CB
Michael Joseph was the do it all man for Dubuque in Division III. Joseph has an impressive combination of size, speed, and length and uses it to his advantage. Joseph was dominant at the Division III level, so most of his questions are regarding the step up in competition. After a decent week at the Senior Bowl, we’ll have to see how worried NFL scouts are about the jump in competition come draft day.
190. Jordan Akins | UCF | TE
Jordan Akins is a former baseball player that does have the size, strength, and snap quickness to get open in all three levels of the field. Akins does a nice job of working back towards the ball when plays start to breakdown. Tracks the ball well down the field, and into his hands. Drops are rare with Akins. Needs to develop his route tree and sharpness of is routes in order to get open consistently in the NFL. While still being raw at 26 years old, Akins does have some traits that will get him drafted in the later rounds.
191. Micah Kiser | UVA | LB
Micah Kiser has value as a downhill two down linebacker. Kiser isn’t a great athlete so he relies on his instincts and strength to take on blockers and make plays in the run game. Teams looking for backups at inside linebacker will really like what Micah Kiser brings to the table in improving their run defense.
192. Devron Davis | UTSA | CB
UTSA’s Devron Davis spent just two seasons playing with the Roadrunners, but he had quality starting reps playing against some tough competition. Davis is a good athlete for being a bit undersized. Davis is extremely physical when driving receivers towards the sideline, and knows how to play the ball in the air. Devron Davis also loves getting involved in the run game and takes pride in coming up and making plays in run support. After an impressing showing at the Tropical Bowl, and a really nice pro-day, Devron Davis is starting to get the attention he deserves.
193. Kendrick Norton | Miami | DT
The flashes you see from Kendrick Norton scream second-third round, but I didn’t see that consistently enough to put him that high on my board. Norton has a nose tackle body, but moves like a more explosive under tackle. At 6-foot-3 314lbs, Norton is known for eating up blocks and making plays against the run. While he rarely penetrates the pocket, Norton does most of the dirty work while the players around him get the pressures and sacks. As a mid to late round option, Kendrick Norton holds value as a one-technique in 4-3 schemes who can be a quality space eating run defender in year one.
194. James Looney | California | DT
James Looney is an extremely explosive interior defensive lineman with tons of speed and athleticism for his size. Looney is a penetrating three technique with a great get off, and can change directions in a hurry when planning his rush. Looney is still developing pass rush moves, so currently he relies on his speed and strength to beat blockers with a quick inside move, or converting his speed to power. Looney has some upside that defensive coaches will be wanting to get their hands on.
195. J.K. Scott | Alabama | P
Punters matter too, and Alabama’s J.K. Scott is one of the best punters I’ve ever watched. I got a good look at Scott in the week I spent in Mobile, he absolutely wowed me every single day with how strong of a leg he had. Scott has good hangtime in his punts, has a NFL ready leg, and has the precision to down the ball inside the 20 on a consistent basis. For teams needing a punter, I’d be more than willing to spend a late round pick to make sure I get one of the better guys available.
196. Javon Wimms | Georgia | WR
There are plenty of big, tall, physical receivers in this draft class, and Javon Wimms is one of them. Wimms isn’t a developed route runner, so he relies on his speed and physicality at the catch point in order to win. Wimms has strong hands, and you rarely see him drop the football or have those double catches. Wimms also has nice body control that allows him to change directions and get knocked around while still staying locked on the football.
197. Michael Dickson | Texas | P
Two punters land in my top 200. What a crazy world we live in. Michael Dickson is really the consensus #1 punter in this draft class, but after an absolutely dominant performance at the Senior Bowl by JK Scott, he’ll land as my P2. Dickson has a huge leg, and is deadly accurate in pinning opponents deep whether it’s with hang time, precision, or power.
198. Braxton Berrios | Miami | WR
The word “gritty” describes Braxton Berrios perfectly. He’s always giving 100% effort and wears a big chip on his shoulder while playing the game. Berrios possess the Ryan Switzer like skill set as a slot receiver and return man. While he won’t make a ton of plays down the field, he can be a mismatch nightmare underneath and a great red-zone target as well.
199. Davin Bellamy | Georgia | LB
Georgia’s Davin Bellamy is what we refer to as a tweener. To small to be a full-time edge rusher, but to big and not quick enough to be a full time outside linebacker. Bellamy will likely play as a rotational edge rusher playing as a 4-3 weak-side defensive end, or as an outside linebacker in 3-4 schemes. Bellamy has great length, and nice explosion, but lacks the ideal strength in his upper and lower half to be strong at the point of attack.
200. Christopher Herndon IV | Miami | TE
Chris Heron IV reminds me a little bit of what we saw last year in former teammate David Njuko. Herndon is a a great athlete that is known for making big plays downfield and after the catch. Herndon was overshadowed by Njuko for a majority of his career, but was able to post pretty decent production in his first year as the TE1 at Miami. Christopher Herndon is more of a traits pick, and that’s why I have him sitting right at 200.