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99. Cleveland Browns: Joe Schobert, Linebacker, Wisconsin. Schobert was a running back, safety and return man in high school. Despite some mammoth numbers (he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 23 touchdowns as a high school senior), top recruiters were unimpressed, and Schobert planned to walk on at University of North Dakota. He went berserk at a Wisconsin prep all-star game, however, gaining 145 all-purpose yards, intercepting a pass and breaking up two others, and returning kicks. University of Wisconsin was like, “Oh, that Joe Schobert,” and offered him a scholarship.
Instead of becoming a defensive version of Carson Wentz, Schobert had a productive career at Wisconsin, with 13.5 career sacks and 35.5 tackles for a loss. He’s not an NFL-caliber sack specialist off the edge, but Schobert uses his hands well when disengaging from blocks, knows what he is doing in short zone coverage and is a solid-if-not-explosive athlete.
You can see the nucleus of a rebuilt Browns defense coming together in Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib and Schobert. It's an intriguing blend of athleticism and competitiveness.
100. Oakland Raiders: Connor Cook, Quarterback, Michigan State. Bleacher Report proudly presents
Mike Tanier’s Deadly Accurate Quarterback Comparisons for Connor Cook:
- More talented Matt Leinart or Jimmy Clausen.
- Less talented Jay Cutler.
Jargon-Free Scouting Nutshell: Cook is moderately talented, technically sound and can look brilliant during hot streaks, and he has had tremendous success at a high-level program. But Cook is also inconsistent and carries the dreaded whiff of a kid who doesn’t get it. Some of that whiff may be draft-rumor cattiness (skipping the Senior Bowl does not make you a war criminal, and the whole “rotating team captains” program at Michigan State starts to sound like the work of a guidance counselor on a power trip when you dig deep into Cook’s background), but Cook may not have the temperament to storm into a camp and seize a starting job.
Of course, Cook won't be seizing any starting jobs in Oakland any time soon. This is a pick from the "always be developing a quarterback" school. I'm not sure the Raiders are so stacked across their roster that they can get crafty with early fourth-round picks, but then again, Matt McGloin is Derek Carr's current backup, so why not stave off any catastrophes?
101. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Tapper, Defensive End, Oklahoma. Tapper looked like a future first-round pick when he recorded 5.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2013. His production dipped in 2014, but while he rebounded for seven sacks and 10 tackles for a loss last year, Tapper looks more like a wave defender and gap-plugger than a potential star. Tapper is thick and strong but only has a straight-line pass-rush move. He also pops out of his stance too high too often. Tapper’s competitiveness and experience are pluses, and he can fit as a run defender on the edge. A need pick as the Cowboys try to get bigger and deeper on the defensive line.
102: San Diego Chargers: Joshua Perry, Linebacker, Ohio State. Finally, a linebacker who looks like a linebacker: 250 pounds, thick thighs and glutes, a thudding play style. Perry isn’t the defender you want chasing Rob Gronkowski in man coverage, but someone’s gotta do the dirty work of defending running plays between the tackles.
Perry was also one of the combine’s most talkative over-sharers. Here’s what he had to say about his newly shaved head, for example:
So, I got a little haircut. Got it for two reasons: first reason—I was just getting kind of tired of having hair, and so one day, I went to the store and got some clippers and shaver and I just cut it off. And the other reason, I have a thing—I'm not too trusting of barbers. I don't want to have a really awful haircut, so I didn't want to have to wait like eight weeks to get back to Columbus to get a fresh cut, so I just went ahead and shaved it all off.
So Perry doesn’t like hair or bad haircuts and also saw Sweeney Todd once too often. And also, he may not be aware of the fact there are barbers outside of Ohio. At any rate, speaking as a man in his 40s, no one should ever be “kind of tired of having hair.”
Anyway, Perry makes up for lack of pure speed and quickness by diagnosing plays quickly and tackling as well as any defender in this draft class. A good fit for a 3-4 team.
103. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sheldon Day, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame. Hey, we still have some top-rated defensive tackles on the board! That means Bleacher Report proudly presents
Big Uglies: A 2016 Field Guide. Don’t try to tell one monstrous interior lineman from another without it! Here are Day's basics:
Size: 6'1", 293 pounds. Day is one of the smaller defensive tackles in this year’s top tier.
Athleticism: 4.50-second short shuttle at the combine: excellent for a man his size. Excellent first-step quickness.
Numbers: 33 hurries and nine quarterback hits, according to Pro Football Focus.
Defining Special Trait: Quickness, a “rip” move and a leader-ish personality.
Potential Flaws: Small for an NFL defensive tackle.
Also Worth Mentioning: Three-year college starter. Very good Senior Bowl week.
Day is a grab-‘n’-go starter as a 3-tech defensive tackle. There are a lot of them in this draft class. Get ‘em while they’re available!
104. Baltimore Ravens: Tavon Young, Cornerback, Temple: The Temple-Notre Dame game provided a convenient snapshot of Young’s strengths and weaknesses. Young matched up against Irish speedster Will Fuller all afternoon. Fuller caught five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came after Young (in zone coverage) passed Fuller off to a safety, and most of the other yards came on a screen pass. Young batted a pass to a teammate near the goal line for an interception and defensed another deep pass by outjumping Fuller. Overall, this was a very good game for Young.
On the downside, Young got flagged for pass interference once and holding another time. As a small cornerback with a tendency to clutch and grab, his ability to (mostly) neutralize Fuller does not translate into an ability to contain, say, Antonio Brown.
While he may never be able to match up with top NFL receivers, Young’s awareness and quick reactions make him an excellent zone defender, and he has the quickness and recovery speed to chase deep threats down the field. Young isn’t a mighty mite but is physical enough to deliver a jam and wrap up a ball-carrier at the knees. He gets high marks for mental discipline and the ability to shrug off getting burned. A possible starter on a team that always needs help in the secondary.
105. Kansas City Chiefs: Parker Ehinger, Guard-Tackle, Cincinnati. When you see a lumpy, semi-athletic but smart and versatile offensive lineman who even has red hair for heaven's sake, you just shrug and say, "Typical Andy Reid interior lineman." Guess the Chiefs are taking another year off from worrying about their lack of wide receivers.
106. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Murray, Cornerback, Minnesota. A nickel corner and special teams terror. The Chiefs have roles for players like Murray in their secondary, which uses the dime package more than most teams. Good player. Guess the Chiefs are really taking another year off from worrying about their lack of wide receivers.
107. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Moore, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati. Moore is a big, thick receiver who wasn't very productive: His career high in receptions was 45 in 2013. He averaged 19.3 yards per reception in his career, but I am not sure the big-play capability will ramp up with him. A Ravens-type receiver, though the Ravens have not been all that great at developing receivers. He looks a tiny bit like Torrey Smith if you squint.
108. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Smith, Cornerback, North Carolina Central. Smith ran a 4.47 40 at the combine and did well enough in drills to push his way into the draft picture. He was a shutdown corner, playmaker and electrifying return man in the MEAC, a weaker conference even by FCS standards. A good athlete/good mindset project. With Vernon Hargreaves as the star of the draft class in the Bucs secondary, they can afford to gamble and be a little developmental now.
109. New York Giants: B.J. Goodson, Outside Linebacker, Clemson. Goodson is a poor man’s Reggie Ragland. He’s stout between the tackles, can command the defense and can make plays when the ball gets into his zone of control. But Goodson is slow in pursuit. Unlike Ragland, he isn’t efficient at diagnosing a play and using anticipation to get a jump on the ball and overcome his limitations in foot speed.
Goodson will be of limited use on 3rd-and-long, but coaches will love his strength and effort and will give him every chance to contribute. The Giants are trying to economize at linebacker again (though they appeared to be targeting Leonard Floyd in the first round); Goodson isn't a complete player, but he's not some castoff from other teams' practice squads, either.
110. Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Higbee, Tight End, Western Kentucky. Oh look, the Rams made another pick! And on NFL Network, all of Jared Goff's future receivers helped make the pick! Oh wait, those were the Minions from Despicable Me. Easy mistake.
Well, here's a need pick. Higbee was Brandon Doughty’s motion tight end on a Hilltoppers team that threw for about 6 trillion yards last year. Higbee caught 38 passes. He’s tall, well-built, quick-footed and catches the ball well. It’s hard to tell where level of competition ends and NFL potential starts when a small program gets its hands on some Doughty-Higbee-level talent and starts playing pitch-and-catch. But this is a weak tight end era, so why not draft a big, fast kid who can catch and see what happens?
111. Detroit Lions: Miles Killebrew, Safety, Southern Utah. Killebrew is one of about 80 players in this draft class who draws comparisons to Deone Bucannon. Every big safety/small-quick linebacker is Bucannon the way every tall cornerback is Richard Sherman and every short, white wide receiver is Wes Welker.
Except that most aren’t. Killebrew draws rave reviews for his textbook tackling, but when I watched him against Sam Houston State, Corey Avery blasted right through Killebrew several times. Avery is a great back for the Big Sky Conference, but he isn’t Todd Gurley. Killebrew is athletic and aggressive, but he maxes out as a special teamer and bench defender, not a guy who changes the way coordinators line up the defense.
112. New England Patriots: Malcolm Mitchell, Wide Receiver, Georgia. Mitchell wrote a children’s book titled The Magician’s Hat. He self-published the book with his own money. His website to promote the book (and other initiatives) contains no mention of the fact Mitchell is a moderately famous college football star. There isn’t even a bulldog or a Georgia "G." That’s because the NCAA forbids college players from using their football fame for self-promotion. Why, if the NCAA let Mitchell point out his status as an athlete to make his book more appealing to boys who could benefit from reading a tale about the power of the imagination, the next thing you know, college athletes everywhere would be scrawling out children’s tales to get filthy rich. The whole precious concept of “amateurism” the NCAA has successfully safeguarded for generations would be crushed!
Anyway, Mitchell now gets to be part of the free market. Hooray! He’s a tall, high-effort receiver who had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Mitchell has great pass-catching skills and will snatch the ball away from a defender in a tight area. He’s fast and agile enough to develop into a possession receiver and has the work habits to stick on special teams.
I like Mitchell but get the impression that the Patriots just draft receivers in mid-rounds so they can get beaten out for jobs by their selections in late rounds.
113. Chicago Bears: Nick Kwiatkoski, Linebacker, West Virginia. Kwiatkoski is a grinder at inside linebacker who will probably concentrate on a between-the-tackles role, while free-agent arrival Danny Trevathan plays a more rangy coverage role. We're arriving at the point of the draft where high-effort role players start to become really appealing.
114. Cleveland Browns: Ricardo Louis, Wide Receiver, Auburn. Combine rock star with potential big-play capability. There is a lot of big-play tape to love if you look past lots of fundamental errors. This is a good "gamble" pick for a team that already has Corey Coleman in its back pocket.
115. Atlanta Falcons: De'Vondre Campbell, Linebacker, Minnesota. A pure pass-rusher type with great athleticism. Dan Quinn may see Campbell in a situational role. You can really see the Falcons reshaping their defense into something smaller, quicker, less traditional and more explosive.
116. Indianapolis Colts: Hassan Ridgeway, Defensive Tackle, Texas. Finally, a Colts pick I really like.
Ridgeway plays mostly at nose tackle, though he slid out to defensive end in some 3-4 fronts. He’s a space hog and double-team-muncher with just enough quickness and block-shedding ability to get from one side of the broom closet to the other. Ridgeway has battled nagging injuries for much of his career; he looked inconsistent and weary at times in 2015, but a shoulder injury limited him.
Ridgeway’s former linemate Malcom Brown was a late first-round pick for the Patriots last year. Ridgeway might have joined him if not for the injuries and the amazing depth and quality of this tackle class.
117. Los Angeles Rams: Pharoh Cooper, Wide Receiver, South Carolina. If there are two things I have a weakness for, it’s a) ancient Egyptian stuff and b) Gamecocks slot receivers. I love pyramids, hieroglyphics, cartouches, obelisks, chariots drowning in the Red Sea and such, and I was a huge fan of Ace Sanders (personal problems marred his NFL career) and Bruce Ellington (on the 49ers last year, poor guy) when they were the tough little South Carolina slot specialists.
So I am predisposed to love Pharoh Cooper, flaky spelling and all. Except Cooper is not as quick as Ellington or as tenacious as Sanders. He ran lots of screens, reverses, flair passes and quick hitches at South Carolina and demonstrated an ability to sit in zones to catch short passes and juke some defenders with the ball in his hands. But he offered very little when he was more than 10 yards downfield. He’s like Tavon Austin, but a step-and-a-half too slow.
Cooper is well-built and has a tough-guy personality (he played defensive back early in his career), so he could stick as an all-purpose special teamer who can accomplish a little something as a return man or fifth receiver. But if you look at his receiving/rushing production and think you are getting a Randall Cobb type, you are in denial.
Get it? The Nile? Hahahaha! I love a good Egyptian joke. And I am here all weekend, folks!
118. New York Jets: Juston Burris, Cornerback, North Carolina State. Burris is tall, strong, smart and reliable, but he's not a fluid speed demon. He may be more of a nickel safety than a pure cornerback. A safe choice at a position that lost Antonio Cromartie and is always one King Midas dream away from more Darrelle Revis issues.
119. Houston Texans: Tyler Ervin, Running Back, San Jose State. Ervin was fun to watch during Senior Bowl practices. He’s so small that he looked like a little kid who chased his dog onto the field. But once the drills started, Ervin caught everything in sight, hit holes with authority and took on defenders in pass-protection drills with everything he had and only got splattered across their windshields occasionally.
Ervin returned kickoffs at San Jose State and will need that versatility at the NFL level: He’s just too small to stick as anything but a returner and situational runner. That's all the Texans need, though. With all their new playmakers on offense, the Texans are going to either win 12 games or get everyone fired. I am leaning toward the former.
120. New Orleans Saints: David Onyemata, Defensive Tackle, University of Manitoba. Random depressing Saints defensive stat No. 2,043B: The Saints allowed 129.8 rushing yards per game last season (31st) in the NFL and 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. If any team had to go searching for talent in Canada, it was the Saints.
Onyemata was born in Nigeria and moved to Winnipeg as a teenager. He played football for the first time at any level four years ago when he walked on at University of Manitoba. He’s now one of the best Canadian college prospects in decades.
Onyemata is a natural 300-pounder with excellent foot speed and lateral quickness. He excels in pursuit and when disrupting zone-stretch type runs. He’s a competitor who plays to the whistle. On the downside, Onyemata’s pass-rush skills are raw, and he played at a level roughly akin to Division II at the best, but with different rules and strategies.
Onyemata has obvious upside but may need a year as the seventh lineman or on the practice squad.
121. Minnesota Vikings: Willie Beavers, Offensive Tackle, Western Michigan. Beavers is one of many solid developmental tackle prospects from smaller programs in this year’s draft. He got through Michigan State and Ohio State last year (lots of Shilique Calhoun and Joey Bosa) with only one sack allowed. He’s athletic, competitive and a good block finisher. Beavers can get beaten with technique, however, and will both allow too many pass pressures and hold when the going gets rough. He’s a worthwhile developmental pick.
122. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Billings, Defensive Tackle, Baylor. With so many excellent defensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft class, Bleacher Report proudly presents (probably for the last time)
Big Uglies: A 2016 Field Guide. Don’t try to tell one monstrous interior lineman from another without it! Here is Billings' breakdown:
Size: 6'1", 311 pounds.
Athleticism: Ordinary workout numbers but looks exceptionally quick on tape.
Honors: Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the Big 12.
Numbers: 5.5 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss in 2015.
Defining Special Trait: Awesome weight-room numbers, including Texas state records in power lifting in high school. Very good leverage and hand technique for a college lineman.
Potential Flaws: Inconsistent technique/intensity.
Also Worth Mentioning: Billings just turned 21 years old on March 6 and appears to still be layering on muscle and man meat. He could be Doomsday by 2018.
Billings was my top-rated player in this year’s defensive tackle class. So yeah, I love this pick.
123. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerald Hawkins, Offensive Tackle, LSU. Hawkins had an ugly game against Alabama in 2015: two sacks allowed, two additional quarterback hits. Mistakes can snowball on Hawkins; he played well for most of the Alabama game, but after giving up a sack on a stunt, he wasn’t the same player. (Hawkins also caught an illegal pass once the Alabama game got out of hand and LSU players were basically running for their lives. In fairness, it was a fine catch.)
Hawkins’ technique is all over the place. Sometimes he’s a waist-bender and lunger who can get rocked by better defenders. Other times, he sets properly and gets the most from his strength and quickness. His blitz pickup and stunt recognition is also inconsistent.
Hawkins is a high-upside pick because of his athleticism and flashes of potential. If that Alabama game is any indication, he could also be a weapon on tackle-eligible trick plays at the goal line.
124. Chicago Bears: Deon Bush, Safety, Miami. Bush is a big hitter with a good-character reputation who can contribute on special teams right away. He’s best when attacking the line of scrimmage or stepping up to make tackles underneath. In coverage, Bush is a little bit of a run-around guy with rudimentary footwork and recognition skills; even slower receivers will get open on him in man coverage because he does not anticipate pass patterns.
125. Indianapolis Colts: Antonio Morrison, Linebacker, Florida. Morrison was arrested in 2013 for barking at a police dog. Watching the video of the arrest will either confirm or shatter all of your perceptions about how American society operates.
Morrison got arrested for punching a bouncer a month earlier, so he doesn’t exactly spend all his free time photocopying hymnals. He also has a long and problematic injury history. But he’s one of the most aggressive defenders in the nation, a big hitter with good athleticism and instincts.
Without the arrests and injuries, Morrison would be a second- or third-round pick. Even with the issues, he could still surprise. There’s more to Morrison’s game than just bark. (Sorry).
126. Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Robinson, Wide Receiver, Florida. Marcus Robinson’s nephew. Uncle Marcus had a huge year for the Bears in 1999 (84 catches for 1,400 yards), then stuck around for years as a big, reliable possession receiver. Demarcus shows flashes of outstanding potential but has been suspended four times by two coaching staffs for failed drug tests and such. Extreme high-risk player who needs to crank the maturity up at least one full level. The Chiefs staff has a good reputation with high-risk guys, and heaven knows the Chiefs need a wide receiver. Robinson could be a steal if Andy Reid, Jeremy Maclin and others figure him out.
127. Chicago Bears: Deiondre' Hall, Cornerback, Northern Iowa. Hall is 6'2", and his arms are so long that he can clean the porch gutters with both feet flat on the ground. His game is about length: Hall can catch passes away from his body (four career pick-sixes) or bat away a pass that appears to be three yards beyond a human’s reach.
Hall’s foot speed is ordinary, and his turn-and-run skills are nothing special. He’s competitive, but he takes poor angles when pursuing plays and ends up diving at a lot of ankles. Hall performed well enough at the Senior Bowl to intrigue NFL types. If nothing else, he would be the ideal defender against Dez Bryant on red-zone fade routes. The last few Bears selections have felt a little underwhelming, but I like Hall's upside, and I like the concept of saturation drafting the defense this year and reshaping the roster.
128. Arizona Cardinals: Evan Boehm, Center, Missouri. Most centers are the least impressive-looking guys on the offensive line. Boehm is a 310-pound tank with biceps that look like they were created by CGI. He’s also durable and experienced, with 52 starts in four years, and he’s good at both punching his defender off the line and latching on without drawing a holding penalty. On the downside, Boehm runs like a wind-up toy, and quicker defensive tackles are going to blow past him at times. Boehm may fit best as a backup center-guard, though pure strength and tenacity could make him a decent interior starter. I don't see A.Q. Shipley as having a stranglehold on the center position or Evan Mathis playing at a high level beyond this year.
129. Cleveland Browns: Derrick Kindred, Safety, TCU. Tough little guided missile and special teams intimidator. Kindred missed a bunch of tackles in the open field and may be one of those Big 12 defenders better suited to playing wide-open street ball than starting in the NFL.
You have probably heard this elsewhere, but trading down in the NFL draft is an analytics principle. The concept is that the draft is so random that you are better off just getting more pulls on the slot machine than standing pat and taking your seven appointed pulls. I don’t think it’s an axiom that’s 100 percent, universally true (anyone who believes in 100 percent universally true axioms doesn’t really understand the concept behind analytics), but you can see how it impacted Patriots draft strategies in past years, and how a team like the Ravens uses a similar concept when accumulating compensatory picks.
Everything the Browns do wrong from now on will be blamed on analytics. (What they do right will be credited to Hue Jackson.) Whatever your feelings about whether actual research, logic and thought can help multimillion-dollar organizations succeed, you must admit that a) the Browns needed so many bodies that the more picks, the merrier and b) even an Atlantic City granny at the penny slots has had more luck than the Browns in recent drafts.
130. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Lewis, Offensive Tackle, Nebraska. Lewis is big, relatively athletic and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014, so he is no dummy. He also has baggage: a fight amid his transfer out of Colorado, an online rant against Nebraska fans, sarcastic kiss-blowing to the crowd after the rant and another loss. Lewis may be a little immature (ranting on the Internet is pretty much our national pastime, after all), may enjoy playing the WWE heel or may be Richie Incognito without the top-tier strength. With Ronnie Stanley as the first tackle in the developmental pipeline, Lewis will have to prove himself. But the upside is there.
131. Green Bay Packers: Blake Martinez, Linebacker, Stanford. Martinez is smart, rangy and productive, having registered 240 tackles and four interceptions in two seasons as a starter for the Cardinal. He’s a Cover 2 type best suited to play behind two thick slabs of defensive tackle, diagnose the play and flow to the ball. The Packers don't play a Cover 2, of course, but they are looking for inside linebackers who excel in coverage. Martinez and third-round pick Kyler Fackrell are two different types of inside linebackers, which may be precisely the point.
132. Baltimore Ravens: Willie Henry, Defensive Tackle, Michigan. Merry Ozzie Newsome Christmas, everyone! The compensatory picks are in the stockings by the fire!
Henry’s five best plays per game stack up with anything on Sheldon Rankins’ or Robert Nkemdiche’s sizzle reel. Henry sometimes bursts from his stance, slides gracefully away from his blocker on an inside move or stunt, hustles with surprising quickness to the ball-carrier or quarterback, and delivers a thud.
It’s Henry’s other 30-50 plays per game that are so frustrating. He often leaves the line of scrimmage with his waist bent and his head down; this is not what coaches describe as “good football position.” Cut blocks were a constant source of surprise and frustration. If Henry jumped offsides one more time (or leapt onto the top of a pile like Jimmy Superfly Snuka off the top rope again, like he did against Michigan State), Jim Harbaugh might have ended up in an asylum.
If you focus on what Henry does well and figure you can get those five good snaps as a rotation player early in his career, Henry is a heck of a developmental project.
This is such an Ozzie Newsome pick that Ozzie must have been giggling when he made it: a major-upside player at a tough-to-fill position for the cost of not paying a veteran.
133. San Francisco 49ers: Rashard Robinson, Cornerback, LSU. Robinson is a talented athlete with lots of academic problems and a legal one. He sat out the 2015 season due to a violation of team rules. Something tells me that Robinson is not the kind of kid who is going to become besties with Chip Kelly.
134. Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Dixon, Running Back, Louisiana Tech. Dixon is my favorite prospect in this class. His quickness and receiving skills leap off the screen when you watch his tape. He was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. He comes across in interviews as a guy you would hire as an intern. Dixon is somewhere between Gio Bernard and Warrick Dunn on the all-purpose-back scale.
Dixon’s biggest shortcoming may be that he is too dedicated. He fumbled 13 times in three seasons, often battling for additional yards instead of going to the ground. Dixon also has a lean frame and will get banged up if he tries to lower his shoulder at the end of every run at the NFL level the way he did at college.
Those are quibbles or easily correctable flaws. Dixon is going to be a heck of a committee back for the Ravens. Don’t be surprised if he grows quickly into a 15-20 touch role. As usual, Ozzie Newsome is crushing the compensatory process.
135. Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott, Quarterback, Mississippi State. Bleacher Report proudly presents
Mike Tanier’s Deadly Accurate Quarterback Comparisons for Dak Prescott:
- Matt Schaub with wheels.
- EJ Manuel without the boardwalk fortune teller accuracy.
Jargon-Free Scouting Nutshell: Prescott is the best quarterback in this draft at reading defenses, making line calls, checking down to secondary receivers and other mental aspects of the job. He runs fairly well and makes throws on the run, but the more time he spends in the pocket trying to push accurate passes downfield, the more trouble Prescott gets into. Think of Prescott like a 30-year-old journeyman who arrived in the draft instead of free agency. His upside is limited, but he could get the Cowboys through a four-game emergency as a rookie and has the potential to be a capable starter on a team that surrounds him with goodies.
Prescott and the Cowboys are a good fit. The Cowboys get a backup who can hold down the fort if Tony Romo's shoulder disintegrates, and they are building an offense that can be run at a high level by a heady caretaker type if Prescott cannot develop into something more.
136. Denver Broncos: Devontae Booker, Running Back, Utah. Booker is a no-nonsense runner. He is quick to the hole, has some cutback ability and generally takes every inch the defense gives him. There is not a lot of lateral-motion nonsense in his game. Booker catches the ball smoothly and had a dynamic role in the Utes passing game. He can get driven backward as a pass protector, but he stays between the defender and the quarterback.
All that is missing from Booker’s game is size, blazing speed and sizzle. He will sometimes jump-cut, spin or break tackles in the open field, but he lacks top-tier power and explosion. Booker is also a 23-year-old JUCO transfer, so what you see is what you get athletically.
Booker is similar to Charles Sims of the Buccaneers, who is putting together a fine career as a change-up and third-down back behind Doug Martin. This is your basic rock-solid committee-back selection during the compensatory lightning round.
137. Green Bay Packers: Dean Lowry, Defensive End, Northwestern. A high-energy-system fit in the Packers' 3-4 defense. May be a little reach-y here.
138. Cleveland Browns: Seth Devalve, Tight End, Princeton. A beefed-up Ivy League receiver projected as a tight end. This is a weak tight end class, but there are better prospects at tight end in the Ivy League, let alone across the nation.
139. Buffalo Bills: Cardale Jones, Quarterback, Ohio State. Bleacher Report proudly presents
Mike Tanier’s Deadly Accurate Quarterback Comparisons for Cardale Jones:
- Bigger, faster Drew Henson.
- Terrelle Pryor trying not to look too much like Terrelle Pryor.
Jargon-Free Scouting Nutshell: Jones is a big, strong-armed, relatively mobile quarterback with just a handful of career starts and a rudimentary understanding of the quarterback position. After taking the NCAA by storm late in the 2014 season, Jones spent 2015 getting yanked into and out of the starting lineup while leading one of the most talented teams in college football history. Make Jones your opening day starter, and you’ll get two or three breathtaking scramble plays, four or five turnovers and lots of scared-rabbit impersonations in the pocket.
This is a good pick if Jones will be given a full year to develop and will be surrounded by coaches who will preach precision and fundamentals instead of throwing him onto the field and expecting him to be a playmaker. Oh wait, this is a Rex Ryan team.
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