Ell’s NFL Draft Grades 2015 Part 2

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May 18, 2015 by Ell and Mike Sports

NFL Draft 2015

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CowboysThe Cowboys selected CB Byron Jones, out of UConn, who has solid speed and press cover skills and the ability and size to slide over to safety, either way he will be on the field a lot this upcoming season. The Cowboys needed a flyer and thanks to a recent bad rep for a hard working pass rusher DE/OLB Randy Gregory, out of Nebraska, fell in the Cowboys lap. Gregory was considered a top 10, if not top 5 prospect, but off the field issues caused him to drop; he should be hungry to prove his worth. OT Chaz Green, out of Florida, is a versatile prospect with experience at both tackle positions and he should prove solid depth or even contend for the starting RT spot. ILB Damien Wilson is a solid MLB who can rack up tackles and make plays with a high motor, but he must continue to work on his skills. DE Ryan Russell is an athletic prospect with good size and speed and the potential to be a solid pass rushing DE, but he must continue to work on his craft. OLB Mark Nzeocha has good size, speed, and strength, but he is an all-around raw prospect who needs to work on his game; however, he could develop into a star if he can make the roster and get his reps. OT Laurence Gibson is a tackle with good size who can make plays in the run game, but he must work on his consistency and pass blocking if he hopes to make the team. TE Geoff Swaim is a decent prospect with good blocking skills who must continue to add bulk and get better in the passing game; he will have to work to make the roster. Grade: C+

BroncosThe Broncos shocked everyone trading up in the draft to take DE/OLB Shane Ray, out of Missouri, who was considered a top 10 talent until a recent off the field incident. Ray has all the tools to be a top pass rusher in the league and seems to be more motivated after dropping in the draft. OT Ty Sambrailo, out of Colorado State, is a solid, athletic prospect who has shown that he has the versatility to play multiple positions. He is a good pass protector who must improve his run blocking and improve his strength. TE Jeff Heuerman, out of Ohio State, is an athletic prospect from an athletic family who knows how to get open and stretch the field with good hands and leaping ability, but he must play with more strength and continue to improve as a blocker. C Max Garcia, out of Florida, is an athletic prospect who has played LT, LG, and C, but he is considered more of a G or C in the league. Garcia has solid run blocking skills and could find a place in the interior of the Broncos’ line from Day 1; most likely at center. CB Lorenzo Doss is a strong, tough player who has the speed and skills to become a solid nickel CB, but he must polish his game and limit his risks. DT Darius Kilgo is a solid run stopper with good size, but he must continue to get better and work on his technique; he should provide depth at NT. QB Trevor Siemian is a skilled prospect who has caught the eye of many scouts, but he is coming off an ACL injury; he will compete for the 3rd string job. DB Taurean Nixon has good size and speed; he should compete for a spot a CB.  DB Josh Furman has good size and speed while being a hard hitting in the box safety; he will compete for spot a safety. Grade: B

LionsThe Lions traded back to select the top pure guard in the draft in OG Laken Tomlinson, out of Duke, he has solid size and has the strength to hold is position against the DTs in the league and finish blocks, he should be another day 1 starter. RB Ameer Abdullah, out of Nebraska, is a short compact back with the ability to catch out of the backfield and break long runs; he was picked to help replace Reggie Bush. CB Alex Carter, out of Stanford, is a big corner with good size and coverage skills, but he needs to continue to get better and polish his game. DT Gabe Wright, out of Auburn, is a solid run stopper and developing high motor pass rusher; he will take over for Nick Fairley who left via free agency. FB Michael Burton is a solid pass catcher and good blocker he will also play some H-back. CB Quandre Diggs is a tough CB with good awareness who could develop into a solid nickel back who can also play some outside in the right scheme. OT Corey Robinson will provide depth at RT as a run blocker who could use some polish to his game. Grade: C+

PackersThe Packers had a surprise pick in the draft selecting FS Damarious Randall, out of Arizona State, in the 1st round. Randall is considered the best cover FS in the draft and he is a solid tackler who can make plays sideline to sideline, but he must continue to add bulk and could be asked to move down to nickel CB; Packers love prospects that can play both CB and safety. CB Quinten Rollins, out of Miami (Ohio), is a former college basketball player, who is a raw after playing only 1yr of college football at CB, but he showed a knack for picking off the ball and he has a good speed and athleticism; some scouts think his skill set might fit better at FS.  WR Ty Montgomery, out of Stanford, is an athletic prospect with good size who is good in space and in the return game, but didn’t live up to his potential and has injury concerns; he could be a playmaker in the Packers offense if used correctly. OLB/ILB Jake Ryan, out of Michigan, is a solid tackler with decent speed and good quickness who can make plays from sideline to sideline; he seems to be a better fit inside and should take over a starting spot in the LB core.  QB Brett Hundley is a solid prospect who was the #3 overall QB in the draft in my opinion; falling to the 5th round is great value for a QB that would have went 1st round a year ago. Hundley can polish his skills behind a certified starter and give the Packers a solid backup. FB Aaron Ripkowski is tough blocker, who looks for contact and has experience at TE, but he is not a much of a pass catcher; he will fight for the starting job, but should provide depth worst case. DE Christian Ringo has good size, but lacks ideal height, he has good speed and makes plays; he will be part of the D-line rotation and could see time as the long snapper. TE Kennard Backman is more of a H-back who has good hands and can catch in traffic, but he lacks blocking skills, doesn’t get much separation, and he could put on some more bulk; he will have to work for a roster spot. Grade: B-


TexansWith their 1st pick, the Texans select CB Kevin Johnson, out of Wake Forest, is a solid prospect with good size and speed, he also has good fundamental and is a good fit in any scheme, but he does have questions about his durability and he needs to add some bulk. ILB Bernardrick McKinney has great size and tackling ability he is the huge run stopping LB you want in the middle, but he needs to continue to work on his coverage skills and polish his game. WR Jaelen Strong is a solid prospect who has 1st round potential, but a late injury caused him to fall in the draft. Strong has good size and strength with good leaping ability; he doesn’t mind blocking or going across the middle making him a perfect replacement for Andre Johnson. WR Keith Mumphery is a nice possession wide receiver who doesn’t mind making the tough catches across the middle, plays with physicality, and he is a good run blocker, but he doesn’t create much separation and is not very athletic. OLB Reshard Cliett has solid size, speed, and strength making him a potential 3-down LB, but he must continue to polish his game. DT Christian Covington has solid strength and the burst to collapse the pocket, but he must continue to work on his pass rush techniques and his durability is a concern; he should provide depth at NT or man the under tackle spot in a 4 man front. RB Kenny Hilliard is an inside runner who is a patient north-south runner, but he doesn’t run with as much power as he should and is not very fast; he needs to get in better shape and could make the team as a goal line back. Grade: A

ColtsThe Colts surprised a lot of people by taking WR Phillip Dorsett, out of Miami, he is an explosive player who knows how to get open for the deep ball or using his speed to get behind the defense; however, he must get better at his route running and durability is a concern. CB D’Joun Smith, out of Florida Atlantic, is a solid fit for the cover 2 scheme with his speed, cover skills, and ability to help in run support, but he is undersized and would not excel in press coverage; he should be able to compete for the nickel CB job from day 1. DE Henry Anderson is a huge prospect with a high motor and the ability to play anywhere on the D-line, but he needs to add more bulk and continue to polish his game; he will best fit as a rotational DE. SS Clayton Geathers, is an in the box safety with good size who likes laying down the big hit and teams like his potential to cover TEs in the league, but his must continue to polish his game and work on tackling in space and coverage. NT David Parry is a tough hard-nosed player who came to college as a walk-on, he has good size and came disrupt plays up the middle mostly in the run game, but his height is a limitation against bigger guards and centers. RB Josh Robinson is a short compact back who can pound the ball and catch out of the backfield, but he is not the fastest; could be useful if used correctly.  ILB Amario Herrera is a solid prospect who can get after the quarterback and drop back in coverage, he should be able to make the team, but he is undersized and struggles with big RBs and needs to polish his game. OT Denzelle Good is a huge run blocking tackle, but he must polish his game if he wants to make the roster. Grade: C

JagsThe Jags picked OLB/DE Dante Fowler Jr., out of Florida, who can do it all and has the athleticism to be moved all over the field, he should be a key piece in this defense going forward as the top pass rusher; he tore his ACL and he is out for the season. RB T.J. Yeldon, out of Alabama, is a solid power back who can carry the load and push the chains, but his speed and durability questions slid him out of the 1st round; he could work his way into a starting spot. OG A.J. Cann, out of South Carolina, was considered one of the best O-lineman at OG or C and that versatility helps on a team that could use an upgrade at both spots; he should be a starter immediately. SS James Sample, out of Louisville, is a solid box safety who can only get better as he is raw, but fits the system. WR Rashad Greene is a prospect with good hands and the ability to make plays in the clutch as he was the go to guy in college; he will compete for time at the slot position and as a returner. DT Michael Bennett is a prospect that most scouts had a late 1st to 2nd round grade on, but there are questions about his motor and consistency. Bennett has all the traits to be a starting lineman at DE or DT and he knows how to get after the quarterback, he will have to earn his time through rotational play. WR Neal Sterling is a big prospect who is a TE/WR prospect and will try to compete for a roster spot. TE Ben Koyack is a big TE with the ability to make plays in traffic, but he will have to compete for his spot. Grade: A

ChiefsThe Chiefs are in a division of passers with Manning, Rivers, and Carr, so just like most teams they decided to add more help in the secondary adding CB Marcus Peters, out of Washington. Peters has good size and was considered the #2 CB talent-wise with his aggressive play, ability to hit, and press coverage, but he does have off the field concerns. OG Mitch Morse, out of Missouri, comes in as a tough former OT who plays with good awareness and intelligence, but lacks the arm length and athleticism to be a OT in the league; he will compete for the open job at center from Day 1 and he is the favorite to win it. WR Chris Conley, out of Georgia, is a fast prospect with good size, who knows how to get open for the deep ball and crossing routes, but he needs to work on his route running and consistency; he could develop into a solid slot WR with good size. CB Steven Nelson, out of Oregon State, is a tough, press corner who plays hard on every down and even helps in run support, but he needs to work on his technique and continue to get better; he should compete for a spot as the nickel corner. ILB Ramik Wilson is a tackling machine, who can be inconsistent in his play, but he has the ability to stop the run and can also provide a pass rush; scouts question his ability to cover, so he should provide depth inside and outside while he gets better. OLB D.J. Alexander is a fast LB with good athleticism who will provide depth and contribute on special teams while he continues to get better, but he does have injury concerns. TE James O’Shaughnessy is a solid pass catching TE, who can stretch the field and go up and get it, but he needs to add more bulk and continue to improve his blocking; he should find time in 2 TE sets as a pass catcher. DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches is a pass rusher with good size, who plays with a high motor, but he must continue to get stronger and get better; he should provide depth at NT behind Dontari Poe. WR Da’Ron Brown is a prospect with solid hands and good size, but he is not very fast; he should be able to earn a roster spot. Grade: B


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