Ell’s NFL Draft Grades 2015 Part 4

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June 16, 2015 by Ell and Mike Sports

Ell’s NFL Draft Grades 2015

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SteelersThe Steelers have needed to add more of a pass rush and luckily one of the best pass rushers in the draft fell to them in, OLB/DE Bud Dupree out of Kentucky. Dupree shot up most teams ‘draft boards after a solid combine showing his athleticism, he is a good pass rusher who can still improve and a good run stopper; however he needs to polish his game and continue to get better. CB Senquez Golson, out of Mississippi, is considered one of the top zone cover CBs he is small in size with good speed, but he has good cover skills and is a physical player who is a willing tackler; however, he may struggle against bigger WRs and press matchups. WR Sammie Coates, out of Auburn, is a speed WR with good size who knows how to get behind a defense and make big plays especially in big games, but he needs to work on his hands, consistency, and route running; he has 1st round potential. CB Doran Grant, out of Ohio State, is another zone corner with good speed and strength, who is good using his hands to press at the line, but he needs to improve in his coverage skills, mostly footwork; he could be a good fit as the nickel CB. TE Jesse James, out of Penn State, is a huge prospect with good strength and speed, he has the ability to get open and make plays; however he is still raw and needs to continue to get stronger and polish his game. DT Leterrius Walton is a huge prospect, who is a converted O-lineman, good run stopper, and solid athlete, but he needs to continue to learn his position and work on his fundamentals; he will provide depth at NT for now. DE Anthony Chickillo is an athletic run stopper with good handwork who played DE and DT, but may be able to play OLB too; however, he needs to get better as a pass rusher and add more bulk to his frame if he wants to be a starter. FS Gerod Holliman is a playmaking coverage safety with good instincts and awareness; however, he has limited experience, speed, and needs help with his fundamentals, mostly tackling. Grade: B+

ChargersThe Chargers have needed a RB to carry the load for a while to take the ease off QB Philip Rivers and they have found one in RB Melvin Gordon, out of Wisconsin. Gordon is a tough back who can run both inside and outside with both strength and power proving that he can be a workhorse back, however he needs to be more patient at times, improve his catching, and avoid turnovers; he will not play much on 3rd downs anyway. ILB Denzel Perryman, out of Miami, is a short, stocky LB who is very effective at stopping the run and laying the big hit, but he needs to improve in coverage and make plays in space. However, Perryman will play the thumper role with his toughness to take on O-lineman and do the dirty work. CB Craig Mager, out of Texas State, four year starter with good run stopping ability, size, speed, and jumping ability, however he is raw and needs to polish his game, but he has all the tools to be a press corner. OLB Kyle Emanuel is a small school prospect, who plays with good strength and knows how to get after the QB, he will be a pass rush specialist, but he must prove that he can take on better competition. DT Darius Philon is a pure inside pass rusher, but he is a redshirt sophomore coming out so he still has room to grow as a player and become a NT. Grade: B


49ersThe 49ers needed to refill with young talent after losing talent old and young to retirement and free agency, especially on the D-line making DT/DE Arik Armstead, out of Oregon, the pick many people thought was coming. Armstead is huge athlete who can continue to add strength and weight to his frame. He has good pass rushing potential and the strength to be a factor against the run as teams will have to try to block him, but he is a raw prospect with a lot of room to grow. SS Jaquiski Tartt, out of Samford, is a solid tackling prospect with good size, who plays with a high motor and plays aggressively, but he needs to improve in coverage; he has the potential to be a good in the box safety. OLB Eli Harold, out of Virginia, is a solid pass rushing prospect who has experience at OLB and DE. Harold had originally shot up boards as a possible 1st round pick, but he must continue to add strength and learn how to be a complete pass rusher/OLB. TE Blake Bell, out of Oklahoma, is a converted QB with good quickness, size, and hands, however he must continue to improve as a blocker and creating separation; the potential is there. RB Mike Davis, out of South Carolina, is a short, compact north and south runner who knows how to separate from defenders despite lack of speed and he has good hands; he could help replace Frank Gore. WR DeAndre Smelter is a huge, physical prospect with good hands and the ability to go up and get the ball, but he is coming of an ACL injury, needs to improve his route running, and is not very fast; he will provide depth and could be a red zone target.  P Bradley Pinion is strong legged kicker known for good distance and hang time while almost never allowing touchbacks; he also has experience as a kicker. OG Ian Silberman is a strong run blocking RT who will be converted to guard where he size and skill set fits better, but he needs to improve in his pass protection and footwork. OG Trenton Brown is a huge prospect with elite size and power causing problems as run blocker with experience at RT and OG, but he doesn’t have much bend because of his size and he has conditioning problems, but if motivated and coached he has great potential. TE Rory “Busta” Anderson is a quick prospect who can get past LBs and find ways to get open and he is also a decent run blocker, however he needs to add more strength and has injury concerns; he has the potential to be a playmaker, but must stay healthy. Grade: C+

SeahawksThe Seahawks traded their 1st round pick for talented TE Jimmy Graham. They needed to continue to add D-line depth and a pass rusher, DE Frank Clark, out of Michigan, fits the bill as a talented player who plays with strength and a high motor getting after the quarterback or making plays in the run game, however he has serious off the field issues that he needs to avoid in the future and he needs work on his fundamentals.  WR Tyler Lockett, out of Kansas State, is a speedy WR/KR with NFL pedigree, who can run good routes and finds ways to get open; however he needs to continue to add muscle and learn to break good press coverage, but he should fit in as a slot WR. OT/OG Terry Poole, out of San Diego State, is a college tackle, with good size who is a solid run blocker and decent pass blocker, but his skill set makes him a better fit as an athletic guard. OG Mark Glowinski, out of West Virginia, is a strong player who is always in the weight room and it shows in his run blocking, but he needs to get better in the pass blocking game; the potential is there. CB Tye Smith is known as a good zone corner who plays with aggressiveness and seems like a good fit in the nickel CB spot; however he needs to add more strength. DE Obum Gwacham is a huge, athletic prospect who also played on the track and high jumping teams, but he is a raw DE, who is a converted WR, who shows some skills as a pass rusher, who can play zone coverage, and chase down RBs. However, he needs to add more strength and continue to learn the position, but the potential is there if he is given the time to learn. DT Kristjan Sokoli is a very athletic player with good size who plays with a high motor, but he is still raw and should be able to play anywhere on the D-line with the right coaching. DB Ryan Murphy is a huge prospect, who probably fits best as a SS and has good playmaking skills; he will compete for a spot on the roster. Grade: B-


RamsThe Rams could have went in several directions with as they have a need for a young #1 WR, an O-lineman, and even secondary help, they surprised most people by choosing RB Todd Gurley, out of Georgia, as one of the highest selected RBs in years despite an ACL injury. Gurley is a workhorse back who can pound the rock with good speed inside or outside and catch the ball well; he should take a lot off of QB Nick Foles with his playmaking ability. OT Rob Havenstein, out of Wisconsin, is a huge prospect with good leadership skills who plays with a nasty streak, he is a solid run blocker and he is a good pass blocker against strength and power moves, however, he is too stiff to handle a good speed rush and must work on his conditioning and polish his game; he will compete for the RT job. OT Jamon Brown, out of Louisville, is a big, aggressive lineman, who is a solid run blocker with experience at both tackles spots and even OG, but he must work on his conditioning and continue to improve his pass rush; he projects best at guard, but could also compete for the RT job. QB Sean Mannion, out of Oregon, is a huge QB with good accuracy who knows how to play off a strong running game with experience in a pro style offense; however, he needs to limit his turnovers and work on releasing the ball quicker, but he will compete for the backup job behind Foles. OT Andrew Donnal, out of Iowa, is a high motor prospect with good pass blocking skills and experience at RG and RT, but he must improve his run blocking and continue to add strength; he should provide depth at both spots. is a big possession WR with good hands, who is best going across the middle or in the red WR Bud Sasser zone, but he must work on his route running and ability to get open; he has potential as a slot or 4th WR. OG Cody Wichmann is a huge lineman with good strength who can hold his own against big D-lineman and excel in the run game, but he must improve his footwork and continue to improve as a pass blocker. ILB Bryce Hager is smaller linebacker, who projects best an OLB, but he is a sideline to sideline tackler and he is good in coverage; however, he needs to do a better job stuffing the run and learn to fight off blocks. DE Martin Ifedi is a high motor D-lineman with good size who plays with good strength, intelligence, and run blocking. He can get after the QB, but his pass rushing skills are raw and he needs to continue to polish his game. Grade: B-

BucsWith the #1 pick in the draft, it was obvious that the Bucs needed a new face of the franchise which usually means QB, so they drafted QB Jameis Winston, out of Florida State. Winston is an athletic prospect with good size who played both baseball and football coming out of a pro-style offense where he can make all of the throws, however his off the field history is a concern and his decision making on the field at times (turnovers); he will have to show growth and maturity, but he has all the skills needed to be a solid player. OT Donovan Smith, out of Penn State, is a huge running blocking prospect who plays with good strength, but he struggles in pass protection, especially against fast pass rushers; he could move to RT or inside to guard. C Ali Marpet, out of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, is a solid lineman who played OT in college, shined at OG at the senior ball, but seems to fit best at C in the NFL or maybe OG. Marpet has the skills and athleticism to eventually be a starter, but he must add more strength and adjust to the increase in competition after coming out of a D-III school. OLB Kwon Alexander, out of LSU, is a fast LB who shows pass rush skills and is a tackling machine from sideline to sideline, however he is undersized and needs to add muscle and continue to work on his game; he will be a special teams hitter and provide depth for now. WR Kenny Bell is a deep ball prospect with good acceleration, leaping ability, and reliable hands; however he needs to get stronger to get away from press coverage and clean up his route running. WR Kaelin Clay is a smaller WR who is good in space or going for the deep ball, but his real value is as a punt and kick returner; he is a solid punt returner. RB/FB Joey Iosefa is a big RB with good strength, who can only run up the middle and loves taking on contact, he is a good blocker and he can catch; however, he is not fast and not very athletic and may need to move to FB. Grade: B


TitansThe Titans came into the draft with a lot of needs, but the biggest was a new face of the franchise, which typically means QB, making QB Marcus Mariota, out of Oregon, the pick. Mariota is a superb athlete with a good arm who can extend plays and make plays with his feet, however coming out of a spread offense, he must learn to play under center and make pre-snap reads and adjustments; the potential is there. Surprisingly, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, out of Missouri/Oklahoma, fell to the 2nd round, but he is a huge WR with big play potential, speed, and power; however, he needs to shake off the rust of not playing in a game in a while and he must prove that he has matured while continuing to polish his game. OT/OG Jeremiah Poutassi, out of Utah, is a huge prospect with experience at both tackle positions, good footwork, and solid run blocking skills, but he needs to improve his overall technique and continue to improve as a pass blocker; he may be best used as a guard or run mauling RT. DT Angelo Blackson, out of Auburn, is a big prospect who can fight through double teams and really stop the run, but he has shown flashes of a using his strength to get to the QB; scouts think he should continue to get bigger and become a run stopping NT. FB/RB Jalston Fowler, out of Alabama, is a FB with good size who can catch out of the backfield, fight for tough yards, and contribute on special teams. RB David Cobb is a power runner with good size who can hit the hole with force and get yards after contact, however he is not much of a receiver or blocker, and he doesn’t have the speed to bounce outside. OLB Deiontrez Mount is a versatile defender with experience playing OLB, DE, and ILB and good defense awareness; however, he needs to improve in coverage and continue to add strength, as he will be playing OLB in the league. C Andy Gallik is a strong blocker, who plays with a mean streak that coaches love, and he is a power run blocker who can also protect against stronger defenders; however, he needs to improve his technique and could add some bulk to his frame, but the potential is there. WR Tre McBride is a small school prospect with good size, hands, and improved route running, but he must prove that he can create separation; he is also a kick returner and will have to fight for a roster spot. Grade: B-

RedskinsThe Redskins shocked some people with their 1st choice, but it was definitely a position of need selecting OT/OG Brandon Scherff, out of Iowa. Scherff was the best lineman on the board as he played LT in college, but most scouts believe he could be a pro bowl OG; however the point is he will fill in somewhere. Scherff will most likely play RT for the Redskins and has all the skills to excel in the pass blocking game and dominate the run game with good strength, size, and footwork. DE/OLB Preston Smith, out of Mississippi State, is a huge prospect with good size and athleticism who can play all over the D-line and play in space, while holding his own against the run and showing flashes as a pass rusher. The Redskins plan to use Smith at OLB as he has shown the ability to play in space, but the potential is there for him to be something special.  RB Matt Jones, out of Florida, is a huge back with the ability to make power runs, provide solid blocking, and even catch out of the backfield, however he must show better patience allowing the blocks to set up and improve his vision and he likes to find contact; he will be a nice backup for Alfred Morris. WR Jamison Crowder, out of Duke, is very small athlete, but he has good hands, route running, speed, and the ability to make plays in space, however he needs to work against press coverage; he is a solid punt returner and should compete for a time there also. OG Arie Kouandjio is a prospect with good size who can give solid run blocking, especially on the 2nd level, but he needs improvement on his pass blocking, as he struggles, with the blitz and legitimate pass rushers; he will provide depth and could eventually contend for a spot inside. OLB Martrell Spaight is a physical LB with decent size, who typically plays on the weak side, providing good run stopping and the ability to play man coverage, but he needs to improve his ability to make plays in space and make impact plays; he is a solid tackler who should provide depth. SS Kyshoen Jarrett is a short, compact safety with a high motor who plays best in the box or covering TEs providing good physicality, run stopping ability, and blitzing; however, he needs to improve in coverage especially against the deep ball, but he has potential. CB Tevin Mitchel is a big cover corner who plays with good quickness; he will compete for a spot as the 3rd or 4th CB. WR Evan Spencer is a big prospect, who comes from a football family, with family in coaching and scouting departments, but he is an aggressive run blocker with reliable hands who finds a way to get open; however, he is raw and not very fast, but he must prove that he can eventually be a solid possession WR. C Austin Reiter has all the skills to play OG or C, but his raw and will need to polish his game as he fights for a roster spot, but he plays a position of need and could make the roster. Grade: B+

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