May 21, 2016 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Draft Grades #6
The Bengals may have found a #1 CB in Jackson and may have taken a player the rival Steelers wanted. Boyd should be a solid replacement for WR Mohammed Sanu. Vigil should provide depth to an already solid LB core that will be without Burfict for a while. Billings is a solid find with 2nd round talent who fell in the draft, but he should be used best with the Bengals in a rotation. Westerman will challenge for a starting job at center or provide interior depth. Core and Fejedelem need to make a mark on special teams to make the team.
In the 1st round, the Bengals selected CB William Jackson III, out of Houston, a big, press CB with good size, speed, and cover skills, but he must continue to polish his skills and get stronger; Jackson has all the skills to be a #1 CB. In the 2nd round, the Bengals select WR Tyler Boyd, out of Pittsburgh, a physical possession WR with reliable hands, return ability, and decent speed; he should make be a solid #2 WR. In the 3rd round Bengals select, ILB Nick Vigil, out of Utah State, is a tackling machine with decent size (he may move to OLB), good coverage, and he plays with good instincts; he needs to get stronger and work on his technique. In the 4th round, the Bengals may have gotten a steal in DT Andrew Billings, out of Baylor, a short, but very strong player with a weightlifting background allowing him to cause problems up the middle. Billings should join the rotation keeping him fresh, but he needs to polish his pass rushing skills and mature as he is only 21. In the 5th round, G Christian Westerman, out of Arizona State, is an athletic lineman with solid technique, and his father played at the same school same position giving him good pedigree, but he needs to improve his play versus strong interior defenders; he may have to move to center, a position of need for the Bengals. In the 6th round, WR Cody Core, out of Mississippi, is a hardworking athletic WR who knows how to get open and go up and get the ball, he is a willing blocker and has shown the ability to cover on special teams, but he needs to improve his hands and route running. In the 7th round, S Clayton Fejedelem, out of Illinois, is a tackling machine who likes playing in the box, but he needs to improve his coverage.
Decker is not the LT the Lions hoped for, but could potentially be; however he will upgrade the RT position. Robinson frees up Ngata from the middle and gives the defense a legit Nose Tackle to take up space. Gasglow and Dahl should help shake up a weak interior line. Killebrew will get a lot of chances to take the starting SS job. Zettel should find a way on the field or provide depth and Landes is taking over the long snapper job; the other prospects will provide depth or fight for a spot, as raw prospects.
In the 1st round, the Lions select T Taylor Decker, out of Ohio State, a strong leader on the field with good athleticism and run blocking skills, but his physical limitation may limit him to RT. In the 2nd round, the Lions may have gotten a steal in DT A’Shawn Robinson, out of Alabama, a big run stopping nose tackle who fell because of his limited pass rushing ability, but he should be a solid nose tackle. In the 3rd round, Lions select C Graham Gasglow, out of Michigan, a huge lineman with good strength with experience playing all over the interior line; Gasglow will provide depth at guard and center, while getting a chance to compete for the starting job will he polishes his skills. In the 4th round, the Lions select SS Miles Killebrew, out of Southern Utah, a hard hitting safety with good size, like an undersized LB, but he must improve his awareness and coverage. In the 5th round, the Lions select G Joe Dahl, out Washington State, and LB Antwoine Williams, out of Georgia Southern. Dahl is a versatile lineman with experience at guard and tackle, as a solid run blocker and good pass blocker, but he needs to work on his technique. Williams is a sideline to sideline hard hitter with good size and athletic ability, but he needs to polish his skills and adapt to better talent. In the 6th round the Lions select, QB Jake Rudock, out of Michigan, DT Anthony Zettel, out of Penn State, LS Jimmy Landes, out of Baylor, and in the 7th round RB Dwayne Washington, out Washington. Rudock is a QB with good size and accuracy who caught on late under Coach John Harbaugh; he is a project by NFL standards, but has tools. Zettel is a undersized DT with experience playing inside and outside and probably fits best as 3-4 DE; Zettel is a playmaker with a high motor who should find a spot on a defense in need. Landes is a two sport (baseball) two year long snapper with good accuracy, but low coverage skills. Washington is a big back with good size and speed, but he needs to show he can stay healthy and avoid fumbles to earn a spot.
Ifedi brings much needed help to the O-line and should be a solid power run blocking guard and emergency RT. Jarran Reed should be a steal and solid replacement for run stuffing DT Brandon Mebane. Prosise should be a solid special teamer and 3rd down back and Collins should get some carries on early downs, both helping replace Marshawn Lynch. Odhiambo should challenge for a starting job at guard or provide depth at guard and RT. Jefferson should add to the D-line rotation which has loss some bodies. Hunt should provide depth inside, if he makes the team, Lawler should add something different to the receiving core, and Brooks needs to impress or get cut.
In the 1st round, the Seahawks select T Germain Ifedi, out of Texas A&M, is a huge lineman who is a solid run blocker and may be best fit as a guard, however he must improve his pass blocking and pass blocking technique; he will be a day 1 starter for a team in need. In the 2nd round, the Seahawks may have gotten a steal in DT Jarran Reed, out of Alabama, is a huge D-lineman who is the perfect nose tackle as a space eater and solid run blocker; he was considered a top 15 pick, but his limited pass rush skills caused him to drop. In the 3rd round the Seahawks selected, RB C.J. Prosise, out of ND, TE Nick Vannett, out of Ohio State, and G Rees Odhiambo, out of Boise State. Prosise is an athletic player, who has converted from safety to wide receiver to running back, but he has good size, speed, playmaking ability, and hands while also contributing on special teams (returns and coverage); however, he is still raw at the RB position and needs to improve his blocking and turnovers, but he is a matchup nightmare as a pass catcher. Vannett is the 2nd rated TE in the draft, with good size, quickness, and hands; he is a solid TE you can move around, but he needs to improve his blocking. Odhiambo is another tough lineman for the Seahawks, with experience at guard and tackle, but he needs to prove that he can stay healthy and polish his technique. In the 5th round, the Seahawks select DT Quinton Jefferson, out of Maryland, and RB Alex Collins, out of Arkansas. Jefferson is an athletic lineman with good maturity who knows how to get after the QB and draw attention with a quick burst, but he needs to get stronger and prove that he can stay healthy. Collins was considered the 3rd or 4th best back on most boards with 2nd round talent, he is a power back with good vision and patience with a knack for scoring, but he needs to avoid turnovers and avoid his pass protection. In the 6th round, C Joey Hunt, out of TCU, is an undersized lineman with good toughness, technique, and footwork, but he may struggle against big nose tackles. In the 7th round, Seahawks take WR Kenny Lawler, out of Cal, and RB Zac Brooks, out of Clemson. Lawler is a possession WR with the ability to snatch the ball out the air and a knack for getting in the end zone; however, he needs to add strength and clean up his route running. Brooks has good size and speed, but not much production and has been injured.
The Titans have the picks to continue to improve over the next few seasons after trading down. Conklin will take over the RT job immediately with Tretola competing for a spot at guard to improve the run game. Derrick Henry is a solid addition to improve the power run game and has the chance to take the starting job, before the season is over. Byard and Sims are add depth and toughness to a weak secondary with a chance for reps. Sharpe provides WR depth with a chance to jump a few spots on the depth chart. Wallace and Reed are two good athletes who could provide depth.
The Titans pulled off a big blockbuster trade to trade down from #1 pick, collecting many picks to load up their roster. In the 1st round, the Titans selected T Jack Conklin, out of Michigan State. Conklin is a tough, physical O-lineman with great power run blocking skills, but he needs to improve versus speed rusher; Conklin will play RT for the Titans making him a great addition to improve the run game. In the 2nd round, the Titans may have gotten a steal in DE Kevin Dodd, out of Clemson, a physical lineman with good size and run stopping ability, he an improving pass rusher and should only get better; his lack of pure pass rush skills may have caused a drop out of the 1st round like many other D-lineman. The Titans also select DT Austin Johnson, out of Penn State, and RB Derrick Henry, out of Alabama. Johnson is a huge, nose tackle who specializes in taking up space drawing double teams with his high motor while stopping the run, but he offers no pass rush and needs to improve his technique. Henry is a huge, RB with good quickness, as a true workhorse back, but is Henry too big at 6’3 247lbs? Henry is the type of back you must continue to pound with to get maximum results, but he could be good in the red zone and closing out games. In the 3rd round, S Kevin Byard, out of Middle Tenn. State, is a safety with good size and speed with a nose for the ball and good run stopping skills, but he needs to improve his technique and show that he can play against better competition. In the 5th round, the Titans select WR Tajae Sharpe, out of Massachusetts, and CB LeShaun Sims, out of Southern Utah. Sharpe is a tall, but skinny wide that runs good routes and makes plays after the catch; however, he needs to get stronger and do a better job of shaking press coverage. Sims is a tall, fast physical CB with good press cover skills and footwork, but he needs to improve his technique and show that he can handle better competition. In the 6th round, G Sebastian Tretola, out of Arkansas, is a huge, power run blocking lineman with good strength allowing him to overpower defenders or move them using solid handwork; however, he needs to improve against the pass and improve his technique. In the 7th round, Titans take OLB Aaron Wallace, out of UCLA, and CB Kalan Reed, out of Southern Miss. Wallace is the son of a former NFL player and an athletic pass rusher with good pass rush technique and quickness, but he needs to improve his awareness and he is only a one year starter after dealing with injuries. Reed is a corner with good size, speed, and ball skills with the athleticism to run interceptions back; however, he is quicker than fast and needs to improve his awareness.