June 4, 2016 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NFL Draft Grades #7
Stanley was a much needed pick with Kelechi Osemele leaving via free agency and a long term replacement needed for LT Eugene Monroe. Correa should learn a lot behind Suggs and Dumervil. Kaufusi, Judon, and Henry add much needed depth on a once deep D-line; they could find their way into meaningful snaps. Young is a small, physical CB who fits the Ravens mold, but is he too small? Moore continues the theme of deep threats with good size; he should fight for snaps eventually. Lewis should provide depth on an O-line in need. Dixon is a sleeper who could fight his way into big carries. Reynolds will find a way to make it on the field, while Canady will have to fight for a roster spot.
With the top 3 prospects off the board, the Ravens had the mystery pick at #6 to go in any direction, but the Ravens select T Ronnie Stanley, out of ND. Stanley is an athletic tackle with good footwork and size with experience playing both tackle spots, but he needs to improve against stronger defenders and improve his pass blocking. In the 2nd round, the Ravens select DE/OLB Kamalei Correa, out of Boise State, a pass rushing LB with a high motor and good size to move to OLB, but he needs to improve his technique and awareness. In the 3rd round, the Ravens select DE Bronson Kaufusi, out of BYU, a huge prospect with good run stopping ability, a high motor, and improving pass rushing ability, but he needs to improve his technique; he is the son of a coach. In the 4th round, the Ravens select CB Tavon Young, out of Temple, WR Chris Moore, out of Cincinnati, T Alex Lewis, out of Nebraska, DT Willie Henry, out of Michigan and RB Kenneth Dixon, out of Louisiana Tech. Young is an undersized CB with good ball skills who knows how to make plays, but he is limited because of his size and he needs to improve his technique. Chris Moore is a deep threat receiver who knows how to get open, but he needs to improve against press coverage and improve his drops. Lewis is a pass blocking lineman with experience at
Guard and Tackle who plays with good toughness, but he needs to improve his technique and his footwork. Henry is a strong, athletic pass rushing D-lineman, who can play DT or DE, but he needs to improve his technique and continue to polish his game, but he has the tools. Dixon is a back with a punishing running style with the ability to finish runs after contact, but he needs to show that he can stay healthy and he needs to protect the ball. In the 5th round, the Ravens select DE Melvin Judon, out of Grand Valley State, a pass rusher with good size, strength, and athleticism who must prove that he can play against better competition and that he can stay healthy. In the 6th round, the Ravens select QB Keenan Reynolds, out of Navy, and CB Maurice Canady, out of Virginia. Reynolds will convert to RB/WR as an offensive playmaker; he was a running college QB and will need to earn a role as a returner. Canady is a big CB with good size and speed, but teams question his toughness and lack of big plays.
Floyd is the pass rusher that the Bears have been hoping to add to fit the Aldon Smith role in DC Vic Fangio’s defense, but he must prove that he can be more than a one trick pony. Whitehair should be a welcome addition to a weak O-line and he should compete for a starting job immediately. Bullard could excel as a 3-4 DE, instead of an undersized DT; he should be in the rotation. Kwiatkowski, Bush, Hall, Houston-Cason, and Braverman will provide depth at need positions and mostly contribute on special teams. Howard will compete for carries in a backfield trying to replace vet RB Matt Forte.
In the 1st round, the Bears shocked fans by trading up for pass rusher OLB Leonard Floyd, out of Georgia. Floyd has led Georgia in sacks the last 3 years and he has good NFL size, quickness, and athleticism to get after the QB; however, he needs to polish his coverage and run stopping if he hopes to be more than a sack artist. In the 2nd round, the Bears select G Cody Whitehair, out of Kansas State, who was considered the top guard in the draft. Whitehair is a hard-working, tough lineman with a high motor with experience all over the line, but his size and strength limits him to guard; however, he should be a solid player competing for a starting spot. In the 3rd round, the Bears select DT/DE Josh Bullard, out of Florida, an athletic, pass rushing D-lineman who plays with good technique, but he needs to get bigger and do a better job against double teams. In the 4th round, the Bears select ILB Nick Kwiatkowski, out of West Virginia, S Deon Bush, out of Miami, and CB Deiondre’ Hall, out of Northern Iowa. Kwiatkowski is a tough, tackling machine who led WV in tackles the last 3 years and a good coverage LB as a former safety, but he needs to get bigger and he is not very fast; he will provide depth and play special teams. Bush is a hard hitting in the box safety that forces fumbles and has the ability to blitz, but he needs to improve his coverage and awareness. Hall is a big CB/S with long arms and good tackling ability, but he is a press CB who needs to improve his technique and he is not very fast. In the 5th round, the Bears select RB Jordan Howard, out of Indiana, a big back with good vision and inside running ability, but he has been injured and he is more quick than fast. In the 6th round, FS DeAndre Houston-Cason, out of William & Mary, is a big DB who moved from CB to S after injury, but he is a solid hitter and plays with good coverage and the ability to return INT for TD’s; however, he needs to polish his skills, prove he can handle better competition, and add more bulk, but he will earn a spot as a special teams gunner. In the 7th round, WR Daniel Braverman, out Western Michigan, is a small WR with good speed who knows how to get open with good route running, but his size is a concern; he may contribute as a punt returner.
Treadwell is the type of #1 WR the Vikings needed with all of the speed guys they have on the roster. Alexander fits the type HC Mike Zimmer likes, as a small physical CB, he could learn a lot from and replace veteran Terrance Newman. Beavers will provide depth at tackle and maybe guard, for a team that suffered injuries all over the line, until he is ready to take a starting spot. Brothers, Weatherly, and Kearse should improve the special teams and provide depth at multiple positions. Boehringer will continue to polish his game and Morgan should find a way on the field.
In the 1st round, it was no surprise as the Vikings select WR Laquon Treadwell, out of Ole Miss. Treadwell is a prototypical #1 WR who plays with good strength, catching ability, and run blocking skills as a solid possession WR, but he is not very fast which caused him to fall in the draft. In the 2nd round, the Vikings may have gotten a steal in CB Mackenzie Alexander, out of Clemson. Alexander is a small, but physical and tough CB who plays with a lot of confidence; he excels in man to man press coverage, however due to his size he is viewed more as a nickel CB which caused him to drop. In the 4th round, the Vikings selected T Willie Beavers, out of Western Michigan, a huge, athletic lineman who plays with good strength and aggressiveness, but he needs work on his technique. In the 5th round, the Vikings pick LB Kentrell Brothers, out of Missouri, is hard-hitting, tackling machine with good coverage skills and awareness, but he is undersized and not very fast; he may be able to make an impact on special teams. In the 6th round, the Vikings pick WR Moritz Boehringer, out of Germany, and TE David Morgan, out of Texas -San Antonio. Boehringer is a huge WR with good speed who played in the Germany Football League, but he must show that he can play against better competition. Morgan is a sure handed, pass catching TE with FB experience, but he is not very fast and may be more of a FB, but he needs to improve his blocking as a TE. In the 7th round, the Vikings select OLB Stephen Weatherly, out of Vanderbilt, and S Jayron Kearse, out of Clemson. Weatherly is a big DE/OLB with good speed, run stopping ability and improving pass rush ability up the middle, but he needs to improve his technique. Kearse is a tall, athletic former WR with good awareness who can play deep coverage, but needs to get stronger and prove that he can make more plays.
The Eagles did a good job in the 1st trade of dumping last year’s free agency mistakes while moving up in the 1st round, but gave up a lot in the 2nd trade for the #2 pick to select a QB, a position they paid heavily on in free agency; Wentz has to be the franchise guy. Seumalo and Vaitai are versatile lineman who should find a way to help, with Seumalo competing for a starting job inside. Smallwood should provide depth and could be a possible replacement for vet Darren Sproles. Countess and Mills should provide depth in a changed secondary. McCalister and Walker should help on special teams worst case while providing depth at positions lacking depth.
The Eagles made two big trades, but end up with the #2 pick in the draft that they use to select QB Carson Wentz, out of North Dakota State. Wentz is a big, athletic strong armed QB who shot up many teams’ draft boards, as a top 2 prospect. Wentz has all the tools to be successful, but he has a learning curve after coming out of North Dakota State. In the 3rd round, the Eagles select G Isaac Seumalo, out of Oregon State, a versatile lineman with experience at every position and a football pedigree, but he needs to get stronger and avoid injuries; he best fits inside at center or guard. In the 5th round, the Eagles selected RB Wendell Smallwood, out of West Virginia, and OT Halapoulivatti Vaitai, out of TCU. Smallwood is a productive back with good hands and the ability to pound away at a team with good speed, but he is not very explosive and needs to get bigger; he fits as a 3rd down back. Vaitai is a huge lineman with experience at both tackle spots and the ability to pass and run block effectively, but he needs help with his footwork and may be limited to RT or Guard in the league. In the 6th round, the Eagles select CB Blake Countess, out of Auburn, a small CB with good speed and coverage ability and experience at CB and Safety, but his size limits him to a nickel CB and he needs to show he can cover big WR’s and help against the run. In the 7th round, the Eagles select FS Jalen Mills, out of LSU, DE Alex McCalister, out of Florida, and ILB Joe Walker, out of Oregon. Mills is a DB with experience at CB and Safety, but seems to fit better as a CB. He has a good size and speed, but needs to improve against deep threats and improve his tackling ability; he needs to prove he can stay healthy and stay out of trouble off the field. McCalister is a raw pass rusher with good athleticism and all the tools, but he needs to get bigger, improve his awareness and technique, and stay out of trouble. Walker is a player, who benefited from a good pro day, but he is a tackling machine with the ability to cover; he needs to get stronger and may be too small to play inside.