2015 NFL Draft: Second Round Analysis

    2015 NFL Draft: Second Round Analysis: Breaking down and analyzing every second round pick

    May 1, 2015

    33. NY Giants from Tennessee

    SS Landon Collins, Alabama 6-0, 228
    – A terrific hitter and Alabama’s top tackler last season, Collins can hit like a mini-linebacker, but he can also run. He’s a true strong safety, but he proved throughout the offseason workouts that the raw speed is there, too. He can close in on a ball-carrier in a hurry, and he can bring the big pop when he gets there.
    – While he’s not an elite playmaker when the ball is in the air, that’s not really his game. He’s a thumper who works best on first down and against the run, but he might need to be in a secondary full of ball hawks. Don’t expect big interception numbers, even though he came up with three last season and was fine in pass coverage.
    Yes or No?: There won’t be anything flashy about what he does at the next level, but he should be able to hang around for a long time as a leader and star for someone’s secondary. He’s the best safety prospect in the draft, and it might not even be close.
    Round Value: First Round

    Analysis: The Giants HAD to go after a safety – desperately – and they didn’t mess around. Collins is easily the best true safety in the draft and the best thumper of a run stopper. Need pick, value pick – it worked out well with the trade up.

    34. Tampa Bay

    OT Donovan Smith, Penn State 6-6, 338
    – Did his pro day help the cause? Considering athleticism and agility are the concerns, running under a 5.0 40 helped in a big way. He has enough power and a good enough frame to potentially start out at right tackle, or at least be given a long, long look there.
    – He’s going to end up making his money as a guard, but he’s just strong enough and just quick enough to be given a shot at right tackle. He’s hardly fluid, but he’s not lumbering, either.
    Yes or No?: The versatility is there to become a very good, very versatile option who can work in just about every system. He might not be special in any one area, but he can start and be a good cog in the system.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: The Bucs have to protect their franchise. If you’re going to bet the farm on Jameis Winston, you need big bodies to help keep him upright, and Smith is that. Considering they need help across the board on the O line, they could’ve gone after one of several good tackles on the board, but Smith can be moved around – that’s what they need. It’s a reach, but his versatility is the key.

    35. Oakland

    DE Mario Edwards, Florida State 6-3, 279
    – Part tackle, part end, Edwards is big enough to work on the inside with the speed and quickness off the ball to become a dangerous interior pass rusher – potentially. He shed some weight and can in anywhere in any style, bringing a bit of power and pop when he gets into a lather.
    – He’s a 3-4 end at the next level, but he’s not quite enough of a playmaker in the backfield to be a three-down defender. He has to be something more than just a big part of a rotation considering his talent and potential. There’s enough to his game to think that he might be scratching the surface.
    Yes or No: He might slide a bit considering no one will be 100% sure what to do with him, but at a lower weight – and keeping his power – he might turn into a dangerous run stopper with a great burst to the ball. He’s an easy risk pick to make.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: What is he? Ask five different scouts get five different answers. There are several better ends on the board, and there are several better tackles, but he can be a little bit of both. It wouldn’t have been a shocker if he went to Tampa Bay the pick before, but this is still a wee bit of a reach. Not much of one, but he’s hardly a sure thing.

    36. Jacksonville

    RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama 6-1, 226
    – While he averaged over five yards per carry, he seemed to regress a bit last year. He was fine, but he didn’t take his game to another level and didn’t improve into a special back.
    – There’s a nice blend of size, speed and pop. He’s not a blazer, but he has enough quickness and athleticism for a player of his bulk to make things happen in the open field.
    – There’s a chance he turns into a whale of a receiving back. If he gets up a head of steam with the ball in his hands on the fly, look out.
    – Fumbles, fumbles, fumbles. He has to do a far better job of hanging on to the ball and has to be far more reliable to become any sort of a workhorse back. The talent is there to be terrific, but he’s not seeing the field in key stretches if he puts the ball on the ground like he did at times in college.
    Yes or No?: There’s a lot of boom-or-bust here, but the tools and talent are intriguing enough to take the chance. With his all-around ability, he could become a phenomenal pro – as long as he hangs on to the ball.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    Analysis: Let the debate begin. There’s no arguing the pick of the desperately needed position with the 36th overall selection, is he a better option the Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson, Jay Ajayi, Ameer Abdullah and others? There were lots and lots of running back options, so this selection means that Yeldon was the target.

    37. NY Jets

    WR Devin Smith, Ohio State 6-0, 196
    – He’s not an elite receiver in terms of pass catching skills, and he’s never going to be a physical fighter, but he could be devastating in the right system with excellent speed and athleticism. He looks the part of an NFL receiver with fluid quickness and good all-around skills.
    – He fights the ball way too much. He tracks the ball well and will hit the home run, but he doesn’t suck in the passes and doesn’t have much of a catching radius. He’s not a full route-tree receiver – he’s a deep threat without truly elite raw speed, hovering around the mid-4.4s.
    Yes or No: It depends on what you want to do with him. He’s more like a No. 3 deep guy, but he could blow up the yards-per-catch average and be a difference maker in the right offense. Don’t hope for a reliable No. 1 target.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Yet another deep ball guy drafted by the Jets, will he work out? Can he really run all the routes and make Geno Smith that much better? You have an erratic quarterback paired with a receiver with questionable hands – what can go wrong?

    38. Washington

    DE/OLB Preston Smith, Mississippi State 6-5, 271
    – Few prospects have his combination of size, quickness and raw speed. Tremendous in workouts, he has everything you want in a pass rushing end in any style. He might not be smooth enough to work on the edge, but he has the quickness to get into the backfield. Can he use his bulk to hold up against the run?
    – The size is there, and he’s a good, tough defender, but does he have any explosion on the field? He might be more of an end who’s a nice piece more than a dangerous disruptive force. That has to change early on in a camp.
    Yes or No: As long as he’s not expected to stand out and be a star for a line, he could turn into a very strong, very dependable part of a rotation for any defensive front.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: The Redskins needed to go with a pass rusher and passed on the really, really good ones in the first round. He’s not going to be a top starter who dominates in the backfield on a regular basis – he’s more of a cog for the system. It’s a safe pick, and Washington probably needed to shoot bigger.

    39. Chicago

    DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State 6-4, 336
    – Very big and very quick, even at his huge weight, he looks the part with the ability to get off the ball in a hurry and the pop to attack when he gets a line on a ball-carrier. Great against the run, he’s able to engulf players with force – he’s the type who’ll swallow everything up inside.
    – Even with his athleticism, he’s not the type who’ll get behind the line on a regular basis. He could turn out to be more of a block who sits in the middle than an active 3-technique. He’ll be a force, but he won’t be a stat-sheet filler.
    Yes or No: Yes, as long as you know what you’re getting. He seems like he should be a playmaker who can get off the ball in a hurry, but that’s not him. He’s a run stopper, and he’ll do that at a high level for a long time.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: The Bears had to go defensive line, and now they have a big body for the interior of the line. Considering they didn’t grab Danny Shelton in the first round, they got a lesser version to anchor the 3-4 defense. Is he going to be quick into the backfield? Nope, but Chicago’s D won’t ask him to do that.

    40. Tennessee from NY Giants

    WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri/Oklahoma 6-6, 237
    – In theory, he’s what you want, physically, in an NFL wide receiver. With tremendous size and good enough speed, he probably would’ve been drafted out of high school, and now his body has matured even more. However, he’s not quite the freakish athlete many thought he’d be. In Indy, the 33.5” vertical was mediocre, and the broad jump and short drills were just okay. The 4.49 was a disappointment considering he was supposed to be a bit faster, and his pro day wasn’t much better.
    – He has top-20 overall pick ability and upside, and he could turn out to be the best receiver in the draft – he was better than you’d think at Missouri – but his character issues are alarming. There are way too many past issues for some teams, and he’s not known as a guy who’s going to get after it and work his craft.
    Yes or No: Buyer beware. He’ll be overdrafted on potential, and he’ll be taken before receivers who’ll produce, but the upside is enormous, and if the light goes on and he decides he wants to be special, look out.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Hate him in the first round, or just about for anyone else, love him here. Tennessee, if you’re going to be THAT team, and you’re going to go for it, go for it. Marcus Mariota, Dorial Green Beckham – these are risky picks with lots and lots of boom or lots and lots of bust, but it sure is fun. They’re not messing around when it comes to bringing the bold.

    41. Carolina from St. Louis

    TE/WR Devin Funchess, Michigan 6-4, 232
    – Here’s the problem. He’s not an NFL wide receiver, and he’s an NFL hybrid type who could be a different type of target in an offense. He’s a true tweener in terms of being a blocker, but there are enough skills to be intriguing, but his real worth is as a fighter for the ball against most corners – throw it up there and he’ll go grab it.
    – How do you take the pro day? The 4.7 40 at the combine was followed up by a 4.47 at his pro day. All of a sudden, he got a lot faster in a hurry, and the truth might be somewhere in the middle. Yes, he’s an athlete, and yes, he’s going to be a key part of an offense, but considering he’s a tight end and where he’ll be drafted, he’s more of a No. 2 tight end/H-back who’ll only be used in the passing game.
    Yes or No: If someone can figure out what to do with him, look out. He’ll be erased if he has to be the No. 1 guy, but he should blow up as a third option in a high-powered passing game.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: You don’t make a really, really bold move like Carolina to move up like it did without worrying about getting a certain position that’s getting thin very fast. In this case, it seemed like the Panthers really, really wanted Funchess. He’s the hybrid big target to go along with Kelvin Benjamin to become deadly around the red zone for Cam Newton. Yeah, he was slow at the combine. Who else was really, really slow? Benjamin.

    42. Atlanta

    CB Jalen Collins, LSU 6-1, 203
    – In just about any other year he’d be seen as the sure-thing No. 1 corner, but this just so happens to be a great class at the position. He’s the prototype with tremendous size, elite leaping ability, and outstanding quickness for a player of his body type. Give him time, and he might be something truly special.
    – But he needs time. He might have all the skills the NFL types want, but he needs time and he needs coaching. At the moment, he’d be a whale of a No. 2 cornerback on the other side of a star, but in time he needs to be the guy who erases the other team’s top target.
    Yes or No?: Faster than shifty, he’s a talent who hits well and can move, but he’s not quite a sure thing considering where he’ll be drafted. His upside is through the roof, but there’s a chance that he’s a better athletic prospect than an NFL football player.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Sort of a curious selection, the Falcons didn’t really need a corner here and could’ve used more linebacker help or gone after a tight end with Maxx Williams on the board. Even so, there’s no arguing with Collins. This is a great value selection considering he has the skills to be as good as any corner in the draft, but he might need a little seasoning.

    43. Houston from Cleveland

    LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State 6-4, 246
    – Shockingly explosive, he wasn’t smooth at the combine, but he came up with a humongous 40 ½” vertical along with a good 4.66 in the 40. He might not quite look the part of a normal NFL inside linebacker, but he makes lots and lots of plays and he’s more than strong enough to hold up in the interior. He’s a tough guy built a bit like a tweener defensive end.
    – Can he cover anyone? He’s not an outside linebacker and he might not be for everyone, but he’ll be great against the run and he could turn into a bit of a playmaker behind the line with the smarts and savvy to make big things happen from time to time.
    Yes or No: He’s a different sort of prospect, and he might not quite fit into the right stereotype of what an inside linebacker could and should be, but he’s a leader who can shine if he’s flanked by smooth, fluid athletes.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Really, really interesting. The Texans need linebackers for both inside and out, and McKinney can fit in just about anywhere. He’ll start out inside considering the concerns up the middle, but he could be yet another pass rusher to help out on the outside from time to time.

    44. New Orleans

    DE/OLB Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington 6-2, 253
    – A rough pro day might have dropped his stock down a few pegs. He plays fast and aggressive, and he’s a true fighter who mixes it up with the best of them, but the 4.9 40 and marginal leaps showed a lack of explosion and pop. He not goes from being a demon of a college playmaker to a questionable pro based on his tools – and his knee.
    – He had problems with a torn ACL throughout his career, and while he can still play, he doesn’t have the suddenness to be what teams are looking for in a draft full of dangerous pass rushers. However, based solely on his college career – including 19 sacks last season – the guy knows how to get into a backfield.
    Yes or No: Tough, tough call. How long can he hold up? Does he have the talent to overcome the lack of raw tools? The tape is magnificent, but he’s not an inside linebacker, he’s not a defensive end, and he might need to be surrounded by speed to succeed. He’s worth the risk, though. The guy knows how to play.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: The Saints need to get to the quarterback, and while Kikaha isn’t a speed rusher at an NFL level, and he’s not physical enough, but he’s a great-value pass rusher for a team that really, really needs one. He’s a pure football player, and they’re going to turn him loose and make him go after the big play.

    45. Minnesota

    ILB Eric Kendricks, UCLA 6-0, 232
    – He moves well enough to play inside or out, he’s smooth as silk, and he has shown this offseason the abilities in workouts to be exactly what’s needed for the next level. He’s not just a great football player, he’s also a terrific athlete with almost no bust potential.
    – Can he be used more as a pass rusher? He has the quickness and he has the speed to be flashier if used a wee bit differently than he was in college. He might not be built like a pass rusher, and he might not have come up with enough impact plays for a superstar linebacker, but he can and will.
    Yes or No: He’ll slide a wee bit because he’ll try to be sold as an outside linebacker in a draft full of sensational pass rushers, and while he came up with four sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss last year, that’s not his game. He’ll be terrific no matter where he plays.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: A really, really strong pick, the Vikings might have passed on several excellent receiver prospects, and there might be other areas of need, but they also needed a linebacker to thump away for the interior. Pair him next to fellow UCLA Bruin Anthony Barr, and all of a sudden the D is improving in a big way. He’s one of the best inside linebackers in the draft taken by a team that needs him – it might be a wee bit early, but not for a team that needs him.

    46. San Francisco

    SS Jaquiski Tartt, Samford 6-1, 221
    – An interesting athlete, the raw tools are way too amazing to ignore. Everyone wondered if he could bring it when working out side-by-side next to the big boys at the combine, and he ripped off a 4.53 40 and exploded through the jumps – he’s not going to be pigeon-holed as just a strong safety now.
    – Just okay in pass coverage, he’s going to make his money as a big, aggressive run stopper who’ll turn into an intimidating force. He’s not a dirty player, but he’ll have to dish out his share of fines considering his big-time hitting style.
    Yes or No?: Absolutely. There are limitations on what he’ll do when the ball is in the air, but he’ll be a fan favorite as a tough guy stat sheet filler against the run.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: Ehhhhhh, he’s a big battler who’s going to bring an attitude and some bang against the run – the 49ers need that – but his pass coverage skills aren’t there. San Francisco is taking a few big chances with Arik Armstead in the first round and Tartt here, but this pick might be better. He’ll stick and start, but it might have been a bit early.

    47. Philadelphia from Miami

    FS Eric Rowe, Utah 6-1 205
    – Is he a corner or a safety? Either way, he’ll find a spot in someone’s secondary with the right look, the right size and the right athleticism. He lit up the combine doing everything right across the board looking fast, athletic, and explosive. Versatile, he could be a tall, big corner on the other side of a No. 1 coverman, or he could be a whale of a centerfielding free safety.
    – He’s not going to be a big hitter and he’s not going to do much against the run. He’s a true tweener who’ll be a starter somewhere, somehow, but someone is going to have to try to find a fit for him.
    Yes or No?: Yes, but he has to find the right team. There’s too much athleticism and too many tools not to find him a job. He’ll be a tremendous mid-to-late round value pick – you’ll get a starter outside of the third round.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    Analysis: It had to be done. Rowe isn’t really going to pop anyone in the Eagle secondary, but he can move and he can fly around and do a slew of things. Can he work as a corner if needed? Can he be a playmaking free safety? Yes and yes. He’s being taken for his versatility more than anything else, but there are better safeties and better corners still on the board.

    48. San Diego

    ILB Denzel Perryman, Miami 5-11, 236
    – Purely an inside linebacker, he’s been too sluggish and slow in offseason workouts, and he’s not an elite athlete, but he’s the type of defender who ends up leading an NFL team in tackles. He’s a fantastic leader, he’s built like a true middle linebacker, and he’ll tackle everything while bringing a pop.
    – Strong, he came up with 27 reps on the bench at the combine, cementing himself as a nasty and tough interior force. Consider him a tone-setter who’ll take over a defense and make it his from Day One.
    Yes or No: You know what you’re getting. He’s not going to cover anyone in pass coverage, and he’s not going to turn into a pass rusher, but that’s not his game. The stats and numbers will be there, but the flash won’t – some NFL team won’t care.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: Terrific pick. Inside linebackers don’t have to go too early, but with Eric Kendricks off the board, San Diego got a guy who’ll be a triple-digit tackler who’ll be an instant leader and star. He might not have all the tools, and he might not quite look right, but he’ll hit everything. Several teams are going to look back on this draft and realize they blew it by not getting him.

    49. Kansas City

    C/OT Mitch Morse, Missouri 6-5, 305
    – He’s a raw, tough blocker who knows how to do the job at a high level. With his strength and power, he can become dangerous for the running game and could become a smashmouth hitter in the right system.
    – Can he add a little more good weight? Can he bring a little more power? He has upside as a backup at either tackle spot, but after throwing up 36 reps on the bench at Indy, and looking quick through the shorter drills, he might have moved up a few rounds.
    Yes or No?: He’ll be a very, very nice mid-round value pick who could stick. He might not quite have the look or feel of an NFL tackle, but he’s good enough to operate somewhere on a pro line.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    Analysis: It’s a reach. He’s an okay all-around blocker who’ll end up spending most of his career at center, but he has the versatility to play anywhere up front. He’ll start, and the Chiefs need a lineman, but is he going to be a key piece to a championship puzzle? He’s a solid base hit, not a double.

    50. Buffalo

    CB Ronald Darby, Florida State 5-11, 193
    – Like most top Florida State prospects, he looks like the prototype. He has the right height, the right all-around size, and the right sub-4.4 speed. An elite athlete, he’s a blazer who’s one of the fastest players in the draft, and he’s smooth as silk when he has to cut and move. There’s a central casting aspect to his game.
    – Runs like a track star, and tackles like one. No one will really care if he’s a blow up hitter or not, but he’s not great in the open field and he won’t help out much against the run. In terms of pass coverage, he still needs polish and technique help – but there’s a lot to work with.
    Yes or No?: Yes, but he needs a little time. He’s a true NFL athlete who can find a role and a home in some secondary, and there’s still plenty of upset. He might be beaten up a bit by physical running teams, but no receiver will out run him.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Does Buffalo really need a cornerback? No, not at all, but this is purely a talent grab. Darby has the talent and skills to eventually be one of the best defensive backs in the draft with a little bit of work, and Rex Ryan is going after a piece of the puzzle guy for the next five years.

    52. Miami from Philadelphia

    DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma 6-5, 329
    – A true nose tackle, Phillips is a massive-bodied power on the inside with the frame and the ability to dominate and take over. He looks the type he could turn into a steal if he powers up a bit and gets a bit stronger against the run.
    – Athletic for his size, he could be used in a variety of ways and be seen as a possible interior pass rusher, even though he’s not really much of a pass rusher. However, with the right coaching and the right scheme, he could blossom into something special and be a do-it-all tackle who becomes the main man up front.
    Yes or No: Yes, but the light has to go on. He has everything you’d want in a prospect, but does he want to destroy an offense? Even if he doesn’t, there’s enough there to like.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Okay … apparently, the Dolphins want to dominate the defensive interior. Ndamukong Suh is already going to be the featured star to work everything around, and now he’ll get even more room to roam free with a giant-bodied run stopper on the inside. If he can turn up the intensity to 11, he’s a steal here.

    53. Cincinnati

    OT Jake Fisher, Oregon 6-6, 306
    – With the right fire and the right demeanor, he’s a leader who’ll quickly make a line his. While he won’t blow anyone off the ball, and he won’t dominate as a powerful run blocker, he’ll be a tone-setter who could turn into an even better pro than a collegian considering how the NFL game is changing.
    – He’s not for every style, and he has to prove he’s more than just a zone-blocking tackle. His game is about quickness and athleticism, and he was really, really quick and really, really athletic in the workouts. He did exactly what he was supposed to do, and more.
    Yes or No?: Can he be physical enough? He needs to be bulkier and he needs to get stronger, but the talent and the attitude are there to be fantastic.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: The Bengals are going heavy on offensive tackle, and yes, there’s a great chance that Fisher is a better player than Cedric Ogbuehi. However, the Aggie is a shot for the stars for the future, while the Duck is for now. If nothing else, they’re getting far more athletic and far more talented up front to give Andy Dalton more time to work.

    54. Detroit

    RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska 5-9, 205
    – While he’s small and he’s not a blazer, he’s phenomenally athletic with elite quickness. He has a low center of gravity and cuts on a dime.
    – The ideal team guy. He’s a dream of a hard-worker and teammate. Coaches and fellow players rave about him. He’ll do anything the team needs.
    – While he’s strong and can bring a little power, he’s never going to be a tough inside-the-tackles runner. He’ll try to be a blocker, but he’s not going to be able to do it.
    – Can he hang on to the ball? He put it on the turf way too often – he fumbles as a kick or punt returner, he’ll have a short life on special teams.
    Yes or No?: Everyone will love him because he was ultra-productive, is tremendously athletic, and is the ultimate character guy, but he doesn’t have the blazing speed and he might not have the right skills to be a special NFL back. He’s also too small – he’ll have to find a niche.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: Is he the right back for the Lions here? He’s a luxury item and a poor man’s – very poor man’s – Reggie Bush, but Detroit can use that. He’s not going to be a workhorse back, but he can be a dangerous part of a rotation. Joique Bell is still going to be the one the ground game works around, but now Detroit has its Bush replacement.

    55. Baltimore from Arizona

    TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota 6-4, 249
    – Does he have an NFL body and the strength to become more than just a big receiver? He’s smooth, fast, and explosive – he’s an athlete – but more than anything else so far in the offseason process, he has looked the part of a pass catching tight end.
    – Don’t expect him to blast away as a blocker, even though he comes from a pure-run system. He’ll give it a shot, and he’ll be decent and functional, but he’s not going to be all that great at it.
    Yes or No: While he might have a little too much attitude, his skills are undeniable. He’s a go-to target in an NFL passing game – he fits.
    Round Value: Second Round

    Analysis: Enough messing around. Baltimore needed a tight end, and Williams was going to be a key target from several teams late in the second round. The offense got its receiver in the first round in Breshad Perriman, and now it has another great receiver for Joe Flacco to rely on. The best pure tight end in the draft, it wouldn’t have been a shocker had Williams been taken late in the first round. Good value here.

    57. St. Louis from Carolina

    OT Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin 6-7, 321
    – He moves well and he’s able to get on the move better than he might seem considering his size and frame. He’s impossible to get around with his frame, and he can grow into a good, sound all-around blocker who can fill in at either tackle spot.
    – Is his size actually a problem? Can he be a left tackle in terms of bending and agility? He’s not a guard, and he might not be a franchise pass protector, so someone has to lock him in to being a mainstay right tackle.
    Yes or No?: He’ll be a relatively good-value mid-round tackle with the potential to see time on the left side. He might not excite the base, and he might not be an all-star, but he’ll start.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    Analysis: His stock rose up through the process after looking better than expected than workouts. He can’t be an NFL left tackle, but he’ll beat people up on the right side. This means Greg Robinson has to all of a sudden play like a second overall selection as a left tackle. The Rams are building their identity now – build up the line, and smash away with Todd Gurley.

    58. Arizona from Baltimore

    DE Markus Golden, Missouri 6-2, 260
    – He’s a little too short, he’s not all that explosive in workouts, and he’s missing a lot of the basics to stand out either as an outside linebacker or as a true defensive end. However, he’ll bring the energy and effort every time out, and he’ll hit.
    – How much was it being a part of the Missouri defensive line, and how much was it being on the other side of Shane Ray, and how much of it was him being just that good? He turned in a terrific 2014 season, but there’s nothing truly special about his game.
    Yes or No: Don’t be shocked if he becomes a find in the later rounds. He’s not going to be an elite NFL pass rusher, but he can get into the backfield. He’s not going to be a top run stopper, but he can hold his own. He’ll be a good, sound part of a rotation.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    Analysis: Yet another Missouri pass rusher, he’s a high-energy pass rusher for a team that keeps trying to be disruptive up front. He’s not a sure-thing starter for the Cardinal line considering his lack of elite next-level tools, but he can be a dangerous part of a rotation. He’s a good football player, but he’s also a reach in the second around.

    59. Denver

    OT Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State 6-6, 311
    – While he’s not the perfect prospect, there’s enough to his game to think he could blow up and flourish in the right system. He’s not going to be a tone-setting blaster, but he can move well and he’ll always bring the A effort. If he can get functionally stronger, the sky’s the limit.
    – A scouting favorite this offseason, and even seen by some as a possible first rounder, he was quick in workouts with a 7.54 three-cone drill, but he was slow in the 40 with a 5.36 and he didn’t help the knock that he’s not strong enough with just 23 reps on the bench.
    Yes or No?: It’s not like he’s a boom-or-bust prospect – there’s little downside – but he could be a slight chance on greatness. He can move and he’s big. That’s good enough.
    Round Value: Third Round

    Analysis: He became a high-riser as the offseason workout process went on because he looked like a left tackle. No, he doesn’t have enough thump, and no, he’s not going to crush anyone, but he has the feet and can move extremely well. Can he help keep Peyton Manning upright? The last thing you want is a rookie lineman trying to keep the legend upright, but he’ll certainly help.

    60. Dallas

    DE Randy Gregory, Nebraska 6-5, 235
    – What is he? Is he a too tall outside linebacker, or is he a thin defensive end who could be a killer once he adds 15 pounds to his frame? He has freakish tools and when he was on, he was great, but he’s not there yet. Sometimes you just take a chance on a guy like this that it’s all going to work out like it’s supposed to, and other times you get Dion Jordan.
    – Why didn’t he blow up last year? He was very, very good, but considering he’s seen as a franchise-changing pass rusher, and he’s not quite a finished product, he didn’t come up with franchise-changing production. Is he just a great athlete and prospect, or is he a great athlete and prospect who can turn into devastating force?
    Yes or No: Ehhhhhhhhhh, be careful here. There just seems like there’s something missing, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the failed drug test at the combine. He got beaten up way too much in Big Ten play and disappeared way too often.
    Round Value: First Round

    Analysis: Perfect. Last year there was a fight in the Dallas war room over Johnny Manziel, and the right move was made. This is the same type of shot for the stars, only at the right time. Considering all the problems and all of the concerns, the 50th overall pick is the right time to take Gregory as a chance to greatness. In terms of pure value, Dallas just got a top ten talent late in the second round to step in and help out with the absence of Greg Hardy. If he doesn’t work out, it’s the 60th pick – you can miss on the 60th pick and survive.


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