2015 NFL Draft: Third Round Analysis

    2015 NFL Draft: Third Round Analysis: Breaking down and analyzing every third round pick

    May 2, 2015

    65. Indianapolis from Tampa Bay

    CB D’Joun Smith, Florida Atlantic 5-10, 187
    – While he might not be an elite NFL corner prospect, there’s little downside considering his speed, quickness and strength for his wiry frame. Coaches rave about him as the type who’ll do everything needed to improve his game and get better, but he already has the tools in place to be great.
    – A baller. He has the needed speed and he knows how to attack the ball and go make plays, and he’ll fight to get the job done against the run.
    Yes or No?: A steal. He’ll go after the first wave of top corner prospects, but he’ll have a long career as a very good, very sound defensive back who adapts to whatever scheme he’s in. Some team will be happy to get him.
    Round Value: Third Round

    66. Tennessee

    OT Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah 6-5, 335
    – Fine, so he’s a guard. He can’t really move and there’s no explosion in his legs, but he’s a strong people-mover in the interior. He can block, but he’s way too slow to even think about trying him on the left side. He might get a shot, though, at right tackle.
    – He’s not a pass protector. While he’s going to be tested out on the outside, he’ll have to show right away in a camp that he can handle the speed rushers without grabbing and clutching. The agility just isn’t there.
    Yes or No?: He’ll be a cheap late pick who could work out surprisingly well. He’s a better football player than an athlete, but he’s big, versatile and has upside as, at worst, a key backup.
    Round Value: Sixth Round

    67. Jacksonville

    A.J. Cann, South Carolina 6-3, 313
    – Versatile enough and just athletic enough to be used as a right tackle if needed, he’s a great all-around prospect for the interior as a blocker who blast away when needed and can move well in pass protection. He does a little of everything right inside.
    – The feet and quickness make up for everything else. He power away when needed, and can get to the second level and make things happen down the field. Steady and improving, he found a home on Steve Spurrier’s line from the start and grew into a player.
    Yes or No?: Yes, and right away. He’s good enough to start for someone right away and could be a very productive pick in the second round. He might not be a sexy pick, but getting a sure-thing starter after the top 50 is always a good thing.
    Round Value: Third Round

    68. Oakland

    TE Clive Walford, Miami 6-4, 251
    – Does he have the hands? No one’s going to question his toughness, strength or blocking ability, but he’s not a true receiver. He’s not a miserable pass catcher, but he he’s not quite a big wide receiver.
    – It’s all relative compared to a mediocre class of tight ends, but he was athletic in offseason workouts. He’s a good, tough hitter for the ground game, and he’s more than quick enough to grow into a receiver, but his upside is as a guy who fits all systems. He’s good for everyone, just not great.
    Yes or No: He’s a starting NFL player, but he isn’t going to be a superstar. There’s little downside, but it’s a low ceiling.
    Round Value: Third Round

    69. Seattle from Washington

    WR/KR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 5-10, 182
    – Insanely quick, he showed in offseason workouts and in Indy that he’s as flashy and as cut-on-a-dime fast as any receiver in the draft. He’s a terrific, smart athlete who runs the right routes, uses his speed well, and sets up the play as a punt returner as well as a receiver.
    – He’ll catch everything. He might not have the right size, and he might make his biggest impact as a return man before he shines as a slot receiver, but he’s an ultra-reliable football player who’ll be a great safety valve and a potentially devastating No. 2 target.
    Yes or No: He’ll be a steal outside of the second round as a return man alone. With great hands, route running ability and the fight to make himself better, he’s a sure-thing. Round Value: Third Round

    70. Houston from NY Jets

    WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State 6-2, 217
    – If it’s possible to be a first round draft pick and fly under the radar, that might be Strong. With great size, 4.44 speed, and an explosive 42” vertical, the raw tools are all there to be a go-to guy. He’s an athlete who knows how to use what he has to dominate at times.
    – With his size and his fight and his overall potential, he’s seen as a bit of an unfinished product with a high ceiling. He’s already a good prospect and a nice receiver, but there’s still a massive upside with room to get better in terms of route running and polish. He might not be the superstar of the class out of the box, but he’ll be rock solid.
    Yes or No: He might not be the most consistent receiver, but he’s an NFL No. 1 guy who’ll become a quarterback’s best friend. Throw it in his area and he’ll go get it – he’ll attack the ball and will occasionally destroy a finesse corner.
    Round Value: First Round

    71. Chicago

    C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon 6-3, 297
    – Extremely quick and athletic, he’s the most talented pure center in the draft. He fit the Oregon system perfectly, and while he might not be for every NFL offense, he has the strength to go along with the movement to hold his ground without a problem – he’ll hit.
    – He’s always going to give the honest effort, but he’ll never blow away anyone and he’s not going to bring the thump on a regular basis. He’s not for a power rushing attack, but has the ability to play for a long, long time as long as he’s not asked to come up with big holes.
    Yes or No?: Absolutely. He blocks angry and is great on the move. He’s the right kind of center for the modern NFL offenses, but he needs to add a little bit of weight. He might not be an All-Pro type, but he’ll be an anchor and a leader for a long, long time.

    72. St. Louis

    OT Jamon Brown, Louisville 6-4, 323
    – His pro day moved him back up. There was a big, big concern that he wasn’t going to be in great shape this offseason, and he might not quite be a left tackle, but he ran well, looked quick enough for his size, and now might be right there in the mix as a top 120 draft pick who just finds a spot.
    – Looks the part, has the right size, and has a little bit of versatility, but if he wants to be a tackle, he has to show off the feet and the agility in a training camp.
    Yes or No?: Whether he’s a guard or a right tackle, he’s going to serve a variety of roles with the right bulk and the right power. His versatility will be a big key.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    73. Atlanta

    Tevin Coleman, Indiana 5-11, 206
    – Jay Ajayi is going to grow into the hot back that all the scouts are going to love, and Coleman won’t be far behind. It’s not pretentious or crazy in any way to think that he might be one of the two best backs in the draft.
    – A home run hitter, he might have been in a bit of a gimmicky offense, but he also produced when all 11 defenders were trained to stop him. Indiana had absolutely nothing else on offense over the second half of last season, and he still came through.
    – He’s not quite a complete back and might need a little work on being an inside runner who sets up his blocks. His job at IU was to take the ball and run fast, and then power over the man after gearing up a head of steam.
    – More powerful than he might get credit for. He’ll do whatever he needs to do – he’s not just a system back, and he’ll produce in any system.
    Yes or No?: Yes, and he probably should be considered higher. The pure talent is there to be a phenomenal pro for a long, long time. Don’t be stunned if he has a better career than Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon.
    Round Value: Third Round

    74. NY Giants

    DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA 6-3, 267
    – A phenomenal athlete, does it all translate? He looks the part and he has all the prerequisite skills, but he doesn’t bring the production as well as he’s supposed to. He’s tough against the run, and he can do a variety of things well, but he looks like a pass rusher and he just isn’t.
    – What is he? Does he have enough quickness and athleticism to be an NFL pass rusher? In drills, yeah, but on the field, not really. Does he have the bulk and the toughness to be a tackle or a 3-4 end? Not really. He has skills, and there’s enough there to be an NFL starter, but he has to do more than just look the part of a professional football player.
    Yes or No: A superstar recruit for UCLA, he was okay, but he didn’t blow up. He has all the NFL tools, and the upside is phenomenal, but he needs to become a far more complete pass rusher.
    Round Value: Second Round

    75. New Orleans

    QB Garrett Grayson, Colorado State 6-2, 213
    – He’s just too small. He looks like an NFL quarterback throwing-wise, and he has the pro-style tools needed to go along with surprising athleticism, but he plays a bit down to his 6-2 size. Worse yet, it takes too long to get the ball out of his hands. However, when he does let it rip, he can put the ball anywhere he wants to.
    – Few quarterbacks in this draft have his unteachable accuracy. Outside of his windup, he doesn’t need a whole bunch of work on his mechanics or his touch. He doesn’t have a huge arm, but he can hit the deep ball, but he’s able to gear it down a bit when he has to – he’s a terrific pure thrower.
    Yes or No?: Scouts are going to love him because he doesn’t come from some namby-pamby spread thing, but he has too much missing to his game. He looks the part, only a half-tick slower and too smallish considering his style of play.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    76. Kansas City from Minnesota

    WR Chris Conley, Georgia 6-3, 205
    – There’s a chance that no one upped his stock more in the offseason process than Conley after jumping out of the stadium with a 42” vertical, blowing up the broad jump, and tearing off an amazing 4.35 40.
    – The 18 reps on the bench were more than strong enough to answer some questions. He was a good college player who showed nice athleticism and found ways to get open, but he’s still raw. He doesn’t always play up to his speed.
    Yes or No?: He’ll be way, way overdrafted based on his offseason workouts. He’s an okay wide receiver and a phenomenal athlete. He’s not a No. 1 receiver at an NFL level, but he can be a home run hitting specialist and pure deep threat.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    77. Cleveland

    RB Duke Johnson, Miami 5-9, 207
    – He was a flashy back in college who made big things happen with exceptional quickness and good cutting ability. However, he didn’t time all that well at the combine with just a 4.54 – it was fine, but not for his style and skills set.
    – He’ll provide a little more power than expected. He’s not going to be a blaster, but he’ll hit and get tough when needed.
    – There’s a chance he’s a better pro than a collegian. His style should blow up with the right offense – if he’s asked to make one cut and move, he’ll blow up.
    – Can he take a pounding at the next level? He’s tough, but he got beaten up in college and looked worn down at times. He could be phenomenal for a short period of time, but there might be a short shelf life.
    Yes or No?: Yes, in the third round. He has the skill and talent to be a star for a little while, but can he be a lead back who can carry an NFL offense? As long as he doesn’t have to be a workhorse, and if he can grow into more of a receiver, he should thrive.
    Round Value: Second Round

    78. New Orleans from Miami

    CB P.J. Williams, Florida State 6-0, 194
    – A fantastic athlete, he blew up the combine with his leaping skills and looked the part in every other way with good size and quickness. Strong and physical, he has no problems dealing with the bigger receivers and can push around the smaller ones. He’ll hit a little bit, too.
    – The raw wheels are disappointing, coming up with a slowish 4.57 40, but that’s not a big concern. When he wants to turn the light on, he can erase his man and take care of one side of the field all by himself. The only real question is whether or not he’ll keep his focus.
    Yes or No?: Even after being charges with a DUI – he plead not guilty – don’t be shocked if someone out there has him as the top corner on the board. He has the right makeup and attitude to become the key to a secondary, but concerns about his consistency could knock him down a bit. Someone will be ecstatic if he falls out of the first round.
    Round Value: Second Round

    79. San Francisco

    OLB Eli Harold, Virginia 6-3, 247
    – Okay, so he’s really more of an outside linebacker than a true defensive end, but with his style and what he’s going to do, he’ll be used in a variety of roles. However, he doesn’t have the body type to work as a 4-3 end, even as a pass rushing specialist, and if he gets blocked, he’ll stay blocked.
    – He’ll have to somehow become more than just as a specialist. He might turn into a fierce pass rusher, and his athleticism and upside alone should make him worthy of a top-20 pick. However, if he’s going to be THAT guy who’s going to be someone’s franchise disruptive force, he has to be amazing in the backfield.
    Yes or No: No matter where he plays, he’s going to camp out in the backfield. He’s going to have to learn how to become a true outside linebacker, but he’ll produce no matter how he’s used.
    Round Value: Second Round

    80. Detroit from Minnesota through Kansas City

    CB Alex Carter, Stanford 6-0, 196
    – He has the size to eventually grow into a safety, and he knows how to provide a little bit of a pop when dealing with the bigger, stronger targets. Great against the run, he’ll step up and get his nose dirty and will be able to come up with plays in the open field.
    – He can jump out of the stadium, but he’s a little bit stiff and he’s not an elite athlete. While he might not be smooth as silk, he’s a true cornerback who could be terrific on the other side of a star corner on the other side. However, he’ll have a problem against the speed receivers.
    Yes or No?: While he won’t be a superstar, he’ll be an ultra-reliable starter who’ll have a long career working in a variety of roles. He could turn out to be the most versatile defensive back in the draft.
    Round Value: Third Round

    81. Buffalo

    OG John Miller, Louisville 6-2, 303
    – He might not be tall enough and he might carry his weight in a weird way, but he’s a bulldozer who can move well enough to shine in pass protection. There’s a chance he grows into an even tougher and more impressive run blocker – he can hit.
    – While he can scoot, he’s not smooth in any way and he can’t move all that well. Functionally strong, he benches well and he’s great for power running games, but he’s not for everyone.
    Yes or No?: You know what you’re getting. He’s a run blocker who’ll likely work on the right side and provide some pop and toughness.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    82. NY Jets from Houston

    OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville 6-4, 259
    – Is he inside or out? Everything is there except for a set position – and fluidity. He’s not really an inside linebacker, and he’s not really an NFL pass rusher. His 4.85 40 is painful, and he’s not quite quick enough, but he knows how to get into a backfield. He’s a better football player than a workout warrior.
    – Every coach is going to love him because he’ll bring the effort every practice and every play. He’ll make up for several shortcomings on sheer want-to and drive.
    Yes or No: He’s a tough call mainly because of his lack of raw tools. He’s a good football player who might be better and tougher than the basic numbers, but there are limits on what he can become – he’s just not quick enough.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    83. San Diego

    CB Craig Mager, Texas State 5-11, 201
    – His stock was upped after a great combine, showing off tremendous speed and explosive leaping ability. He’s a great athlete who moves well, can hit, and doesn’t have any problems getting nasty against the run. Put him on the boundary side and he’ll make plays no matter what he’s asked to do.
    – There’s a chance he spends his career at safety. He might not quite fit the prototype body-wise, but with his nose for the ball and his toughness, he can work in a variety of ways. He’ll start out at corner, though.
    Yes or No?: Yes. A nasty-hitting baller who knows what he’s doing, he’s experienced, fast and skilled enough to start somewhere in a secondary.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    84. Philadelphia

    OLB Jordan Hicks, Texas 6-1, 234
    – He’s a good all-around prospect and he’s going to be everything a team wants, but can he stay healthy? He missed way too much of his career, and while that doesn’t necessarily make him injury-prone, he’s been worn down by life. If you could promise that he’d stay in one piece, he’s be a top 50 pick.
    – Able to play inside or out, the tools are all there with great size, excellent quickness, and solid straight-line speed. He’s an athlete with explosive ability to go along with his great character and smarts. He’s a pure football player and a great leader.
    Yes or No: He’ll slide because of the constant injury issues, but he’s the type of player you want in the linebacking corps. He’s worth a third round pick, and he could be one of the draft’s biggest steals after the first 100 picks are off the board.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    85. Cincinnati

    TE Tyler Kroft, Rutgers 6-5, 246
    – Can he be a receiver? He’s not big enough to be a top blocker, and he’s a good athlete, but he wasn’t used enough at Rutgers and he always tries hard, but he still needs to prove he can become a dangerous target.
    – The athleticism is good, but nothing truly special. He has enough speed to get by, and he has decent quickness, but does he do anything at a truly high level? There are too many unknowns to take a big chance on him early.
    Yes or No: While he’s a projection, there’s a lot to like and work with. He might not be a special receiver, but he could be a very nice part of a puzzle.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    86. Arizona

    RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa 6-1, 224
    – His workouts have been off the charts. He’s very big, very fast, very quick, very explosive, and very strong. Forget about where he played and forget about anything on tape, if you were to come up with an NFL-looking running back and a combine, he’s what you’re looking for.
    – A great receiver, he can be an all-around back who becomes a dangerous, tough option on third downs to go along with being a nice runner. There’s an upside there to become something great.
    Yes or No?: There might not be a bigger boom-or-bust back in the draft. The ability is there to become a special back who does a little of everything – a faster Arian Foster? – but he’s not a polished runner. He’s definitely a chance worth taking around the fifth round.
    Round Value: Second Round

    87. Pittsburgh

    WR Sammie Coates, Auburn 6-1, 212
    – If you’re looking for a Check The Box receiver in terms of tools, that’s Coates. Fast – he runs a 4.4. Strong – he came up with 23 reps at the combine. He jumped out of the stadium with a 41” vertical and was lighting quick and smooth through the short drills. He’s what scouts are looking for in workouts.
    – He’s not a polished receiver coming out of the Auburn system, but he could be the one who takes the top off the defense. He’s not going to be a do-it-all, 75-catch receiver, but that’s not his job. He’ll fight his way for the deep ball and he’ll work to make himself into a producer, but he needs work.
    Yes or No: The upside is through the roof. As is he’s a nice prospect with great upside and potential, but if he gets a little more polish and with lots and LOTS of at-bats catching the ball, he could become a star.
    Round Value: Third Round

    88. Minnesota from Detroit

    DE Danielle Hunter, LSU 6-5, 252
    – It’s all there to become a phenomenal, unstoppable pass rusher with a central casting body and frame, but can he bring the production? He was great at getting into the backfield throughout last season for the Tigers, and he was in on plenty of plays, but he’s not a terror of dominant force for a player with his tools and talents.
    – He has all the speed, size and quickness, but is he a next-level, first-round caliber football player and not a project and workout warrior? There’s one big problem – he came up with a grand total of 1.5 sacks last year. A player of his skills should’ve been a better producer.
    Yes or No: Teams will work him out and think they’re seeing the NFL’s next great superstar, and then they’ll go back to watch the tape. He can absolutely play, but know what you’re getting – a good defender who hasn’t reached his potential, and might not.
    Round Value: Second Round

    89. St. Louis from Carolina

    QB Sean Mannion, Oregon State 6-5, 229
    – The size and skill and potential are there, but can he actually translate the tools to the field? Turned the ball over way, way too often and doesn’t have anything truly special about his game. When he was on, he was among the most effective and productive quarterbacks in college football, but he regressed a bit last year without Brandin Cooks to throw to.
    – He throws lots and lots of picks, and he’s not an athlete in any way. He’s a big, strong passer who knows how to operate in a pro style system. He’s more NFL ready than most of the quarterbacks in the draft, and there’s upside to his game if he can get a little more comfortable in the pocket.
    Yes or No?: He can make a very, very good living as a backup quarterback for the next ten years. He’ll see an occasional start,
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    90. Baltimore

    DT Carl Davis, Iowa 6-5, 320
    – Big, strong and active, he’s a tough guy interior defender who can be an anchor against the run and can move just enough to get into the backfield on a regular basis. He’s a good all-around football player who knows how to play and has all the subtle nuances down. He’s happy to beat up defenders and get physical.
    – He’s not going to move too much. While he makes plays behind the line, he’s not necessarily explosive and isn’t an NFL pass rusher. He’s going to more like a true zero, but he has the all-around tools and talent to grow into a longtime interior presence.
    Yes or No: Yes, but he might not be there yet. With a little bit of time, he could turn into the type of tackle that everything works around. Expect him to be a good value selection just outside of the first round.
    Round Value: Second Round

    91. Dallas

    OT Chaz Green, Florida 6-5, 314
    – A big body with the potential to become a good, strong pass protector. With good versatility, he can be tried out at either tackle spot, but he might have the strength – in time – to work as a guard.
    – There’s not enough sand in his game. More of an athlete than a killer blocker, he’ll dance and he’ll move around, but can he beat up his man? He’s a bit too much of a finesse blocker.
    Yes or No: The ability to play just about anywhere makes him a nice late round flier for a camp, but he’s purely a backup.
    Round Value: Sixth Round

    92. Denver

    TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State 6-5, 254
    – Really, really strong, he has offensive lineman weight room strength. While he’s not a massive blocker and he doesn’t always blast away, he can be functional when he has to hit someone. With a little bit of tweaking, there’s a chance he could be among the most physical tight ends in the draft.
    – He has all the tools NFL types are looking for, but he’s a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none prospect. He only ran a 4.8 at his pro day, but he was athletic, jumped well and showed that he’s fully back after a foot problem kept him in check throughout last year.
    Yes or No: He looks the part, he can run a bit, and he can bench press the house, but is he an NFL tight end? Can he be a consistent receiver? There’s a lot to like, but he’s a guess of a pick.
    Round Value: Fourth Round

    93. Indianapolis

    DE Henry Anderson, Stanford 6-6, 294
    – He doesn’t really look like an NFL defensive end, even with his size and bulk, but he’s a good all-around athlete to go along with his skills and want-to. While he might not be a blazer, he’s fast enough for his size, and he showed at the combine that he’s far quicker than he originally thought.
    – The problem is that he doesn’t really fit. He’s not strong enough or tough enough against the run to be a true 3-4 end, and he’s not a pass rusher to zip around on the outside. He can be a solid, productive pro, but he’s probably going to be more of a key backup.
    Yes or No: Teams will want him because there’s a lot about his size and his potential versatility to like, but they won’t know quite what to do with him. There’s more bust potential to him than there is a massive upside.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    94. Green Bay

    WR Ty Montgomery, Stanford 6-0, 221
    – He has the body-beautiful, and he’s a dangerous football player however he gets the ball in his hands, but he’s quicker than fast and he’s a specialist in terms of tools. He can jump a mile high, but he’s built like a running back working at receiver.
    – Part receiver, part runner, part playmaker, he’s a jack-of-all-trades, but he’s missing the raw wheels to do what he did in college. If he can get into the mode, he could turn into more of a physical Anquan Bolden type than a guy who needs the ball in his hands in a variety of ways.
    Yes or No: There’s a place for him in the NFL – it’s just not obvious in what way that is, though. Crafty and savvy, he’ll make it as a return man and No. 3 receiver.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    95. Washington from Seattle

    RB Matt Jones, Florida 6-2, 231
    – Power, power, power. There’s decent athleticism overall but no flash – he’s a big, bulky, powerful runner who’s going to make people hate to tackle him. He can actually move just a little bit and is relatively smooth for his size, but he’s going forward and he’s going to bring the thump.
    – There’s no way he’s a featured back, and he has a shelf life about ten minutes, but for what he’s going to be asked to do, he’ll do it at an elite level.
    Yes or No?: As a niche runner, yes. He’s a luxury item who’ll make fans fired up for a while because he’ll be used as a closer, but he doesn’t have the talent to be more than just a chain-mover.
    Round Value: Fifth Round

    96. Cleveland from New England

    DT Xavier Cooper, Washington State 6-3, 293
    – An interesting prospect, he’s really, really quick, athletic, and is smooth like an outside linebacker. He’s fast off the ball and he has the skills to become even better with tremendous upside. He’s a strong, active pass rusher with great feet and movement, and he can be used in a variety of ways.
    – He’s not going to be a big block against the run. More like a big end and a 3-4 lineman than a tough guy who’ll beat people up, he’s going to have to be surrounded by bigger bodies to anchor around. It’ll be his job to turn it loose and be disruptive.
    Yes or No: Yes, as long as you’re not expecting him to become something he’s not against the run. In the right system and on the right team, he could become a terrific statistical lineman.
    Round Value: Second Round

    97. New England

    DE Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma 6-3, 262
    – It all depends on how much time needs to be put in to find him a spot. While he can be used as a pass rusher, and he’s strong enough to hold up against the run, it’s going to take a little bit to figure out exactly what he can do. The problem is that he’s a true tweener, and not in a good way.
    – Is he a small and strong defensive end or a big and slow linebacker? Not a finished product, he can leap out of the building and he’s a decent athlete, but, can he turn? Can he effortlessly cut in coverage? He’s one of the more interesting prospects considering his upside, but there’s still a lot of scouting to be done.
    Yes or No: Maybe. There’s enough to like to think that me might be a worthy late round flier with a ton of upside, but he could also be a very quick and easy cut if he doesn’t find a positon right away.
    Round Value: Sixth Round

    98. Kansas City

    CB Steven Nelson, Oregon State 5-10, 197
    – There’s a lot to like. He made lots and lots of plays as the main man of the Oregon State secondary, with good skills when the ball is in the air and great fight when he has to make a play. He’s experienced enough to know how to handle himself against the savvier receivers.
    – Tough, he’s a fighter against the run making 60 stops last year and attacked the ball well. He might not be the type of lockdown corner who’ll take away one side of the field, but he’s a baller – the coaching staff will love him.
    Yes or No?: Yes, if he doesn’t have to be the star. He’s going to compete and he’ll bring the effort every single game, and he’ll be one of the toughest tackling corners in the draft.
    Round Value: Third Round

    99. Cincinnati

    ILB Paul Dawson, TCU 6-0, 235
    – There’s no question about his ability. He’s able to play anywhere in a linebacking corps and be a playmaker, and he’s really quick and really athletic, but he has one big question mark among the scouting community – his attitude. Teams won’t care too much if he lives up to his talent and potential.
    – Here’s the other concern – the lack of raw speed. His pro day was good enough with a 4.75, but the 4.93 at the combine is still out there – figure the real time is somewhere in the middle. He’s not a workout warrior, and he doesn’t look nearly as fast or quick in shorts as he does on the tape.
    Yes or No: If he drops outside of the first 50 picks or so, it’ll be because scouts are questioning his character. Don’t believe the hype – there might be several teams that’ll pass, but more than a handful will be all over him if available in the late second or into the third. He’s a tough defender who’ll bring the A effort on the field.
    Round Value: Third Round

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