Saturday, May 7, 2016

Analyzing the 2016 NFL Draft, 5th Round: The Good

The 5th round finally had more good selections for value than bad or ugly picks. The draft was a bit all over the place up until this point, but when you get to the 5th round, the real work begins, and most teams did solid work this far down.

The Good

Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans Amazingly productive receiver at U Mass in pass happy offense
Zack Sanchez, CB, Panthers Solid cover guy who could start as early as 2016 in depleted secondary
Ronald Blair, DE, 49ers Undervalued rush end who gets into the backfield
Connor McGovern, OT, Broncos Rated as a 3rd rounder, may have to move inside to OG
Matt Judon, DE, Ravens D2 star had early injury, but was dominant after. Big picture project guy
Paul Perkins, RB, Giants Very good character and work ethic, best RB in PAC-12, severely under used there
Jordan Howard, RB, Bears Transferred from UAB to IU, never missed a beat. Better than 5th round by far
Joe Dahl, OG, Lions Lions got a late round steal in mauling guard
Matthew Ioannidis, DT, Redskins He is a pile moving tackle, and will be a surprise to some
Jordan Peyton, WR, Browns Not great, but not horrible…solid possession receiver
Joe Haeg, OT, Colts Was valued as a 4th rounder, may eventually start at LT
LeShaun Sims, CB, Titans Could be a starter in a year or two, will be package guy until then
Kentrell Brothers, DE, Vikings May kick out to LB, but his ability to get into backfield is unquestioned
Christian Westerman, OG, Bengals Can play OG or C, and was valued as 2nd rounder
DJ Reader, NT, Texans Could be investment for future, but will develop for a year as backup
Spencer Drango, OG, Browns Has some technique issues, needs some work, but all is fixable. Could start year 2
Antwione Williams, LB, Lions A Tackle machine in college, could start on ST, but could get into LB roatation
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas Has rushed for over 1000 yards each season. Not a perfect back, but who is
Rashard Higgins, WR, Browns Really dropped in draft, but is highly productive, and could play early
Trey Caldwell, CB, Browns Solid cover man, but don't expect picks from him, as he had just 1 last season
Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron Not only disruptive on defense, can also play TE. Gifted athletically, undervalued

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