2016 NFL draft: Pick-by-pick analysis of Day 3
PFF's team of analysts break down every picks of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh round, all the way through Mr. Irrelevant.
2016 NFL draft: Pick-by-pick analysis of Day 3
We’re on to the final day of action in the 2016 NFL draft. A number of high-value prospects still remain, and our analysts will be here to break each pick down in real time until the very end.
1 (99). Cleveland Browns: Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin
Schobert was identified as one of our top-10 sleeper picks for the draft. He had the third-highest grade of any edge player in the class, but his size might force him to inside linebacker for the Browns. One of the best block shedders in the class.
2 (100). Oakland Raiders: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Connor Cook has better tape than players that have gone before him, but slipped because of questions about his character, leadership and attitude. Cook was accurate on 59.4 percent of deep (20+ air yards) passes this past season — the best in the nation.
3 (101). Dallas Cowboys: Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
Tapper can play multiple positions along the defensive line. He offers some edge-rush presence for the Cowboys.
4 (102). San Diego Chargers: Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State
Perry — the other Buckeye linebacker — didn’t generate as much buzz as his teammate during draft season, but he ranked higher than Darron Lee at 18th overall at the position.
5 (103). Jacksonville Jaguars: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
Jacksonville gets a disruptive interior defender in Day, who ranked 34th on our draft board. Day’s 2015 overall grade ranked behind only DeForest Buckner and his 10.4 pass rushing productivity ranked sixth in the class.
6 (104). Baltimore Ravens: Tavon Young, CB, Temple
We had Young with a fourth-round grade and that’s where he ends up. He only allowed 334 yards on the season last year and had five pass breakups.
7 (105). Kansas City Chiefs: Parker Ehinger, T, Cincinnati
Played 1022 snaps last season and had a pass blocking efficiency of 96.7, allowing just 24 total pressures.
8 (106). Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
The Chiefs add yet another tall CB here. Opposing QBs only had a 63.1 passer rating when targeting Murray in 2015.
9 (107). Baltimore Ravens: Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
The Ravens continue to look for a deep threat by adding Chris Moore. He generated 445 of his 815 yards on 20+ yard targets.
10 (108). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
Smith had two passes defensed on six targets, in two games against FBS competition in 2015.
11 (109). New York Giants: B.J. Goodson, LB, Clemson
Goodson was the 12th-highest graded linebacker in this class and our draft board gave him a fifth-round grade. The Clemson linebacker missed only nine tackles on 118 attempts last year and fills a glaring need for the Giants.
12 (110). Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
Tyler Higbee had a recent run in with the law, so this is an interesting pick but he’s an athletic, talented receiving threat. He gained 2.30 yards per route run, which was second in the class, and had just two drops in 2015.
13 (111). Detroit Lions: Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah
Killebrew is a big-hitting small-school safety. He graded positively against top-FBS competition in Senior Bowl practices and in the game.
14 (112). New England Patriots: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
Mitchell is a complete receiver who can compete for playing time immediately. He has good hands (just three drops) and can make people miss in the open field (13 broken tackles).
15 (113). Chicago Bears: Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia
The Bears added starters at LB in free agency and now get depth with the addition of Kwiatkowski. He had the fourth-highest run defense grade among draft-eligible linebackers and allowed a sixth-lowest 62.8 passer rating into his coverage.
16 (114). Cleveland Browns: Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
Auburn was one of the most run-heavy offenses in the FBS last year, but when they did throw the ball Louis was extremely productive. His 3.51 yards per route run last year were the seventh-most in college football, but unfortunately he only ran 204 routes all season.
17 (115). Atlanta Falcons: De’Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota
Campbell posted positive grades this past season in every area that PFF measures. He was particularly good in coverage, where he was the ninth-highest graded linebacker in the class. Another undersized, fast player for the Falcons.
18 (116). Indianapolis Colts: Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
He’s a versatile and well-rounded defensive linemen. Ridgeway had a +15.4 grade as a pass rusher and +17.9 grade as a run defender.
19 (117). Los Angeles Rams: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
The Rams get some more help for Goff. Cooper is a dynamic threat with the ball in his hands, but is inconsistent at this stage of his career.
20 (118). New York Jets: Juston Burris, CB, North Carolina State
Juston Burrisis a big, physical corner but did not make the top 250 in our final draft board. He allowed an average of 0.71 receiving yards per cover snap, tied for ninth-best in the CB draft class.
21 (119). Houston Texans: Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State
Tyler Ervin is a big play waiting to happen. At under 200 pounds, he’s not going to unseat Lamar Miller anytime soon, but as a third-down guy and change-of-pace back there were few better in the class. His 46 receptions were the fifth-most of any running back in college a year ago.
22 (120). New Orleans Saints: David Onyemata, DT, University of Manitoba
A Nigerian-born DT playing his college football in Canada, Onyemata played 32 snaps at the Shrine game, notching five total pressures.
23 (121). Minnesota Vikings: Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
Beavers is a big and athletic tackle but his on-the-field performance will need to improve. He was our 118th-ranked OT in the draft class and posted the worst pass-blocking grade among all draft-eligible offensive tackles.
24 (122). Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Billings apparently fell due to his limitations as a pass rusher, but his +13.8 grade in that department suggests those concerns are overstated. He may not be as dominant against the run as Jarran Reed, but Billings is capable of standing up double teams and making plays when single blocked.
25 (123). Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
Hawkins allowed just 13 total pressures in 2015, but it also came on only 221 pass blocking snaps. He’s probably better as a run blocker as he shows potential and athleticism, but will need some time to improve.
26 (124). Chicago Bears: Deon Bush, S, Miami
Bush had positive grades in coverage and versus the run last season. He graded out even higher in 2014 when he was our 21st-highest graded safety among Power-5 schools despite playing only 568 snaps.
27 (125). Indianapolis Colts: Antonio Morrison, LB, Florida
Antonio Morrison had negative PFF grades in run defense and coverage this past season at Florida. He did grade positively as a pass rusher with 11 total pressures. His 2014 season was better, but barely scraped above average in grading terms.
28 (126). Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
Robinson is a big-framed wide receiver but doesn’t have great top-end speed. He was the No. 98 graded wide receiver in the draft class.
29 (127). Chicago Bears: Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
Hall recorded a negative coverage grade in the 151 FCS snaps we graded of Hall. He was much better in the run game, where he managed seven stops from just 69 snaps.
30 (128). Arizona Cardinals: Evan Boehm, C, Missouri
Boehm performed very well in 2014 as he posted the eighth-highest run blocking grade among this class of centers and allowed just eight pressures. However, he couldn’t sustain that level of play last year. He finished 2015 with negative grades in both pass and run blocking while allowing 19 pressures on 55 fewer pass-blocking snaps.
31 (129). Cleveland Browns: Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
Kindred was the 22nd-highest graded Power-5 safety last season with positive grades in both coverage and run defense. He yielded only 18 of 39 targets into his coverage for 264 yards while breaking up three passes and intercepting two others. He had a bit of an issue with tackling, missing 15 in 91 attempts.
32 (130). Baltimore Ravens: Alex Lewis, T, Nebraska
Alex Lewis didn’t allow a single sack this past season but did surrender 20 other pressures and was flagged nine times, earning an average PFF grade overall — the 65th-best of the class.
33 (131). Green Bay Packers: Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford
Martinez had the highest coverage grade among linebackers in the draft class. Martinez had a very high grade against the run as a junior but took a step back last year.
34 (132). Baltimore Ravens: Willie Henry, DI, Michigan
The Ravens added the sixth-highest graded player on the defensive interior in this class yesterday in Bronson Kaufusi, and in Henry they grab the 25th too. Henry graded well as a pass rusher and against the run, racking up 38 total pressures in 2015. One concern was the number of penalties he committed, with his nine leading the draft class this year.
35 (133). San Francisco 49ers: Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
What Robinson lacks in experience he makes up for in measurables. He has played only 350 snaps the past two years, recording a +1.1 coverage grade in 2014.
36 (134). Baltimore Ravens: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
The Ravens end Kenneth Dixon’s fall, who was our No. 2 RB in the draft. Dixon was the highest-graded RB as a receiver out of this class and will be an asset in the passing game. He’s also an excellent zone runner with the vision and patience to set up blocks.
37 (135). Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
The heir apparent to Tony Romo? Dak Prescott makes some head-scratching throws at times, but he has all the physical tools to play quarterback in the NFL. His 50 percent deep accuracy was the 12th-best figure in the FBS last year.
38 (136). Denver Broncos: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
Devontae Booker was the third-graded running back in the class this past season, with 57 broken tackles and 3.1 yards per carry after contact. While there are questions about his play, he is clearly a talented runner and he’s a product of the RB position being devalued.
39 (137). Green Bay Packers: Dean Lowry, Northwestern
Lowry was the 10th-highest graded edge defender in this draft class in 2015, and graded positively against the run and as a pass rusher in each of the past two seasons. His grade improved from +10.7 to +35.8, thanks to three huge performances against Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
40 (138). Cleveland Browns: Seth DeValve, WR/TE, Princeton
DeValve is 245 pounds, so he’ll most likely line up at tight end. He finished his career at Princeton with 122 receptions which put him 10th all-time in school history.
41 (139). Buffalo Bills: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
Why the Bills decided to invest a fourth-round pick in such a raw quarterback is anyone’s guess, particularly considering Tyrod Taylor’s performance in 2015. Jones finished 122nd amongst QB last season, with a -7.0 passing grade.
1 (140). Tennessee Titans: Tajae Sharpe, WR, UMass
Sharpe is a big target with reliable hands. He earned the fourth-highest receiving grade in the WR class and dropped just three of 115 catchable targets last season.
2 (141). Carolina Panthers: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
Sanchez is the definition of a boom-or-bust cornerback. He bit on more double moves than any other corner I saw in college last year, but he also had more interceptions (7) than any corner in this draft class. The Oklahoma corner also got his hand on five more pass breakups while allowing 553 yards last season. If he can clean up his reads and get burnt deep less, the Panthers got a possible playmaker.
3 (142). San Francisco 49ers: Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
Ronald Blair graded exceptionally well last season, ranking ahead of Andrew Billings, Sheldon Rankins and A’Shawn Robinson among others as a defensive interior player. He had 37 total pressures and a good grade against the run.
4 (143). Oakland Raiders: DeAndre Washington, HB, Texas Tech
The 16th-highest-graded running back in this draft class, Washington was second in the class averaging 6.5 yards per carry in 2015. He had the third-highest elusive rating at 86.1, forcing 67 missed tackles on a combined 271 touches on offense last year.
5 (144). Denver Broncos: Connor McGovern, OT, Missouri
McGovern was the 34th-best run-blocking guard in the class. He is a very strong player who posted 33 bench press reps of 225 pounds at the combine.
6 (145). San Francisco 49ers: John Theus, OT, Georgia
Theus has experience at both left and right tackle. He seems more suited to the right side, where he allowed just a hit and hurry in his four games. In contrast, Theus allowed 15 combined hurries in nine games at LT. He could also slide inside to guard.
7 (146). Baltimore Ravens: Matt Judon, OLB, Grand Valley State
The Ravens add a very productive pass rusher at the Division-II level. He was credited with 20 sacks in 2015 and should initially fit as a situational pass rusher at OLB.
8 (147). Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland
The Seahawks break their athletic mold for another defensive tackle. At the Senior Bowl, Jefferson posted the lowest win rate in the one-on-ones (17 percent). He did, however, have the 33rd-best grade among interior defenders in this draft class.
9 (148). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA
Benenoch had a solid PFF run-blocking grade, but he struggled more as a pass-protector, surrendering 31 total pressures and floundering badly against the better competition he faced in college. Athletic upside is there, but has a lot of work to do to be successful at the next level.
10 (149). New York Giants: Paul Perkins, HB, UCLA
No running back in this draft class had a higher elusive rating than the 114.7 mark posted by Perkins. He forced 73 missed tackles on the ground and another 12 as a receiver, while averaging 3.58 yards after contact per attempt. He graded negatively as a receiver each of the past two seasons, but can make people miss when he has the ball in his hands.
11 (150). Chicago Bears: Jordan Howard, HB, Indiana
Howard is a power back who weighs 230 pounds. He had the fourth-highest overall grade among half backs in this draft class. He also had positive grades as both a pass catcher and a pass blocker.
12 (151). Detroit Lions: Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State
Joe Dahl ranked tenth amongst OTs with a +23.4 grade, but projects inside to guard at the next level.
13 (152). Washington Redskins: Matt Ioannidis, DE, Temple
Ioannidis lined up all over the defensive line for Temple and should see most of his time at 5-technique for Washington. His 33 total pressures were 11th-most among draft eligible interior defenders.
14 (153). Philadelphia Eagles: Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
Smallwood doesn’t have the size to be a featured back, but he offers a good deal of value in a change-of-pace role. The West Virginia running back took a huge step forward in 2015 and finished with the 11th-highest run grade in the nation. He often faltered on contact though and his elusive rating was only 85th in the country.
15 (154). Cleveland Browns: Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
Payton had the second-highest overall PFF grade among WRs in the draft class this season, playing 890 snaps and showing well in most areas. It’s tough to identify anything he does that’s special, but equally difficult to identify holes in his game, and at this point in the draft he’s a solid option.
16 (155). Indianapolis Colts: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
We graded Haeg in the seven games where Carson Wentz played in 2015, and he impressed against FCS competition. He allowed just one sack, one hit and two hurries in those games and graded well at +12.1 as a run blocker.
17 (156). Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Williams, HB, Arkansas
Williams missed 2015 with an injury but was very productive in 2014. He’s adept at running over people and making them miss as he had an elusive rating of 101.9, which was fifth-best in all of FBS in 2014.
18 (157). Tennessee Titans: Leshaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah
Another FCS player, Sims recorded a +1.2 grade in his only graded game. However, he failed to standout at the Shrine Game.
19 (158). New York Jets: Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina
Brandon Shell had the third-highest pass blocking efficiency among draft-eligible tackles, allowing just seven pressures on 398 pass block snaps. He had the ninth-best run blocking grade in 2014, but his performance dropped off last year for a negative grade.
20 (159). Houston Texans: K.J. Dillon, S, West Virginia
Dillion — Karl Joseph’s running mate — spent a good deal of his time last season covering the slot. In that role he still managed to grade out positively in run defense pass coverage, and pass rushing. His slot skill should translate nicely to the next level.
21 (160). Minnesota Vikings: Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
The Vikings take a player who had the fifth-highest linebacker grade in the entire nation and the fourth-highest in the draft class. He was only available at this spot because of a relatively pedestrian measurables profile — on the field he is a force, especially against the run, where he had the second-highest grade in the draft class.
22 (161). Cincinnati Bengals: Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State
Westerman was the 16th-highest graded guard in this draft class, and was far better in pass protection than he was as a run blocker. Allowing just one sacks, five hits and nine hurries, he had the eight-highest pass blocking grade, but was 38th in run blocking.
23 (162). Kansas City Chiefs: Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
Hogan was our No. 15 QB in the class. He is a big, strong and athletic quarterback. He has a ton of experience at Stanford but does have a long-throwing motion. Hogan had the ninth-best completion percentage in this QB class at 75.8 percent.
24 (163) Green Bay Packers: Trevor Davis, WR, California
Davis was a highly efficient receiver at Cal, catching 75.5 percent of targeted passes. The Packers continue to add depth at wideout.
25 (164) Philadelphia Eagles: Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, TCU
In 2014, Vaitai had the 16th-highest overall grade among the OT draft class, with positive grades as both a run and pass blocker. While his pass protection was equally as good in 2015, his run blocking dipped to a negative grade that ranked 88th.
26 (165) Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill, RB, West Alabama
Hill was kicked off the Oklahoma State football team in 2014 after a domestic violence incident. He’s one of the faster players in all of college football with a 100 meter PR of 9.98 seconds. Hill was the seventh-highest graded kick returner in the country in 2014 and was the Cowboys’ highest-graded running back.
27 (166) Houston Texans: D.J. Reader, NT, Clemson
At 325 pounds, D.J. Reader is a big defensive tackle, and he has only been on the field for 559 snaps in total over the past two seasons, which is roughly half of what DeForest Buckner plays each year. He graded well in both run defense and pass rush during both seasons, however. Despite only two sacks, he has 26 total pressures over those snaps and some solid run defense. Reader could end up being a better pro than he was a college player if his playing time is ramped up.
28 (167) Arizona Cardinals: Marqui Christian, S, Midwestern State
The only game we have graded for Christian was this years NFL PA Bowl, where he played 34 snaps. He posted a +0.7 grade in coverage and finished the game with four tackles, none of which resulted in a defensive stop.
29 (168) Cleveland Browns: Spencer Drango, OG, Baylor
Spencer Drango played left tackle at Baylor and was asked to pull often in their run game. He might be better -suited to playing guard in the NFL than tackle. He was our fifth-ranked tackle in pass protection and our second-ranked tackle as a run blocker.
30 (169) Detroit Lions: Antoine Williams, LB, Georgia Southern
Williams struggled in coverage in 2015, but made an impact as a pass rusher and against the run. He finished with positive grades in those facets of play, recording 45 total stops.
31 (170) Arizona Cardinals: Cole Toner, OT, Harvard
The Cardinals add depth along the offensive line with this Harvard selection, who made first-team All-Ivy League at tackle each of the last two years.
32 (171) Seattle Seahawks: Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
The second Arkansas running back off the board, Collins had the 21st-best running grade in the nation last year. Collins is a straight-forward, downhill runner who has noticeable issues with rounding off his cuts. He’ll fall forward though and he averaged 3.0 yards after contact per attempt last season.
33 (172) Cleveland Browns: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
Higgins is the poster boy for “tape over measurables.” A 40 time in the 4.6 range dropped him this far in the draft but he had a second-round grade from PFF based on play-by-play tape grading. He does everything well, and has a nuanced feel for route running, setting up defenders and running after the catch. Could potentially develop into a productive NFL player in a hurry. Averaged more than 16 yards per catch just on bubble screens over the past two seasons.
34 (173) Cleveland Browns: Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana Monroe
Caldwell was definitely a deep sleeper prospect in this draft, but he had the fourth-highest pass coverage grade of any cornerback in this class. He gave up just 325 yards through the air last year and came away with an interception and nine pass breakups.
35 (174) San Francisco 49ers: Fahn Cooper, OT, Mississippi
Cooper hasn’t graded positively in the past two seasons. He ranked as our 95th-best pass blocking tackle and the 90th run-blocking tackle in this draft class.
36 (175) San Francisco 49ers: Jatavis Brown, LB, Akron
Few linebackers were as effective rushing the passer as Akron’s Brown. He finished second overall in our rankings, mostly on the back of 48 combined pressure. Brown also allowed a QB rating of only 94.1 and graded positively against the run.
1 (176) Denver Broncos: Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska
More of a running fullback, Janovich had the highest rushing grade among draft-eligible fullbacks and forced 13 missed tackles on 42 carries. He had the sixth-highest run blocking grade in the FB draft class. Janovich should also be an asset on special teams, where his 12 special teams tackles were tied for second-most among any draft eligible player in the nation.
2 (177) Los Angeles Rams: Temarrick Hemingway, TE, South Carolina State
The only data we have on Hemingway comes from the NFLPA Bowl where he caught one ball for seven yards. He blew up the combine though, running a 4.71 40-yard dash and a 6.88 3-cone.
3 (178) Kansas City Chiefs: D.J. White, CB, Georgia State
DJ White had an excellent 2014 before slipping back this past year. At his best he has very good ball skills, and he can attack the catch point and challenge for an interception. He’s a solid defender against screens and the run and is a much better cover corner in a man scheme (like Kansas City) than in zone. This has the potential to be an excellent pick if he can get back to his 2014 form where he had a higher PFF coverage grade than many of the top prospects.
4 (179) San Diego Chargers: Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
The problem with punter prospects is that we see so many college teams use roll-out, rugby-style punts, so there are a limited number of NFL-style kicks. Kaser improved in a big way from 2014 to 2015, with his grade jumping from -25.6 to -12.3. He played well at the Shrine Game, with four of his five punts landing inside the 20 yard line.
5 (180) Minnesota Vikings: Moritz Boehringer, WR, Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
Boehringer last played in Germany and offers great upside at this position in the draft. He is a tremendous athlete with great size for a wide receiver (6-4 and 227 pounds). He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine, so his speed isn’t a question, but he is a raw prospect.
6 (181) Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyrone Holmes, OLB, Montana
Holmes posted an incredible +10.7 grade in the only game of his we have graded. He recorded eight combined hurries in that game, helping the Montana Grizzlies to an upset win over Carson Wentz and North Dakota State.
7 (182) Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy
Reynolds, Navy’s dynamic quarterback, will likely line up all over the field for the Ravens. He nearly eclipsed 1,500 rushing yards last season in the Midshipmen offense and forced 28 missed tackles as a runner.
8 (183) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devante Bond, LB, Oklahoma
Bond played out on the edge for Oklahoma where he graded out positively in run defense, pass rushing and pass coverage last year. He missed some time and only managed 439 snaps on the year, but when healthy he had some dominant games. Bond’s +8.4 grade against Tennessee was one of the highest given out all year.
9 (184) New York Giants: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
Jerrell Adams has an impressive athletic profile, but doesn’t have the grading to back it up. Had an impressive run block grade this past season where his +13.2 was the ninth-best mark in the draft class. He gained 1.5 yards per route run which was 10th among TEs in this class.
10 (185) Chicago Bears: DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary
We graded Houston-Carson twice this year, and one of those games was the Senior Bowl. He gave up one catch for six yards in the game, but his real success came against Virginia. Targeted three times in coverage in that game, he gave up two receptions for just seven yards and came away with an interception.
11 (186) Miami Dolphins: Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
Grant is a diminutive but blistering fast wide receiver who was timed in the 4.1s in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. Grant had more yards after the catch than any WR in the class (875).
12 (187) Washington Redskins: Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
Washington opted to add some competition behind the franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins. Sudfeld ranked 24th overall in pure passing grade in 2015, but is unlikely to be more than a backup in the NFL.
13 (188) Minnesota Vikings: David Morgan II, TE, UTSA
Morgan was easily the highest-graded run blocking tight end in 2015, not only among the draft class, but in the entire nation. No. 2 tight ends don’t have a ton of value in today’s NFL, but he is an ideal one that can block and also contribute as a receiver. His 1.65 receiving yards per route run ranked seventh in the TE class.
14 (189) Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
Brown was the seventh-highest-graded cover corner in the Big 10 last season after allowing 539 yards on 36-67 targets last season. The Boilermakers left cornerback last season picked off four ball and got his hands on five others.
15 (190) Los Angeles Rams: Josh Forrest, LB, Kentucky
After a solid season in 2014, Josh Forrest took a big step forward in 2015, grading well again against the run but adding impressive numbers as a pass rusher and coverage to his arsenal. He notched four sacks and 22 total pressures as well as a batted pass. He allowed just 8.8 yards per reception in coverage and only one touchdown.
16 (191). Detroit Lions: Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
Rudock had a terrible start to the year in 2015, grading negatively in the first five games for the Wolverines. He blossomed late though, grading at +4.5 or higher in four of the last five games. The Lions will hope he can carry that form on into his NFL career.
17 (192) Buffalo Bills: Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
Kolby Listenbee is the 55th-ranked wide receiver on our big board. He had 410 yards on deep passes (targeted 20+ yards downfield) which ranked 13th in the class.
18 (193) Tennessee Titans: Sebastian Tretola, OG, Arkansas
The Titans have been looking to improve their physicality up front this weekend. Tretola fits that description perfectly. He struggles mightily moving laterally, and had some ugly reps in pass protection (+0.5 grade), but he’s able to move defenders at his will in the run game (+20.7 grade).
19 (194) Oakland Raiders: Cory James, LB, Colorado State
James was effective when rushing the passer over the past two seasons, averaging a pressure once every 8.4 pass rushes with 56 total pressures. James missed just one of 34 tackles attempts in the run game and overall had the sixth-best tackling efficiency of the linebacker class.
20 (195) Atlanta Falcons: Wes Schweitzer, G, San Jose State
Schweitzer was a left tackle for San Jose State, but he figures to kick inside at the next level. He was the 20th-highest-graded tackle last season after allowing four sacks, four hits and eight hurries. It’s encouraging that his highest-graded game from last season came against Auburn.
21 (196) Philadelphia Eagles: Blake Countess, DB, Auburn
After an ugly start, Blake Countess ended the season well with seven-straight positively-graded games and his best three coverage games of the season. He allowed just one touchdown in 2015 on 71 targets, with six games of allowing two or fewer catches this season.
22 (197) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern
A tight end/fullback/H-back, Vitale graded negatively as a run blocker in each of the past two seasons. He improved as a receiver in 2015, racking up 364 yards and four touchdowns this past season, while forcing five missed tackles from 34 receptions. A disciplined player, he committed just one penalty between 2014 and 2015.
23 (198) San Diego Chargers: Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
Watt was our No. 2 FB in the class. He is a tremendous run blocker who had the second-highest run blocking grade of all the FB in the draft class. The Chargers hope he can open some holes for last year’s first-round pick Melvin Gordon.
24 (199) Cincinnati Bengals: Cody Core, WR, Mississippi
Core didn’t receive a ton of targets at Ole Miss, behind top wideout Laquan Treadwell. He was a solid deep target, however, recording 300 yards and three touchdowns on 20+ yard passes.
25 (200) Green Bay Packers: Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
The Packers double up on tackles with the selection of Murphy, who we had valued with a third-round grade. He needs to get stronger, but is certainly capable of growing into a starting role. He ranked ninth in the draft class in run block success rate and allowed 13 pressures on 411 snaps in pass protection in 2015.
26 (201) Jacksonville Jaguars: Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas
The Jaguars get the fifth-best quarterback on our draft board all the way down in the sixth round. Allen really came on strong his senior year and flashed some franchise type ability in games against Mississippi and Mississippi State. His +32.5 passing grade was the eighth-best in the country last season. It’s likely that Allen tumbled in the draft due to his small frame and hands.
27 (202) Detroit Lions: Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State
Anthony Zettel had the 16th-best pass-rush grade in the class among interior defenders, and while Carl Nassib and Austin Johnson were the headline acts on that Nittany Lions defensive line, Zettel was a fine support act, notching 32 total pressures this past season on 313 pass-rushing snaps. He had a positive grade against both run and pass this season.
28 (203) Kansas City Chiefs: Dadi Nicholas, ED, Virginia Tech
Nicholas had the 18th-highest pass rushing grade among edge defenders in this class. He registered just three sacks, but added 10 hits and 35 hurries. He graded negatively against the run in each of the past two seasons, and seems like a fit as a pass rush specialist early in his career.
29 (204) Miami Dolphins: Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State
Lucas actually had a negative overall grade in 2015 and was our 80th-ranked safety in the draft class. He graded much better in 2014 with positive grades in coverage, run support and as a pass rusher. The Dolphins will be hoping he returns to his 2014 form.
30 (205) Arizona Cardinals: Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Miller has the length NFL teams look for in a corner, but will have to adjust to the level of competition after entering the NFL from the FCS. He did struggle a little in the Senior Bowl, allowing six receptions on eight targets for 60 yards.
31 (206) Los Angeles Rams: Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
The Rams finally take sleeper Michael Thomas of Southern Miss, who ranked 38th overall on our final draft board, to give Jared Goff another target in the passing game. Thomas ranked seventh in the class in yards per route run, deep pass receptions and deep pass yards. He also caught the highest percentage of contested passes among the top wide receivers in the class.
32 (207) San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
Driskel was a revelation for Louisiana Tech after transferring from Florida after the 2014 season. His passing grade improved from -7.2 to +23.5 in 2015, but he was still only the 22nd-highest-graded passer nationally. He is a fantastic athlete for the position and has a lot of tools a team would like to develop.
33 (208) New England Patriots: Kamu Grugler-Hall, OLB, Eastern Illinois
In the one game of Grugler-Hall’s we have graded this season — against Northwestern — he had a positive grade, played 61 snaps and notched a hurry and six tackles — four of which were defensive stops.
34 (209) Baltimore Ravens: Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
The Ravens came into this draft looking for help at cornerback, so they add Virginia’s Maurice Canady here. Out of the 142 cornerbacks in this class, Canady’s 2015 grade of -6.2 ranked 122nd. He graded positively in coverage in 2014, so the Ravens will be hoping he can get back to that in the NFL.
35 (210) Detroit Lions: Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
We get our first long snapper off the board! Landes had six negatively graded snaps in 2015, which would be slightly above average in the NFL based on last year. Interestingly, current Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach was the 12th-most accurate snapper in the NFL last year.
36 (211) San Francisco 49ers: Kelvin Taylor, HB, Florida
Taylor’s numbers weren’t excellent in his final year for the Gators, but he still posted over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ultimately he finished the year with a +19.4 rushing grade, which was good enough for 16th in the FBS.
37 (212) Dallas Cowboys: Kavon Frazier, S, Central Michigan
Frazier had the sixth-highest run stop percentage and 14th-best tackle efficiency among draft-eligible safeties. He also earned positive coverage grades each of the past two seasons.
38 (213) San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
Burbridge was one of the most productive receivers in college football last year, but his lack of athleticism and drop issues make for a concerning combination. The Michigan State wide out dropped 10 balls in 97 opportunities a year ago and only averaged 3.4 yards after catch.
39 (214) New England Patriots: Elandon Roberts, ILB, Houston
The Houston defense was legit, and Elandon Roberts was one of its best players, grading positively in every area last season. On 135 rushes he notched six sacks and 29 total pressures, but also had solid run grades and was 2nd in the nation in defensive stops with 74, trailing only Kentrell Brothers.
40 (215): Seattle Seahawks: Joey Hunt, C, TCU
The Seahawks needed to improve their offensive line and they’re able to grab the fourth-highest-graded center in this draft class late in the sixth round. Hunt graded well in pass protection, where he allowed just three hurries in 2015, and as a run blocker. Following on from a solid 2014 season, Hunt has now graded positively in each of the past two seasons.
41 (216) Dallas Cowboys: Darius Jackson, HB, Eastern Michigan
Jackson was our 53rd-ranked half back in the draft class. He had the 20th-highest blocking grade among the half backs in the draft class. He also had an elusive rating of 42.1 which ranked 28th best among the class.
42 (217) Dallas Cowboys: Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor
To illustrate the NFL’s fascination with body types over production, look no further than Gathers, who played basketball instead of football. He’s huge at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds.
43 (218) Buffalo Bills: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
Seymour ranked 21st among the CB draft class in coverage in 2014 and tied for the lead that season with 11 passes defensed. But injuries limited his playing time and performance last year as he played half as many snaps and earned an average coverage grade.
44 (219) Denver Broncos: Will Parks, S, Arizona
Parks is one the highest-graded secondary players over the last two seasons. Parks may not check a lot of athletic boxes, but he knows how to play football. He lined up all over the Wildcats defense and produced in every facet. Back in 2014 he was our highest-graded cornerback in the FBS
45 (220) Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
Two straight seasons of positive PFF grading, Travis Feeney is also a guy who had an excellent measurable profile. In 200 pass-rushing snaps this past season he notched seven sacks and 27 total pressures, and also had good grades in the run game. This is a nice get for the Steelers this deep into the draft.
46 (221) New England Patriots: Ted Karras, G, Illinois
The 27th-highest-graded guard in this draft class, Karras surrendered just two sacks, three hits and five hurries in pass protection in 2015. He graded positively in each of the past two seasons both as a run blocker and in pass protection.
1 (222) Tennessee Titans: Aaron Wallace, OLB, UCLA
Wallace is a disruptive edge rusher who wins mostly with athleticism. He had the 39th-best pass rushing grade among this year’s edge defenders. He should start out as a situational pass rusher but could develop into a starting OLB in the Titan’s scheme.
2 (223) Miami Dolphins: Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky
Doughty’s production in 2015 was incredible. He passed for over 5,000 yards, 48 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Doughty’s QB rating of 122.4 was fourth in the nation, and he also finished fourth with a passing grade +45.5.
3 (224) San Diego Chargers: Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State
Clark started off the 2015 season well, grading at or above average over the first six weeks. However, he struggled the last half of the season and finished with negative grades as both a pass and run blocker, including seven pressures allowed against Alabama in the College Football Playoff game.
4 (225) New England Patriots: Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State
Lucien was tabbed as one of our top 10 sleepers in this draft class. Few receivers possess the hands and ball skills that the Arizona State wide out displayed. He only dropped three balls on 69 catchable targets a year ago and finished with 19th-highest receiving grade in the FBS.
5 (226) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas
In two games graded over the past two years, Woodard has positive grades in each, notching four total pressures and three defensive stops over the two encounters with FBS competition.
6 (227) Minnesota Vikings: Stephen Weatherly, ED, Vanderbilt
A good run defender, Weatherly has graded above average in that regard in each of the past two seasons. He’s been a solid pass rusher too, with four sacks, six hits and 31 hurries in 2015.
7 (228) Denver Broncos: Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse
Dixon had a 43.1 yard-per-punt average in 2015. Dixon was the seventh-highest graded punter in this draft class, but had a poor showing at the Senior Bowl where he put up a -3.2 grade.
8 (229) Pittsburgh Steelers: Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
Ayers lacks the height to go high early in the draft, but was highly productive in his final year in college. He worked almost exclusively from the slot, ranking sixth in yards per route run (2.7 YPRR) and fourth in drop rate (2 of 93 catchable passes). Ayers has the shiftiness to make plays underneath in the NFL.
9 (230) Chicago Bears: Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
The Bears get another steal in Braverman, who ranked 62nd on our draft board and was our 10th wide receiver. Braverman could be the slot receiver the Bears have been needing for a few years. He averaged 3.27 yards per route run from the slot — best among the WR draft class — and forced 24 missed tackles after the catch — tied for second-most.
10 (231) Miami Dolphins: Thomas Duarte, TE, Miami Dolphins
One of my [Mike Renner] guys in the draft. Duarte is my favorite route runner among any of the tight ends in the class. He’s very undersized for the position at 6-2, 235 pounds, but he still has enough size to create matchup issues. He took almost all of his snaps from the slot and had a higher receiving grade than any other tight end in the class.
11 (232) Washington Redskins: Steven Daniels, ILB, Boston College
Steven Daniels had the highest PFF grade among all linebackers in the entire nation this past season. He has the highest run defense grade in the country as well. He also notched positive grades in coverage and as a pass rusher on the blitz. On tape he is a hard-hitting monster, but he lacks the measurable profile and timed speed the NFL covets, which is why he dropped so far. Daniels could be one of the steals of the draft.
12 (233) Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Mills, S, LSU
Mills only played 434 snaps in 2015, missing time through injury, and when he played he graded negatively both against the run and in coverage. Healthy in 2014 though, he graded positively in coverage, recording an interception and breaking up another two passes.
13 (234) Oakland Raiders: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
Alexander had the 33rd-best run-blocking grade in the class but only the 74th-best pass-blocking grade. Alexander’s pass blocking efficiency was 94.8 which ranks 90th among guards in the class.
14 (235) New York Jets: Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State
In the only game of Edwards’ that we graded this year, he averaged 47.3 yards per punt and recorded a net yardage average of 42.8.
15 (236) Detroit Lions: Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington
Washington fits the profile of a pass-catching running back that the Lions have coveted the last few years. His 2.11 yards per route run ranked second in the class and improved his drop issue that he had in 2014.
16 (237) New Orleans Saints: Daniel Lasco, RB, California
Lasco was a difficult evaluation because he ran behind such a porous offensive line at Cal and was injured for much of 2015. He absolutely blew up the combine and the explosiveness he showed there shows up when you go back and watch his 2014 tape. That season, Lasco was the 18th-highest-graded running back nationally and gained 53 percent of his yards after contact.
17 (238) Atlanta Falcons: Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA
The third-highest graded receiver on the UCLA offense, Fuller follows teammates Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte into the NFL. He caught 75 percent of passes thrown his way this past season for 10.8 yards per reception without a single drop to his name. The year before he caught 74 percent of the passes sent his way as a reliable possession target. He’s a little undersized, but may carve out a role as a reliable pair of hands.
18 (239). Indianapolis Colts: Trevor Bates, ED, Maine
We’ve graded 193 of Bates’ snaps over the past two seasons and he performed solidly, with a grade of +5.7. The highlight of his Maine career came against Boston College in 2014, in a game where he registered three hurries and had three tackles resulting in a defensive stop.
19 (240) Philadelphia Eagles: Alex McCallister, DE, Florida
McCallister was the 23rd-ranked edge defender in pass rush productivity. He has an incredible ability to dip his shoulder around offensive tackles. Unfortunately, that’s his only effective pass rush move at this point and he isn’t a very effective run defender. If he develops some more pass rush moves to add to his athleticism he could develop into a situational pass rusher.
20 (241) New York Jets: Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
The Tigers have produced some serious talent at receiver the past few years. Peake has the body of a top prospect, but lacks the production. He drops too many passes (5 of 55 catchable) and lacks dynamism after the catch.
21 (242) Washington Redskins: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
Injuries, along with sharing a roster with Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, limited Marshall to just 155 snaps over the past two seasons. He forced 12 missed tackles on 68 carries in 2015, but his elusive rating still ranked just 31st among draft eligible RBs with as many carries.
22 (243) Seattle Seahawks: Kenny Lawler, WR, California
Jared Goff’s No. 1 target last season, Lawler regressed a bit from his 2014 production. A big reason for his lower grade a year ago stemmed from his six drops on 58 opportunities. Still Lawler is a larger possession type receiver with two positively graded seasons to his resume.
23 (244) Minnesota Vikings: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
Jayron Kearse is a player that PFF had a fourth-round grade on, and was actually the best-graded player in the Clemson secondary this past season. He had solid grades against both the run and pass and even featured on the blitz, posting the fourth-best pass rushing productivity among safeties in this class for his work on the blitz. Very solid selection for the Vikings this low down at safety.
24 (245) Cincinnati Bengals: Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois
Fejedelem had an impressive final season for Illinois, grading well against the run and in coverage. He made 49 tackles resulting in a defensive stop, picked off three passes and broke up six more. He joins a Bengals backfield with young talent in Shawn Williams and George Iloka.
25 (246) Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Matakevich, ILB, Temple
Tyler Matakevich was the 13th-ranked linebacker in the draft class. He finished as the class’ 13th-best coverage linebacker and the 22nd-best run defending linebacker. He had five sacks and 72 run stops on the season.
26 (247) Seattle Seahawks: Zac Brooks, HB, Clemson
Brooks took only 217 snaps in our two years of grading, recording a solid +5.1 grade. He never received more than ten carries in a single game, finishing with a total of 41 totes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. Brooks added a further pair of scores through the air.
27 (248) Indianapolis Colts: Austin Blythe, C, Iowa
The Colts double down at center by selecting Austin Blythe. He may be a liability in pass protection, but he’s a powerful blocker who had the second-highest run blocking grade among all centers in the nation in 2015.
28 (249) San Francisco 49ers: Prince Charles Iworah, CB, Western Kentucky
Iworah really made a name for himself in the NFLPA bowl when he was the highest graded cornerback in attendance. Athletically, he is a freak with a near 40-inch vertical and a sub 4.4 40 yard dash. But Iworah is under 5-10 and an inconsistent player coming out of Western Kentucky. A nice late-round project.
29 (250) Cleveland Browns: Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona
Scooby Wright is hamstrung by a 40 time over 4.8 seconds, putting him so far below the timing standards NFL teams look for that he ended up in the seventh round. In 2014 — his last fully healthy season — he was the second-highest-graded linebacker in the nation, with a grade higher than any linebacker in this draft class has managed over the past two seasons. He may not be able to run with a TE deep down the field, but he has excellent instincts and will make plays in the run game.
30 (251) Philadelphia Eagles: Joe Walker, LB, Oregon
It’s a tale of two seasons for Walker, who looked much better in 2014 than 2015. In 2014 he graded positively as a run defender, pass rusher and in coverage. This past season he struggled against the run and in coverage, missing 16 tackles over the course of the year.
31 (252) Carolina Panthers: Beau Sandland, TE, Montana State
Beau Sandland is one of the more athletic pass-catching tight ends in the draft class. He is 6-4 and 253 pounds and ran a 4.73 40-yard dash at the combine. The Panthers are banking on his athletic upside at this point in the draft.
32 (253) Tennessee Titans: Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi
Mr. Irrelevant is anything but! Reed is a physical corner, has great ball skills and always competes underneath. He was beaten deep a little too often in 2015, but still finished with the ninth highest coverage grade (+13.7) and allowed a QB rating of only 58.0. We had Reed pegged as second-round value as our No. 54-overall prospect, so this is a great grab for the Titans.