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2016 NFL Draft: Round 3 Analysis & Grades – Pick 84 -88

Pick 84 - Washington Redskins

Pick 84 – Washington Redskins

Kendall Fuller – CB, Virginia Tech

Had it not been for injury, he probably goes earlier. But that said, his game is flawed. He panics, grabs, he busts big plays. He counters that with great ball skills to create pass breakups and interceptions, while offering ideal length and speed. He needs a lot of coaching up though. He fits the right range, and Washington need more defensive help so this is solid. Rebecca Rennie

Player Analysis

Fuller certainly impressed early on, with his size, speed and ball-hawking skills on show his true freshman season, piling up the stats with 11 pass break ups and 6 interceptions.  He followed that up with another big season statistically in 2014 with 54 tackles, 15 break ups and 2 INTs.  Though the numbers again looked good for that sophomore season, the film tells a slightly different story overall.  Interspersed between the big highlight reel moments were far too many busted plays and bad beats.  Fuller is very hit or miss, and as a result considered him to be a bit over-rated with too much being read in to his impressive numbers and turning a blind eye to the glaring errors he continued to make all year.  On top of that, Fuller has a tendency to panic when beaten early in the route, grabbing and jumping all over the receiver for obvious pass interference penalties.  His junior season in 2015 was a bit of a disaster all round.  Despite having a meniscus knee injury to start the year, Fuller played but struggled.  Against Ohio State in the season opener, he was schooled on multiple occasions by Buckeyes receiver Michael Thomas, including giving up an embarrassing TD.  Two games later against a poor Purdue offense, he again had a number of instances where he was out of position and only bad throws prevented those errors from being exploited.  After that, Fuller conceded defeat and was forced to undergo surgery on the injured knee, ending his season.  Despite that, the junior corner chose to enter the 2016 NFL draft regardless.  It was a disappointing way for his college career to end.  Even though his film shows a lot of issues, there is no question what Fuller has in spades: traits.  The skill set to work with and develop is all there in terms of his physical skills and speed, along with his ball skills.  The awareness, play-reading ability and consistency need a lot of work, but there is a high ceiling potentially. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B

Pick 85 – Houston Texans

Braxton Miller – WR, Ohio State

Very fast and dynamic player in Braxton Miller. Great character and team captain during his time at Ohio State, showing his maturity. He is willing to learn and is very smart, plays with an incredible amount of desire. very raw though and has a lot to learn, but in a very good place to improve. Joins DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller down in Texas. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

Every year there are some wildcard prospects that are big unknowns on draft weekend.  Miller is the ultimate wildcard pick at the receiver position this time around.  There’s no doubt that Miller is one of the most outstanding athletes out of this entire draft class regardless of position.  The situation might have factored in, due to the emergence of both Cardale Jones and JT Barrett while he sat out 2014 with an injured shoulder, but his decision to convert to wide receiver/H-back for his last year was a big boost to his draft stock.  Regardless of that decision, Miller would have projected to either wide receiver or running back for the NFL.  The fact that he gave scouts a full season of film to show what the potential could be greatly helps.  And while he didn’t put up huge numbers, and was quiet for long stretches of games, Miller really surprised with how natural the foundations of the position came to him.  His often crisp routes and natural hands frequently resulted in some highlight reel plays, which combined with that exceptional creativity with his athletic abilities makes it really difficult to ignore the exciting potential upside.  Something tells me that a team is going to take a shot on Miller in the second round and I’m certainly not going to bet against that move paying off big time down the line.  During the pre-draft process some of the work still to be done has been made clear however, but that’s what NFL coaches are paid to correct and to get the most out of talents like Miller. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+

Pick 86 – Miami Dolphins

Leonte Caroo – WR, Rutgers

Miami are evidently making an effort to give Tannehill as many weapons as possible. Carroo has good speed and is a good deep threat, in addition he is a big threat once the ball is in his hands thanks to his competitiveness. That competitiveness brings out a nasty and aggressive side of him that makes him game changer. With Carroo and Landry on the same team now, I feel a little for opposing DB’s. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

It’s been a tumultuous season for the star Knights receiver.  A domestic violence incident led to his suspension from the Rutgers team in week two of the season, something that at the least will have resulted in tough questioning in interviews, and at the most might have taken him completely off some teams’ boards.  In addition, he’s had injury troubles that have slowed him for some of the games on his return.  The past couple seasons though, and when closer to full health this year, Caroo is a big play machine who can match up with any DB in the country, regardless of size or speed.  Caroo is quick and well built himself, with the skills to get open, and great hands.  Whether it’s on short routes, runs after the catch or deep balls, the versatile receiving threat is so difficult to keep out of the end zone, recording 39 touchdowns in the past three seasons, despite the time missed and averaged close to 21 yards per catch in 2015.  Were it not for the question marks, it would have been hard to imagine him making it past round two, and may still end up going there if a team trusts him enough to behave. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+

Pick 87 – Cincinnati Bengals

Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State

Positionally, this is a solid area to tackle. But Vigil is arguably a day 3 talent, who has his struggles at the point of attack and fighting through traffic. What he does do is pile of tackles, with excellent production. I don’t like him as much as Paul Dawson who they took last year, but both will play their roles on the team this year, especially early given the suspension and uncertain future of Vontaze Burfict. Rebecca Rennie

Player Analysis

I preferred his brother Zach more, and was shocked he didn’t get drafted last year, but not surprised he made the Dolphins roster in the end anyway.  Zach got a 5th round grade, Nick gets a slightly lower one.  The younger brother will surely hear his name called though, and some like him a couple rounds earlier than this.  He piles up stats, totalling an exceptional 144 tackles this year, along with 13.5 TFLs, 3 sacks and a forced fumble.  The football IQ is good, as is his work ethic.  There’s limitations physically though, lacking natural core strength and despite the high tackle stats, he can get pushed around a bit and doesn’t always work through traffic very well.  He tested quite well in terms of change of direction and decent speed, but it doesn’t really show up on film, looking a bit limited in his general movement. Rebecca Rennie

Grade C

Pick 88 – Green Bay Packers

Kyler Fackrell, EDGE, Utah State

The Packers get a huge edge rushing Linebacker, with a ridiculous Tackle radius. His athleticism is exceptional and he is agile too. He is strong and has an elite meaning he has a never give up attitude. He sometimes struggling with suddeness and can get blocked out of the play sometimes, however working alongside a pass rushing phenom in Clay Matthews, he can only improve. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

Fackrell never intended to still be in college this year, but to have entered the NFL back in the 2015 draft.  Those plans had to be shelved though after tearing his ACL right at the beginning of the 2014 season.  He returned this year for his senior campaign and immediately resumed his excellent playmaking form from where he left off, contributing 82 tackles, 15 TFLs, 4 sacks, 2 force fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries with one of those returned for a touchdown.  Fackrell plays from a two-point stance as both an edge rushing linebacker as well as playing in space and shallow zones, with excellent pursuit skills to the sidelines.  At quite a large 6ft 5, 245 lb size for a linebacker who can play in an off-ball role, Fackrell is surprisingly natural playing in coverage and space, with the fluid, easy movements of a more traditionally smaller defender in that position.  In a lot of ways, he reminds to some extent of Minnesota standout Anthony Barr, a former high first round pick of the Vikings.  He’s more of a day 2 prospect himself however.  For a start, he’ll already by 25 years old as a rookie, part of the reason he would have wanted to enter the league before this time.  He also lacks the imposing power that someone like Barr possessed which results sometimes in being controlled once an offensive lineman gets his hands established, or other times not as efficiently or regularly finding a way to shed blockers.  He’s a well-rounded player though who can stay on the field all three downs, competently take on any task and brings ideal NFL level length and movement skills to be a quality early selection. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+

2016 NFL Draft: Round 3 Analysis & Grades – Pick 84 -88

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