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2016 NFL Draft: Round 3 Analysis & Grades – Pick 89 – 93

Pick 89 - Pittsburgh Steelers


Pick 89 – Pittsburgh Steelers

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

Playing at a smaller school always seems to be a disadvantage for prospects, but Hargrave is an example of why it shouldn’t be. At the Senior Bowl and East West Shrine Game he shone, even against big school prospects. He can collapse a pocket from the interior and that is a skill that is cherished by NFL teams. Having lost Steve McClendon, the Steelers need another interior force and Hargrave can be that. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

Hargrave first caught my eye in his junior season in 2014 playing against Clemson early in the year.  His initial burst off the snap instantly stood out and caused a lot of trouble for the Tigers’ offensive line early on in that contest.  His impact quickly deteriorated though, as he both tired and lost some of the desire to hustle, especially once the first rush attempt didn’t find early success, shutting down a bit.  His game really looked better this year though, and now looks like an outstanding NFL prospect.  Some of Hargrave’s game film this senior season against outmatched competition is ridiculously devastating.  The opposition are no match for him and during some games Hargraves appeared to be in the backfield more plays than not.  His violent rush style, released from a compact build with a powerful lower body to drive with is so effective.  Unsurprisingly he put up big numbers as a result with 59 tackles, 22 TFLs and 13.5 sacks, along with a further 11 quarterback hurries and a pair of forced fumbles.  He now has 46 TFLs and 29.5 sacks over the past two seasons.  Though playing at a lower level, Hargrave stood out at the East-West Shrine event as a class above the majority of the FBS talent in attendance, so much so that he received a late call up to the Senior Bowl, where he again looked the part among the strong group taking part there in Mobile.  His numbers at the combine continued to prove he belonged.  There’s unquestionably an early pick in Hargrave’s future; players with his ability to collapse the pocket and get after the QB from the interior do not last long on draft day. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade A-

Pick 90 – Seattle Seahawks

C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame

Nothing to fault here. Right range, and the Hawks shouldn’t throw everything into the Thomas Rawls basket. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise if before long C.J. was able to surpasse Rawls. He has the ability. Prosise has exceptional physical traits, who excels as a one cut runner with power and speed that is rare at his size. Quality choice. Rebecca Rennie

Player Analysis

Prosise came out of absolutely nowhere to become one of the top running back prospects for the 2016 draft.  Originally a defensive back when first joining the Irish, he eventually moved to wide receiver where he was a solid if unspectacular contributor in 2014.  During the off-season prior to the start of the 2015 games, Prosise decided to try out at running back to try and provide some depth at the position.  He turned out to be a complete natural, and when lead back Tarean Folston went down injured early, Prosise stepped in and proved that the flashes he had shown in practice translated.  Injury late in the year meant he was limited to just 157 carries on the season but still finished with 1,029 yards at 6.55 YPC and 11 rush TDs.  His experience as a receiver made him an obvious threat out of the backfield too, with 26 receptions and a TD there too.  What excites about Prosise is that he is just scratching the surface, and with his speed and power inside a big 220 lb frame, the potential upside could be big.  He really makes the most out of every run, with a fairly simplistic approach that involves generally one cut then head north and go, no dancing around in the backfield.  He eats up space when the hole opens in front, shows excellent balance, and then is tough to bring down.  The biggest issue right now is unquestionably that he plays far too high with poor pad level, which he’ll need to work on and improve.  Ball security is also a problem, having fumbled the ball five times this season.  The lack of experience with just one season as a runner might also work against him slightly.  His traits though, with his raw power and athleticism, reminds so much of what made Javorius Allen such a good prospect out of USC last year.  Prosise looks so similar to Allen, who ended up with the Ravens and doing well in the second half of the season. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade A

Pick 91 – New England Patriots

Jacoby Brisett, QB, North Carolina State

Big handed athletic Quarterback, who can make plays with both his arm and his feet. Has a winning attitude and turns up day in day out to compete. He has been pressured a lot over the last few years and due to this drops his head and takes the hit. Needs to learn to see the blitz and avoid it instead of taking the sack. Won’t cause a controversy but will at least push Jimmy Grappolo. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

Originally starting out with Florida as well, Brissett transferred to the Wolfpack after losing out to Jeff Driskel, a decision that the Gators in hindsight might regret.  Brissett meanwhile put together two very solid seasons with NC State after sitting out 2013 due to transfer rules.  The big QB is yet another built for the next level with his sturdy, well filled-out frame at 6ft 4, 231 lbs.  An area where he has consistently stood out is his Roethlisberger-esque ability to escape from would-be sacks, buy time in the pocket and find a throw when the play looked doomed.  He is very safe with the football, rarely turning it over, with just 11 interceptions in the past two seasons while throwing for 43 scores over that period.  However, while ball security is great, he’s arguably too safe overall as a player, constantly checking the ball down on short completions, and resulting in a very modest 2662 yards and barely averaging 200 yards a game through the air as a career starter.  Brissett struggles at times to see the whole field, stares down receivers, and overall shows a lot of limitations in his overall feel and football IQ.  He doesn’t anticipate well, and doesn’t often actually throw receivers open, but rather needing to see that they are already open before releasing the ball in their direction.  Despite all the quick short check down throws, he has a bad habit of making his receivers work too hard to bring in those simple completions.  The inconsistent footwork gets reflected in some off-target throws to all levels of the field, and his completion rate failed to average 60% in his two seasons with the Wolfpack.  He has some NFL qualities but remains a project with a questionable ceiling.

Grade D+

Pick 92 – Arizona Cardinals

Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M

The converted running back has excellent speed and can match receivers down the field. He also has an aggresive play style which matches what the Cardinals do, so it is a logical fit. Because of that he’ll be able to create splash plays and once he has the ball in his hands, thanks to his RB roots, he can take it back. Though he will bite hard on double moves and gives up big plays due to his aggressive nature. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

 

Grade B+

Pick 93 – Cleveland Browns

Cody Kessler, QB, Southern California

It’s hard to like this. And it doesn’t have anything to do with which QBs are left on the board. It’s simply based on the Trojan QB himself. He doesn’t have size, he doesn’t have an arm, he has to force the ball downfield. He collapsed badly under pressure in games such as against Washington last year. He has a very low ceiling, that is hard to project as anything more than an average to low end backup. Sorry, but no.

Player Analysis

 

Grade D-


2016 NFL Draft: Round 3 Analysis & Grades – Pick 89 – 93

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