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2016 NFL Draft: Round 3 Analysis & Grades – Pick 94 -98

Pick 94 - Seattle Seahawks


Pick 94 – Seattle Seahawks

Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State

Has improved dramatically in the last two years, he moves very well and plays a very fast game. Has the prototypical size of an NFL tight end and knows how to catch the ball. He unfortunately allows defenders to dominate him when running contested routes and doesn’t bring the fight to them. Doesn’t yet know how to use his size to his advantage. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

The pre-draft process was always going to be critical for Vannett.  Somewhat similarly to Adams, the Buckeyes’ tight end was criminally under-used by Urban Meyer and the Ohio State offense, as often is the case in the head coaches’ system.  He’s helped himself and then some though, making the most of the Senior Bowl, then the combine to show his skill set out-with the limitations of his role in college.  Vannett was rarely targeted in the passing game, totalling just 19 receptions in each of the last two seasons.  Both in practices during the week in Mobile, and the positional drills in Indy, Vannett showed off his natural hands to snag the ball cleanly out of the air, not just in the comfortable setting of the drills, but also in the game itself at the end of the Senior Bowl week.  He has ideal size and power to play inline, and uses his body well when blocking in the run game, an area where he absolutely got plenty practice with Ohio State.  There’s more than just using his big body though, showing intelligence and awareness when directing defenders out of the way, something he has greatly improved during his senior year.  There’s an all-round game on offer from Vannett, dependable to stay on the field all three downs.  As competent as he’s proven he can be as a receiver, he’s unlikely to ever be a stand out in that area like Hunter Henry is, and so fits the description of a “high floor, low ceiling” type.  There’s some similarities to former Iowa tight end and current Texan C.J. Fiedorowicz, who went in the 3rd round a couple years ago, the range that Vannett could be chosen.  Fiedorowicz had the same frame, and also seemed under-used in the pass game in college who could be more effective in the NFL, however over two seasons in the pros he has just the 21 catches.  If scouts also see a similar comparison, it may lessen the enthusiasm for Vannett before the middle rounds. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade C-

Pick 95 – Detroit Lions

Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan

Glasgow can line up at either guard spot or at center, not that it makes much difference, because he’ll be a tough blocker either way. He has decent mobility and can open up creases for running backs and hold up well in pass pro. He isn’t the most athletic, but he is powerful. He needs to work on his consistency and his hand work, but his versatility and toughness is what makes him appealing. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

One of the biggest money-makers since the end of the college season to now has to be Michigan’s over-sized center.  Glasgow was a consistent stand-out throughout East-West Shrine practices, so much so that he quickly earned a late call up to also take part in the Senior Bowl the following week.  He played primarily at center during the Shrine week, then more so at guard in Mobile, allowing him to show his ability to scouts at both spots.  Given his length at 6ft 6, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he could even offer something at tackle later in his career, potentially giving him the versatility to play all five spots on the line, which scouts love in a prospect.  His best fit though could be at guard, hence his listing in this group.  It’s been far from a smooth path that Glasgow has taken to this point at the conclusion of his college career. After being un-recruited out of high school, he had a DUI in March 2014, followed by a suspension in the spring of 2015 for violating the terms of his probation with a positive alcohol test. He is one of many this season though who benefited from the arrival of coach Jim Harbaugh, and credited him for finally sorting out his off field problems. Despite the issues, Glasgow started on the Michigan O-line for the 3rd season and has certainly impressed between the lines. Michigan’s pro style, run heavy offense installed by Harbaugh has been hugely successful this season, in big part due to an outstanding offensive line, anchored in the middle by Glasgow.  He does a fantastic job setting the blocking assignments, a reason that he could be looked at to stay at center despite his unconventional length for that spot.  On top of his size, he backs that up with both strength and aggression that proves effective in pass protection and opening holes in the run game. As well as calling blocks pre-snap, his intelligent play extends to post-snap, showing good vision and adjustments to second blocks and picking up late blitzers.  He had a strong outing versus Penn State this year with Michigan facing one of the top defensive lines in the country, and Glasgow in particular was up against two talented interior rushers in Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel. Both were kept quiet all game. Glasgow will have some tough questions to answer about his character red flags, but is a prospect on the rise. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B-

Pick 96 – New England Patriots

Vincent Valentine, DL, Nebraska

The Patriots don’t do conventional picks. So factor that in. They do their own thing. Still, this is a guy who has a huge body, is a great space eater. But he massively under-performed this year. In addition, he chose to leave early despite under-performing. He gives the impression of a lazy player, who took plays off then couldn’t be bothered to play hi senior year. I don’t trust his motor, I don’t trust that he will work hard. I’m surprised this is the kind of player Belichick wants on his team, especially with plenty better, more accomplished tackles on the board. It’s easy to say trust in Bill, but he’s got plenty busts and bad picks over the years. This could well be another. Rebecca Rennie

Player Analysis

Grade D-

Pick 97 – Seattle Seahawks

Rees Odhiambo, OG, Bosie State

It is very apparent that the Seahawks need Offensive Lineman, Odhiambo does fill a need. He can play across the line and has great balance. Uses feet well so as not to over extend. While he is a big body, he is very injury prone and he doesn’t have a natural position at the next level. If he can stay healthy, he is a good depth pick, but that is a huge if. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

If Odhiambo makes it into the third day of the draft, his long and extensive injury history will be the only reason.  The Broncos’ left tackle, who at 6ft 4, 314 lbs with relatively shorter 32” arms will best suit moving inside to guard, has outstanding traits to become a very good starting lineman, and potentially even of Pro Bowl calibre if he reaches his ceiling.  The power, strength and drive he brings to both his run blocking and his pass protection stands out instantly.  Rather than just hold his ground well when he sets his feet and keep the pocket from closing, more often the opposite occurs and he sends his opponent backwards in the other direction.  His kick slide and general foot speed aren’t great which can make him a little more vulnerable to quick rushes off the edge, which further backs up the likelihood of moving to the interior, but with that said, his technique, body control and hand use are all very proficient, which is so encouraging considering he’s fairly new to the sport.  The Kenya native took to football relatively later to most, but looks a natural and should only improve.  That is, if he can stay on the field.  He’s missed around a third of each of the last three seasons with various injuries, including a broken ankle which ended his senior year prematurely.  The concern moving inside to guard, on top of having never played at that spot in his career, is more physical strain given the larger defensive tackles he’ll likely face.  There’s risk, but if he stays healthy, he can be a high-end starter and mid-round steal. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade C-

Pick 98 – Denver Broncos

Justin Simmons, S, Boston College

Simmons is one of the more underrated safeties in this draft. Against Notre Dame, Boston College’s biggest game of the year and one of their toughest opponents, he single handidly ruined the Notre Dame offense, making it a much closer game than it should’ve been. Furthermore, some of his measurables from his pro day were great. The Broncos are getting a good player at good value. Remy Cabache

Player Analysis

Playing on a poor team can make it difficult to receive attention, even when it’s greatly deserved.  Standing out against quality opposition will certainly help though.  Simmons made the most of his game against the eventual national title runners up Clemson with a superb performance that included 9 tackles and an interception against the Tigers.  He has been a very steady performer all year and over his career beyond that, with a game based around disciplined play, high effort, great vision and sound technique, especially as a reliable tackler.  There’s no real weaknesses to his game, and brings good size for the position.  He’s unquestionably a safety in the NFL, but having filled in and playing well at corner as well at times is still a positive to note.  The only real question was whether he had the athleticism to continue his good play at the next level too, and he certainly answered that in some style at the combine.  with explosive jumps of 10ft 6 in the broad (tied 8th among all DB’s) and 40” in the vertical (3rd best).  Just as impressive were his change of direction speed which were reflected in his 3 cone time of 6.58 seconds and short shuttle time of 3.85 seconds, both of which led all safeties in attendance.  He’s checked off a lot of boxes over the course of this pre-draft process, as he had a strong week at the East-West Shrine all-star event as well just before the combine.  He’s a smart player who sees the field well, doesn’t make mistakes and brings a clean character and a very good work ethic to get the most out of his abilities.  His senior year resulted in 67 tackles, with 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recovers, and 2 pass breakups.  He’ll make a pretty safe middle round selection. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+


2016 NFL Draft: Round 3 Analysis & Grades – Pick 94 -98

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