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2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Picks 105-110 grades & analysis

Pick 105 (Round 4, Pick 7) - Kansas City Chiefs select Parker Ehinger, G, CincinnatiPick analysis: 


Pick 105 (Round 4, Pick 7) – Kansas City Chiefs select Parker Ehinger, G, Cincinnati

Pick analysisPlayed tackle in college but will move inside in the NFL. Plays nasty and wiith an aggressive needed in the trenches. He is a workman type player, unspectatular but does the job asked of him. Look for him to get into the rotation early, but shouldn’t start full time until he learns more technique. Player analysis: Ehinger wins with excellent length and good physicality. That nasty play at 6ft 6 impresses scouts, though he is a bit of a developmental project. After initially playing inside, Ehinger switched outside to left tackle in 2015. A move back to the interior is likely in his future though. He excels more as a run blocker than as a pass protector, where his hands regularly let him down, and even though he held up reasonably well on the edge, he can certainly be exposed out there in space. There’s room to add more weight to his frame and protect him a bit more from his deficiencies by deploying him at guard. Grade: C-  

Pick 106 (Round 4, Pick 8) – Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota

Pick analysis: Murray is a little undersized and as a result is unlikely to make a living on the outside. He has a good cover skills and he is very tough, meaning he should be able to carve out a good role as a slot corner. He has good instincts and vision and can match up in man. Player analysis: There’s no real wow-factor about Murray and his game, but this is about as steady a player as you could find to select in the middle rounds.  Murray fits the “low ceiling, high floor” category, as someone who will likely not ever threaten to be one of the top corners in the league, but does everything well with no obvious weaknesses to his game, and should be around as a pro for a long time.  He is a smart, high football IQ player with the versatility to play outside or over the slot, in press or off coverage.  He has outstanding field awareness and route recognition that makes him difficult to shake in coverage.  He may not come with blazing speed, but has more than sufficient athleticism and uses his anticipation and polished technique to win more often than not.  As well as the reliable, disciplined play in coverage, Murray is strong in run support too.  He has long been known as an impressive special teams player, an area where he’ll continue to excel for an NFL team, and he brings that physicality to his tackling as well, with 135 tackles in the past two seasons.  Murray brings a strong work ethic and competitive intensity, who will step in immediately as an asset on special teams, and should work his way into the defensive rotation before long too. Grade: B-  

Pick 107 (Round 4, Pick 9) – Baltimore Ravens select Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati

Pick analysis: Huge vertical threat selection here for the Ravens. fights for the catch down the field and is ready to compete on every play. Shows up in the big games and comes to play. Durability is a question mark surrounding him, but if he can come into the rotation, he can learn the rigors of the game before he is too involved. Player analysis: Moore is 0ur 28th-ranked reciever in this year’s draft. Grade: C  

Pick 108 (Round 4, Pick 10) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central

Pick analysis: Smith has good short area footwork and he has good cover skills. He hasn’t got great size and he isn’t the fastest but he can mirror on underneath routes. He needs to improve his ball skills but he can be a good slot corner and possibly do some work on the perimeter. Player analysis: Smith certainly deserved to be talked about more during and after the combine than he was.  He was invited in the first place with good reason as a standout small-school prospect who was an All-MEAC selection each of his four years and an All-American as a senior.  Smith’s film gets you excited about the potential.  Whether in press or off coverage, whether in man or zone, it all comes so easily with all the intelligence for the position to take on any assignment.  He runs so well in tandem with his opponent and never seems to get out of position, with a calm demeanour that comes from trusting your ability and being so disciplined.  Once at the combine, his physical traits were also clear.  His 4.47 straight line speed was backed up by very good numbers in the change of direction drills, and was one of the top performers out of the corners in the bench press strength test with 18 reps.  All that shows in the film too, comfortably tracking deep, as well as hitting hard in run support.  Smith has big-play ability too, with most of his seven career picks coming from great reactionary aggressive moves, and also utilised his speed to take a kick-off back 95 yards for a special teams touchdown in the 2015 season opener, another area he can contribute in the NFL.  He comes from a lesser level of competition but looks the part. Grade: B  

Pick 109 (Round 4, Pick 11) – New York Giants select B.J. Goodson, LB, Clemson

Pick analysis: Very good football player. He is an athlete, and he is a gamer. Very fast and extremely tough. Uses his instincts and is a complete 3 down player. While he needs to learn the pro game, he is very much a shot caller and if given time to develop he can fix the middle of their defence for years to come. Player analysis: Despite most of the attention being on the two edge rushers Lawson and Dodd, the Clemson linebackers were massive factors in the outstanding Tigers defense that helped lead the team toward a national title appearance. Goodson was superb throughout and deserved greater recognition for the energy and presence he provided in the middle of the unit. Goodson is physical, tenacious and emotional, but also smart, disciplined and so effective and productive. The playmaker flies around the field, making plays in the backfield and in coverage to go with his staple of stuffing the run, frequently showing excellent awareness to read and react, and get around the ball. The team captain piled up 108 tackles, 14 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups and a forced fumble as a senior. Grade: B+  

Pick 110 (Round 4, Pick 12) – Los Angeles Rams select Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky

Pick analysis: Higbee is an interesting choice thanks to missing 6 games this season and then his arrest not that long ago. He has very good athleticism and speed and runs good intermediate routes giving him good separation and making him a threat in the deep middle field. Good hands but not a great blocker, maybe a bit of a reach. Player analysis: Higbee originally joined the Hilltoppers as a wide receiver, but has transitioned to tight end, making the move in 2012. The progress since then has been fantastic, and he leaves as one of the most productive receiving tight ends in the nation, with 38 catches, 563 yards and 8 TDs in just 9 games this season. He’s certainly still growing into his frame somewhat, playing his senior year at around 233 lbs, but has been working on adding muscle weight and recently weighed in at just shy of 250 lbs. He can continue to work on developing in order to hold up better at the next level. A couple years into playing at his new position, Higbee was still a backup his junior season in 2014. Injuries gave him an opportunity against Marshall, and he took full advantage of it with a three touchdown performance. From that point on he has been a key playmaker for Western Kentucky. The offense the team runs is very friendly to both quarterback Brandon Doughty and his targets to put up impressive numbers, but even taking that into consideration, the translatable skills Higbee shows should mean a continuation of his effectiveness in the next phase of his career. He uses his long frame well to win jump balls, and his background as a wide receiver is reflected in his reliable hands. For someone who lacked an ideal frame while playing, he knows how to use his body well to position himself in front of linebackers and safeties. He’ll only improve in such circumstances going forward with his added weight. There’s some big upside with Higbee in the right system, and could out-play some of his peers in this class in the coming years. Unfortunately, right before the draft, Higbee has hurt himself by being arrested for intoxication, evading police and 2nd degree assault. Grade: B+


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