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2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Picks 111-116 grades & analysis

Pick 111 (Round 4, Pick 13) - Detroit Lions select Miles Killebrew, S, Southern UtahPick analysis: 


Pick 111 (Round 4, Pick 13) – Detroit Lions select Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah

Pick analysis: Built like a linebacker, and hits like one too. Very muscular and a brilliant tackler, doesn’t lose form and still hits like a truck. Unfortunately his instincts are average at best, and can get lost unless the play is quite obvious. Will likely be used in the box as a hybrid linebacker, but teams will feel his presence. Player analysis: If someone can match Joseph when it comes to hard-hitting highlight reel moments, that would be Killebrew, part of a very strong Thunderbirds defense that will see several players drafted this year. He may come from a small school against lower competition level, but did the necessary requirement of dominating at that level, and piled up 132 tackles as a senior, with 2.5 TFLs and 7 pass breakups (no interceptions this year), and also has blocked a number of kicks on special teams too. He certainly comes with NFL-level size as well. That said, another ideal box to check off that he belongs is proving himself against better opposition at an all-star game. Killebrew attended the Senior Bowl, but underwhelmed during the practices which is a concern, as is the fact that he reportedly didn’t impress during some of his interviews with teams present. The question of performing at a higher level therefore still remain a bit of a concern. He bounced back to some degree in February at the combine though, in terms of showing enough athletically with solid runs and jumps, amid questions that some even wondered if he’d make a weakside linebacker if he tested poorly. There’s no doubt that he is at his best playing down in the box against the run and challenging anyone who dares to enter the middle of the field on short to intermediate routes in the passing game. He’s not a major liability deep in coverage; he understands his job and reads the field well, but it’s certainly not his strength. The play in the box isn’t perfect either in all honesty, with the occasional poor positioning and bad angle taken. He might need a bit of time to sharpen his game enough before being a big part of the defense he becomes a part of. He’s got a great on-field demeanour about him though, and it’s hard not to fall in love with his game. Grade: B-  

Pick 112 (Round 4, Pick 14) – New England Patriots select Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia

Pick analysis: Mitchell looks like a Patriots receiver. He is a smooth route runner, he’s not got stereotypical size but he is tough. He has good hands and can make contested catches. He has a history of injuries and he will be a 24 year old rookie, but he should slot in pretty well in this offense. Player analysis: If only it weren’t for all the injuries that slowed him down – his knee troubles could still prove off-putting depending on his medicals. Mitchell was developing in to one of the top receivers in the country before missing the entire 2013 season, then being limited in 2014. Thankfully he was back to his best as a senior this year, and once again looked a real playmaker. Mitchell is a natural at the position, who knows how to find or create space for himself that so many others just don’t have and likely will never be able to learn as effectively. An interesting side note; Mitchell is also a published children’s book author! Grade: B  

Pick 113 (Round 4, Pick 15) – Chicago Bears select Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia

Pick analysis: Very productive player, who can play in coverage. Athletic with a good understanding of the game and helps in the upgrade of the Bears Linebacker Corps. Will contribute early on passing downs with his recognition and instincts. Not particularly powerful at the point of attack and can get knocked off assignments and take the long way round. Player analysis: Looking at him now, it’s hard to believe that he originally arrived with the Mountaineers as a safety. He’s really bulked up into a stout, tough and physical run defender. It’s easy to forget though that he has good athletic traits, even though he proved that with very solid all-round numbers at his recent pro day. He might no longer have great top-end speed, but changes direction very well and looks comfortable in space. He made an exceptional diving interception against Oklahoma State, one of 3 picks and 7 pass breakups he made in coverage this year, to go with 86 tackles and 10 tackles for loss he also made. Kwiatkoski should make for a very reliable and solid final day selection. Grade: C+  

Pick 114 (Round 4, Pick 16) – Cleveland Browns select Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn

Pick analysis: You may remember Ricardo Louis for the catch he made to beat Georgia in 2013 to help bring them to the National Championship. Following Duke Williams dismissal Louis was asked to be more of a downfield and run after the catch option, and he was okay. He has good size but he is a little raw and has inconsistent hands. But he has good potential. Player analysis: One of my favourite sleeper prospects entering the season, throughout the season, and entering the draft build up. He’s not much of a sleeper anymore though, particularly after an excellent showing at the combine in February, where he was among the fastest of the receivers in attendance, and looked superb in drills. On the field, his athleticism absolutely translates. His fast, fluid movement at 6ft 2 & 215 lbs is tough to contend with. Auburn’s offense was a bit of a shambles on offense this season, struggling to replace Nick Marshall at QB, and as a result, Louis was unable to fully demonstrate what he could do. Despite that he still put up respectable numbers, and could well flourish in a more efficient pass attack. There’s work to be done, with ball security too frequently proving troublesome, and learning a more complete set of pro-style routes beyond the simplistic and restricted number he was asked to run in college. Grade: C+  

Pick 115 (Round 4, Pick 17) – Atlanta Falcons select De’Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota

Pick analysis: Athlete pure and simple, very long and is very fast. Will likely move to the outside in order to rush the passer. He has great hands and he is first to the point of attack hitting first. Complete lack of instincts though. Gets blocked out of plays and moved around purely because he doesn’t know where the play is going. He can hopefully contribute in the passing down, but will struggle in the run. Player analysis: De’vondre Campbell is our 27th-ranked linebacker in this year’s draft. Grade: C  

Pick 116 (Round 4, Pick 18) – Indianapolis Colts select Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas

Pick analysis: Ridgeway has was one of the guys I outlined as one of the best players available. He was a surprise to declare but when he shared a field with last years Patriots first rounder Malcolm Brown, he out played him sometimes. He has good tools, he just needs to be more consistent and work on his conditioning to reach his potential. Player analysis: It was a relatively unexpected decision for Hassan to declare for the draft, and throw his name into such a strong group at his position.  On top of that, it was a bit of a down year for the Longhorns’ lineman in 2015 compared to his sophomore season.  Back in 2014 he had 46 tackles, 9.5 TFLs and 6 sacks, which dropped to 36 tackles, 6.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks this time around.  Despite all that, Ridgeway is a superb talent with NFL size and power, really built for the pros.  The 6ft 3, 303 lb tackle moves well for a big man, but first and foremost knows how to use his size and physicality to his advantage.  He was a bit raw back in 2014, playing a bit high out of his stance and inconsistent at holding his ground, but clearly flashed, often looking the better player than his partner on the interior Malcolm Brown who last year was a first round pick of the Patriots.  Ridgeway has just as much potential as Brown if he can clean up some technique and improve his consistency.  The biggest negative right now is his conditioning.  Ridgeway isn’t going to flourish if kept in a game every series and can tire towards the end of games.  He needs to work on his stamina in order to have a bigger impact on games for more snaps Grade: C+


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