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2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Picks 129-134 grades & analysis

Pick 129 (Round 4, Pick 31) - Cleveland Browns select Derrick Kindred, S, TCUPick analysis: 


Pick 129 (Round 4, Pick 31) – Cleveland Browns select Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

Pick analysis: You find a player in this draft tougher than Kindred. Very quick downhill and hits really hard. Intimidation factor on display when he plays. Doesn’t wrap up for his tackles, so will sometimes miss. If he learns to wrap up will be a very good player in the NFL. Player analysis: Derrick Kindred is our 29th-ranked safety in this year’s draft. Grade: B+  

Pick 130 (Round 4, Pick 32) –  Baltimore Ravens select Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska

Pick analysis: Very tough and willing to compete at the point of attack, doesn’t shy away from contact. Is unfortunately slow and plods instead of stepping. Needs to learn to pick up and chop his feet. Can help in a rotation. Player analysis: There’s a lot to like about the potential of Lewis physically, with good length, a well-proportioned frame, and impressive fluidity and flexibility looked for to play on the edge.  The mental game is a different question all together.  Originally starting out with the Colorado Buffaloes, Lewis transferred after an assault on an Air Force cadet that led to a short jail term being served.  In another albeit very different incident, he took criticism from Husker fans very poorly in wake of a defeat caused in part by his personal foul error, ranting at the team’s fans afterwards in a badly chosen loss of cool.  That question on his ability to handle pressure, along with turning 24 already this month, most likely keep him in the later rounds. Grade: C  

Pick 131 (Round 4, Pick 33) – Green Bay Packers select Blake Martinez, LB, Stanford

Pick analysis: Exceptional instincts, plays inside and works the middle of the field. knows where the ball is at all times. Not afraid of contact and very tough. Player analysis: Blake Martinez is our 28th-ranked linebacker in this year’s draft. Grade: B  

Pick 132 (Round 4, Pick 34) – Baltimore Ravens select Willie Henry, DT, Michigan

Pick analysis: One gap tackle, willing to rush the passer. Quick and able to move up the field as well as tough enough to play the run. Has a feel for the game and loves to compete. Player analysis: If you watch Michigan’s game against Northwestern mid-season, you’d declare Henry a potential first round pick on that performance.  That game showcased everything that is great about his skill set and potential.  He was constantly in the backfield, walking back offensive lineman with ease, showing excellent awareness, intelligence and timing to disengage and take down the ball carrier and QB.  The big issue is that those performances are just too rare.  Henry is significantly let down by his inconsistency, and didn’t play that way week-to-week.  It was therefore disappointing to see Henry declare for the draft.  The potential to play better more regularly, and grow in his second season under the revamped Wolverines under Jim Harbaugh was exciting and could have seen him earn a higher grade as a senior.  Given his under-achiever stamp that he’s earned with his play on the field, his decision to leave early rather than work to improve first will surely be met with questions as to the reasons why.  There’s no doubt he should do more.  Henry legitimately has an elite level combination of size, power, strength and athleticism.  He is known for his freakish performances in the weight room.  He doesn’t make the most of it though, with a lot of slow reactions off the snap, some poor leverage, and generally just a lot of wasted energy in his movements that negates some of his best traits frustratingly.  There’s a lot of upside, but there’s questions too, some of which might come down to effort and work ethic.  Still, despite being part of a strong rotation, Henry finished with a sold 34 tackles, 10 TFLs and 6 sacks in his final season in Ann Arbor. Grade: B+  

Pick 133 (Round 4, Pick 35) – San Francisco 49ers select Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU

Pick analysis: Very long athlete who plays to his size, Explosive and able to track receivers. Off the field issues and fooled too easy in coverage when one on one. Player analysis: A bit of a wildcard, having not played since 2014, and only 8 starts in just 18 games played in total before his dismissal from the Tigers.  That dismissal came after issues with his signing for the team out of high school, then academic issues, and multiple suspensions for violations of team rules.  A lot of character red flags for teams to navigate through in deciding if he’s worth investing in.  His length at nearly 6ft 2 is the main appeal, along with being an impressive long-striding athlete.  But there were issues on the field as well.  Although taking into account his youth at the time, he was highly inconsistent.  More worryingly was a real lack of effort and hustle that saw him back out of tackles and take plays off.  Someone will take a chance on him, but it’s hard to feel overly confident. Grade: C-  

Pick 134 (Round 4, Pick 36) – Baltimore Ravens select Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech

Pick analysis: Change of pace back who can catch as well as run, doesn’t give up on the play. Not very thick and with physical running durability will be in question. Player analysis: Dixon finished off a highly productive career that saw him leave with the second most combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in NCAA history with 87 in his four years. Though he missed time as a Senior, Dixon still finished with 1,070 yards (5.43 YPC), 19 rush TDs, as well as 467 yards receiving and 7 more TDs through the air. Outside of Elliot, Dixon might be the most complete back in this class, with his all-round game a big boost to his stock. He has the natural abilities and hands of a true receiver out of the backfield with the skills to then run after the catch and exploit space. He is also a real standout in pass protection that will earn him trust early on in his career. Dixon has good size but is probably close to maxed out on what he can add to his frame. Within that though is excellent strength, particularly in his lower body to keep the legs churning after contact. He shows good vision and lateral cuts to hit holes and make the most of space. Dixon is a bit limited athletically though. He doesn’t have true deep speed that sees him caught from behind when attempting to break long runs. His short-area quickness and changes of direction are fairly average too. He may never be an elite runner in the league, but should have a high floor at least, and his ability to contribute in all phases early on ought to see him off the board by the end of day 2 in the draft. Grade: B


2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Picks 129-134 grades & analysis

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