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2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Picks 135-139 grade & analysis

Pick 135 (Round 4, Pick 37) - Dallas Cowboys select Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi StatePick analysis: 


Pick 135 (Round 4, Pick 37) – Dallas Cowboys select Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Pick analysis: Romo’s eventual replacement, great development prospect. Great arm strength and very good touchness. Has all the tools to succeed as long as he can have time to sit, Very good pick. Player analysis: The development over the past few seasons by the Bulldogs’ quarterback has been an unexpected surprise, considering where he was when he first broke into the team. Back in his first season starting in 2013 as a sophomore, he was a running QB who could throw a bit, and indeed ran for more scores than he passed for (13 to 10). Now he’s a legit pocket passing quarterback with the ability to run, rather than the other way around. The progress he has made with his accuracy, touch, timing, and decision making has been massive, in particularly as a senior in 2015, where he proved that he has the potential to continue his development at the position at the next level too. He finished this year with 3793 pass yards (66.2% completions), 29 TDs to just 5 INTs, while still adding another 10 TDs on the ground as well. His stand out performance of the season came in week ten against a very talented Missouri defence in bad weather conditions. No problem for Prescott as he destroyed the Tigers with 303 yards, 4 touchdown throws and no picks in a dominant display. Anticipation is an area that still needs work, throwing his receivers open as opposed to waiting for them to get open for example. However, he has shown excellent ability to work through his progressions and make good, quick decisions. Though his completion rate has improved over the years, he still really struggles with placement of the ball, especially to targets under close coverage, and may just always lack that ability to be more precise that keeps him more of a later round developmental type of prospect. He’s always been a high character guy, determination to improve and brings strong leadership, but he unfortunately made a mistake right before the draft after being pulled over for speeding and suspected DUI. Grade: A-  

Pick 136 (Round 4, Pick 38) – Denver Broncos select Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

Pick analysis: He can do it all, doesn’t have an ounce of quit in his game. Can run, block and catch. Will make plays and in the 4th round this is a complete steal. Struggled with college academics, but can carry the rock for 200 plus carries. Player analysis: After transferring in the Utah from a junior college, Booker exploded onto the PAC-12 scene with a huge 2014 season for over 1,800 total yards. It was a surprise therefore that he chose to return for his senior year rather than enter the 2015 draft, even more so as he is a little bit older, now set to be 24 as an NFL rookie. Booker did have another productive final season, hitting 1,261 rush yards and 11 rush TDs in his 10 games played. But the amount of touches he’s had and hits taken in the past couple seasons are a big concern, with 642 touches, an average of 28 per game. He missed the last three games of the season with a torn meniscus knee injury that required surgery and is still recovering from. The combination therefore of hits taken, wear and tear, durability to stay healthy and age are all knocks that will be factored in. Booker does have a solid combination of size and athleticism to offer, has decent vision and has proven he can be a focal point of a winning game plan. His versatility was constantly on show, in particularly proving effective as a receiver out of the backfield with 79 catches over his two years with the Utes. While his movement is decent, he does lack top end speed. Strength comes into question when he is asked to pass protect, an area that he is particularly poor in, including technically. Despite the big numbers overall, Booker has had his struggles against better opponents. In 2014 he averaged 5.18 YPC over the season, but was below 4.0 against Michigan, USC, Arizona State, Oregon and Colorado. The number of touches he has leads to some good totals, but his average in 2015 dropped to 4.71 as well. Booker has been a great playmaker for the Utes the last couple seasons, and you could see how much the team’s offense struggled without him down the stretch this year. However, there’s a lack of elite traits to get excited about and plenty reasons to doubt his effectiveness and long term durability to invest too highly in him. Grade: A  

Pick 137 (Round 4, Pick 39) – Green Bay Packers select Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern

Pick analysis: Off the ball with extreme quickness and good pad level. Converts speed into power very well. struggles with blockers due to small hands, will struggle to get away from top blockers. Player analysis: Dean Lowry is our 42nd-ranked defensive lineman in this year’s draft Grade: B-  

Pick 138 (Round 4, Pick 40) – Cleveland Browns select Seth DeVale, WR, Princeton

Pick analysis: Smart kid from an Ivy League school, might struggle with the massive upscale in competition. Player analysis: We listed Seth DeVale as a tight end; he is our 45th-ranked tight end in this year’s draft. Grade: D  

Pick 139 (Round 4, Pick 41) – Buffalo Bills select Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State

Pick analysis: Big arm and very good touchness. Can make huge throws and big play ability. Has legs and can make plays with them. Struggles to hold a starting job, isn’t a natural starter but can develop. Player analysis: A true wildcard pick for the 2016 draft, it’ll be fascinating to see when he’s selected and where. I love the potential, I won’t lie, and it was difficult not to get even more enthusiastic after he unsurprisingly looked fantastic at his pro day, showing off that massive arm. Jones was nearly a bizarre prospect for the 2015 draft, where it seemed he might enter on the strength of just a handful of starts in college. Jones became an instant star after injuries forced him into the starting line-up for the 2014 Big Ten title game then the playoffs that followed, and ended up leading Ohio State to the national title. The decision to return to actually put in a full season seemed like it ought to pay off as he successfully won the starting job this season, but poor play resulted in Jones being dropped midseason for J.T. Barrett instead, despite not losing any games. Therein lies the biggest risk with taking Jones – the failure to show any progress in his play this season from where he was. His game is as raw as it gets, but a little improvement would have encouraged. The worry is that he will be exposed when discussing his knowledge of the game in depth in interviews. It’s clear in his play that he doesn’t show anticipation as to when his receivers will become open, and that he isn’t able to read defences right now. He has plenty of traits to love though, and not just his size. Jones has exceptional mental strength, a calm presence on the field, and no situation is too big for him. He is determined, tough and highly competitive. There’s no doubt that there’s no one who can match him for his tight end size, and incredibly strong arm. He needs to learn some touch, to not throw everything as hard as he can, but his potential in a vertical attacking offense is exciting. His ability to run the ball at his size and build certainly compares to one particular current NFL MVP that I was trying to avoid naming. Opinions and grades will be all over the map, as he does need to ease quite a number of concerns, and regardless will be a risky choice. But there’s so much potential that it would not be a surprise to see him go on day 2 of the draft. Grade: C+


2016 NFL Draft: Round 4, Picks 135-139 grade & analysis

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