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2016 NFL Draft: Round 5, Picks 152-157 grades & analysis

Pick 152 (Round 5, Pick 13) - Washington Redskins select Matt Ioannidis, DE, TemplePick analysis: 


Pick 152 (Round 5, Pick 13) – Washington Redskins select Matt Ioannidis, DE, Temple

Pick analysis: After the loss of their Nose Tackle, Ioannidis comes in and should contribute as soon as he walks in the door. Great work ethic. Player analysis: He’s not the most powerful, but the technique combined with effort make up for it.  Though he doesn’t truly stand out as either a run defender or interior pass rusher, he does both very solidly and reliably that has seen him play a very big role in one of the more under-rated defenses nationally over the past two years that finally got the attention they deserved this year. Grade: A-  

Pick 153 (Round 5, Pick 14) – Philadelphia Eagles select Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia

Pick analysis: With the loss of DeMarco Murray, the Eagles added a change of pace backup for Ryan Mathews. Insurance policy for a player who isn’t known for finishing seasons. Player analysis: His excellent production will see Smallwood drafted, with 1,519 yards on the ground at 6.38 YPC and 9 touchdowns. He had 8 games of over 100 yards, and at least 72 in every game, while leading the B-12 conference in rush yards this season. He brings solid size, and contributes out of the backfield as well. There’s nothing that really stands out about his game though, lacking the power of a bigger back or the shiftiness of a smaller back. He’ll take what yards are there, but isn’t the most creative when the holes aren’t there to run through. An efficient back, Smallwood should be able to provide depth on a roster, but might never be a significant contributor. Grade: A  

Pick 154 (Round 5, Pick 15) – Cleveland Browns select Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA

Pick analysis: The whole world knows that the Browns need help at wide receiver and Payton can come in and help with his brilliant production in school. Player analysis: Though he ran fast at the combine, Payton without question does not play even close to that on the field. He’s going to make some plays underneath, catch what he ought to, and probably not much else. But he is tough, strongly built for the pros, and does his job. High character and great work ethic. Grade: C+  

Pick 155 (Round 5, Pick 17) – Indianapolis Colts select Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State

Pick analysis: One of the protectors of Carson Wentz during college and he is no coming into a place to help protect Andrew Luck, the Colts are desperate for protection and this is definitely addressing a need. Player analysis: Quarterback Carson Wentz isn’t the only future NFL player that will be drafted from the Bison this year.  When you win 5 straight national titles, no matter what the level, you likely have a number of big time players at key spots, and North Dakota State have relied on a superb left tackle throughout their incredible run.  Quite frankly, the FCS level has been far too easy for Haeg over his college career, dominating year in and year out.  He’s helped himself at both the Senior Bowl and the combine that he can match up with better quality opponents and equal them physically in testing, and those performances could result in a late day two selection.  There’s no doubt that Haeg has the size desired in an NFL level tackle.  He shows good movement, both in his kick slide, and in space on the second level.  While not overly aggressive in his style, Haeg is calm and comfortable with strong use of his hands.  All the success and winning he has been a part of will have built a confidence and mentality that will be very desirable to add to a roster, as will his huge amount of playing experience with 29 starts at right tackle his first two years, then another 31 straight starts at left tackle the next two years after taking over the blindside vacated by Miami Dolphins’ lineman Billy Turner. Grade: B+  

Pick 156 (Round 5, Pick 18) – Buffalo Bills select Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas

Pick analysis: The Bills have a great situation at running back and adding Williams he will be used in the rotation. Help to lessen the load so McCoy can be ultra effective. Player analysis: Arkansas’ leading rusher in 2014, despite splitting carries with Alex Collins all year, Williams had his best season as a junior with just shy of 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, chipping in with a couple receiving scores as well. He was all set for a big final season with the Razorbacks, before an injury pre-season to his foot required surgery, costing him his entire 2015 season. Williams made the decision early on that he would choose to work on his recovery then enter the draft, rather than take a medical redshirt to return for a 5th year. Not only is Williams a powerful back with ideal NFL size, he has the outstanding movement and sharp changes of direction for a bigger bodied back. He truly moves like someone 20 lbs lighter. Proving that he can still do that post-injury is going to be so critical. Williams runs with outstanding work ethic and determination on each and every carry, showing toughness to fight for every additional yard he can get. Add in solid skills as a receiver out of the backfield and he has an all-round game to offer. Like Prosise, fumbling has been an issue, also losing five in his 2014 season. Entering the season, I had a 2nd round grade on Williams. Right now, with questions lingering, he would be too big a risk that early, but if all is positive in the pre-draft medicals, he could be a steal. Grade: C+  

Pick 157 (Round 5, Pick 20) – Tennessee Titans select LeShaun Sims, CB, Southern Utah

Pick analysis: The Titans are a young team and they have added a cornerback. You can never have enough DBs especially in a division with 3 big arms. The Titans want to stop those players throwing. Player analysis: He does come from the FCS level, but Sims played superbly over his career and in particularly his senior season.  He was an East-West Shrine player as opposed to a Senior Bowl player, but stood up and stood out in practices there too.  Previously Sims was given a 2nd round grade, but unfortunately he didn’t quite hit the athletic marks and speed expected at the combine, and had some struggles in the drills too which has led to a little bit of conservative adjustment to that grading.  Despite that, Sims still has the measurables desired in an NFL corner at 6ft & 200 lbs, but importantly has the skills on film to back it up.  He can play both man and zone comfortably, as well as press and off coverage.  In press, he is physical at the line, gets his hands on his receiver early to attempt to disrupt the route then can turn and run stride for stride down the field.  His reactions to breaks in routes are quick, not allowing separation very often.  His overall demeanour and presence on the field is one of confidence and control, looking composed.  It’s clear in his play that he fully trusts his own skills.  When he is targeted, Sims has the ball skills to make break ups, with 10 in his senior year to go with a pair of interceptions.  He uses his size well in run support, hitting hard and consistently wrapping up well, chipping in with 54 tackles in total in 2015.  This remains a high grade, but his abilities both mental and physical suggest a future starting NFL corner.  Josh Norman was likewise a small school Shrine game player and an eventual day 3 pick who is now proving a bargain.  Sims could follow suit. Grade: D+


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