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2016 NFL Draft: Round 5, Picks 158-163 grades & analysis

Pick 158 (Round 5, Pick 21) - New York Jets select Brandon Shell, OT, South CarolinaPick analysis: 


Pick 158 (Round 5, Pick 21) – New York Jets select Brandon Shell, OT, South Carolina

Pick analysis: The Jets select a tackle and with the loss of Ferguson to retirement, it is a huge need. They will keep picking for the O line and throwing players at Left Tackle until one sticks. Player analysis: The nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell, he certainly has good bloodlines.  Shell’s best assets are his big build, long arms and easy strength, along with a huge amount of experience that comes from 37 straight starts in the SEC on both the right and left sides.  He’s very likely a right tackle prospect only for the pros, and though he is solid with his kick slide, hand placement and anchor, isn’t really the best athlete to cope with speed off the edge.  He could also benefit from playing with more aggression than he does.  It was notable when he played on the right side, that South Carolina didn’t actually choose to run to his side of the line very often, as he wasn’t exactly a stand out in creating lanes as a run blocker.  There’s a lot of limitations that would see him as a fairly low-end starter at best, and doesn’t offer a great deal of versatility or depth to cover other spots along the line which is preferred from backups that make him not a great choice as a reserve to suit up on game days either. Grade: A-  

Pick 159 (Round 5, Pick 22) – Houston Texans select KJ Dillon, S, West Virginia

Pick analysis: Addressing the backend of the defence is always important, and the Texans bring in a very productive player for sub packages. Player analysis: When his partner Karl Joseph went down three games into the season, Dillon really stepped up both in his play and in taking on a bigger role as a leader on the Mountaineers defense. He would have liked his teammate to not have been missing, but that said it probably was a positive overall for Dillon in terms of his draft stock for those reasons above. A good athlete (he has returned a few kicks & punts on special teams) with nice size, Dillon does a good job covering a large part of the field. He played primarily from the “spur” backer position, essentially lining up in the box closer to the line of scrimmage. His role still required to contribute against both the run and pass, and though he doesn’t have true deep speed, shows good coverage traits to get his head around and attack the ball as well as some cornerbacks. He’s active against the run, but does show some issues at times getting off blocks, missing a few tackles and over-running some plays. He has shown steady progress over his time in college though, seems a good worker, and likely will make a solid and dependable mid-round pick with a relatively high floor. Grade: C+  

Pick 160 (Round 5, Pick 23) – Minnesota Vikings select Kentrell Brothers, LB, Mizzou

Pick analysis: Brothers is an athlete and joins a very athletic Vikings Linebacker Corps, he will look to get starter reps very soon and he immediately making the Vikings more dynamic. Player analysis: After two superb seasons that saw the Tigers reach the SEC title game in consecutive years, it was a down season in 2015 for Missouri. National attention drifted away fairly early, due to an ineffective offense that couldn’t score and a strong defence who wouldn’t let opponents score either. That resulted in the fantastic season by senior Brothers not getting as much attention as it deserved. Brothers was consistently brilliant from start to finish in his final collegiate year, leading the entire nation in tackles with 152 (that’s 12.7 a game on average!). He was more than just a tackle machine on the second level, chipping in with 12 TFLs, a forced fumble, 2 interceptions and another 3 passes broken up. The defensive leader for Missouri, Brothers is a fiery, emotional character on the field, who plays aggressive every snap. He seems like the type of guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder and highly motivated. If that’s the case, it might be based around his height which is shorter than ideal for the position, barely checking in at six feet flat, but while he probably doesn’t have room to add much additional weight, has a sturdy filled out frame that is more that capable of holding up at the next level. It’s no surprise given the stats he piles up, but Brothers has excellent instincts that sees him in position constantly to make plays on the ball carrier, and make game changing plays. While there are other linebackers with better speed and range, he has enough to cover to the sidelines, which is helped by his quick reactions and motor in pursuit. Indeed, his testing numbers this off-season were pretty poor, and likely keeps him out of the second round, which included a slow 4.89 dash time at the combine. That said, he’s quick changing directions, which does help. The exceptional instincts despite fairly poor athleticism results in some obvious comparisons to Paul Dawson out of TCU who went to the Bengals in round 3 last year. Grade: A-  

Pick 161 (Round 5, Pick 24) – Cincinnati Bengals select Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State

Pick analysis: Cincy are the most complete team in football, and with Westerman he will come in and work in the rotation at Guard. Player analysis: A transfer from Auburn, Westerman has been an outstanding lineman in his 25 starts over the past two years. He may have fairly average size, and not the same length of many of the other top guard prospects, but he can unquestionably match up in terms of strength. There’s so much to like about his game. Westerman is a weight room guy, which shows in his well-toned and filled out frame, and he combines it with a highly aggressive physical style that is so effective. Technically sound and well-coordinated, Westerman is elite in pass protection. His ability to set his anchor then mirror, react and recover saw him only give up one sack all season. As a run blocker, his initial speed is impressive and shows good short area quickness. The aggressive style certainly extends to this area of play where he relishes contact and takes pride in taking out his assignment. His very enthusiastic style can be a little hit or miss mind you, missing his block or overrunning the play, but will win more often than not. Westerman has been receiving more and more attention as this process has gone on, and rightly so. He ought to be a near-lock to go on day two of the draft, and would be worthy of going late in round two. Grade: C+  

Pick 162 (Round 5, Pick 25) – Kansas City Chiefs select Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

Pick analysis: Very smart player, The Chiefs need an eventual successor for Alex Smith and they may have just drafted him, he can sit and learn from one of the better QBs in the league. Player analysis: He’s had his ups and downs over his Cardinal career, and perhaps didn’t quite develop and grow as hoped after he initially burst on the season as a redshirt freshman in 2012, especially after an intense win under pressure against Oregon in just his second start. His determination, grind and effort have never wavered though even during the games in which he struggled to get the pass game going and finished well with a strong senior season. His intangibles and battling character are a big part of his game and his appeal for the next level, and that extends to his toughness that saw him regularly make plays with his legs and even as a blocker for his teammates. As a pocket passer, it’s again his mental game that is his best strength, with his understanding of his offense, anticipation to throw his receivers open, ability to read the defense and processing of situations. That ability and high football IQ are sure to see him become a solid and reliable backup in the NFL, to be ready to step in if required and know that he’ll be prepared and do his job. While he has good size at 6ft 3 and close to 220 lbs, his arm strength is very much lacking and is the biggest negative in his game. The lack of velocity he generates on his throws can take away opportunities by not being able to deliver quickly, and to also offer opportunities to defenders to make a jump on the ball for break ups and interceptions. His deep balls can float and take forever to reach their target downfield, and will be less effective in that area under tighter coverage at the pro level. It’s hard to envision him becoming a legit full time starter due to those deficiencies, but he’ll be a popular late round selection to offer dependable depth behind a franchise QB. He holds the Stanford record for career wins with 36 (10 losses), more than Andrew Luck had at the school, and twice led his team to victory in the prestigious Rose Bowl in 2013 and 2016. Grade: A-  

Pick 163 (Round 5, Pick 26) – Green Bay Packers select Trevor Davis, WR, California

Pick analysis: Player from Aaron Rodgers Alumni, will help with the big play threat and give another pair of hands to catch touchdowns from Rodgers. Not a huge need. Player analysis: Trevor Davis was our 62nd-ranked receiver in this year’s draft. Grade: C-


2016 NFL Draft: Round 5, Picks 158-163 grades & analysis

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