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2016 NFL Draft: Round 5, Picks 170-175 grades & analysis

Pick 170 (Round 5, Pick 33) - Arizona Cardinals select Cole Toner, OT, HarvardPick analysis: 


Pick 170 (Round 5, Pick 33) – Arizona Cardinals select Cole Toner, OT, Harvard

Pick analysis: Very smart athletic tackle, adding to the depth of the Cardinals O Line. Player analysis: The two-year starter has impressed at the Ivy League school since breaking into the first team lineup in 2014, earning him both a Senior Bowl and combine invite.  He had some struggles making the step up in competition though in Mobile, and isn’t a particularly notable athlete either despite offering good size for the position.  He makes up for that somewhat in his film though with excellent aggression and physicality in both his pass pro and run blocking.  The latter is a strength to his game where he also shows intelligence in his blocking to turn his man or direct the defender inside to set the edge and open up running lanes.  In the pass game, Toner handles attacks into his body well, but rushers can find success in disengaging and working around him both inside and outside.  There’s developmental potential, but Toner could be a bit of a project before being able to contribute regularly. Grade: C  

Pick 171 (Round 5, Pick 34) – Seattle Seahawks select Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas

Pick analysis:  Player analysis: It was no surprise to see Collins choose to enter the 2016 draft after the completion of this season. Scouts get concerned about the wear and tear of too many carries entering the league, and Collins has been a big time contributor for the Razorbacks right from his true freshman season and for three seasons now. In addition, he has proven himself under the pressure of being the lead back this year with his partner in the ground game Jonathan Williams out for the season, and was able to finish on such a high note in Arkansas’s bowl win over Kansas State that will be fresh in the memory of scouts, rushing for 185 yards at a massive 8.04 YPC and 3 touchdowns in his last college game. Collins has gone over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons, the first two while splitting time with Williams. Collins has good size for the position, but isn’t great when moving laterally and changing direction, and is overall a bit limited as an athlete which was reflected in his combine numbers. In his earlier days, his game was mostly about north-south running for the most part, often without a great deal of vision or patience involved, but made it work through his excellent yards after contact, fighting and churning his legs or breaking tackles. He still does that, getting the most out of every run, always falling forward. Now though, he has shown improvement with his awareness and vision to create better. He still needs work to provide a complete game though. In three full seasons, Collins has provided just 27 career receptions. Grade:  

Pick 172 (Round 5, Pick 35) – Cleveland Browns select Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State

Pick analysis: The Browns need help out wide in a big way, and Higgins is all about production. Player analysis: Higgins unfortunately lacks in almost every area physically, which hurts his draft stock. His very thin frame just doesn’t look the part even at the college level, and doesn’t make up for it with his athleticism, where he is rather slow and lacking explosive or dynamic traits. He has it above the shoulders though, with the football IQ, awareness and understanding of both his offense and the defense he’s facing, that has seen him put up big numbers for the Rams. His 2014 season was insanely good, where he had 96 catches for 1,750 yards (over 18 yards per catch) and 17 TDs. His numbers dropped this year, but that’s not a surprise given he lost his QB Garrett Grayson, and was still able to put up impressive stats with a much more inexperienced young thrower taking over. Grade: A-  

Pick 173 (Round 5, Pick 36) – Cleveland Browns select Trey Caldwell, CB, Louisiana Monroe

Pick analysis: Outside of Joe Haden, they don’t have much at Corner, so bringing in Caldwell at least gives them a chance to find a gem. Player analysis: Trey Caldwell is our 65th-ranked cornerback in this year’s draft. Grade: B  

Pick 174 (Round 5, Pick 37) – San Francisco 49ers select Fahn Cooper, OT, Mississippi

Pick analysis: 49ers draft a lineman to help with their bad upfront play, a group of mediocre player is better than what they currently have, hopefully Cooper can be the one who develops into a starter. Player analysis: We have Fahn Cooper listed as a guard. He is our 20th-ranked guard in this year’s draft. Grade: B-  

Pick 175 (Round 5, Pick 38) – San Diego Chargers select Jatavis Brown, LB, Arkansas

Pick analysis: The Chargers have many holes and get themselves a player who can contribute very soon in some capacity. Player analysis: Players with the incredible instincts and playmaking skills of Brown are worth ignoring the measurables for. That said, Brown is really pushing it in that regard, at just 5ft 11 and 217 lbs; it has to be factored in to some extent. His film is fantastic though. On top of having a superb feel for the game, he’s a nice athlete who moves fluidly around the field, flows to the ball through traffic, is always in the right place, almost never taking false steps out of position. Making plays on every level of the defense, he finished his senior year with 116 tackles, 20 TFLs, 12 sacks, 4 force fumbles and an interception. Yes, he played in the MAC against mostly relatively poorer opposition, and some of his less effective games over the last couple seasons have been against tougher teams such as Oklahoma and Penn State, but he’s given Pittsburgh nightmares over two meetings, and stood out at the NFLPA Bowl game this off-season. He should be able to have a good impact on special teams as well initially. Grade: B+


2016 NFL Draft: Round 5, Picks 170-175 grades & analysis

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