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2016 NFL Draft: Round 6 Picks 216-221 grades & analysis

Pick 216 (Round 6, Pick 41) - Dallas Cowboys select Darius Jackson, FB, Eastern MichiganPick analysis: 


Pick 216 (Round 6, Pick 41) – Dallas Cowboys select Darius Jackson, FB, Eastern Michigan

Pick analysis: After drafting Elliott in the first round, the Cowboys draft his backup in the 6th. Player analysis: Someone really needs to take a shot on this kid. There are workout warriors then there is Jackson. He demonstrated unbelievable physical abilities at his recent pro day, running 4.35 in the dash, jumping 41” in the vertical and 11-1 in the broad. His change of direction in short areas is there in his fast 6.82 second 3-cone drill time. All at 6ft 0 and 220 lbs. That is rare at that size. Is he actually a football player though? Damn right he is. He saw limited touches throughout his career and is still learning, but finally it all clicked as a senior for a breakout season in which he can for 1,078 yards and 14 touchdowns. He contributes in the pass game with 41 receptions in the past two seasons, including a couple scores this year. He had to work behind a poor offensive line and not great QB play, but still created well, including looking the part against top opposition in LSU this year. He’s raw, but there’s major upside. Grade: B  

Pick 217 (Round 6, Pick 42) – Dallas Cowboys select Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor

Pick analysis: Played Baskeball in College, will need to get used to the Football, but could be a very good player. Player analysis: Rico Gathers is our 23rd-ranked tight end in this year’s draft. Grade: C  

Pick 218 (Round 6, Pick 43) – Buffalo Bills select Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Pick analysis: The Bills have starting Cornerbacks, but they don’t have much in depth, Seymour is a depth pick. Player analysis: Kevon Seymour is our 27th-ranked cornerback in this year’s draft. Grade: C  

Pick 219 (Round 6, Pick 44) – Denver Broncos select Will Parks, S, Arizona

Pick analysis: The Super Bowl champions pickup some depth at safety who can help out in sub packages. Player analysis: Will Parks is our 34th-ranked safety in this year’s draft. Grade: C+  

Pick 220 (Round 6, Pick 45) – Pittsburgh Steelers select Travis Feeney, LB, Washington

Pick analysis: The Steelers need to get younger at Linebacker, and a project like Feeney is how they could remedy for the future. Player analysis: Elite athleticism and the versatility to be productive at multiple levels of the defense will see Feeney coveted quite early on in the draft. Though he’s currently recovering from a sports hernia surgery that prevented him from working out at his pro day, he was able to show his physical abilities as one of the stars of this year’s combine, that backs up the excellent play on film over the past four seasons for the Huskies. Starting out at safety as a redshirt freshman (after making a late switch from linebacker near the end of camp), he made an immediate impact that included 76 tackles and a pair of interceptions. He has gone on to move more into the box, and then primarily as an edge rusher most recently. Some of the statistical numbers since haven’t looked quite as impressive at times over the years that have followed, but that is in part due to the role asked of him to play in coverage over slot receivers and tight ends almost as an additional cornerback at times. He looked the part as well, as a natural in space and making plays in defending the pass game, impressive at his 6ft 4, 230 lb size. He’s continued by being highly effective getting in to the backfield to complete his extremely versatile skill set, finishing his senior year with 17.5 TFLs and 8 sacks, along with 56 tackles. With so many talented players leaving last season (Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson, Hau’oli Kikaha etc.), Feeney really stepped up as a leader this year on another strong Washington defense. Along with his speed and athleticism, Feeney loves to hit hard as well, playing very physical. Arguably he can be overly so at times, that can see him throwing himself and missing, occasionally letting poor technique let him down. It’s an area to certainly work on as he transitions to the next level. His play on special teams has always been strong despite being a key starter, and will continue to play well there too in the pros. There’s so much potential and upside with Feeney and so many different ways to deploy him. Grade: B  

Pick 221 (Round 6, Pick 46) – New England Patriots select Ted Karras, G, Illinois

Pick analysis: Depth on the O line is always needed, especially with the defensive fronts in the AFC East. Player analysis: Ted Karras is our 23rd-ranked guard in this year’s draft. Grade: C


2016 NFL Draft: Round 6 Picks 216-221 grades & analysis

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