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2016 NFL Draft: Round 7, Picks 222-229 grades & analysis

Pick 222 (Round 7, Pick 1) - Tennessee Titans select Aaron Wallace, LB, UCLAPick analysis: 


Pick 222 (Round 7, Pick 1) – Tennessee Titans select Aaron Wallace, LB, UCLA

Pick analysis: The Titans have a huge amount of picks this year, and depth across the board is and was the order. Player analysis: Aaron Wallace is our 30th-ranked edge defender in this year’s draft. Grade: C+  

Pick 223 (Round 7, Pick 2) – Miami Dolphins select Brandon Doughty, QB, Western Kentucky

Pick analysis: The Dolphins pick a back up Quarterback to push the backups on the team to always keep them moving. Player analysis: Production wise, no-one can match the statistical output of the 6th-year senior over the past couple seasons. Yes, the system is a big factor, being conducive to putting up big numbers, but plenty quarterbacks play in similar systems without matching the numbers of Doughty. After his 2014 performance of 4830 yards (67.9%), 49 TDs & 10 INTs, he bettered it in 2015 with 5055 yards (71.9%), 48 TDs & 9 INTs. Doughty had some struggles during the East-West Shrine week, which highlighted some of the transition issues he’s going to have to the NFL, but there’s plenty to work with. On top of his solid size (albeit with a need to add a little extra bulk), Doughty has arm talent. Few QBs get close to 72% completions, yet he put up that number despite taking a large number of intermediate and deep shots each game, showing nice accuracy downfield. His composure in the pocket is great, stepping into throws to deliver a strike even when he knows he’s going to take a hit. He does tend to slightly over and under throw receivers too often on shorter throws, and locks on to targets with his eyes that better DB’s will read more frequently. As good as he is inside the pocket, he is less effective and accurate on the move. His ability to read defences can be both basic and a little slow, being exposed at times against the better opposition he faced. Also working against him is multiple knee injuries, including a torn ACL that essentially cost him two years earlier in his career. He’s a little older than most prospects too, and will be a 25-year-old rookie. The production is hard to ignore though, and deserves to earn him a chance as a late rounder. Grade: D+  

Pick 224 (Round 7, Pick 3) – San Diego Chargers select Donavon Clark, G, Michigan State

Pick analysis: Another player to help protect Philip Rivers going forward. Player analysis: Donavon Clark is our 30th-ranked guard in this year’s draft. Grade: C  

Pick 225 (Round 7, Pick 4) – New England Patriots select Devin Lucien, WR, Arizona State

Pick analysis: The Patriots pick another wideout in the hope that Tom Brady can make him a star. Player analysis: Devin Lucien is our 96th-ranked wide receiver in this year’s draft. Grade: D+  

Pick 226 (Round 7, Pick 5) – Jacksonville Jaguars select Jonathan Woodard, DE, Central Arkansas

Pick analysis: Another Defensive Lineman for the Jaguars. They want the Quarterback and they will get at him. Player analysis: Jonathan Woodard is our 37th-ranked edge defender in this year’s draft. Grade: B-  

Pick 227 (Round 7, Pick 6) – Minnesota Vikings select Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt

Pick analysis: The Vikings have the youth at Linebacker now, and are hoping to replace the Chad Greenway production. Player analysis: Stephen Weatherly is our 26th-ranked edge defender in this year’s draft. Grade: B-  

Pick 228 (Round 7, Pick 7) – Denver Broncos select Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse

Pick analysis: The Broncos draft a punter as it is so important to get good field position, with their incredible defence. Player analysis: Riley Dixon is our 11th-ranked specialist, and 7th-ranked punter, in this year’s draft. Grade: C+  

Pick 229 (Round 7, Pick 8) – Pittsburgh Steelers select Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston

Pick analysis: With the Suspension of Bryant, the Steelers need to replace his production. This player can come in and try to help out. Player analysis: Demarcus Ayers is our 53rd-ranked receiver in this year’s draft. Grade: B-


2016 NFL Draft: Round 7, Picks 222-229 grades & analysis

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