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2016 NFL Draft: Round 7, Picks 238-245 grades & analysis

Pick 238 (Round 7, Pick 17) - Atlanta Falcons select Devin Fuller, WR, UCLAPick analysis: Player a

Pick 238 (Round 7, Pick 17) – Atlanta Falcons select Devin Fuller, WR, UCLA

Pick analysis:  Player analysis: Devin Fuller is our 86th-ranked receiver in this year’s draft. Grade:   

Pick 239 (Round 7, Pick 18) – Indianapolis Colts select Trevor Bates, DE, Maine

Pick analysis: The Colts are weak on both lines, and adding rotational ends will always help. Player analysis: Trevor Bates is our 60th-ranked linebacker in this year’s draft. Grade: C+  

Pick 240 (Round 7, Pick 19) – Philadelphia Eagles select Alex McCalister, DE, Florida

Pick analysis: The Eagles go for depth on the D line too, something all teams need. Player analysis: A big favourite of mine all season long, McCalister has fantastic length and athleticism that made him a nightmare to handle at times off the edge, flashing elite pass rush ability periodically, including excellent ability to dip and bend round the edge. Although he didn’t start any games that year, McCalister became a key part of the rotation in 2014, before becoming a big playmaker this season. His promising season went wrong in recent months however. After totalling 9.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks in the first 9 games, McCalister was sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury. It turned out that that would be the end of his college career, as he was dismissed from the Florida team for an unknown violation of team rules. Rather than transfer, McCalister decided to enter the draft. Those character concerns that he will now have to answer questions on, along with a long, skinny frame that doesn’t quite fit playing as a base defensive end, means there are some slight similarities both good and bad to those that faced Randy Gregory this time last year. His range and speed are rare, but he could do with bulking up as well. The upside is just as good too though, and while it’s more likely that he goes on the final day of the draft, talented pass rushers are in high demand, and few possess the upside that McCalister has. He has day 2 talent, but that lack of build, a little bit of inconsistency and the off-field concerns probably prevent that in truth. Grade: C+  

Pick 241 (Round 7, Pick 20) – New York Jets select Charone Peake, WR, Clemson

Pick analysis: Underrated pickup here for the Jets, will contribute sooner rather than later. Player analysis: Arriving alongside Sammy Watkins in Death Valley, Peake was thought of as just as exciting a potential player as the future high pick of the Bills was, if not more so by some. Injuries have played their part though in limiting his ability to contribute, with 25 receptions all the way back in 2012 being his highest total prior to his senior year. He was finally able to flash some of his ability this season, with 50 receptions for 716 yards and 5 scores. Like Doctson, Peake is outstanding at adjusting and contorting his body to position himself to make catches. The injuries have not slowed him down, with not just straight line speed demonstrated by his blazing time in the 4.3’s (at his pro day) but also the short area quickness to create space for himself, all within a stout 6ft 2, 209 lb frame. He is certainly one of the more natural receivers in this 2016 class, both as an athlete and with his hands. Had he not missed so much time he would be talked about more, and if still available late on day 2, or at the start of day 3 of the draft, Peake could turn out to be quite a bargain that outplays many taken before him. Grade: A-  

Pick 242 (Round 7, Pick 21) – Washington Redskins select Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia

Pick analysis: Running back who can help in the rotation for Washington. Player analysis: Marshall has generated a lot of hype since his low 4.3 time in the dash at the combine in February. But getting overly excited about his potential and dramatically bumping up his grade would be wrong, and could see him drafted much higher than he deserves. Yes, he’s fast but has massive durability questions, being unable to stay healthy for the Bulldogs. It’s more than that though. On the field, he may eat up yards in a straight line, but he is very poor moving laterally, and more significantly has awful vision. Marshall constantly just runs head first into traffic, never adjusting to what is opening up in front of him. There’s really not a lot there to like beyond the size/speed combo. Grade: B+  

Pick 243 (Round 7, Pick 22) – Seattle Seahawks select Kenny Lawler, WR, California

Pick analysis: Will contribute touchdowns if given the ball with the other receivers helping out. Player analysis: Another who is not an ideal athlete, and comes from the very passing-friendly Cal offense led by Jared Goff; certainly helps! Lawler is by far the most talented of a group of five efficient senior receivers that the soon-to-be first round pick had to target, with Lawler helped in particular by his good height and massive hands that led to some spectacular grabs over the course of the season. They are interspersed with drops as well though, and generally just doesn’t have too much to get excited about. Lawler could end up being a career-long 3rd receiver on a depth chart. Grade: B-  

Pick 244 (Round 7, Pick 23) – Minnesota Vikings select Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Pick analysis: Comes in from an undefeated team, has ability to contribute. Player analysis: Jayron Kearse is our 23rd-ranked safety in this year’s draft. Grade: B-  

Pick 245 (Round 7, Pick 24) – Cincinnati Bengals select Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Pick analysis: The Bengals need safety depth and Fejedelem brings that to this team, and with such a good defence he could play soon. Player analysis: Coming out of high school, Fejedelem’s best offer was to Grand Valley State. He believed he was better than that and could play at the FBS level, and so instead chose to walk on at Illinois, got himself noticed by the coaching staff in practice and before long was establishing himself as a standout safety, not just on the team but in the country. Fejedelem led the nation in total tackles by a non-linebacker (and still tied-5th overall) with 140 this season, including a 19 tackle performance against Wisconsin. He might not offer a complete game, and shows some struggles handling coverage duties, especially when asked to line up one-on-one. Against the run and moving downhill though is another matter, showing excellent anticipation and vision, as well as the ability to work through the traffic to take optimum routes to the ball carrier, before taking him down with good wrap up technique. He’s another who was wrongly snubbed from the combine but proved his good athletic abilities at his pro day instead. He may not have the highest ceiling, but his tough, hard-working and effective style certainly translates. Grade: C

2016 NFL Draft: Round 7, Picks 238-245 grades & analysis

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