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NFL Draft 2016: Round 5, Picks 140-145 grade & analysis

Pick 140 (Round 5, Pick 1) - Tennessee Titans select Tajae Sharpe, WR, MassachusettsPick analysis: 


Pick 140 (Round 5, Pick 1) – Tennessee Titans select Tajae Sharpe, WR, Massachusetts

Pick analysis: Big physical player who can help the Titans early with the development of Mariota. Player analysis: Has helped himself greatly at the East-West Shrine, Senior Bowl and Combine, in particular showing off his fantastic hands that seemingly never let the ball hit the ground. On film though, he has issues dealing with being handled physically and is nowhere near as effective when pressured by tight coverage. Grade: C  

Pick 141 (Round 5, Pick 2) – Carolina Panthers select Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

Pick analysis: Plays all or nothing and he is the Panthers 3rd corner, they are hoping one hits, this one might not. Player analysis: His ability to create turnovers with his ball-hawking skills is Sanchez’s big selling point to teams, having collected a massive 15 career interceptions in his three seasons, 13 of those over the past two.  While he’s kept durable, having started 37 of 39 games, his ultra-skinny frame is a concern, and can be very noticeable even at the college level that sees him out-muscled easily and limits his ability to help versus the run.  In addition, though he comes up with all those picks, Sanchez does gamble a lot of the time that leads to mistakes and giving up big plays in the wrong direction.  He can be very hit or miss. Grade: D  

Pick 142 (Round 5, Pick 3) – San Francisco 49ers select Donald Blair, DE, Appalachian State

Pick analysis: Plays very hard, and will bring a real intensity to the 49ers. They need all the help they can get and he comes to play ball. Player analysis: Blair also is a difficult fit at the next level, lacking length and athleticism, including really disappointing at the combine that might have hurt his stock a bit.  He’s played very well over the past couple years though, with his calling card being his highly aggressive, almost angry style of play and very high motor.  Helping his case was a very impressive performance against Clemson early on in the 2015 season, where he was a constant nuisance.  His lack of measurables both in size and athleticism are limiting, but there’s no arguing with 71 tackles, 19 TFLs and 7.5 sacks this year, that have earned him a fairly high pick. Grade: B+  

Pick 143 (Round 5, Pick 4) – Oakland Raiders select DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech

Pick analysis: Change of pace back to work alongside Latavius Murray, has the ability to play all over the offence. 3rd down back to make people miss. Player analysis: A bowling ball of a back at under 5ft 8, but so dangerous and elusive as a runner. He leverages well, and has impressive burst and acceleration that made his such an exciting runner and receiver to watch over the past two seasons. That ability saw him pile up 3,308 total yards over his junior and senior seasons for a team not known for developing running backs. His ceiling might be fairly limited, but could prove a nice bargain in the later rounds. Grade: B  

Pick 144 (Round 5, Pick 5) – Denver Broncos select Connor McGovern, G, Missouri

Pick analysis: The Broncos don’t have many holes and this huge guard will be able to contribute in the running game early. Is a depth pick, but will be helpful. Player analysis: Over his 40 starts the past three seasons, McGovern has been an indispensable piece on the O-line for the Tigers, who has had to adapt to a change in position multiple times. That has given him starting experience at right guard, right tackle, and now this past season at left tackle. It speaks well to his natural football skills and ability to learn quickly that will bode well for him at the next level, even if ultimately he’s very likely an interior guy only. With his smarts on the field it wouldn’t be a surprise if someone gave him a bit of a try at Center as well. His former teammate Mitch Morse of the Kansas City Chiefs successfully made that switch from left tackle in college to Center in the NFL this year. On top of not having the ideal arm length at just 32”, he’s not the most fluid mover on the edge at tackle that saw him have issues often handling speed. His best asset is unquestionably his strength where he excels in the weight room, and unsurprisingly was close to leading all prospects at the combine in the bench press, finishing just one rep behind Westerman with 33. His outstanding physical ability is evident at the point of attack where he is consistently stout, rarely seen getting forced backwards to break the pocket integrity. That ability translates to both his pass protection and run blocking, and will be a big factor in earning what should be a fairly early round selection. Grade: C  

Pick 145 (Round 5, Pick 6) – San Francisco 49ers select John Theus, OT, Georgia

Pick analysis: The 49ers have begun to focus on needs now, and the O Line is definitely a need, can play either tackle spot and will help from day one. Player analysis: Theus is another who should get drafted, in part due to having good size and four years starting experience in the SEC.  His stock is similarly kept in check by lacking athleticism that sees him exposed on the edge of the line, and his build overall is untoned, carrying a lot of poor weight on his frame.  Theus unsurprisingly struggled at the Senior Bowl, being taken advantage of regularly during both drills during practice, and during the game itself.  All that said, his co-ordination is very reliable and holds up very well against the bull rush.  Over 52 starts he has manned both the left and right sides, proving very durable over the course of his college career. Grade: B-


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