3 rounds down and only a Saturday to go. Who thinks there will be any good players left by the time the 6th round roles around? Will we get any players that can make a dent in this roster? Will they be special teams players at best, any good back up depth, or will we have 5 picks of nothing but practice squad players? I think there's obviously some talent left now, the 4th round hasn't even started. But there will be some talent in the 6th round, and maybe even the 7th. I'm talking about guys that could have back up roles and maybe even a starter or two in 2 years time.
Think I'm lying? This is who will probably still be available with the rest of our picks on Saturday, by my best guess.
We still have plenty of options in the 6th and 7th rounds. Lets not worry. Nate Potter, Andrew Datko, Levy Adcock as offensive tackle prospects should/ could still be available in the 6th. Desmond Wynn from Rutgers, Ryan Miller from Colorodo are good guard prospects. Miller was an all american and a good pass blocker and a highly rated recruit when he signed with Colorado. He goes 6'6 and 320 but is rated somwhere in the 30's right now. I'm a big potter fan as well.
Linebackers like Darius Fleming of Notre Dame will be available. If you watch Harrison Smith's highlight films, you will see Darius Flemming making a play in all of them. He's 6'2 and 245-255, can play inside or outside in a 4-3 or 3-4. He's vastly underrated because Notre Dame was not so hot. Sammy Brown is a good special teams guy who is a senior and was 2nd in the nation in sacks with 13 or so, and 1st in the nation last year with 30 tackles for loss! He has an extremely fast first step at 6'3 and 240. He's a project player but he can blitz, he can run with backs or tight ends in coverage, he is not a great run defender or tackler.
Bryce Brown from Kansas State, and Brandon Bolden from Mississippi are in the conversation at running back. Bolden is an all around Matt Forte type,a nd Bryce was a top ranked recruit. Both offer a ton of potential at running back. Bolden had 1000 yards rushing and 35 catches or so for another 350 yards receiving in the SEC on a Mississippi team without any real play makers this year.
Special teams has punters Shawn Powell who is 6'5 and 250 and Drew Butler who could be available. The punter from Cal that was drafted int the 3rd round was #1 in punting average, these 2 guys were in the top 4 in the nation.
All together, there are some really good players that I'm assuming will still be available in some combination for the last 5 or so picks that we have. We can easily cover all of our needs by my estimation. Before you write of 6th and 7th rounders just remember the Marques Colston's, Arian Foster's, Lagarette Blount's, and yes even Tom Brady's lurking around the corner.
Do you think we can get some real value out of our last late round picks?
There isn't much hope for much more than practice squad guys. (52 votes)
Might be able to get 2 or 3 special teamers. (111 votes)
Might get some good depth. (229 votes)
Might be able to get potential starter or two within 2 years. (140 votes)
532 total votes