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Giants selected Boise State S Darian Thompson with the No. 71 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Thompson (6'1/208) made 44 starts for the Broncos, piling up 15 tackles for loss and a school-record 19 interceptions, and earning third-team All-America honors as a senior. He sent up athletic red flags at the Combine, running 4.69 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical. Although he was a ballhawk in the Mountain West, Thompson was burned for ten touchdown passes over his final three years and lacks the range and length to hold up in NFL pass coverage. He's an undersized box safety with a questionable fit in the league. Thompson will be paired with last year's second round pick Landon Collins.
Apr 29 - 9:58 PM

Ravens selected DE Bronson Kaufusi with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Kaufusi (6'7/285) started 3 1/2 seasons at BYU, tallying 44 tackles for loss with 26.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. A coach's son, Kaufusi's father Steve coached the Cougars' defensive line and has also spent time in the NFL. Kaufusi has long arms (34 1/2") and is an 82nd-percentile SPARQ athlete, running 4.87 with excellent agility scores. He also spent time on the BYU basketball team. A productive, high-motor prospect with NFL-level movement ability, Kaufusi's ceiling may be lowered by his age; he'll be a 25-year-old rookie after a Mormon mission delayed his college career. He should slot in as a five-technique defensive end for the Ravens.
Apr 29 - 9:57 PM

Jaguars selected Maryland DE Yannick Ngakoue with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Ngakoue (6'2/252) turned pro following a breakout junior campaign, setting Maryland's single-season sack record (13.5) and tallying 21.5 for his career along with 33 tackles for loss. He earned first-team All-Big Ten in 2015. Ngakoue turned in a solid Combine workout, running 4.75 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Ngakoue has experience as an edge-setting run defender, offers pass-rush potential, and plays with a non-stop motor. He has a chance to develop into a factor as an NFL edge presence.
Apr 29 - 9:53 PM

49ers selected Mississippi State CB Will Redmond with the No. 68 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Redmond (5'11/182) turned pro as a redshirt junior despite making only seven college starts and tearing his right ACL last October. He finished his career with 13 pass breakups and five interceptions. Redmond flashed quick-twitch athleticism and pro-caliber coverage traits during his brief college career, but is severely short on size. Redmond could struggle to push for playing time this season.
Apr 29 - 9:52 PM

Cowboys selected Nebraska DT Maliek Collins with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Collins (6'2/311) turned pro after three seasons at Nebraska, logging 23 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 26 starts. He made second-team All-Big Ten as a junior. A gap-shooting penetrator, Collins' athletic ability showed up in Indy with a 5.03 forty and 29 1/2-inch vertical. Collins' run defense needs a lot of work, but he's pro ready to cause backfield havoc, and just turned 21 a few weeks ago. He's an upside three-technique prospect.
Apr 29 - 9:52 PM

Chargers selected USC C Max Tuerk with the No. 66 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Tuerk (6'5/298) made 38 starts for the Trojans, seeing action all over the line before suffering a year-ending knee injury five games into his senior season. Tuerk was voted first-team All-Pac 12 as a junior. Before his injury, Tuerk demonstrated top-shelf movement skills and flashed a nasty streak, but he desperately needs to get stronger. Tuerk also has short arms (32 1/2") that will limit him to the interior in the pros. Long and lean, Tuerk's best NFL position is probably center. Unable to work out before the draft, Tuerk's recovery may force him to open his rookie year on reserve/PUP. Announced as a center, Tuerk will push Chris Watt whenever he gets healthy.
Apr 29 - 9:44 PM

Browns selected Penn State EDGE Carl Nassib with the No. 65 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Nassib (6'7/277) earned 2015's Lombardi Award as the nation's best defensive front seven player, setting a Penn State single-season record with 15.5 sacks and leading the nation in forced fumbles (6). Although Nassib lacks quick-twitch athleticism, he combines outstanding length (34 1/2") with huge hands (10 3/8") and a relentless motor. If Nassib improves his strength -- the former walk-on gained 70 pounds in college and hasn't yet caught up in the weight room -- he could have a future at strong-side defensive end. We suspect Nassib will struggle for playing time early, especially in the Browns' 3-4 scheme. He could carve out an early role in sub packages.
Apr 29 - 9:42 PM

Titans selected Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard with the No. 64 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Byard (5'11/216) made 46 starts for the Blue Raiders, leaving school as Middle Tennessee's all-time leader in interceptions (19), interception-return yards (377), and pick-sixes (4). Although Byard flashed center-field prowess at January's Senior Bowl, he was surprisingly snubbed for a Combine invite. Long armed (33 1/2") with obvious ball-hawking potential, Byard has an outside chance to develop into a starting free safety in a few years.
Apr 29 - 9:41 PM

Broncos selected Georgia Tech DT Adam Gotsis with the No. 63 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Gotsis will be in the mix as the Broncos try to replace Malik Jackson. Gotsis (6'5/287) started for three seasons at Georgia Tech, logging 27.5 career tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. His senior year ended on Halloween due to a knee injury, and the subsequent recovery prevented Gotsis from testing before the draft. Gotsis' pass-rush prowess is unlikely to transition smoothly into the NFL, but he can hold the point of attack and play with power. Whenever he gets healthy, Gotsis might be best utilized as a two-gap defensive end.
Apr 29 - 9:37 PM

Panthers selected Samford CB James Bradberry with the No. 62 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bradberry (6'1/211) earned third-team FCS All-American accolades as a senior, finishing his career with eight interceptions and holding his own as a small schooler at January's Senior Bowl. In addition to plus size, Bradberry is blessed with length (33 3/8-inch arms) and quality athleticism, clocking 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Announced as a corner, Bradberry will compete to replace Josh Norman opposite Bene Benwikere.
Apr 29 - 9:36 PM

Saints traded up with the Patriots to select Ohio State S Vonn Bell with the No. 61 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Saints traded in front of division rival Carolina to select Bell, a position of need for the Panthers. They sent picks No. 78 (3rd) and No. 112 (4th) to the Patriots for the pick. Bell (5'11/199) was a 28-game starter in the Buckeyes' secondary, logging nine career INTs and two forced fumbles, and earning first-team All-American accolades in 2015. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has praised Bell's "range and ball skills." Bell's shortcomings are his size and run defense; he's at his best roaming deep and covering inside receivers one on one. Bell is also an ordinary athlete with 4.51 speed and a 30 1/2-inch vertical, limitations that dampen his long-term ceiling.
Apr 29 - 9:28 PM

Patriots selected Alabama CB Cyrus Jones with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Jones (5'10/197) converted from wideout to corner and started his final 2 1/2 seasons for the Crimson Tide, piling up seven career INTs and four forced fumbles. Jones was even more impressive on punt returns, averaging 12.6 yards and bringing back four for touchdowns, setting an Alabama record. Jones tested well in Indy, running 4.49 with a 33-inch vertical and showing quickness in agility drills. On defense, Jones is a press-coverage specialist with slot experience and upside to become a lower-end No. 2 corner in the league. With Logan Ryan entering his contract year, Jones could be asked to help in sub-packages this season before being promoted next year.
Apr 29 - 9:25 PM

Buccaneers traded up with the Chiefs to select Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Bucs sent the Chiefs the Nos. 74 and 106 overall picks to come up for the kicker. Aguayo (6'0/207) was the best kicker in the nation for the duration of his Seminoles career, earning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and first-team All-ACC each of the next two seasons. All told, Aguayo went 69-of-78 (88.5%) on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points. In January, Aguayo become the first placekicker to declare early for the NFL draft since Sebastian Janikowski in 2000.
Apr 29 - 9:21 PM

Steelers selected Maryland DB Sean Davis with the No. 58 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Davis (6'1/201) made 40 starts for the Terps, breaking out as a senior for five forced fumbles and three interceptions. Davis shuttled between corner and safety at Maryland and offers versatility. He's also a terrific athlete, running 4.46 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-6 broad jump. On tape, Davis needs to polish his coverage game — he coughed up 10 TD passes in his final two seasons — and was an inefficient tackler. He reminds of Jimmy Wilson as a safety-corner hybrid who may ultimately struggle to nail down a starting job at either position.
Apr 29 - 9:19 PM

Colts selected Clemson DB T.J. Green with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Green (6'3/209) spent two seasons at safety after converting from wideout, emerging as a starter as a 2015 junior and logging 5.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles. Green helped himself at the Combine, blazing 4.34 with an explosive 10-foot-9 broad jump. Green flashes stingy cover skills and was at times utilized as an eighth defender in the box at Clemson, but he missed 17 tackles last season and has yet to fully unlock his athletic gifts. Green is something of a project, but offers upside. Green was announced as a safety by the Colts and figures to push FS Mike Adams and SS Clayton Geathers for snaps.
Apr 29 - 9:16 PM



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