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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Safety Johnathan Abram breaks up pass against LSU. (Image Source: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
27. Oakland Raiders: S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Considered by many to be the top safety in this class, Abram is the third MSU defender off the board in the first round. More value than need. They signed free agent LaMarcus Joyner to a four-year contract but former first-round pick Karl Joseph is entering the final year of his deal, so this pick could spell the beginning of the end for the WVU product. Abram is undersized at 5’11” and 205 pounds, but comes with the reputation of being a physical bit hitter, who can tackle, and provide run support. With 4.45 speed Abram runs really well.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tiller, Notre Dame
A very talented prospect, at times Jerry Tiller flashed the ability to take over a game, but also has a tendency to be quiet. His upside warrants a first-round selection but he didn’t always play to that level. He’s 6’7” with excellent overall length (34 ¼”) and large hands. He has the prototypical five-technique build and that’s one way the Chargers could use him, as Tiller is scheme versatile. The Golden Domer is explosive and very nimble for such a big man, which is why his pass rush upside is so tempting.
29. Seattle Seahawks: DE L.J. Collier, TCU
Leading up to the draft the Seahawks shipped off their top pass rusher Frank Clark which made defensive end a priority heading into the draft. It was apropos that they used the pick they received from Kansas City to select Clark’s replacement. No pressure. L.J. Collier lacks elite athleticism but he’s explosive and knows how to use his size. Collier is long and strong, capable of overpowering offensive linemen. He can bull-rush his way to the quarterback and could be an upgrade as a run stopper.
30. New York Giants: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
When the G-Men traded back into the first round, I thought it might be to draft Washington’s Byron Murphy, but Deandre Baker was a solid choice. The only proven cornerback on the roster is Janoris Jenkins, so Baker fills a need and will have the opportunity to play right away. He didn’t test well but brings good length to the table. Fluid in coverage, the Bulldog played faster than his 40-time. He also has a good feel for the game and isn’t afraid to mix it up in run support. Good value/fit.
31. Atlanta Falcons: OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
Atlanta came into the draft with an agenda and they executed their plan. Having already selected offensive guard Chris Lindstrom with the 14th pick, they doubled down on fixing the offensive line by trading back into the first round to call Kalen McGary’s name. Like Lindstrom, the Falcons got themselves another top-notch athlete. The Huskie can move, he’s explosive, and has above-average lateral foot quickness. He’s very tall (6’7”) but has very short arms for a tackle.
32. New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
A powerful pass catcher, N’Keal Harry gives Tom Brady a big-bodied receiver who could help replace some of the production lost when Rob Gronkowski retired. At 6’2” he tips the scales at 228 pounds and has the long arms to provide a big target. Neal isn’t a blazer but he can make catches in traffic with the ups to go up and get the football. At the combine, he posted a 38 ½” vertical with a very impressive 27 bench press reps. If he gets any separation the Patriots just added a valuable weapon.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: email@example.com.
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