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NFL Draft Off the Clock (Picks 21-24): Jarrad Davis, Charles Harris, Evan Engram, Gareon Conley
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4 May 2017 02:05 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Florida Gators inside linebacker Jarrad Davis. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Here’s a breakdown of picks 21-24 of the 2017 NFL Draft (Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20):

21. Detroit Lions: MLB Jarrad Davis, Florida

An impact run defender, Davis should make Detroit’s rush defense immediately better. The SEC product can really move and he covers a lot of ground from the linebacker position. Versatile enough to play the MIKE or outside linebacker in a four-three scheme. He also knows how to deliver a blow once he gets to the ball carrier. Most importantly, his ability as a blitzer, as well as his upside in coverage, ensures Davis will not have to leave the field regardless of the down or distance. A combination of toughness and long arms allows him to win one-on-one battles and disengage from most blockers. Not just a big-time athlete, Davis has drawn raves for his character and football intelligence.

22. Miami Dolphins: DE Charles Harris, Missouri

In terms of his measurables, the Missouri pass rusher did not grade out very well at the NFL Scouting Combine, as he finished towards the bottom of every category in comparison to other defensive ends, whether it was his size or the timed drills. Somewhat surprising considering he comes from a basketball background. Scouts like his first step and believe he has upside as a pass rusher. He made a major leap during his final two seasons at Mizzou, flashing the ability to get into the offensive backfield against both the run and the pass. He needs to get stronger or else he might get physical dominated by the bigger offensive linemen he will face in the NFL.

23. New York Giants: TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss

A “move tight end” in the sense that he’s not really a tight end, Engram usually lined up wide during his time at Ole Miss and has some ways to go if he’s going to be a traditional in-line tight end. At this stage in his development he’s more of a slot receiver, so I’m not sure if the G-Men really filled their need at the position. Engram is extremely undersized at 6’3” and 234 pounds if they insist on listing him as a tight end. On the flip side, the SEC product is an elite athlete who can really fly (4.42 40-yard dash) and is explosive with great agility. As a pass catcher, he can stretch the field and make defenders miss in space. Engram is among the SPARQ-iest tight ends in this class and provides Eli Manning with another playmaker in the throw game.

24. Oakland Raiders: CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

The Oakland Raiders rolled the dice on Conley who could be facing criminal charges at some point. He’s denied allegations and presumably the Raiders have done their homework on the Buckeye, with ownership signing off on this pick. A twitchy prospect, Conley has the speed, athleticism, fluidity, and cutting ability to mirror receivers all over the field. He’s one of the more physically gifted defensive backs in this class with the production over the past two seasons at Ohio State to back it up. Opposing teams struggled to complete passes when throwing Conley’s way and he’s capable of handling press-man coverage, as well as sitting back in a zone. Couple that with his instincts, ball skills, as well as his ability to play the run and the Raiders may have gotten themselves a steal. I expect him to make an impact in Year 1 and improve their struggling pass defense with his ability to cover the slot or play on the outside.

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:

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