NFL Draft Board

2018 NFL Draft Big Board - 201-250

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series 2018 NFL Draft Big Board

201. Nick Bawden | San Diego State | FB

An old-school fullback that brings tremendous violence and the ability to be a dominant lead blocker in an offense. Nick Bawden is responsible for some of Rashaad Penny's success at San Diego State due to his ability to consistently dig defenders out of the hole. Bawden showed at the Senior Bowl some receiving ability as well that we didn't see at San Diego State.

202. Godwin Igwebuike | Northwestern | S

Godwin Igwebuike can be a quality rotational safety in the NFL due to his size, athletic ability, and nose for the ball. Igwebuike plays nicely when coming downhill and chasing ball carriers down sideline to sideline. Strong, fast, and has nice instincts that help him when playing centerfield safety, and playing the run. I wouldn't ask him to play man to man often but trust him playing either safety spot that allows him to flow to the ball.

 203. Greg Stroman | Virginia Tech | CB

Due to his size, Greg Stroman may find his home at nickel corner in the NFL. At 6-foot-0, 180lbs, Stroman doesn't play with much physicality but is a good enough athlete to stay sticky in coverage on receivers.With his athletic ability, cover ability, and great ball skills, Stroman will get a shot to prove himself as a down the roster cornerback, if he can add some weight and become a bit more physical he has starting potential.

204. Tyler Conklin | Central Michigan | TE

Central Michigan's Tyler Conklin isn't an elite athlete, but he has an insane catch radius and is good at the catch point. While he isn't all that athletic, Conklin is a savvy route runner who creates separation with his physicality and natural body movements. Conklin has strong hands and is one of the better blocking tight ends in this draft class. Tyler Conklin has some starting TE potential, but the injury background may push him down the draft board.

205. Leon Jacobs | Wisconsin | LB

Leon Jacob's will need to be drafted to play a certain role, but he can be really good at that role. Jacobs is a solid blitzer off the edge and can be a solid two-down linebacker in the NFL. Jacobs is built like a brick wall and will knock your head off when coming downhill. Jacob's traits are intriguing, but his tape showed a few too many inconsistencies to draft in the top 200.

206. Will Clapp | LSU | OL

LSU's Will Clap is a versatile OL who can play any spot on the interior of the offensive line. Clapp has good size and plays with a ton of strength in his lower half. Clapp generally keeps his feet clean when in pass sets and getting to the second level. Lacks ideal arm length that may cause problems when reaching explosive defensive tackles, but makes up for that with good strength and balance in his lower half.

207. Avonte Maddox | Pittsburgh | CB

The undersized nickel is seemingly flying severely under the radar, but a dominant Shrine Game and combine is starting to open some eyes. Maddox was a four year player for Pittsburgh and earned a starting job early in his time with the program. Maddox has very good ball skills, is extremely physical in run support, and is a superb athlete to match with his fluid hips and good coverage ability. Outside of his size, Avonte Maddox has few holes in his game.

208. Keishawn Bierra | Washington | LB

While being a bit undersized and lacking the ideal athletic ability for the position, Bierra is still a consistent tackler and has been a three-year starter for the Huskies. Has a great motor and can maneuver through trash to find ball carriers. Takes very good angles to ball carriers and puts himself in a good position to make plays on the ball in coverage.

209. P.J. Hall | Sam Houston State | DT

P.J. Hall is one of the more interesting prospects in this draft class. Finished with 42 sacks in his career mainly playing as an outside edge rusher. Hall has less than ideal size but makes up for that with great explosiveness, violent hands, and good flexibility in his lower half. Hall may not be a household name yet, but he's one you should start to get familiar with ASAP.

210. Brian O'Neil | Pittsburgh | OT

Brian O'Neil is a former tight end who has elite athletic ability but must improve on his footwork and hand sequence to succeed at the next level. O'Neil showed flashes of being a really good OT at Pittsburgh and at the Senior Bowl, but lacks the ideal technique to consistently win against opposing defensive lineman. O'Neil deals with speed much better than he deals with power, so NFL teams will want him to get in the weight room and bulk up without losing his great athletic ability.

211. Jordan Lasley | UCLA | WR

UCLA's Jordan Lasley has great size and great speed. Lasley isn't the most natural hands' catcher and struggles at winning the contested catches. Lasley is inconsistent, but the positive plays on tape and his physical and athletic profile are extremely intriguing. I'm lower on Lasley than most, but I can't deny he has special traits, the question is, can he put them all together, and put in the work to be great.

212. Joseph Noteboom | TCU | OT

The physical traits outweigh the tape in Joseph Noteboom's tape. You love his size, you love his length, but the tape is disappointing. Noteboom had a very impressive combine and that shows up on tape, but his technique is sloppy in his pass sets, and he overextends far to often when run blocking. I like him as a developmental guy, but I don't see him as a starting tackle out of the gates like some are claiming.

213. Dimitri Flowers | Oklahoma | FB

Versatile H-back who was more of a playmaker than a true blocking fullback at Oklahoma. Oklahoma's Dimitri Flowers caught a ton of passes, was handed the ball, and did some blocking as the Sooner's do it all guy on offense. Flowers is a matchup weapon as a receiver, but can be a decent in-line blocker as well.

214. Austin Allen | Arkansas | QB

After an underwhelming Senior season, a lot of people gave up on Arkansas QB, Austin Allen. While I don't think Allen has potential to be some franchise quarterback, I do see a player who could be a high end backup at the next level. Allen showed in 2016 that he can make all the throws in all three levels, and actually displayed great arm talent. Allen's toughness and accuracy will land him with a team looking for a young, developmental backup.

215. Joshua Kalu | Nebraska | S

Joshua Kalu plays with good range, good cover ability, and good tackling ability. Kalu is versatile and can play anywhere from corner to free safety with his size and athleticism. Kalu looks good when coming downfield to play the run, but also has the range and instincts to play as a true center fielder, and the size and physicality to cover tight ends down the field with ease.

216. Logan Woodside | Toledo | QB

One of the more accurate quarterbacks in this draft class is Toledo's Logan Woodside.Woodside consistently threw with accuracy to all three levels of the field, showing good anticipation, good ball placement, and good touch when throwing deep downfield. Woodside is very underwhelming physically and that's why he's not mentioned with some of the other mid-round QB's , but I wouldn't be surprised at all if he's one of the more successful backups in this group due to his pinpoint accuracy.

217. Darren Carrington II | Utah | WR

Darren Carrington  is a tall, athletic receiver who knows how to go up and get the football. Doesn't run the cleanest of routes, and will likely be seen as a vertical player only coming out of Utah. Has natural hands and can make the tough catches away from his body, has some off the field issues that may concern some NFL teams. One of the later round options at receiver who I can see the potential of being a high-end #2 if he does develop.

218. Colby Gossett | Appalachian State | OG

For playing at a small school, Colby Gossett plays with nice strength, explosiveness, and balance. Gossett has the versatility to play guard or right tackle, though I think he'll find a home at OG. Gossett lacks ideal athletic ability and that shows when he gets tied up when working in short areas and getting to the second level.

219. Dane Cruikshank | Arizona | S

Arizona's Dane Cruikshank plays with an insane amount of speed when coming downhill and working sideline to sideline chasing down the ball. Loves to tackle and doesn't mind putting it all on the line to knock the ball loose. Struggled in coverage as a boundary corner, but can see him having more success carrying tight ends and slot receivers up the field using his speed and athletic ability.

220. Taylor Hearn | Clemson | OG

Well built with all the size you could dream of. Fills out his 6-foot-5 frame well and plays with strength in his upper and lower half to hold up against defensive tackles. Hearn plays with poor pad level that allows him to get knocked off balance and get put on skates far to often. If Taylor Hearn can improve on his pad level inconsistencies, he has some size and strength to work with.

221. Jake Wieneke | South Dakota State | WR

Small school WR Jake Wieneke has some intriguing traits that transition well to the next level. Wieneke isn't a super crisp route runner, and I don't see him creating a ton of separation at the next level, but Wieneke wins using his physical frame and large catch radius to go up and get the 50/50 balls. Wieneke hauled in 59 touchdowns, 5,157 yards, on 288 receptions at South Dakota State.

222. Parry Nickerson | Tulane | CB

Parry Nickerson possesses impressive speed and is extremely physical at the line of scrimmage. While he is undersized, I don't see that limiting him to the slot due to his ball skills, physicality, and fluid lower half, Nickerson stays extremely sticky in coverage and plays the run well for his size. Nickerson will compete for a bottom of the depth chart spot at corner, but contribute big on special teams in year one.

223. Mike McCray | Michigan | LB

One of the Michigan's defense leaders over the last few seasons will try and make a mark in the NFL. Mike McCray struggles athletically, but has nice instincts and can be a solid downhill player. McCray is a consistent wrap-up tackler who can be a force against the run as a rotational linebacker early on. McCray has a relentless motor and takes good angle when attacking ball carriers downfield.

224. Zaycoven Henderson | Texas A&M | DT

Good explosion and plays stronger than he looks, Zaycoven Henderson consistently gets overlooked in this DT class. I can see Henderson having a lot of success as an under tackle in 4-3 schemes, he may not have the size to hold up against the run, but as a rotational pass rusher, I really like Henderson's value. Henderson plays with good leverage, is quick off the ball, and has a good motor when tracking down quarterbacks and ball carriers.

225. Riley Ferguson | Memphis | QB

Riley Ferguson doesn't have great arm talent but he can make accurate throws at all three levels of the field. While he lacks ideal zip in his throws, Ferguson makes up for the lack of velocity with accuracy and ball placement. Showed the ability to go through his progressions and find the open man at Memphis, will sometimes hurry is throws when pressured instead of stepping up or spinning away from pressure.

226. Joel Iyiegbuniwe | Western Kentucky | LB

Joel Iyiebuniwe is an above average athlete that plays with great speed, great range, and is a consistent wrap up tackler. Though he tends to take plays off at times, Iyiebuniwe has a nose for the ball and always seems to be in a good position to make a play. Due to his size and lack of play strength, he gets stuck on blocks too long and can give up some plays against the run. I really like his potential as a cover linebacker and ability as an off the ball linebacker.

227. Durham Smythe | Notre Dame | TE

Durham Smythe didn't impress much as a receiver at Notre Dame, but he is a nice blocker in the run game, and that's where he will contribute in year one. Smythe was inconsistent as a receiver, but he does have some traits to work with. He had a decent week in Mobile, and you could see him develop as the week went on. Needs to develop more as a route runner in order to consistently get open in the NFL.

228. Geron Christian | Louisville | OT

Geron Christian has ever trait you look for in a offensive tackle, but the tape is rough. Christian consistently lunges to reach defensive lineman, get knocked off balance in his pass sets and in the run game, and plays with bad pad level far too often. Christian does have elite length, great size, and has played both left and right tackle at Louisville blocking for Lamar Jackson.

229. Garret Dooley | Wisconsin | LB

Garret Dooley is the next Wisconsin linebacker that is extremely tough to evaluate. Likely more of an edge rusher in the NFL who is well built and plays with refined hand technique. Similar to the other linebackers/edge rushers, Dooley relies on his strength and technique to win as a pass rusher and his violent hands to disengage from blockers to help set the edge when defending the run.

230. Sean Welsh | Iowa | OL

Great strength in his lower half that allows him to stay balanced and  keep the pocket clean when pass blocking. Welsh plays with good pad level and has strong hands that allows him to control defenders at the line of scrimmage. Lacks the ideal size and athletic ability and that shows when working against stronger tackles, and working in space. Welsh has potential to develop into a quality swing guard, but needs to get in the weight room . Holds value due to his guard/center flexibility.

231. Jason Cabinda | Penn State | LB

Big strong middle linebacker who does a great job at taking on blockers in the run game. Jason Cabinda can fill a gap and will knock your block off when he hits you. While lacking the change of direction and speed to play sideline to sideline consistently, Cabinda can be an effective run defender and blitzer from the MLB position in any scheme. Also can play a valuable role on special teams.

232. Kamrin Moore | Boston College | CB

Kamrin Moore has the experience at the position, and plays with a ton of power when pressing receiver at the line of scrimmage. Moore, isn't a fluid athlete, but has decent speed, and seems to have a nose for the football. Moore is willing to come up and tackle in run support, with his skill-set I wouldn't be surprised to see a team try to turn him into a strong safety. I don't see Kamrin Moore playing a huge role on defense early on, but can be a contributor on special teams as he develops on defense.

233. Nick DeLuca | North Dakota State | LB

If Nick DeLuca improves on his coverage he may be a three-down linebacker with starting potential, but for now, he holds value as a two-down linebacker that excels when coming downhill. DeLuca had an up and down Senior Bowl week, but still could be an intriguing option for 4-3 teams looking for a two-down linebacker to help against the run.

234. Nick Gates | Nebraska | OT

Fluid athlete who works well in short areas, has good footwork, and can get to the second level in a hurry. Gates lacks the ideal size and strength to hold up against bigger defensive ends at 307lbs. Outside of his lack of play strength, Gates plays with great balance, good footwork, and is refined with his hands. Gates may be more of a developmental left tackle more so than a walk in starter, but Nick Gates does have starting potential in the league.

235. Terrell Edmunds | Virginia Tech | S

Terrell Edmunds is the least popular of the Edmunds brother's but is still a hell of a player. Edmunds is a fluid athlete that works best when he can see things develop in front of him. Edmunds is a former cornerback who matches his cover ability with good size and good athletic ability. Edmunds likely fits in best as a nickel player who can also play as a strong safety as well.

236. Nic Shimonek | Texas Tech | QB

Texas Tech QB, Nic Shimonek has a live arm and is relatively accurate when throwing down the field. Shimonek has good ball placement on vertical routes, and when throwing across the middle of the field. Can make throws in and out of the pocket with ease, and can throw from multiple arm slots. I really like Shimonek as a late round developmental quarterback.

237. Phillip Lindsay | Colorado | RB

Phillip Lindsay didn't receive a combine invite but showed at his pro-day how explosive he is for an undersized back. Lindsay will never be a three-down bell cow but could be a valuable late-round addition as a third-down receiving back who has some speed and shiftiness to his game. He showed off his athletic ability at his pro-day with a 4.39 40 yard dash, 35.5" vertical, and 10-foot-4 broad jump.

238. Chase Litton | Marshall | QB

Chase Litton's physical attributes are off the charts. At 6-foot-5 230lbs, Litton is an extremely well built QB with tons of arm talent. Chase Litton is worth a late-round draft pick due to his physical traits and the hope to develop into something in the future. Litton must improve on his decision making, accuracy down the field, and mobility in the pocket in order to earn a shot at a backup job in year one.

239. Chris Worley | Ohio State | LB

Big hitter with good instincts that allow him to read and react rather easily. Flows to the ball nicely, and is normally in good position to make the tackle. Worley lacks ideal athleticism to be an impactful three down, but I do like Worley as a late round rotational linebacker who has tons of value on special teams.

240. Brett Toth | Army | OT

Brett Toth played in an offense where he wasn't asked to give much depth in his pass sets, so he will need to develop his footwork in his pass sets and understanding of the depth of the pocket. Toth does have ideal size and length to play as a tackle in the NFL, and showed off at the Senior Bowl his play strength and athleticism. While Army's Brett Toth is a bit of a projection, he's one that has the traits to be successful at the next level.

241. Justin Watson | Pennsylvania | WR

Justin Watson is a blend of ideal size and ideal athleticism. Watson has a large catch radius and can make plays in all three levels of the field. Watson has really strong hands, and has shown the ability to make the tough contested catches along with separating down the field. As a late-round option, the former Ivy League WR holds tons of value.

242. Justin Lawler | SMU | EDGE

Justin Lawler relies more on his strength and motor more than speed and athleticism, and it worked extremely well for him at SMU. AT 6-foot-4 265lbs, Lawler has a NFL ready frame though he does lack ideal length. Lawler best traits are his upper body strength, the ability to play the run, and his motor that doesn't have an off switch. Lawler has some value as a rotational strongside defensive end in 4-3 schemes.

243. Troy Apke | Penn State  | S

Before the combine, I wasn't very familiar with Troy Apke. Apke isn't a starting caliber player in year one, but he has so many positive traits that I simply can't ignore him. Apke is blazing fast (4.34) and you see that when he comes flying downhill in run support. Apke also has nice size and has some power in his pop. Apke may not contribute much on defense in his early years in the league, but can be a special teams ace and rotational option at strong safety while he develops.

244. Roc Thomas | Jacksonville State | RB

A former Auburn recruit, Roc Thomas transferred to Jacksonville State after a disappointing 2015 season. Thomas is a nice north-south runner that once he gets going can be a hassle to bring down. Elusive in the open field along with having really nice straight line speed. Even though he wasn't featured much in the passing game, Thomas has natural hands and knows how to run a few routes out of the backfield.

245. Joshua Frazier | Alabama | DT

Joshua Frazier was always in the shadows as a role player in the loaded Crimson Tide defense. Frazier has the potential to play a valuable role as a rotational defensive tackle at the next level. Frazier has the versatility to play the nose or under tackle position and can be a run stuffer as a backup. I like Frazier's strength at the point of attack, and he has some violent hands as well that allows him to throw opposing offensive lineman off balance. The DT class is loaded, but a team in the later rounds may find a diamond in the rough in Joshua Frazier.

246. Luke Falk | Washington State | QB

The top eight or so quarterback's in this draft class really intrigue me. Luke Falk falls outside of that top eight but still has the potential to be a quality backup in the NFL. Falk lack's the ideal arm talent and athletic ability to make the throws in the pocket or buy time with his legs. Where Falk does impress is his short to immediate accuracy. For a team looking for a developmental backup in the late rounds may find former Washington State QB, Luke Falk an intriguing option.

247. Alvin Jones | UTEP | LB

Alvin Jones, brother of Packers Aaron Jones, is more than just a good story. Alvin has proved to be a big hitting, sideline to sideline, instinctive linebacker during his tenure at UTEP. Jones, a former quarterback is still developing at the position, but showed good instincts and tackling ability to be a good late round option as a developmental linebacker and special teamer.

248. Eddy Pineiro | Florida | K

Eddy Pineiro is the only kicker I have with a draftable grade. Pineiro has a huge leg that can hit from long distances, while also having the accuracy to be consistent. Pineiro only kicked for three years at Florida, but was the nations top kicker in 2017 as a Junior.

249. JoJo Wicker | Arizona State | EDGE

JoJo Wicker isn't a sexy player, but he can play a role as serviceable rotational defensive end in 4-3 schemes. Wicker is good at the point of attack and proved to be a solid run defender in his three years at Arizona State. Wicker most improved on his pad and eye level in order to have success at the next level, but he has positive traits that will earn him a draftable grade from me.

250. Chris Warren II | Texas | RB

Chris Warren played as a running back at Texas, but NFL teams may view him more as a do it all fullback in the NFL. At 6-foot-4, 250lbs, Warren is an extremely big back that holds some value as a short yardage and goal-line back. Chris Warren will never be a three-down starting RB in the NFL, but can be a valuable special teams player, and down the roster running back if he does in fact love the game of football.

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