2018 NFL Draft: 116-120

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116 Cowboys: DE Dorance Armstrong Jr.

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Athletic, muscular frame with adequate length. Balanced and stays on his feet through contact. Arc quickness and bend to wrap the corner. Drops his pads to create leverage and movement at the point of attack. Looks to incorporate various hand maneuvers. Physical hands and push-pull techniques to fight off blocks. Active playing style to find and rally to the football. Tracks the ball well and won’t be fooled by play-action or reverses. Plays with the same hustle all four quarters, despite playing for a 3-33 program the last three seasons. Strong hands to rip the ball out – six forced fumbles the last two seasons. Voted a 2017 team captain…Added 40+ pounds since arriving on campus. Productive starter with 34.0 tackles for loss and 142 tackles over 29 starts – played in all 36 games the past three seasons. – Dane Brugler 2/5/2018

WEAKNESSES
Undersized and lacks anchor strength vs. the run. Can be washed out of the hole and late making plays vs. the run. Not shy attacking the point of attack, but won’t overpower or discard NFL blockers. Active hands, but rush moves lack efficiency, getting too caught up in hand battles. Little deception off the edge and not fooling blockers. Inconsistent backfield vision, leading to false movements. Inexperienced dropping and handling cover responsibilities. Unimpressive 2017 production with 8.5 fewer sacks than his sophomore season. – Dane Brugler 2/5/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Armstrong is a balanced athlete with the pass rush potential worth developing as a stand-up rusher in a 3-4 scheme, but his lack of top-shelf physical traits lowers his NFL ceiling.

117 Buccaneers: FS Jordan Whitehead

Analysis
…STRENGTHS
Sudden, quick-footed athlete. Smooth backpedal with cornerback movement skills. Loose hips in his transition to flip, redirect and close. Plus middle of the field range. Bursts through the catch point to disrupt. Plant-and-drive acceleration to fly like a missile. Comes to balance well vs. the run. Surges through the ballcarrier and hits bigger than his size suggests. Natural ball skills and body control to make diving plays on the ball. Tracks the eyes of the quarterback to float towards zones. Also played meaningful snaps offense at Pitt, averaging 8.7 yards per rush (43/378/3). Scored five touchdowns over his career – three rushing, one interception return and one fumble return. Athletic bloodlines – cousin of Darrelle Revis on his mother’s side. Versatile experience seeing snaps at free safety, strong safety and cornerback at Pitt. – Dane Brugler 1/6/2018

WEAKNESSES
Undersized for the safety position. Undisciplined cover technique, prematurely flipping his hips and getting turned around by slot receivers. Eyes in the wrong place and late to recognize route combinations, leading to false steps. Doesn’t play comfortable with his back to the ball. Spotty backfield vision, overpursuing and missing developing lanes. Aggressive tackler, but uneven wrap-up technique leads to misses in the open-field. Lacks ideal body armor for the position, leading to health concerns – missed the final three games as a sophomore due to a gruesome right arm injury (Nov. 2016). Character and mental make-up require thorough homework after a three-game suspension to begin his junior year for an unspecified violation of team rules (Sept. 2017) – also benched for one game as a sophomore (Oct. 2016) for “reasons that are personal in nature” according to head coach Pat Narduzzi. Underwhelming ball production and his stats declined from his freshman season. – Dane Brugler 1/6/2018

COMPARES TO: Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals – Many doubted Baker as a prospect at this time last year because of his lack of size, but play speed, toughness and heart were off the charts, ultimately leading to a Pro Bowl nod as a rookie. Whitehead shows a lot of the same raw characteristics as Baker.

IN OUR VIEW: Whitehead’s frame isn’t ideal and his character needs to be put under the microscope, but he has the athleticism and fearlessness that compare favorably to former Washington defensive back Budda Baker (36th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals) as a nickel cornerback in the NFL.

118 Ravens: CB Anthony Averett

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Speedy cover man. Stays attached to the hip of receivers on vertical routes. Quick-minded to sense, track and react. Gets into the frame of wideouts to detour the route. Competitive appetite and looks to mix it up and frustrate receivers. Always ball searching to strip/rip at the catch point. Didn’t play outside cornerback in high school and has come a long with his route recognition. Fills downhill with the physical mindset required for run support. Steady open-field tackler, settling down, striking low and finishing with strong hands. Edge speed as a blitzer to affect the pocket action. Mentally and physically tough and won’t back down from a challenge. Earned the trust of Nick Saban with his determined attitude and execution. Graduated with a degree in exercise science (Dec. 2016). NFL bloodlines – uncle (Bryant McKinnie) was an All-American offensive tackle at Miami (Fla.) and first round pick in 2002 (seventh overall to the Minnesota Vikings). – Dane Brugler 1/17/2018

WEAKNESSES
Lack of ideal height/length shows on tape. Marginal ball skills with more drops than interceptions over his career. Grabs and hugs, getting caught with a fistful of jersey. Used sidesaddle technique at Alabama and was often late to adjust to in/out breaking routes. Driven off the top of routes, struggling to cover comebacks. Late getting his head turned to find the football. Slim muscled frame and can be pushed around by physical receivers. Hung up on blocks, struggling to shed. Smallish tackling radius and missed tackles in space lead to chunk plays. – Dane Brugler 1/17/2018

COMPARES TO: Mackensie Alexander, Baltimore Ravens – Alexander had intriguing game film at Clemson, but didn’t record an interception and that was one reason he fell out of the top-50 picks. Leading up to the NFL Draft, the situation might be similar for Averett, who has quality college tape, but underwhelming ball production.

IN OUR VIEW: Although he doesn’t play as big as the measurements and needs to tweak his technical shortcomings, Averett has the read/react athleticism and competitive grit that allows him to play sticky coverage.

119 Chargers: SS Kyzir White

Analysis
STRENGTHS
NFL frame with growth potential and functional length. Aggressively attacks alleys, flying downhill with purpose. Leverages outside runs, shutting down the edges as a run defender. Accurately judges/manipulates space in pursuit. Physically takes on blocks. Maintains his balance to secure open-field tackles. Intense playing demeanor and looks for the jarring hit. Among the team leaders in special teams tackles the past two seasons. Light on his feet to match up with tight ends and backs in coverage. Opportunistic and plays with a “my ball” awareness in his drops. Played a hybrid role in college and was the coaches added extra helpings to his plate. Used often as a blitzer and got better and better in this area. Senior captain and injects energy to the rest of the defense, on and off the field. – Dane Brugler 2/7/2018

WEAKNESSES
Has the accelerator and speed of a linebacker, not a safety. Athleticism lacks burst. Play strength doesn’t always match his intentions. Still figuring out how to best utilize his long arms to take on blocks. Inconsistent results when attempting to break down at top speed and tackle in motion. Overaggressive angles and needs to harness his eagerness to make the play. Could use more finesse to his man cover technique. Tight redirection movements vs. speedy targets. Played more of a linebacker role in college and lacks experience as a true safety. – Dane Brugler 2/7/2018

IN OUR VIEW
White has competitive make-up that NFL coaches will want to work with, but he has a tweener skill-set with average athletic and physical traits, creating scheme fit questions. His development in coverage will be the key to his NFL trajectory, but at-worst, he will make an impact on special teams.

120 Seahawks: TE Will Dissly

Analysis
STRENGTHS
A lot more athletically gifted than given credit. He played both sides of the football in college at defensive end and tight end. He is a quick learner and training to add long snapping to his football repertoire in preparation of the NFL Draft. Dissly is well built and lean for his size, possessing a capable frame to bulk up. He gets into his blocks quickly and uses good hand placement to steer defenders off the ball. Above average ability in sustaining his blocks and can chip and seal, consistently. Nasty at times and plays to whistle. Underdeveloped receiving skills. - Bo Marchionte 1/30/18

WEAKNESSES
Dissly is going to make his living playing in the NFL blocking. The deficiencies that he'll encounter at the next level are in the passing game, where he was seldom used or asked to extend the line of scrimmage. He lacks the speed to stretch the seam. Marginal hands and route running will limit his use as an offensive weapon. - Bo Marchionte 1/30/18

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