2018 NFL Draft: Picks 131-135

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131 Dolphins: RB Kalen Ballage

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Physically imposing athlete with a tight-skin, well-built frame and good overall musculature. A legitimate NFL-caliber athlete who possesses impressive zero-to-60 acceleration to rip through the line of scrimmage and create chunk plays. Varies his gait and can surprise opponents with his willingness to change speeds. Generates good power behind his pads when he runs low to the ground, showing the toughness and leg drive to break tackles. Sharp cuts to avoid defenders in the open field. Experienced and productive receiver out of the backfield, who shows good hands to pluck outside of his frame. Occasionally split out wide and may be seen by some as a potential H-back or receiver convert. -- Rob Rang 12/26/2017

WEAKNESSES
Possesses a tall, high-cut frame including long legs which give defenders a relatively large strike zone to cut him down, especially when he runs laterally and allows his pad level to rise - each of which happen too often. Rarely simply attacks the hole, even when it is there. Dances too much at the line of scrimmage before picking a crease, raising questions about his vision and "natural" running ability... Is not the punishing downhill runner his imposing frame suggests, failing to lower his shoulder to consistently break through head-on collisions. Does not possess ideal balance, too often going down to initial contact. Just average awareness and competitiveness in pass protection. - Rob Rang 12/26/2017

COMPARES TO: James Starks, Green Bay. The 6-2, 220 pound Starks showed plenty of flashes as both a runner and receiver during his time with the Packers but never was able to emerge as a headliner, starting just 13 games and scoring just 15 total touchdowns (nine rushing) over seven seasons.

IN OUR VIEW: Aside from the "Ballage barrage" against Texas Tech as a junior, the 6-2, 227 pound Sun Devil was not nearly as productive as his career totals suggest. He possesses the build and burst to put up flashy numbers as both a runner and receiver if an NFL offense commits to feeding him but too often he failed to create yardage on his own.

132 Ravens: WR Jaleel Scott

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Large-framed athlete with a sizeable wingspan. Climbs the ladder with ease. Utilizes his length to create a huge strike zone for the quarterback. Very talented in jump-ball situations. Uses his long arms to scoop passes off his shoelaces. Accustomed to making the acrobatic or one-handed grabs look routine (see 2017 at Arizona State). Light-footed with long, controlled strides in his routes. Balances the sideline well. Collects his feet well in his breaks. Flashes an understanding of head/body fakes to sell defenders and leverage routes. Executes a lot of comebacks, using his body to his advantage. Highly productive senior season, becoming just the sixth player in school history to hit the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season. – Dane Brugler 2/4/2018

WEAKNESSES
Linear build and looks more like a basketball player. Doesn’t consistently play up to his size. Underpowered and out-physicaled vs. the jam and in contested situations. Tall, unpolished route-runner and still a work-in-progress. Not dynamic after the catch and doesn’t finish up to his size, often giving himself up instead of powering for extra yards. Tentative over the middle and braces for contact. Fastballs get on top of him quickly. His eyes wander and focus wanes at the catch point, leading to drops. Doesn’t always trust his hands, allowing the ball into his body instead of attacking at its earliest point. Unrefined blocker and needs to improve in this area. Character needs investigated – arrested and charged with burglary of a dwelling and theft (Dec. 2013) after stealing books out of a female student’s dorm room. – Dane Brugler 2/4/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Scott has an intriguing blend of height, length and athleticism to out-rebound defenders down the field, but he needs to get stronger and improve his concentration to expand his usefulness and be more than simply a jump-ball weapon in the NFL.

133 Packers: WR JMon Moore

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Looks the part of an NFL receiver with broad shoulders, long arms and a tapered, athletic frame. Good initial quickness and agility to escape press coverage, utilizing his long arms and hand strength to rip away from the jam. Coordinated route-runner with the straight-line speed to attack deep as well as the explosive cutting ability to create separation on lateral routes. Drives hard upfield and shows very good body control and balance to sink his hips, zipping back toward his quarterback on quick-outs, doing a nice job of keeping his broad frame between the passer and defender. Strong hands to extend and pluck outside of his frame, flashing the ability to make difficult grabs with defenders in close proximity. Improved concentration to make contested grabs in 2017 after struggling, at times, with drops in the past... Very good stop-start quickness and strength to create yardage after the catch with the speed to pull away for the long score (Georgia-2016). Alert, competitive blocker who works to sustain and looks to help out teammates. -- Rob Rang 12/29/2017

WEAKNESSES
Too many "easy" drops on tape, usually because he is looking to make defenders miss before securing the ball... Has struggled, at times, with a lack of selective amnesia, allowing one drop to escalate into others, though he did show improved focus in 2017... Some wasted motion in his routes, relying on flashy shake-and-bake moves which help him get free but impact the timing with his quarterback. Almost too competitive for his own good as a downfield blocker, extending his arms and getting sloppy with his hand placement, raising the possibility of penalties for holding and illegal blocks. - Rob Rang 12/29/2017

COMPARES TO: Marvin Jones, Lions - The 6-2, 199 pound Jones was underrated coming out of Cal back in 2012, lasting until the 5th round in part because teams were worried about the speedster's transition from the spread. Like Jones, Moore production was inflated by Missouri's offense but his size and athleticism are clearly NFL caliber, projecting as a deep threat early in his career with the potential to develop into a quality starter.

IN OUR VIEW: Moore isn't often mentioned as a candidate to be the first senior receiver drafted but few possess a more intriguing combination of size, speed and production against top competition. He does run a bit hold and cold in the most important phase of being a receiver - simply catching the ball - but his raw athleticism and improved focus in 2017 suggest that Moore's best football could be ahead of him, warranting Day Two consideration.

​134 Cardinals: RB Chase Edmonds

STRENGTHS: Compact frame and has worked hard to max out his build…excellent start/stop athleticism and body control to turn nothing into something (best three cone drill and short shuttle at the Scouting Combine among running backs)…quick-thinking moves and controls his momentum in his cuts…darts through creases, hitting the second level with burst…accelerates in a blink to eliminate pursuit angles…excellent understanding of spacing, doing some of his best work in the screen game…steady ball skills…runs physical through contact as a finisher…fumbled once every 146.3 offensive touches in college…senior captain and owns the humble competitiveness ideal for a NFL locker room…elite production with 5,862 career rushing yards, which ranks fifth-best in FCS history…holds double-digit school and conference records, including total touchdowns (74) and all-purpose yardage (7,374).

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t sport ideal size/bulk for the position and not getting any bigger…lacks the run power to carry tacklers…hesitant at times and won’t always press the hole…prematurely abandons interior lanes, looking to bounce runs outside…routinely ran away from FCS competition, but that won’t be the case in the NFL, lacking a finishing gear…late to identify blitzers in pass protection with inconsistent blocking anchor/technique…touched the ball 1,024 times on offense with questionable tread on his tires…missed a chunk of his senior season due to a left leg issue (Sept. 2017) – also missed most of the East-West Shrine week due to a left ankle sprain (Jan. 2018).

SUMMARY: A four-year starter at Fordham, Edmonds established himself as the most accomplished running back in school history, setting the Fordham and Patriot League records for rushing yards in a game (359), season (1,838) and career (5,862). He was on pace to break the FCS career rushing record until an injury hobbled him in 2017 and it is best for evaluators to revisit his junior tape. Edmonds is a quick-footed athlete with the spatial instincts to string moves together. He has reliable pass-catching skills and does some of his best work on third downs, but needs to improve as a blocker to stay on the field. Overall, Edmonds lacks an ideal build for the NFL, but he is among the best in this draft class with his “read, plant, go” sequence and projects best as a change-of-pace option in the NFL.

135 Rams: DE John Franklin-Myer

STRENGTHS: Looks like a NFL defensive end with lower body thickness…balanced athlete with clean movements in space…strong-strider and picks up speed as he goes…powerful at the point of attack, driving his legs to force his way through bodies…heavy-handed to swipe and knock blockers off-balance…physical hitter and secures tackles once he makes contact…played multiple defensive line techniques, lining up on both sides of the of the offensive tackle…enjoys playing and it shows on tape, however, works hard to be “more than just” a football player (three-time Southland All-Academic honoree)…unselfish football character…finished his career ranked top-five in school history with 37.5 tackles for loss.

WEAKNESSES: Methodical edge speed, lacking an explosive get-off…rushes with upright pads…displays little semblance of a pass rush plan…strong hands, but doesn’t shoot them into blockers or fully take advantage of his length…ball locator constantly on the fritz…gives up contain more times than expected on film for a player with his size/strength traits…delayed reactions vs. option plays and needs to diagnose quicker…crashes the backfield, but often out of control, denting his finishing skills…sack production declined as a senior…faced lower level of competition.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Stephen F. Austin, Franklin-Myer played left defensive end in the Lumberjacks’ multiple fronts, lining up outside, inside and over the offensive tackle. He is a great story of focus with multiple family members in jail, lacking much of a support system, but he relied on football to keep him on the straight-and-narrow. Franklin-Myer was used as more of a base end with mixed results, playing with power, but his ball awareness and play anticipation need work. As a pass rusher, he doesn’t have a formidable get-off and his sequence lacks refinement. Overall, Franklin-Myer looks better than he plays, but he owns the football character and traits that can be coached up, making him an intriguing day three development option.

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