2018 NFL Draft: Picks 221-225

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221 Colts: ILB Matthew Adams

222 Texans: CB Jermaine Kelley

​223 49ers: DT Jullian Taylor

SUMMARY: A two-star defensive end recruit out of high school, Jullian Taylor played tight end and defensive end (14 sacks as a senior) at Williamstown and helped lead the team to the 2012 state championship. Temple was his only FBS-level offer and he was part of a rotation as a sophomore, but suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee (Sept. 2015) in the season opener, requiring arthroscopic surgery. Taylor returned as a junior, but tore the ACL in the same knee (Sept. 2016) and missed another season. He stayed healthy as a senior and put together impressive flashes that drew the attention of NFL scouts. Taylor bursts off the snap to penetrate gaps before blockers can react, thriving in Temple’s slant-heavy scheme. He uses his length to stack/shed, quickly finding the football and using his body control to unwind. Overall, Taylor is inexperienced and lacks technical refinement, but he will earn draftable grades throughout the league if the left knee checks out – sleeper alert.

224 Bears: WR Javon Wims

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Good-sized target with an athletic body structure. Displays the feet of a much smaller athlete, making quick, sharp cuts. Outstanding body control and hand-eye coordination to make quick adjustments appear routine. Uses his length, vertical ability and ball skills to pluck over-top defenders. High-volume of comebacks, back-shoulders and sideline targets on film, attacking the ball at the earliest point. Finishes as a ballcarrier, using his run power to beat up on small defenders. Insistent blocker to eliminate outside cornerbacks from the play…football journey is one of admirable determination, culminating in a break-through season as a senior with team-bests in every receiving category. – Dane Brugler 2/4/2018

WEAKNESSES
One-speed route-runner and lacks polish. Tends to tip his path and needs to better square patterns. His route tree needs more limbs. Comes off the line tall and undeveloped winning off the snap. Has shown improvements making adjustments based on coverages, but more of a novice than expert in this area. Gets ahead of himself at the catch point, leading to drops. Tough at the catch point, but not overpowering and can have the ball ripped out of his grasp. Was more of a possession target than dynamic YAC threat at Georgia. Inexperienced with only one season of starting production at the FBS-level. Unimpressive career production (910 receiving yards) with zero career 100-yard receiving games Medicals will be important after suffering a Grade 2 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder (Jan. 2018) in the National Championship Game. – Dane Brugler 2/4/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Wims is unproven in areas and his game lacks sophistication, but he is an ascending prospect with the physical traits and ball skills worth developing at the backend of the roster. He has a basketball background and appropriately plays above the rim on the football field.

225 Vikings: ILB Devante Downs

2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Devante Downs, Sr.,...Was making a strong case for National and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors through the first half of his 2017 senior campaign before suffering an injury against Washington State in the seventh contest of the season that ended his collegiate career...Was on watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy both honoring the nation's top defensive player as well as The Butkus Award given annually to the nation's best linebacker...Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in his first three games after victories over North Carolina and Ole Miss to give the Golden Bears their first two-time winner of the award since Mike Mohamed in 2010.

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