2018 NFL Draft: Picks 246-250

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246 Steelers: DT Joshua Frazier

SUMMARY: A four-star recruit out of high school, Joshua Frazier was highly productive at Har-Ber and was rated as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Arkansas in the 2014 class. He committed to Alabama over Arkansas, Auburn and Texas A&M. Frazier found himself lost on the Tide’s deep defensive line depth chart, seeing his reserve role grow each season. He saw the most playing time as a senior back-up, posting career-bests with 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Frazier looks like a Nick Saban defensive lineman with his thick frame, large hands and long arms. He plays with decent quickness and effort, but his inexperience contributes to his below average technique. Frazier is often late off the ball and gets caught hand-fighting without going anywhere. Overall, Frazier shows flashes of being able to stack and two-gap, but with zero career starts and minimal tape, there isn’t any consistency to his game – his development is currently stuck in neutral.

247 Jaguars: P Logan Cooke

248 Packers: OLB Kendall Donnerson

249 Bengals: QB Logan Woodside

STRENGTHS: Quick eyes to scan, efficiently making whole field reads…cerebral and recognizes coverages…snap release while also delivering with touch between levels of the defense…balanced in his set-up…quick feet in the pocket with enough athleticism to evade the rush and move the pocket…improved vs. the blitz, sidestepping the rush…senior captain with a fearless command of the offense, orchestrating and getting his teammates in position…graduated with a degree in marketing (Dec. 2016), currently pursuing his master’s degree in recreation administration…film room junkie…holds the Toledo records for passing yards (10,514) and passing touchdowns (93), passing Bruce Gradkowski in both categories.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized by NFL standards…average arm and struggles to rip it…frantic when moved from his original spot, altering his weight transfer and lower body mechanics…needs to better navigate the pocket, climbing into empty space…placement requires improvement to make it easier on receivers to catch-and-run…overly reliant on check-down options…too many delay of game penalties on his college tape…responsible for 13 career fumbles and needs to better take care of the football…athletic, but not a true threat to tuck-and-run.

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Toledo, Woodside lined up exclusively in the shotgun in the Rockets’ up-tempo, no-huddle offense, finishing his career as the most prolific passer in school history with a 29-9 record as a starter. He was a “clapper” and received the play-calls/audibles from the sideline, but he made run/pass checks at the line of scrimmage based on his pre-snap reads. Woodside competes with a chip on his shoulder and prides himself on out-working everyone else, which translates to game day. He lacks impressive physical qualities and allows the pocket to swallow him up, but is comfortable throwing to all levels of the field. Overall, Woodside is a better NFL prospect than former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who carved out a decade-long NFL career, and has the competitive nature and efficiency to eventually earn a back-up role.

250 Patriots: TE Ryan Izzo

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Prototypically-built tight end with broad shoulders and a thick, evenly distributed frame with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Plays bigger than his listed size, serving as a legitimate in-line blocking presence in the running game. Provides a solid initial pop to the defender, generating a jolt with strong hands and long arms and working to sustain his blocks, driving his legs through contact. Blocks until the play is over, seeking a second target if possible with good hustle downfield to help teammates. Sneaky route-runner who varies his gait to get behind the defense. Drops his weight and drives hard back towards his quarterback to create separation. Shows good concentration, core strength and strong hands to secure the grab even with defenders draped over him. Strong, reliable hands with a good catch radius due to his arm length. Bullish runner after the catch, showing toughness, determination and strength to break tackles. -- Rob Rang 1/6/2018

WEAKNESSES
Heavy-footed route-runner who lacks the straight-line speed most teams are looking for as a receiving outlet. Looks like he is running through sand, showing below average burst off the snap to get into his route and relying upon shoulder fakes and varying his gait to sneak over the top, because he isn't running away from many NFL linebackers and certainly not defensive backs. Can be too aggressive with his initial punch, getting too far over his skis and leaving himself over-extended and off-balance. - Rob Rang 1/6/2018

COMPARES TO: Michael Hoomanawanui, Saints - A fifth round pick out of Illinois by the then-St. Louis Rams back in 2010, Hoomanawanui has carved out a successful career in the NFL because of his physicality as a blocker and reliable hands - on the rare occasion he is called upon to serve this role. He has averaged just over eight receptions and one touchdown a year since joining the league despite playing in pass-friendly offenses in New England and most recently New Orleans.

IN OUR VIEW: Izzo was a complementary threat at Florida State and that will be his role in the NFL, as well, as he simply lacks the juice to be much of a threat in the passing game, except as a short yardage security blanket. With so many over-sized receivers playing the role of tight end in today's modern game, there is a need for traditional in-line blockers and Izzo can play that role. However, he is more of a mid-Day Three value than his reputation as an elite prep and Florida State pedigree might lead some to believe.

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