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Moving on the with the draft we now hit the midway point of the draft Round 4. In the 4th round things get interesting as the Patriots had three picks in this round, the Raiders all the way down in the 4th round and the Lions traded back in to the 4th round. So let’s see how everyone fared in the 4th round.
#2(#101). The New England Patriots received this pick previously from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the 2nd pick in the fourth round and the 101st pick overall in the draft the New England Patriots selected Arkansas senior DE Trey Flowers. Flowers had 182 tackles, 97 of them solo, 47.5 tackles for a loss for a 26.1% TFL average, 18 sacks, 13 passes defensed 26 quarterback hurries, 4 forced fumbles and 1 interception. Flowers can get to the quarterback there is no question about it and he can be stout against the run, but Flowers is the third defensive lineman the Patriots have drafted at this point. I understand you need to be deep on the defensive line because like offensive lineman they are prone to injury, the Patriots have other more pressing needs like running back and wide receiver than on the defensive line. You can’t fault the Patriots for picking up a kid like Flowers but they probably could have gotten him later in the round. Grade: B-
#4(#103). The New York Jets with #5 pick in the 4th round traded #5 (#105) and the 229th pick in the draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars to move up to #4. So with the 4th pick in the 4th round and the 103rd pick overall the New York Jets selected Baylor senior QB Bryce Petty. Petty in 2 seasons as the starter had 520 completions, on 831 attempts for a 62.5% completion percentage, 8,055 yards, 15.4 average per reception, 61 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions and a TID of 6.1 compared to Geno Smith’s college TID of 5.4. I think Petty as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than Geno Smith, heck I’d rather have Matt Simms as my third string quarterback than Smith. Thankfully with this pick Geno Smith’s days in New York are numbered. Grade: A
#8(#107). With the 8th pick in the fourth round and the 107th pick overall the Atlanta Falcons East Carolina senior WR Justin Hardy. Hardy had 387 receptions for 4,541 yards for an average of 11.7 yards a reception and 35 touchdowns. Hardy’s 2014 splits show a receiver who is a viable target on any down, of his 121 receptions 45.5% were caught on 1st down, 35.5% were caught on 2nd down and 18.2% were caught on 3rd down. Hardy caught 63.6% of his passes in the 1st half with that said there isn’t a drastic drop in receptions from the 3rd to the 4th quarter as he caught 50% of his second half receptions in each quarter. The Falcons are looking to replace Harry Douglas who left via free agency expect Hardy to challenge Devin Hester for the #3 slot Grade: A+
#12(#111). The New England Patriots received this pick from the Cleveland Browns as part of the trade for the 96th overall selection in the draft. With the 14th pick in the 4th round and the 111th pick overall the New England Patriots selected FSU senior G Tre Jackson. The Patriots need some depth on the offensive line as they struggled to find consistency and stability there last season, Jackson should provide some young depth for an offensive line that was in flux especially early on in the 2014 season. Grade: B
#14(#113). The Detroit Lions traded their 2016 3rd round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles to land a pick in the fourth round of this draft. With the 14th pick in the 4th round and the 113th pick overall the Detroit Lions drafted Auburn senior DT Gabe Wright. Wright had 86 tackles, 44 of them solo, 20.5 tackles for a loss for a TFL average of 23.8%, 6 sacks 2 passes defensed 27 quarterback hurries and 1 forced fumble. Wright’s numbers were down in 2014 vs 2013 with that said Wright can be a disruptive force in the passing game while he isn’t Ndamukong Suh, Wright looks like a steal in the 4th round as he can probably equal Nick Fairley’s output with a little coaching and experience. While I’m not happy that the Lions waited this long to address their need at DT, I think this is an excellent pick. Grade: A+
#15(#114). With the 15th pick in the fourth round and the 114th pick overall the Miami Dolphins selected Arizona State senior G Jamil Douglas. The Dolphins can use some quickness on the offensive line expect the Dolphins to use him in their jumbo packages with his ability to pick up delayed blitzes. Grade: B
#23(#124). This pick was traded by the Detroit Lions to the Baltimore Ravens as part of the deal for DT Haloti Ngata.
#29(#128). The Oakland Raiders started with the #3 pick in this round and traded down to #25 with the Carolina Panthers, in the process picking up picks #161,and #242. The Raiders then proceeded to trade down to #29 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who had previously received the pick from the Indianapolis Colts, picking up the 218th overall pick as well. So the Raiders managed to pick up an extra 3 picks by moving down 26 slots. With the 29th pick in the fourth round and the 128th pick overall the Oakland Raiders selected Miami(FL) senior G Jon Feliciano. The Raiders had trouble protecting rookie quarterback Derek Carr last season Feliciano won’t be starting but has the size the Raiders are looking for to protect their young quarterback. Grade: C+
#32(#131). With the 32nd pick in the fourth round and 131st pick overall the New England Patriots selected Georgia Tech senior C Shaq Mason. Expect the Patriots to move him to guard where he should make an impact as a good run blocker for Patriots team that is going to need to open some large holes for its less than shifty running back corps. Grade: B-