I know time is marching on and draft analysis has already become passe but I intend to finish analyzing this draft regardless especially since content is not driven by viewers as evidenced by lack of relevant comments, so let’s finish up this draft.The 5th round was quite busy for our teams, the Dolphins had four picks, the Raiders had two, the Patriots, the Lions and the Jets all traded back in and the Falcons traded up. With that said let’s take a look at how each team fared in this round.
#1(#137). The Falcons slated to pick 10th overall in the 5th round traded up 9 spots to take the 1st pick in the round from the Minnesota Vikings who got the pick from Tampa Bay via Buffalo. The Falcons also gave up the 9th pick in the 6th round to make this jump. So with the 1st pick in the fifth round and the 137th pick overall the Atlanta Falcons selected Clemson senior NT Grady Jarrett. Jarrett had 145 tackles, 78 of them solo, 29 tackles for a loss resulting a 20% TFL average, 5.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 blocked kick/punt. That the Falcons have need for more depth on the defensive line especially in the middle of the line goes without saying, Jarrett could turn out to be a nice diamond in the rough for this Falcons defensive line. Grade: A-
#4(#140). The Oakland Raiders with the 4th pick in the fifth round and the 140th pick overall selected Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney.Heeney had 334 tackles 214 of them solo 35.5 tackles for a loss for a TFL average of 10.6%, 4.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 5 passes defensed 7 quarterback hurries 3 forced fumbles and a blocked kick/punt. Heeney finds himself as the backup middle linebacker on the Raiders depth chart behind Curtis Lofton. Heeney certainly has the tackles to show he plays the middle of the field like most middle linebackers he doesn’t show up much statistically in pass rush stats and has a low enough TFL average to suggest that he only gets them on run blitzes. Also like most middle linebackers he has a high percentage of solo tackles showing he is good in space with 64.1% of his tackles being solo. Curtis Lofton is entering his 8th season, Lofton has never missed a game in his career and should be a great mentor for Heeney expect Heeney to possibly challenge Lofton for the starting job in a couple of years. Grade: A
#6(#142). The New York Jets traded this pick to the Chicago Bears for Brandon Marshall
#7(#143) The Detroit Lions traded this pick to the Minnesota Vikings as part of the trade for the 80th overall selection in the draft.
#9(#145). The Miami Dolphins received this pick from the Philadelphia Eagles who had the pick from St. Louis in the Sam Bradford, Nick Foles trade in the trade for the 47th overall pick in the draft. With the 9th pick in the fifth round and 145th pick overall the Miami Dolphins selected Memphis senior CB Bobby McCain. McCain had 136 tackles 108 of them solo that is an STA average of 79.4, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble. McCain looks like a good cover corner, he’s got some experience as a return man, he should be able to step in if another CB goes down, the best action he is going to see is as a dime back late in games that are already decided, look for him to make an impact on special teams. This not a good pick for the Dolphins but it’s not a bad pick. Grade: C+
#11(#147). The New England Patriots had this pick from Cleveland via the trade for the 96th overall pick. The Patriots traded this pick to the Green Bay Packers for the 166th and 219th overall picks.
#13(#149). The Miami Dolphins received this pick from the Minnesota Vikings in the Mike Wallace trade. So with the 13th pick in the fifth round and the 149th pick overall the Miami Dolphins selected Boise State junior RB Jay Ajayi. Ajayi had 3,796 yards on 628 attempts for a 6.0 per carry average and 50 touchdowns. His 2014 splits show a back that is featured early in drives 35.2% of his attempts were between his own 20 and 40 yard lines, as well as a red zone threat with 33.7% of his carries in the red zone resulting in 24 touchdowns. This kid could have an impact somewhere down the line but don’t expect to see much of him this season. I like this pick a lot better than the Bobby McCain pick. Grade: B-
#14(#150). The Miami Dolphins with 14th pick in the fifth round and the 150th pick overall and their 3rd pick of the fifth round the Miami Dolphins selected Minnesota senior FS Cedric Thompson. Thompson had 221 tackles 137 of them were solo, for an STA of 62%, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 5 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles and 5 interceptions. Thompson looks like an in the box safety and with an injury prone safety like Louis Delmas sitting at the top of the depth chart Thompson looks like he can climb the depth chart as the #2 at both safety spots are just as good of an option as he is. Grade: B
#16(#152). The New York Jets received this pick from the Houston Texans when the Texans trade up for the #70 pick. With the 16th pick in the fifth round and 152nd pick overall the New York Jets selected Texas A&M senior G Jarvis Harrison. The Jets seem to be pretty deep at the guard position with the free agent signing of ex-Seahawks G James Carpenter, as well as having Willie Colon and Brian Winters, thing is you can never have too many offensive linemen as they seem to get injured the most so the Jets can’t be faulted for looking some more insurance at the guard position. Grade: B
#20(#156). The Miami Dolphins received this pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in the trade for the 47th overall pick in the draft. With the 20th pick in the fifth round and the 156th pick overall the Miami Dolphins selected Michigan State senior WR Tony Lippett. Lippet had 149 receptions for 2,247 yards for a 15.1 YPR average and 15 touchdowns. Lippett’s 2014 splits show a receiver who starts fast, but remains a consistent target throughout the game, his catch percentage by quarter reads 41.5% in the 1st 20% in the second 16.9 in the 3rd and 21.5% in the fourth. While he isn’t going to leapfrog Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, or Jarvis Landry on the depth chart, I think this kid can leapfrog Rishard Matthews on the depth chart and still be an impact player as the 5th wide receiver. Grade: A-
#22(#158). The Arizona Cardinals received this pick in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens who received the pick from the Detroit Lions in the Haloti Ngata trade.
#25(#161). The Oakland Raiders received this pick from the Carolina Panthers in the trade for the 102nd overall pick in the draft. The Oakland Raiders with the 25th pick in the fifth round and the 161st pick overall selected Florida senior OLB Neiron Ball. Ball had 94 tackles, 37 of them solo that is an STA of 38.1%, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. Ball is the only listed backup at the strong side linebacker for the Raiders, I think Ball is a talented pass rusher who can spell Khalil Mack when he needs a breather Grade: B+
#30(#166). The New England Patriots received this pick from the Green Bay Packers in the trade for the 147th overall pick. With the 30th pick in the fifth round and the 166th pick overall the New England Patriots selected Navy LS Joe Cardona. The importance of a long snapper on special teams can’t be understated and with the need for a good long snapper the Patriots made a good selection. Grade: A
#32(#168). The Detroit Lions received this back from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the George Johnson trade. The Buccaneers received this pick from the New England Patriots as part of the Jonathan Casillas. With the 32nd pick in the 5th round and the 168th pick overall the Detroit Lions selected Rutgers senior FB Michael Burton. With the departure of Jed Collins the Lions who are running a version of the Saints offense needed a fullback Burton gained 116 yards on 22 carries for a 5.2 rushing average. His longest rush was for 38 yards considering that most fullbacks are slow and lumbering I think Burton has the speed to fit in with this quick paced offense. Grade: B+