Recapping the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft
Cleveland Browns: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
The Browns continue to look to rebuild and they take a risk on Caleb Brantley. Brantley was considered a second-round pick before allegedly assaulting a woman at a Gainesville bar. The charges were dropped after the draft when they found that the woman punched Brantley first after his refusal at a sex proposition.
- Baltimore Ravens: Chuck Clark, S, Virginia Tech
The Ravens invested in a backup safety here. They have depth at the position, but Clark’s instincts could land him a spot on the team.
- Seattle Seahawks: Mike Tyson, S, Cincinnati
Tyson is built to play a specific role. I envision him playing safety, but only in the box. He is not a deep safety.
- New York Jets: Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette
McGuire is a speed runner that will compete for the #3 running back job. His ticket to playing on Sundays may be on punt returns.
- Los Angeles Rams: Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
- Los Angeles Chargers: Sam Tevi, T, Utah
Tevi is another shot the Chargers took to upgrade their offensive line and this gives them another player in the mix to be a tackle on their roster.
- Dallas Cowboys: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
Woods upgrades the Cowboys depth at Safety. This is a likable player who is said to be a big hitter with good instincts.
- Carolina Panthers: Alex Armah, FB, West Georgia
Armah will compete for the fullback job in Carolina. Carolina has really worked to improve their running game in this draft. I don’t know if he will make the team, but he could be a receiving option for the Panthers.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma
Evans is not going to be a starter, but his roster value will be more as a backup and special teams contributor. I see him making their 53 man roster.
- Miami Dolphins: Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State
This is another shot the Dolphins take at upgrading their defensive tackles behind Suh. I think he is most likely a practice squad player.
- Buffalo Bills: Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State
Vallejo stands to make the Bills roster as a special teamer and backup linebacker.
- New Orleans Saints: Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, Miami
This is a risky pick as Muhammad has not played two of the last three years. He has had trouble off the field for multiple incidents and was kicked off the team at Miami. On the plus side, he has the athleticism to be a good pass rusher in the NFL.
- New York Jets: Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan
His injury issues are the reason he was a sixth round pick. If his ACL recovers properly, he has a good shot to give the Jets depth at corner and play special teams.
- San Francisco 49ers: DJ Jones, DT, Mississippi
I thought Jones would fit best as a nose tackle, but in San Francisco, he still provides good value. He will probably play in the interior and on early downs when he gets his shot.
- Washington Redskins: Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming
This pick gives the Redskins more depth on the offensive line. He is valuable as he can play all three spots in the interior of the offensive line. I like his chances of making the team.
- New York Giants: Adam Bisnowaty, T, Pittsburgh
The Giants are weak at the tackle position; so, this pick makes sense. Bisnowaty will probably start as a reserve and the hope is that he can develop into a starter. This is a good place for him as I could see him being given a chance to play early considering he is a sixth round pick.
- Minnesota Vikings: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Hodges is a great value pick for the Vikings here. Not only does he have a good path to making the team, he could have a long career in the NFL due to his competitive nature. I like him as a pass catcher early and as a dual threat deeper into his career.
- San Francisco 49ers: Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah
Taumoepenu looks to be a bit small to be a defensive end at this point in his career. Maybe they will bulk him up, but in the meantime, he will be a special teams player. Has the ability to rush the passer in the NFL.
- Denver Broncos: De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina
Henderson will be a candidate to be a part of the Broncos running back rotation. I see him as a back of the roster guy if he is. The signing of Jamaal Charles at the end of the draft tells me they weren’t satisfied with their running back group at the end of the draft.
- New York Jets: Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi
Jones is a project and that is worth it to a team looking to upgrade their pass defense. He is another candidate to compete for a spot in the Jets defensive backfield.
- Detriot Lions: Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, Arkansas
This is a good value pick for the Lions as Ledbetter could give the Lions depth on the outside and the inside of the defensive line. His versatility could help in different spots, in different situations.
- Los Angeles Rams: Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech
I like this pick as a fullback like Rogers is good to have on your team. He can be a lead blocker, pass catcher and play special teams. I would consider him the best fullback in this draft.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Wilson, RB/CB, Houston
Wilson is an interesting player as he could wear a lot of hats for the Bengals. He will immediately add value as a kick returner and kick coverage player and can give the Bengals depth at both running back and in the defensive backfield. He is similar to a utility player in baseball.
- Arizona Cardinals: Rudy Ford, DB, Auburn
Rudy Ford can be a versatile player as a defensive back and play on special teams. Those types of players tend to stick on rosters.
- Washington Redskins: Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
I don’t see this pick paying immediate dividends, but I do see him as a worthy project. He got drafted based on his size and speed. The hope is that he can turn into a deep threat for the Redskins.
- Seattle Seahawks: Justin Senior, T, Mississippi State
I understand the need for a tackle and I’m curious why another wasn’t taken earlier. The Seahawks need a tackle who can step in right away and Senior isn’t that guy. Something tells me an interior guard will be kicked out to tackle.
- New England Patriots: Conor McDermott, T, UCLA
The Patriots have a track record of taking athletes from other sports and making them football players. I think his size is something the Patriots can work with to develop.
- Green Bay Packers: Kofi Amichia, G, South Florida
Amichia’s ticket to playing in the NFL will be his versatility. He is a college tackle that may have more value inside.
213: Pittsburgh Steelers: Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
This pick has been criticized a lot and I respectfully disagree. The late rounds are a place to find special teamers and Holba is the best long-snapper in the draft. I think he has added value as a guy with size and that can help cover kicks on other special teams units. Greg Warren, the Steelers longtime long snapper, was released after failing a physical.
214: Philadelphia Eagles: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
Qualls is a depth pick for the Eagles defensive line. He may get to play in a rotation right away if he impresses in camp. On the other hand, he may just be a practice squad player.
215: Detriot Lions: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
I was a bit surprised to see him fall this far in the draft. Kaaya was productive in college but did struggle against good pass rushes. I could see him winning the backup job behind Matthew Stafford.
216: Dallas Cowboys: Marquez White, CB, Florida State
There is no doubt that the Cowboys made an effort to rebuild at the corner position. White is more of a developmental prospect that might get stashed on the practice squad.
217: Tennessee Titans: Corey Levin, OL, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Levin is a utility offensive lineman from a small school. His value is that he may be able to play all five offensive line positions.
218: Kansas City Chiefs: Leon McQuay III, S, Southern California
I’m not sure if he will be on Kansas City’s 53 or if he will be on the practice squad, but it will come down to special teams.