NFL.com/My Comparison: Zack Martin
Four-year starter voted team captain in 2015. Tireless worker bee in the weight room and in practices who brings a high degree of dependability and consistency to the table. Team-oriented. Played exceptionally well while out of position at left tackle for Kansas State. Atypical body composure and control. Is almost always in complete control of his body thanks to outstanding core strength and balance. Extremely efficient with his movements after the snap. Has played both guard and both tackle spots and has roster value at all five positions. Mirrors with a wide, stout base and has great feel for keeping defender squared up throughout the rep. Confident, composed and competitive. Smooth and athletic when asked to pull and has radar to find target and strike accurate blow. Makes up for shorter arms with massive hands that function as vise grips. Consistent with hand placement and extremely sticky blocker. Combines hand strength and balance to snatch and control a defender until the whistle blows. Can sink hips at contact and should be able to stalemate bigger players across from him. Exceptional body control and core strength allows him to successfully redirect defenders who get to his edge.
With his combination of functional strength and body control, Whitehair might be one of the safest offensive linemen in the entire draft. He will almost assuredly be bumped inside to guard, but could be considered at center as well. He has the confidence and talent to start right away and his run blocking should improve as he gets more comfortable firing out from a three-point stance. Whitehair has the ability to be a very good starter with a ceiling that could reach the all-pro level.
While mocking Ezekiel Elliott here is the popular pick these days (and it's valid, the Texans are in dire need of a runningback with Arian Foster getting closer and closer to AARP membership), there are enough good backs in this draft to wait until the second or third round to snag one. If the Texans want to keep their hold on the AFC South when Andrew Luck comes back next year, they need to find a way to protect whoever end up under center, and find a way to plow holes for whoever is running the ball. Former second rounder Xavier Su'a-Filo hasn't panned out yet, and Brandon Brooks will hit free agency this offseason. Drafting a guard in the first round is risky, considering the value is much higher at tackle, but the successes of Zack Martin, David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler (all first round guards), might influence the decision. The only question is whether Vadal Alexander can keep his weight down enough to be effective. If he can prove to teams he is dedicated to doing so, he is the likeliest first round guard in the draft.
Garnett is everything you want in a Guard. He has the strength and size standing 6'4 and 320LBS. The Dolphins need to upgrade both guard positions really. Garnett could push Dallas Thomas for his starting role at LG. In that case I would see Thomas moving over to RG where Jamil Douglas could move to the swing tackle position. Both Thomas and Douglas have versatility but neither is a natural guard. Garnett would be an upgrade over both and give the Dolphins some much needed depth along the line.
Scouting report:Doesn't always look pretty, but Drango gets guys blocked. Figures to move inside to guard as a pro which better suits his game. Has some mean that will show itself during the game. Loves to mash defenders into the ground with a strong finish when he gets a chance. Powerful upper body. Able to push players around if he takes an early lead in the rep. Has ability to seal his down blocks with authority. Asked to play in space in Baylor running game and will be able to do same as an NFL guard. Quality setup in his pass sets with properly distributed weight.
Scouting report:hickly built with a bulldozer for a lower body. Grown man strength with jolting power in his hands. Blows the doors off of defensive tackles that don't have meat on their bones and power to match up. Explodes with full force into his target, bench presses his victim and runs feet after contact to finish the job. Seals down blocks and can redirect gap shooters as long as he gets his hands on them. Not overly flexible, but has enough bend at the point of attack for small space, phone booth ball. Pass sets with good arm extension and adequate posture to give him his best shot at changing direction when needed. Ability to mirror shows promise for a man his size. Plays with aggression and looks to impose his will. Pass protection and overall play showed noticeable improvement from where he was in 2014.
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford MILLEN SMOKES KIELBASA ON TWITTER Grade
A Millen grade! The 2016 NFL Draft is complete!
Wow. Taking Joshua Garnett here at No. 28 would've been bad enough, but to move into the first round to grab him is borderline insane. I don't know if Garnett was the only person who accepted an invite to Trent Baalke's birthday party or not, but that's no reason to select a third-round prospect at this juncture. Moving up for Myles Jack would've made a ton of sense, and quite frankly, it would've been one of the best picks in the first round. Getting Garnett here after a trade, on the other hand, is absolutely ridiculous. Almost as ridiculous as posting a picture of someone smoking a kielbasa on Twitter.
Rd. 2, Pk. 25
Cody Whitehair, G,
Wow, what a great pick. An A+ for the Bears, for sure. First of all, Cody Whitehair was projected by some to be chosen at the end of the first round, so they're getting great value at this spot. Second, Whitehair fills a big need; Chicago's offensive line had its issues heading into the draft, and Whitehair can pretty much play every single position up front (though he's best as a guard). And third, Chicago obtained him after trading down twice! This is excellent drafting by the Bears.
So Big Ben, who has struggled all year on the road despite the competition and is banged up, is just going to magically find his groove and torch us? Anything's possible, but using the Seahawks game, which was ages ago and came shortly after we had to adjust after the Jamie Collins trade, is pretty dumb on your part.
USED DRAFT-TEK , WALTERS, DRAFT-SITE rankings as a general guide. Been trying to catch as many college games as possible. HUGE Game for Clemson over Alabama raising the stock of several players.
SR bowl,Combine, & Pro-days will be fun to watch.