Live 2015 NFL Draft Grades: Round 7



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  1. Oakland Raiders: Anthony Morris, OT, Tennessee State: C Grade
    I didn't have Anthony Morris getting drafted in any of the 500 mocks I did this year. I'm not sure he makes the roster.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Hayes Pullard, ILB, USC: B Grade
    I was yelled at by some readers to have Hayes Pullard earlier than the seventh round, but I thought this was the right spot for him. He makes sense as yet another Pac-12 prospect for the Browns, given that they needed help at inside linebacker.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Neal Sterling, WR/TE, Monmouth: C Grade
    Neal Sterling was a good player at Monmouth, but I'm not sure where he fits in the NFL. He's too slow to be a receiver and too small to be a tight end.

  4. Oakland Raiders: Andre Debose, WR/KR, Florida: B+ Grade
    Andre Debose was a great prospect coming out of high school, but he never developed at Florida. The Raiders are bringing him in solely for special teams, as they see him as a potential dynamic return specialist. He could work out in that regard.



  5. Washington Redskins: Austin Reiter, C, South Florida: C+ Grade
    I didn't have Austin Reiter as a drafted prospect, but he was on the cusp. He's an athletic lineman who will have a chance to make Washington's final roster.

  6. New York Jets: Deon Simon, NT, Northwestern State: B Grade
    This pick makes sense, as Deon Simon was a seventh-round prospect coming into the draft. If he makes the roster, he'll provide some depth behind Snacks Harrison.

  7. St. Louis Rams: Bryce Hager, ILB, Baylor: A+ Grade
    I've bashed some of the Rams' selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, but this is an outstanding one. Bryce Hager was productive at Baylor and showed off great athleticism at the Combine, so I figured he'd go much earlier than this. In fact, I had him going in the fifth round. St. Louis dealt Zac Stacy for this pick, so it's safe to say that it won that trade.

  8. Atlanta Falcons: Jacob Rodgers, OT, Eastern Washington: C Grade
    I didn't have Jacob Rodgers getting drafted, but this isn't a bad choice; Rodgers, a productive player at Eastern Washington, has nice athleticism for a 315-pound lineman. He might be able to develop into a swing tackle.

  9. New York Giants: Bobby Hart, OT, Florida State: C Grade
    Bobby Hart was a good player for Florida State, but he doesn't project as an NFL player. He just doesn't seem to have the appropriate skill set.

  10. St. Louis Rams: Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis: B Grade
    The Rams have strong depth on the defensive line, so it might be difficult for Martin Ifedi to make the roster. That doesn't mean he's a bad prospect though, as he'd have a good chance on other teams. He fits the range at this spot.

  11. Minnesota Vikings: Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama: B- Grade
    Minnesota's third tackle. I felt that Austin Shepherd had a chance to be drafted, and I had him as a sixth-round prospect at one point. The Vikings must have agreed on his value, but I'm not sure where he fits in with all the players at the position currently on the roster.

  12. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame: A Grade
    Tight end isn't an immediate need, but it's hard to believe that Marcedes Lewis is going to be on the roster much longer. Ben Koyack, whom I had projected in the fourth round, could eventually emerge as the No. 2 tight end behind Julius Thomas. Koyack is a solid blocker, so he'll complement Thomas well.



  13. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Murphy, RB/KR, Missouri: B- Grade
    A borderline draftable prospect, Marcus Murphy will contribute on special teams if he makes the final roster. He could be the Saints' kick returner at some point, so this pick makes sense to me.

  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joey Iosefa, FB, Hawaii: C- Grade
    An injury-prone player with off-the-field problems, Joey Isoefa should've been a UDFA player. I don't like this pick, but it's the seventh round.

  15. Minnesota Vikings: Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry: B Grade
    I had Edmond Robinson going a bit earlier than this, so he makes sense at this spot. As for the fit, I'd like it more if the Vikings didn't already spend two selections on linebackers. It'll be tough for Robinson to make the final roster.

  16. Kansas City Chiefs: Da'Ron Brown, WR, Northern Illinois: B- Grade
    Da'Ron Brown was highly productive at Northern Illinois, but I never had him in my mock because he didn't seem like an NFL talent to me. That said, he might have a chance to make Kansas City's roster because of the lack of depth at receiver.



  17. Buffalo Bills: Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas: A Grade
    This is one of my favorite picks in the seventh round. I had Dezmin Lewis going early in the fourth frame, so this is incredible value for Buffalo. Lewis was discussed by some as the next Cecil Shorts, so I wouldn't be surprised if he contributes for the Bills at some point.

  18. Houston Texans: Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU: B Grade
    Some viewed the other LSU running back as the better prospect, but the Texans, who excel at finding running backs late in the draft or as UDFAs, might have hit on another prospect. Kenny Hilliard is a tough runner who stands a decent chance of making the roster.

  19. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming: C Grade
    Mark Nzeocha is an old player (25) who tore his ACL during the season. He has made good progress, however, so he'll be ready for OTAs. Having said that, I don't really like his chances of making the final roster. I didn't have him in my top 400.

  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Mihalik, DL, Boston College: C+ Grade
    Brian Mihalik is a great athlete, but not a very good football player. Still, the upside is worth taking a shot on in the seventh round. Perhaps the Eagles will be able to develop him.



  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Mario Alford, WR/KR, West Virginia: B Grade
    Mario Alford just missed the final cut of my mock draft, but he's definitely worth a spot in the middle of the seventh round. He may not see the field on offense, but he should be able to contribute as a kick-returner with his blazing-fast 4.25 40.

  22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville: A- Grade
    Some had Gerod Holliman in the third round, but we were hearing that he was going to drop. I didn't expect him to fall this far, however, and the Steelers ended up getting a potential steal. Holliman's poor measurables really sunk his draft stock, but he could end up sticking for the Steelers, who needed to find another safety.

  23. Detroit Lions: Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina: A+ Grade
    I had the Lions picking Corey Robinson in the final version of my mock draft - at No. 88 in the third round! I thought that was a bit early for Robinson, whom I pegged as a fourth-rounder, but there was no reason for him to fall this far. At least, no reason we're aware of. We'll try to figure out why Robinson fell, but for now, this is an easy A+, as Robinson has the talent to start for the Lions at some point down the road.

  24. Cleveland Browns: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon: A+ Grade
    Another A+ in the seventh round! If only we could have back-to-back Millens... At any rate, the Browns are making a great selection here with a player who was once considered a first-round prospect. Charlie Campbell reported a couple of weeks ago that Ekpre-Olomu was off many teams' draft boards because his AC was worse than reported, but I think he's a great gamble in the seventh round. What do the Browns have to lose? If they blow this pick, so what?



  25. Oakland Raiders: Dexter McDonald, CB, Kansas: C Grade
    Dexter McDonald has had some troubles in his past, and I didn't have him listed in my top 400. The Raiders probably could've done better here, but we're talking about the 242nd pick.

  26. Dallas Cowboys: Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia: A Grade
    I had the Cowboys picking Laurence Gibson - at No. 168 (fifth round). Gibson is a long-armed, athletic tackle, so even though he's raw, there's no reason he should have fallen this far. This is a potential steal for Dallas.

  27. San Francisco 49ers: Trenton Brown, OT, Florida: B Grade
    Trenton Brown is 6-foot-9 and weighed in at 376 pounds at the Senior Bowl. He has great potential, but has never developed because of work-ethic issues. He probably won't amount to anything, but he's worth a gamble at this point.

  28. Tennessee Titans: Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary: A+ Grade
    Tre McBride had both the great athleticism and production to be deemed a third-round prospect. That's where I had him going, but reports surfaced that he has some personality issues. Even considering that, he's worth a pick in the seventh round. He's a steal at this juncture, as he has starting ability.

  29. Dallas Cowboys: Geoff Swaim, TE, Eastern Michigan: C Grade
    I'm not sure why the Cowboys moved up for Geoff Swaim, who will have trouble making the final roster. He's an athletic tight end, but wasn't very productive at Eastern Michigan.

  30. New England Patriots: Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall: B+ Grade
    Ten more picks to go! A potential late-round steal, Darryl Roberts is very athletic, owning a 4.36 40 time. He was also productive at Marshall, so he could've gone a bit earlier than this.

  31. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Murphy, S, Oregon State: B Grade
    The Seahawks sure love their tall, athletic defensive backs. But the formula has worked for them all along, so why change now? Ryan Murphy has great potential and could emerge as a solid contributor sometime down the road.

  32. Atlanta Falcons: Akeem King, S, San Jose State: B Grade
    I mocked Akeem King to the Falcons at one point because I thought he was what they were looking for from an athletic standpoint. King has good upside, but he's a project right now. He has the potential to become a quality depth player at some point.

  33. Denver Broncos: Trevor Siemian, QB, Northwestern: B- Grade
    The Trevor Siemian selection is curious, as the Broncos passed over some other quarterbacks like Shane Carden or Brandon Bridge. I don't think this is a bad pick though, as Siemian will have a chance to become a long-term backup.

  34. Denver Broncos: Taurean Nixon, CB, Tulane: C Grade
    Taurean Nixon wasn't on my radar at all. He's a good athlete, but has a long way to go before he can see the field in the NFL.

  35. Denver Broncos: Josh Furman, S, Oklahoma State: C Grade
    Josh Furman played linebacker at Oklahoma State and Michigan, but he'll be relegated to special teams as a pro. I don't see him making Denver's roster.

  36. New England Patriots: Xzavier Dixon, DE/OLB, Alabama: B Grade
    I had Xzavier Dixon in the seventh round, so the range here makes sense. Dixon would have gone higher had he performed better at the Combine, but that won't matter now because he'll get a chance to prove himself to the Patriots. The problem is that New England already obtained a couple of edge rushers in this draft, so Dixon has an uphill battle in training camp.

  37. San Francisco 49ers: Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina: C+ Grade
    Rory Anderson had some nice moments at South Carolina, but was unproductive for the most part. He had dual triceps tears this past season. It'll be a surprise if he makes the 49ers' roster.

  38. Indianapolis Colts: Denzell Goode, G, Mars Hill: C Grade
    The NFL Network guys weren't afraid to admit that they never heard of this guy, and neither am I. What in the world is Mars Hill? That sounds like Eric Matthews' Boris College. Is Mars Hill even real?

  39. Arizona Cardinals: Gerald Christian, TE, Louisville: C Grade
    This year's Mr. Irrelevant was productive at Louisville, but doesn't seem like an NFL talent. He's not even a good blocker, so he's a long shot of sticking around the NFL.

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