52: Tennessee Titans — Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina – Like former West Virginia and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, Brown is all about speed. He’ll need to develop as a read-and react guy, but as a moveable chess piece on passing downs, he can have an impact right away.
53: Cincinnati Bengals — Devon Still, DT, Penn State – The Bengals still play enough straight four-fronts to make this pick very sensible. Still is more a pure penetrator than a guy who’s going to stand there and take up three blockers.
54: Detroit Lions — Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma – Injured last year, and at 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, one wonders how much abuse he’ll be able to take at the NFL level. Not a real burner, but an elusive and consistent target in a dynamic passing offense.
55: Atlanta Falcons — Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin – Thought by some to be a first-round pick because of his strength, fundamental awareness, and versatility, Konz could shift outside to guard if need be. Injuries (blood clots in both lungs, various ankle issues) may have pushed him down the board, but you won’t often see Konz get pushed down anywhere else.
56: Pittsburgh Steelers — Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State – The Steelers pulled off an interesting bifecta – -they selected my favorite (David DeCastro) and least favorite (Adams) in this draft class. Adams is the kind of big, athletic tackle the Steelers prefer, but I’ve seen him struggle against enough elite defenders to wonder how his transition will go.
57: Denver Broncos — Brock Osweiler, AB, Arizona State – Osweiler is an interesting prospect — a big, mobile quarterback who can make all the throws (including the bad ones). He’s raw clay to a degree, but what better building for a developmental quarterback than one in which John Elway and Peyton Manning reside?
58: Tampa Bay Buccaneers — LaVonte David, OLB, Nebraska – Too small/too slow? Well, yes. You don’t want to run a 4.65 40 at the combine when you stand 6-foot-1 and weigh 235 pounds. However, David is also is one of those guys we like to call “just a football player” — when you turn on the tape, he’s thumping people in the box and playing stay-at-home linebacker against the goofiest spread offenses. He’s another reason the Bucs have been the offseason winners so far.
59: Philadelphia Eagles — Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall – Ever wonder what would have happened if the Eagles drafted Jason Pierre-Paul? Wonder no more. Underrated pass-rusher who can play many roles. Has the burst to get 10 sacks a season as an edge rusher, the agility to play in LEO fronts (the Clay Matthews/Aldon Smith role) and the upper-body strength to hold up as a straight run defender outside or in a five-tech role. I’m very surprised he fell this far.
60: Baltimore Ravens: Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State – Osemele is a huge lineman with elite strength and the ability to pound his opponents into submission. A perfect fit for an offense always looking to get tougher. Add his long arms and huge hands, and Osemele could be Ray Rice’s new best buddy.
61: San Francisco 49ers: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon – In one year, the 49ers’ offense has gone from stodgy to fairly explosive. Between Mario Manningham, rolling the dice in Randy Moss, first-round receiver A.J. Jenkins, Jim Harbaugh had already given quarterback Alex Smith more to work with. But James outstrips them all in terms of pure athleticism — he’s not as powerful as Darren Sproles, but he shares many of the same characteristics as a burner of a running back, and he adds explosive capabilities in the return game. San Francisco fans who can stomach memories of the NFC Championship game will appreciate that concept.
62: Green Bay Packers: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt – Decent sized cornerback with 37 straight starts at Vandy; a very aware player in space who could do multiple things for a Green Bay secondary looking to overcome several concerns. Couls switch off to cover safety, or play nickel corner, if Charles Woodson has to play more straight cornerback instead of his hybrid role.
63: New York Giants — Rueben Randle, WR, LSU – This is an ideal player for the Bears’ offense, especially after Mario Manningham’s departure — he’s a tough possession receiver with route correctness and a surprising snap upfield after the catch. Doesn’t explode off tape, but he’ll eat your lunch in the intermediate game, he’s great over the moddle because he doesn’t fear traffic, and he’s very quick after the catch.
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