My take on several draft picks that were particularly astute as well as those that were head scratchers.
Gerod Holliman Louisville – DB – Selected 239th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers Holliman plummeted to the seventh round of the draft because of character issues and his disturbing trend of poor tackling. However, when it comes to being a centerfield type, ball-hawking safety there is none better in the 2015 Draft Class. Holliman won the Thorpe Award in 2014 given to the top defensive back in the nation on the strength of his eye-popping 14 INTERCEPTIONS last season. You can’t coach ball-skills and instincts and Holliman has both in spades.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Oregon – DB – Selected 241st overall by the Cleveland Browns Olomu would have likely been a Day 2 pick if he did not suffer a severe knee injury during practice in preparation for the Rose Bowl. Ekpre-Olomu plays with edge, grit and top notch instincts. He doesn’t have prototypical size (5’9) but he competes and possess the body control and instincts to be effective outside the numbers, inside the numbers and in the deep third. Ekpre-Olomu probably won’t play in 2015 but if/when he is healthy he has the talent to immediately help in sub-packages and push for a starting job.
Tre McBride William & Mary – WR – Selected 245th overall by the Tennessee Titans. I thought McBride had a shot to be selected on Day 2 but I was surprised not to here his name called by the end of Round 4. McBride has a very good size-speed combination (6’0 210; 4.4 40-yard dash) and routinely makes the difficult catch look easy. There is an edge to his play albeit relatively raw. The fact that he played against lesser competition ultimately hurt his draft stock but the production is apparent and the skill set is in place to develop a really good football player. The upside at this point in the draft is tremendous.
Gerald Christian Louisville – TE – Selected 256th overall by the Arizona Cardinals Christian was my 5th rated tight end prospect heading into the draft. Christian is a very good athlete that plays faster than his 4.8 40 time would suggest. He is a willing run blocker with room for growth and sophistication. Chrisitian reminds me a lot of Nick O’Leary from Florida State but he is bigger and a better athlete. Considering the matchup problems he can create I think “Mr. Irrelevant” can make some noise in Arizona.
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