2018 NFL Draft: Picks 211-215
NFL Draft Scout
211 Texans: TE Jordan Thomas
STRENGTHS: Large physical dimensions with long arms and massive hands…physical route-runner, overpowering defenders at the top of patterns to establish position…uses his size to box out and wall off defenders at the catch point…rolls into his routes with long, strong strides, picking up steam as he goes…difficult to get on the ground, absorbing hits and staying balanced…comfortable making catches with defenders attached to his hip…swallows the football, expanding his catch radius when needed…has a projectable frame with raw strength to get better as a blocker.
WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t play as athletic as his testing numbers…struggles to separate at the top of routes, taking too long to gather…relies on size and power over nuance and speed as a route-runner, requiring better discipline and rhythm in his patterns…attention to detail is absent on tape…large, soft hands, but focus tends to wane and needs to take better care of the football…inexperienced as an inline blocker or in pass protection…weight fluctuated between 270 and 290 pounds in college and he needs to maintain a more consistent playing weight…lackluster collegiate resume with only 31 career catches.
SUMMARY: A one-year starter at Mississippi State, Thomas was buried on the tight end depth chart and the coaches flexed him outside as more of a wide receiver in 2017 to get him on the field. He was a mismatch weapon vs. smaller cornerbacks and started to gain momentum in NFL circles as his senior season progressed. Thomas is physical to the ball and consistently won in single coverage with his body, power and oven mitts for hands. He picks up speed as he goes, but his routes are inefficient, struggling to uncover from defenders. Overall, Thomas is still very raw in several areas and might need time on the practice squad, but the athletic traits for his size make him a draftable player.
212 Ravens: OTGreg Senat
STRENGTHS: Large, athletic frame with long arms…comfortable on his feet to pull in space or work across the formation…patient in pass protection…flexible hips to open and neutralize edge speed…efficient on combinations, throwing a shoulder and locating the open defender…upper body power to seal lanes…targets with his hands and runs his feet as a drive blocker…competitive demeanor and not shy finishing defenders to the ground…effort isn’t an issue, searching for work through the whistle…growth potential to add weight and develop his body…adapted quickly to the offensive line and started every game the past two seasons.
WEAKNESSES: Undeveloped body strength and requires time to add functional mass…tall pass-sets with straight-legs and high pads/hips…choppy steps in pass protection, finding himself off-balance in his kickslide…attempts to use his reach, but timing is sporadic, relying on his body to get the job done…hands slide off his target…head ducker and finds himself overextended…little-to-no anchor to sink and slow bull rushers…doesn’t have a great feel for blocking geometry, struggling with body angles…mechanics need to be stripped down and rebuilt…needs to convince scouts he is fully invested in football…only two seasons of experience on the offensive line vs. lower level of competition.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Wagner, Senat lined up in a two- and three-point stance at right tackle for the Seahawks, a position he never played prior to the 2016 season. A basketball-first athlete most of his life, he made a successful transition to the football field in final two seasons in college and didn’t look out of place at the FCS-level. However, Senat’s inexperience leaves him behind in his development, currently lacking the technical savvy or play strength of most prospects. He has the smooth shuffle of a former power forward with the body control to react to various types of rushers, but he isn’t a natural knee-bender and chaotic fundamentals lead to balance issues. Overall, Senat is a complete project from a technical and strength standpoint, requiring at least one redshirt season in the NFL before he will have a chance to compete for snaps.
213 Vikings: OGColby Gossett
Gossett sports a powerful, well distributed frame with broad shoulders, thick limbs and a solid base. He shows good initial quickness off the snap, creating a surge at the point of attack with powerful hands and good leg drive. His experience shows when blocking at the second level, demonstrating very good anticipation and an efficient path to meeting linebackers, latching on to them with strong hands and the core flexibility, power and balance to turn and seal them away from the ball-carrier. Gossett shows very good coordination between his hands and feet in pass protection, shooting his hands from his hips to provide a powerful initial punch to opponents and shuffling his feet to mirror. He possesses the core strength and flexibility to handle bull rushers, playing with his knees bent and butt down. He is a very physical, competitive player who looks to knock opponents to the turf when he senses them off-balance. -- Rob Rang 1/11/2018
More of a technician and grappler than a top athlete, showing functional quickness to get to the second level but lacking the straight-line speed and explosiveness to impress in workouts or - more importantly - handle a switch to any other position along the offensive line. Suffers from some lapses in technique, dropping his head on contact, occasionally, and leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves. Must continue to keep his feet chopping, losing his balance and getting knocked aside when he gets lazy, plants his feet and leans into opponents. Played against lower competition throughout much of his career... - Rob Rang 1/11/2018
COMPARES TO: Daniel Kilgore, 49ers - As a fifth round pick out of Appalachian State, himself, Kilgore knows better than most how steep the jump in competition will be for Gossett. The comparison isn't just based on their similar background, however. Like the 6-3, 310 pound starting center for the 49ers, Gossett possesses a thick, well-distributed frame and plays with the tenacity and consistency which has helped both players start every game in which they've played the past four years.
IN OUR VIEW: Though he may be limited to just the right guard position in the NFL, Gossett is one of the better "small school" senior offensive linemen in the 2018 draft. He performed well when pitted against top competition and possesses the frame, physical nature and good technique required at the next level, projecting as a potential starting candidate by the end of his rookie deal.
214 Texans: OLB Peter Kalambayi
SUMMARY: A four-star linebacker recruit out of high school, Peter Kalambayi (CAL-am-BYE-ee), was a four-year letterwinner in football at Butler and won Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior, also playing center in basketball and earning all-state honors in the shot put. He was considered a top-three recruit in the state passed on nearby programs to enroll at Stanford. Kalambayi became a starter as a sophomore and started 41 straight games, posting 61 tackles and 4.0 sacks as a senior. A two-year team captain, he was a stand-up linebacker in Stanford’s 3-4 scheme, doing a nice job leveraging outside run lanes and making open-field stops. As a pass rusher, Kalambayi has an excellent combination of initial burst, bend and edge acceleration, although his rush plan lacks cohesiveness and counter measures to unglue from blocks. Overall, Kalambayi has a good chance of getting drafted with his size, length and athleticism, but his tape (and stats) leaves you wanting more.
215 Ravens: C Bradley Bozeman
Offers rare size for the center position with a broad-shouldered, well-distributed frame including thick, long limbs which give him a significant advantage. He has a vice-like grip which helps him latch on and sustain his blocks, controlling opponents throughout the play. Despite his bulk, Bozeman possesses enough athletic ability to climb to the second level and mirror in pass protection, showing good initial quickness. His greatest asset, however, is clearly his bulk and strength as a drive blocker. Bozeman is a classic mauler who can drive defenders off the ball to create space in the running game, locking out his arms, driving through his hips and exploding through contact to intimidate with pancake blocks. Experienced snapping the ball with the QB under center as well as in shotgun. -- Rob Rang 1/14/2018
Bozeman has a top-heavy frame and only average knee bend, which too often leaves him off-balance, especially against quick defensive tackles (Florida State-2017). He robs himself of his power with poor pad level, losing the leverage battle and being driven backward, at times. Bozeman shows just average lateral agility for the position, struggling to consistently make angle blocks and lacking the burst to recover if beaten initially. While generally a reliable shotgun snapper, Bozeman does have some inaccurate snaps on tape, hitting his quarterback closer to his knees than chest, forcing him to drop his eyes away from the defense to secure the ball. - Rob Rang 1/14/2018
COMPARES TO: Tony Bergstrom, Redskins - The 6-5, 314 pound Bergstrom is the very definition of an NFL journeyman, spending time with four different teams over his six year career after being drafted out of Utah by the Raiders in the third round back in 2012. His size, strength and functional athleticism offer teams positional versatility.
IN OUR VIEW: Bozeman is an easy projection to the NFL because he comes from Alabama's pro-style attack, faced elite competition on a daily basis and it is so clear what he does (and does not do) well. He has the look of a future starter at center (or guard) in a drive-blocking scheme but will always struggle with quick penetrating defensive tackles unless he learns to play with greater knee bend.