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NFC West 2016 draft analysis: Round 6
By Nic St. Marie
Special to gzl-football.com





In this round all four teams had draft picks, and a total of 5 pretty cheap players came into the division during this round. But did the teams add some potential key backups or surprise starters this year?

Last year the Rams were the only team to really get use out of 6th round players in the NFC West. If there is even one potential starter, even due to injury the west will be doing well here.

6.9 -
P DeShaun Smith 5'11" 208 lbs, 72 SPD, 49 AWR, 71 ACC, 20 TAK, 89 KPW, 86 KAC, 86 INJ

DeShaun Smith is an average or worse punter, which might be what you'd expect to get this late in the draft. He can cover a kickoff, so if that's what you're going for with Smith he can make it 11 vs 11, but he lacks the leg to be a kickoff specialist. Not an exciting pick, but not horrible.

Grade: C-
Roster Prognosis: 2 years as a 49er, FA after that.


6.19 -
RG Bobby Gilbert 6'6" 321 lbs, 60 SPD, 85 STR, 58 AWR, 59 AGI, 68 ACC, 77 PBK, 78 RBK, 92 INJ
Gilbert is an athletic guy that could have been a long-term backup with a friendly or even neutral skew. All along he looked more like a guard prospect than a tackle, and the -5 AWR puts him at 53 AWR making him an even longer shot.

Instead of a good skew, -3 SPD, -2 STR, -1 AGI along with -1 AWR, -2 PBK tanked him and a -3 INJ adds injury to insult. Gilbert can stick around with his cheap contract but he's no longer going to get a chance to develop into a starter as he was expected to.

Grade: B-
Roster Prognosis: 3 years as a Ram, FA after that.


6.22 -
OLB Donald Jones 6'3" 253 lbs, 74 SPD, 77 STR, 62 AWR, 81 AGI, 81 ACC, 51 CTH, 65 JMP, 77 TAK, 79 INJ

Jones came in as a big edge player with good power but not a lot of long speed. More of a 3-4 type OLB, his skew went like this. -2 SPD, +1 STR, +2 AGI, -2 ACC, -4 JMP, -2 INJ, +10 lbs. If Seattle plays a 3-4 this year, he may get to see the field.

Grade: C
Roster Prognosis: 2 years as a Seahawk, FA after that.


6.26 -
CB Travis Ricker 6'0" 210 lbs, 89 SPD, 64 STR, 52 AWR, 89 AGI, 93 ACC, 50 CTH, 90 JMP, 51 TAK, 79 INJ

Ricker was never a superb candidate, but the although the Cardinals got a good skew for him they didn't keep him on the roster. Their use of the late round picks to cheaply fill out the back end of the roster to fund their FA spending backfired as they didn't need a CB and let an ok one go in Ricker.

Ricker got +1 STR, +1 AGI, +2 ACC with a -1 AWR, +2 CTH, making him a 6'0" player that can do some press and play physically. Combined with a cheap contract Not bad for a pick this late in the 6th, and not bad for a 4th CB.

Grade: B+
Roster Prognosis: 2 years as a Cardinal, 4 years in the league.


6.32 -
MLB Ray Williams 6'3", 254 lbs, 74 SPD, 71 STR, 64 AWR, 76 AGI, 78 ACC, 61 CTH, 72 JMP, 85 TAK, 84 INJ

Williams was a lot like Jones, but at MLB has a better chance of getting snaps, especially if the Cards want to use a 3-4. Williams is slower and weaker than expected coming out of the draft, with -2 SPD, -2 STR, -1 AGI, and +2 ACC. So while he's good enough to stay on the roster he's no future starter.

Grade: B-
Roster Prognosis: 2 years as a Cardinal, FA after that.
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