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








6.9 -
WR Ryan Lopez 6'2" 213 lbs, 87 SPD, 63 STR, 57 AWR, 84 AGI, 85 ACC, 72 CTH, 66 CAR, 95 JMP, 64 BTK, 39 RBK, 77 INJ, 34 KR

Lopez is a possession type, like 3rd rounder Levon Taylor. Unlike Taylor, Lopez doesn't have 1st round athletic talent, although a great skew could push him up to startable athletic talent. Even then, his 72 CTH will be a problem and needs work.

He can't really kick return or punt return with much explosion either, and is too light to turn into a TE. Lopez is pretty much roster filler with intriguing size.

Grade: C
Roster Prognosis: 1.5 years as a Ram, maybe 4 years total in the league.


6.13 -
FB Tommy Bohanon 6'1" 246 lbs, 70 SPD, 83 STR, 60 AWR, 71 AGI, 78 ACC, 55 CTH, 77 CAR, 81 JMP, 76 BTK, 56 PBK, 61 RBK, 80 STA, 75 INJ

Bohanon is a very good piece for a power-running team. LaVonte Bell doesn't really bring the wood, and Bohanon probably will rarely make the corner ahead of Bell. Collins may have the idea of moving Bell when he sees a good opportunity, but until then I'm not sure Bohanon will be a great fit. The skew matters this late, but one concept might be to make Bohanon the #2 TE. He'd be a little short, but jumps well. His strength and blocking would be fantastic assets, while his hands leave a ton to be desired.

Bohanon's versatility, power, and blocking make him a usable piece in a few areas on the team, and the Rams found a guy that can really clear some space on the edge if they ever get a back that's patient enough to follow him. A nice piece in the 6th round.

Grade: B+
Roster Prognosis: 2.5 years as a Ram, long career in the league.


6.18 -
OLB Chase Thomas 6'3" 244 lbs, 76 SPD, 74 STR, 70 AWR, 77 AGI, 78 ACC, 54 CTH, 65 JMP, 77 TAK, 85 INJ

Chase Thomas is a big guy with good skills, physicality, and borderline questionable athleticism. Too small to convert to DE, maybe too slow to play OLB, this smells like a prayer to the skew gods. Thomas could succeed as is as a 3-4 OLB, but most likely will not get that chance in Seattle.

Grade: D+
Roster Prognosis: 1 year as a Seahawk, retire after that


6.26 -
SS J.J. Wilcox 6'0" 213 lbs, 87 SPD, 67 STR, 62 AWR, 83 AGI, 88 ACC, 67 CTH, 89 JMP, 73 TAK, 93 INJ

Wilcox was on my radar as a guy that was good all around, but I couldn't justify carrying a 5th safety. The Rams have a very solid backup at SS, a position that sees quite a few injuries. Wilcox can start without holding a secondary back.

Grade: A-
Roster Prognosis: 4 years as a Ram, 6 years in the league.


6.28 -
CB Andre Waters 5'11" 195 lbs, 92 SPD, 35 STR, 50 AWR, 90 AGI, 92 ACC, 74 CTH, 60 CAR, 75 JMP, 30 CTK, 48 TAK, 85 INJ, 82 KR

The Cardinals finally ge their first pick of the draft. And right away they pick a guy who probably won't see the field, ever. Hopefully the Cardinals plan was to save money at a couple of backup positions and that's it, because they didn't get better with this pick. Waters has good hands, ok athleticism, and ok KR ability. But he'd probably never break a tackle with his 35 strength and 50 AWR so...let's hope we don't see him in that role either.

Grade: C-
Roster Prognosis: .5 years as a Cardinal


6.29 -
WR David Austin 5'11" 179 lbs, 93 SPD, 43 STR, 54 AWR, 93 AGI, 95 ACC, 80 CTH, 66 CAR, 84 JMP, 40 BTK, 95 INJ, 45 KR

The Rams pick a non-Tavon Austin at the end of the 6th round, their 3rd WR of the draft. Once again, they pick a guy with real skill that might never see the field. Austin is a short quick guy with good hands. He has some KR ability (more than CB Waters) and really could survive as a #3/#4 WR for a while. Get a good skew and stay on the roster for a few years and Austin could have himself a backup's career.

Not a bad pick, but probably doesn't contribute this year outside of KR duties. Although someone should have hit Richardson over the head for starting Bell at KR/PR, and then having the gall to wonder why he was losing carries by the 2nd and 3rd quarter of games.

Grade: B (Great value this late)
Roster Prognosis: 4 years as a Ram, 8 year career
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