Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebackerMax Bullough
(40) before the snap of the ball during the 2nd half of a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
The 3rd round saw a lot of good names come off the board. This is a list of possible candidates. Not going for the needs, but rather BPA regardless of who’s on the depth chart.
4th Rnd :Shaquille Evans WR UCLA– Evans is 6’1 and 210 with 4.4 speed. He makes everything look easy, but he also never took over a game. Seems like a reliable second receiver, but not a 1st target to consistently beat his man. If drafted could overtake Hill and Nelson by end of season as starting outside receiver.
4th Rnd: Max Bullough ILB Michigan State– If you’ve noticed Michigan State has a beast of a defense do not attribute it all to Darqueze Denard. Bullough the ILB is the equivalent of a Tim Tebow for that defense. He’s 6’4 250 pounds, and tenacious. Watch film and all the guy does is read and tackle, cause turnovers, and tip passes. The best thing about him is his motor and desire which stand out on film. He could play inside linebacker, or strong side. Coincidentally he has 275 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles,19 QB hurries, 8 passes defended, and 2 INT’s the last 3 years. Not extraordinary, but extremely active.
6th Rnd: Morgan Breslin OLB/DE USC– This guy is undersized DE sort of like Dontay Moch a few years ago, but he is non-stop and relentless. He had knee, ankle, and hip injuries. At USC’s pro day he ran 4.6, with a 35” vertical, benched 26 reps showing his legs aren’t shot. Also, he put up 13 sacks last year, and 4.5 this year before injury. He could be a 6th round stash and IR kind of player, but he’s a pure pass rusher like Antwan Barnes, and something New York could always use from the OLB position.
4th Rnd: Cameron Fleming OG/OT Stanford– Fleming is a smart big guy. Tackle that projects to either guard or RT. Very fast measured short area quickness, and ability to play multiple spots should Giocomini not fit the bill for right tackle.
6th Rnd: Matt Patchan OT Boston College– Patchan played left tackle for the line that produced 2,000 yard rusher Andre Williams. He’s physically intriguing and is only a late round prospect because of a series of freak accidents. He was a victim of a drive-by shooting, and also had severe injuries in a scooter accident. Despite this, he produced a 4.97 40, and you can see his speed and agility in blocking. He’s 6’6 305 pounds so projects to left tackle or even guard. This is an upside pick, and possibly the most athletic lineman in the NFL if he can put it all together with some good coaching.
6th Rnd: Tajh Boyd QB Clemson– I’ve written enough articles about Boyd, but he is the classic over achiever, underdog Rocky Balboa of football. Continued to improve and achieve at the high school and college level. He possesses intangibles like leadership, improvisation, durability, scrambling ability that kept Clemson winning at a high level during his tenure.