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2018 NFL Draft: Picks 216-220

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216 Raiders: ILB Azeem Victor

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Looks the part of an NFL linebacker with broad shoulders, a v-shaped torso and good overall weight distribution, as well as room for additional muscle mass. Seems to enjoy the physicality of the game, playing with the raw fury of the traditional glass-eating linebacker. Aggressively takes on would-be blockers with an explosive punch and looks to take them out, sometimes knocking they and the ball-carrier into each other for two "tackles" on the same play... Lowers his shoulder and drives his hips into ball-carriers to deliver big hits and isn't satisfied with that, twisting opponents as they go to the ground and even getting in extra shots as until the echo of the whistle. Very good body control in tight spaces, showing the slippery athleticism to elude blockers and split gaps to create spark big plays at the line of scrimmage or when in pursuit. Good change of direction and a smooth accelerator among linebackers, showing graduate-level awareness of potential pass-catchers around him as well as the routes they might be running, cutting off passing angles. Counters his reputation as a trouble-maker with charitable work including his own "Azeem's Dream" which organizes donated backpacks and other school supplies and delivers them to children in need. -- Rob Rang 2/3/2018

WEAKNESSES
Too often a step late to the action, showing more of a read-and-react style rather than anticipating where the ball is going. Once he sees where the ball is headed, too often Victor takes risky angles to get it, undercutting would-be blockers and allowing runners who see him coming to pony up to their cavalry to hide and squirt free on the other side, resulting in the kind of missed assignments that can leave coaches (and teammates) frustrated... Gets grabby in coverage, toeing the line between holding and providing a physical jam to re-route running backs and tight ends... Gets a bit ahead of himself as a tackler, at times, loading up to deliver a big hit and leaving cutback opportunities. Doesn't break down consistently, reaching his arms out to grab hold and 'rassle (or throw) ball-carriers to the ground rather than using traditional textbook tackling technique. Plays with little regard for his own safety, flailing his limbs around the pile and leaving himself vulnerable with a broken leg (2016) already in his medical chart... Comes with significant off-field red-flags which require further investigation. - Rob Rang 2/3/2018

COMPARES TO
Vontaze Burfict, Bengals - From their combative playing style to their off-field concerns to the fact that both - when under control - are starting caliber NFL linebackers, the chain linking the admittedly stouter 6-1, 250 pound Burfict and Victor is just too obvious to ignore.

IN OUR VIEW
Victor's career at Washington certainly ended on a sour note but if he can convince teams during interviews at the Combine that he has matured since, he possesses the talent to warrant draft consideration. He is an instinctive, physical linebacker who not only will make a team, he'll contend for early playing time with the raw talent to project as a future starter.

217 Broncos: OLB Keishawn Bierria

Analysis
STRENGTHS
Instinctive, passionate player with a knack for being around the ball. Possesses good initial quickness and speed to meet backs at the edge, getting a jump on the action due to his key and diagnosis skills. Shows no hesitation in attacking the line of scrimmage, exhibiting good vision and very good body control to "get skinny" and slip through gaps to make take away holes for runners. Lacks ideal bulk but plays bigger than he looks due to his knee bend, core strength and simple want-to, anchoring surprisingly well. Takes on blocks with his shoulder, looking to slip off blocks and keeping his eyes peeled on the ball. Physical, sell-out hitter who arrives with a thud, creating big collisions. Strong enough to grab hold of ball-carrier and simply toss them to the ground. Shows awareness in pass coverage with quick feet and a relatively smooth hip turn to change directions. Durable performer with no known medical issues. Highly respected in the locker room, earning the Most Inspirational award during the team banquet each of the past two seasons... -- Rob Rang 1/3/2017

WEAKNESSES
Lacks the imposing build of most NFL linebackers with relatively narrow shoulders and hips which may limit his ability to add more "good" weight. Relies upon his quickness and body control to slip blocks and needs to show greater upper body strength and hand technique to disengage from blocks. Too willing to "shoot his gun," attacking gaps and leaving holes for savvy ball-carriers to cut back as well as lanes for play-action passes. Drops his shoulder as a tackler, resulting in some big hits but also some slipped tackles when he fails to wrap up. Questionable instincts in pass coverage, too often being moved by the quarterbacks' eyes. - Rob Rang 1/3/2017

COMPARES TO: Jatavis Brown, Chargers -There are not many linebackers weighing 230 pounds or less in the NFL these days with the 5-11, 221-pound Brown - an absolute superstar at Akron who has thus far outplayed his 5th round selection in two seasons with the Chargers - offering hope that Bierria's instincts, production and impressive durability can translate to the NFL, albeit likely as a Day Three pick.

IN OUR VIEW: Sorry folks, but Bierria's 43 career starts at Washington and production (240 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks) look better on paper than they do on film. He was protected by a stout front, struggling to disengage quickly when taking on blocks on his own and failing to record a single interception over his career despite playing in the pass-happy Pac-12. Bierria's instincts, toughness and athleticism warrant Day Three consideration but he is a likely backup rather than starter at the next level.

218 Vikings: DE Ade Aruna

STRENGTHS: Passes the eye test with the frame to add more weight…long arms and large hands…agile athleticism and stays under control on his feet…flexible, rangy and fast, running like a gazelle…natural bender and stays balanced at contact…eyes stay glued on the ball and is a stickler for his assignments…tracks the run well with improved contain skills…explosive tackler, launching and wrapping to finish…energetic play whenever he is on the field…education-first mentality and excelled in the classroom with numerous AAC All-Academic honors…earned his degree in Homeland Security Studies (Summer 2017) and currently working on a second degree in public health…experienced rushing from inside or outside position.

WEAKNESSES: Inexperienced playing football and it shows…needs to commit himself more in the weight room…pads rise off the snap, opening his chest…weak counter moves and rush stalls when he doesn’t win with his first step…inefficient rush sequence, relying more on effort than calculated arm/hand moves…easily moved by doubles and late to gain body position…can be juked in space, struggling to break down and finish on the move…wild pursuit angles…uninspiring career production and disappointed as a senior, playing out of position as a 4i lineman – only 3.0 sacks in 2017 with two of those coming in the opener vs. FCS-level Grambling State…missed one game as a senior due to a sprained ankle (Sept. 2017).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Tulane, Aruna wasn’t introduced to football until his senior year of high school and has only been playing the sport since 2012. He made strides for the Green Wave, including a promising junior campaign, but with Tulane implementing a three-man base front in 2017, he split snaps inside and outside and his production dropped as a senior. Aruna’s hoops background is evident with his athletic coordination and contact balance, forcing his way through bodies in constant chase mode. He is an improved run defender due to his intelligence, but leaves production on the field and his game is currently built more with effort than football skill. Overall, Aruna is a blank canvas with the physical traits that immediately pique interest, but he is a project who shouldn’t be expected to play a meaningful NFL role until year two or three of his NFL career.

Round 7:

219 Patriots: QB Danny Etling

SUMMARY: A four-star quarterback recruit out of high school, Daniel “Danny” Etling threw for 1,505 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at South Vigo. He was considered a top-10 quarterback recruit in the 2013 cycle, committing to Purdue over Iowa. Etling started 12 games in two seasons at Purdue before losing the starting job and transferring to LSU. He was the Tigers’ primary starter as a junior and senior, recording career-bests in 2017 with 2,463 passing yards and a 16-to-2 touchdown to interception ratio. Etling is a pro-style quarterback with athletic feet and a strong arm. He has plenty of impressive throws on his college tape, but those get lost among the streaky decisions and up-and-down ball placement. He also struggles to navigate the pocket, clamming up when he feels the walls start to close in on him. Overall, Etling boasts the arm strength and mature make-up for the NFL, but he struggles to read defenses, keep his poise and move the offense.

220 Seahawks: QB Alex McGough

2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB - Alex McGough, Sr., FIU,...McGough, a senior, is one of six FIU players to earn Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. He is currently FIU's all-time career leader in touchdown passes (66) and second in career completions (805) and passing yards (9,084). He has completed 231-of-354 passes for 2,791 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017, while recording a career-best 65.3 percent passing mark. McGough also ranks in the top five in C-USA in passing yards per game (232.6) and passing efficiency (142.8). Not only has McGough found the end zone through the air, but he has matched a career-high with four rushing touchdowns of his own. - Florida International Football