Reviewing each selection in Round Five
5-1 Green Bay Packers: Cole Madison, OL, Washington State
The Packers got a good pass blocker in the fifth round. The question is how does he do in the run blocking department. He could be versatile. He probably is a guard who can play tackle in a pinch.
5-2 New York Giants: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami
I like this pick. He is a perfect fit as a defensive end in an odd front. He will be able to contribute as both a pass rusher and a run stopper when called upon. This could be a future starter.
5-3 Oakland Raiders: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
This is a good place to take Hurst. He was thought of as a first or second rounder until he had to leave the combine for a heart condition. If his health holds up, this is a real steal in the fifth round.
5-4 Seattle Seahawks: Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida
This was one of the most exciting picks of the draft. Griffin has overcome difficult odds after losing his hand at four years old. His athletic ability outside of his hand is a testament to his determination.
5-5 San Francisco 49ers: DJ Reed, CB, Kansas State
DJ Reed was a successful cover corner in college but the question is how that translates to the NFL. He is a small corner and that size will probably limit him to the slot. The slot will also give him an opportunity to showcase his man cover skills.
5-6 New England Patriots: Ja’whaun Bentley, ILB, Perdue
Bentley’s job in the Patriots defense will be to stop the run. I don’t know if his skills lend to the ability to be a cover linebacker in the league though. He may just play in the Patriots base defense.
5-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Watson, WR, UPenn
This is a small school player that has shown some things. He projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. His strength is his quickness over his size. The Bucs had a nice draft.
5-8 Chicago Bears: Bilal Nichols, DL, Delaware
At this point in the draft, you are looking to fill your roster with role players. Nichols is more of a pass rusher in this league as opposed to a run stuffer. It will be interesting to see if they rush him from the middle on passing downs.
5-9 Seattle Seahawks: Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
This is an interesting pick as there are two ways to look at this pick. On one hand, Flowers was a good player with length at Oklahoma State. On the other, he is too long and may not be a good enough tackler.
5-10 Los Angeles Rams: Micah Kizer, ILB, Virginia
Kizer’s value is as a BUCK linebacker in a 3-4 base. He is effective at stopping the run, but his weakness is in coverage. He also has a history on special teams which might make him a more valuable pick.
5-11 Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
The Steelers got a steal here as Allen is one of the better safeties in this draft. He has the ability to play dime linebacker and in-the-box which will help the Steelers carve out a better dime package.
5-12 Seattle Seahawks: Michael Dickson, P, Texas
This is the first punter off the board. Punters have to come in and compete in training camp and the preseason to win the job. The value of this pick is too early to tell.
5-13 Cleveland Browns: Genard Avery, ILB, Memphis
This pick has a lot of similarities to the Mikah Kizer pick. Avery is a downhill linebacker who will be asked to play the Mike linebacker position. He will probably also have to play special teams as he would be taken out in passing situations.
5-14 Cincinnati Bengals: Davontae Harris, CB, Illinois State
Harris is a small school corner who can make it in the NFL because of his physicality. He will probably feature on special teams to start his career with the Bengals.
5-15 Tennessee Titans: Dane Cruickshank, S, Arizona
This seems like a move to get a safety to play with Kevin Byard. Cyprien will probably be the starter, but I bet the Titans would like someone like Cruickshank to win the job sooner than later.
5-16 Detriot Lions: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
This is a good pick as Crosby is one of my favorite tackles in this draft. He is big and when he gets his hands on you, he is able to keep you in check. There is a little concern about his movement skills.
5-17 Buffalo Bills: Siran Neal, S, Jacksonville State
This is a guy who has played everything on defense from boundary corner to dime linebacker. He has also showed some things during the Senior Bowl practices.
5-18 Los Angeles Chargers: Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA
This is a guy who can play the backup interior positions. He didn’t play that well in the Senior Bowl practices and that causes some concern with this pick.
5-19 Denver Broncos: Troy Fumagali, TE, Wisconsin
This is an underrated pick as Fumagali is the type of tight end that can help you both in the passing and run blocking department. I think he deserved to go earlier, but tight ends are never drafted that high.
5-20 Minnesota Vikings: Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan
This is a decent move tight end who can handle longer routes. I just wouldn’t rely on his blocking. He is much more of a receiving tight end.
5-21 Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia
The Bengals have plenty of depth at the defensive tackle position and so this pick is curious. I don’t think Brown stood out at Virginia as much as I would have liked him to.
5-22 Indianapolis Colts: Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa
This is a small school prospect with some upside. He is small and quick and that lends itself to being a slot receiver. Fountain is also punt returner capable.
5-23 Los Angeles Rams: Ogbonnia Okoronko, DE, Oklahoma
This is a good value pick at this point. Some thought Okoronko could be a first or second rounder. The Rams really want to upgrade in the edge rushing department and this is a start.
5-24 Carolina Panthers: Jermaine Carter, ILB, Maryland
This is a pick that will have to compete for a roster spot. It is likely that the battle will be to make it as a special teamer and a reserve linebacker for the Panthers.
5-25 Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
This is a nice fourth or fifth receiving option for the Ravens. They have been really committed to rebuilding their receiving corps. Lasley can gain separation and that why he will be able to play in this league. The reason he fell this far is because of drops.
5-26 Washington Redskins: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
The Redskins have really upgraded their defensive line this draft. Settle will be able to play in the middle in the base defense and then move to the 3-tech in the nickel and dime formations.
5-27 New Orleans Saints: Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin
This is a pick that has to be used the right way to be successful. He plays a lot better in space than he does in coverage. Therefore, as long as they keep him in zone, he should be successful.
5-28 Pittsburgh Steelers: Jaylen Samuels, RB, NC State
This pick is the jack of all trades. He will probably be primarily a running back, but he also will be able to be your sixth receiver and fourth tight end. He is primarily gonna be used as a back and as a receiver.
5-29 Buffalo Bills: Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
This is a good value pick for the fifth round. You could probably get some early production from Teller despite him being a day three pick. He is both competent as a run blocker and as a pass blocker.
5-30 Minnesota Vikings: Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
The Vikings winged it in the kicking department, but take a step here to ensure they have a long-term kicking option. Carlson is probably the best
kicker in this draft.
5-31 Seattle Seahawks: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
The Seahawks really need to improve their offensive line. They get probably a day two valued tackle here on day three. Jones may get a shot to play with the Seahawks needing to upgrade their offensive line.
5-32 Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Wilkins, RB, Mississippi
The Colts are able to get good value here in the fifth round. Wilkins was an elusive back in the SEC and that college success should translate into pro success. He will probably be the bigger back to complement the speedy Marlon Mack.
5-33 Cincinnati Bengals: Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan
I’m not a fan of this pick, but the Bengals may have a role for him in mind. He will probably play the slot and be a return man. I just think you need to show more in coverage to get drafted here.
5-34 Dallas Cowboys: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
This is one of the better value backup quarterbacks available. I think White could develop into a low starter or top backup in the NFL. He will probably start at the back of the depth chart early in his career.
5-35 Green Bay Packers: JK Scott, P, Alabama
Scott was the punter for the National Champion Alabama team. He will probably come to camp and have to win a job to stay in the NFL. He may get a better shot somewhere else if he does not make the team.
5-36 Oakland Raiders: Johnny Townsend, P, Florida
The Raiders need to get a punter more than the Packers and so this pick makes a lot of sense. The Raiders no longer have Marquette King and thus will need a new punter.
5-37 Green Bay Packers: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida
This is a height, weight and speed prospect. He is a workout warrior and sometimes that’s what you need at this juncture of the draft. The workout warriors can often become good special teamers.