Thanks to everyone that took the time to participate in our community mock draft. In round seven, the San Francisco 49ers added one of my favorite runners in the draft. , Sewo Olonilua. While there isn’t anything flashy about his game, Olonilua consistently gets more yards than what’s blocked for him. The edge rusher out of North Dakota State, Derrick Tuszka, isn’t someone I’ve watched. The 49ers have met with him, though. Tuszka was in the 92nd percentile or higher in every drill he participated in besides the bench press. Bet on athletes during Day 3. Smart.
The best pick this round goes to the Vikings and S L’Jarius Sneed. He’s going in the top 75.
2020 Niners Nation Community Mock: 7th Round
Built more like a running back, at 6 foot 224 pounds. And he may get used like that in Taylor’s scheme. He was an electric kick returner with five returns for touchdowns.
In closing, the Bengals are going into year 2 of the Zac Taylor era. The schemes have been put in place, and now it’s time to take a step forward. They address their faults in the run defense and in pass protection (although they still have question marks). They brought in a new franchise QB (hopefully), but they still have veteran Andy Dalton (as of now) to hold down the fort if Burrow is not ready on day one.
San Francisco 49ers
Sewo is one of the big backs in the RB draft class. Shanahan might be intrigued by his pass-catching skills. Perhaps with his size, he can be converted to TE? Might be able to find some work as an RB4 or red zone threat. Olonilua will mostly provide some depth and special teams ability for the 49ers since the 49ers have 4 starting RBs on the roster at the moment.
Lacking depth behind Dalvin Tomlinson, the Giants look at Benito Jones as a rotational defensive line piece who can also step in for Tomlinson as his backup and in case of injury. Jones played nose in a 3-4 for the Rebels and measured very well at the combine. He is a former five star recruit out of high school.
Plus athlete (4.3 40) who has played corner and safety. Vikings need more secondary depth, and Sneed has length, some decent ball skills, and enough speed to take it to the house when he gets his hands on the ball. Another possible special teams demon.
This is a late-round flyer on a player who has good instincts and gets into passing lanes quickly. Lavert Hill isn’t an ideal fit at outside corner, but he could help out at strong safety or as a defensive weapon that could help in many places in the defense. This was just a BPA pick to see if he can make a difference on special teams.
A versatile prospect who can play at a high level all across the offensive line. Excellent value in round 7.
With this pick, I flirted with the idea of taking Rico Dowdle but back to back running backs would be kind of silly. Ultimately I decided to go ILB here, and Quarterman was my pick. He was a productive player and leader on the Miami defense and is a kind of old school thumper, so it’s hard not to like the guy. He’s not the quickest, and I’m not sure he can cover over the middle, but he can at least add some value as a special teamer. I also considered Shaun Bradley, but I was afraid any Cardinals fan seeing that would have flashbacks of a certain undersized Temple linebacker from a couple of years ago, so I didn’t want to trigger anyone.
Elliott ran a really bad 40 at the combine, but showed great explosiveness in the broad and had one of the best three-cone drills of any DB in the draft; these show up in his game tape. He’s a fluid safety that lacks deep speed but excels in awareness, ball skills, and recognition. He’s also a guy who excels in locking down tight ends in coverage. He’s a physical player that makes up for his lack of track speed with his aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage and great change of direction.
The Titans use the first of our three seventh-round picks to bring in competition for the backup QB gig to Ryan Tannehill in the form of FIU’s James Morgan. Morgan, who began his collegiate career at Bowling Green, spent the last two years at the Miami campus, throwing for over 5,300 yards with a 40/12 TD to INT ratio while completing passes at a 62% clip for the Panthers. Morgan possesses major league arm talent and a toughness that cannot be taught. Issues with accuracy, touch, and going through his progressions, however, make Morgan a developmental prospect at this point. He would battle 2018 seventh-round pick, Logan Woodside, for the right to caddy for Tannehill.
At 6’1” and 308 pounds, Davis is a muscular bowling ball that blazed a 4.75 forty and pumped 32 in the bench. Workout numbers don’t always translate, but that blend of twitch and strength in the middle of the line is a skill set I’m gambling on in the seventh round. Some teams will hate his tiny arms, but I’m fine spending a seventh-round pick on a guy who doesn’t have to leave the field, has the strength to take on double teams, and the speed and agility to penetrate and overpower centers.
Ooh, a left-field pick! Kenny Robinson is a centerfield free safety who has excellent diagnosis skills, excellent ball skills, and uh... he attempts tackles? Not exactly Earl Thomas out there. However, he’s young (left college for the XFL) and has a lot of growth to do. This late in the game, he’s absolutely worth a flyer because he could either become a starting FS or he could be back in the XFL in a year. We’ve got like 1,000 picks in this draft, so let’s get after it! Kenny Robinson or bust!
Development tight end with the last pick. Wilcox is strictly a “move” tight end at this point. Plays like a receiver and a solid route runner. Not very strong, as he tends to go down on first contact, but isn’t afraid to go get the ball. Offers very little in the blocking department.
Tate is not only a running QB, contrary to popular belief. Tate is a good passer and flashes some great touch and accuracy to the deep and intermediate parts of the field. He is really good off script as well, and his running ability, again, is elite. The issues start and end with his pocket presence. When Tate gets nervous in the pocket, his mechanics go wrong, and that causes his accuracy to suffer. He needs a lot of improvement, but he could be a great backup for Dak, as they are similar in playstyle. He also has worked in a pro-style offense already, so there is not a big change.
Well, it’s round 7, so I’m looking at BPA. I was strongly considering Stanford Samuels at this pick to shore up the CBs, but I didn’t think the value was there. That was probably my biggest complaint with the draft, but Kelley here is a good bargain. He succeeded in a difficult offense and ran hard. He’s strong, runs between the tackles, and can supplement Henderson. I know they have Malcolm Brown, but I didn’t see enough to justify not taking Kelley. Kelley is gonna ruin Henderson’s fantasy value with all the TD’s he poaches.
Right guard for the Lions is a need. Even though a guard was selected earlier in this draft, having depth is needed here. The Lions have signed some free agents, and among them, former 49er Josh Garnett. But having depth is desirable on the O-Line for any team. Dotson wasn’t invited to the combine, and in an article at Draft Network, they called it the biggest omission of the combine. Dotson made PFF’s 2020 Draft Big Board of 150 players coming in at #148. Crabbs at DN said this about Dotson’s competitiveness, “Bar room brawler who has a ton of fire to his game. He’s a bruiser and offers a lot of quality effort reps — even when he’s outmatched and put into recovery mode too quickly into the play.” An offensive lineman who may have a chip on his shoulder? Sign me up.
With the release of former backup RB Dion Lewis, Tennessee needed an infusion of talent and depth at a critical position, and so former Florida star Lamical Perine was tapped with the second of our seventh-round selections. Perine, a high-character, hard-working player that fits the Titans mold to a T, was a fine and durable all-around back during his time in Gainesville, culminating in a senior season in which he accounted for 939 yards from scrimmage while catching 40 passes and averaging 5.2 yards per tote. He will need to upgrade his pass protection chops in order to compete for a potential third-down role going forward.
New York Giants
In a historically talented wide receiver class, underperforming talents who get kicked off the team usually do not get drafted very high. “Character issues” surround Thomas, but his skill is undeniable when you watch him play. The Giants’ lack of depth at WR was blatantly apparent in 2019 with injuries and suspensions, so Thomas might have a shot to make this team if he keeps his character in check. Thomas also returns kicks. At a minimum, Thomas should secure a practice squad spot and be ready for promotion if the injury bug hits the wide receiver core again.
As with many others, the Bills draft a developmental web late. He has the arm strength, body, and mobility within the pocket to succeed. However, he lacks consistency and throw strength when put in awkward positions. Definitely will be a developmental player with the attributes to succeed if trained correctly.
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
Continuing with the theme of providing depth to our offensive skill positions in the final round of the 2020 Draft, the Titans did not have to travel far for an intriguing prospect to add to the WR room in Vanderbilt’s Kalija Lipscomb. The 6-foot, 207-pound Lipscomb led the SEC in receptions his junior season in Nashville with 87 catches, but his production dropped during his senior year (47 catches, 10.9 yards per catch). He ran a 4.57 40 at the combine, but with only 16 reps on the bench press, he may lack the physicality to succeed against press coverage. He is versatile, though; he played a role in the Commodores’ running game as well as serving as their punt returner. One could find worse WR prospects at this point in the draft.
At this point in the draft, I was grabbing at straws. To be honest, I don’t know much about Hilbers. I know the Browns need some help on the IOL, and that hasn’t been addressed. I watched a couple of Husky games last year, and their OL seemed to hold up fine, so I will throw my dart at the board with this one and hope for the best. When Jared Hilbers retires as a 1st Ballot HOF, I will be able to tell you all that I saw this coming all along!
San Francisco 49ers
North Dakota State
Tuszka will provide DE depth to an already stacked Dline. Tuszka finished his FCS North Dakota State career in 3 yrs with 40.5 tackles for loss and 28.5 sacks. GM Lynch is very intrigued by his size at 6”5’ and 251 lbs. The competition level would be a question mark, but looking at Wentz – maybe not. Tuszka had a very good combine, ranking 1st in 3 cone drill for all Defensive Ends. Tuszka could potentially be a starter in the future with good coaching.
Versatility is the name of the game! Charlie T can play FB, halfback, TE, waterboy, power forward, pitcher, midback, high school teacher, backup dancer... you name it. He played almost every position on offense for PSU and is more a football player than a position player. This is the kinda guy you want on your roster to enhance what you are doing. The flavored salt of the team. I think it’s a great get in round 7, and even if he doesn’t see the field in the first two seasons, he will kill it on the practice squad. He’s a 45 to 53 roster spot guy every week and should get on the field every game for five plays at a minimum when he develops. I love this dude.
New York Giants
What a great name for a blitzing nickel back, they’re sending the Javelin. Guidry ran a 4.29 40 at the combine, and that’s Louisiana Lightning fast. He’ll have a shot as a gunner with that natural speed since he can get down the field that fast. Grant Haley, Corey Ballantine, and XFL signee Dravon Askew-Henry are there to compete for the nickel spot, but Guidry would like to throw his name into the ring as well.
I’m really surprised this guy’s fallen – I’ve considered him every pick since round 4. A popular move is to draft good athletic testers this late, but Strnad actually had a disappointing combine. The film, however, shows BPA - a long, rangy ex-safety with really nice gap-shooting and coverage skills. He has a good chance to make the roster and contribute this year.
Dante sees Dante hits.
The idea going into the draft was to find someone who could go sideline to sideline and cover TEs. I mean, the divisional TEs we play against including Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and Hunter Henry. Ouch! Todd Davis is going into the final year of his contract, and it’s hard to consider the position past him as a strength or at all deep. Well, we probably haven’t found the answer at the very end of the draft, but even if not, he looks to be a core ST player. He can cover ground having run a 4.51 40 at the combine, 5th fastest among LBs. Tony Pauline has him as his ILB6 right after Jordyn Brooks and before Logan Wilson. Those were both guys I considered taking much earlier. Seems like good value here.
Again, BPA. While TE isn’t a huge need, the Vikings just cut David Morgan, who leaves behind a lot of blocking assignments. Deguara is a solid in-line blocker despite being short for a tight end, plus he lines up out wide and at H-back. Good athlete, good hands, good player.
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III
Having added a vertically challenged CB earlier in the draft, we balance that with a little length here. There are better CBs available here, but perhaps not CBs with more raw potential. Plus, what a great name! He broke out as a true freshman AS A RECEIVER! He had 35 receptions in his first year at FIU. Then after a coaching change, he’s running drills in practice defending one of his teammates, and the coach likes what he sees and moves him to the other side of the ball. Only two years of experience at CB but at 6’0”, posting a 4.48 40 at the combine, and with receiver ball skills, the Broncos are happy to see if he can hit his ceiling.
New York Giants
Mr. Irrelevant is an elusive running back who can be groomed as a backup to Dion Lewis. Lewis was recently signed to provide a change of pace and pass receiving option for Daniel Jones, and Hasty could fit the bill as a developmental back in the same mold. Hasty could even make a case to beat out Wayne Gallman or Jon Hilliman for their roster spots.