Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Devin Street (15) celebrates with offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings (68) and tailback Isaac Bennett (34) after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Day 3 Best Selections:
T.J. Clemmings OT Minnesota Vikings (4th Round Pick 11): Clemmings was overall one of my favorite tackles in this draft class. Clemmings fell because of a stress fracture in his foot, but that value of this selection is crazy. He was considered an early second-round selection, some even saw him as a first-round prospect; but because of how the craziness of the draft works he fell all the way to the fourth round. Minnesota already has Matt Kalil at left tackle, and they just exercised his fifth-year option, so T.J. Clemmings will compete with Mike Harris for the starting right tackle job; and I expect Clemmings to put up quite the fight for the starting job.
David Cobb RB Tennessee Titans (5th Round Pick 2): Tennessee is doing its best to build around their new quarterback Marcus Mariota. They selected highly-talented wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and got a steal in David Cobb. I personally had a third-round grade on Cobb. He is an old school power back and runs with authority, while also having very solid hands out of the backfield. The Titans do still have Bishop Sankey who will get the majority of the caries, but Cobb will be a nice change-of-pace back with potential to be a solid goal line option. On many other teams Cobb could be a starter, but he will be a nice complement to a youthful Tennessee Titans offense.
Jay Ajayi RB Miami Dolphins (5th Round Pick 13): Even with a knee injury, Jay Ajayi should have never fallen this far. Jay Ajayi was seen as second-round talent, but slid all the day to the fifth round because of a knee injury. The Dolphins already have a starting caliber running back in Lamar Miller, so they can be patient with Ajayi and let him heal at his pace in order to come back strong and healthy. Eventually I think Ajayi will become the starting running back for this Dolphins squad, because he is already more talented than Miller. If Ajayi can be healthy by training camp, he may even steal the starting job in his rookie year.
Darius Kilgo NT Denver Broncos (6th Round Pick 27): Earlier in the year I did a scouting report on Kilgo on this website. I had him labeled as a fourth to fifth-round selection, and I stand by that, which makes this a very solid value pick for the Broncos. Kilgo was a force in the Maryland Terrapins defense. He is an above-average run defender and showed a solid bull rush that led him to getting a few sacks in the 2014-2105 season. The Broncos lost Terrance Knighton to the Washington Redskins in free agency, and I think in time Kilgo can fill that void. He has all the tools to be a quality backup for now and then turn into a starting caliber player in a couple of years.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Cleveland Browns (7th Round Pick 24): If Ekpre-Olomu would have entered the 2014 NFL Draft, he might have been anywhere from a late first-round to a second-round pick. However, he chose to stay at school another year. He was still regarded as one of the top conerbacks of this current draft class, but he did struggle early in the year and showed some regression in the 2014-2015 season. However, he was still regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in this class, until he tore his ACL in December. The Browns did lose one of the most underrated corners in the NFL in Buster Skrine in free agency, and they are hoping Ekpre-Olomu (when healthy) can return to his prime form in college and become a dangerous tandem with Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert.
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