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2013 NFL Draft

Draft Review: Seventh Round

Mon, May 13, 2013

By Phil Savage

Eleven Senior Bowlers were selected in the final round bringing the total to 94 picks for the 2013 game.

 HIGHEST SELECTION

211. DETROIT         Michael Williams TE Alabama

The Lions’ staff became familiar with Michael at the Senior Bowl when they coached the South squad. He played in 54 career games for the Crimson Tide, the most in school history, and helped Alabama win three BCS titles in the past four years. He has a huge frame with long arms and fits the profile of a Y to be used as an end-of-line pass protector and point-of-attack blocker. Less explosive than position oriented, he relies on his length to engage and stay connected in the run game. As a receiver, he has capable hands, but his route tree is fairly limited due to his lack of speed, although he did catch a 20-yard TD in the Senior Bowl game itself. He will be expected to “roster” and potentially free up Brandon Pettigrew to do more things as an extended receiver.

SENIOR BOWL BUMP

227.
CLEVELAND         Garrett Gilkey OG Chadron State

Representing the smallest school in the Senior Bowl, Garrett shifted inside from his familiar left tackle position and flashed the size and physical strength to perform down in there. Tends to drop his head and bend at the waist, because of stiffness in his hips, yet has enough foot agility to laterally slide in a short area. Will have to fight his way on to the 53-man roster from the practice squad where he can develop further and become more accustomed to the quickness of the interior linemen he will face in 2014.

IMMEDIATE HELP

218. PHILADELPHIA Jordan Poyer CB Oregon State

Slated to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th rounds, the Eagles get a prospect in the 7th that can help them turn it around this year. Jordan has slot cover ability and can return punts, so he has a potential role on 3rd and 4th downs, if he can beat out Brandon Boykin and others to the 53-man roster. He plays with instincts and relies on his agility to mirror and press slot receivers, with the major knock on him being all out speed downfield (4.54). Again, shocking that he lasted this long in the draft, he could end up being the “steal” of the 7th round.

BEST VALUE 

247. BALTIMORE      Marc Anthony CB California

Another cornerback that slipped in the draft due to speed concerns, Marc found himself getting selected by the Super Bowl champions. He had a very secure week at the Senior Bowl in both zone and man-to-man because of his vision, hands and feet. He has good balance and strength in press, a feel for routes downfield and an understanding of maintaining leverage in coverage. Although there are some other names in front of him on the preseason depth chart, Marc will get a chance to make his “mark” during training camp and, if he can prove that his speed will not be a detriment, could result in becoming a backup as a rookie.

SPOTLIGHT CHOICE

234. DENVER               Zac Dysert    QB MIAMI (OH)

During the fall season, numerous NFL teams sent scouts into Oxford, OH, and many of them came away impressed with Zac’s overall skill set and ability to make a play. At the Senior Bowl, he never seemed totally comfortable in the pocket in making the “paint-by-number” reads. Although, he definitely needs to improve his pocket proficiency, his ad-lib/spontaneous brand of football can be exciting to see and warrants the Broncos’ attention in terms of developing him behind the scenes (and, it won’t hurt to spend his rookie season in the same meeting room with Peyton Manning). Appeared that he would be a 3rd or 4th round pick early in the process, as a 7th round selection, time and organizational patience are on his side now.

REMAINING SEVENTH ROUND SELECTIONS:

215. Tommy Bohanon Wake Forest FB NY JETS
Classic fullback with receiving skills, should fit Marty Mornhinweg’s new offense in New York.
226. Michael Buchanon Illinois OB PATRIOTS
After registering 7.5 sacks in 2011, total went down as a senior to 4.5, so the Pats are betting on what they saw his junior year
229. Everett Dawkins Florida State DT VIKINGS
Has the kind of upfield quickness needed to be a rotational DT in the Minnesota 4-3 system. He joins two other Seminoles on the depth chart (Letroy Guion and Anthony McCloud).
231. Ty Powell Harding University DE SEAHAWKS
Seattle has a ton of depth across their defensive front, so Ty’s experience at linebacker during Senior Bowl week should serve him well as he makes a full-time transition to the position.
235. Steve Beauharnais Rutgers IB PATRIOTS
Represented himself well in Mobile, Steve has the capabilities to call signals and really hustles to the football.
238. Aaron Mellette Elon University WR RAVENS
Small school record-setter (304 receptions/44 touchdowns) will have to prove his worth on special teams to compete for the 5th wide receiver spot in 2013.



Phil Savage Phil Savage is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. He worked 20 years in the NFL as a coach, scout and executive, including two years as the Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and four years as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.