Fri, May 26, 2017
By Phil Savage
After the 5th Round, the 32 NFL clubs seem to throw more “darts” in trying to hit more long-shot type prospects. The RSB had 14 selections between these two rounds to bring the final number to 85 total picks for this year’s 2017 game.
Tanzel Smart/Tulane DT | #189 LA Rams
Tanzel will fit as a rotational 3-technique and who better to learn from than a former RSB alum and one of the best players in the entire NFL, Aaron Donald? Smart is undersized, but has excellent quickness and always shows up around the football.
Colin Holba/Louisville LS | #213 Pittsburgh Steelers
For the third year in a row, a snapper from our game was selected in the draft. Joe Cardona/Patriots, Jimmy Landes/Lions and now Colin with the Steelers. He will compete with veteran Greg Warren, but his rookie salary would give the club a break against the salary cap.
Sam Rogers/Virginia Tech FB | #206 LA Rams
Very few teams in the league still utilize a fullback, but with head coach Sean McVay installing a true West Coast offense in LA, Sam has a great chance to get on the field and contribute as a rookie. With his versatile ability to run, block and catch, he is an ideal fit for this scheme, think Tom Rathman from the old 49ers days.
Matt Dayes/NC State RB | #252 Cleveland Browns
During the fall season, some NFL scouts were touting Matt as a 3rd/4th round option, so Cleveland is getting very good value here. He rushed for 1166 yards and 10 touchdowns, plus caught 32 passes as a senior for the Wolfpack, so he can fit in as a complimentary piece of their backfield in 2017.
Zane Gonzalez/Arizona State PK |#224 Cleveland Browns
Zane made an FBS-level record 96 field goals at ASU, while also converting on 204-of-209 extra points. Considered by many to be the best kicker in this draft, he will compete with incumbent Cody Parkey, but will also have to adjust to the weather conditions in Cleveland, which can be extreme with the wind and cold after November 1.
Here are the other 9 selections in Rounds 6 and 7 from the Reese’s Senior Bowl:
|210.||Justin Senior||Mississippi State||OT||Seahawks|
|216.||Marquez White||Florida State||CB||Cowboys|
|225.||Isaac Rochell||Notre Dame||DE||Chargers|
|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.|