231. Washington Redskins: LB Mike McCray, Michigan
The Washington Redskins lucked into a steal at this pick, walking away with Michigan linebacker Mike McCray.
In the NFL Draft, it’s likely that McCray is selected before this pick. McCray has very good size, standing at around 6-foot-4, 240. He’s a physical player, and a leader who can help create a winning culture. He may lack play speed, but he’s quick at diagnosing the direction of a play, and this can make up for his athletic deficiencies, to an extent.
McCray would have been in play for the Washington Redskins in Round 6, but the team needed to address its offensive line first. Now, in the seventh round, McCray is still available. Were this to occur in a real scenario, the Washington Redskins would be sprinting to the podium. McCray is a very good football player, and he would serve as valuable depth on the linebacking core, with the potential to contribute at special teams right away.
232. Green Bay Packers: RB Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi
The Green Bay Packers accidentally found their running back of the future in Aaron Jones last year. Now, with needs addressed and the team on the clock in Round 7, the focus shifts to finding Jones a suitable complement. Southern Miss’ Ito Smith could be a match.
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Smith, 5-foot-9, has tantalizing potential as third-down back in the NFL. In his final three years with the Golden Eagles, Smith totaled over 40 receptions and two touchdowns annually. He often relies too much on his quickness, but with proper coaching and proper usage, Smith could one day become a dangerous weapon for an offense, much like Chris Thompson.
233. Kansas City Chiefs (via ARI): CB Kamrin Moore, Boston College
With all the moves undergone by Kansas City to revamp their secondary, the team may look to acquire depth late in the NFL Draft, in order to grab insurance, in case their free agency moves don’t pay off.
For depth and special teams purposes, Boston College’s Kamrin Moore checks off every box. Moore has good build for a cornerback, standing at 5-foot-11, 200. He’s an energetic, physical player, and while he has much room to grow in coverage, his physical traits allow him the chance to improve. Moore can enter a role as a special teams ace right away, and when needed, he can fill in as a depth cornerback without a problem. The team should not rely on him, however.
234. Carolina Panthers (from LAC via BUF): OG K.J. Malone, LSU
After losing Andrew Norwell to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers have a bit of a gap at the guard position. LSU’s K.J. Malone won’t be able to fill that need right away, but he has the proper frame and adequate strength to grow into a larger role. He still needs quite a bit of polishing, but K.J. Malone is a project with a good amount of upside.