243. Kansas City Chiefs (via TEN): LB Azeem Victor, Washington
Azeem Victor’s tale in Washington is one of disproportionality. He appeared to be trending up heading into his final season, but after an injury and a DUI charge, his NFL Draft stock has plummeted.
Victor, a physical, if not undersized linebacker with speed, strength, and decent awareness, can bring good value to the Chiefs here, as long as he can get his act together and stay on the field. Victor has very good traits to at least be a special teamer / rotational inside linebacker. The Chiefs need depth there. If Victor can come through for them, it would be a major victory.
244. Atlanta Falcons: OG Cody O’Connell, Washington State
The Atlanta Falcons have a moderate need at offensive guard, and at this point in the NFL Draft, Cody O’Connell is a player they’d likely love to have. He might be a bit too big to be a guard, standing at 6-foot-8, but he’s too slow to play tackle and keep up with edge rushers, so his niche is on the interior, where he can muscle defenders and drive them back. In this role, O’Connell is proficient, and he has a modest ceiling as a decent starter in the NFL. It will take a lot of development to get him to that point, but it is attainable, and with the need still present, the Falcons could take a chance.
245. New Orleans Saints: DB Heath Harding, Miami University
The New Orleans Saints’ secondary is top heavy, but they can afford to add a decent reserve player here, and that’s exactly what they’re getting in Heath Harding. A physical cornerback who knows how to tackle, Harding has a floor as a tenacious special teamer, and a ceiling as a defensive contributor who brings toughness that not many other cornerbacks have.
246. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Chris Worley, Ohio State
The Pittsburgh Steelers have another opportunity to grab a quality linebacker at No. 246 in the NFL Draft, and with the glaring need at inside linebacker with Ryan Shazier gone for the season, grabbing physical and cognitive starter Chris Worley is a move that shouldn’t hurt them in the long run.