#27: Jonathan Taylor, RB (Wisconsin); 5-10, 226 lbs
Taylor is the latest to come out of Wisconsin’s downhill rushing attack – and in this regard, he is probably the ultimate option in this kind of offense, with the power, contact balance and vision to grind out the hard yards inside while also having the deep speed to be a persistent home run threat. In the passing game, he probably will need development before he can be used in pass protection, but he shows good hands even if he needs to show a wider route tree in order to be viewed as a legitimate receiver threat rather than just a checkdown option.
#28: Trevon Diggs, CB (Alabama); 6-1, 205 lbs
Diggs is an interesting prospect, as he flashes the movement skills, instincts and ball skills to be a valuable, well-rounded corner – but he is extremely ill-disciplined in terms of his footwork and can get quite grabby in his coverage. He probably won’t be able to start right away but could be one of the better coverage corners in time if he is able to play with much more discipline and technique than he showed in college. While he isn’t going to be confused for a linebacker, he is also a pretty good run defender, with good tackling technique and working off blocks pretty well.
#29: Raekwon Davis, DT (Alabama); 6-6, 311 lbs
Players who can rush the passer from the interior are always valuable – and while Davis doesn’t have the kind of athleticism that jumps off the screen, he has great length and locates his hands well with good arm extension, allowing him to keep blockers off his frame in the run game, and to generate leverage which he can then exploit in the passing game. While his length also makes it hard for him to deal with double teams at times, he should be able to generate consistent penetration working one-on-one in the interior.
#30: AJ Terrell, CB (Clemson); 6-1, 195 lbs
Terrell’s value is going to vary significantly from team to team – while he is good running in a straight line and breaks on the ball well, his movement skills probably aren’t good enough for him to play a lot of man coverage. However, he has the speed, length and ball skills to be a perfect fit as a cover-3 cornerback. As a run defender, he could stand to improve his hand usage to work off blocks, but he is a technically decent tackler
#31: Ezra Cleveland, OT (Boise State); 6-6, 311 lbs
Ezra Cleveland is unlikely to ever be the most powerful offensive lineman in the NFL, but he moves well with good balance and pad level while showing the hand placement and arm extension to keep defenders away from his frame in pass protection and to secure and control defenders as a run blocker. He might have to move to the right side as he could struggle against the better speed rushers in the NFL. He would be best suited to playing in a scheme that doesn’t ask blockers to move defenders off the ball in the run game, but he should be a solid starting tackle from day one with upside in the right scheme.
#32 Neville Gallimore, DT (Oklahoma); 6-2, 304 lbs
Gallimore’s pad level is really not good – but if he can make improvements in this regard, that should allow his hand usage, power and quickness to shine. As a run defender, his pad level isn’t as bad….and here, he shows both good hand placement and arm extension, allowing him to hold his ground and work off blocks into gaps. As a pass rusher, he has the quickness to work into gaps where he uses his hands well to exploit leverage, but with his pad level as poor as it is, he can struggle to extend his arms properly, making it harder for him to stay off blocks in a sustained way and tough tor him to turn the corner on his way back to the quarterback.