Filling out the roster
Having added to the five positions I wanted to (QB, WR, RB, LT, CB1) and adding Chubb, this draft class is shaping out nicely. Now going further into day three of the draft, I am looking to fill out the roster with some role players and developmental players who will play as needed but is more than likely destined for special teams duties.
With three picks remaining, one pick in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth, here is how it all plays out:
Depth is needed at linebacker but that issue is not as much of a problem anymore with the selection of Indiana’s Tegray Scales with the 114th pick in the fourth. Playing behind Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey will certainly help the former Hoosier. Scales’ senior year was not as good as his sophomore and junior campaigns. Despite that, he will show that he is capable of being an NFL starter sooner rather than later. At worst he is a backup rotational piece for years to come.
With the 150th pick in the fifth, another wide receiver is added. That’s right, two wideouts. I don’t like the position’s options outside of Kasen Williams, Josh Gordon, and Jarvis Landry. The second addition is Colorado State’s, Michael Gallup.
The former CSU product certainly gets open up to catch the ball, having caught 176 passes the past two seasons. Gallup does a good enough job separating from the defender but he is a better route runner. I would be comfortable seeing him run routes out of every wide receiver position on the field. However, as he gets used to the NFL speed, Gallup may be best utilized on special teams initially.
Speaking of special teams, someone who can do a bit of everything is Arizona’s, Dane Cruikshank. He is going to be an underrated player that could play an important role in the backend of the defense in the future.
Whether as a corner or a safety, Cruikshank is going to make some plays. I wouldn’t put a specific position on him right now but he is a steal in the sixth with the 175th pick. Cruikshank should have came off the board much sooner but I am glad he is still on the board when Cleveland’s last pick is decided on.