Alontae Taylor was too good of a value to pass up on the final day of the draft. He may never become an elite cornerback, but he has legitimate starter upside. He is a fluid athlete and has a killer edge that cornerbacks need to survive in the NFL. Taylor and Woolen can compete for snaps as rookies, and I like the chances of at least one of them sticking.
Alex Wright is a large human being, checking in at 6’5, 271 pounds. His 34 inch arms match up with the eye test. Wright is long, and plays with a lot of strength. Some project him as an edge rusher, but I actually like the idea of moving him inside and letting him create pressure from the interior. He continues the trend of versatility, and gives the Kansas City Chiefs a little more help when it comes to creating pressure on quarterbacks.
The first of four seventh-round picks is Washington State running back Max Borghi. In his second season as a starter in 2019, Borghi rushed for 817 yards on 6.4 yards per carry. Oh yeah, he also chipped in 86 (!!!) receptions. After only playing in one game during the COVID-shortened 2020, Borghi returned for his senior season. This time, he was used in a much more traditional way, resulting in less than two catches per game. This late in the draft, it’s worth a flier to see if he can ever regain his dual-threat prowess.
Kyron Johnson vaulted his name onto the scene after an impressive showing during the Kansas pro day. He ran a sparkling 4.36 (unofficial) 40-yard dash, raising the brow of all those in attendance. Johnson is a tweener. He’s not going to cover pass catchers at a high rate, even with that athleticism. He is going to be best used as a pass rushing specialist. Let him stay in-state and chase after opposing quarterbacks.
Let’s stay in the state again and bring in some depth on the offensive line with Kansas State guard Josh Rivas. Rivas is not the most athletic guy, and has a lot of work to do when it comes to dealing with NFL strength. He is long and excels with hand fighting, but he must fix his balance to avoid being pushed around at the next level.
We wrap up this mock draft with another depth piece for the offensive line. Bamidele Olaseni out of Utah may not get drafted, but at 6’7, 348 pounds, there are few guys as big as he is. He played left tackle in college, but due to his slow foot speed he is better served on the interior of the line. The thought of Orlando Brown Jr. and Bamidele Olaseni on the same offensive line was just too enticing to pass up at pick 259.