2015 NFL Draft: 5 Best Picks of the 6th Round
With the 2015 NFL Draft officially in the books, it's time to break down each and every pick made.
In this article, I'm examining the best five selections in the sixth round.
Don't sleep on these guys, because great players can come from any round.
Example: Tom Brady (2000) was picked in the 6th round, 199th overall.
5) DARREN WALLER, WR, BALTIMORE RAVENS - RD 6, PK 28 (204)
Vitals: Height - 6'6" Weight - 238 lbs. College - Georgia Tech
Skinny: Darren Waller has all the measurables a team could ask for. He's built very similarly to Calvin Johnson, and ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The only thing holding him back is his route running and understanding of pro-style offenses. Waller comes from Georgia Tech's triple-option scheme, and simply isn't accustomed to what NFL teams will likely ask him to do. The Yellow Jackets have produced many vertical threat wideouts in the past, and Waller adds to the list. He fits the Ravens particularly well, considering Baltimore throws the ball downfield more than any other team.
Optimal NFL Comparison: Chris Matthews (Seahawks)
Realistic Career Projection: A eventual fourth receiver. Could have more success as a pass-catching TE.
4) JOSH ROBINSON, HB, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS - RD 6, PK 29 (205)
Vitals: Height - 5'8" Weight - 217 lbs. College - Mississippi State
Skinny: Josh Robinson is a prototypical bowling ball. No, seriously, he's nickanamed 'Bowling Ball.' Robinson is an early down bruiser at the next level. He ran a 4.7 40-yard dash time at the combine, which probably dropped him an additional round or two. The main thing that kept Josh at the bottom of teams' draft boards is his inabilities on third down. He isn't an experienced route runner or pass catcher, making him incomplete in the eyes of many. The Colts made a smart pick here, considering that in the Andrew Luck era, they've tried to be a power running team. Due to offensive line woes and Trent Richardson, it wasn't possible. Now with Frank Gore and Robinson, that may change.
Optimal NFL Comparison: Zac Stacy (Jets)
Realistic Career Projection: A solid backup. Could have a couple 1,000-yard seasons if put in the perfect situation.
3) NICK O'LEARY, TE, BUFFALO BILLS - RD 6, PK 18 (194)
Vitals: Height - 6'3" Weight - 252 lbs. College - Florida State
Skinny: Nick O'Leary was one of college football's best tight ends over the past few years. He is the ultimate competitor, and won a National Championship in 2013. So how could a guy like that not get picked until round 6? O'Leary didn't impress anyone at the combine, even though most of it wasn't his fault. He ran a 4.93 40-yard dash time, is only 6'3" and has short arms with small hands. Even so, O'Leary is a great football player, not combine player. He is a reliable blocker that also runs great routes and catches everything. He's savvy in all areas of the game. The Bills could wind up with a huge steal here, especially after losing TE Scott Chandler in free agency.
Optimal NFL Comparison: Heath Miller (Steelers)
Realistic Career Projection: A starting NFL tight end with a few productive seasons. Will never be a guy you'd want on your fantasy team, but this isn't fantasy.
2) MATT WELLS, OLB, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - RD 6, PK 2 (178)
Vitals: Height - 6'2" Weight - 222 lbs. College - Mississippi State
Skinny: Despite being legally blind in one eye, Matt Wells has extremely impressive instincts and vision on the football field. The Patriots made a sound pick late in the draft here, considering Wells can be a great special teams player right away. With 4.42 speed, the only thing keeping Matt Wells from seeing defensive snaps is his size and run stopping abiilty. That could be aided by packing on some weight, as 222 pounds might not be enough in the Patriots' hybrid defense.
Optimal NFL Comparison: Bruce Carter (Cowboys)
Realistic Career Projection: A career backup and special teams star.
1) MICHAEL BENNETT, DE, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS - RD 6, PK 4 (180)
Vitals: Height - 6'2" Weight - 293 lbs. College - Ohio State
Skinny: It's really a mystery how Michael Bennett fell this far in the draft. Sure, he's not as good as the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, who's coincidentally also a defensive lineman. The Jaguars made a no-brainer pick here. Bennett might project better as a 4-3 defensive tackle, which fits perfectly for Jacksonville's scheme. In fact, it's very possible Bennett will break the Jags' line rotation right away, especially on third down. Michael Bennett is an elite pass rusher, and maybe the best interior pass rusher in this year's class. He shouldn't have fallen past the fourth round.
Optimal NFL Comparison: Aaron Donald (Rams)
Realistic Career Projection: A potential pro bowler, and definite starter at some point.