Steve Keim has done a solid job of adding offensive line talent through the off-season, but I don’t think it’s quite done. In this mock draft, I have them taking an offensive tackle in the fourth to act as a versatile piece, in the seventh, we go with the same versatility mindset now for the interior line.
At Georgia, Gaillard found success playing both center and guard. According to Pro Football Focus, he played in 2,453 snaps and only allowed 5.0 sacks, 22 quarterback hurries, and three quarterback hits. He also saw a run-block success rate of 91.3%, good for ninth in the class.
Like most seventh-round offensive linemen, Gaillard has some weaknesses. He’s undersized at 6-2, 305-pounds, and he doesn’t make up for it in athletisism. While he was productive as a Georgia Bulldog, his game is also the furthest thing from complete. However, it’s the late seventh; a good spot for a high-reward developmental prospect.
I don’t know if qualifying Parham as a tight end is the right move. Yes, he’s 6-8, an excellent height for tight ends, but he plays more like an oversized slot receiver. Either way, Kliff Kingsbury could have fun with this Stetson product as one of the obvious mismatch makers in the draft.
In just nine games in ’18, Parham racked up some serious stats to the tune of 85 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has excellent hands, and some serious speed for a tight end as well. As a route-runner, Parham isn’t polished but he’s a fluid athlete and knows how to use his massive frame to gain proper leverage.
But, there are some question marks with Parham, again, mostly pertaining to his position. At only 245-pounds, Parham must add some weight to his 6-8 frame, and it showed as a blocker at Stetson. While he is a mismatch problem as a receiver, his lack of explosiveness could be a problem at the position. But, it’s the seventh round, meaning it’s time to take a shot at another low-risk, high-reward prospect.
Depth at defensive line never hurts.
Watts is a big 6-5, 300-pound defensive tackle with the power to move his way up the field in a jiffy. In 2018, he earned a starting spot for the Arkansas Razorbacks after riding the pine for the previous first three years and took advantage of it. For the year, he had 8.0 sacks, 14 hurries, and two quarterback hits, per PFF.
Despite his size, Watts isn’t your prototypical nose tackle, he’s more of an interior pass rusher, which would be a plus in the Cardinals attacking 3-4 front that emphasizes the need for pressure up the middle.
His lack of tape outside his senior year and inconsistent run-stopping abilities are two primary reasons why he should fall to the end of the seventh. But, he does have the potential to be a future starter after some time spent on the practice squad.
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