With the scouting combine and Miami’s pro day in the rear view mirror, the next step for these future pro Canes is getting drafted. I want to take a look at a handful of players that I think will get drafted, and where they will get drafted based off team needs. I will not be predicting what round they go in, only what team I think will draft them based on their current roster.
Chad Thomas – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have been lacking a pass rusher across from Kahlil Mack for the past few years, and grabbing a defensive end is a position of need. Chad Thomas seems like a perfect fit across from Mack. Thomas can both rush the quarterback and defend against the run. He would be a nice compliment on the D-Line and could take advantage of one-on-one situations on the outside. Thomas also plays with a nasty attitude and I think it is a perfect fit for both the player and the team.
R.J. McIntosh – Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins just cut one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL, and they will need to find a replacement for him in the draft. While McIntosh is not Ndamukong Suh, he has similar pass rushing traits as the All-Pro lineman. McIntosh can flat out get after the quarterback and can disrupt any backfield with his quickness inside. While he may need some time to develop, the Dolphins need the help inside and McIntosh would be a perfect fit.
Mark Walton – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It seems like forever since Doug Martin was viewed as the workhorse running back for the Bucs. With Martin getting cut, the best running back on the roster is currently Peyton Barber. Mark Walton may not cost you a 1st Rounder, but he certainly has the talent. Walton has been slept on due to his season ending injury and his poor combine results, but the man can play. Walton has the making of a three-down back and can step in and start for the Bucs from day one.
Braxton Berrios – Kansas City Chiefs
Yes I know, it’s not the Patriots, but hear me out. The Chiefs run a spread out offense with quick passes, and they just lost their starting slot receiver to the Dolphins. Andy Reid made Albert Wilson (who?) a $24 million dollar man. Reid would love to have a sure handed receiver like Berrios to help break in his 2nd year quarterback. Berrios can come in day one and be a starter at the slot, and can also chip in as a punt returner if the Chiefs want to protect their #1 receiver Tyreek Hill. Berrios might not get a chance to put up great numbers with so many weapons in Kansas City, but he will have value and could be a contributor from day one.
Christopher Herndon IV – Miami Dolphins
Tight end is a glaring need for the Dolphins with only A.J. Derby and Thomas Duarte left on the roster. Both these players have combined 37 career catches, and all of those came from Derby. I fully expect the Dolphins to bring in a veteran player, but they have to take one in the draft. Herndon would be a perfect fit as a jack of all trades type of tight end. He has shown great athletic ability after the catch, and has shown to be a willing blocker. Herndon has flown under the radar since he’s been in Miami, but he has shown flashes of brilliance. While tight ends usually take longer to make an impact in the NFL, the Dolphins could find themselves a long time starter in the later rounds.
K.C. McDermott- Miami Dolphins
Michael Madgley - San Diego Chargers
Kendrick Norton - Dallas Cowboys
Dee Delaney- Green Bay Packers