79: St. Louis Stallions – Julien Davenport, OT, Bucknell
While he comes from a small school it’s impossible not to be impressed with Julien Davenport’s massive size. That is the part that can’t be taught, the technique the coaches can work on to improve. Davenport is rough around the edges, and will need to anchor better and need to work on his feet, but his combination of size, strength, athleticism and length are great qualities of a high-ceiling developmental offensive tackle.
80: Mississippi Cottonmouths – Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown (PA)
Another small-school developmental offensive linemen, but it shows that these expansion teams are willing to long play their team’s development. Similar to Davenport, Morgan has great size, length and is light on his feet with a great drive, but will need to work on his technique early on before he become a truly impact blocker.
81: Michigan Stags (Iowa Threshers) – Lenzy Pipkins, CB, Oklahoma State
A well-sized cornerback with nice measurables, Lenzy Pipkins needs to refine his game, but will have plenty of time to develop in a secondary that is loaded with tremendous defensive backs he can learn from. For all this athletic ability, Pipkins does have limited ball skills, but he has great tools that the Stags can work with.
82: San Diego Diablos – Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma State
Jordan Sterns can successful line up at both safety positions with the ball skills necessary to drop back into coverage but the size and strength to play closer to the box to support the run. He projects move as a strong safety, though because of limited speed, but that could make him an intriguing man to match up against tight ends. Still, a fourth round pick may be a bit too high for a guy who is decent all around but doesn’t stand out in any particular way.
83: Houston Wranglers – Bryan Cox Jr., DE, Florida
A great pedigree, Houston loves adding a legacy player in Bryan Cox, Jr. He had an up-and-down career at Florida, but showed tremendous ability in his junior season when he set career-highs with 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Injuries were the detriment to his senior season, but he is over them now. Cox, like his dad, is a very physical player who scraps in the trench.
84: Minnesota Freeze – Darrell Williams Jr., OL, Western Kentucky
Here we have another small-school, but gigantic offensive linemen being taken early in the fourth round. Standing at 6-foot-6, 310-pounds, Williams is going to be a very tough player for guys to get around and into the backfield. For his size he runs a very good 5.24 40-yard dash too, which will make things even more difficult for defenders trying to run by him. That speed will really help with a zone-blocking system, which requires the ability to move into space. Last year the Freeze really struggled running the ball because their offensive linemen just couldn’t get to the second level, Williams will be able to do that.
85: Louisville Cougars – Corey Levin, OG, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Yes another small-school offensive linemen, but Corey Levin might be the most ready to make an impact. He has a nice base and anchors well to hold up against even the strongest bull rushes. He also has a lot of strength and quickness that make him very difficult for guys to get around. His athleticism also makes him a versatile offensive linemen who can play both tackle and guard, making him quite an asset for the Louisville Cougars.
86: Charleston Dragons – Victor Bolden Jr., WR, Oregon State
Charleston made working on a better receiving corp a priority and Victor Bolden will fit in very well as the speedy slot guy among a group of bigger and more physical receiver. Bolden should work perfectly in the slot for the Dragons with the added benefit of return ability. He averaged 22.4 yards per kick return over his college career, with four return touchdowns.
87: Michigan Stags (Utah Raptors) – Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OLB, Tennessee
What a tremendous addition of a great athlete here in the fourth round of this draft. And are we surprise that a defense-first team like the Michigan Stags would be the one to get him? The Stags love to build on their strengths. Defense is perhaps the biggest strength they have and it just got stronger with this pick.
88: New York Marauders – Avery Moss, OLB/DE, Youngstown State
As the Marauders make their very publicized move to a 3-4 defense they continue to look for the players to properly fit in. Avery Moss should easily find a role as an outside edge rusher, perhaps not as a starter right away, but he will create pressure for them.
89: St. Louis Stallions (New Orleans Nightmare (Birmingham Predators)) – Chuck Clark, S, Virginia Tech
Chuck Clark is a very interesting safety who maybe does not truly stand out in any way but opens your eyes up enough in many, many areas of his game to show he can be a significant player out on the football field. And yes, a complaint about Jordan Sterns earlier was that he doesn’t stand out in any way, but Clark is better all around and should be able to use his size, speed and ball skills to contribute as a free safety, strong safety or on special teams.
90: Columbus Explorers (Memphis Bombers (Dallas Six-Shooters)) – Justin Hardee, CB/WR, Illinois
Explorers owner Colin Durina loves these two-way players and Justin Hardee certainly could contribute both at cornerback and wide receiver but is certainly more of a mystery pick considering he really didn’t do too much at either position in college. However, he does figure to be more of a cornerback in the pros than an offensive threat.
91: Louisville Cougars (Omaha Express) – Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech
A full-time fullback who comes with a big contract probably wasn’t the best pick here in the fourth round for a team that has so many other needs but Sam Rogers will bring a lot of toughness and physicality to a running game that is now preparing for a season with Karlos Rodgers as their lead back.
92: Birmingham Predators (Atlanta Firebirds (Memphis Bombers) – Harrison Butker, K, Georgia Tech
Didn’t the Birmingham Predators just trade up into the third round to draft a kicker? Man, how strange was this move to take Harrison Butker, another kicker, with their very next pick. Birmingham has a really, really shallow roster and need a lot of position players, particularly ones who can help out Dak Prescott, but they go with a second kicker. Terrible.
93: Carolina Generals (New Orleans Nightmare) – Hardy Nickerson Jr., ILB, Illinois
Hardy Nickerson was a highly productive inside linebacker in college, both at California and at Illinois, and looks to live up to his family name in the pros. He’s better than his numbers show when dropping back into coverage but Nickerson should excel as a guy who will use his sideline to sideline speed, athleticism and field awareness to get to whoever is running with the ball.
94: Washington Wave – Dondre Wright, S, Henderson State
While Dashon Goldson is coming off a great season, Dondre Wright is a very good fourth round pick by the Wave. Goldson is a physical player who sets the tone with his hard hits; Wright is a very similar player who will use his physicality to set the tone from the secondary.
95: Columbus Explorers – Eli Ankou, DT, UCLA
A big-bodied run-stuffer here that the Explorers can plug into the middle of their defensive line to stop the run. This pick is especially important with the limited depth of the Explorers up front after questionably trading Beau Allen while seeing other d-linemen be taken away through the expansion draft.
96: Atlanta Firebirds – Demetrious Cox, FS, Michigan State
A productive free safety at Michigan State who earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior, Demetrious Cox isn’t the greatest physical specimen but just find ways to help out his team. Rahim Moore and Bacarri Rambo are both entrenched as starters, but both Cox should compete for some playing time as a reserve with potential to work into a starting role in the future.
97: Pittsburgh Forge – Jordan Roos, OG, Purdue
If you can be a three-year starting offensive linemen in the Big Ten then you have to be doing something right. Jordan Roos is a physical player, and that fits in perfectly with Pittsburgh’s philosophy. Roos will have to work on his technique but should eventually work into a bigger role.
98: Orlando Rockets – Tashawn Bower, DE, LSU
Though he was mostly a backup at LSU, Tashawn Bower shows some nice skills that could translate to the professional level. He had a nice frame and a quick step, but will have to bulk up, which shouldn’t be a problem after getting into a pro regimen. His length will help him take on bigger tackles at the pro level.
99: Iowa Threshers (Michigan Stags) – Kai Nacua, FS, BYU
The knock on Kai Nacua is his speed, but Iowa is looking to overlook that because he is so good in so many ways. Any player who can have six interceptions in back-to-back seasons is a good football player with tremendous instincts. Kai Nacua has great size and tremendous ball skills. He could even mask his lack of speed with a shift to a zone corner back possibly and still be able to rely on his ball-hawking ability.
100: Seattle Orcas – Antony Auclair, TE, Laval
While Antony Auclair is limited as a receiver he is a big, physical tight end who will really help with the Orcas blocking up front. They are a team that loves to push their opponents around in the trench and rely on their running game, Auclair will fit in perfectly.
101: Los Angeles Stars – Austin Carr, WR, Northwestern
You have to love guys like Austin Carr. He was a walk-on at Northwestern but worked so hard and produced so well that he earned himself a scholarship. As a senior, Carr caught 90 passes for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns. It was remarkable to see what he made himself become. He is a big guy who will probably be used in the slot. Of course he is very limited physically, but he’s proven everybody wrong before about those being things that would hold him back.
102: San Antonio Marshals – Chris Odom, DE/OLB, Arkansas State
San Antonio always loads up on these edge rushers. Chris Odom will fit in perfectly as he’s coming off a 12.5 sack, 17.5 TFL senior season. Those numbers did come at Arkansas State, but he has the size, strength and speed that should really translate to the pro level.
103: Carolina Generals – Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor
Any time you get one of these Baylor wide receiver, particularly a one-year wonder like Ishmael Zamora, you have to question whether it was his ability of their system that led to his success. Zamora had only nine catches as a redshirt freshmen but decided to come out early (probably to avoid Baylor sanctions) after grabbing 63 passes for 809 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. He is big, standing at 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, and has really nice speed, but he also really would have benefitted from staying in college to develop his route-running.
104: Philadelphia Bulldogs – Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami (FL)
What an excellent pickup here at the end of the fourth round by the defending champions. Rayshawn Jenkins has the size, speed, strength and athleticism to make any coach and scout drool. He’s aggressive in how he plays and can play either safety position because of his physical skills. His aggressiveness can sometimes hurt him, but he’s a guy who should develop into a very good football player because of everything he has to work with.
Best Pick: Rayshawn Jenkins – Philadelphia Bulldogs
Michigan also had another spectacular pick in this round but Philadelphia just edges them out because they got a great talent like Rayshawn Jenkins at the very end. He will find a way to make plays in this league. He’s just too good of a player.
Worst Pick: Harrison Butker – Birmingham Predators
They traded up last round to get a kicker and then draft a second kicker in the fourth round. That doesn’t make any sense at all.