157: St. Louis Stallions – QB Patrick Towles, QB, Boston College
Maybe owner Alex Gray is going with Patrick Towles because he’s a Kentucky guy and he loves Kentucky guys. Towles played three seasons for the Wildcats before transferring to Boston College for his final graduate season, but never stood out at any point. For his college career he completed less than 55-percent of his passes and had 31 interceptions to only 36 touchdowns. He never topped 2,800 yards passing. Has a slow release and just average footwork. He’s a major project with very limited upside, probably shouldn’t have been drafted.
158: Mississippi Cottonmouths – Darrin Laufasa, FB, UTEP
It might be typical for an expansion team to want to run the ball and Darrin Laufuda is a guy who proved himself as a good blocking back in college. Laufasa wasn’t used as much of a receiver in college, just a blocker, but he did it well as Aaron Jones rushed for a program record 1,772 yards and 20 touchdowns.
159: Iowa Threshers– Justin Davis, RB, USC
He’s good, but has a skillset that doesn’t particularly make him too attractive. He’s fast, and has great feet but he’s small and doesn’t really catch. If he can’t catch the ball then he’s going to just be a kick returner. That’s fine too, Iowa could use a return man to set up better field position. He’ll find a role somewhere, it’s just a matter of what role and how much he can be used. But for a seventh rounder there are certainly worse things for a team to draft.
160: San Diego Diablos – Prescott Line, FB, Michigan State
Brother of All-SFL fullback Zach line, Prescott Line isn’t as athletic but can be a bulldozer of a blocking back. He was the lead blocker at both SMU and Michigan State. Also used as a powerful short-yardage back with 786 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in his 46-game career.
161: New York Marauders (Houston Wranglers) – Eric Saubert, TE, Drake
The Marauders now have three receiving tight ends on their roster after drafting Eric Saubert this year, a year after drafting Jerrell Adams, and two years after drafting Will Tye. They have some options in the passing game, but Eric Saubert is very, very raw. That is expected with someone who played in a spread offense at Drake. At 6-foot-5, 253-pounds, he’s pretty fast and athletic too, but has to polish up his route running and has to be more consistent catching contested passes. The tools are there, though. But the Marauders have to be willing to hold onto three young tight ends for a while, while they develop him.
162: Minnesota Freeze – Izaah Lunsford, DT, Bowling Green
He’s inconsistent and doesn’t have many pass rushing skills, but he’s got a nice burst off the snap, has active feet and hands and got better every year of his collegiate career. It’s a good late-round addition for a team that needed some big bodies for their defensive line.
163: Louisville Cougars (Orlando Rockets (Louisville Cougars)) – Dalton Schomp, P, Florida Atlantic
His yards per punt average went down as a senior, but as a junior he was averaging 47.8 yards per punt. Has hit longs of 70-plus yards. Out of 68 punts as a senior, 24 landed inside the 20.
164: Charleston Dragons – Keion Adams, OLB, Western Michigan
Has a basketball background, so he knows how to use his hands and feet, but he’s not overly consistent, it small for an edge pass rusher and doesn’t have the best counter moves. As a senior he had 7.5 sacks, up from 5.5 as a junior, but it was in the MAC. He’ll have to prove himself as a pass rusher at this level, but his footwork will make it very difficult for blockers to mirror his movement.
165: Utah Raptors – Pita Taumeopenu, OLB, Utah
The Raptors definitely looked at him during the territorial draft, and when he was available in the seventh round they finally just has to take him. He’s an effective edge defender who can cut around the line and into the backfield to get to the ball-carrier. He’s pretty fast too, having been clocked at a 4.67 40-yard dash. He’s really going to have to develop as a pass rusher, however, and only seven career starts at Utah is worrisome. We’ll see what kind of role they find for him.
166: New York Marauders (Los Angeles Stars (New York Marauders)) – Tedric Thompson, FS, Colorado
As the Marauders continue rebuilding their secondary that once led them to a championship, they draft Tedric Thompson, a safety who has tremendous ball and cover skills in college. His size might not be what teams look for, and he’s not the greatest tackler, but he successfully reads quarterbacks and makes plays on the ball when it is in the air. That all comes from his background as a wide receiver.
167: Louisville Cougars (Utah Raptors (Birmingham Predators)) – Darius Hamilton, DE, Rutgers
It was very unfortunate how Darius Hamilton’s career played out. He was fantastic in 2013 and 2014, combining for 11.5 sacks and 23 tackles for a loss, but then his suffered through two injury-plagued seasons, including a double patella tendon tear in 2015. Hamilton wasn’t the same as a redshirt senior in 2016. But now everybody is saying he is healed up just fine. If he is, Louisville has stolen a good pass rusher. If not, well, there are way worst gambles for make in the seventh round.
168: Dallas Six-Shooters – Ed Ilnicki, RB, Alberta
An interesting dual-threat kind of running back, Ed Ilnicki didn’t have a lot of success at Alberta, but was a huge part in changing the culture of the program. Ilnicki was absolutely the leader of that team and backed it up with 2,577 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in his career. He also is the team’s all-time receptions leader with 174 catches for 2,357 yards and 13 touchdowns, both ranked second. Dallas loved pass-catching backs, Ilnicki can be the next guy in that line.
169: Utah Raptors (Atlanta Firebirds (Omaha Express)) – Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State
A very raw player from a small school, but he’s a very powerful guy in an SFL-ready body. He’s got a very strong initial hit, a strong push and can get blockers off balance. He’s got to lower his pad level, and develop his all-around game more, but he could become a very good player down the road.
170: Columbus Explorers (Memphis Bombers) – Dan Arnold, WR, Wisconsin-Plateville
There is a lot to like about Dan Arnold. Of course, coming from UW-Platteville it’s easy to root for him, but he’s got the size you want and he’s got the speed you’d like too. For the Pioneers he was a very productive player. Some of that probably was helped a lot by the competition he faced, but there is a lot to like about his game. Columbus loves this kind of player and they will find a spot for him.
171: St. Louis Stallions (New Orleans Nightmare) – Nate Iese, FB, UCLA
Great build for a blocking back at the pro level, standing 6-foot-3, 250-pounds. He has solid hands too, having caught 25 passes for 400 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. He’ll give some nice power to a backfield that traded for the always-underrated Alfred Blue.
172: Washington Wave – Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan
Only an average athlete, but he should fit in well with the blue-collar type of linebacking crew the Washington Wave have. He’s fundamentally sound, slides well, has nice instincts. He was a strong special teams guy in college. Coverage ability is a bit of a worry.
173: Columbus Explorers – Riley Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
Colin Durina wasn’t going to give the Marauders another chance to pair Riley up with his brother that signed with them earlier this offseason. Riley comes from a football family, understands the game well and is willing to do the dirty work to get the job done. He’s not that big, though, and struggles getting off blocks. Not overly athletic either, but he’s a hard-working guy who gets the job done more often than not.
174: Utah Raptors (Atlanta Firebirds) – Dieugot Joseph, OT, Florida International
Great size, great length, good hands and has nice athleticism and quickness. Dieugot Joseph is a fantastic add this late in the draft, however, expect him to be a backup for a bit while he develops into a bigger role. He has to have more functional strength because he can get stuck on a guy when he’s blocking. He also doesn’t have the smoothest kick-step and can get off-balanced. He has good hands, but his placement can be wrong too. He’s rough around the edges but a very good pickup.
175: Pittsburgh Forge – Chad Hansen, WR, California
It was surprising to see him fall this far, but Chad Hansen is a very good addition for a team that already knows very well that they want to throw the ball as much as they can. He’s very fundamentally sound and runs tremendous routes – though his route tree was pretty basic at Cal. He’s physical and will fight, but can get jammed at the line too. He’ll have to work on a lot of things, but he’ll find a way to get onto the field and make plays.
176: Orlando Rockets – Maurquice Shakir, OG, Middle Tennessee State
A versatile offensive linemen with both guard and tackle ability. Stands 6-foot-3, 318-pounds, has solid functional strength to play both spots. Expect him to be a developmental backup for Orlando with potential for growth of his role.
177: New York Marauders (Iowa Threshers (Michigan Stags)) – Tim White, WR/RS, Arizona State
New York has quite a slew of wide receivers after using three territorial picks on wide receivers this year, to go behind a trio of highly-priced guys, but Tim White brings something else to the table. He’s a very fast playmaker who can stretch the field, but he’s also an accomplished return man. New York needed a return man. Of course they have Stefon Diggs and Jacquizz Rodgers who could both be great returners, but they are also key offensive players that the team wouldn’t want to put out these every time to risk injury.
178: Seattle Orcas – Krishawn Hogan, WR, Marian
Another small school receiver who is very easy to root for, Krishawn Hogan developed in college into a big, gifted athlete with a great muscular built. Now he stands 6-foot-3, 222-pounds with a 4.56 40-time. He played inferior competition, but absolutely combined with 56 touchdowns over his last two seasons alone.
179: Los Angeles Stars – Xavier Coleman, CB, Portland State
A little small, but has some decent attributes the Stars hope they can build on. His numbers dipped as a senior but it was because quarterbacks stopped throwing toward him. Still managed five pass deflections and two interceptions.
180: San Antonio Marshals – Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
From NAIA to draft pick, Aldrick Rosas is known for having one of the strongest legs around. It actually led him to declaring for the draft with a year of eligibility left. But that year is because he tore his ACL on a kickoff during the 2014 National Championship game. He came back strong so it doesn’t seem like anything to worry about.
181: Carolina Generals – Victor Salako, OT, Oklahoma State
Went from an unheralded recruit who went to UAB, to an All-Big 12 guy at Oklahoma State after trasnferring because the Blazers cut their program, Victor Salako has come a long way. He’s very big, standing 6-foot-6, 335-pounds, and has great power in that frame. He’s needs to improve as a pass blocker, but as a guard that can be masked a bit more.
182: Philadelphia Bulldogs – Dorian Williams, S, Princeton
One of the Ivy-League loving owners takes a shot on a nice-sized safety with a great mental understanding of the game. He knows where the ball will be and has great anticipation to make plays on the ball in the air. He’s not the most athletic guy, though, but he’s productive and should make the team as a backup safety.
Best Pick: Ed Ilnicki, RB, Alberta — Dallas Six-Shooters
It might seem odd to choose a guy like Ed Ilnicki as the best pick of the round, but he does so much and has traits to really develop into a playmaker in an offense that is going to do everything they can to utilize his skillset.
Most Questionable PicK: Patrick Towles, QB, Boston College — St. Louis Stallions
Right off the bat, this wasn’t a great pick. He’s just a developmental guy for them, but nothing about his game stands out. He was mediocre at best in college. It would be shocking to see him develop into even a worthy backup at the professional level.