183: St. Louis Stallions – Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
Another Kentucky guy for owner Alex Gray. This guy looks like a great pick in the eighth round, a four-year starter in the SEC with good size and nice bulk. He also has a great understanding of what he cannot do, which has really helped him mold his game. He’s only an average athlete with below-average quickness and feet, but he’s efficient and is able to use his hands to move defenders.
184: Mississippi Cottonmouths – Jahad Thomas, RB, Temple
Another tremendous pick at the top of the final round, it was a bit surprising to see an accomplished running back like Jahad Thomas fall this far. Over his final two seasons he had over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground, but also showed very good hands and return ability. It might be a challenge for him to become a featured back, but the guy will certainly graft his role in an offense.
185: Iowa Threshers – Elijah Wilkerson, OT, Massachusetts
A nice project offensive tackle, Elijah Wilkerson has massive size at 6-foot-5, 328-pounds. Could be used at guard for added flexibility. Will have to develop a bit, but has the tools to be a very reliable offensive linemen in the near future.
186: San Diego Diablos – Andy Phillips, K, Utah
Perhaps not the most accurate kicker around, but still very, very reliable. Most misses came from longer distances. Very accurate from inside 40 yards.
187: New York Marauders (Houston Wranglers) – Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
An expensive but nice grab in the final round for a team that had their signal caller retire in the offseason. They added Brock Coyle to be the guy in the middle through free agency, but Anthony Walker could work into the other starting job in the Marauders new 3-4 defense. Has the size and instincts to get to the ball-carrier. Tremendous field awareness. Very productive in the Big Ten.
188: Minnesota Freeze – Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood
A film-room junkie who is always well prepared for games. Had physical limitations but has all of the intangibles and the work ethic needed to play at the professional level. Should develop into a reliable rotational depth linebacker for the Freeze.
189: New Orleans Nightmare (Carolina Generals (Louisville Cougars)) – Kennan Gilchrist, OLB, Appalachian State
With his speed, Kennan Gilchrist should develop into a quality coverage linebacker specialists, but he’ll need to get stronger to become an every down contributor.
190: Charleston Dragons – Donatello Brown, CB, Valdosta State
A Division II guy, but has nice size and some good qualities that make him a very nice final round pickup for the Dragons. He stands 6-foot, 190-pounds and is pretty “speedy”.
191: Utah Raptors – Skyler Howard, QB, West Virginia
Skylar Howard struggles with deep throws and downfield accuracy, he also doesn’t have great footwork, but it was impossible for the Raptors not to take a shot on a guy who was so productive in college. He’s patient and effectively escapes pressure because he had some great wheels. His mobility lets receivers get open and as a two-year starter for the West Virginia Mountaineers he had 6,473 yards passing, 32 passing touchdowns and 965 rushing yards with another 16 rushing touchdowns. This ownership group generally doesn’t love keeping three quarterbacks, but also has proven to be patient with draft picks while they develop.
192: New York Marauders – Eddie Meredith, OT, Western
A severe illness in 2015 nearly cost Eddie Meredith his football career, and actually his life. He lost nearly 100 pounds because of it, but now, he is fully healthy with a new appreciation for the game. In his pre-draft workouts he was outstanding, standing 6-foot-6, 320-pounds with 22 bench press reps, a 25-in vertical and 8-foot-6 broad jump. Before he was sick he was high regarded as a technically polished player and that proved to be the case still in his workouts.
193: Orlando Rockets (Birmingham Predators) – Xavier Woodson-Luster, LB, Arkansas State
Leave it to Orlando to pick out a steal like this in the eighth round. Xavier Woodson-Luster probably shouldn’t have fallen anywhere close to this far down. He was a very productive three-year starter and two-time All-Sun belt selection for Arkansas State. He’s an active run-defending linebacker who plays a lot faster than his 40-time. Not the best tackler, but a very good coverage guy.
194: Dallas Six-Shooters – Lewis Neal, DT, LSU
Strong guy with a thick frame, generates pop with his initial contact, but does struggle with double teams and he’s pretty small for the position, standing just 6-foot-2, 272-pounds. He can eat up a block but probably won’t get past the blocker and do too much damage.
195: Louisville Cougars (Omaha Express) – Brooks Ellis, OLB, Arkansas
Nice instincts with good technique and fundamentals. Productive tackler who is very good in coverage even against wide receivers who come over the middle. Constantly moving. Not particularly fast, no catch up speed.
196: Louisville Cougars (Memphis Bombers) – Des Lawrence, CB, North Carolina
A patient coverage guy who used his length to his advantage. Has nice timing and gets his hands in the passing lane. Made a play on the ball 22.8-percent of his targets over the last two seasons. Patience can lead to being reactive instead of instinctive. Only three career interceptions. Needs to tackle better.
197: St. Louis Stallions (New Orleans Nightmare) – Nyeem Wartman-White, LB, Penn State
Early in his career he had a lot of success but after three season-ending injuries it’s hard to know what to expect from the guy. When healthy, he’s a productive player, but his last full season was in 2014. We’ll have to see what he can do.
198: Washington Wave – Keith Towbridge, TE, Louisville
Big guy, standing 6-foot-5, 262-pounds. A very impactful blocker. Not much of a receiver and uses his body to catch, but can provide a nice physical presence in a running game.
199: Columbus Explorers – Antonio Pipkin, QB, Tiffin
A perfect Colin Durina draft pick, the Division 2 start quarterback from Tiffin is a gifted athlete who was very productive in college. Had 3,227 yards, 32 Tds, 6 INTs and a 64.1 completion pct. With 729 rushing yards and eight rushing Tds in 2015 before throwing for 2,534 yards, 25 Tds, 6 INTs and 64.9 comp % as a senior with 757 rushing yards and seven Tds. Of course, he’ll have to prove himself as a higher level, but he’s a very interesting developmental guy.
200: New York Marauders (Birmingham Predators (Atlanta Firebirds)) Devante Mays, RB, Utah State
While the Marauders search for a running game saw them sign Jacquizz Rodgers in the offseason, they were still needing a physical runner and Devante Mays certainly is that guy. Injuries really hurt the end of his college career, but he was a monster before that. He has a 420-pound bench press to his name and is built like a tractor trailer. Perfect compliment to the faster, pass-catching Rodgers.
201: Pittsburgh Forge – Leo Koloamatangi, C, Hawaii
Has both center and guard ability, had solid tools and fantastic athleticism as an interior offensive linement, but must improve his technique and consistency. Dan Lopez knows how to put offensive linemen in position to develop. They will be patient with him and it should pay off.
202: Orlando Rockets – Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State
Can line up just about anywhere you need a big receiver to line up. Runs smooth routes, nice athleticism and solid hands. Needs to improve his strength to be much of a blocker, lacks a burst. Orlando loves loading up on mid-match tight ends. He’ll be used very effectively in Orlando.
203: Michigan Stags – Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FLA)
Nice runner, takes smooth routes. Strong vertical speed can help him break away. Gets nice separation. Must work on his breaks and being less obvious with where he is going. Not the biggest or strongest so could struggle against a jam, but for a team like the Stags that has been trying to build on their passing game, this is a fantastic eighth round selection.
204: Seattle Orcas – Qadr Spooner, OT, McGill
Nice sized project player, Seattle has always shown a love and willingness for developing Canadian offensive linemen. Stands 6-foot-4, 315-pounds. Has a lot of fight and aggressiveness in him.
205: New York Marauders (Los Angeles Stars) – Ishmael Adams, CB/WR/RS, UCLA
Doesn’t stand out in any particular way, but New York loves his versatility. He is primarily a cornerback, but has experience as a wide receiver because of his athletic ability. Figures to mostly be used as a return man early. The versatility should absolutely keep him on the team.
206: San Antonio Marshals – Cole Luke, CB, Notre Dame
A productive cornerback from a powerhouse like Notre Dame with nice size, what a tremendous pick this late in the draft, especially for a team that could use some added help in the secondary.
207: Louisville Cougars (Utah Raptors (Carolina Generals)) – Jojo Natson, WR, Akron
Very nice pick for the Cougars here, adding an athletic guy who had 14.2 yards per catch on 59 receptions for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior at Akron. Wasn’t as productive at Utah State, but has nice speed to counter his size. Could be an interesting developmental slot receiver.
208: Philadelphia Bulldogs – Bug Howard, WR, North Carolina
Very nice sized Tar Heel. Solid produce among a group of receivers that were all pretty productive. Stepped up as a senior and had 53 receptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns. Averaged 14.3 yards per catch with a 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame.
Best Pick: Bug Howard, WR, North Carolina – Philadelphia Bulldogs
Not Mr. Irrelevant in any way, getting a productive ACC wide receiver with very good size and speed is an absolutely fantastic way for the Bulldogs to show why they are the defending champions.
Most Questionable Pick: Lewis Neal, DT, LSU – Dallas Six-Shooters
Look, in the eighth round there are no bad picks, but a 272-pound defensive tackle is probably the biggest risk.