2065 Las Vegas Rounders Draft Review
Tristan Coles OLB Akron
6'1" 260 lbs
Pre-Camp: OLB 33/65 (DE 44/78)
Post-Camp Analysis: Coles was asked to add some weight to his 6'1" frame during training camp to better prepare him for his transition to Defensive End. SC Coach Francisco Levels was happy with the results, "Tristan and Gio did everything we asked this summer. Not only did they add the muscle they'll need to play with their hand in the dirt, but they led the workouts. Tristan is the quiet type that leads by example while Gio really took a step forward as a vocal leader of our front seven."
OLB Coles was the targeted pick from the minute we saw the draft class...Coles no matter what. The only potential obstacle was trade talks with Oregon to secure the 1.01 to select DE Mo Reilly. After further analysis, we were comfortable taking the 2nd best pass rusher in the draft and the possibility of landing another top 5 edge rusher at 1.21 in Giovanni Ford. After the mock draft, we realized these guys were no longer sliding to the end of the 1st or beginning of the 2nd and decided to make a move to land both. Coles will be starting at DE opposite Omar Brock and will have plenty of reps to develop into an elite pass rusher.
Giovanni Ford OLB Baylor
6'2" 265 lbs
Pre-Camp: OLB 33/65 (RDE 39/68)
Post-Camp Analysis: See Coles above. Ford was asked to gain weight as well and did so effortlessly. The coaching staff expects to know more following the upcoming pre-season action (specifically Pre-2 JD).
Much like Coles, Ford has the prototypical size and combine for 34 OLB's that transition well to 43 DE in the CFL. While Ford's size is a more natural fit than Coles', he's slower according to the lasers and doesn't possess the brute strength of Coles. While the tape suggests Coles is a more explosive player, there's no reason Ford cannot be one of the top 5 edge rushers to come out of the 2065 draft. Ford will get plenty of opportunities to grow into a starting role in this front seven.
Peter Minter CB Vanderbilt
5'7" 186 lbs
You don't have to be tall if you got hops.
Post-Camp Analysis: Minter did well in camp and earned a starting spot across from new addition Dalton Hughes in the preseason. Minter will slide to the Nickel in some situations and rotate with veterans Strzelczyk and Leyva in various fronts. After years of avoiding the Cuban Missile (CB Rodriguez) in practice, runners have started switching spots in line to go against the Cuban Missile instead of the diminutive Minter who has earned the nickname Spear Minter in camp. The nickname supposedly describes his pleasant yet spicey personality as well as his tackling attitude.
Minter enters a crowded defensive backfield in Vegas and will be fighting for opportunities right out of the gate. Minter's diminutive stature may be viewed by some as a liability but fellow Rounder Nick Rodriguez, affectionately referred to as the Cuban Missile, has won over the Vegas faithful who have learned to give the little guys a chance to win them over. As far as the coaching staff is concerned, Minter needs to bring his quickness, run defense, and penchant for drilling ball carriers to every snap if he wants to see significant action in the near future.
Luis Gibson S Houston
6'2" 220 lbs
Post-Camp Analysis: Gibson got lost in the shuffle in training camp and will be fighting for opportunities in the pre-season.
The 3rd round got away from the Rounders a bit with reports of technology issues in the war room. Fortunately, the issue was identified before the 4th round started and the draft board got straightened out. While Gibson may not have been the top target in this round, he was still on the list for one of the 3rd round picks. Gibson won Vegas' attention with his solid coverage skills and his tackling ability. As crowded as this secondary is, anyone has a shot at winning a starting safety spot in this group.
Adam Gourdine TE Iowa State
6' 6" 270 lbs
Post-Camp Analysis: Gordo will not only make the 53-man roster but stands to get significant experience in his rookie campaign. He may elevate his status from 4th string to replacing one of the aging vets pending his performance over the next few games.
Not exactly what Vegas saw as 3rd round talent but Gourdine will have every shot to make an impact. Even if he was on the board for a 4th or 5th round gamble, the Rounders hope Gordo can deliver some 3rd round value. He made the list with his ability to get downfield and make plays once he has the ball in his hands, which is important for this position in the CFL.
Noah Finley RB Arizona
Post-Camp Analysis: Finley looks to be the lead back heading into the pre-season. There was quite a log jam at the position before camp, but Finley has staked his claim and the rest will be fighting for their roster lives.
Finley was at the top of the Rounders list heading into the 3rd before some technowizbangery jumbled the list. Trade rumors circulated as TurfToe entered talks to get back into the 3rd, but with the Rounders' 2066 1st and 2nd already on a plane to Omaha via the trade for LB Green, the Rounders held pat and hoped Finley might slide to the 4th. Finley was there and the Rounders couldn't call his name fast enough. Now they just hope he can prove he's better than the herd of runners trying to get ahead in the backfield currently.
Pete Molinaro WR California
5' 9" 189 lbs
Post-Camp Analysis: Insert late round, 5'9" receiver meme here.
Vegas had their sights on WR Philcox in the 5th, but New Orleans snagged him early in the 5th. There were quite a few WRs with 5th-round value but Molinaro's consistent WR bars and gameplay combined with special team ability earned him a shot at the 53-man roster.
Juan Iwuoma QB Iowa
6' 1" 211 lbs
Post-Camp Analysis: Yes, Juan can hold kicks. Next.
Vegas just wasn't in a position to net any of the QBs they liked in this class; Fisk, Wayne, Waerig, or Fowlkes. Part of it is the reluctance to move up for a QB as Vegas can't draft a QB outside the obvious ones at 1.01. Iwouma is very raw and as long as he can hold kicks, he'll have a job and a chance to learn from one of the best.
Clay Grimes S Bowling Green
6' 0" 206 lbs
Post-Camp Analysis: Nothing new was learned about Grimes in camp - he looks like he can be a returner at this level just like he did before he was selected. Trial by fire is still the only test this kid needs to take and he will do so soon.
Grimes' front-side numbers aren't important - he was one of a few players tagged as a 6th/7th round pick as a returner and a special teams contributor. Grimes' zone bar may earn him some snaps from time to time, but he'll get plenty of face time on game day running back kicks and outside as a gunner. Grimes went here as it was our last pick and I didn't want to have to bid on a specialist in late free agency.
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