60. Skid Row Sliders Select Ken Hamlin, SS
Ken Hamlin was a cowboy long before he signed with Dallas. His antics, free roaming, often sloppy, occasionally spectacular, earned him a bad reputation among hardcore fans but a merry following of children and casual fans. Hamlin was good for a hit, a pick and some Pro Bowl posturing. The stuff that plays better on ESPN.
It's easy to see what Hamlin couldn't do. He wasn't a capable free safety. He wasn't disciplined or assignment correct. And he couldn't for the life of him maintain deep coverage. And miss what he could: Hamlin was a ballhawk. He had excellent range. He was an intimidator in the short zone and delivered a jarring safety blitz.
Playing free safety opposite Michael Boulware, Hamlin was a mess. The two were an affront to the Cover 2 shell. Play action was death. Kelly Herndon was death. A double move was death.
In 2007, Seattle cut Hamlin and the Cowboys signed him for a song. Among the blighted he found a home. One year, one almost deserved Pro Bowl.
The Sliders have exceptional pass rush and excellent cover DBs. I think Hamlin will take to playing strong safety, where he'll be played to his strengths and not asked to be what he never was: Brian Russell.
61. Skid Row Sliders Select John Carlson, TE
Originally, I was going to take a third wide receiver. It’s tempting. Over 30 years of team history, it’s not hard to find three wide receivers that, combined, will create matchup problems. Deion Branch, slot receiver. Nate Burleson, slot receiver. Koren Robinson, slot receiver. You see what I mean. But I opted to take Carlson because my right tackle is going to need an assist, whoever he be.
What’s there to say about Carlson. He’s never taken a snap, and isn’t even a complete blocker yet. But with two burners stretching the field, I wanted a steady player working underneath. I think Carlson can fulfill that.
62. Springfield Mudbones Select Ron Mattes, LT
He was no Big Walt, but Mattes manned the left tackle position more than
competently from 1986-1990. I'm not going to pretend that I know anything
specific about him beyond that, but the team had four winning seasons in
his five years playing for us, so it probably wasn't in SPITE of him.
63. DKSHFTF Select Edwin Bailey, RG
I'm not going to suggest I know a lot about Edwin Bailey, because I don't. However, that handy link the Mudbones provided from Pro Football Reference named him the best RG in team history. We'll take it for the DKSHFTF.
64. (19)76ers Select Phillip Daniels, RDE
Reasonable contributor (20.5 sacks in four years as a Hawk) who is a good value at this stage of the draft.
65. (19)76ers Select Dan Doornink, FB
Dr. Dan was a versatile player for the Hawks for many years. He was fullback, third down back, and substitute halfback. He is perhaps best known for subbing for an injured Curt Warner in 1984 - when the Hawks went 12-4. The Sixers will use the good doctor at fullback and will probably see a good bit of time on third downs, given
halfback Shaun Alexander's well-known shortcomings in the passing and blocking games.
66. DKSHFTF Select Ray Roberts, RT
We're going to take here a somewhat mediocre LT and move him to RT. Our reasoning being that Ray Roberts didn't completely suck eggs, either in Seattle or with Detroit after moving from us. He was a somewhat adept pass blocker. Basically, I would call him nondescript and solid. He didn't make too many incredibly awful plays, but didn't exactly dominate the line of scrimmage. Since he's used to being a LT, we can use him to block for our yet-to-be-named-but-everyone-knows-who-we-will-eventually-draft QB, who happens to be a lefty, so the pass protection from the RT spot becomes more crucial. With this final piece, the DKSHFTF offensive line finishes with a flourish.