Round 7, Pick 24 (No. 242) – Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
Former North Carolina running back Elijah Hood is a nice addition for short yardage situations.
If everything goes well, he will not see much of the field but can come in if RB Marshawn Lynch is hurt or needs to take a few plays off.
Round 7, Pick 26 (No. 244) (From Seahawks) Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo
Another pick to fill the need at defensive tackle.
Former Toledo DT Treyvon Hester shows good power, athleticism, and instincts. He needs to refine his pass rushing skills and work on playing with a longer lasting motor.
He obviously needs some work but could become an impact defensive tackle in the future.
It was another good draft from McKenzie. He did well to try to fill needs without sacrificing the best player available.
For example, Melifonwu was not a major position of need, but he was too great of a player to pass up on. A pick like this will not bear fruit immediately, but in the long run, it is great for the team.
The only knock on the draft is that he didn’t find a starting-caliber middle linebacker and possibly defensive tackle. However, it is not realistic to find a new starting cornerback, middle linebacker, defensive tackle, and right tackle all in one draft. Instead, the only negative is the lack of signings in free agency that would have given the opportunity to draft the best player available instead of drafting for need.
McKenzie, most likely, still went with the best players available, but it would feel more comfortable if we had signed experienced players in those positions of need via free agency.