USC Left Tackle Matt Kalil has the ability to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle on the offensive line. Kalil will likely start out at left tackle due to his phenomenal pass blocking skill set. Kalil is considered the clear cut best player available after Andrew Luck. Kalil should be on the St. Louis Rams. Worst case scenario Kalil goes 3rd overall to the Minnesota Vikings if the Rams opt to trade down.
The Senior Bowl week has ended. This is mock draft 2.0 listing major changes in this second 7 round mock draft.
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Since this is the 2nd 7 round mock draft, I will list multiple players at the position I am targeting at a certain point after the first three rounds to give fans a better indication of who they would want on their team in the later rounds.
This is the second 7 round mock with all of the underclassmen decisions. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you believe I missed anyone significant in this 2012 NFL Mock Draft.
1. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Andrew Luck Quarterback Stanford Junior Redshirt Andrew Luck is the top prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. Luck is considered the clear cut prospect with a commanding lead on NFL draft boards. He’s practically sold the Colts at this point.
Draftniks have been saying that Luck would go #1 overall since October of 2010 when he leapfrogged Jake Locker on 2011 NFL Draft boards to become the top prospect, before shocking the nation by returning to Stanford.
The Colts need to take Luck. Luck is arguably the best quarterback prospect over the past 15 years to come out of college. With the Family Feud occurring in Indianapolis, its safe to say that Manning’s days as the Colts quarterback might be numbered. There is some speculation heating up that the Colts will indeed release Manning prior to the NFL Combine which is 2-3 weeks before the March deadline to resign him. This plan has been in place for weeks according to candidates who were interviewing for the Colts GM job.
Luck returned to school and has maintained his consistency in 2011. Back to back seasons with a 70 percent completion rate despite a coaching change at head coach. Jim Harbaugh left Stanford as Stanford’s Head Coach before becoming the San Francisco 49ers head coach. Luck plays in a pro style offense and he calls his own plays. I’ve done 4 scouting reports on Luck and media outlets will build so much more hype around Luck leading up to April’s NFL Draft to the point where you will believe that Luck may bust if you have never seen him play.
The Andrew Luck hype may be on a Tim Tebow level. The hype about Luck is real though, Andrew Luck is a can’t miss quarterback prospect. I like Tebow, but the hype Tebow gets sometimes is beyond excessive. Andrew Luck is money with his short and medium passes like Tom Brady. He can also scramble like John Elway. Luck is your ideal West Coast Quarterback with Elway’s scrambling and Peyton Manning’s awareness to call his own plays by using audibles while being money with short and medium passes like Tom Brady.
Luck is money with short and medium passes. Luck has the mechanics, footwork, and accuracy to execute any short or medium throw. Luck can also move outside the pocket which makes him like Tom Brady with Elway’s scrambling ability. Luck can make the deep throws. Sometimes Luck does not have the best throwing mechanics on deep throws with throwing motion. Luck has the accuracy to make those deep throws to move the chains. Luck usually goes to his tight ends on deep throws.
It will be interesting to see how Bruce Arians the former Steelers offensive coordinator develops Andrew Luck. Arians was the wide receivers coach for Pittsburgh during Ben’s rookie year.
Arians played a huge role with maturing Roethlisberger as the Steelers offensive coordinator after Ken Whisenhunt went to Arizona. Luck threw to his tight ends a lot in college. Arians puts an emphasis on the vertical passing game with his wide receivers so having Luck mix and match his passing game with tight ends plus the vertical passing game with his wide receivers makes Andrew Luck even more dangerous in the NFL.
2. St. Louis Rams 2-14 Matt Kalil Left Tackle USC Junior Redshirt USC Left Tackle Matt Kalil is the clear cut best player available after Andrew Luck. Kalil can play left tackle, Saffold can play right tackle, and Jason Smith can move to left guard.
There are some smokescreens that Justin Blackmon could be the pick or that the Rams may deal this pick to a team wanting to move up for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. If Kalil was gone, I might be buying this. I am not ready to buy into this yet.
Some believe Matt Kalil is the best pass protector since Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas. I will not go that far. Kalil has the tools to play anywhere on the offensive line while possessing excellent pass protection skills. Matt Kalil is the most highly touted offensive tackle prospect since Jake Long in 2008. Long was the last offensive tackle to go #1 overall. Kalil may have been the top pick in 2013 if he returned. Matt Kalil had too much working in his favor as a top 3 pick so you have to understand why he declared now.
3. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 Morris Claiborne Cornerback LSU Junior The Vikings may trade this pick to the Washington Redskins or the Miami Dolphins. Both teams may feel a temptation to move up for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
If the Vikings keep this pick I think they go cornerback. Morris Claiborne has the tools to be a complete cornerback. As a true sophomore, his coverage gave Cam Newton fits. That may have been because Claiborne played next to 2011 top 5 pick Patrick Peterson at cornerback for LSU. The LSU junior guided LSU to a 13-0 regular season record.
Antoine Winfield used to be a dominant man coverage field cornerback 5 years ago. Winfield is better suited to move to a boundary corner role facing #2 wide receivers with all his injuries.
Minnesota may fail to address their offensive needs in round 1. Adding Claiborne guarantees they solidify their pass defense. The Vikings have the pass rushers and run stuffers. By adding Claiborne the Vikings could have the pass defense giving the Minnesota Vikings one of the NFL’s most formidable defenses.
Another option is Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Blackmon is a two time Billetnikoff Award Winner for the nations best wide receiver.
I went with Claiborne because I think he can be a complete cover corner. Blackmon is a high end #2 receiver or a low end #1 receiver like Anquan Boldin, Torry Holt, Randy Moss, or Terrell Owens.
Owens was a high end #2 receiver early in his career when he played next to Jerry Rice. That was when Owens had his best years. Moss was a #2 target to Cris Carter during his first 3 seasons with the Vikings. I see Blackmon as a high end #2 target with low end #1 ability.
LSU allowed 7 passing touchdowns with their pass defense. Only Alabama allowed fewer passing touchdowns than LSU in 2011.
Cornerbacks are harder to find than wide receivers. That’s another key reason why I take Claiborne here if I am the Vikings.
4. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Robert Griffin III Quarterback Baylor Junior Redshirt Back in June when I made my first 2012 mock draft, I penciled Robert Griffin III to the Oakland Raiders 8th overall. Back in June I had Griffin going behind Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley while mocking RGIII ahead of Oklahoma’s Landry Jones.
Griffin III won the Heisman for the nations best college football player. Griffin III had 4,293 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, while completing 72.4 percent of his passes while throwing 10.68 yards per attempt. Previous Heisman winning quarterbacks include Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow. Heisman winners have flopped in the past. That trend may be starting to change with the success of recent Heisman winners.
Baylor won 67 to 56 in their Alamo Bowl win over the Washington Huskies. Griffin III has Michael Vick’s scrambling out of the pocket and Brees accuracy. Matt Barkley’s decision to return to USC for his senior season also propelled Robert Griffin III up draft boards.
Cleveland has Pat Shurmur at head coach a former Rams offensive coordinator who coached Sam Bradford during his rookie season. The Browns brought in Brad Childress at offensive coordinator. Childress was horrendous at head coach for the Vikings. Donovan McNabb’s best days happened with Brad Childress as a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Childress helped McNabb reach a Super Bowl with his offensive mind. I really feel like Childress could help RGIII win a Super Bowl if the Browns can build a team around RGIII. Childress could have the same impact with RGII that he had with McNabb.
Some even believe Griffin could be better than Andrew Luck. Robert Griffin has accomplished so much in Baylor with his 2011 campaign that some actually believe there is a Peyton Manning/Ryan Leaf debate with Luck and Griffin with each quarterback going 1 and 2 overall. This hypothesis does not seem that farfetched if a team moves up for Robert Griffin III. You never know what could happen though.
Luck has potential to get into Canton and Griffin has potential to be a perennial pro bowler. I would take Luck or Griffin over anyone in the class of 2011 at quarterback.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon may be an option for the Browns if another team moves up for Robert Griffin III. I got Griffin graded out as my top prospect after Luck and Kalil.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Justin Blackmon Wide Receiver Oklahoma State Junior Redshirt Justin Blackmon is a 6 foot 1 208 pound wide receiver from Oklahoma State. Blackmon may not have the physical tools. When it comes to Blackmon’s mental attributes he has the complete package speed, route running, and soft hands.
Blackmon is a very productive wide receiver. 2 time Billetnikoff Award winner for College Football’s best wide receiver in 2010 and 2011. Blackmon could have gone pro last year as a sophomore redshirt. Blackmon opted to return to school though.
Blackmon had 111 receptions for 1,782 receiving yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns in 2010. Blackmon had 121 receptions, 1,522 receiving yards, and 18 receiving touchdowns in 2011.
Blackmon is going to be a top 5 pick. Blackmon’s mind boggling production creates a devils advocate scenario where you feel a temptation to select Blackmon anywhere between 2nd overall and 5th overall if your team needs a wide receiver.
Some plays I see flashes of Anquan Boldin and other plays I see flashes of Braylon Edwards. Blackmon has dropped passes at times. Drafting Blackmon will be a lost cause if he drops tons of passes in the NFL.
Tampa Bay’s scouting department loves selecting players in the Midwest to South region. Aqib Talib Cornerback Kansas, Josh Freeman Quarterback Kansas State, Gerald McCoy Defensive Tackle Oklahoma, and Adrian Clayborn defensive end Iowa.
Justin Blackmon may not work out. At this point, I really believe Justin Blackmon is the only player who can revive Josh Freeman’s career after Freeman had such a bad 2011 campaign.
6. Washington Redskins 5-11 Luke Kuechly 3-4 Middle Linebacker Boston College Junior Mike Shanahan is under too much pressure to win now. That’s why I believe the Washington Redskins will end up throwing tons of money at Matt Flynn to start in 2012 in the event that Peyton Manning retires. If Manning is released and wants to keep playing then Washington will throw a boat of cash towards Manning hoping to land their signal caller hoping that Manning takes the money.
Luke Kuechly is graded out as my 7th best overall prospect. Kuechly was second in the nation with 158 total tackles as a true freshman in 2009. Kuechly would lead the nation with 183 total tackles during the 2010 season as a true sophomore. Kuechly had 191 total tackles in 2011 as a junior this season leading the nation in tackles once again.
The Washington Redskins have two 3-4 middle linebackers with expiring contracts. London Fletcher and Rocky McKintosh both have expiring deals. Fletcher is 37 years old. McKintosh is much better suited for a 4-3 scheme as an outside linebacker.
A 3-4 linebacking core featuring Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Luke Kuechly would present a great line of defense with linebackers who can decipher a signal callers every move. A 3-4 linebacking core featuring Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Luke Kuechly would present major problems for the rest of the NFC East as the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys would have to game plan against the Redskins linebackers for the next decade.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network is NFL Network’s most accurate draft analyst of any that NFL Network has. Mayock went to College at Boston College. Mayock built up hype about Clay Matthews and Von Miller in years past. Mayock will rave about Kuechly.
Kuechly won the 2011 Butkus Award winner. Lets look at the last three Butkus Award Winners. 2008 Butkus Award winner Aaron Curry went 4th overall in 2009 to the Seattle Seahawks. 2009 Butkus Award Winner Rolando McClain went 8th overall to the Oakland Raiders in 2010. 2010 Butkus Award Winner Von Miller went 2nd overall to the Denver Broncos. Now Kuechly has won the 2011 Butkus Award for the nations top linebacker.
Ask yourself what do all of these Butkus Award winners have in common? All of the Butkus Award winners went in the top 8 overall. The Redskins have to take Kuechly with this pick. Kuechly to Washington just makes way too much sense.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Quinton Coples Right End North Carolina Senior Quinton Coples reminds me of Julius Peppers with the ability to play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense.
Coples is best used as a 4-3 right end. Coples can also play 4-3 left end, 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 defensive end, or 3-4 outside linebacker. Coples is one of the most complete seniors in this draft.
Coples is my favorite player in this draft after Luck and Kalil in terms of long term talent. If I had to bet on one player outside of Luck or Kalil to get into Canton Coples would be the player I would put my faith in. Coples is more likely to be a top 10 pick than a top 5 pick. With Blackmon gone, the Jaguars have to use this pick on Coples.
8. Miami Dolphins 6-10 Ryan Tannehill Quarterback Texas A&M Senior Redshirt Matt Moore will likely start in 2012. I get the impression that the Dolphins may reach for a quarterback at #8 to develop for the future. The consensus states that Tannehill is the best quarterback prospect after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
I think Tannehill may be the poor mans Christian Ponder because Tannehill had a much better supporting cast at A&M than Ponder did at Florida State. Miami has a left tackle with Jake Long, a flanker receiver with Brandon Marshall who can be a quarterbacks #1 target, and a running back with Reggie Bush. Tannehill will start as a backup and get a chance to shine with this supporting cast.
Tannehill is the safest bet after Luck and Robert Griffin III. I’m not his biggest fan of his game, but Tannehill has a chance to be great if he goes to Miami. Who knows what Tannehill can accomplish with this new supporting cast in Miami?
Mike Sherman who was Tannehill’s head coach at Texas A&M just got hired to be Miami’s new offensive coordinator. I realize Green Bay’s former offensive coordinator is now the Dolphins new head coach. I just get the impression that the new regime would rather keep Matt Moore and bring in Tannehill over throwing millions of dollars towards Matt Moore’s way.
Previous Pick Jonathan Martin Right Tackle Stanford Junior Redshirt
9. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Michael Brockers Defensive Tackle LSU Sophomore Redshirt Carolina could use a defensive tackle. LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers commanded double teams for the LSU Tigers. Brockers ability to command double teams really helped boost the defensive end play of Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo. Both Montgomery and Mingo were expected to be 2013 prospects. Brockers may have been a 2013 prospect if he returned to Baton Rouge.
I thought Montgomery and Mingo were 3-4 only pass rushers who thrived in LSU’s 4-3 defense mainly due to Michael Brockers. I’m a bigger fan of Brockers than I was of Glenn Dorsey coming out of LSU a few years ago.
Previous Pick Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback Alabama Junior
10. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Courtney Upshaw 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Alabama Senior Marcell Dareus was another Alabama player just like Upshaw. Dareus could play 3-4 right end, 3-4 left end, or 3-4 nose tackle. Upshaw has an exact same skill set at linebacker. Upshaw has the versatility to play 3-4 left outside linebacker, 3-4 middle linebacker, and 3-4 right outside linebacker.
There was a high demand to put Courtney Upshaw on the Bills from tons of comments posters who did not like the Nick Perry pick to Buffalo last time. I think its safe to say that Upshaw will be the tenth pick for the Buffalo Bills at this point.
Previous Pick Nick Perry 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker USC Junior Redshirt
11. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 Trent Richardson Running Back Alabama Junior Jamaal Charles missed all year with an injury and Thomas Jones has an expiring deal. Trent Richardson is arguably one of the 10 best players in the draft. The Chiefs passed on Bryan Bulaga in 2010 to take Eric Berry 5th overall. The Chiefs would pass on Riley Reiff for Trent Richardson. This is the exact same scenario the Chiefs were dealt two years ago.
Trent Richardson split carries with 2011 first round pick Mark Ingram. Richardson had 100+ carries and 700 rushing yards in 2 seasons when splitting carries with Richardson.
Trent Richardson had 283 carries, 1,679 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns. Richardson has the skill set to be a complete rusher. Kansas City loves to run the football so this is a perfect fit for Richardson.
12. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Brandon Thompson Defensive Tackle Clemson Senior Seattle will go with Matt Flynn during free agency. I originally had Matt Flynn to the Redskins. If Manning gets released then I believe Matt Flynn ends up in Miami or Seattle unless Manning retires. I think Miami is more likely to keep Matt Moore and reach for Ryan Tannehill to develop with the new regime rather than throwing a ton of cash at Matt Flynn via free agency. New regimes like getting their future signal callers through the NFL Draft.
Brandon Thompson can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end. The Seahawks need a run stuffing presence at defensive tackle. Thompson may provide good value.
I already did a scouting report on Brandon Thompson. Thompson has convinced me he deserves to go in the first round.
I got a defensive tackle going here because defensive tackles usually go in the top half of the NFL Draft. This may seem too high for Thompson. Reaches have happened before so do not rule this pick out.
13. Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Jonathan Martin Left Tackle Stanford Junior Redshirt The Arizona Cardinals need to draft a left tackle and move Levi Brown to right tackle. Arizona can accomplish this by selecting Jonathan Martin or Riley Reiff 13th overall. Levi Brown played well enough down the stretch to warrant a spot at right tackle. An upgrade at left tackle is needed in Arizona.
I have Martin graded out slightly higher than Reiff in terms of potential. Martin can play left tackle or right tackle. Martin probably would be an upgrade over Levi Brown at left tackle.
Previous Pick Riley Reiff Left Tackle Iowa Junior Redshirt
14. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 David DeCastro Right Guard Stanford Junior Redshirt Dallas has Doug Free and Tyron Smith at offensive tackle. Kyle Kosier is signed to deal until 2014. Kosier will remain at left guard. DeCastro is the most complete right guard I have seen since Giants right guard Chris Snee.
The Cowboys never found a replacement after releasing right guard Leonard Davis. The Cowboys need to take DeCastro here if he slips to the Cowboys with this pick by some miracle.
15. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 Alshon Jeffery Wide Receiver South Carolina Junior The Eagles will likely part ways with DeSean Jackson. 2009 first round pick Jeremy Maclin will become the flanker. A secondary target to throw to will be needed in Philadelphia.
AJ Green had Andre Johnson’s size and Calvin Johnson’s talent. Alshon Jeffery has Calvin Johnson’s size and Andre Johnson’s long term potential. There are questions about whether Jeffery can reach that huge potential.
Jeffery is a 6 foot 4 229 pound wide receiver from South Carolina. Jeffery had 49 receptions, 762 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns. Jeffery dominated his bowl game against Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
Jeffery is 6 foot 4 229 pounds. An impressive combine may push Jeffery into the top 10 overall like Julio Jones last year.
16. New York Jets 8-8 Riley Reiff Right Tackle Iowa Junior Redshirt It probably would be a miracle if Riley Reiff slipped this far. The Jets would have to take Reiff if he falls to this pick by some miracle. Wayne Hunter has no business starting at right tackle. Vladimir Ducasse has not proven that he can take the right tackle job from Wayne Hunter. Riley Reiff has to be the selection at this point.
A bookend tandem of Debrickishaw Ferguson and Riley Reiff would really buy Mark Sanchez the time he needs. Holmes should be back next season. A flanker receiver will be added in 2013 if Holmes cannot get his act together.
Previous Pick Courtney Upshaw 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Alabama Senior
17. Cincinnati Bengals from Oakland Raiders 8-8 Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback Alabama Junior The Bengals are not letting Dre Kirkpatrick slip past this pick. The Bengals need cornerback help. I feel like Kirkpatrick and Jenkins are 1A and 1B. Kirkpatrick is the high profile prospect which is why he maintains the landslide edge for now. I like Jenkins as a better prospect. If Kirkpatrick screws up the Combine and Jenkins capitalizes, this pick will change back to Jenkins.
Previous Pick Janoris Jenkins Cornerback Northern Alabama Senior
18. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Nick Perry 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker USC Junior Redshirt The Chargers need a 3-4 right outside linebacker. Nick Perry was a very effective run stuffer who recorded 9.5 sacks. Perry makes a lot of sense for the Chargers at #18 overall. I got Perry graded out as my top pass rusher at this point.
Previous Pick Andre Branch 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Clemson Senior Redshirt
19. Chicago Bears 8-8 Michael Floyd Wide Receiver Notre Dame Senior Michael Floyd did not play in the Senior Bowl. Floyd did not hurt his stock though.
Chicago seems intent on taking a wide receiver in round 1. I really believe the Bears are going to put a huge emphasis on taking Chicago’s offense to the next level by adding more pieces around Jay Cutler.
I scouted Michael Floyd extensively. Floyd has ability to develop into a pro bowler. He also has a lot of off the field concerns that need to be addressed plus some people are still skeptical about Floyd’s durability issues.
Michael Floyd recorded 100 receptions, 1,147 receiving touchdowns, and 9 receiving touchdowns in 2011. Floyd is a borderline top 20 pick at this point. Floyd has a lot of concerns. I really believe that Floyd could end up being the Randy Moss of the 2012 draft if he can address these concerns.
Justin Blackmon is the clear cut #1 receiver to get drafted, I believe Alshon Jeffery or Michael Floyd could end up having the better long term career if either receiver puts everything together.
20. Tennessee Titans 9-7 Andre Branch Right End Clemson Senior Redshirt The Titans have to draft a sack artist. Andre Branch commanded double teams for DaQuan Bowers. Branch cannot fall past 20th overall.
Previous Pick Melvin Ingram Right End South Carolina Senior Redshirt
21. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Cordy Glenn Left Guard Georgia Senior Cordy Glenn is an excellent run blocker. The Bengals have outstanding run blockers. One upgrade could be made at left guard. Glenn was pass blocking well against Courtney Upshaw during senior bowl week.
Cordy Glenn will make an excellent run blocking guard. His lack of footwork and inability to stop speed rushers makes him a guard only with his 6 foot 5 348 pound frame.
Previous PIck Whitney Mercilus Right End Illinois Junior Redshirt
22. Cleveland Browns from Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Mike Adams Right Tackle Ohio State Senior The Cleveland Browns seem intent on getting a right tackle to fortify the offensive line with this pick. Mike Adams is an outstanding run blocker at 6 foot 8 320 pounds. Adams has illustrated some ability to play left tackle in the NFL during senior bowl week showing major improvements with pass protection.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are also interested in Adams. Cleveland can keep Pittsburgh or Baltimore from getting Mike Adams by using their second first round pick on Adams.
Left Tackle Joe Thomas
Left Guard Jason Pinkston
Center Alex Mack
Right Guard Shawn Lauvao
Right Tackle Mike Adams
With this offensive line, Robert Griffin III will have tons of time to throw the football. The Cleveland Browns will need to continue to build around Griffin though.
Previous Pick Kendall Wright Wide Receiver Baylor Senior
23. Detroit Lions 10-6 Janoris Jenkins Cornerback Northern Alabama Senior Janoris Jenkins is currently graded out as my best player available. The Lions need a #1 field cornerback. I feel like Jenkins could be the guy at cornerback in Detroit despite some of his so called character concerns.
Janoris Jenkins was a boundary cornerback at Florida across from Joe Haden. In 2010, Janoris Jenkins became the field cornerback at Florida after Haden went pro to Cleveland. Jenkins became the Gators #1 cornerback at Florida.
Jenkins managed to keep AJ Green, Julio Jones, and Alshon Jeffery in check during his one season as Florida’s field cornerback. Jenkins got kicked off of Florida and transferred to Northern Alabama. Jenkins got ejected from a Northern Alabama game for punching another player which cost Northern Alabama a critical win in an overtime loss.
Previous Pick Peter Konz Center Wisconsin Junior Redshirt
24. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 Vontaze Burfict 3-4 Middle Linebacker Arizona State Junior Vontaze Burfict is 6 foot 2 250 pounds. Burfict can play anywhere at linebacker. Burfict can be play anywhere in a 4-3 scheme or play on the inside in a 3-4 scheme.
Burfict is the complete package at linebacker. Burfict was inconsistent in 2011 due to penalties and anger. James Farrior has no intention on retiring. Grooming Burfict to be Farrior’s successor might not be such a bad idea if Burfict can channel his anger.
25. Denver Broncos 8-8 Melvin Ingram Defensive Tackle South Carolina Senior Redshirt The Broncos need a second defensive tackle next to Broderick Bunkley. Ingram provides great overall value here at this spot.
Previous Pick Michael Brockers Defensive Tackle LSU Sophomore Redshirt
26. Houston Texans 10-6 Kendall Wright Wide Receiver Baylor Senior Kendall Wright dropped out from the Senior Bowl last minute. The Texans already have a flanker wide receiver with Andre Johnson. Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are solid starters.
Kendall Wright provides a huge upgrade over Kevin Walter as a secondary target. Wright recorded 108 receptions, 1,663 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2011.
Previous Pick Dont’a Hightower 3-4 Middle Linebacker Alabama Junior Redshirt
27. New England Patriots from New Orleans Saints 13-3 Peter Konz Center Wisconsin Junior Redshirt Dan Koppen is a free agent at center coming off of a season ending injury in week 1. Dan Connolly had to move from right guard to center and struggled some. Peter Konz is a blue chip center. The Patriots may opt to select Konz here to give Tom Brady additional pass protection with this pick.
Previous Pick Fletcher Cox Defensive Tackle Mississippi State Junior
28. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Whitney Mercilus 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Illinois Junior Redshirt I do not see long term potential with Mercilus. Mercilus could get pushed up draft boards. Green Bay may get a steal if Mercilus falls to this point.
Previous Pick Dwayne Allen Tight End Clemson Junior Redshirt
29. Baltimore Ravens 12-4 Dont’a Hightower 3-4 Middle Linebacker Alabama Junior Redshirt The Ravens should have Ray Lewis back next season. The Ravens could afford to groom a successor for Ray Lewis. Hightower would make a great fit with the 29th overall pick.
Previous Pick Jerry Franklin 3-4 Middle Linebacker Arkansas Senior Redshirt
30. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 Marvin McNutt Wide Receiver Iowa Senior Redshirt Marvin McNutt is a 6 foot 4 215 pound wide receiver from Iowa. McNutt is not the most productive receiver when watching the tape. McNutt displays crisp routes showcasing precise route running ability off the snap.
McNutt managed to create separation as a route runner during Senior Bowl Week. The 49ers could really use a wide receiver to compliment Michael Crabtree with Marvin McNutt’s skill set as a #2 secondary receiving target.
McNutt had a strong season for Iowa. Marvin McNutt recorded 82 receptions, 1,315 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. The bottom line is McNutt can play in the NFL as a secondary receiving target. McNutt’s route running will enable him to create some mismatches.
Previous Pick Mohammed Sanu Wide Receiver Rutgers Junior
31. New York Giants 9-7 Dwayne Allen Tight End Clemson Junior Redshirt Dwayne Allen could provide a huge upgrade over Jake Ballard. The Giants usually go best player available player here. Dwayne Allen is clearly the best player worth taking at this point.
Previous Pick Mike Adams Right Tackle Ohio State Senior
32. New England Patriots 13-3 Fletcher Cox Defensive Tackle Mississippi State Junior Fletcher Cox is the final player that I have graded out as a first round prospect at this point. New England could use a second defensive tackle next to Vince Wilfork.
Previous Pick Mark Barron Strong Safety Alabama Senior
33. St. Louis Rams 2-14 Stephon Gilmore Cornerback South Carolina Junior Prediction, the Rams will be real active in free agency. I would not be shocked if the Rams got Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin, and Chris Hope 3 former Titans who played for Jeff Fisher. Then the Rams could add the final piece to their secondary with this pick.
Stephon Gilmore went up against Alshon Jeffery in one on one battles during practice sessions at South Carolina.
Stephon Gilmore can play man coverage, zone coverage, and blitz well off of the snap. One thing Gilmore needs to work on is his press coverage. South Carolina allowed 14 passing touchdowns so Gilmore’s press coverage could use some tuning.
Gilmore is 6 foot 195 pounds he has good size and footwork for a cornerback. I think Gilmore has the ability to move up with a good combine.
South Carolina had the 3rd ranked pass defense entering the Bowl games. South Carolina finished the season 2nd in overall pass defense out of 120 teams. The only team to rank ahead of South Carolina in pass defense this season was Alabama.
The reality is Gilmore needs to get drafted in the first round. Gilmore may fall to the top of the second round because some NFL scouts who have watched South Carolina play haven’t been overly impressed with Gilmore.
South Carolina’s pass defense allowed 131.69 passing yards per game. Only Alabama allowed fewer passing yards. South Carolina allowed 1,712 passing yards per game. Teams have only completed 50.29 percent of their passes against this South Carolina pass defense.
As a New England Patriots fan, I hope we get Gilmore with one of the two first round picks if Belicheck decides to add a cornerback in the late first round.
Fans of teams like the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots should be pumped up if their team lands Gilmore in the late portion of round 1.
34. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Kevin Zeitler Left Guard Wisconsin Senior The Indianapolis Colts have two bookend tackles with left tackle Anthony Costanzo and right tackle Ben Ijalana. Now the Colts need an interior offensive lineman.
The Colts could use upgrades at both starting guard spots, a successor to Jeff Saturday at center, and an right tackle for depth with the versatility to move to the inside on the interior offensive line.
Kevin Zeitler was mainly a pure right guard when I first watched him. Zeitler has showcased the ability to play left guard, center, or right guard on the interior offensive line during Senior Bowl week. The Colts need an interior offensive lineman like Zeitler.
The Colts 2012 offensive line could look like this if everyone stays healthy.
Left Tackle Anthony Costanzo
Left Guard Kevin Zeitler
Center Jeff Saturday
Right Guard Jeffery Linkenbach
Right Tackle Ben Ijalana
Saturday has an expiring deal. I think Saturday gets a 1 year deal to return to the Colts. Mike Pollack has an expiring deal along with Ryan Diem. The Colts will part ways with Diem and may bring Pollack back. Linkenbach could move from right tackle to right guard.
The Colts could also use a primary flanker receiver for Luck or Manning to throw to, a pass rusher who can intimidate left tackles playing in a 3-4 scheme, a field cornerback, and a boundary cornerback. The Colts have a lot of problems even if their offensive line gets patched up.
Previous Pick Nick Toon Wide Receiver Wisconsin Senior Redshirt
35. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 Andrew Datko Left Tackle Florida State Senior Andrew Datko was Christian Ponder’s blindside at Florida State. Datko has the chance to be Ponder’s blindside in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings. Everyone is calling Zebrie Sanders the safe pick. Datko has more potential if he can stay healthy which is why I gave Datko the edge over Sanders at this point.
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Lamar Miller Running Back Miami FL Sophomore Redshirt Lamar Miller is the only running back who can make a case for being a sure fire 2nd round pick at this point. That’s why I believe the Buccaneers chose Lamar Miller over Zach Brown when all is said and done.
Previous Pick Alfonzo Dennard Cornerback Nebraska Senior
37. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Chase Minnifield Cornerback Virginia Senior Redshirt Chase Minnifield is the son of Browns pro bowl cornerback Frank Minnifield. Frank Minnifield was a shutdown cornerback on the Browns in their 1980′s teams. Essentially, Frank Minnifield was Primetime before Deion Sanders “Primetime” arrived in the NFL.
The Browns have one of the leagues best pass defenses. Dimitri Patterson has an expiring deal. The Browns dime corner will likely become a free agent.
Boundary corner Sheldon Brown is effective. Brown is also expendable to a certain extent. 2011 5th round pick Buster Skryne can develop his skills more. Skyrne is a 5th round pick out of Tennessee Chattanooga.
If the Cleveland Browns really want a boundary corner who can disable #2 receivers you got to go with Chase Minnifield here. A cornerback tandem featuring Joe Haden and Chase Minnifield would give the Browns one of the NFL’s best cornerback tandems.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Mohammed Sanu Wide Receiver Rutgers Junior Mohammed Sanu had 115 receptions, 1,206 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2011. Sanu can come into Jacksonville and emerge as Gabbert’s #1 flanker target.
Previous Pick Jayron Hosley Cornerback Virginia Tech Junior
39. Washington Redskins 5-11 Nick Toon Wide Receiver Wisconsin Senior Redshirt Washington needs a flanker target. Nick Toon is the son of Al Toon the Jets pro bowl receiver. Nick Toon is a 6 foot 3 220 pound receiver from Wisconsin who caught 10 receiving touchdowns for the Badgers in 2011. Nick Toon displays deadly ability in the red zone.
Previous Pick Brock Osweiler Quarterback Arizona State Junior Redshirt
40. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Zebrie Sanders Right Tackle Florida State Senior Carolina Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah has only played 4 games over the last two seasons. Zebrie Sanders provides good value for depth in round 2 if the Panthers are looking to make an upgrade at right tackle.
Sanders could also play left tackle on pass blocking situations on 3rd and long moving Jordan Gross to right tackle so Newton would have more time.
Its safe to say that Zebrie Sanders would make an effective starter at offensive tackle for the Panthers regardless of whether he starts at left tackle or right tackle.
Sanders could sit out and learn the playbook if both Jordan Gross and Jeff Otah learn the playbook.
Previous Pick Dontari Poe Defensive Tackle Memphis Junior
41. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Cordarro Law 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Southern Miss Senior Redshirt Cordarro Law is a 6 foot 2 261 pound pass rusher from Southern Miss. Law registered 11.5 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks in 2011.
Buffalo needs 2 pass rushers. We see teams double dip on draft day by taking 2 players at the same position all of the time. This year, its Buffalo’s turn to double dip on draft day.
Case Keenum and the undefeated Houston Cougars fought the Law in the Conference USA Championship game back in December and the Law won. Southern Miss also won the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against the Nevada Wolfpack.
Law can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. Law’s favorite athlete is LaMaar Woodley. Cordarro Law reminds me of an undrafted pass rusher that went to Kent State. He’s teammates with Woodley. I sort of hope New England uses one of our picks on Cordarro Law if he is available in the top 100 from a fans perspective.
42. Miami Dolphins 6-10 Jonathan Massaquoi Left End Troy Sophomore Redshirt Miami is switching to a 4-3. Jonathan Massaquoi can be utilized as a 4-3 left.
Cameron Wake and Jonathan Massaqoui would play defensive end in Miami’s 4-3. Jared Odrick and Randy Starks would likely start at defensive tackle in Miami’s 4-3 defense.
Previous Pick Nick Foles Quarterback Arizona Senior Redshirt
43. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Brock Osweiler Quarterback Arizona State Junior Redshirt I feel like Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler could make an instant impact. I just get the feeling that Osweiler will sit behind Matt Flynn and Tavaris Jackson in 2012 developing more as a quarterback of the future in the event that Flynn does not work out.
Osweiler is a 6 foot 8 240 pound quarterback from Arizona State who could weigh 6 foot 9 250 by the time the NFL Combine rolls around.
Previous Pick Chris Polk Running Back Washington Junior Redshirt
44. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 Mark Barron Free Safety Alabama Senior Mark Barron has the versatility to play strong safety or free safety. Barron would be an upgrade over what the Chiefs have at free safety.
Previous Pick Vinny Curry 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Marshall Senior
45. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Nick Foles Quarterback Arizona Senior Redshirt Nick Foles has potential to become a Ben Roethlisberger type of quarterback. He needs at least 3 years to develop. Foles is 6 foot 5 240 pounds. Maybe Jones should use this pick to groom the successor to Tony Romo. Foles is a 3 year project. I doubt Romo is on this team for more than 3 years tops.
46. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 Zach Brown Right Outside Linebacker North Carolina Senior Some Draft Scouts believe Zach Brown has questions about maturity. The Eagles won’t care. Andy Reid and the Eagles front office will snag Brown by taking the best player available if he slips to the 2nd round.
47. New York Jets 8-8 Jerry Franklin 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Arkansas Senior Redshirt I got Jerry Franklin listed as my top pass rusher. Franklin can be a 3-4 right outside linebacker plus a 3-4 middle linebacker.
Previous Pick Zebrie Sanders Right Tackle Florida State Senior
48. New England Patriots from Oakland Raiders 8-8 Markelle Martin Strong Safety Oklahoma State Senior Markelle Martin is the top safety available. Martin has the versatility to play strong safety or free safety. This may intrigue New England with their 2nd round pick.
Previous Pick Kevin Zeitler Right Guard Wisconsin Senior
49. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Jayron Hosley Cornerback Virginia Tech Junior The Chargers need a nickel cornerback. Jayron Hosley may be the best cornerback available at this point in round 2.
Previous Pick Lamar Miller Running Back Miami FL Sophomore Redshirt
50. Chicago Bears 8-8 Casey Heyward Cornerback Vanderbilt Senior The Chicago Bears have a knack for drafting Vanderbilt players. Heyward is the best Vanderbilt prospect in this draft. Ironically enough, cornerback is one of Chicago’s biggest draft needs.
Previous Pick Nigel Bradham Left Outside Linebacker Florida State Senior
51. Philadelphia Eagles from Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Ronnell Lewis Left Outside Linebacker Oklahoma Junior The Eagles need a 4-3 left outside linebacker. Ronnell Lewis makes a great fit for the Eagles here.
52. Tennessee Titans 8-8 Travis Lewis Right Outside Linebacker Oklahoma Senior Redshirt The Titans may cut Will Witherspoon to save cap room. The Titans are considering starting a right outside linebacker, Colin McCarthy, and Akeem Ayers in 2012. Travis Lewis would be an enticing option at this spot.
53. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Kendall Reyes Defensive Tackle Connecticut Senior Redshirt Pat Simms and Jonathan Fanene are about to become free agents. Depth behind Domata Peko and Geno Atkins will be needed in Cincinnati.
Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes can be utilized as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 right end playing 5 technique.
54. Detroit Lions 10-6 Tank Carder Left Outside Linebacker TCU Senior Redshirt The Lions need another outside linebacker. Tank Carder has the tackling instincts and versatility to play anywhere at outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Carder can also play on the inside in a 3-4 scheme.
Previous Pick Jonathan Massaquoi Left End Troy Sophomore Redshirt
55. Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Vinny Curry Right End Marshall There are only 2 second round talents left. Both players are pass rushers. 4-3 pass rusher Vinny Curry would provide great depth behind Jonathan Abraham and Ray Edwards at defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons.
Previous Pick Cordy Glenn Left Tackle Georgia
56. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 Cam Johnson 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Virginia Senior Pittsburgh’s backup pass rushers had tons of chances to step up when James Harrison and LaMaar Woodley were injured. The backup pass rushers did not capitalize.
Virginia’s Cam Johnson is the best player available who is the only 2nd round talent at this point. Pittsburgh spoke extensively with Shea McClellin who is my next best pass rusher after Cam Johnson. Pittsburgh is in the market for grooming a pass rusher for the future.
Previous Pick Alameda Ta’amu Nose Tackle Washington Senior
57. Denver Broncos 8-8 Kirk Cousins Quarterback Michigan State Senior Redshirt Kirk Cousins is a 3rd round talent. A team may reach for Cousins in the late 2nd. I get the impression that Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins could be that quarterback with all the controversy going on in Denver.
Previous Pick Ryan Tannehill Quarterback Texas A&M Senior Redshirt
58. Houston Texans 10-6 Ben Jones Center Georgia Senior Houston will need an upgrade at center if Chris Meyers is not retained. Arian Foster and Mario Williams are free agents. Bringing both Williams and Foster back results in the Texans drafting a new center.
Previous Pick Josh Chapman Nose Tackle Alabama Senior Redshirt
59. New Orleans Saints 13-3 Sean Spence Right Outside Linebacker Miami FL Senior Sean Spence would give the Saints a right outside linebacker who could anchor the weak side as a WILL linebacker.
60. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Josh Norman Cornerback Coastal Carolina Senior Josh Norman is a 6 foot 3 205 pound cornerback from Coastal Carolina. Norman dominated the East West Shrine game.
Norman has the ability to become a #1 field cornerback with the proper development. Norman provides great value at this point late in round 2.
Previous Pick Devon Still 3-4 Right End Penn State Senior Redshirt
61. Baltimore Ravens 12-4 Delano Howell Free Safety Stanford Senior The Ravens need to find a successor to Ed Reed. Delano Howell can be served as a depth player behind Ed Reed until Reed retires.
Previous Pick Brian Quick Wide Receiver Appalachin State Senior Redshirt
62. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 Alfonzo Dennard Cornerback Nebraska Senior I have Alfonzo Dennard graded out as a 3rd round talent. There was a temptation to move Dennard down to a 4th round talent. I felt like that would be premature on my part.
San Francisco takes Dennard with the 62nd pick because he is the best player available. San Francisco could use a boundary corner next to Carlos Rodgers. If Rodgers opts not to resign with San Francisco, then the 49ers could make Dennard their field cornerback.
Previous Pick Donnie Fletcher Cornerback Boston College Senior
63. New York Giants Alameda Ta’amu Defensive Tackle Washington Senior Alameda Ta’amu is a 6 foot 3 337 pound nose tackle from Washington. The Washington Husky can be utilized as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 nose tackle.
Ta’amu can play 0 technique, 1 technique, 2 technique, or 3 technique. Ta’amu has had some bad games in 2011 and struggled against top flight competition in one on one battles. Some struggles against David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler lead to Ta’amu sliding to this spot.
Previous Pick Delano Howell Free Safety Stanford Senior
64. New England Patriots 13-3 Shaun Prater Cornerback Iowa Senior New England has taken a cornerback in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft every year since 2008.
New England has a field cornerback in Devin McCourty, a boundary cornerback in Kyle Arrington, and a nickel cornerback in Ras I Dowling. A dime corner for dime packages is still needed. You also cannot discount the possibility of injuries occurring.
There are no second round talents left on my draft board. I got New England drafting for need here. Cornerback is a need that the Patriots will likely address this offseason.
Previous Pick Casey Heyward Cornerback
65. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Brian Quick Wide Receiver Appalachin State Senior Redshirt Brian Quick is a 6 foot 5 220 pound flanker receiver from Appalachin State. Quick is a crisp route runner with the physical skill set that teams covet.
Quick recorded 71 receptions, 1,096 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns for Appalachin State in 2011. The Colts have shown that they are not afraid of taking small school prospects in years past. The Colts took small school players like Villanova’s Ben Ijalana and Mt. Union’s Pierre Garcon in years past.
Andrew Luck needs a flanker target. Reggie Wayne is a secondary target at best even if he gets brought back. Pierre Garcon is a slot receiver playing a secondary receiver role. The Colts have an effective slot receiver with Austin Collie who will be back next season.
The Indianapolis Colts are losing 3 of their 4 receivers with Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, and Austin Collie all set to become free agents. After quarterback and left tackle flanker receiver is the most important position on offense. The Colts got to get that game changing flanker target here.
Previous Pick Brandon Washington Right Tackle Miami FL Junior
66. St. Louis Rams 2-14 Bernard Pierce Running Back Temple Junior Bernard Pierce could develop into a successor behind Steven Jackson. Brian Schottenheimer ran a two back system with Thomas Jones and Shonn Green before making that two back system revolve around Tomlinson and Green. I think the Rams bring in a second back here. Bernard Pierce is graded out as my top ranked running back after Trent Richardson and Lamar Miller at this point.
67. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 Rueben Randle Wide Receiver LSU Junior Rueben Randle displays all the physical tools at wide receiver. Randle was a flanker receiver at LSU even though he did not display the best stats.
Randle could be effective as a secondary receiver when paired up next to Percy Harvin. Randle could become the Vikings flanker target if Harvin’s injuries continue.
Previous Pick Dwight Jones Wide Receiver North Carolina Senior
68. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Isaiah Pead Running Back Cincinnati Senior Isaiah Pead was the Senior Bowl MVP. Pead is my top senior running back based on how Cincinnati defeated two SEC teams with Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Underclassmen David Wilson of Virginia Tech could be another option. Boise State senior Doug Martin may be another player the Browns examine at the 2012 NFL Combine.
Previous Pick David Wilson Running Back Virginia Tech Junior
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Nigel Bradham Right Outside Linebacker Florida State Senior Nigel Bradham reminds me of Mason Foster. Like Foster, Bradham is an extremely underrated linebacker who has the versatility to play anywhere at linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
Bradham would play the weak side, as a WILL linebacker, playing a right outside linebacker role. Adding Bradham to Foster on the front 7 is the first step that Tampa Bay needs to take when it comes to rebuilding this defense.
Previous Pick Terrell Manning Right Outside Linebacker North Carolina State Junior Redshirt
70. Washington Redskins 5-11 Brandon Weeden Quarterback Oklahoma State Senior Redshirt I realize Brandon Weeden is 45 days older than Aaron Rodgers. Weeden’s accuracy and intangibles have drastically improved during Senior Bowl week. Weeden will be a sleeper and he may have been a first round pick if his age was not a concern at 28 years old.
I still feel like Washington would make a bid for Weeden if they signed Peyton Manning. Weeden could sit behind Manning before getting a chance to take the NFL by storm as Manning’s successor.
Previous Pick Amini Silatalu Left Guard Midwestern State Senior Redshirt
71. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Josh Robinson Cornerback Central Florida Junior The Jaguars may lose their two best cornerbacks to free agency. Cornerback and free safety are the Jaguars two biggest needs. I feel like the Jaguars got to go with a cornerback here. Robinson kept AJ Green in check during a bowl game as a true sophomore.
Previous Pick Marvin McNutt Wide Receiver Iowa Senior Redshirt
72. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Audie Cole 3-4 Middle Linebacker North Carolina State Senior Redshirt The Bills need a 3-4 middle linebacker next to Nick Barnett. Audie Cole provides great value at this spot. The main question that some will have is, Will Cole adapt to the 3-4 scheme?
73. Miami Dolphins 6-10 Coby Fleener Tight End Stanford Senior RedshirtMiami needs a new tight end. Coby Fleener is my top graded tight end after Clemson’s Dwayne Allen. Andrew Luck’s tight end tandem of Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener were very active with receiving touchdowns for Stanford. Luck went to his tight ends for a majority of his touchdowns. That could push Fleener up draft boards.
74. Chicago Bears from Carolina Panthers 6-10 Shea McClellin Right End Boise State Senior I originally had McClellin graded out as a 6th round sleeper in August. McClellin has come a long way since that point. I moved McClellin up to the 4th round two weeks ago and moved him up to the 3rd round after Senior Bowl practices.
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers scouts have both spoke extensively with McClellin. Julius Peppers is 32 years old. Israel Idonije turns 32 in November. McClellin is a player who can develop into a pro bowl talent. Maybe the Bears should take McClellin here to add some youth at pass rusher to groom for the future.
McClellin was a right end only heading into this season. McClellin had 9.5 sacks in 2010. McClellin focused more on his ability to improve run stuffing in 2011. McClellin showed more versatility during Senior Bowl week showing ability to play on either side as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Previous Pick Michael Brewster Center Ohio State Senior
75. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 Brandon Washington Right Tackle Miami FL Junior Brandon Washington can play anywhere at offensive tackle or guard with his versatility. Branden Albert should retain the left tackle job even though I feel like an upgrade over Albert is needed. Brandon Washington should be able to take Barry Richardson’s right tackle job on the Chiefs roster.
Previous Pick Ben Jones Center Georgia Senior
76. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Terrell Manning Right Outside Linebacker North Carolina State Junior Redshirt KJ Wright did a solid job at right outside linebacker. Wright would be much more effective on at left outside linebacker playing a SAM role on the strong side.
Leroy Hill has been injury prone. Hill has an expiring deal. Why not draft for value by bringing in Manning here?
Previous Pick Bruce Irvin Right End West Virginia Senior
77. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 Leonard Johnson Cornerback Iowa State Senior The Eagles need to add another cornerback. Asante Samuel may be done plus a boundary corner upgrade from Dominique Rodgers Cromartie. I have my doubts about Leonard Johnson being a starting cornerback. Mike Mayock thinks Johnson could be an effective boundary cornerback.
Previous Pick Winston Guy Jr. Strong Safety Kentucky Senior
78. New York Jets 8-8 Orson Charles Tight End Georgia Junior Orson Charles is a #2 blocking tight end. Charles may turn some heads at the Combine. I feel like the Jets scouts will really come away impressed with Charles at the Combine. If Charles slips to round 3 I get the impression the Jets take Charles as a #2 tight end to pair up with Dustin Keller.
Taking Charles would open up route running plays for Dustin Keller and enable Charles to be a playmaking tight end on plays where Keller blocks. The Jets could use two tight end sets to confuse their defense.
79. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Nick Jean Baptiste Nose Tackle Baylor Senior Redshirt Nick Jean Baptiste is a sleeper at nose tackle. Jean Baptsite provides good value in the 3rd round.
Previous Pick Jared Crick 3-4 Right End Nebraska Senior Redshirt
80. Chicago Bears 8-8 Eddie Whitley Free Safety Virginia Tech SeniorChicago needs a free safety upgrade. Eddie Whitley is the best free safety available. Major Wright has been a major letdown in Chicago.
81. Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Jerrell Harris 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Alabama Senior Jerrell Harris is a 3-4 left outside linebacker. Harris recorded no sacks. Harris can stop the run and cover tight ends well. Arizona could use some depth at 3-4 left outside linebacker.
82. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Mike Martin Nose Tackle Michigan Senior Dallas could use a nose tackle for depth. I sort of feel like Mike Martin is the best player available at this spot.
Previous Pick Brandon Lindsey 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Pittsburgh Senior Redshirt
83. Tennessee Titans 9-7 Kelechi Osmele Left Guard Iowa State Senior Redshirt The Titans offensive line has offensive tackles and a right guard with Jake Scott. Upgrades at left guard and center have to be made though. Kelechi Osmele is a 6 foot 5 347 pound run blocking guard. Osmele provides great value at this point in the 3rd round pick.
Previous Pick David Paulson Tight End Oregon Senior Redshirt
84. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 David Wilson Running Back Virginia Tech Junior David Wilson had 290 carries for 1,709 rushing yards. Wilson would be a steal for the Bengals at this point if he falls to round 3. I like David Wilson a lot better than Ryan Williams or Daren Evans.
Previous Pick Jake Bequette Left End Arkansas Senior Redshirt
85. Atlanta Falcons 10-6 David Paulson Tight End Oregon Senior Redshirt David Paulson is currently a #2 tight end at this point. Maybe he develops into a quality starter by learning from one of the NFL’s best tight ends with Tony Gonzalez.
Previous Pick Michael Egnew Tight End Missouri Senior
86. Detroit Lions 10-6 Jake Bequette Left End Arkansas Senior Redshirt Cliff Avril would provide some good depth at left end in the event that Cliff Avril is not resigned. Lawrence Jackson appears to be an ideal successor for Kyle Vaden Bosch. Some depth behind Avril is needed. Adding some depth behind Avril would not hurt either in the event that Avril gets a mega monster contract extension. The Lions have a tendency to take the best available player over need which is why the Lions got Bequette here.
Previous Pick Josh Robinson Cornerback Central Florida Junior
87. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 Aaron Henry Free Safety Wisconsin Senior Redshirt Aaron Henry is a good backup free safety in the event that Ryan Clark gets injured again. Henry would provide a major upgrade over Ryan Mundy at free safety.
Wisconsin finished the season ranked 4th overall in pass defense out of 120 total teams. Aaron Henry had 4 interceptions including one in a bowl game against Oregon. 16 of Henry’s 23 deflections took place during the last two seasons at Wisconsin.
Aaron Henry had 62 total tackles in 2011 after tallying 58 total tackles in 2010. Ryan Clark combined for 120 total tackles over the last two seasons. Ryan Clark had 100 total tackles this season.
Henry is a backup free safety at this point. Aaron Henry seems like the ideal free safety to groom behind Ryan Clark for the future.
88. Denver Broncos 8-8 Jerel Worthy Defensive Tackle Michigan State Junior Redshirt Denver needs two defensive tackles. One who can be a starter like Michael Brockers. The second defensive tackle has to be a rotational defensive tackle who can come in on 3rd down situations for Broderick Bunkley.
89. Houston Texans 10-6 Josh Chapman Nose Tackle Alabama Senior Redshirt Josh Chapman seems like the nose tackle that the Houston Texans would take a huge liking to. Houston usually targets slightly undersized nose tackles who play football in the Southern region.
Previous Pick Jaye Howard 3-4 Right End Florida Senior Redshirt
90. New Orleans Saints 13-3 Jaye Howard Defensive Tackle Florida Senior Redshirt Sedrick Ellis, Aubrayo Franklin, and Shaun Rodgers are all on this roster at defensive tackle. Another defensive tackle for depth could be added.
Previous Pick Marcus Forston Defensive Tackle Miami FL Junior Redshirt
91. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Billy Winn 3-4 Left End Boise State Senior Redshirt Billy Winn plays 3-4 left end next to Devon Still. The Packers now have 2 3-4 ends who can play the 5 technique.
92. Baltimore Ravens 12-4 Lavonte David Strong Safety Nebraska Senior The Ravens take a flyer on Lavonte David so they can rotate a blitzer like David in between snaps with strong safety Bernard Pollard.
93. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 Brandon Brooks Right Guard Miami Ohio Senior Brandon Brooks is a bit of an unknown. Brooks is an outstanding pass blocker with the size of a run blocker at 6 foot 5 320. Brooks is projected as an NFL guard despite playing left tackle at Miami Ohio.
Brooks can play offensive tackle or guard on either side. The 49ers will need a new right guard with Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal both set to enter free agency.
Previous Pick LaDarius Green Tight End Louisiana Lafayette Senior
94. New York Giants 9-7 James Michael Johnson Middle Linebacker Nevada Senior James Michael Johnson probably does provide somewhat of an upgrade over Chase Blackburn. James Michael Johnson provides outstanding value in the late 3rd round as he recorded 95 total tackles in 2011 for the Nevada Wolfpack.
95. New England Patriots 13-3 Chandler Jones Right End Syracuse Junior Redshirt Chandler Jones is the brother of Arthur Jones. Chandler Jones only has 10 sacks through 3 years as a starter at Syracuse. Jones playes for the 33rd ranked run defense with Syracuse.
Jones weighs 6 foot 5 265 pounds. Jones could start out as a depth player possibly working his way into a starting role at right end once Andre Carter retires.
Heading into round 4 I got 8 players graded out as 3rd round talents. Below is a list of those prospects
Doug Martin Running Back Boise State Senior Redshirt
Juron Criner WR Arizona
Jarius Wright WR Arkansas
LaDarius Green TE Louisiana Lafayette
Senio Kelemete OT/G Washingotn
Marcus Forston DT Miami FL
Micanor Regis DT Miami FL
Kyle Wilbur ROLB Wake Forest
After I mock those 8 players I am going to start listing multiple prospects that are left in the draft based on the teams needs and projected rounds.
96. St. Louis Rams 2-14 Juron Criner Wide Receiver Arizona Senior The Rams could use a receiver for depth. Greg Salas had 8 receptions when lining up against Charles Woodson as a flanker receiver before breaking his leg against the Arizona Cardinals. Salas recorded 7 receptions when lined up as a secondary receiver next to Brandon Lloyd in the game against the Cardinals where he broke his leg. Danario Alexander can be a secondary receiver. Danny Amendola is a good slot receiver. Austin Pettis and Brandon Gibson can battle to be the #4 receiver.
I really believe Greg Salas, Austin Pettis, and tight end Lance Kendricks from the 2011 NFL Draft can become reliable targets for Sam Bradford if you get him a left tackle with amazing pass blocking like Matt Kalil.
Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner has the potential to become a #5 receiver on a depth chart. The Rams can start him out as a #6 receiver and have Criner work his way up to #5 role. Criner may even climb further than that up the Rams depth chart.
The 6 foot 4 215 pound Juron Criner made a ridiculous coverage during Tuesday’s Senior Bowl drills. Some would consider Criner a steal if the Rams managed to land Criner at the top of round 4.
Criner had 75 receptions, 956 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns in 2011 as Foles #1 target. Criner had 82 receptions, 1,233 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns in 2011.
Previous Pick AJ Jenkins Wide Receiver Illinois Senior
97. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Jarius Wright Wide Receiver Arkansas Senior Arkansas has 3 receivers that could get drafted. Joe Adams the flanker target who is my favorite of the 3. Jarius Wright had the best statistical season. Wrapping up the Razorbacks 3 receivers is Greg Childs. Childs entered his senior season with a huge demand and just has not delivered.
Wright is the highest graded wide receiver prospect even though I like Adams better. Jarius Wright recorded 66 receptions, 1,117 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns for the Razorbacks in 2011.
The Colts are losing Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, and Anthony Gonzalez to free agency. Even if one of these receivers returns, I feel like the Colts may spend multiple picks on wide receivers.
I gave the Colts a flanker receiver with size like Brian Quick in round 3 as Andrew Luck’s go to target. In round 4 I plan on giving the Colts a speedy route running receiver that can be utilized as a secondary target or a slot receiver.
Previous Pick D’Anton Lynn Cornerback Penn State Senior
98. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 Marcus Forston Defensive Tackle Miami FL Junior Redshirt Marcus Forston may be capable of replacing Pat Williams as a run stuffer. Forston provides good value at this point. Forston has starter ability if he can avoid injuries. Competing with Christian Ballard for the Vikings defensive tackle job in 2012 will only help Forston and Ballard moving forward.
Previous Pick Bobby Rainey Running Back Western Kentucky Senior Redshirt
99. Philadelphia Eagles from Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Micanor Regis Defensive Tackle Miami FL Senior Micanor Regis really dominated the East West Shrine game. The Eagles need some defensive tackle depth. Regis is the best player available. Why not add the best player available for depth here?
Previous Pick Matt Reynolds Right Tackle BYU Senior Redshirt
100. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Kyle Wilber Right Outside Linebacker Wake Forest Senior Redshirt The Cleveland Browns need outside linebacker depth. The Browns have trouble stopping runs to the outside. Kyle Wilber could really help by adding some depth to the weak side at right outside linebacker.
Previous Pick Bobbie Massie Right Tackle Ole Miss Junior
101. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Doug Martin Running Back Boise State Senior Redshirt Doug Martin would provide good value as a #2 back to Maurice Jones Drew if he slips out of the top 100. I realize Martin does not address a need for the Jaguars. I also know there is bigger needs to address. Deji Karim is underrated too. I believe adding Martin for depth only helps take some carries off of Jones Drew if MJD gets injured because then you can have Karim and Martin be utilized as a 1 2 punch if both Karim and Martin are healthy.
Previous Pick Jermaine Kearse Wide Receiver Washington Senior
102. Washington Redskins 5-11 LaDarius Green Tight End Louisiana Lafayette Senior Redshirt LaDarius Green was my final player graded out as a 3rd round talent. I felt like I had to mock him to Washington for depth on the roster.
Previous Pick Ryan Broyles Wide Receiver Oklahoma Senior Redshirt
103. Miami Dolphins 6-10 Senio Kelemete Right Tackle Washington Senior Kelemete lined up at left tackle during the senior bowl. Kelemete managed to win some one on one match ups against Courtney Upshaw while pass blocking and run blocking.
Kelemete has the versatility to play either side at offensive tackle or guard in the NFL. Miami needs a right tackle upgrade so maybe they add Kelemete at right tackle and can move him to the inside at guard or use him for depth if he does not pan out at right tackle.
Previous Pick Cameron Chism Cornerback Maryland Senior
104. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Cameron Chism Cornerback Maryland Senior There are no more 3rd round talents on the board. Cornerback is the biggest position the Carolina Panthers need to address in round 4 after I gave Carolina Michael Brockers and Zebrie Sanders with their first two picks.
Cameron Chism, D’Anton Lynn, DeQuan Menzie, Donnie Fletcher, and Keith Tandy are all graded out as 4th round cornerbacks on my draft board.
I view Fletcher and Tandy as nickel corners. Menzie is a nickel who can develop into a boundary cornerback. It really comes down to Cameron Chism of Maryland and Penn State’s D’ Anton Lynn by process of elimination.
Lynn struggled to tackle Joe Adams in the senior bowl. Chism faced Torrey Smtih during practice sessions before Smith went pro. I sort of think that gives Cameron Chism the edge here.
Previous Pick Juron Criner Wide Receiver Arizona Senior
105. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Joe Adams Wide Receiver Arkansas Senior There are at least 14 wide receivers that I would consider a 4th round talent. The Only 4 of those receivers are targets that I could see having an immediate impact as a starter.
Joe Adams, Dwight Jones, Gerrell Robinson, and Marvin Jones are those 4 targets. I think Adams has the best chance of the 4 to become a quarterbacks favorite target playing the flanker.
Also do not forget, that the Bills have an extra 4th round pick from Baltimore if Johnson is not resigned from the Lee Evans trade.
Previous Pick Kirk Cousins Quarterback Michigan State Senior Redshirt
106. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Chris Polk Running Back Washington Junior Redshirt The Seattle Seahawks need a running back in case Marshawn Lynch is not retained. Chris Polk is my top graded running back at this point. I would not be surprised if Polk falls to this pick due to his week at the Senior Bowl.
I was one of Chris Polk’s biggest supporters back in October when I thought he could rival Trent Richardson to be a top 10 pick. Polk really disappointed at Senior Bowl week. I would still give Polk a chance to crack an NFL roster because I honestly believe Polk could be a pro bowler early in his career.
Chris Polk clearly has the edge over other mid round underclassmen like Robert Turbin and LaMichael James who I also have listed as mid round picks.
Previous Pick Ryan Steed Cornerback Furman Senior
107. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 Keenan Robinson 3-4 Middle Linebacker Texas Senior Redshirt Lets recap what I did with the Chiefs day 1 and day 2 picks. I gave the Chiefs Trent Richardson at #11 because the value was too good. Then I gave the Chiefs Mark Barron a 2nd round talent that could fall to the Chiefs in round 2 if a team like New England passes on him late in round 1. In round 3 I gave the Chiefs Brandon Washington the Miami FL, offensive tackle/guard because I feel like the Chiefs need to make an upgrade at right tackle with Barry Richardson set to become a free agent.
Round 4 was tough. I think the Chiefs regime is contempt with their current quarterback situation. Nose tackle could be an option, but I think the Chiefs want to develop Jerrell Powe for another season.
The Chiefs drafted Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown over the last two seasons at cornerback. The Chiefs are ready to move on without Brandon Carr. Arenas played nickel cornerback for two seasons and will now move to the boundary cornerback role next to Flowers. Jalil Brown will move from a dime corner to a nickel corner.
By process of elimination the two biggest needs to address here are adding a 3-4 middle linebacker who can compete with Jovan Belcher for depth or getting a tight end with 3 of 4 tight ends besides Tony Moeaki having expiring deals.
George Bryan is the only tight end that I have listed as a 4th round talent. Bryan has the ability to be a 3rd string tight end on a depth chart.
I feel like Keenan Robinson could take Jovan Belcher’s job at some point down the line, if Belcher does not step up in 2012 even if Belcher gets tendered.
Robinson is really smart and athletic. Robinson can be a 4-3 right outside linebacker on the weak side. Keenan can also move to the inside as a 3-4 middle linebacker.
Previous Pick Trumaine Johnson Cornerback Montana Senior
108. New York Jets 8-8 Russell Wilson Quarterback Wisconsin Senior Redshirt There is only 1 4th round talent at quarterback with Russell Wilson. There are 13 other 4th round talents at wide receiver. Probability says the Jets can take Wilson as a developmental quarterback here and land a 4th round talent at wide receiver in round 5.
Previous Pick Jeff Fuller Wide Receiver Texas A&M Senior
109. Washington Redskins from Oakland Raiders 8-8 Winston Guy Jr. Strong Safety Kentucky Senior Washington can either go offense by boosting the offensive line or defense by adding a strong safety.
Trent Williams, Jamaal Brown, and Sean Locklear can be an effective group of starters if all 3 stay healthy. That’s a big if since one seems to get injured each year.
Laron Landry has an expiring deal. Landry has only played 17 games dating back to 2010. Landry could miss more time. The 2000′s decade was very friendly to Landry. Then the 2010′s occurred and that’s when the injury bug struck Laron Landry.
Kentucky strong safety Winston Guy Jr. reminds me a lot of Bob Sanders with less size and better durability. Laron Landry has only played 17 games over two seasons at strong safety. Landry has an expiring deal. Even if Landry is retained for coverage situations, having a Bob Sanders/Troy Polamalu like blitzer in Winston Guy Jr. for depth would only help the Washington Redskins.
Previous Pick DeQuan Menzie Cornerback Alabama Senior
110. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Johnnie Troutman Left Guard Penn State Senior I considered mocking 3 different offensive lineman here. Columbia left tackle Jeff Adams, Ole Miss right tackle Bobbie Massie, an left guard Johnnie Troutman were all candidates to go here.
Marcus McNeil has missed 12 games over two years, Jared Gaither may still have some back issues, and Jerome Clary is just overpaid which is why you can argue for an offensive tackle for depth in the mid rounds.
Kris Dielman is considering retirement at left guard plus right guard Louis Vasquez could be upgraded. The fact that the Chargers have offensive tackle depth and no guard depth may be a reason why their organization addresses guard before tackle.
Johnnie Troutman is the best pass blocker of the 3. The Chargers should take Troutman with this selection.
Previous Pick Keith Tandy Cornerback West Virginia Senior
111. Chicago Bears 8-8 Bobbie Massie Right Tackle Ole Miss Junior Adding offensive tackle depth is a huge priority. J’Marcus Webb laid an egg at left tackle in 2011 and rookie Gabe Carimi still needs another year at right tackle before becoming Jay Cutler’s blindside.
Chicago needs a right tackle for the future for when they part ways with J’Marcus Webb. That player could be Bobbie Massie.
Previous Pick Shea McClellin Right End Boise State Senior
112. Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Dwight Jones Wide Receiver North Carolina Senior I am sure Arizona could use upgrades everywhere on the interior offensive line. Dwight Jones has the potential to develop into a secondary target. That could be something Arizona needs on day 3.
Arizona can really make their offense a lot more explosive with Larry Fitzgerald at flanker, Dwight Jones being a secondary receiver, and Andre Roberts moving to the slot.
Previous Pick Chris Owusu Wide Receiver Stanford Senior
113. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Kheeston Randall 3-4 Right End Texas Senior Kheeston Randall can play anywhere in a 3-4 defense. 3-4 right end, 3-4 left end, or 3-4 nose tackle. Dallas may add the hometown prospect at this spot to add more defensive depth.
114. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 Bradie Ewing Fullback Wisconsin Senior Bradie Ewing is the only fullback in this draft that can justify making a case to be a top 100 pick. Owen Schmidt will be a free agent for the Eagles. If Ewing stands out among the pack at fullback why not take a 4th round flyer on him? I realize round 5 is the earliest to consider a fullback. Ewing is so exceptional for a blocking fullback that I decided he had to get pushed up to round 4.
Ewing caught a screen pass during the Senior Bowl. Ewing is clearly the top fullback prospect in this draft with his Senior Bowl game along with his run blocking at Wisconsin opening up the lanes for John Clay and Montee Ball.
Previous Pick Russell Wilson Quarterback Wisconsin Senior Redshirt
115. Tennessee Titans 9-7 Michael Brewster Center Ohio State Senior Ohio State center Michael Brewster may be the top center prospect left at this point. Brewster’s overall value is too good for the Tennessee Titans to ignore at this juncture.
Previous Pick Johnnie Troutman Left Guard Penn State Senior
116. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Emmanuel Acho Left Outside Linebacker Texas Senior Emmanuel Acho is the best left outside linebacker at this point in the 2012 NFL Draft. I have to give the Bengals a left outside linebacker here considering its the Bengals biggest need. USC’s Chris Gallipo who can play anywhere at linebacker and Utah State’s Bobby Wagner could also be options for the Bengals.
Wagner is a 4th round talent who a team may reach for on day 2. I like Acho the best between him Gallipo and Wagner. I understand if you disagree though because Wagner was dominant in his Senior Bowl game yesterday with the pick he caused along with the pass Wagner swatted.
Previous Pick Levy Adcock Left Guard Oklahoma State Senior Redshirt
117. Detroit Lions 10-6 Jeff Adams Left Tackle Columbia Senior I gave the Lions the final defensive pieces with defensive players in the first three rounds like cornerback Janoris Jenkins, left outside linebacker Tank Carder, and left end Jake Bequette. Its simply irresponsible on my end to wait another round to give Detroit an offensive lineman.
Jeff Adams was a starting run blocking left tackle for the Lions dating back to 2009. Make that the Columbia Lions in the Ivy League. Adams is one of the top small school prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The 6 foot 7 305 pound blindside has started every game at left tackle dating back to his sophomore season at Columbia. Adams is extremely underrated as a small school prospect.
The Detroit Lions prefer run blockers over pass blockers. Getting a pass blocker to groom behind Jeff Backus is key. 2010 4th round pick Jason Fox has been injured for two straight years. Adams can be groomed to be the Lions left tackle of the future with Jason Fox moving over to right tackle as a depth player next to Gosder Cherillus.
Previous Pick Mike Ryan Left Tackle Connecticut Senior
118. Cleveland Browns from Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Gerrell Robinson Wide Receiver Arizona State Senior There are no more #1 flanker receivers left. There are two secondary receivers left. The Browns have to add another receiver at this point, even if they cannot get a #1 receiving target.
There are at least a dozen 4th round talents available at wide receiver. The Browns have to take a receiver. If the Browns do not get a receiver their contempt with, maybe they turn to Robert Woods.
Woods is a flanker receiver for USC quarterback Matt Barkley. Woods 6 foot 1 180 pound frame may project him as a slot receiver in the NFL. Woods could cement his status as a top 5 pick with another big season while bulking up to 220.
Maybe the Browns will get a Robert Woods type of receiver in 2013 if the Browns take RGIII and Mike Adams with their second first round pick.
Previous Pick Keenan Robinson Right Outside Linebacker Texas Senior Redshirt
119. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 Amini Silatalu Left Guard Midwestern State Senior Redshirt Silatalu is the left tackle for Midwestern State. Silatalu is 6 foot 3 320 pounds. His height and arm length may kick him inside on the interior to left guard though.
Silatalu does not have the best pass blocking footwork which limits his left tackle ability which will also move him to left guard. Silatalu has the nimble feet you look for when it comes to looking for a blue collar run blocking mauler which is what Pittsburgh looks for when evaluating their offensive lineman.
Pittsburgh’s mentality when drafting offensive lineman in years past, has usually been to go with run blocking maulers who display the size and weight while executing properly in a run blocking scheme.
I felt like Chris Kemoatu was expendable for the past few years. I reserved my judgement on Kemoatu because Pittsburgh was younger and had some luxury of taking the best players available dating back to Super Bowl 43 in 2009. Kemoatu managed to stay healthy without getting benched prior to this season which is another huge element that needs to be accounted for.
Besides wide receivers Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and all pro center Maurkice Pouncey who I mocked to Pittsburgh on my youtube channel in 2010, this team hasn’t really aced any draft picks. Emmanuel Sanders can contribute. He’s not as good as Antonio Brown though.
Kemoatu will be due 3.5 million in 2012 plus he was benched multiple times in 2011. Kemoatu was Pittsburgh’s best pass blocker on the interior offensive line at left guard when Maurkice Pouncey was not healthy.
The problem is Kemoatu had a combination of holding penalties, poor run blocking at times, and missed time with injuries, along with missed blocking assignments on certain passing plays when Ben holds onto the ball too long. All that plus, a 3.5 million dollar signing bonus may lead to Kemoatu’s departure in the Steel City.
Silatalu was a 3rd round prospect. Silatalu missed the Senior Bowl with an injury which could drop him to Pittsburgh in round 4. Silatalu is the top small school prospect on the offensive line in 2012.
I also considered Penn State cornerback D’Anton Lynn here. Lynn showed a weakness with revealing a tendency to miss tackles against speedy receivers. I prefer cover corners over anything else. The Steelers place a huge emphasis on corners who can tackle and do the little things which is why I doubt they go with Lynn here.
Previous Pick Kelechi Osmele Left Guard Iowa State Senior
120. Denver Broncos 8-8 Marvin Jones Wide Receiver California Senior Denver needs a wide receiver. Marvin Jones can be an effective secondary target plus he can start out as a slot receiver.
Previous Pick Chris Givens Wide Receiver Wake Forest Junior Redshirt
121. Houston Texans 10-6 AJ Jenkins Wide Receiver Illinois Senior There are at least 10 wide receivers that are graded out as 4th round talents. Even with Kendall Wright in the first round, a 2nd wide receiver could be added for depth.
The Texans would need a #5 receiver for depth on a roster in case the Texans receiving corps endures tons of injuries again. The Texans will have 4 receivers on the depth chart if they select Baylor’s Kendall Wright in the first round.
Andre Johnson is primary target. Kendall Wright has the potential to jump Jacoby Jones or Kevin Walter on the depth chart. Wright can also ride the bench as the #4 receiver on the roster if the Texans do not wish to rush Wright.
A #5 receiver who rides the bench is needed in case multiple injuries occur. Only 3 of the 10 receivers are #5 receivers in my eyes. Those receivers are AJ Jenkins of Illinois, Jermaine Kearse of Washington, and Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma. I like Jenkins the best between these 3 receivers.
AJ Jenkins recorded 90 receptions, 1,276 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns for Illinois in 2011. Jenkins could solidify any necessary depth that the Houston Texans may need at receiver.
Previous Pick T.Y. Hilton Wide Receiver Florida International Senior
122. New Orleans Saints 13-3 James Brown Right Tackle Troy Senior Charles Brown, a 2010 2nd round pick out of USC could not beat out the overpaid Zach Streif for a right tackle job. Charles Brown played left tackle at USC. Maybe Brown needs to move back to left tackle for depth.
Streif is signed through 2014, and he has no business starting. Adding an upgrade at offensive tackle like James Brown to be the Saints new right tackle would really help New Orleans moving forward.
James Brown is the only 4th round talent at offensive tackle that I see developing into a starter.
Previous Pick Trevor Olsen Right Tackle Northern Illinois Senior Redshirt
123. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Devon Still 3-4 Right End Penn State Senior Redshirt Devon Still is a 3-4 right end who is capable of replacing Cullen Jenkins. I had Devon Still listed as a 3rd round talent prior to the Senior Bowl game. Still’s decision to skip the Senior Bowl really left me with the wrong impression.
Previous Pick Nate Potter Left Guard Boise State Senior Redshirt
124. Buffalo Bills from Baltimore Ravens 12-4 George Bryan Tight End North Carolina State Senior Redshirt Buffalo adds a tight end for depth here.
Previous Pick Jordan White Wide Receiver Western Michigan Senior Redshirt
125. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 D’Anton Lynn Cornerback Penn State Senior D’Anton Lynn can cover. Lynn’s biggest problem is he misses tackles against speedy receivers. The 49ers need 1 cornerback. They will need two if Carlos Rodgers does not resign.
Previous Pick Lucas Nix Right Guard Pittsburgh Senior
126. New York Giants Mitchell Schwartz Right Tackle California Senior Redshirt Schwartz is a good right tackle who could start at right tackle succeeding Kareem McKenzie. James Brewer the Giants 2011 4th round pick suffered leg injuries as a rookie which kept him out this season.
Schwartz needs to be brought in case Brewer cannot recover because McKenzie’s pass blocking declined to a certain extent in 2011.
Previous Pick Shaun Prater Cornerback Iowa Senior Redshirt
127. New England Patriots 13-3 Brandon Lindsey 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Pittsburgh Senior Redshirt Lindsey has the versatility to play in a 4-3 or a 3-4. New England can go best available player here, in round 4 if they address all of their needs in the first 3 rounds. Lindsey is underrated. His stock has fallen because of Pittsburgh’s poor season, the bowl loss to SMU, along with a poor East West Shrine Game.
New England could take a flyer on Lindsey here if Belichick is intrigued with Lindsey late in round 4.
Previous Pick William Vlachos Center Alabama Senior Redshirt
128. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Tony Bergstrom Right Tackle Utah Senior The Colts will have a good starting offensive line featuring Anthony Costanzo, Kevin Zeitler, Jeff Saturday, Jeffery Linkenbach, and Ben Ijalana from left tackle to right tackle in that order.
Some depth at right tackle is still a priority though in case injuries on the offensive line occurred. Ijalana missed his rookie season with injuries. Adding depth to right tackle could help the Colts out long term in case Ijalana is forced to move inside to guard at some point.
Previous Pick Omar Bolden Cornerback Arizona State Senior Redshirt
129. Denver Broncos from St.Louis Rams 2-14 Robert Turbin Running Back Utah State Junior Redshirt Robert Turbin is one of two underclassmen running backs who provides amazing overall value at the top of round 5. Denver could really use Robert Turbin at the top of round 5.
Previous Pick Daniel “Boom” Herron Running Back Ohio State Senior Redshirt
130. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 LaMichael James Running Back Oregon Junior Redshirt Adrian Peterson will not be ready at 100 percent when 2012 rolls around. A running back tandem featuring power back Toby Gerhart and elusive back LaMichael James could work in Minnesota until Peterson returns to full health.
Previous Pick Tydreke Powell Defensive Tackle North Carolina Senior
131. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Jermaine Kearse Wide Receiver Washington Senior Cleveland will draft multiple receivers for depth if they cannot land a true #1 target for Robert Griffin III on day 1 or day 2 of the NFL draft.
Both Jermaine Kearse and Ryan Broyles are still available at this spot. One of those receivers has to interest the Browns here.
Chris Gallipo could be an option if the Browns want to turn to the defensive side of the football. Gallipo has the versatility to play linebacker anywhere in a 4-3 scheme.
Another defensive option could be Oklahoma pass rushing defensive end Frank Alexander. Alexander could make a good complimentary defensive end to Jabaal Sheard.
Previous Pick Chris Gallipo Left Outside Linebacker USC Senior Redshirt
132. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Chris Gallipo Left Outside Linebacker USC Senior Redshirt Tampa Bay’s front 7 would be solidfied with Chris Gallipo. With Gallipo and Zach Brown playing on the outside next to Mason Foster, the Buccaneers young defense can start to come together.
Ronde Barber will retire. Aqib Talib can be the #1 field cornerback if he stays out of trouble. Myron Lewis can adjust from being the nickel corner to being a #2 boundary cornerback after sitting out for two years.
Previous Pick Terrance Ganaway Running Back Baylor Senior Redshirt
133. Washington Redskins 5-11 DeQuan Menzie Cornerback Alabama Senior Menzie has the skill set to develop into a boundary cornerback. Menzie is a nickel cornerback who can develop into a boundary corner next to DeAngelo Hall. That is exactly what Washington needs with this 5th round pick.
Previous Pick George Bryan Tight End North Carolina State Senior Redshirt
134. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Nate Potter Right Guard Boise State Senior Redshirt Nate Potter can play either offensive tackle or guard on the offensive line with his versatility. Potter could start out as a depth player and work his way into a starting role in Jacksonville if injuries occur.
I narrowed this selection down to Boise State Broncos offensive lineman Nate Potter and Boise State safety George Ikola. I ended up going with Nate Potter here because Eben Britton has been injured at right tackle the last two years. I also feel like Potter could start out at right guard.
Previous Pick Blake Gideon Free Safety Texas Senior
135. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Bobby Wagner Left Outside Linebacker Utah State Senior Most people got Wagner listed as a 2nd round talent. I listed Wagner as a 4th round prospect despite the impressive Senior Bowl performance. Wagner is a huge steal for Carolina if he slips this far. A linebacking core featuring James Anderson, Jon Beason, and Bobby Wagner would solidify the Panthers 4-3 linebacking core.
Previous Pick James Brown Left Tackle Troy Senior
136. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Ryan Lindley Quarterback San Diego State Senior Redshirt The Bills need a quarterback with the size to groom behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Lindley could develop into a borderline starter. Lindley would be best served as a backup behind Ryan Fitzpatrick at this point.
Previous PIck Mitchell Schwartz Right Tackle California Senior Redshirt
137. Miami Dolphins 6-10 Keith Tandy Cornerback West Virginia Senior Redshirt Miami needs a nickel cornerback. Keith Tandy is a 4th round prospect at nickel cornerback that could fall to this pick.
Previous Pick Frank Alexander 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Oklahoma Senior
138. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 DeAngelo Peterson Tight End LSU Senior The Chiefs will lose three of their four tight ends to free agency. One of those three tight ends is an RFA. DeAngelo Peterson could be a #2 tight end next to Tony Moeaki. Peterson could step in for Moeaki if injuries occur.
Previous Pick Jeff Adams Left Tackle Columbia Senior
139. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Ryan Steed Cornerback Furman Senior Ryan Steed seems like the small cornerback that Pete Carroll would draft with a late round pick.
Previous Pick Kellen Moore Quarterback Boise State Senior Redshirt
140. Oakland Raiders 8-8 Trumaine Johnson Cornerback Montana Senior Trumaine Johnson has the versatility to play cornerback or safety. The Oakland Raiders may be really intrigued with the 6 foot 2 215 pound corner/free safety as a replacement to Nnamdi Asomugha.
Previous Pick Donte Paige Moss 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker North Carolina Junior
141. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Chad Diehl Fullback Clemson Senior Redshirt The Chargers add a fullback with this pick by taking a 4th round talent at fullback.
Previous Pick Mike Martin Nose Tackle Michigan Senior
142. Chicago Bears 8-8 Joe Suhey Fullback Penn State Senior Redshirt Matt Suhey got to block for Walter Payton in Chicago. Now Matt’s son Joe, gets to do the same for Matt Forte.
143. Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Jared Crick 3-4 Right End Nebraska Senior Redshirt Jared Crick would provide some awesome depth behind Calais Campbell. Crick provides good value at this spot in round 5.
Previous Pick Kendall Reyes 3-4 Right End Connecticut Senior Redshirt
144. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 David Molk Center Michigan Senior Redshirt The Cowboys need a new starting center. Maybe David Molk is worth a flyer in the late rounds considering he had one on one battles with Michigan nose tackle Mike Martin who anchored the Wolverines 3-4 defense.
145. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 BJ Coleman Quarterback Tennessee Chattanooga Senior Redshirt Coleman has sick physical tools. I am not sold on Coleman’s mental skill set. The Eagles may take a flyer on BJ Coleman here in round 5.
Previous Pick Greg McCoy Cornerback TCU Senior Redshirt
146. New York Jets 8-8 Ryan Broyles Wide Receiver Oklahoma Senior Redshirt Broyles is a 4th round talent. Injuries could cause Broyles to fall this far to round 5. This would not be the worst case scenario for Ryan Broyles. Ryan Broyles is a #5 receiver who can execute precise routes.
Previous Pick Brandon Weeden Quarterback Oklahoma State Senior Redshirt
147. Tennessee Titans 9-7 George Iloka Strong Safety Boise State Senior George Iloka can play strong safety or free safety. Iloka has the versatility that the Titans may look for. Iloka is a 4th round talent in my eyes. Iloka provides amazing value at this spot.
Previous Pick Christian Scott Strong Safety Texas Senior Redshirt
148. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Jeff Fuller Wide Receiver Texas A&M Senior Adding Jeff Fuller for depth may not hurt if the Bengals feel like parting ways with Jerome Simpson after this season.
Previous Pick Lance Mitchell Free Safety Oregon State Senior Redshirt
149. Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Matt Reynolds Left Tackle BYU Senior Redshirt Atlanta may get an upgrade with Matt Reynolds over Sam Baker here. Some will suggest that Atlanta will be better off waiting until 2013 to make a big play.
Previous Pick Cam Johnson Right End Virginia Senior
150. Detroit Lions 10-6 Omar Bolden Cornerback Arizona State Senior Redshirt Bolden can be a boundary cornerback if he stays healthy. Detroit has some cornerback depth even though they may not have a true #1 game changing corner. Bolden could cover better than anyone on Detroit’s roster if he could stay healthy.
Previous Pick Bobby Wagner Left Outside Linebacker Utah State Senior
151. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 Brandon Mosley Left Tackle Auburn Senior Brandon Mosley really did a great job run blocking for Auburn sophomore running back Michael Dyer. Mosley has the size and run blocking ability that the Steelers look for at offensive tackle. Willie Colon and Marcus Gilbert expect to enter 2012 as starters. Depth will be needed though and that’s where Mosley comes into play.
Previous Pick Isaiah Pead Running Back Cincinnati Senior Redshirt
152. Denver Broncos 8-8 Carmen Messina Middle Linebacker New Mexico Senior Redshirt Carmen Messina reminds me a former New Mexico middle linebacker drafted back in 2000. Denver should really look into taking Messina here. An upgrade over Joe Mays is needed and Nate Irving has not stepped up to the plate to beat out Mays for the starting job.
153. Houston Texans 8-8 Levy Adcock Left Guard Oklahoma State Senior Redshirt Levy Adcock can play left guard. The Texans are set everywhere on offensive line except left guard. The Texans have an answer at right guard with Mike Breisel or Antoine Caldwell. Adding one more guard for depth who can play on either side at guard like Levy Adcock could really help the Houston Texans offensive line.
Previous Pick George Iloka Strong Safety Boise State Senior
154. New Orleans Saints 13-3 Chris Owusu Wide Receiver Stanford Senior Owusu was Luck’s favorite wide receiver to throw to outside of Luck’s tight ends, when Owusu was at full health. Marques Colston and Robert Meachem, the Saints two best receivers are becoming free agents. Brees seems to be contempt with Jimmy Graham and Robert Meachem. The Saints cannot franchise Drew Brees and afford to bring back left guard Carl Nicks or flanker receiver Marquis Colston.
Previous Pick Garth Gerhart Center Arizona State Senior Redshirt
155. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Ryan Miller Right Guard Colorado Senior Redshirt The Packers could use a guard for depth is needed at some point. Miller provides amazing value for the Packers at the end of round 5.
Previous Pick Tashaun Gibson Cornerback Wyoming Senior
156. Baltimore Ravens 12-4 William Vlachos Center Alabama Senior Redshirt The Ravens will need a starter at center in case Matt Birk retires. William Vlachos is the best player available.
Previous Pick Stephen Good Left Guard Oklahoma Senior
157. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 Derek Wolfe 3-4 Right End Cincinnati Senior The 49ers need some depth at 3-4 defensive end behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
Previous Pick Marquis Maze Wide Receiver Alabama Senior
158. New York Giants Lucas Nix Right Guard Pittsburgh Senior Lucas Nix is one of the nations worst pass protectors. Nix is also one of the nations best run blockers. Nix is durable too. That will intrigue a team like the New York Giants in the late rounds. Nix could be used for depth behind Chris Snee who just turned 30 in 2012.
One thing Jerry Reese does well is keep adding youth on the offensive line by getting a lineman with a late round pick before they start to age.
Reese did this in 2009 with William Beatty, 2010 with Mitch Petrus, and 2011 with James Brewer. Reese gets great value with these offensive line prospect and continues to add youth in the later rounds.
Previous Pick Brad Smelley Tight End Alabama Senior
159. Cincinnati Bengals from New England Patriots 13-3 Will Blackwell Right Guard LSU Senior Bobbie Williams is close to retirement as the Bengals right guard. This means that the Bengals right guard job will be up for grabs between Clint Boling a 2011 4th round pick and LSU right guard Will Blackwell assuming the Bengals grab Will Blackwell here.
Previous Pick Robert Turbin Running Back Utah State Junior Redshirt
160. St. Louis Rams 2-14 Tydreke Powell Defensive Tackle North Carolina Senior Tydreke Powell provides tremendous value for the St. Louis Rams at the top of the 6th round. The Rams need a defensive tackle for depth behind Fred Robbins and Justin Bannan to groom for the future. Gregg Williams will probably add a defensive tackle for depth here like Powell during pass rush situations.
Previous Pick Derek Wolfe Defensive Tackle Cincinnati Senior
161. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Michael Egnew Tight End Missouri Senior Andrew Luck liked having two tight ends to throw to at Stanford. Michael Egnew provides amazing value at the top of round 6.
Colts new head coach Chuck Pagano has faith in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as 3-4 pass rushers. Pagano also plans to rotate a 2010 first round pick, Jerry Hughes in as a substitute.
The Colts new regime has faith in the pass rush. This means the Colts can use 2012 to build the offense around Andrew Luck, and 2013 to build the defense if the defense is not completely adjusted.
Previous Pick Jarius Wright Wide Receiver Arkansas Senior
162. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 Kevious Watkins Right Guard South Carolina Senior Redshirt The Vikings could use a run blocking right guard. Herrera has no business starting. Kevious Watkins could be an upgrade at right guard in the 6th round.
Previous Pick Ryan Miller Right Guard Colorado Senior Redshirt
163. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Greg McCoy Cornerback TCU Senior Redshirt Tampa Bay needs a cornerback much sooner than the 6th round. I had Tampa Bay taking best player available in the early rounds at wide receiver, running back, and outside linebacker because you have to take the best players available when you have so many holes on your team. That is why I have Tampa Bay waiting until round 6 to get a corner. The Eagles own the Buccaneers 4th round pick which is another thing to account for.
Previous Pick Elvis Fisher Left Tackle Missouri Senior Redshrit
164. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Frank Alexander Right End Oklahoma Senior Redshirt Frank Alexander can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme. Alexander is a 5th round talent that I heavily considered to Cleveland in round 5. I felt like I had to give Cleveland multiple receivers in rounds 4 and 5 because I did not give the Browns a receiver with one of their 4 draft picks.
Previous Pick Jaymes Brooks Right Guard Virginia Tech Senior Redshirt
165. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Blake Gideon Free Safety Texas Senior The Jaguars need a free safety. Blake Gideon is a 5th round talent who provides awesome value early in round 6.
Previous Pick Chandler Harnish Quarterback Northern Illinois Senior Redshirt
166. New Orleans Saints from Washington Redskins 5-11 Stephen Hill Wide Receiver Georgia Tech Junior The Saints may need to double dip at wide receiver in this draft with Marquis Coltson and Robert Meachem set to become free agents.
Previous Pick Coryell Judie Cornerback Texas A&M Senior Redshirt
167. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Chris Givens Wide Receiver Wake Forest Junior Redshirt The Bills may want a slot receiver even in the event that they draft Joe Adams and resign Stevie Johnson. Chris Givens is a 4th round talent. The Bills have to take Givens if he is still available in round 6. Another wide receiver option could be Florida International’s T.Y. Hilton.
Previous Pick Rhett Ellison Tight End USC Senior
168. Miami Dolphins 6-10 T.Y. Hilton Wide Receiver Florida International Senior Miami could use some wide receiver depth. T.Y. Hilton provides amazing value at this point in round 6. Tannehill may want his own target to work with as he develops. Miami has a lot of blue chip pieces in place like running back Reggie Bush, wide receive Brandon Marshall, and left tackle Jake Long. Tannehill may want a rookie receiver at some point in the draft to help develop his game.
Previous PIck Trulon Henry Free Safety Illinois Senior
169. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Jordan White Wide Receiver Western Michigan Senior Redshirt Carolina has Steve Smith, David Gettis, Brandon LaFell, and Armanti Edwards locked up onto next years roster. There could be two more receiver spots open on next years Panthers roster.
Seyi Ajrotutu, Kealoha Pilares, Darvin Adams, and a day 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft will all probably compete for roster spots on the Carolina Panthers final depth chart. Newton had a great rookie season and this team could contend next season if they draft the right players in 2012.
Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White looks up to former Western Michigan receiver Greg Jennings. White provides great value here. Another receiver option here could be Tommy Streeter the underclassmen from Miami FL.
Previous Pick Kevious Watkins Right Guard South Carolina Senior Redshirt
170. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Chris Marve Middle Linebacker Vanderbilt Senior Redshirt The Seahawks need a new middle linebacker. Chris Marve is my top middle linebacker available at this point.
171. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 Tommy Streeter Wide Receiver Miami FL Junior Redshirt Dwayne Bowe is likely gone. Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin will likely be the Chiefs top two receiving targets. Who is going to play slot receiver for the Chiefs? Maybe the Chiefs should bring in Streeter to compete for a slot receiver job.
Previous Pick Evan Rodriquez Tight End Temple Senior
172. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Bobby Rainey Running Back Western Kentucky Senior Redshirt Rainey only had 2 games where he failed to rush for more than 100 rushing yards. Those games came against the 3rd ranked LSU run defense and the 15th ranked Arkansas State run defense.
Previous Pick Rueben Randle Wide Receiver LSU Junior
173. Chicago Bears 8-8 Case Keenum Quarterback Houston Senior Redshirt Case Keenum can give 2011 draft pick Nathan Enderle some competition for the Bears backup quarterback job.
Previous Pick Cyrus Gray Running Back Texas A&M Senior
174. Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Jaymes Brooks Right Guard Virginia Tech Senior Redshirt Brooks was one of Virginia Tech’s run blocking right guards. Brooks was a run blocker for Ryan Williams a 2011 2nd round pick for the Arizona Cardinals.
Previous Pick Josh Chichester Tight End Louisville Senior
175. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Jacquies Smith 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker Missouri Senior Redshirt The Cowboys need to add a pass rusher much sooner than this. I feel like Smith could win a starting job if the Cowboys took him this late. Jacquies Smith helped compliment Aldon Smith at Missouri.
Previous Pick Doug Martin Running Back Boise State Senior Redshirt
176. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 DaJohn Harris Defensive Tackle USC Senior Redshirt DaJohn Harris would provide the Eagles with more depth at defensive tackle in the late rounds. That is something the Eagles could probably use.
177. New York Jets 8-8 Marquis Maze Wide Receiver Alabama Senior Marquis Maze is a 4th round talent. The Jets will need to take 2 wide receivers if they ignore wide receiver until round 5. Maze provides good value at this point with his game breaking speed.
Previous Pick Mychal Kendricks 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker California Senior
178. Oakland Raiders 8-8 Devier Posey Wide Receiver Ohio State Senior Devier Posey has the skill set to develop into a #1 flanker receiver if he can put his character issues aside. Oakland has tons of receivers for depth. A game changing flanker target like Posey may not hurt the Raiders considering this is Oakland’s final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft in round 6. Posey is a 5th round talent so Oakland would be getting tremendous value in the late rounds with Posey.
Previous Pick Cliff Harris Cornerback Oregon Junior
179. Tennessee Titans 9-7 Jarrett Boykin Wide Receiver Virginia Tech Senior The Titans need a #4 receiver for depth behind Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, and Damian Williams on the depth chart. Boykin has the skill set to become a #4 target on a depth chart.
Many people believe that Jarrett Boykin can become a sleeper. Boykin is 6 foot 2 218 pounds. Boykin never had a 1,000 receiving yard season. Boykin has been consistent at Virginia Tech. The Titans are a perfect fit for Boykin at this point.
Previous Pick Jamell Flemming Cornerback Oklahoma Senior Redshirt
180. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Al Netter Left Tackle Northwestern Senior Redshirt Al Netter attended Northwestern as the Wildcats left tackle. Netter could make a great reserve left tackle behind Andrew Whitworth.
Previous Pick Matt McCants Left Tackle UAB Senior Redshirt
181. Detroit Lions 10-6 Daniel “Boom” Herron Running Back Ohio State Senior Redshirt Detroit rarely has their running backs stay healthy. It may help to add a running back for depth.
Previous Pick Montel Harris Running Back Boston College Senior
182. Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Garth Gerhart Center Arizona State Senior Redshirt Garth Gerhart could start for Atlanta at center when Todd McClure retires. Atlanta needs to spend a late round pick on a center.
Previous Pick Grant Garner Center Oklahoma State Senior Redshirt
183. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 TaShaun Gibson Cornerback Wyoming Senior Ike Taylor will probably be the field cornerback. Nickel cornerback Curtis Brown is a nickel cornerback at best. Pittsburgh also drafted Cortez Allen. William Gay is likely not going to get resigned because Pittsburgh may want to start one of their 2011 cornerbacks next to Ike Taylor.
Pittsburgh has to add another cornerback for depth at some point if William Gay leaves. TaShaun Gibson of Wyoming and Coryell Judie are the top 2 corners on the board. Judie has the speed for special teams even though he lacks the coverage skills. Some are really high on Gibson as a potential sleeper. I am not in that notion yet, because most of the quality cornerbacks in this draft are long gone.
Previous Pick Jack Crawford 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Penn State Senior
184. Philadelphia Eagles frorm Denver Broncos 8-8 Christian Scott Strong Safety Texas Senior Redshirt The Eagles get a strong safety for depth for their roster here.
Previous Pick Cody Johnson Fullback Texas Senior Redshirt
185. Houston Texans Elvis Fisher Left Tackle Missouri Senior Redshirt Houston adds a left tackle for depth here.
186. Miami Dolphins from New Orleans Saints 13-3 Brandon Taylor Strong Safety LSU Senior Miami needs safety upgrades at both spots. Brandon Taylor provides good value in round 6.
187. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Lance Mitchell Free Safety Oregon State Senior Redshirt The Packers need a free safety in case Nick Collins does not recover from his injury. Lance Mitchell could be a late round option for Green Bay.
Previous Pick Darius Fleming 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Notre Dame Senior
188. Baltimore Ravens 12-4 Austin Davis Quarterback Southern Miss Senior Redshirt The Ravens need a backup for depth behind Joe Flacco. I am not completely sold on Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor as that player yet.
Austin Davis broke all of Brett Favre’s records at Southern Miss. The Ravens scouts spoke extensively with Davis during the East West Shrine Game. Davis could realistically go to Baltimore here.
189. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 Jack Crawford 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Penn State Senior Maybe the 49ers add a pass rusher for depth at this spot. Crawford provides good value late in round 6. San Francisco will need a pass rusher for depth if Ahmad Brooks is not retained.
Previous Pick David Pickard Left Tackle West Virginia Senior Redshirt
190. New York Giants Coryell Judie Cornerback Texas A&M Senior Redshirt Coryell Judie is the top cornerback available at this point. The Giants have to take Judie for depth with Aaron Ross enterring an expiring deal.
191. Philadelphia Eagles from New England Patriots 13-3 Phillip Blake Center Baylor Senior Redshirt The Eagles could use a center for depth. Phillip Blake provides decent value at the bottom of round 6.
192. Indianapolis Colts 2-14 Darius Fleming 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker Notre Dame Senior The Colts will need a 3-4 pass rusher. Darius Fleming is one of the more underrated players in the draft. Fleming could develop into a 3-4 pro bowler if Freeney or Mathis fails to adjust to a 3-4 scheme. Its good to have depth at pass rusher when 2 4-3 defensive ends are adjusting to a 3-4. The Colts would have Darius Fleming and Jerry Hughes a 2010 first round pick for depth depending on how the Colts handle the Darius Fleming situation.
I feel like Fleming could become a special pass rusher. Fleming is a 6th round talent so the value for Fleming is great here.
Previous Pick Kevin Koger Tight End Michigan Senior
193. St. Louis Rams 2-14 Nathan Stupar Left Outside Linebacker Penn State Senior The Rams may pursue a 4-3 left outside linebacker here if they opt for a right outside linebacker like Wesley Woodyard in free agency.
Previous Pick Danny Trevathian Right Outside Linebacker Kentucky Senior
194. Minnesota Vikings 3-13 Danny Trevathan Right Outside Linebacker Kentucky Senior The Vikings use this pick to add a right outside linebacker for depth. Trevathan is the best player available.
Previous Pick Blake Ayles Tight End Miami FL Senior
195. Cleveland Browns 4-12 Neiko Thorpe Free Safety Auburn Senior The Browns may add a free safety in the late rounds.
Previous Pick Oliver Vernon Right End Miami FL Junior
196. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 Cliff Harris Cornerback Oregon Junior Tampa Bay adds a cornerback for depth. Harris is the best cornerback available at this point.
Previous Pick Nathan Stupar Left Outside Linebacker Penn State Senior
197. Washington Redskins 5-11 Montel Harris Running Back Boston College Senior Redshirt Washington needs to get a running back for depth here. Montel Harris provides awesome value at this point.
Previous Pick Ronnie Hillman Running Back San Diego State Sophomore Redshirt
198. Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11 Chandler Harnish Quarterback Northern Illinois Senior Redshirt Chandler Harnish could take Blaine Gabbert’s starting job if he goes to Jacksonville as a 7th round pick. Yeah, Gabbert is that bad.
Previous Pick Blake DeChristopher Right Tackle Virginia Tech Senior Redshirt
199. Miami Dolphins 6-10 Trenton Robinson Free Safety Michigan State Senior Miami needs a free safety. Robinson is the only free safety worth drafting at this point.
Previous Pick Tavon Wilson Strong Safety Illinois Senior
200. Carolina Panthers 6-10 Antoine McClain Right Guard Clemson Senior Carolina gets a right guard in round 7. Antoine McClain is a 6th round talent who provides great overall value at this point.
Previous Pick Landon Walker Right Tackle Clemson Senior Redshirt
201. Buffalo Bills 6-10 Jamell Flemming Cornerback Oklahoma Senior Redshirt The Bills add a 5th round talent in Flemming at this point for depth late in round 7.
Previous Pick Brandon Boykin Cornerback Georgia Senior
202. Seattle Seahawks 7-9 Oliver Vernon Right End Miami FL Junior Oliver Vernon falls to the 7th round like Greg Romeus. Seattle takes a flyer on Vernon here and it may pay off.
Previous Pick Adewale Ojomo Left End Miami FL Senior
203. Kansas City Chiefs 7-9 Kellen Moore Quarterback Boise State Senior Redshirt Matt Cassel was a 7th round pick for the New England Patriots. Maybe Kellen Moore can win the Chiefs starting job as a 7th round pick if Cassel gets injured again.
Previous Pick Neiko Thorpe Free Safety Auburn Senior
204. Chicago Bears 8-8 Evan Rodriquez Tight End Temple Senior Redshirt The Bears get a tight end for depth. Evan Rodriquez can be used as a #3 tight end for depth.
Previous Pick Brandon Barden Tight End Vanderbilt Senior Redshirt
205. Arizona Cardinals 8-8 Chase Ford Tight End Miami FL Senior The Cardinals get a tight end for depth with this pick.
Previous Pick Antoine McClain Right Guard Clemson Senior
206. Dallas Cowboys 8-8 Brandon Boykin Cornerback Georgia Senior Redshirt Brandon Boykin and Emmanuel Davis are 2 6th round cornerback prospects. Dallas has to draft a cornerback at some point in round 7 if the Cowboys focus on early needs in the other rounds.
Previous Pick Jordan Jefferson Quarterback LSU Senior Redshirt
207. Minnesota Vikings from New England Patriots via Philadelphia Eagles 8-8 Kevin Koger Tight End Michigan Senior Visante Schancoe could be a free agent. Kyle Rudolph was injury prone at Notre Dame. The Vikings may want to spend a late round pick on a tight end for depth to give Ponder more targets to throw to.
Previous Pick Sean Baker Strong Safety Ball State Senior
208. New York Jets 8-8 Mychal Kendricks 3-4 Left Outside Linebacker California Senior The Jets could use a 2nd pass rusher. Kendricks provides good value as a 6th round talent.
Previous Pick Austin Pasztor Left Guard Virginia Senior
209. Seattle Seahawks from Oakland Raiders 8-8 Adewale Ojomo Left End Miami FL Senior Redshirt The Seahawks get another 4-3 defensive end. Ojomo is the best defensive end available at this point.
Previous Pick Eric Page Wide Receiver Toledo Junior
210. San Diego Chargers 8-8 Mark Asper Right Guard Oregon Senior Redshirt Mark Asper is a run blocking offensive lineman who can play on the right side. Asper can line up at right tackle or right guard. The Chargers need more depth on the right side of their offensive line. Mark Asper makes way too much sense for the San Diego Chargers considering he was the main run blocker for LaMichael James in Oregon’s offense.
211. Tennessee Titans 9-7 Ronnie Hillman Running Back San Diego State Sophomore Redshirt Ronnie Hillman could be used for depth at this point in round 7. Hillman provides great value at this point.
Previous Pick Ben Burkett Center Northwestern Senior Redshirt
212. Cincinnati Bengals 9-7 Vince Browne Right End Northwestern Senior Redshirt The Bengals add some defensive end depth in round 7. Vince Browne provides good value at this spot considering the fact that Browne could be a 6th round talent. I was a huge fan of Browne heading into the season. Browne hurt his draft stock in 2011 after having 15.5 tackles for a loss in 2010 at Northwestern.
Previous Pick Josh Oglesby Right Tackle Wisconsin Senior Redshirt
213. Atlanta Falcons 10-6 Alfred McCullough Right Guard Alabama Senior Redshirt The Falcons never got a replacement for Harvey Dahl. McCullough could be an intriguing late round pick for Atlanta.
214. Detroit Lions 10-6 Sean Baker Strong Safety Ball State Senior Redshirt Detroit needs some strong safety depth behind Amari Spivey. Sean Baker is the only safety left worth drafting in this weak class at safety.
Previous Pick JB Shugarts Right Tackle Ohio State Senior
215. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 Jordan Jefferson Quarterback LSU Senior Redshirt Jordan Jefferson is 6 foot 5 235 pounds. Jefferson has all the physical tools even if he lacks any of the mental attributes.
Pittsburgh could have Ben as the starter, Byron or Batch as the backup, and Jefferson as the 3rd stringer depending on what happens this offseason. Backup quarterbacks Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch, and Byron Leftwich all have expiring deals this offseason. Dixon wants to go somewhere where he has a chance to start. Take your pick between whether Pittsburgh should bring back Batch or Leftwich. Pittsburgh can then draft a 3rd stringer to groom behind the veteran backup.
Previous Pick Bradley Sowell Left Tackle Ole Miss Senior
216. Denver Broncos 8-8 Eric Page Wide Receiver Toledo Junior Eric Page is a 5th round talent at wide receiver who provides great value at this point. Denver does have some luxury with their late round picks by adding another wide receiver here.
Previous Pick James Wilson Right Guard Florida Senior Redshirt
217. Houston Texans 10-6 DJ Holt 3-4 Middle Linebacker California Senior Redshirt Adding depth behind DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing would not hurt. Holt can be an effective backup at 3-4 middle linebacker. Holt could go as early as the 5th round. Adrien Cole of Louisiana Tech is the only other 3-4 middle linebacker option over Holt at this point.
Previous Pick Joel Foreman Left Guard Michigan State Senior Redshirt
218. New Orleans Saints 13-3 Emmanuel Davis Cornerback Senior Redshirt Emmanuel Davis would provide another cornerback for depth on the New Orleans Saints.
219. Green Bay Packers 15-1 Dominique Davis Quarterback East Carolina Senior Redshirt The Packers will need to develop a new backup when Matt Flynn is gone. Dominique Davis of East Carolina has all of the physical tools. Davis lacks the mental aspects to the game at this point. As long as Green Bay’s coaching staff sticks together, then Davis could be an intriguing developmental option.
220. Baltimore Ravens 12-4 Matt McCants Left Tackle UAB Senior Redshirt Matt McCants is a 6 foot 7 295 pound pass blocker with the arm length and footwork of a pass blocking left tackle. McCants struggles in run blocking and needs to bulk up. McCants could be used as a developmental offensive tackle in the late rounds.
West Virginia left tackle David Pickard could be another option. Do not rule out Blake DeChristopher of Virginia Tech as a late round pick if the Ravens look to add another run blocker.
Previous Pick J.R. Sweezy 3-4 Left End North Carolina State Senior Redshirt
221. San Francisco 49ers 13-3 David Pickard Left Tackle West Virginia Senior Redshirt Joe Staley was injury prone at left tackle prior to the 2011 season. Some people believe competition needs to be brought in for right tackle Anthony Davis.
Jim Harbaugh coached Andrew Luck. Luck’s dad, Oliver Luck is West Virginia’s Athletic Director. Maybe Harbaugh goes out and finds a late round gem from West Virginia. Pickard was left tackle for West Virginia. The 49ers need more depth at offensive tackle so this pick makes sense in so many ways.
Previous Pick Tony Jerod 3-4 Left End Texas A&M Senior
222. New York Giants Darron Thomas Quarterback Oregon Junior Redshirt Darron Thomas could have gotten drafted ahead of Dennis Dixon if he returned for his senior year. Thomas got signed by agent Drew Rosenhaus. If Thomas cannot beat out David Carr of all quarterbacks for the Giants backup job, then he has no business being in the NFL.
223. Kansas City Chiefs from New England Patriots 13-3 Greg Childs Wide Receiver Arkansas Senior The Chiefs will add a wide receiver at some point if they lose Dwayne Bowe. Greg Childs could be this years Mr Irrelevant.