2012 NFL Draft: Teams Sure to Hit a Home Run in Later Rounds

Sean JacksonContributor IIIFebruary 17, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide blocks Trenton Robinson #39 of  the Michigan State Spartans on a touchdown run during the Capitol One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft always garners attention for who teams pick in the first round, but often some of the later picks tend to work out better for teams. One of the best examples was when the New England Patriots took Tom Brady in the sixth round.

That pick seemed to turn out okay.

With that in mind, here are some teams that will do well in the later rounds.

1. Green Bay Packers

The Packers have been one of the better teams in the draft in the past few years. Their eye for talent and their ability to develop players has made them one of the best teams in the NFC. Their focus will be on defense, as it finished dead last against the pass this past season.

Two candidates that would be great picks for them is free safety Trenton Robinson from Michigan State and cornerback Donnie Fletcher from Boston College. Since both look to fall into the four or fifth round, Green Bay will be a prime candidate for either of them. Based on their track record of finding talent in the later rounds and the availability of great secondary players, they should have a stellar draft.

2. New Orleans Saints

The Saints have three late picks, including two early in the sixth round. This gives them ample opportunity to pick up some good players as they have needs at the linebacker, defensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback position. Much like the Packers, they have done a good job developing players, especially at the skills position.

With their eye for talent and their draft order they could pick up a good receiver in the fourth round like Jarius Wright from Arkansas or DeVier Posey from Ohio State. With their history of developing receivers the Saints will have a home run draft with their later picks.

3. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have been one of the best teams in the AFC because of their ability to find and develop players and their veteran defense. This means selecting a great pick in the later rounds could provide them with just enough to get over the hump and return to the Super Bowl. The Ravens do have needs at offensive tackle, linebacker and could use a big play receiver.

The Ravens have two picks in the later rounds and can use them to get a receiver like B.J. Cunningham who offers big play ability. With their draft position and the amount of talented receivers projected to go in later rounds, the Ravens will find a home run pick that will compliment their offensive style and provide Joe Flacco another deep threat option.