2012 NFL Draft Results: Immediate Reaction for Every Pick
As the 2012 NFL draft unfolds, we at Bleacher Report have your back with (near-)instant analysis on every single pick. All seven rounds.
Whether it's Andrew Luck or Kellen Moore, we'll be here to give you feedback. The first three picks may be decided, but all the others are up for grabs.
So keep checking back in as we continue to update.
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1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Luck is arguably the best quarterback in the last decade, and he will immediately help the Colts turn their team around. This is an absolute no-brainer and the perfect pick for the Colts.
34. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
This is a fantastic pick, and not because of the Stanford connection. Fleener is a legitimate first-round talent, and he offers Luck a valuable weapon.
At 6'6", 247 pounds, Fleener isn't the typical tight end, but he has wide-receiver-like athleticism and catching ability. Andrew Luck is smiling right now.
64. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Color me confused. The Colts already drafted Coby Fleener, so why do they go tight end again? Allen isn't a bad value here, but the position doesn't make sense.
Allen is the more traditional tight end to Fleener's hybrid, but this still doesn't make much sense.
92. T.Y. Hilton, WR, FIU
The Colts continue to add weapons for Andrew Luck. Hilton is a burner with quickness who offers Indianapolis a deep threat and return man.
136. Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
The Colts just drafted a second-round talent at a position of huge need. Indianapolis needs a nose tackle as the team transitions to a 3-4, and Chapman is that guy.
170. Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
The Colts need another running back, but Ballard probably won't cut it. He runs with some power but is not at all explosive and has just average speed.
206. LaVon Bazill, WR, Ohio
Indianapolis continues to draft offensive skill players. Bazill was a good college player in the MAC, but it's hard to see him becoming much in the NFL.
208. Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia
Anderson is a big lineman with some power. However, he's athletically limited and may have to kick inside to guard in the NFL.
214. Tim Fugger, OLB, Vanderbilt
An explosive, undersized defensive end, Fugger will stand up in Indianapolis' 3-4 scheme. He has legitimate starter potential but needs time to develop.
253. Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois
Harnish is a smart, undersized player with limited upside. In time, he could become an adequate backup to Luck, though. More importantly: Chandler Harnish is Mr. Irrelevant.
St. Louis Rams
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14. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Even after signing Kendall Langford, the Rams desperately needed help along the defensive line. Brockers isn't frequently projected this high, but he has incredible potential.
Brockers is an excellent athlete with outstanding length and size. A 4-3 defense isn't his best fit, but in time, Brockers could develop into a force along St. Louis's defensive line.
33. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
The Rams needed to go wide receiver, but they would have been better off with Rueben Randle or Stephen Hill. Both of those two are better players.
Quick does have good upside, however, and he is a second-round talent. I can't argue with the position, but St. Louis should have chosen a different player.
39. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
There are serious concerns about Jenkins' character, but he is well worth the risk at this point. The former Florida Gator is a legitimate top-10 talent, and he plays a premier position.
St. Louis needs another cornerback to play with Cortland Finnegan, and Jenkins can start immediately. If he stays out of trouble and on the field, he could be a star.
50. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
There have been murmurs that St. Louis is trying to trade Steven Jackson, but even if they're not, Pead is a solid change-of-pace back.
Pead is well-like around the NFL, and though he weighs only 197 pounds, he is an explosive player who runs with some power. The Bearcat star will add another dimension to the Rams offense.
65. Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
Johnson should have gone in the second round, and the Rams add another solid defensive back. The Montana product can play safety or cornerback and will contribute as a rookie.
96. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
The Rams got a steal. Givens is a second-round talent with legitimate deep-threat ability. He should be a great fit next to Brian Quick.
150. Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina
Watkins is a massive road-grater with some athleticism. He isn't great in space, but he is good enough to eventually start at guard.
171. Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western State
Zuerlein showed excellent power and accuracy in college, but he has never played in front of a huge, roaring crowd. Also, he's a kicker. Not exactly an exciting pick.
209. Aaron Brown, LB, Hawaii
St. Louis's linebackers aren't good, and Brown should be able to provide some good depth. He isn't a future starter, but he will contribute on special teams.
252. Darly Richardson, RB, ACU
St. Louis already drafted Isaiah Pead, but why not? Richardson has decent size and is relatively fast, so he could possibly make St. Louis' roster.
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4. Matt Kalil, OT, USC
There was talk of Minnesota taking Morris Claiborne, but in the end, the Vikings took the right guy. Matt Kalil is a legitimate franchise left tackle, which is something Minnesota desperately needs.
Kalil will step in immediately and protect Christian Ponder. The trade also allows Charlie Johnson to move to another position where he won't be quite as awful.
29. Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
This is a reach. Smith is a solid second-round talent, but he should not have gone in the first round. The Vikings could have possibly gotten him or a similar player without trading up.
Though Minnesota needed a safety, they also need a wide receiver, cornerback and linebacker. This simply doesn't make sense.
66. Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
The Vikings passed on Morris Claiborne, but they got a terrific value in Josh Robinson. Robinson is a superb athlete with the ability to start on the outside.
118. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
The Vikings hadn't drafted a wideout yet, and they finally address one of their biggest needs. Wright is a speedy wideout who should develop into a solid slot receiver.
128. Rhett Ellison, TE, USC
This is kind of odd. The Vikings already have Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson at tight end, and Ellison isn't even close to being a good value here. Puzzling selection.
134. Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Minnesota gets yet another Arkansas wideout. Childs is bigger and less explosive than Wright, but he has plenty of upside at wideout.
139. Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame
Blanton may move to safety in the NFL, as he is a good athlete with excellent tackling ability. At safety, Blanton can combine his coverage ability and physicality to develop into a starter.
175. Blair Walsh, K, Georgia
Yet another kicker off the board. Walsh is arguably the best kicker in the draft, and he has been incredible at times. If he lives up to his potential, Walsh will be a good pick.
210. Audie Cole, LB, North Carolina State
Though he isn't a great athlete, Cole is instinctive and makes tackles. He should have been picked long before now and could be a future starter for the Vikings.
219. Trevor Guyton, DE, California
Guyton isn't much of a pass-rusher, but he's solid against the run. He's kind of out of place in a 4-3 defense but can kick inside on passing downs.
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3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Cleveland Browns are, more than anything else, devoid of offensive talent. Trent Richardson changes that from his first day on the team.
Richardson is the most talented running back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson, and he is actually a more complete player. With Colt McCoy at quarterback, Cleveland needs an elite run game, and Richardson gives them that.
22. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Brandon Weeden is a good player, but one problem: he's 28 years old. Though Weeden is a legitimate first-round talent, it's extremely difficult to draft a player this old in the first round.
Colt McCoy definitely isn't the answer at quarterback, but with no Robert Griffin or Andrew Luck, the Browns would have been better off building the other aspects of the offense.
37. Mitchell Schwartz, DT, California
The Browns do need a right tackle to protect Brandon Weeden, but they really need a wide receiver too. Cleveland should have selected Stephen Hill or Rueben Randle here and gone tackle later.
With that said, Schwartz is a solid player and a good addition. He will immediately start for Cleveland, and he is a huge upgrade over last year's starter, Tony Pashos.
87. John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati
This makes no sense. Cleveland's biggest need is at wide receiver, and the team still hasn't drafted. Instead, they draft a backup defensive tackle.
100. Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
Benjamin is tiny, but Cleveland desperately needs speed and explosion on offense. If nothing else, Benjamin has that.
120. James Michael-Johnson, LB, Nevada
Michael-Johnson joins Cleveland as one of the team's three best linebackers. He's a powerful player with the speed to move in coverage. The Browns just addressed a big need with a good value pick.
160. Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado
Miller is a pretty good athlete at guard, and he is solid in pass-protection. The Colorado product won't be a road-grader, but he's strong enough to get some push in the run game.
204. Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
The Browns apparently were not comfortable with their linebacker depth. Acho has good instincts and racked up tackles at Texas, but he's probably just a backup in the NFL.
205. Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
Winn is a penetrating defensive tackle who can play defensive end in certain subpackages. The Browns already have two good starting defensive tackles and drafted John Hughes in the third round, so they obviously felt the need to upgrade their depth. Winn should have been gone a while ago.
245. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
A technically-sound cornerback with great footwork, Wade doesn't offer much in turns of athleticism. He may be able to become a good backup, though.
247. Brad Smelley, FB, Alabama
A classic h-back, Smelley can catch but doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of athleticism or blocking ability. He could produce if Cleveland uses him right.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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7. Mark Barron, S, Alabama
I wouldn't have traded back if I were Tampa Bay. Moving back two spots and gaining a measly fourth-round pick isn't worth missing out on the draft's elite talent.
At No. 7, the Buccaneers got Mark Barron. I'm not sure who decided Barron was a top-10 pick, but I don't see it. Eric Berry, Sean Taylor, LaRon Landry and Michael Huff were top-10 safeties. Barron is not.
31. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
The Buccaneers obviously weren’t comfortable with LeGarrette Blount at running back, and they shouldn’t have been. Doug Martin is arguably a reach, but he could potentially become a feature back.
Martin can run with power and has good burst, but his vision is what stands out. Though the Boise State running back will never be an elite player, he will consistently be solid.
58. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
Tampa Bay fans, congrats on one of the best picks of the draft. David isn't big, but he is a terrific player with great speed and instincts.
David is the perfect WILL next to Mason Foster, and the two of them should give the Buccaneers an outstanding linebacker combination. David is a potential stud and a legitimate DROY candidate.
140. Najee Goode, LB, West Virginia
Good is a physical player who is capable of unleashing big hits. However, he's athletically limited and is probably only a special-teams player and backup in the NFL.
174. Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
Tandy has potential in Tampa Bay's zone defense. He is a good athlete with solid tackling ability but needs to work on his footwork and technique.
212. Michael Smith, RB, Utah State
Though he played behind Robert Turbin in college, Smith is a talented player with an NFL future. Smith plays with quickness and burst, so he could end up contributing for the Buccaneers behind LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin.
233. Drake Dunsmore, FB, Northwestern
Dunsmore is a solid h-back prospect. He isn't a lead blocker, but he can catch and run with the ball. If the Buccaneers use him right, he could produce.
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2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
After they traded up with the St. Louis Rams, the Redskins were set to take Griffin. The Heisman winner may not be Andrew Luck, but he is a phenomenal prospect worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.
Griffin is a perfect fit in Mike Shanahan's offense, and he is ready to start for Washington. In fact, Griffin might have a better rookie season than Luck, and he will make quite an impression in 2012.
71. Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU
This is a massive reach. LeRibeus should have been a late-round selection, and he is not a legitimate starter in the NFL.
102. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
The best explanation here is that the Redskins aren't too comfortable with Griffin staying healthy. He's a good fit in Shanahan's offense, but another quarterback here is a bit puzzling. Cousins should be a good backup, though.
119. Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas
Washington's inside linebacker situation isn't great, and Robinson is a good fit. He's not huge, but he's strong enough to shred blocks and make plays in the run game.
141. Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa
Great pick for the Redskins. Gettis is an excellent athlete who's a terrific fit in Shanahan's zone blocking scheme. The Iowa guard is exactly like almost every guard Shanahan had in Denver.
173. Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic
Morris is a traditional power back with little burst or wiggle. He might be able to produce some in Shanahan's offense, though, because almost any running back can.
193. Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
I'm a bit surprised Compton lasted this long. He's a talented right tackle prospect with enough athleticism to eventually start on the outside.
213. Richard Crawford, CB, SMU
Crawford plays with physicality but isn't a great athlete. He can match up with big wide receivers, though, and could end up being a decent backup.
217. Jordan Bernstine, CB, Iowa
A team can never have enough cornerbacks. Bernstine isn't really a reach, but he was expected to go undrafted.
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5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
This is the first pick I don't really like. The position makes sense for Jacksonville, but I remain adamant in my belief that Justin Blackmon is incredibly overrated.
On the bright side, the Jaguars added a valuable weapon for the struggling Blaine Gabbert. The thought of trading up to No. 5 for Blackmon, though. . .
38. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
The Jaguars' defensive ends are brutal, and Branch is arguably a first-round talent. The Clemson product is an explosive player with terrific length and upside.
Jacksonville couldn't have made a much better pick here. With their first two picks, the Jaguars addressed their two biggest needs.
70. Bryan Anger, P, California
Okay, this may be a punter, but Bryan Anger is really, really good. Okay, I can't pull this off. This is just awful. Anger may be draftable, but no punter is worth a third-round pick. Gene Smith strikes again!
142. Brandon Marshall, LB, Nevada
Marshall is sort of a bland player. He isn't a great athlete, and he isn't overly big. The best case scenario for Jacksonville is a career backup.
176. Mike Harris, CB, Florida State
Harris is quick player but lacks the speed to really run downfield. He could make it as a nickelback or safety, though.
228. Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland
This is classic Gene Smith picking a guy no one has heard of. Jacksonville needed to add defensive tackle depth, but the small-school thing hasn't worked so well for the Jaguars.
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8. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
With only Matt Moore at quarterback, the Dolphins had to take Tannehill. Miami doesn't have a bad team, but its quarterback situation was dreadful.
Tannehill may not be ready to start right now, but with time, he can be a star. Joe Philbin knows how to run an offense, and Tannehill will be playing under former head coach Mike Sherman.
This pick may not be popular, but it should pay off in the end.
42. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Marc Colombo is awful, so the Dolphins had no choice but to to offensive tackle early. Martin isn't the best tackle available, though.
However, Martin was expected to go in the first round, so it's hard to blame the Dolphins too much. He addressed a huge need and is widely considered a good value.
72. Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami
The Dolphins have now addressed their three biggest needs in the first three rounds. Vernon wasn't going to last much longer, and he's a solid player. Good pick.
78. Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Egnew is a reach in the third round. He's a slow, oversized tight end with limited athleticism. The Dolphins will regret this pick.
97. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Miami drafts yet another Hurricane, and this one is a steal. Miller is better than many running backs off the board. The Dolphins could be utilizing a three-headed monster at running back in 2012.
155. Josh Kaddu, LB, Oregon
Kaddu is actually a pretty good value with starting potential in Miami's 3-4 scheme. He isn't a great athlete, but he's solid against the run.
183. B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Though he isn't a dynamic athlete, Cunningham can catch the football and gain yards after the catch. He should develop into a solid piece for Ryan Tannehill.
215. Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas
The Dolphins don't really need more defensive tackles, but Randall isn't a bad pick in the seventh round. He is a quick, undersized guys who can make plays in the backfield.
227. Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
Matthews is a strong, physical player with great catching ability. However, he isn't fast or explosive and will struggle to separate in the NFL.
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9. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
The Panthers should have taken Fletcher Cox here, but I can't blame them for taking Kuechly. The Boston College linebacker racks up tackles at an incredible rate, and he is a better-than-advertised athlete.
Kuechly's instincts and intelligence are simply incredible. He will immediately step in at middle linebacker, allowing Jon Beason to slide over to the weakside position.
40. Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Silatolu is an absolute beast who could have gone in the first round. The Panthers lost Geoff Schwartz in free agency, and they needed to replace him.
Though he is still raw, Silatolu has elite upside. Few linemen are more powerful, and Silatolu can play in space, too.
69. T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State
This might be a bit early for Graham, but he has MIke Wallace-potential as a deep threat. He isn't a complete player by any means, but there is potential.
103. Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma
Alexander was a productive player at Oklahoma, and Carolina desperately needs a defensive end. In time, Alexander could start opposite Charles Johnson.
104. Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
A small, explosive player, Adams projects as a great slot receiver. He isn't a No. 1 guy, but he will produce as a slot receiver and return man.
143. Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Norman still being on the board here is one of the biggest surprises in the draft. He was commonly projected as a second or third-round pick, so this is an excellent value.
207. Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin
What is up with all the punters and kickers in this draft? It's tough to justify this. Carolina has a ton of needs, and to spend a pick on a punter . . .
216. D.J. Campbell, S, California
Campbell lacks the instincts and tackling ability to start at safety. He could, however, become a situational pass-defender.
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10. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
I'm lukewarm towards this pick. Gilmore isn't a bad player, and he was one of Buffalo's better options available, but it isn't a great pick by any means.
The Bills don't have stud cornerbacks by any means, but their offensive tackle and wide receiver situations are worse. However, though Gilmore doesn't address a huge need, Buffalo could have made far worse picks.
41. Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
The Bills drafted Glenn to play tackle, but he's better suited at guard. With that said, most expected Glenn to go in the first round, so this is a terrific value.
After Buffalo lost its starting left tackle—Demetress Bell—to the Eagles in free agency, the team had no choice but to pursue an offensive tackle early in the draft. Glenn is a good pick.
105. Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
Buffalo needs more linebackers as the team transitions to Dave Wannstedt's defensive scheme. The Bills already have a great defensive line, but their linebackers are a work in progress.
124. Ron Brooks, CB, LSU
There had been talk Brooks would be gone by now. He's a good athlete with the ability to play cornerback or safety. Brooks is certainly a great athlete, and he has starter potential.
144. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
A big, athletic player, Sanders has potential but has a lot to work on. He plays softer than his size suggests and is easily overpowered. Sanders isn't a bad value in the fifth, though.
147. Tank Carder, LB, TCU
The Bills obviously feel like they need linebacker help, but Carder isn't good. He is a career special teamer with minimal upside.
178. Mark Asper, OG, Oregon
Asper has great size and is a decent athlete, but his footwork and technique are awful. With time, he may become a viable backup, but he's not likely to be more than that.
251. John Potter, K, Western Michigan
Seriously, another kicker? Ryan Lindell's time is numbered but drafting a kicker is always tough to swallow. Either way, this is the third-last pick in the draft. It's not a big deal.
Kansas City Chiefs
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11. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
This is a terrific pick for the Chiefs. Without Poe, Kansas City has just a sixth-round pick from last year starting at nose tackle and nothing else.
Poe has as much potential as any player in this draft, and under Romeo Crennel, he could be come an absolute beast. This is a fantastic fit not only for the Chiefs, but also for Poe, who should develop under Crennel's tutilage.
44. Jeff Allen, OG, Illinois
Allen played tackle in college, but he is a terrific fit at guard in Kansas City's zone blocking scheme. The Chiefs needed to replace Ryan Lilja, and Allen can do that.
The Illinois product isn't as exciting as Amini Silatolu would have been, but he will be solid. In the second round, solid is a good pick.
74. Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
This could spell the end of Branden Albert's career with Kansas City. Stephenson is a terrific athlete, but he needs time to develop. The question here isn' t the value, but rather what the pick means for the Chiefs' current roster.
107. Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State
Wylie isn't a big guy, but he's incredibly quick with excellent catching ability. The Fresno State star has had injury issues, however.
146. De'Quan Menzie, CB, Alabama
Menzie is a classic Chiefs pick. He's a team leader with excellent character, who can play cornerback or safety in the NFL.
182. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
A quick, explosive runner, Gray struggles to run inside but can make plays with the ball in his hands. However, Gray lacks elite speed and misses out on some huge plays as a result.
218. Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State
Long is a good 5-tech option for the Chiefs. He has a good frame and can handle additional weight. He's an ideal Romeo Crennel defensive end in that he's difficult to move but doesn't offer much behind the line of scrimmage.
238. Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan
Kansas City already drafted Devon Wylie, but they are adding some talent at wideout. Hemingway isn't huge or overly fast, but he is solid in many dimensions of the game and could become a decent player.
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15. Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
There were rumors Irvin was going in round one, but I did not expect it at No. 15. This is a typical Pete Carroll pick, though. He always comes up with something weird.
Irvin has an explosive first step, but he can't do much else. His pass-rush moves aren't great, and he is weak against the run. This other stuff could be developed, but there is certainly risk here.
This screams reach.
47. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
The Seahawks are still trying to replace David Hawthorne, and Wagner can help do that. Wagner is an excellent athlete with the versatility to play inside or outside.
Wagner is also a fantastic special-teams player. This pick addresses one of Seattle's biggest needs, and it is not a reach either. That's a sign of a good pick.
75. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Wilson is short, but he is a terrific talent. Though he may never be more than a backup, Wilson can be elite in that role. In the third round, the Seahawks may think they have more than a backup.
106. Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
With Marshawn Lynch already at running back, the Seahawks now have two big, powerful running backs. Turbin is a terrific athlete, but he needs to improve as a runner. The potential is there, though.
114. Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Howard is a steal here. Few players are more underrated, and Howard is a versatile player, capable of playing 5-tech or 3-tech at a high level.
154. Korey Toomer, LB, Idaho
Toomer is a smaller linebacker with blazing speed. He isn't much of a football player, but he's a solid project pick because of his upside. At worst, Toomer should be a good special teams player.
172. Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwest State
Lane is a great athlete with the frame to add much needed weight. He's incredibly raw, but he has the ability to become a solid third cornerback.
181. Winston Guy, S, Kentucky
Guy is a powerful player with adequate athleticism. He isn't much in coverage, but he can play against the run and on special teams.
225. Jr. Sweezy, DT, North Carolina State
Sweezy is a great athlete and a terrific fit in Carroll's defensive scheme. He can split out at defensive end and make plays in the backfield.
232. Greg Scruggs, DT, Louisville
Scruggs is yet another defensive tackle/defensive end hybrid for the Seahawks. He's an outstanding athlete and has upside, but how many of these guys can Seattle carry?
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13. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
It's kind of surprising to see Arizona neglect their offensive line, but the Cardinals also needed another wide receiver. Floyd is a big target who can draw attention away from Larry Fitzgerald, which is desperately needed.
Floyd has had injury and off-the-field problems, but he is a legitimate top-10 talent. This isn't a bad pick, but the Cardinals once again neglect their biggest need: offensive line.
80. Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
It's somewhat surprising to see the Cardinals go cornerback, but Fleming is a solid player. In time, the Oklahoma product could be a starter on the outside opposite Patrick Peterson.
112. Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
I don't know why Massie fell, but he's too good to still be available in the fourth round. Even if he does have medical issues, Massie is a steal here, and he addresses a huge need for Arizona.
151. Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington
Arizona ignored the offensive line early, but these last two picks are a change of pace. Kelemete is a physically impressive but raw player with potential. He could be a solid starter in a couple years.
177. Justin Bethel, CB, Presbyterian
Bethel is a freakish athlete, but he's not a great football player. If Airzona can coach him up, they may have something, though.
185. Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State
Though he is a talented player, Lindley is incredibly inconsistent. He played in a pro-style offense, however, and has some potential.
221. Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
Potter isn't a bad athlete, but he doesn't really have the footwork to stick outside. Either way, he's a good swing lineman who gives the Cardinals another option.
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6. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
This is a terrific move for the Cowboys. Dallas desperately needed help in the secondary, and Claiborne is a terrific talent who can immediately start.
The Cowboys have few enough needs that they could afford to make this trade, and they added a premier talent. Claiborne isn't as big or as athletic as former teammate Patrick Peterson, but he may be the better cover corner.
81. Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
Crawford needs to gain weight, but his playing style is perfect for 5-tech in Dallas's defense. He may need a year before he's ready to start, though.
113. Kyle Wilber, LB, Wake Forest
Dallas was looking to improve its inside linebackers, and Wilber is a terrific fit. Wilber isn't a great athlete, but he is mobile enough to play inside in the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme.
135. Matt Johnson, S, EWU
Johnson is a reach here. The Cowboys need help at safety next to Abe Elam, but Johnson doesn't make much sense.
152. Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech
Coale is a small wideout who rarely drops a pass. He isn't overly fast or quick, though, and he may struggle to separate in the NFL.
186. James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
After losing Martellus Bennett, the Cowboys draft a talented project in James Hanna. Hanna isn't much of a blocker, but he's a terrific athlete with potential as a receiving tight end.
222. Caleb McSurdy, LB, Montana
Dallas continues to add linebackers, and McSurdy is the latest. The Cowboys have focused on defense, and though McSurdy won't contribute for a while, he could develop into a backup.
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15. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Eagles could not have made a better pick. Fletcher Cox is a perfect fit along Jim Washburn's defensive line, and he could be an absolute animal there.
Cox was worthy of a top-10 or maybe top-five pick, and he addresses a big need for Philadelphia. The Eagles' 2011 season showed they needed to improve against the run, and Cox will help them do so.
46. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
Kendricks is a fantastic pick. After addressing the defensive line with Cox, the Eagles add Kendricks to rock up the tackles.
Kendricks isn't big, but he's an excellent athlete with superb coverage skills. Philadelphia couldn't have hardly made a better pick here.
59. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Curry could not have possibly gone to a better team. In Jim Washburn's wide-9 scheme, Curry can be an absolute beast.
The Eagles are making a legitimate attempt their front seven, and all of their picks have been terrific values. Philadelphia is owning the 2012 NFL draft.
88. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
The Eagles need another backup to develop, and Foles has all the ability to start in the NFL. Andy Reid thinks he can turn Foles into a starter (or at least a second-round pick), and who are we to doubt him?
123. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Philadelphia continues to dominate the draft. Boykin is an absolute steal in the third round, and he will replace Asante Samuel as the team's slot corner.
153. Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue
Kelly is a massive lineman with solid upside. He isn't a great athlete, but the Purdue tackle has a terrific frame and could be a good backup.
194. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
The Eagles have enough speed at wide receiver that McNutt could become a solid possession receiver. McNutt isn't great at gaining separation, but he is a big player with great hands.
200. Brandon Washington, OG, Miami
Andy Reid had a terrific draft in 2012. Washington has never played guard, but he's powerful with enough athleticism to play in space. He could be starting in just a couple years.
229. Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State
Brown was a prized recruit but he never really produced. Brown is the classic underachiever, but the Eagles are betting just a seventh-round pick that they can get something out of him.
New York Jets
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16. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Well, this one shocked me. I thought the Jets might go Melvin Ingram, or maybe Chandler Jones. Maybe even David DeCastro. Quinton Coples was not on my radar.
With that said, I love the fit for Coples, and it's not a bad pick. Coples' best fit is as a 5-tech in a 3-4 defense, and the Jets got a potential star here. Coples has his flaws and is bustable, but he certainly has upside.
43. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
This is an absolute steal. Hill is a legitimate first-round talent and should have been gone long before now.
Hill is an incredible athlete and offers the most upside of any wide receiver in this draft. The Jets needed a big wideout to replace Plaxico Burress, and they got him.
77. Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State
Davis is a perfect fit in the middle of Rex Ryan's defense. He is an excellent athlete with big-hit ability. Jets fans, here's Bart Scott's replacement.
187. Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest
A thick safety, Bush is only a decent athlete but was an extremely productive player at Wake Forest. He is capable of playing either safety position, though.
202. Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
New York needed another running back to play behind Shonn Greene, and Ganaway is a similar type of player. He is a powerful back with some potential, but he needs to improve as an all-around player.
203. Robert T. Griffin, OG, Baylor
The other Griffin is a massive guard with good versatility and decent upside. He isn't very good in space, but he's good enough in the power game to warrant this pick.
242. Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina
Allen was projected to go much earlier than this. The South Carolina safety is good against the run but struggles to turn and run in coverage.
244. Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
White was incredibly productive but doesn't offer much in turns of physical talent. He's not very tall or fast, and has just average quickness. If he can get open, he'll catch the ball, but he won't do much afterwards.
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95. Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah
Bergstrom played tackle in college, but he is an athletic guard who can provide some push in the run game. His ceiling is limited, but Raiders fans will love Bergstrom and his nasty play.
129. Miles Burris, LB, San Diego State
Burris is a terrific player. He's an explosive athlete off the edge who makes plays in the backfield. I don't know how the Raiders will use him as they transition to a 3-4 scheme, but every team can make a place for a player like Burris.
158. Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State
I'm guessing Oakland will have Crawford gain weigh to play 5-tech. He fits the profile well, but he needs to add 20 pounds before he's ready to contribute in that role.
168. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Why Criner is still available, I have not a clue. The Arizona product is not a burner, but he's big with excellent catching ability. There's good upside here.
189. Christo Bilukidi, DT, Georgia State
Bilukidi has good length, but he isn't overly explosive or dynamic. The Raiders need defensive line depth in their new 3-4 defense, though, and Bilukidi is a fit.
230. Nathan Stupar, LB, Penn State
As they move to a 3-4 defense, the Raiders need all the linebackers they can get. A product of Linebacker U, Stupar isn't a great athlete but can play in space.
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18. Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
The Chargers certainly needed help at pass-rusher, and Melvin Ingram was expected to be long gone by now. I would have gone with David DeCastro, but Ingram is not a bad pick.
Ingram has played defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker, so he is certainly versatile. The South Carolina product will probably never be an elite sack artist, but he will provide value in other ways.
49. Kendall Ryes, DE, Connecticut
A lot of people expected Reyes to come off the board in the first round, but he would have been a reach there. In the second however, Reyes is an excellent addition.
The Chargers need help along the defensive line, and Reys' best fit comes in San Diego's 1-gap 3-4 defense. Reyes addresses a big need and is a great value pick.
73. Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
I expected the Chargers to go offensive line here, but Taylor is a good pick. The LSU safety can play in every facet of the game, including special teams.
110. Ladarius Green, TE, Lousiaina-Lafayette
Green isn't the prototype tight end, but he's an outstanding athlete with excellent athleticism. In time, Green should help replace Antonio Gates at tight end. Green has the potential to be a dynamic weapon for Philip Rivers.
149. Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State
San Diego is going to miss Kris Dielman at guard, and Troutman helps fill a void there. He is nothing special but should provide solid depth.
226. David Molk, C, Michigan
An undersized center, Molk may not be a starter, but he will be a great backup. He's smart and athletic, and in the right scheme, Molk could actually start in time.
250. Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
Baker is a short fireplug with some power at running back. He can catch the football out of the backfield too and could play sooner than expected.
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19. Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
This pick will be criticized and is a bit unexpected, but I love it. The Bears desperately needed a pass-rusher, and McClellin is an excellent player.
The Boise State defensive end can play along the defensive front or stand up at linebacker. He is an explosive athlete with Pro-Bowl potential. Brilliant selection.
45. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Jeffery is the classic high-risk/high-reward prospect. The South Carolina is a terrific talent, but he has had problems with his weight and burst.
If he plays at 215 pounds, Jeffery is a potential superstar. If he plays at 235 pounds, Jeffery is almost certainly a bust. So while there is potential reward, there is significant risk.
79. Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State
Hardin is an outstanding athlete, but he isn't a great football player. He is a physical player with the speed to dominate at safety, though. The question is whether Hardin's instincts will ever be good enough to play at a high level.
111. Evan Rodriguez, FB, Temple
This is kind of confusing. Rodriguez isn't a bad h-back prospect, but he isn't worth a fourth-round pick. Odd selection.
184. Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
A player with great size, Frey has upside, but he needs to improve at using his size. The Nevada corner isn't great in press and can be overpowered.
220. Greg McCoy, CB, TCU
McCoy isn't very big or fast, so it's hard to imagine him really sticking in the NFL. If he improves technique to an elite level, he may have a chance.
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20. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
I would have taken David DeCastro, but Kendall Wright is a fantastic player. The Titans are building an offense around Jake Locker by adding skill players.
Wright is a fantastic deep threat who can make plays at all three levels of the field. Tennessee really needs interior line help, though. . .
52. Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
It's a little surprising Tennessee went linebacker so early, but Zach Brown is a potential star. He is an outstanding athlete with great coverage ability.
Unfortunately, Brown plays like a defensive back, avoiding contact and running around blocks instead of disengaging. This is an upside pick, and it isn't a bad one by any means, but it's not great either.
82. Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Martin is a pass-rushing defensive tackle with excellent strength. He'll rotate around Tennessee's defensive line, providing a boost to the team's run and pass defenses while in the game.
115. Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson
Tennessee lost Cortland Finnegan in free agency, and this is their first cornerback in the draft. Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty aren't bad, but every team needs more than two cornerbacks.
145. Taylor Thompson, DE, Tennessee
Taylor Thompson is a good athlete with terrific length. He should have been picked before now, as he is one of the few players still on the board with starter potential.
190. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
Martin was a surprise to still be available. He's a good athlete who excels at attacking the line of scrimmage and playing the run.
211. Scott Solomon, DE, Rice
Rice is kind of an odd pick. He weighs just 262 pounds but isn't overly athletic or explosive. He's a stretch to make the team.
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17. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
This is a pick I expected. . . Just not with David DeCastro on the board. Dre Kirkpatrick is a terrific talent, but there are questions about whether or not he can stick at cornerback.
Cincinnati is in desperate need of cornerback help, and Kirkpatrick is too talented to fall much further. Of course, Kirkpatrick has some character issues, but the Bengals weren't scared off by them (not that they should be; the concerns are minor).
27. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
The Bengals missed out (intentionally?) on David DeCastro, but they got Kevin Zeitler, who is solid in the first round. With these first two picks, Cincinnati addressed two of the team's three biggest needs.
Zeitler isn't as good as DeCastro, but he is a mean player with the athleticism to play in space. He's worthy of the No. 27 pick, and the Bengals gained additional picks my moving back. I can't argue with this first round.
53. Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Cincinnati should have drafted Lamar Miller. Still isn't a bad value here, but Miller would steal while addressing a huge need.
Still won't start out of the gate, and, though he has huge upside, he is a risky pick. This just isn't a great pick for the Bengals.
83. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Cincinnati needed another wideout to go with A.J. Green and Jordan Shipley. Sanu is nothing special, but he's a solid value. The Bengals still should have taken Lamar Miller, though.
93. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
I have no clue how Cincinnati intends to use their many defensive tackles, but I won't argue with Thompson. He's a steal at the end of the third round. Though he isn't much of a pass-rusher, Thompson plays with power and quickness.
116. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Though he's an outstanding athlete, Charles isn't a great vertical threat. He is, however, a good receiver with the ability to move around and make plays with the ball. Just one question: when is Cincinnati going to draft a running back?
156. Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
Prater is an excellent value here. He has adequate size and is a good athlete. The Iowa product may never be a starter, but he can be a good nickel or dime back.
166. Marvin Jones, WR, California
The Bengals got a steal here. Jones has some of the best hands in the draft, and he's also a superb route-runner. He isn't a great athlete, but he is explosive enough to get open.
167. George Iloka, S, Boise State
A pick after stealing Jones, the Bengals steal Iloka. Iloka is a massive free safety who can cover tight ends in the slot. The Boise State product addresses a huge need for Cincinnati, too.
191. Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State
Herron isn't an explosive player for weighing just 213 pounds, but he runs with power. The Bengals finally drafted a running back. They shouldn't expect too much from Herron, though.
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55. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
This is a great pick for Atlanta. Konz was projected as a first-round by many, and he is an extremely intelligent player with solid upside.
The problem with Konz is his ankles. He's a big medical red flag, and he could have problems in the NFL. Either way, the Falcons got a terrific value and addressed a huge need.
91. Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Miss
Holmes is a massive tackle with some upside. He doesn't have great footwork and struggles technically, but he is athletic enough to develop into a starter.
157. Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin
Ewing is the classic blocking fullback. He won't offer much as a receiver or runner, but he will clear ground for Michael Turner in the run game.
164. Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Massaquoi has upside as a pass-rusher. He looked explosive a year ago and could eventually help replace John Abraham in Atlanta. This is a bit of a boom or bust pick, which is always good in the sixth round.
192. Charles Mitchell, S, Mississippi State
Because he struggles in coverage, Mitchell will probably never be a starting safety. He is a good tackler, though, and should contribute on special teams.
249. Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina
Robertson has great length and could develop into a decent rotational player. Either way, he offers upside and bodies at a position of need.
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23. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
This is an outstanding pick for the Lions. For years, Detroit has needed offensive line help, and Martin finally got Matthew Stafford some protection.
Reiff doesn't have the physical ability to be an elite left tackle, but he can be solid there or elite on the right side. Either way, Reiff is a good value here and addresses a huge need.
54. Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
After drafting Titus Young last year, the Lions draft a very similar player in Broyles. Detroit doesn't really need a wideout that much, and Broyles is coming off a torn ACL.
Detroit has a huge hole at cornerback and linebacker, and Lavonte David would have been a fantastic value here. The Lions blew this pick.
85. Dwight Bentley, CB, Lousiana-Lafayette
Terrific pick for the Lions. Bentley is an outstanding athlete, but he is probably limited to playing the nickel in the NFL. He can be a great nickelback, though.
125. Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
I have no clue how Detroit intends to use Lewis, but I assume it's at linebacker. Though he played end at Oklahoma, Lewis isn't a great pass-rusher. He is a terrific athlete with big-hit ability, however.
138. Tahir Whitehead, LB, Temple
Whitehead is a smaller linebacker with some quickness. He isn't great in coverage, though, and he could stand to gain some weight in order to improve in the run game.
148. Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion
Greenwood is a good straight-line athlete, but he isn't overly explosive. He needs a lot of work in order to become a solid contributor on defense.
196. Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State
Detroit continues to add cornerbacks, so they clearly believe the position is as weak as the rest of the world does. Green is a small-school guy, but he could develop into an adequate backup.
223. Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
The Lions clearly recognized a need at linebacker and cornerback, so they stockpiled. Lewis isn't great at shredding blocks, but he does a good job of flowing to the ball and making plays.
231. Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
Clemons is an excellent athlete with some upside. He played in a terrible offense, though, so we haven't seen too much of what he can do.
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24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
This was the best possible scenario for Pittsburgh. Somehow David DeCastro fell to the Steelers, and they pounced on him.
DeCastro is the best guard prospect in years, and he could be the next Steve Hutchinson. Guard was a huge need for the Steelers, and it is now solidified. Perfect pick.
56. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
For the first time in who knows how long, the Steelers are going to have an offensive line. Adams is a top-15 talent, and he is the steal of the draft.
Adams fell because of a poor scouting combine, but no offensive tackle in the draft has more upside. Ben Roethlisberger should be ecstatic right now.
86. Sean Spence, LB, Miami
On the surface, Spence seems too small to play in a 3-4 defense, but he's actually quite good at taking on blocks. This is James Farrior's replacement.
109. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Casey Hampton's career is almost over, and Ta'amu is a massive tackle with starter potential. Many thought he was a second-round pick, so he's definitely a steal here.
159. Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
Rainey is an explosive, undersized running back with incredible speed. He projects as a Darren Sproles-type player in the NFL, which is a great addition for any team.
240. David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Paulson can catch the football, but he isn't fast and can't block very well. If he finds a way to get open, Paulson will make some plays. The odds are against that happening, though.
246. Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M
Frederick lacks great footwork and doesn't seem like an NFL cornerback. He isn't really quick or fast enough to make up for this deficiency either.
248. Kelvin Beachum, OG, SMU
Beachum is strong enough to overpower defenders at the point of attack and athletic enough to play in space. He's not a future star, but he has some starter potential.
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36. Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
I expected the Broncos to go defensive tackle, but I did not expect Derek Wolfe. With that said, Wolfe is not a bad pick at all.
There is a legitimate argument that Wolfe is the best tackle still on the board, and he was almost certain to go in the second or third round. Wolfe fills a huge need and doesn't offer a bad value either.
57. Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Talk about an awful pick. Osweilr is 6'7", a good athlete and has a big arm. Those are all his positives.
Osweiler isn't accurate, he has terrible pocket presence and he doesn't throw a good deep ball. Apparently John Elway thinks he can mold a stud out of Osweiler's skills, but that's not too likely to happen.
67. Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Why the Broncos didn't take Lamar Miller, I have not a clue. Hillman isn't a bad player, but picking ahead of Miller is a terrible move.
101. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State
Bolden missed the 2011 season with a torn ACL, but he is an early-round talent. If he didn't get hurt, Bolden could have been a second-round pick. Though he is an injury risk, Bolden offers plenty of upside.
108. Philip Blake, C, Baylor
Blake is an outstanding athlete who is capable of playing guard or center. The Baylor product is already 26 years old, but he should immediately replace J. D. Walton at center.
137. Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee
A big defensive end with some power, Jackson can move inside on passing situations. He is solid against the run and has good upside at a position of need for Denver.
188. Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky
A tackling machine, Trevathan isn't overly fast, but he's instinctive and has a nose for the ball. He should be a good backup.
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26. Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
Consider me baffled. The Texans have two good pass-rushers in Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. They don't need another one.
They do, however, need a wide receiver. A potentially elite one in Stephen Hill is sitting on the board. Or they could draft an almost wide receiver in Coby Fleener. Houston could have drafted better value and addressed bigger needs with one player here.
68 DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
Though Posey is talented enough to go in the third round, he has major drop issues to go with some minor off-the-field problems. This could pay off for the Texans, but there were safer picks.
76. Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)
Brooks is a massive guard with above-average athleticism. Though he weighs 350 pounds, Brooks is actually a great fit in Houston's zone blocking scheme.
99. Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Though he isn't a star, Jones should be a solid starter for many years. He's a terrific fit in Gary Kubiak's scheme, and he should replace Chris Myers down the line.
121. Keyshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State
Even after drafting Posey, the Texans need more wide receivers, and Martin is a talented player with solid upside. This pick makes Jacoby Jones even more expendable.
126. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
Crick's best fit is in Wade Phillips' defense. He's not huge for a 5-tech, but he can gain some weight and eventually start for the Texans.
161. Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
Kickers get drafted fairly often, but Bullock isn't good enough to be one of them. This isn't a good pick by Houston.
195. Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue
A terrific athlete, Mondek is a perfect fit in Houston's scheme. He can pull and play in space but needs to improve at the point of attack.
New Orleans Saints
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89. Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina
The Saints addressed their biggest need with a high-upside defensive tackle. Hicks is definitely a project, but he could become a starter in time.
122. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Toon doesn't have any qualities that stand out, but he's a solid pick in the fourth round. The Wisconsin wideout should help to replace Robert Meachem in New Orleans' offense. In Sean Payton's offense, Toon's bad qualities will be covered up, and he will have no problem getting open.
162. Corey White, S, Samford
White is a big player with decent athleticism, but he isn't much of a safety. The Saints probably drafted a special-teams player here.
179. Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse
Tiller is a big, powerful lineman who lacks technique and athleticism. He tends to bend at the waist and doesn't possess great balance. In time, he may become a decent power blocker, though.
234. Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska
Jones has excellent size, but he isn't overly athletic. He may be able to backup right tackle, but he's more likely to end up at guard.
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28. Nick Perry, OLB, USC
Green Bay needed a linebakcer to play opposite Clay Matthews, and they got him in Nick Perry. Perry isn't a perfect fit in a 3-4 defense, but he is a terrific athlete with potential.
Perry's biggest problem is that he isn't an overly flexible player, which will hurt him in coverage. However, Perry's upside as a pass-rusher was too much for the Packers to pass on.
51. Jerel Worthy, DE, Michigan State
Worthy was considered a first-round pick by many, and he's a terrific fit in Green Bay's 1-gap defensive scheme. The Packers are still trying to replace Cullen Jenkins, and Worthy is the same type of player.
With that said, I don't like Worthy. I won't argue with it much since he's widely considered a good value here, but it's not a pick I would have made.
62. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
I thought the Packers would go with a safety or Lamar Miller here, but Green Bay could use a conrerback. Though he isn't overly fast, Hayward is a solid value around the third round.
With Nick Collins gone, the Packers do still need to draft a safety. They've traded so many picks that it may not be possible at this point, though.
132. Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa
Though undersized, Daniels is a good fit as a 5-tech in Green Bay's defense. He is yet another quick, penetrating defensive tackle for the Packers to utilize.
133. Jerron McMillian, S, Maine
This is Nick Collins' replacement, I guess. McMillian has good size and is fast enough to run downfield with tight ends. He needs refinement, though, and isn't ready to contribute.
163. Terrell Manning, LB, North Carolina State
Manning is a small, athletic linebacker with some pass-rush ability. He needs time to develop, but he could become a decent contributor on defense.
241. Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
A solid athlete, Datko was seen as an early-round pick prior to suffering an injury and missing much of the 2011 season. He still has some upside, but he was overrated earlier in the draft process.
243. B.J. Coleman, QB, Chattanooga
A toolsy quarterback with upside, Coleman could develop into another Matt Flynn behind Aaron Rodgers. Coleman needs time to improve, but he could be good.
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35. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Ozzie Newsome did it again. The Ravens traded back and still got the guy they would have taken at No. 29. Upshaw is experienced in the 3-4 defense, and he offers valuable in multiple facets of the game.
Upshaw may never be a star pass-rusher, but he is great against the run. Opposite of Terrell Suggs, Upshaw will be a solid player in Baltimore.
60. Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
I have no clue if the Ravens play to play Osemele at guard or tackle, but either way, I love the pick. The massive Iowa State product is a good athlete who plays with tremendous power.
Baltimore needs to replace Bryant McKinnie, and Ben Grubbs left in free agency, so Baltimore needs offensive line help. Outstanding pick.
84. Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
Pierce is a big, physical back with good speed and decent bust. As a complementary back to Ray Rice, Pierce is a solid addition, who will contribute as a rookie.
98. Gino Gradkowski, OG, Delaware
Bruce's brother is a good fit in Baltimore's zone blocking scheme, and he provides valuable depth along the interior line. The Ravens were short on interior line backups.
130. Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State
Thompson is a flexible safety with the ability to play back deep or close to the line of scrimmage. He isn't great at anything, but he's a master of all trades, in a sense.
169. Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly
Jackson is a talented player who will have to overcome the lack-of-competition stigma. He's obviously talented, but he needs work and time to develop.
198. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami
Ozzie Newsome knows how to pick up guys when they've fallen too far. Streeter is a terrific talent with huge deep-threat ability. He could develop into a good player for the Ravens.
236. DeAngelo Tylson, DT, Georgia
Tyson has great size and adds another body to a thin defensive line. The Georgia product has experience in a 3-4 scheme and is a good athlete. He could develop into a solid rotational player.
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30. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
A.J. Jenkins is an underrated player, but I never expected him to go in the first round. Though 49ers do need wide receiver help, Stephen Hill was the more conventional pick.
So, yes, Jenkins is probably a reach. However, he is a legitimate second-round talent and San Francisco couldn't have gotten him with their second-round pick.La
Regardless, this one threw me for a loop.
61. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
James is nothing more than a change-of-pace back, but he could be a great one. And the 49ers rely on their rushing attack, so they need multiple backs.
James wasn't getting out of the third round, and he isn't a bad value here. San Francisco still needs a cornerback, though. . .
117. Joe Lonney, OG, Wake Forest
Looney is an athletic player who just might start at right guard for the 49ers. San Francisco needed to replace Adam Snyder, and Looney should be an upgrade in short time.
165. Darius Fleming, LB, Notre Dame
Fleming's best fit is in a 3-4 defense. He has some ability off the edge but isn't overly explosive or dynamic. He could be molded into a situational player, though.
180. Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State
Robinson is a solid athlete with the ability to play center field at safety. He may never be a full-time player, but he will play in passing situations.
199. Jason Slowey, C, Western Oregon
A converted tackle, Slowey is an excellent athlete at center. He does, however, need to prove he can handle big nose tackles in the power game.
237. Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
There almost has to be a medical issue with Johnson because he is far too good to still be on the board. The Virginia product offers legitimate pass-rushing upside, and he could become a starter in a few years.
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21. Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
This pick wasn't exactly a surprise. The Patriots reportedly loved Jones, and he has the length Belichick looks for in his defensive ends.
Jones is potentially a future Willie McGinnest, and he offers excellent versatility along the defensive front. The Syracuse product may never be an elite edge rusher, but he will be solid in multiple facets of the game.
25. Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
I'm not sure how the Patriots will use Hightower, so it's hard to accurately evaluate this pick. With that said, Hightower gives New England another solid player in their front seven.
The Alabama linebacker can rush the passer and is massive at 6'2", 265 pounds. With he and Brandon Spikes at linebacker, though, the Patriots won't be playing many great pass-defending linebackers.
48. Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois
I expected the Patriots to draft a safety, but Tavon Wilson was not on my radar. This pick is a massive reach, especially with Trumaine Johnson and George Iloka available.
Wilson is a converted cornerback, so he should offer solid coverage ability. Bill Belichick must see something that apparently no one else did.
90. Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
The Patriots made a fantastic pick here. Bequette is worth of a much higher pick, and he should develop into a solid starter in New England.
197. Nate Ebner, S, Ohio State
Ebner didn't even play on defense for Ohio State. He's a pure special teamer, but I'm guessing Belichick knows that. Interesting pick.
224. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Dennard had a recent arrest, but he should not have fallen to day three. He's a talented press corner with starting ability. The Patriots got away with robbery here.
235. Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
New England's wide receivers weren't great last year, so why not? Ebert is nothing special at anything, but he doesn't have any glaring flaws either.
New York Giants
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32. Davis Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
The Giants needed a running back, but David Wilson is not a first-round caliber player. He isn't an every-down back, and he isn't powerful enough to break through tackles.
New York could afford to take a part-time player here, but they had better options. They could have taken one of many right tackles or an offensive weapon in Coby Fleener or Stephen Hill.
63. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
The Giants lost Mario Manningham, so they add Randle. Randle is a legitimate first-round talent, and New York almost took him in the first round.
This is a prime example of the rich getting richer. New York already had Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Now they also have Randle.
94. Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Hosley is purely a nickelback, but he offers great playmaking ability from the slot. Though he won't ever play on the outside, Hosley will offer plenty of value to the Giants.
127. Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati
Robinson is an absolute freak, physicall, and he has incredible potential. With that said, Robinson is incredibly raw. But if anyone can afford a project pick, it's the Giants.
131. Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
New York needs an offensive tackle to replace Kareem McKenzie, and Mosley has starting potential down the line. He's another developmental player, but again, the Giants can afford them.
201. Matt McCants, OT, UAB
McCants is a freak athlete with starter potential. He needs a lot of work, but the Giants need guys who can start down the line, and McCants could.
239. Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State
If he weren't 26 years old, Kuhn would have been off the board a while ago. He's a good athlete who makes plays in the backfield, but he may not have enough time to develop.