2012 NFL Draft: 10 Saturday Bargains

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2012 NFL Draft: 10 Saturday Bargains
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Saturday is the day to shop. Just go to a crowded mall or shopping outlet and see for yourself. 

Makes sense, though—it's when the best sales are. 

And the NFL Draft is no different, with value to be had throughout the entire draft. Here are ten late-round prospects who came at a low cost but will perform at a high level. 

 

WR Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals, Round 5 (166)

I was admittedly shocked to see him fall this far, especially after a standout senior season and combine performance. Jones is a possession-type receiver but has the speed to stretch the field vertically. 

He should fit into the Bengals offense as the No. 3 receiver and a go-to target on key third-down situations. As defenses focus on A.J. Green, Jones will make them pay.

RB Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks, Round 4 (106)

I'd be hard-pressed to find a running back—aside from Trent Richardson—more NFL-ready than Turbin. He's big (5'10", 222 pounds), can pound it between the tackles and has the wheels (4.50 forty-yard dash) to bounce it outside and go the distance. He keeps his legs moving at all times and is a reliable receiver out of the backfield. 

The Seahawks just found their Beast Mode 2.0. 

 

OT Zebrie Sanders, Buffalo Bills, Round 5 (144)

 

Bravo, Buffalo. Bravo.

The Bills continued their impressive draft by landing Sanders—once considered a second-round talent—this late. Not only will he make the roster, he'll be in the mix for a starting spot on the line. 

He's an athletic big man who does well in the run game and really excels in pass-protection. His movements are smooth and he uses his hands well once engaged. 

QB Ryan Lindley, Arizona Cardinals, Round 6 (185)

Lindley is a bit of a project but the ceiling is very high. He has (arguably) the strongest arm of the draft, prototypical size (6'4", 229 pounds) and surprising athleticism to go with it.

What dropped him this far, however, were problems with accuracy and decision-making. The value here is incredible if he can become more consistent.

And with the Cardinals' current quarterback situation, I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see Lindley emerge as the starter sooner than later.

Besides, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd can make anyone look accurate.

TE James Hanna, Dallas Cowboys, Round 6 (186)

 

I like this pick, and Tony Romo likes it even more.  

 

Coby Fleener included, Hanna just may be the most explosive tight end in this class. He's fast, runs precise routes and catches everything thrown his way. His blocking is suspect but he should prove valuable in the passing game as a reliable target and threat inside the red zone. 

C Ben Jones, Houston Texans, Round 4 (99) 

Just looking at Jones' profile page on NFL.com—especially the combine results—perfectly sums up his game. There are no stars (awarded to the event's top performers) next to his measurements but each number is solid. 

And that's how Jones plays. He doesn't jump out on tape, just quietly goes about his business and does it consistently. The Texans are filling a need here and Jones should anchor the line for several years to come.  

 

RB Chris Rainey, Pittsburgh Steelers, Round 5 (159)

He may only get 5-10 touches per game, but they're enough to make an impact. Rainey can run the ball, catch the ball and return the ball on special teams. He's the type of player to turn a 3-yard pass into a 70-yard, highlight reel touchdown. I call it the Darren Sproles effect.  

 

With the team's speedy receivers stretching the field, Rainey should work his magic on the short-intermediate routes.

LB Tank Carder, Buffalo Bills, Round 5 (147)

 

The Bills really know how to scour the clearance bin.

Ideal linebacker name aside, Tank is a physical presence on the field with the skill set to develop into a starter at the next level. He uses his instincts to quickly diagnose plays and has the athleticism and strength to get the job done both inside and out the box.

The Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 had 70 total tackles with 4.5 for a loss and two interceptions—both returned for touchdowns. 

WR Nick Toon, New Orleans Saints, Round 4 (122) 

Robert Meacham, you have officially been replaced—possibly upgraded. 

Toon has the genes—his father, Al Toon, was a star for the New York Jets—and talent of an NFL wideout. He has great size, runs all the routes and is fearless going across the middle. His strides are long so the speed is deceptive, but it's there. Look for him to be another weapon for the already-dangerous Saints offense.   

 

A lot of teams are going to regret passing this guy.   

 

DE Cam Johnson, San Francisco 49ers, Round 7 (237)

The 49ers struck gold (get it?) last year with Bruce Miller—also a seventh-round selection—and appear to have done so again with Johnson. 

He has an intriguing blend of size and athleticism, but the on-field production was lacking at times. Johnson is explosive off the line and really knows how to get after the quarterback in a hurry. It will be interesting to see whether he lines up as a defensive end or linebacker for the 49ers.

Either way, he'll prove well worth the selection.  

 

Other bargains: RB Lamar Miller (Dolphins), OT Bobby Massie (Cardinals), CB Brandon Boykin (Eagles), WR Jordan White (Jets), CB Alfonzo Dennard (Patriots), DT Billy Winn (Browns), WR Tommy Streeter (Ravens), LB Terrell Manning (Packers


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