2012 NFL Draft Grades: Report Card Grades for Every UDFA Class

Chris KouffmanContributor IMay 4, 2012

2012 NFL Draft Grades: Report Card Grades for Every UDFA Class

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    Like a kid on Christmas morning, ready to take all his/her new toys out for a spin, teams are getting set to begin their rookie mini camps where they will catch their first glimpse of the players they drafted in last weekend's NFL draft.

    However, each team really only drafted between six and 12 players, generally speaking. That is not enough to hold an entire rookie camp. Most teams have signed about a dozen undrafted free agents. Additionally, to fill up the rookie camp rosters, many more players have been invited to try out with the promise of an undrafted free agent contract should they attract the team's attention.

    The folks at NEPatriotsDraft.com have traditionally done an outstanding job every year of tracking undrafted free agent signings.

    Let's take a look at some grades for each team's undrafted free agent class.

New England Patriots: B

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    The Haul:

    Jeremiah Warren, OL, South Florida
    Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa
    Marcus Forston, DL, Miami
    Brad Herman, TE, Iowa
    Matt Roark, WR, Kentucky
    Justin Francis, DE/OLB, Rutgers
    Brandon Bolden, RB, Ole Miss

     

    Best Pick: Markus Zusevics, OT, Iowa

    Zusevics sustained an injury that kept him from partaking in the bulk of your typical pre-draft workouts and All-Star outings. However, when he played at Iowa, he was very fun to watch. He boasts all the mobility one could ask for and showed some feistiness as well.

    I thought his primary problem was in his hand technique. He keeps his hands up (good) but does not shoot them well or punch his targets, showing an odd stiffness that should be coached out by the venerable Dante Scarnecchia.

     

    Other Notables:

    Jeremiah Warren, OL, South Florida
    Marcus Forston, DL, Miami
    Brad Herman, TE, Iowa
    Justin Francis, DE/OLB, Rutgers

     

    Grade: B

Miami Dolphins: A

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    The Haul:

    Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
    Jonas Gray, RB, Notre Dame
    Derrick Shelby, DE, Utah
    Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
    Kelcie McCray, S, Arkansas State
    Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
    Derrick Dennis, OL, Temple
    Albert Evans, S, Purdue
    Shelly Lyons, OLB, Arizona State
    Jarrell Root, DE, Boise St
    Derrick Shelby, DE/OLB, Utah
    Josh Samuda, OL, UMass
    Terence Brown, OL, BYU
    Dustin Waldron, OT, Portland State
    Myron Johnson, S, Arkansas Tech
    Kevin Scott, CB, Syracuse

     

    Best Pick: Jonas Gray, RB, Notre Dame

    This was my favorite undrafted free agent get in the division. Gray was on all of my pre-draft watch lists because prior to blowing out his knee in 2011, he was looking like a genuine NFL prospect as he gained 6.9 yards per carry with 12 touchdowns in Notre Dame's offense.

    The Irish backfield was crowded as they decided how to divide up carries between Gray and the more electric Cierre Wood, but it was Gray that made a more impressive mark as the season wore on.

     

    Other Notables:

    Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
    Derek Moye, WR, Penn State
    Kelcie McCray, S, Arkansas State
    Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
    Derrick Dennis, OL, Temple
    Shelly Lyons, OLB, Arizona State
    Josh Samuda, OL, UMass

    Grade: A

Buffalo Bills: D

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    The Haul:

    Delano Howell, SAF, Stanford
    Nick Sukay, SAF, Penn State
    Shawn Powell, P, FSU
    Ian Wild, SAF, Mercyhurst
    Chris Douglas, RB, Missouri St
    Aaron Corp, QB, Richmond
    Chris Hill, CB, Virginia Tech
    Garrick Williams, OLB, Texas A&M
    Paul Madsen, OL, Colorado St
    David Snow, C, Texas

     

    Best Pick: Aaron Corp, QB, Richmond

    Corp may not end up a star in this league, but he should end up on the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster when all is said and done, and that is a feat for an undrafted free agent.

    Corp transferred out of Southern Cal after a fractured fibula opened the gates for Matt Barkley to shine as a freshman starter at the quarterback position.

    I have never had strong feelings about Corp making it in the NFL despite his high recruiting status, but he is the safest bet in the Bills' undrafted haul to actually make the roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    Nick Sukay, SAF, Penn State

     

    Grade: D

New York Jets: A

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    The Haul:

    Damon Harrison, DT, William Penn
    Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
    Brett Roy, DE, Nevada
    GJ Kinne, QB, Tulsa
    Brian Linthicum, TE, Michigan State
    Donovan Robinson, DE, Jackson St
    Brody McKnight, K, Montana
    John Cullen, OT, Utah
    D’Anton Lynn, CB, Penn State
    Donovan Robinson, LB, SC State
    Marcus Dowtin, LB, Northern Alabama
    Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
    Pashaun Brown, RB, Maine
    Anthony Parker, OT Western Michigan
    Josue Ortiz, DL, Harvard (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: GJ Kinne, QB, Tulsa

    Kinne was extremely productive at Tulsa, finishing the year with 31 total touchdowns in the Conference USA. Though he may only stand about 6'1" in height, he was the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and went on to win MVP honors at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

    After Greg McElroy famously mouthed off to the press about the state of the Jets' locker room, the Jets are probably ready to move on, and Kinne should be the beneficiary of McElroy's mistake.

     

    Other Notables:

    Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
    Brett Roy, DE, Nevada
    Brian Linthicum, TE, Michigan State
    Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College

     

    Grade: A

Cincinnati Bengals: C

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    The Haul:

    Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia
    Justin Hinton, WR, Indiana St
    Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
    Tony Dye, S, UCLA
    Derrius Brooks, CB, Western Kentucky
    Brandon Joiner, DE, Arkansas St
    Kashif Moore, WR, UConn
    Tyler Hansen, QB, Colorado
    Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
    Bubba Forrest, S, New Mexico
    Emmanuel Lamur, S/LB, Kansas State
    Ben Bojicic, OL, Bowling Green
    Taveon Rogers, WR, New Mexico State

     

    Best Pick: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

    Like it or not, Burfict tends to grab the headlines.

    Cincinnati is the one team in the league that seems to consistently collect players with character foibles that scare most other teams off. They drafted Orson Charles despite some questionable decision making on his part leading up to the draft, and now they signed Vontaze Burfict as an undrafted free agent.

    Believe it or not, this may be good for Vontaze. He needs to go to a place where he feels he has a completely clean slate, and Cincinnati's reputation for giving troubled players a second chance.

    The benefit of the doubt may be just the thing he needs in order to get out of his own head and get his focus back on football.

     

    Other Notables:

    Tony Dye, S, UCLA
    Kashif Moore, WR, UConn
     

    Grade: C

Cleveland Browns: B

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    The Haul:

    Josh Cooper, WR, Oklahoma State
    Jermaine Saffold, WR, Missouri St
    Andrew Sweat, LB, Ohio State
    Matt Cleveland, OT, Idaho
    Antwuan Reed, CB, Pitt
    J.B. Shugarts, OT, Ohio State
    William Green, DE, Florida
    Tashaun Gipson, S, Wyoming
    Garth Gerhart, OL, Arizona State
    Bert Reed, WR, Florida State
    Emanuel Davis, CB, East Carolina
    Mike Allen, CB, James Madison
    Johnson Bademosi, FS, Stanford
    LJ Fort, LB, Northern Iowa

     

    Best Pick: Josh Cooper, WR, Oklahoma State

    The Browns drafted Brandon Weeden at No. 22 overall in order to take the reins from Colt McCoy sooner rather than later. Having conducted an interview with Weeden myself, I know exactly how much he respects Cooper as a receiver.

    Cooper himself may not be destined to make an impact at the NFL level—or even to make the final 53-man roster. However, he will have instant chemistry with Weeden in training camp, and that could bring out the desired competitiveness from guys like Travis Benjamin, Josh Cribbs and Jordan Norwood.

    There has to be very little doubt in that Cleveland locker room about who is their starting quarterback.

     

    Other Notables:

    Jermaine Saffold, WR, Missouri St
    J.B. Shugarts, OT, Ohio State
    Garth Gerhart, OL, Arizona State
    Bert Reed, WR, Florida State
    Johnson Bademosi, FS, Stanford
     

    Grade: B

Pittsburgh Steelers: B

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    The Haul:

    Brandon Lindsey, LB, Pitt
    Drew Butler, P, Georgia
    Robert Golden, DB, Arizona
    Marquis Maze, WR, Alabama
    Desmond Stapleton, OG, Rutgers
    Adrian Robinson, DE, Temple
    Alex Tanney, QB, Monmouth
    Grant Ressel, PK, Missouri
    Ryan Lee, OG, Furman
    Jake Stoller, DL, Yale
    Connor Dixon, WR, Duquesne

     

    Best Pick: Marquis Maze, WR, Alabama

    With Antonio Brown figuring to take a bigger receiver load now that Hines Ward is officially retired, both the punt and kick return jobs may be open for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Though fifth-round pick Chris Rainey would seem the favorite for taking over these duties due to his world-class speed, I believe Maze is a better punt returner and could ultimately win that job away from Rainey, and possibly other jobs as well.

    Rainey is not a consistent football player, and the work ethic Maze learned under Nick Saban in Alabama may give him an edge.

     

    Other Notables:

    Brandon Lindsey, LB, Pitt
    Robert Golden, DB, Arizona
     

    Grade: B

Baltimore Ravens: B

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    The Haul:

    John Brantley, QB, Florida
    Charles Brown, CB, UNC
    Austin Johnson, LB, Tennessee
    Chyl Quarles, SAF, Wake Forest
    Nick Jean-Baptiste, DT, Baylor
    Deonte Thompson, WR, Florida
    Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse
    Devin Goda, WR, Slippery Rock
    Chris Anzevino, C, Kent State
    Chad Diehl, FB, Clemson
    Antoine McClain, OL, Clemson
    Bruce Figgins, FB, UGA
    Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky
    Jack Cornell, OG/OT, Illinois
    Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, DT, Kent St
    Elliot Henigan, DT, UAB
    Alfred McCullough, OL, Alabama
    Dorian Graham, WR, Syracuse
    James Carmon OL Mississippi State
    Justin Tucker, K, Texas

     

    Best Pick: Nick Provo, TE, Syracuse

    The Ravens have plenty of production at the tight end position from standouts Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, but their third tight end has been set to be Davon Drew.

    Provo could make a push to be that last tight end on the roster as he presents a savvy pass-catching option with good body control and run-after-the-catch ability.

     

    Other Notables:

    Charles Brown, CB, UNC
    Chyl Quarles, SAF, Wake Forest
    Nick Jean-Baptiste, DT, Baylor
    Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky
     

    Grade: B

Indianapolis Colts: A

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    The Haul:

    Micah Pellerin CB, Hampton
    Jabin Sambrano, WR, Montana
    Cameron Chism, CB, Maryland
    Buddy Jackson, CB, Pitt
    Chris Galippo, LB, USC
    Matt Merletti, S, North Carolina
    Griff Whalen, WR, Stanford
    Antonio Fenelus, CB, Wisconsin
    Jason Foster, OL, Rhode Island
    Brian Stahovich, P, San Diego State
    Hayworth Hicks, OL, Iowa State
    Steven Baker, OL, East Carolina
    Kevin Eagan, DE, Endicott
    James Aiono, DT, Utah

     

    Best Pick: Micah Pellerin, CB, Hampton

    Hampton has a reputation for putting out some surprising NFL contributors, and Pellerin should be the next among them.

    I saw the player live in East-West Shrine practices and he stood out as a smooth athlete with great frame and some ability to move and stay in the receiver's hip pocket. I believe he should make Indianapolis' final 53-man roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    Chris Galippo, LB, USC
    Griff Whalen, WR, Stanford
    Antonio Fenelus, CB, Wisconsin
     

    Grade: A

Jacksonville Jaguars: C

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    The Haul:

    Drew Nowak, DT, Western Michigan
    Kevin Elliot, WR, Florida A&M
    Lee Barbiasz, OT, Northern Colorado
    Dontell Johnson, DB, Murray State
    JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati
    Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman
    Matt Veldman, TE, ND State
    Antonio Dennard, CB, Langston
    Mike Brewster, OC, Ohio State
    Jarrett Boykin, WR, VTech
    Long Ding, PK, Norwich
    Joe Banyard, RB, UTEP
    Donovan Richard, SS, South Carolina State
    Taylor Allen, TE, Endicott
    Raymond Carter, RB, Colorado State
    Nelson Rosario, WR, UCLA
    Chris Forcier, WR, Furman (TRYOUT)
    Dan Hoch, OL, Missouri (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: Mike Brewster, OC, Ohio State

    Between Brewster and Hawaii's John Estes, the Jaguars have an impressive eye for diamond-in-the-rough centers that show ultraquick hands and the ability to pass protect.

    Brewster may have his hands full beating Estes for a roster spot, but the guaranteed winner in that battle is the Jacksonville Jaguars.

     

    Other Notables:

    Matt Veldman, TE, ND State
    Jarrett Boykin, WR, VTech
    Nelson Rosario, WR, UCLA

     

    Grade: C

Houston Texans: A

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    The Haul:

    Desmond Marrow, FS, Toledo
    Jerrell Jackson, SAF, Missouri
    Shawn Loiseau, LB, Merrimack
    DJ Bryant, DE, James Madison
    Case Keenum, QB, Houston
    Logan Brock, TE, TCU
    Mario Louis, WR, Grambling St
    Nate Menkin, OT, Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland
    Cody White, OT, Illinois St
    Jason Ford, RB, Illinois
    Loni Fangupo, DT, BYU
    Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
    Eddie Pleasant, S, Oregon
    Delano Johnson, DE/OLB, Bowie State
    David Hunter, DT, Houston
    Tracy Robertson, DT, Baylor
    Johnathan Grimes, RB, William and Mary
    Greg Williams, LB, Pitt
    Rennie Moore, DT Clemson
    Phillip Supernaw, Ouchita Baptist, TE

     

    Best Pick: Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

    His off-the-field issues must be relatively severe for him to have fallen completely out of the draft, but his talent on the field is damn near undeniable.

    He possesses a combination of rare size and acceleration, which he uses to be extremely dangerous on deeper routes as well as after the catch on shorter routes. He increased his production in 2011 despite suffering a clear quarterback downgrade from T.J. Yates to Bryn Renner.

    Speaking of Yates, the two will be teammates again, and Yates may be charged with showing Jones how things are done in professional football. This signing carries the potential for a huge reward.

     

    Other Notables:

    Jerrell Jackson, SAF, Missouri
    Shawn Loiseau, LB, Merrimack
    Case Keenum, QB, Houston
    Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland
    Eddie Pleasant, S, Oregon
    Phillip Supernaw, Ouchita Baptist, TE

     

    Grade: A

Tennessee Titans: B

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    The Haul:

    DJ Woods, WR, Cincinnati
    Devin Aguilar, WR, Washington
    Christian Scott, SAF, Texas
    Alex Watkins, LB, Alabama
    Nick Stephens, QB, Tarleton St
    Chandler Burden, OL, Kentucky
    DaJohn Harris, DT, USC
    William Vlachos, OC, Alabama
    Beau Brinkley, LS, MIssouri
    LaQuinton Evans, WR, Southern
    Brandon Barden, TE, Vanderbilt
    Darryl Whiting, RB, Fordham
    Gary Wilburn, CB, UConn
    Chase Deadder, WR, Sacramento State
    George Bias, OG, Stephen F. Austin

     

    Best Pick: DJ Woods, WR, Cincinnati

    Some may argue Woods will have a tough time making the final 53-man roster, but I see a lengthy, angular player with good body control that can run very fast and be a threat at the next level.

    I believe Woods could compete for the fifth spot at the position, possibly inducing the Titans to keep a sixth player.

     

    Other Notables:

    DaJohn Harris, DT, USC
    William Vlachos, OC, Alabama
    Brandon Barden, TE, Vanderbilt
     

    Grade: B

Denver Broncos: A

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    The Haul:

    Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State
    Steven Johnson, LB, Kansas
    Austin Wuebbels, OG, Missouri
    Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona State
    Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
    Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas
    Wayne Tribue, OL, Temple
    Elliot Coffey, LB, Baylor
    Anthony Miller, TE, Cal
    Jamie Blatnick, DE, Oklahoma State
    Mike Remmers, OT, Oregon State
    Eric Page, WR, Toledo
    Demario Pippen, RB, Tuskegee

     

    Best Pick: Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State

    Duke first stood out to me years ago as I was scouting Chris Owens and Jarron Gilbert off that fantastic San Jose State defense. Ihenacho was all over the place as a rover/safety—he has some ball hawk in him.

    The key to unlocking his potential is allowing him to play some underneath positions in nickel or dime packages, using his instincts to find the ball. He should make the Broncos' roster and may even be a starter one day.

     

    Other Notables:

    Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona State
    Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
    Jerry Franklin, LB, Arkansas
    Jamie Blatnick, DE, Oklahoma State
    Eric Page, WR, Toledo
     

    Grade: A

San Diego Chargers: C

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    The Haul:

    Phillip Payne, WR, UNLV
    Michael Hayes, RB, Houston
    Jarrett Lee, QB, LSU
    Josh Linam, ILB, UCF
    De’Andre Pressley, ATH, App St.
    Eddie Brown, DT, Texas A&M
    Paul Cox, WR, Miss Valley St
    Christian Tupou, DT, USC
    Mike Harris, OG, UCLA
    Taylor Embree, WR, UCLA
    Kyle Martens, P, Rice
    Logan Harrell, DT, Fresno State
    Paul Cox, WR, Mississippi Valley St
    Mike Willie, WR, Arizona State
    Sean Cattouse, S, Cal
    Cordell Bell, OG, Mississippi State
    Hubert Anyiam, WR, Oklahoma State
    Nick Guess, LS, Tennessee
    Charles Burton, OG/OT, Montana
    Jason Barnes, WR, South Carolina
    Greg Gatson, CB, Arkansas

     

    Best Pick: Josh Linam, ILB, UCF

    Linam is a player that popped out at me at East-West Shrine Game practices. He had a nose for the football and looked extremely physical on the outside.

    I went back and looked at him on tape more, and while he was hardly perfect, what I saw was worthy of an NFL roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    De’Andre Pressley, ATH, App St.
    Logan Harrell, DT, Fresno State
    Sean Cattouse, S, Cal
    Hubert Anyiam, WR, Oklahoma State
     

    Grade: C

Kansas City Chiefs: C

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    The Haul:

    Tysyn Hartman, S, Kansas State
    Justin Cheadle, G, Cal
    Nate Eachus, RB, Colgate
    Josh Bellamy, WR, Louisville
    Brandon Kinnie, WR Nebraska
    Jean Fanor SS, Bethune-Cookman
    Taylor Gentry, FB, NC State
    Terrance Parks, SS, Florida State
    Tim Biere, TE, Kansas
    Neiko Thorpe, DB, Auburn
    Ethan Johnson, DE, Notre Dame
    Dexter Heymen, LB, Lousiville
    Cam Holland, OL, North Carolina
    David LeGree, QB, Hampton
    Dominique Ellis, CB, SC State
    James Winchester, LS, Oklahoma

     

    Best Pick: Neiko Thorpe, DB, Auburn

    Thorpe is not the most popular player to come out of Auburn as many fans blame him for the poor job the War Eagle secondary did in 2011. While Thorpe had his obvious gaffes, it is well to note that he played a position that was very new to him, and many of the problems were a matter of getting more experience as a safety.

    It would be easy to dismiss his mistakes as those coming from a player who is not intelligent enough for the position, but the reality isn't that easy. I saw a player that was very instinctive in his coverage assignments, an extremely gifted athlete that was communicative with his teammates and a potential playmaker.

     

    Other Notables:

    Tysyn Hartman, S, Kansas State
    Dexter Heymen, LB, Lousiville
     

    Grade: C

Oakland Raiders: A

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    The Haul:

    Marqutte King, P, Fort Valley State
    Aaron Henry, S, Wisconsin
    Dominique Hamilton, DT, Missouri
    Chaz Powell, CB, Penn State
    Thomas Mayo, WR, Cal (Pa)
    Lucas Nix, OG, Pitt
    Conroy Black, CB, Utah
    Dan Knapp, OL, Arizona State
    Derek Carrier, TE, Beloit
    Mario Kurn, LB, San Diego
    Kaelin Burnett, DE, Nevada
    Brandon Carswell, USC, WR
    Rod Streater, WR, Temple
    Ralph Guidry, DT, Kansas State
    Corey Gatewood, CB, Stanford
    Darius Nall, DE, UCF (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: Derek Carrier, TE, Beloit

    Carrier is a ridiculously athletic player that dominated his level of competition. He had the attention of many big-name schools coming out of high school, but it was important to him to be allowed to play football and basketball simultaneously, which led him to tiny Beloit College. He should be interesting to watch at the next level.

     

    Other Notables:

    Aaron Henry, S, Wisconsin
    Dominique Hamilton, DT, Missouri
    Thomas Mayo, WR, Cal (Pa)
    Lucas Nix, OG, Pitt
     

    Grade: A

Dallas Cowboys: A

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    The Haul:

    Darrell Scott, RB, USF
    Troy Woolfolk, CB, Michigan
    Ronald Leary, OG, Memphis
    Jeff Adams, OT, Columbia
    Taylor Dever, OT, Notre Dame
    Adrian Hamilton, DE, Prairie View A&M
    Aston Whiteside, LB, Abilene Christian
    Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
    Eddie Whitley, FS, VTech
    George Bryan, TE, North Carolina State
    Andrew Szcrerba, TE, Penn State
    Isaac Madison, CB, Arkansas
    Lionel Smith, CB, Texas A&M
    Lance Dunbar, RB, North Texas
    Cole Beasley, WR, SMU
    Tyrone Novikoff, OT, Idaho
    Charley Hughlett, LS, UCF

     

    Best Pick: Jeff Adams, OT, Columbia

    I will be very interested in seeing how Adams pans out for the Dallas Cowboys. He is athletic in the extreme but a little underdeveloped in the weight room.

    He showed at the East-West Shrine practices he could play with a much higher level of competition than he was used to at Columbia. He caught my eye and quickly became one of my favorite players at the Shrine Game.

     

    Other Notables:

    Darrell Scott, RB, USF
    Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
    Eddie Whitley, FS, VTech
    George Bryan, TE, North Carolina State
    Andrew Szcrerba, TE, Penn State
     

    Grade: A

Philadelphia Eagles: A

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    The Haul:

    Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
    Phillip Thomas, CB, Syracuse
    Emil Igwenagu, TE, UMass
    Matt Camilli, LS, UTEP
    Damaris Johnson, WR, Tulsa
    Chris Polk, RB, Washington
    Chase Ford, TE, Miami

     

    Best Pick: Chase Ford, TE, Miami

    Speaking of favorite players to watch at East-West Shrine practice, Ford came out of absolutely nowhere to dominate practices as a tight end. I watched Dennis Pitta in person at Shrine practices a few years back and became a huge proponent of his. I also saw Andrew Quarless live in Shrine practice. I saw Julius Thomas and Virgil Green take part in Shrine practices.

    Chase Ford dominated in ways that none of them were able to during the week of All-Star practices and then followed through by making a hugely impressive play during the game itself.

    A look at his junior college tape at Kilgore prior to transferring to The U shows this was a tragically underdeveloped and underused player at Miami, which is sadly becoming well known for putting out such players.

     

    Other Notables:

    Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
    Emil Igwenagu, TE, UMass
    Chris Polk, RB, Washington
     

    Grade: A

New York Giants: B

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    The Haul:

    Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State
    Matt Broha, DE, Louisiana Tech
    Damian Davis, WR, Mary Hardin-Baylor
    David Douglas, WR, Arizona
    Adwale Ojomo, DE, Miami
    Julian Talley, WR, U Mass
    Joe Martinek, FB, Rutgers
    Jojo Nicolas, S, Miami
    D’Angelo McCray, OL, Memphis
    Stephen Goodin, OG, Nebraska-Kearney

     

    Best Pick: Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State

    Prior to being forced to transfer to McNeese due to off-field issues, Jackson was a player that stood out in the Tennessee secondary even alongside Eric Berry.

    This is the definition of a high-reward, low-risk stab in the dark that could benefit a team in the long run. If Janzen matures as a person, he could not only make the Giants team, he could find himself starting one day.

     

    Other Notables:

    Adwale Ojomo, DE, Miami
    Jojo Nicolas, S, Miami
     

    Grade: B

Washington Redskins: D

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    The Haul:

    Eain Smith, S, WVU
    Michael Shaw, RB, Michigan
    Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
    Lance Lewis, WR, ECU
    Brian McNally, DE, New Hampshire
    Darius Hanks, WR, Alabama
    Lenny Creer, RB, La Tech
    Vaughn Meatoga, DT, Hawaii
    DJ Holt, LB, Cal
    Grant Garner, C, Oklahoma State
    Kerby Long, WR, James Madison
    Josh Oglesby, OL, Wisconsin
    Dwayne Frampton, WR, Arkansas State
    Marcus Hyde, DE, William & Mary (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: Lenny Creer, RB, La Tech

    Creer is another player that stood out at Shrine practices, so much so that scouts pulled him up to participate in the Senior Bowl. He shows a rare combination of size, strength and speed that reminded me a little of Ronnie Brown.

     

    Other Notables:

    Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
    Vaughn Meatoga, DT, Hawaii
    Grant Garner, C, Oklahoma State
    Josh Oglesby, OL, Wisconsin
     

    Grade: D

Chicago Bears: D

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    The Haul:

    Ronnie Cameron, DT, Old Dominion
    James Brown, OL, Troy
    Trevor Coston, S, Maine
    Chris Summers, WR, Liberty
    Jake Anderson, OT, Akron
    Ronnie Thornton, LB, Southern Miss
    Adrien Cole, LB, LA Tech
    Tyler Holmes, LB, UMass
    Kyle Wojta, LS, Wisconsin
    Alvester Alexander, RB, Wyoming
    Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: Adrien Cole, LB, LA Tech

    Cole is a typical bruising, bowling-ball-shaped run-stopper as an inside linebacker. While he would have a difficult time playing on passing downs, he is a guy you can count on to come on the field during typical run downs and clog the lanes, find the football and make an impact.

     

    Other Notables:

    James Brown, OL, Troy

     

    Grade: D

Detroit Lions: F

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    The Haul:

    Derek Dimke, K, Illinois
    Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
    Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston
    J.C. Oram, OG, Weber St
    Rodney Austin, OG, Elon
    Carmen Messina, LB, New Mexico
    Ronnie Sneed, ILB, Kentucky
    Quinn Barham, OL, Penn St
    Jared Karstetter, WR, Washington St
    Michael Cosgrove, DT, Idaho
    Monte Lewis, DE, Jacksonville St
    Sam Proctor, SAF, Oklahoma
    Alex Gottlieb, TE, William & Mary

     

    Best Pick: Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston

    With a bad injury history well behind him, Edwards' future may be brighter than some people believe. He set records at Houston for production, and he is quick as a water bug. You could find him on the Lions' final 53-man roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
     

    Grade: F

Green Bay Packers: B

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    The Haul:

    Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota St
    Darius Reynolds, WR, Iowa State
    Sean Richardson, SAF, Vanderbilt
    Marcus Rivers, WR, Buffalo
    Nic Cooper, RB, Winston-Salem
    Eric Lair, TE, Minnesota
    Randy Colling, NT, Gannon
    Dezman Moses, DE, Tulane
    Dion Turner, DB, Southern Utah
    Marc Tyler, RB, USC
    Tommie Draheim, OL, SD State
    Duane Bennett, RB, Minn
    Cameron Ford, TE, Wake Forest
    Don Barclay, OL, West Virginia
    Drew Vanderlin, TE, Michigan Tech
    David Nadeau, K, Minn-Duluth (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota St

    Moss has unique athleticism and size for the position, and these showed up in his pro day numbers. He is another basketball conversion.

    I saw him live at Shrine practices, and someone had to actually inform me he was a basketball convert that was very new to the sport because all I saw was a smooth player that had good ability to adjust on the football and was just trying to learn more right along with all the other receivers there.

     

    Other Notables:

    Darius Reynolds, WR, Iowa State
    Marc Tyler, RB, USC
     

    Grade: B

Minnesota Vikings: C

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    The Haul:

    Bobby Felder, CB, Nicholls St
    Quentin Saulsberry, OC, Mississippi St
    Darrion Weems, OL, Oregon
    Chase Baker, DT, Boise State
    Derrick Coleman, RB, UCLA
    Tydreke Powell, DT, UNC
    Kevin Cyrille, DE, FAU
    Kamar Jorden, WR, Bowling Green
    Tyler Nielsen, LB, Iowa
    Eric Lattimore, DE, Penn State
    Corey Paderes, LB, Hawaii
    Austin Pasztor, OG, UVA
    Terrell Resonno, DT, Missouri
    CC Whitlock, DB, South Carolina
    Corey Paredes, LB, Hawaii
    Mitch Elliott, OL, Bethel College

     

    Best Pick: Quentin Saulsberry, OC, Mississippi St

    Saulsberry has had a very long starting career at Mississippi State. Watching him go through offensive line drills at the combine, he looked like a journeyman professional that took some time to participate in drills along side a bunch of young kids.

    He caught my eye with his matchup against Michael Brockers of LSU. The two had a good battle, but I felt Saulsberry got the better of Brockers that day. It will be interesting to see if he makes the Vikings' roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    Tydreke Powell, DT, UNC
    Tyler Nielsen, LB, Iowa

     

    Grade: C

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C

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    The Haul:

    Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
    Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati
    Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern (WORKOUT)
    Sean Baker, SAF, Ball State
    Morkeith Brown, DE, Temple
    Tyler Shoemaker, WR, Boise State
    Mike VanDerMeulen, OL, Toledo
    Brandon Herron, LB, Michigan
    Chaz Hine, OG, South Florida
    Tramaine Thomas, S, Arkansas
    Adonis Thomas, RB, Toledo (TRYOUT)

     

    Best Pick: Dan Persa, QB, Northwestern (WORKOUT)

    Persa has been invited for a workout with the Buccaneers and has not officially signed an undrafted free-agent contract, but the Buccaneers may quickly decide to get him under contract when he shows them the kind of athleticism and will he brings to the table as a potential third quarterback.

    This is a guy that I felt in many ways showed up some much higher-rated quarterbacks during East-West Shrine practices. The Buccaneers are not exactly three deep at the position with Brett Ratliff holding up the rare, so Persa or Zach Collaros could easily make the team.

     

    Other Notables:

    Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
    Zach Collaros, QB, Cincinnati
    Morkeith Brown, DE, Temple
    Chaz Hine, OG, South Florida

     

    Grade: C

Atlanta Falcons: C

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    The Haul:

    Patrick Schiller, LB, Northern Illinois
    Josh Harris, LS, Auburn
    Cory Pearcy, WR, Huntington
    Lamark Brown, WR, Minn-Mankato
    Tyler Horn, OC, Miami
    Chad Faulcon, SAF, Montclair St
    Casey Therriault, QB, Jackson St
    Jerrell Harris, ILB, Alabama
    Adam Nissley, TE, UCF
    Louis Nzegwu, DE, Wisconsin
    Dawson Zimmerman, P, Clemson
    Micanor Regis, DT, Miami
    Dominique Davis, QB, East Carolina
    Bryce Harris, OT, Fresno State

     

    Best Pick: Micanor Regis, DT, Miami

    I am surprised Regis remained undrafted. He really stood out on tape for his ability to use brute strength in order to push around offensive linemen, get off blocks and make plays on the football. I felt he stood out during East-West Shrine practices, as well.

     

    Other Notables:

    Cory Pearcy, WR, Huntington
    Dominique Davis, QB, East Carolina
     

    Grade: C

Carolina Panthers: C

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    The Haul:

    Ryan van Bergen, DE, Michigan
    Rico Wallace, WR, Shenandoah
    Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri
    Jared Green, WR, Southern
    Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
    Brenton Bersin, WR, Wofford
    Will Blackwell, OC, LSU
    Rico Wallace, WR, Shenandoah
    Nate Chandler, DT, UCLA
    Lyndon Rowells, RB, Humboldt St
    Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee

     

    Best Pick: Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee

    Being able to evaluate a position well can cut both ways at times. You may be able to snag a guy like Poole, who shows consistent ability to gain yards with superior vision and timing, but at the same time you are likely to already have talented players at the position for the exact same reason you were able to identify Poole.

    Nonetheless, I believe this is a good undrafted free-agent signing.

     

    Other Notables:

    Ryan van Bergen, DE, Michigan
    Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri
    Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
     

    Grade: C

New Orleans Saints: F

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    The Haul:

    Laron Scott, CB, Georgia Southern
    Braylon Broughton, OLB, TCU
    Johnny Thomas, S, Ok State
    Travaris Cadet, WR, Appalachian State
    Adarius Simmons, OT, ASU
    Jerico Nelson, S, Arkansas
    Jose Gumbs, S, Monmouth
    Tyrunn Walker, DL, Tulsa
    Kadarron Anderson, ILB, Furman
    Brian Folkerts, OL, Washburn
    Jacob Byrne, TE, Wisconsin
    DeOn’Tae Pannell, OL, Penn State
    A.J. Davis, CB, Jacksonville St
    Stephen Johnson, LB, Temple
    Aaron Tevis, LB, Boise State
    Chris Givins, WR, Miami (OH)
    Kevin Hardy, WR, Citadel
    Justin Aldredge, FB, Northwestern State

     

    Best Pick: Travaris Cadet, WR, Appalachian State

    There were several teams after Cadet, who transferred to Appalachian State from Toledo after playing a small role as a receiver with the latter in 2007. Cadet had an impressive season and followed up with a good workout. He could be a guy to keep an eye on for making the final roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    Johnny Thomas, S, Ok State
     

    Grade: F

Arizona Cardinals: B

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    The Haul:

    Scott Wedige, OL, Northern Illinois
    Jared Crank, FB, Purdue
    Broderick Binns, DE, Iowa
    Tevita Finau, DL, Utah
    Tre Gray, WR, Richmond
    Marcus McGraw, LB, Houston
    Zach Nash, DL, Sacramento St
    Richetti Jones, DE, Oklahoma State
    Paul Vassallo, LB, Arizona
    Marc Wilson, WR, St. Anslem
    James Nixon, CB, Cal (Pa)
    Colin Parker, LB, Arizona State
    Blake Gideon, S, Texas
    Blake DeChristopher, OL, Virginia Tech
    Conrad Obi, DT, Colorado

     

    Best Pick: Blake Gideon, S, Texas

    Texas had a fantastic defense in 2011, and the strength of that defense lies in the secondary. Players in the defensive backfield flew to the football as fast as any secondary I saw in 2011, even those in the SEC. They were this year's version of the 2010 Nebraska defense.

    There is something to be said for taking a stab at one of the leaders and most prominent players in that kind of secondary, even if his pro-day measurables are not entirely ideal.

     

    Other Notables:

    Scott Wedige, OL, Northern Illinois
    Broderick Binns, DE, Iowa
    Paul Vassallo, LB, Arizona
    Blake DeChristopher, OL, Virginia Tech
     

    Grade: B

San Francisco 49ers: A

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    The Haul:

    Brian Tymes, WR, FAMU
    Nathan Palmer, WR, NIU
    Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
    Joe Holland, OLB, Purdue
    Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
    DaJuan Cofield, RB, San Jose State
    Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois
    Kevin Murphy, OT, Harvard
    Michael Thomas, S, Stanford
    Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
    Matthew Masafilo, DE, Stanford
    Johnson Bademosi, SAF, Stanford
    Kourtnei Brown, DE, Clemson
    Patrick Butrym, DL, Wisconsin
    Georgio Tavecchio, K, Cal
    Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, Texas A&M

     

    Best Pick: Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford

    I find it significant that Jim Harbaugh wanted to make sure he could snag his own Chris Owusu onto his team, knowing his history with concussions.

    I believe Owusu was one of the most underrated receivers in the draft. His concussion history may be scary, but a leading neurologist has cleared him for play and does not believe he is at significant risk for further concussions.  

    Counterintuitive as it may seem, the fact that all of his concussions were on extremely hard hits shows he has not been suffering concussions because he is prone to them, but rather because he is unlucky.

     

    Other Notables:

    Al Netter, OG, Northwestern
    Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State
    Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois
    Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford
    Johnson Bademosi, SAF, Stanford
    Kourtnei Brown, DE, Clemson
    Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, Texas A&M
     

    Grade: A

St. Louis Rams: A

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    The Haul:

    Matt Daniels, S, Duke
    Jeremy Caldwell, CB, EKU
    Cory Harkey, TE, UCLA
    Matt Conrath, DT, Virginia
    Alex Hoffman-Ellis, OLB, Washington State
    Derrick Choice, OLB, Stephen F. Austin
    DeAngelo Peterson, TE, LSU
    Sammy Brown, LB, Houston
    Austin Davis, QB, Southern Miss
    Johnny Hekker, P, Oregon State
    Joe Long, OL, Wayne State
    Noah Keller, LB, Ohio
    Jamaar Jarrett, DE, ASU
    Jeremy Caldwell, WR, Eastern Kentucky
    T-Bob Hebert, OC, LSU
    Todd Anderson, FB, Michigan State
    Travis Tripucka, LS, UMass
    Calvin Middleton, RB, Jackson State

     

    Best Pick: DeAngelo Peterson, TE, LSU

    Though Peterson took a while to develop at LSU and was ultimately an underachiever, he could have a brighter future as a professional. He was once an extremely gifted, highly recruited player. Sometimes those guys can resurface once they make it to the pros.

     

    Other Notables:

    Matt Daniels, S, Duke
    Matt Conrath, DT, Virginia
    Austin Davis, QB, Southern Miss
    Joe Long, OL, Wayne State
    Noah Keller, LB, Ohio
     

    Grade: A

Seattle Seahawks: D

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    The Haul:

    Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
    Phil Bates, WR, Ohio
    London Durham, CB, McNeese State
    Rishaw Johnson, G, California (PA)
    Sean McGrath, TE/LS, Henderson State
    Jon Opperud, OL, Montana
    Deshawn Shead, DB, Portland State
    Monte Taylor, DE, Cincinnati
    Lavasier Tuinei, WR, Oregon
    Addison Lawrence OL Mississippi State
    James Stampley, FB, LSU
    Carson Wiggs, K, Purdue

     

    Best Pick: Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington

    This signing may look on the outset like a team just keeping a local favorite home and giving him a shot to make it in the big leagues. That may ultimately be what this signing is, but I see it potentially as more than that.  

    Kearse was a deep threat with Jake Locker throwing the ball because of his ability to break off his routes and track the football over his shoulder. I felt he helped Locker play well in certain situations at Washington, and I wouldn't be surprised if he made the Seahawks' roster.

     

    Other Notables:

    Rishaw Johnson, G, California (PA)
    Lavasier Tuinei, WR, Oregon
     

    Grade: D