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2012 NFL Draft Review: How Is Every Drafted Rookie Performing?

Wes StueveContributor IIISeptember 14, 2012

2012 NFL Draft Review: How Is Every Drafted Rookie Performing?

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    Part of the excitement with Week 1 of the NFL is watching the rookies. Sure, the preseason gave us some idea of how the first-year players might perform in the NFL, but until the actual games start, we don't know much.

    Though we were able to watch many rookies in Week 1, some players didn't make it that far. And others didn't see the field in their first week. 

    So, though this article will look at Week 1 performances, it will also look at what rookies are showing potential. The fact that a rookie didn't do so well in Week 1 doesn't mean he hasn't shown the ability to contribute as a rookie.

    Want to know how your rookies are stacking up to those across the league? Look no further.

Quarterback

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    No. 1 Andrew Luck, Stanford—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: 23-of-45, 309 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

    Summary: Luck struggled some in his first game action, but through the preseason and training camp, he looked ready for the NFL. Luck's NFL readiness was unprecedented, and he has the physical ability to dominate. 

    Look for Luck to continue to progress. His numbers may not be great throughout the year, but that goes more on his supporting cast.

     

    No. 2 Robert Griffin III, Baylor—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: 19-of-26, 320 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

    Summary: RG3 couldn't have had a much better debut. He completely dominated New Orleans through the air. Griffin made plays with the ball and was efficient.

    The Saints don't have the best defense, but Griffin's play provides plenty reason for optimism. He will continue to improve as time goes on and should have a great year. 

     

    No. 8 Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: 20-of-36, 219 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT

    Summary: Playing against an excellent Houston defense, Tannehill struggled. He frequently looked like he simply wasn't ready for the NFL game.

    However, Tannehill is still loaded with potential.

    He's playing on a terribly untalented offense, surrounded by few players of value. With time, Tannehill could develop into a star, but he will go through struggles, as he's already showing. 

     

    No. 22 Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: 12-of-35, 119 yards, 0 TD, 4 INT

    Summary: Weeden isn't exactly off to a great start. In fact, he's off to a terrible start. There's no denying the 28-year-old's talent, but he isn't showing it on the field. 

    The Browns are hopeful that Weeden will adapt to the NFL, but it will probably take some time—and it may never happen. It could be a rough year for Weeden and the Browns. 

     

    No. 57 Brock Osweiler, Arizona State—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: Osweiler was active but did not record any stats Week 1. 

    Summary: As Peyton Manning's backup, Osweiler probably won't see the field much, if at all, in 2012. The 6'7" quarterback is talented, but he needs a lot of work as a quarterback.

    Osweiler has a rocket arm, great size and surprising athleticism. However, to make it as an NFL quarterback, his mechanics, accuracy and decision-making will all need to make huge strides. 

     

    No. 75 Russell Wilson, Wisconsin—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: 18-of-34, 153 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

    Summary: Wilson is talented, but he struggled some in his first start. It remains to be seen whether a 5'11" third-round pick can play at a high level. Right now, Wilson's preseason and regular season are conflicting. 

     

    No. 88 Nick Foles, Arizona—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: Foles was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: Foles is undeniably talented. He performed well in the preseason, winning Philadelphia's backup quarterback spot. In time, Foles could develop into an above-average starter. 

     

    No. 102 Kirk Cousins, Michigan State—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: Cousins was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: Cousins lacks the physical ability to be a starting quarterback, but he is smart and talented enough to be a good backup. With the injury-prone Robert Griffin at quarterback, Washington needs a good backup.

     

    No. 185 Ryan Lindley, San Diego State—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: Lindley was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: In college, Lindley was a talented passer who played in a pro-style offense. However, his accuracy was bad, and his decision-making was worse.  

    Lindley has some potential, but he needs a lot of work.

     

    No. 243 B.J. Coleman, Chattanooga—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: Coleman was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: A talented passer, Coleman has some upside, but he'll need time to develop into even a backup. 

     

    No. 253 Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: Harnish was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: If Harnish is active at all, it probably won't be for many games. Down the line, Harnish may have backup potential, but it's hard to say at this point.  

Running Back

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    No. 3 Trent Richardson, Alabama—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: 19 ATT, 39 yards, 1 Rec, 5 yards

    Summary: Despite a disappointing debut, Richardson is in for a big season. Few running backs are more talented, and Richardson should have a great career.

    As he recovers from knee surgery, Richardson's play will improve. If his stats don't improve, it won't be his fault, but rather that of the players around him. 

     

    No. 31 Doug Martin, Boise State—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: 24 ATT, 96 yards, 4 Rec, 23 yards

    Summary: Martin put up decent numbers here, but he wasn't going up against the world's greatest defense either. Regardless, he looked good and played a complete game.

    A capable blocker, Martin rarely has to come off the field and can play in nearly any situation. He isn't the most dynamic back, but he will pick up yards and make few mistakes. 

     

    No. 32 David Wilson, Virginia Tech—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: 2 ATT, 4 yards, 1 Fumble

    Summary: Wilson was yanked from the game after fumbling, so we didn't really get a chance to see what he could do. In the preseason, however, he looked dynamic.

    Wilson has shown great burst, agility and receiving ability. He isn't an every-down back, but he offers plenty of value nonetheless. 

     

    No. 50 Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: 1 KR, 25 yards

    Summary: Pead is a shifty running back with good acceleration. He struggled to run north and south in the preseason, but this is often a problem in young runners and should be correctable. 

    In time, Pead could become more than just a change-of-pace back. He could, in fact, be a No. 1 running back. But for this to happen, Pead needs to make some corrections. 

     

    No. 61 LaMichael James, Oregon—San Francisco 49ers

    Week 1 Results: James was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: James is an explosive back who excels in the pass game. However, he has major durability issues already popping up and struggles to run between the tackles. 

    When he's on the field, James is a great weapon for the San Francisco offense. He is not, however, an every-down running back. 

     

    No. 67 Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: Hillman was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Many expected the explosive Hillman to be an impact player as a rookie, but he is fighting to even dress. Though he is talented, Hillman clearly has a lot to work on before he earns significant playing time. 

     

    No. 84 Bernard Pierce, Temple—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: 4 ATT, 19 yards

    Summary: A physical runner, Pierce will look to spell off Ray Rice throughout the season. Pierce likely won't make a ton of big plays, but he won't be completely useless with Rice on the bench either. He should be a good second running back as time goes on. 

     

    No. 97 Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: Miller was inactive Week 1. 

    Summary: In the preseason, Miller impressed with his burst and play-making ability. Miller should make an impact as the 2012 season wears down, and he has the ability to start at running back in the future. 

     

    No. 106 Robert Turbin, Utah State—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: 2 ATT, 5 yards

    Summary: Turbin is a big, bruising back with some speed. He doesn't have a whole lot of agility, but he can run guys over, and he can run by others. The Utah State product has starter potential. 

     

    No. 111 Evan Rodriguez, Temple—Chicago Bears

    Week 1 Results: Rodriguez started, but he did not record any stats.

    Summary: A fourth-round pick, Rodriguez is already starting at fullback for the Bears. He's a versatile player out of the backfield, capable of catching the ball, blocking or even running. 

     

    No. 157 Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin—Atlanta Falcons

    Week 1 Results: Ewing started, but he did not record any stats.

    Summary: A great blocker, Ewing is a fairly one-dimensional fullback. He isn't much of an athlete or receiver, but he can clear a hole in the run game or protect the quarterback in pass protection. 

     

    No. 159 Chris Rainey, Florida—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: 2 ATT, 5 yards, 1 Rec, -1 yards

    Summary: An explosive talent, Rainey is already seeing the field and could make an impact as a rookie. He won't get a ton of touches, but he's a threat to score anytime he has the ball in his hands. Rainey has Darren Sproles potential. 

     

    No. 170 Vick Ballard, Mississippi State—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: 4 ATT, 6 yards

    Summary: Ballard didn't do much Week 1, but he looked decent in the preseason. He probably isn't a future starter, but he could be a good backup running back in time.  

     

    No. 173 Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: 28 ATT, 96 yards, 2 TD

    Summary: A big running back with power, Morris lacks burst but has good vision. In other words, he's exactly the type of running back Mike Shanahan goes through about nine times a year. 

     

    No. 182 Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Gray was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A quick running back, Gray has change-of-pace potential but needs to improve before he is ready to contribute. Gray will never be a starter, but he should be able to contribute in spurts. 

     

    No. 191 Dan Herron, Ohio State—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Herron is on Cincinnati's practice squad.

    Summary: It wasn't a surprise to see Herron not make the 53-man roster. He never showed much burst for his size and wasn't much of a playmaker. He is nothing more than a backup in the NFL. 

     

    No. 202 Terrance Ganaway, Baylor—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: Ganaway was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: He was inactive for the St. Louis Rams, that is. Yes, the Jets cut Ganaway, and he is now a Ram. The big running back has some upside moving forward, but he will never be more than a backup. 

     

    No. 212 Michael Smith, Utah State—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: 3 KR, 55 yards

    Summary: Smith isn't seeing much time on offense, but he is contributing as a return man. In time, though, Smith's explosiveness could make him an offensive threat. 

     

    No. 229 Bryce Brown, Kansas State—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: 2 ATT, 3 yards

    Summary: Brown has always been talented, but he never put it together at Kansas State. However, he's impressed the Eagles so far and could make a career as a backup. 

     

    No. 247 Brad Smelley, Alabama—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Smelley is on Cleveland's practice squad.

    Summary: Though he didn't make the 53-man roster, Smelley played decently in the preseason and should have a roster spot in 2013. The H-back impressed both with his versatility and catching ability.

     

    No. 250 Edwin Baker, Michigan State—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: Baker was on San Diego's practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Though he has some potential as an all-around running back, Baker was unable to make San Diego's final roster. Baker clearly won't contribute as a rookie, and he probably won't be more than a third running back in the future. 

     

    No. 252 Daryl Richardson, Abilene Christian—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: 2 ATT, 20 yards

    Summary: Richardson is an undersized, explosive running back capable of breaking a long run at any point. It's hard to say just yet, but St. Louis may have found a gem here. 

Wide Receiver

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    No. 5 Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State—Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 1 Results: 3 Rec, 24 yards, 0 TD

    Summary: Blackmon made some plays in the preseason, but he isn't there as a star wideout yet. As a rookie, Blackmon should contribute, but he won't be A.J. Green.

    Down the line, look for Blackmon to be a good, consistent receiver. Don't expect elite production or play, though. He isn't physically talented enough to be a truly dominant weapon. 

     

    No. 13 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: Floyd was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A talented wideout, Floyd is still in need of some refinement. He's big, athletic and can catch, but he needs work everywhere else. It will take time for Floyd to truly produce. 

    Once Floyd begins to refine his game, Arizona will finally have an explosive wideout opposite Larry Fitzgerald. In fact, the two could be an incredible duo. 

     

    No. 20 Kendall Wright, Baylor—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: 5 Rec, 37 yards, 0 TD

    Summary: Despite not putting up great numbers, Wright has impressed with his play. He has shown explosiveness, quickness and catching ability.

    Already starting, Wright is in line for an excellent rookie season. He probably won't put up 1,000 yards, but he should produce at a high level. 

     

    No. 30 A.J. Jenkins, Illinois—San Francisco 49ers

    Week 1 Results: Jenkins was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: To date, Jenkins has disappointed. He has failed to work his way up an unimpressive depth chart and hasn't stood out at all. This was a surprise pick at the time, and it isn't looking any better now.

    Jenkins still has talent, but he needs to start improving before people lose hope in him. He isn't talented enough to underachieve for too long. 

     

    No. 33 Brian Quick, Appalachian State—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: Quick was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A great talent, Quick has size and athletic ability. He has great potential and could develop into a No. 1 wide receiver. 

    Coming out of Appalachian State, Quick is raw. He needs to improve in many areas as a wide receiver, but if he does, he could be scary. 

     

    No. 43 Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: 5 Rec, 89 yards, 2 TD

    Summary: Hill started off his NFL career with a bang, hauling in two touchdowns. There's no denying Hill's outrageous physical talent, but not many expected him to come out of the gates so fast.

    If Hill is producing like this as a raw rookie, he could do unthinkable things as he improves his game. There is unlimited potential here. 

     

    No. 45 Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina—Chicago Bears

    Week 1 Results: 3 Rec, 80 yards, 1 TD

    Summary: An incredible talent, Jeffery's only issue in college was weight and conditioning. If he stays in shape, Jeffery could be an absolute beast for the Bears.

    Few wideouts offer Jeffery's catching ability. The South Carolina product can play at any level of the field, and he has incredible upside. 

     

    No. 54 Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma—Detroit Lions

    Week 1 Results: Broyles was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Broyles is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered during his senior season at Oklahoma. The shifty wideout could still contribute as a rookie, though.

    In the future, Broyles projects as a slot receiver, but he could be excellent in that capacity. His combination of quickness and consistent hands is deadly there. 

     

    No. 63 Rueben Randle, LSU—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: Randle was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: Randle is an excellent athlete with terrific size. He isn't quite ready to start yet, but when he is, he could be something special.

    With his physical ability, Randle is able to attack every level of the field. He has legitimate No. 1 wideout upside. 

     

    No. 68 DeVier Posey, Ohio State—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: Posey was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Failing to even dress for his first regular season game isn't a good start for Posey. The talented wideout missed most of his senior season, and it's shown on the field.

    Posey has physical ability, no doubt, but he isn't playing up to it thus far. Houston has to be disappointed with what Posey has shown.

     

    No. 69 T.J. Graham, North Carolina State—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Graham was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: It was a surprise when Graham was inactive against the Jets. Graham is an incredibly explosive deep threat with the potential to score at any time. He is one of Buffalo's few offensive weapons moving forward. 

     

    No. 83 Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Sanu did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: After failing to secure the No. 2 wide receiver job, Sanu fell down the depth chart. He could still contribute as a rookie, but he won't be putting up any big numbers. 

     

    No. 92 T.Y. Hilton, Florida International—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: Hilton was inactive.

    Summary: Hilton has showed promise, but he hasn't hit the field yet. He still has the potential to be an exciting player. 

     

    No. 96 Chris Givens, Wake Forest—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: Givens was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A quick, explosive wideout, Givens has great hands. He needs to better at running his routes, though. At just 6'0", 198 pounds, Givens is limited by his size. 

     

    No. 100 Travis Benjamin, Miami (FL)—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: 1 Rec, 12 yards, 0 TD, 1 CAR, 35 yards

    Summary: Benjamin has shown great burst and speed, and he was one of the few exciting players in Cleveland's season opener. It will take time for Benjamin to be anything close to a complete wideout, but, for the moment at least, he's still a playmaker. 

     

    No. 104 Joe Adams, Arkansas—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: 3 PR, 28 yards, 1 KR, 31 yards

    Summary: Though he hasn't yet made an impact at wide receiver, Adams is already contributing as a returner. The explosive wideout is a potential star out of the slot, and he should make some plays as a rookie even.

     

    No. 107 Devon Wylie, Fresno State—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Wylie was active but did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: Wylie lacks the size to play on the outside, but he is quick with good hands and speed. In time, Wylie could develop into an excellent slot receiver. He has the ability to burn defenses at all levels of the field. 

     

    No. 118 Jarius Wright, Arkansas—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: Wright was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: An explosive player, Wright has potential as a slot receiver moving forward. He doesn't have the size to play on the outside, however. 

     

    No. 121 Keshawn Martin, Michigan State—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: Martin did not record any stats.

    Summary: A fourth-round pick, Martin has worked his way up the depth chart and passed third-round selection DeVier Posey. In the future, Martin has good potential as a third or fourth wideout.

     

    No. 122 Nick Toon, Wisconsin—New Orleans Saints

    Week 1 Results: Toon was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Toon had a chance to contribute as a rookie, but injuries ended his season. He still has the potential to contribute in 2013. 

     

    No. 134 Greg Childs, Arkansas—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: Childs was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: The signs were good before Childs tore both his patellar tendons on one play. Now, Childs will face a difficult road just to play again, much less play at a high level. 

     

    No. 152 Danny Coale, Virginia Tech—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: Coale was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Although he's a quick player, Coale wasn't good enough at anything else to make the final roster. When he improves as a receiver, he could make it as a slot receiver. 

     

    No. 166 Marvin Jones, California—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Jones did not record any stats Week 1. 

    Summary: Some thought that Jones could compete to start opposite A.J. Green. But he is currently buried on Cincinnati's depth chart. He could still rise up and contribute, but that's not looking too likely at the moment. 

     

    No. 168 Juron Criner, Arizona—Oakland Raiders

    Week 1 Results: Criner was active but recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Criner has impressed many with his catching ability, but he failed to make an impact in Oakland's first game. The big wideout will likely produce as the season goes on, though, and he still has starter potential. 

     

    No. 183 B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: Cunningham was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: After being cut by Miami, Cunningham signed to Philadelphia's practice squad. He struggled with drops throughout training camp and wasn't dynamic enough to warrant a roster spot.

     

    No. 194 Marvin McNutt, Iowa—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: McNutt was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: A big receiver with good hands, McNutt needs to get better at separating. If he adds more burst or improves as a route-runner, McNutt could add value down the line as a fourth receiver. 

     

    No. 198 Tommy Streeter, Miami (FL)—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: Streeter was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: A physical freak, Streeter is a terrific athlete, but he may not be a great football player. He won't see the field in 2012, and he'll need to improve by 2013 to make the roster. There is great deep-threat potential here, though. 

     

    No. 206 LaVon Brazill, Ohio—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: 1 Rec, 10 yards, 0 TD

    Summary: Though he probably isn't a future starter, Brazill has impressed coaches and earned playing time. He should contribute throughout the year, but he won't bring great things. 

     

    No. 227 Rishard Matthews, Nevada—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: Matthews was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Matthews isn't ready to contribute yet, but with time, he could develop into a role player. The Nevada product is quick and makes plays with the ball in his hands. 

     

    No. 231 Toney Clemons, Colorado—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Clemons was on Pittsburgh's practice squad Week 1. 

    Summary: A big wideout, Clemons is a good athlete, but he was unable to stick on the 53-man roster as a rookie. Clemons could have potential in the future, but it's hard to be too optimistic about the future of such a late selection. 

     

    No. 235 Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: Ebert was not on an NFL roster Week 1.

    Summary: Ebert has since signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, but his career certainly got off to a shaky start. A fairly talented player, Ebert has a chance of becoming something if given a chance. 

     

    No. 238 Junior Hemingway, Michigan—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Hemingway was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Though he spent Week 1 on the practice squad, Hemingway has since been released entirely. The Chiefs clearly didn't like what they were seeing out of the rookie, and his career is now in jeopardy. 

     

    No. 244 Jordan White, Western Michigan—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: White was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: White is a quick player who lacks deep speed. If he becomes a great route-runner, White could possibly make it as a slot receiver, but he will need to be nearly perfect at everything else to overcome his lack of speed. 

Tight End

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    No. 34 Coby Fleener, Stanford—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: 6 Rec, 82 yards

    Summary: Fleener started off his NFL career with a great performance. Andrew Luck leaned on him throughout the game, and Fleener responded. 

    A great athlete, Fleener will continue to put up good numbers. Don't expect much out of him as a blocker, but he'll catch the football. 

     

    No. 64 Dwayne Allen, Clemson—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: Allen played plenty in his debut, but he didn't catch a pass.

    Summary: As time goes on, Allen will contribute more to Indianapolis' offensive success. 

     

    No. 78 Michael Egnew, Missouri—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: Egnew was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: At Missouri, Egnew was essentially a really big wide receiver. In the NFL, he's struggling to separate from more athletic defenders, and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon. 

     

    No. 110 Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: Green was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A terrific athlete with a big frame, Green is seen by many as Antonio Gates' replacement. However, Green isn't yet ready for the NFL, and he will struggle to earn playing time as a rookie. 

     

    No. 116 Orson Charles, Georgia—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Charles did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: Currently Cincinnati's No. 3 tight end, Charles won't get a ton of playing time. However, his athleticism could be valuable down the line. Charles is a potential weapon who can be moved all over the offense. 

     

    No. 127 Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: Robinson was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: Robinson is incredibly raw, but his physical ability is unheard of. The 6'4", 264-pounder has unbelievable upside, and he could be a dynamic weapon in the future. 

     

    No. 128 Rhett Ellison, USC—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Ellison is pretty far down the Vikings' depth chart, but he has managed to find a niche playing special teams. He isn't a great athlete or blocker, though, so it's hard to imagine him ever starting.

     

    No. 145 Taylor Thompson, SMU—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: Thompson recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Widely seen as a huge project, Thompson is already playing for the Titans. He is a physical freak, and the fact that he is already playing means he is further along in his development than was thought. There is huge potential here. 

     

    No. 186 James Hanna, Oklahoma—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: 1 Rec, 10 yards

    Summary: Hanna is a fantastic athlete who still needs some work as a blocker. He isn't a great receiver yet either, but his athleticism overshadows his rawness there. 

     

    No. 233 Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: Dunsmore was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Dunsmore is a good athlete without a real position. He isn't big enough to play tight end, and he isn't much of a runner out of the backfield. He could be a good H-back in the future, though. 

     

    No. 240 David Paulson, Oregon—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Paulson was active but did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: Paulson isn't really great at anything, so he could struggle to make much of an impact. He at least managed to dress on game day, but Paulson is nothing more than a backup. 

Offensive Tackle

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    No. 4 Matt Kalil, USC—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: Kalil started at left tackle Week 1.

    Summary: As was expected, Kalil's career is off to a good start. He was the best left tackle prospect in the draft in years, and he's playing like it.

    The USC product is a terrific athlete with excellent technique. He is more than capable of holding his own against the NFC North's plethora of pass-rushers. 

     

    No. 23 Riley Reiff, Iowa—Detroit Lions

    Week 1 Results: Reiff was active but did not start Week 1.

    Summary: Reiff was unable to unseat either Jeff Backus or Gosder Cherilus. And as a result, he opened the season as Detroit's swingman. By the end of the year, Reiff could be starting.

    It's likely that Reiff will never be much of a left tackle, but he could be excellent on the right side. His combination of technique, athleticism and length is more effective there than on the blind side. 

     

    No. 37 Mitchell Schwartz, California—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Schwartz started at right tackle Week 1.

    Summary: Against the Eagles, Schwartz struggled at times, but he was going up against premier pass-rushers. The rookie clearly needs to improve, but he has potential.

    At this point, Schwartz has a lot to work on. He isn't even an average right tackle right now, but Cleveland is hoping that that soon changes. 

     

    No. 41 Cordy Glenn, Georgia—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Glenn started at left tackle Week 1.

    Summary: Though he is a great athlete, Glenn may be just a bit too big and too slow to handle the blind side. He looked a bit out of place in the preseason, and he didn't exactly blow his left tackle competition out of the water. 

    Glenn certainly has the physical ability to start in the NFL, but left tackle simply may not be his position. Look for Glenn to struggle some as a rookie.

     

    No. 42 Jonathan Martin, Stanford—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: Martin started at right tackle Week 1.

    Summary: Martin struggled against the Texans' multifaceted pass rush. The rookie offensive tackle isn't overly big or athletic, and that's proving to be a problem for him in the NFL.

    Martin will probably improve as time goes on, but his debut was rough. It's hard to see Martin ever being anything more than average, and even that may be a stretch.

     

    No. 56 Mike Adams, Ohio State—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Adams played right tackle after Marcus Gilbert suffered an injury.

    Summary: When Adams has played, he has not impressed. Prior to the season, the Steelers were optimistic about the Buckeye, but he has disappointed in both the preseason and now the regular season.

    There's no denying Adams' physical ability and potential, but he is far from a good player at this point. He could still reach his sky-high potential, though. 

     

    No. 60 Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: Osemele started at right tackle against the Bengals.

    Summary: The Ravens' offensive line was a bit of a mess prior to the season, but Osemele ended up winning the right tackle job. And the rookie didn't do too badly in his debut either.

    A big man, Osemele tends to struggle some with speed, but he did well against the Bengals. Baltimore has tons of reason for optimism here. 

     

    No. 74 Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Stephenson was active but did not start Week 1.

    Summary: A great athlete with fantastic size, Stephenson has the ability to start at left tackle. However, he is still raw and won't be ready for at least a couple years. In the meantime, Stephenson will serve as a capable backup. 

     

    No. 91 Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss—Atlanta Falcons

    Week 1 Results: Holmes was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Prior to suffering an injury, Holmes was competing to start at left tackle. He possesses great size and athleticism, and, in time, he could be a legitimate blind-side protector. 

     

    No. 112 Bobby Massie, Ole Miss—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: Massie started at right tackle Week 1.

    Summary: Massie was more talented than his draft status indicated, and he is now starting for Arizona. There will be some growing pains for the Ole Miss product, but he should play well over the course of time. 

     

    No. 131 Brandon Mosley, Auburn—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: Mosley was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Though he possesses great size, Mosley isn't athletic enough to play left tackle. He may be able to stick at right tackle, though it's hard to say for sure. He clearly won't be contributing as a rookie, but he should be a good backup. 

     

    No. 144 Zebrie Sanders, Florida State—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Sanders was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Though his 2012 season is over, Sanders has some potential moving forward. He's a decent athlete with good mobility and could possibly start, depending on the offensive line scheme. 

     

    No. 153 Dennis Kelly, Purdue—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: Kelly was active but didn't start.

    Summary: At 6'8", 321 pounds, Kelly has terrific size. He has the ability to start, but he is incredibly raw and may never be refined enough to play up to his ability.

     

    No. 193 Tom Compton, South Dakota—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: Compton was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: A good athlete, Compton has the ability to eventually start at right tackle. He won't be overly powerful, but he can get to the second level and pick up linebackers there. In other words, he's a Shanahan lineman.

     

    No. 195 Nick Mondek, Purdue—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: Mondek was cut by the Texans prior to the season starting.

    Summary: When Houston cut Mondek, no one else picked him up. It looks like Mondek's career may be over. 

     

    No. 199 Jason Slowey, Western Oregon—San Francisco 49ers

    Week 1 Results: Slowey was not on an NFL roster.

    Summary: The 49ers cut Slowey, and no other team has signed him. That's not a good sign for Slowey's career hopes. 

     

    No. 201 Matt McCants, UAB—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: McCants was not on an NFL roster Week 1.

    Summary: A great athlete with fantastic size, McCants was seemingly full of potential. But he wasn't good enough to stick with the Giants or entice another team to sign him. 

     

    No. 221 Nate Potter, Boise State—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: Potter was active but did not start Week 1.

    Summary: Though he played tackle in college, Potter should probably kick inside to guard. It hasn't happened yet, but he would be much better there than at tackle. 

     

    No. 234 Marcel Jones, Nebraska—New Orleans Saints

    Week 1 Results: Jones was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: A fantastic athlete, Jones has the ability to start. However, he isn't a great football player and will likely never be as good of a player as his physical ability says he should be. 

     

    No. 241 Andrew Datko, Florida State—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: Datko was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: An athletic player, Datko has some potential, but he needs to bulk up and add strength. He plays too soft and struggles in the run game. 

Offensive Guard

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    No. 24 David DeCastro, Stanford—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: DeCastro was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Prior to injuring his knee, DeCastro was playing pretty well for the Steelers. Now, he is out for at least eight weeks.  

    A heralded guard prospect, DeCastro was ready to play at a high level and should be a stud in the future. We don't know just how good he is now, but there's little risk in him not being at least a solid starter. 

     

    No. 27 Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Zeitler started at right guard Week 1. 

    Summary: The good news is that Zeitler is starting. The not-so-good news is that, in Week 1, Zeitler allowed two sacks.

    However, those sacks came against some guy by the name of Haloti Ngata, so that's not too embarrassing. Zeitler has some work to do, no doubt, but he has promise and should be a good player down the line. 

     

    No. 40 Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: Silatolu started at left guard Week 1.

    Summary: Silatolu is a good athlete with outstanding strength. He's still raw, but he has incredible potential at guard.

    Few linemen offer the raw physical ability that Silatolu does, and he could become an absolute force. He's not bad now, but in a couple years, he could be something special. 

     

    No. 44 Jeff Allen, Illinois—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Allen was active but did not start Week 1.

    Summary: A good athlete, Allen is a terrific fit in Kansas City's zone blocking scheme. What he lacks in power, he makes up for in finesse and intelligence.

    Allen is currently backing up Ryan Lilja, but that will likely change in a year. The Illinois product will never be an elite player, but he should be solid. 

     

    No. 71 Josh LeRibeus, SMU—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: LeRibeus was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A good athlete, LeRibeus is perfect for Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. However, he isn't quite ready to start yet, though he should by by 2013. 

     

    No. 76 Brandon Brooks, Miami (OH)—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: Brooks was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Many expected Brooks to start at guard for Houston, but he didn't even manage to dress in Week 1. Though the Miami product lost weight between minicamp and training camp, he hasn't yet shown that he is ready to contribute.

     

    No. 95 Tony Bergstrom, Utah—Oakland Raiders

    Week 1 Results: Bergstrom was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Oakland's top draft pick profiles as an eventual starting guard, but he is still adjusting as he moves inside from tackle. Bergstrom will never be a force, though he could be a decent starter. 

     

    No.  117 Joe Looney, Wake Forest—San Francisco 49ers

    Week 1 Results: Looney was inactive Week 1. 

    Summary: Looney possesses good size and is a decent athlete, but he isn't yet ready to start. In a year or two, he may be, but he's still too raw. 

     

    No. 141 Adam Gettis, Iowa—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: Gettis was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A quick, undersized guard, Gettis is yet another fit in Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. Gettis may never be a good starter, but he should be capable of playing at an average level. 

     

    No. 149 Johnnie Troutman, Penn State—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: Troutman was on the reserve/non-football injury list Week 1.

    Summary: The Chargers knew that Troutman likely wouldn't play as a rookie due to previous injuries but drafted him anyway. Down the line, Troutman is big and could make it as a power-blocking guard. 

     

    No. 150 Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: Watkins was active but didn't start.

    Summary: Watkins is a massive guard who is athletically limited. He can drive back the strongest of defensive tackles but struggles to get to the second level or deal with quicker defensive tackles. 

     

    No. 151 Senio Kelemete, Washington—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: Kelemete was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A talented but raw guard, Kelemete could be starting in 2013. He has more than enough ability to, but he needs to improve his technique. 

     

    No. 160 Ryan Miller, Colorado—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Miller was active but did not play on offense Week 1.

    Summary: A fifth-round pick, Miller is already one of Cleveland's top offensive line backups and a valuable swingman. He could start down the line, but for now, he provides depth at multiple positions. 

     

    No. 178 Mark Asper, Oregon—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Asper was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: After being released by Buffalo, Asper signed with the Vikings. The 6'7", 325-pounder is somewhat limited in his mobility, but he could make it as a backup power blocker. 

     

    No. 179 Andrew Tiller, Syracuse—New Orleans Saints

    Week 1 Results: Tiller was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: At 6'5" and 326 pounds, Tiller has great size. He could be a good backup in the future, though he will probably never be a starter. 

     

    No. 200 Brandon Washington, Miami (FL)—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: Washington was not on an NFL roster.

    Summary: The Eagles cut Washington, and no other team has picked him up. It looks like a career may have ended just as soon as it began. 

     

    No. 203 Robert Griffin, Baylor—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: Griffin was not on an NFL roster Week 1.

    Summary: Griffin was cut by the Jets before the season began, and he hasn't even hooked onto a practice squad. This could already be the end of the other Robert Griffin's career. 

     

    No. 208 Justin Anderson, Georgia—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: Anderson was on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

    Summary: It's foolish to expect much out of Anderson, a seventh-round pick who is already struggling with injuries. The early signs aren't positive for his career. 

     

    No. 225 J.R. Sweezy, North Carolina State—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Sweezy started at right guard Week 1.

    Summary: A college defensive lineman, Sweezy transitioned to guard for the Seahawks, and he is already starting. He's a good athlete, so he has some upside too.

     

    No. 248 Kelvin Beachum, SMU—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Beachum was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Listed as Pittsburgh's backup left guard, Beachum made the roster but did not dress for his first regular season game. The SMU product could be a decent backup in the future, but he probably won't be anything beyond that. 

Center

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    No. 55 Peter Konz, Wisconsin—Atlanta Falcons

    Week 1 Results: Konz was active but did not start.

    Summary: After losing the right guard competition, Konz became Atlanta's general interior line backup. Few offensive linemen are more intelligent, but Konz is somewhat athletically limited.

    The Wisconsin product is a good in-space blocker, but he struggles in the open field. In the future, Konz should be an above-average starting center. He should start in 2013. 

     

    No. 98 Gino Gradkowski, Deleware—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: Gradkowski was active but did not start Week 1.

    Summary: Already Baltimore's backup center, Gradkowski has the versatility to play guard as well. In a couple of years, Gradkowski will likely replace Matt Birk at center. It's hard to not like this pick for Baltimore should Gradkowski live up to the expectations set for him. 

     

    No. 99 Ben Jones, Georgia—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: Jones was active but did not start.

    Summary: Through the preseason, Jones solidified himself as a solid interior-line backup. The Georgia product can play both center and guard, providing valuable versatility.

    In time, Jones should start at center. But for now, he's a good backup with the flexibility to play multiple positions. 

     

    No. 108 Philip Blake, Baylor—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: Blake was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Though he has potential down the line, Blake isn't there yet as a player. Eventually, he should be able to play either guard or center at a competent level. 

     

    No. 226 David Molk, Michigan—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: Molk was active but did not start.

    Summary: A seventh-round selection, Molk is already San Diego's backup center.

    In a few years time, Molk could be starting. He should be at least average, despite being severely undersized. 

Defensive End

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    No. 15 Bruce Irvin, West Virginia—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Irvin was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A one-trick pony in college, Irvin needs to learn some pass-rush moves to be effective. Right now, he's a one-dimensional pass-rusher who can't rush the passer. 

    For Irvin to start, he will need to improve in every aspect of the game. The 245-pounder has potential, but right now, he simply isn't good. 

     

    No. 16 Quinton Coples, North Carolina—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Throughout the preseason, Coples drew rave reviews for his dynamic play. He actually lost his starting spot, but he's still expected to make an impact as a pass-rusher.

    In the team's opener against Buffalo, Coples didn't really stand out, but he should make more of an impact as the season goes on. And even if he doesn't, Coples is a physical freak with huge potential.

     

    No. 19 Shea McClellin, Boise State—Chicago Bears

    Week 1 Results: McClellin was active but recorded no stats.

    Summary: An athletic pass-rusher, McClellin is capable of standing up or rushing from the three-point stance. He offers upside as well as immediate value. McClellin has double-digit-sack potential as well.

    For the moment, McClellin is backing up Israel Idonije. But that could change as the season progresses. 

     

    No. 21 Chandler Jones, Syracuse—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF

    Summary: Jones impressed throughout the preseason with his length and athleticism, and he continued to showcase those traits in New England's opener. Jones is clearly a physical specimen.

    A versatile player, Jones is capable of moving around the field, but he has excelled at rushing the passer. The Syracuse product is already making a big impact for the Patriots, and he should continue to do so. 

     

    No. 36 Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: 3 tackles, 1 sack

    Summary: A big defensive end, Wolfe is already making a huge impact for the Broncos. The former Bearcat was all over the field in Denver's Week 1 matchup against Pittsburgh.

    Wolfe is a good athlete with a terrific motor. Though he may never be a true star, he should be a good starter for a number of years. 

     

    No. 38 Andre Branch, Clemson—Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Throughout the preseason, Branch displayed the physical ability that made him an early-second-round pick. It didn't show in his season debut, but it will eventually.

    Branch is a high-upside pass-rusher who is beginning to put it together. He could have a big year and a good career. 

     

    No. 49 Kendall Reyes, Connecticut—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: Reyes was active but recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Reyes isn't starting, but he plays plenty at defensive end in San Diego's 3-4 scheme. All the reports on the Connecticut product have been incredibly positive.

    It may only be a matter of time before Reyes is starting, but if it isn't, he will still make his presence known as he rotates onto the field. San Diego thinks it has a star here. 

     

    No. 51 Jerel Worthy, Michigan State—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: Worthy was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: Worthy is a penetrating interior lineman who will make some big plays but whiff on many others. He is inconsistent against both the run and pass.

    As he develops, Worthy could become more consistent. If he does, he's a potential star. 

     

    No. 59 Vinny Curry, Marshall—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: Curry was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A fluid defensive end, Curry has great pass-rushing potential. The Marshall product has burst and pass-rush moves already; he just needs a little more refinement.

    Curry's biggest issue, though, is his run support. He needs to improve there to become an every-down defensive end. 

     

    No. 72 Olivier Vernon, Miami (FL)—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: A versatile but somewhat athletically-limited defensive end, Vernon is currently a depth player, and it's hard to see him ever being a particularly good starter. Vernon will rotate in and out, but he'll never truly take over a game. 

     

    No. 81 Tyrone Crawford, Boise State—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: Crawford was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A good athlete, Crawford could stand to bulk up some to play 5-technique in Dallas' 3-4 defense. However, he is at a decent weight for a situational player and can hold his own against the run. Crawford is a good rotational player, but he will never be a great starter. 

     

    No. 90 Jake Bequette, Arkansas—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: Bequette was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A big player with good athleticism, Bequette has starter ability. It may take time for him to reach that level, but he is capable of being a productive player in every facet of the game.

     

    No. 103 Frank Alexander, Oklahoma—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Though he isn't starting, Alexander should see plenty of playing time in passing situations. He has starter potential down the line, though he will probably never be anything special. 

     

    No. 132 Mike Daniels, Iowa—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: Daniels was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Daniels is an undersized 3-4 defensive end who is a situational player only in the NFL. He is too small to defend the run at a high level. 

     

    No. 125 Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma—Detroit Lions

    Summary: A great athlete, Lewis has potential but is still raw as a pass-rusher. He also needs to bulk up to properly defend the run. 

     

    No. 126 Jared Crick, Nebraska—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Crick has earned some playing time as a backup defensive end in Houston's 3-4 scheme and could make an impact as the season progresses. In all likelihood, Crick will never be a starter, but he should provide solid depth for many years.

     

    No. 137 Malik Jackson, Tennessee—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: Jackson was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A physical player, Jackson profiles as a run-stopping defensive end. However, he is still raw and isn't ready to contribute quite yet. 

     

    No. 158 Jack Crawford, Penn State—Oakland Raiders

    Week 1 Results: Crawford was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A fairly lengthy defensive end, Crawford needs to gain weight to play in Oakland's 3-4 scheme. He has potential and a good skill set for the position, but he needs to bulk up to hold strong against the run. 

     

    No. 164 Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy—Atlanta Falcons

    Week 1 Results: Massaquoi was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: After an impressive preseason,  Massaquoi had many thinking the Falcons had found a steal. The Troy product showed off some dynamic pass-rushing ability but wasn't given a chance to use it in Week 1. 

     

    No. 211 Scott Solomon, Rice—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: Solomon recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Solomon is pretty far back on Tennessee's depth chart, but he was still active Week 1. He is a powerful player with somewhat limited athleticism who could eventually make it as a situational run defender. 

     

    No. 218 Jerome Long, San Diego State—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Long was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: At 6'6" and 285 pounds, Long has the length to develop into a great 5-tech. He clearly needs to improve as a player first, but he at least has the build for the position. 

     

    No. 219 Trevor Guyton, California—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: Guyton was not on an NFL roster.

    Summary: The Vikings cut Gutyon, and he hasn't been able to hook up with another team. That's not a good sign for his career. 

     

    No. 232 Greg Scruggs, Louisville—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Scruggs was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A big, run-stopping defensive end, Scruggs doesn't have a ton of upside. However, he could be a good role player for several years. 

Defensive Tackle

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    No. 11 Dontari Poe, Memphis—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles

    Summary: There is no denying Poe's potential. The 6'5", 350-pounder is an incredible athlete with the ability to take over a game.

    However, Poe is not yet starting for Kansas City. He is seeing the field as a backup, as he is clearly still raw and needs time to develop. In time, Poe could be an absolute beast, though. 

     

    No. 12 Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles 1.0 sacks

    Summary: An explosive, versatile player, Cox penetrates the backfield with ease. He made an impression on Cleveland's offense, and he'll continue to do so throughout the year.

    Cox is a big part of the reason that Trent Richardson struggled to do much of anything against the Eagles. The Mississippi State product is a playmaker, but he is stout against the run too. The potential here is huge. 

     

    No. 14 Michael Brockers, LSU—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: Brockers was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Brockers is a powerful run-stopper who struggles as a pass-rusher. In time, this should change, but Brockers is fairly one-dimensional at the moment. 

    That's not to say Brockers is a bad player, though. He is good at stopping the run, and once he becomes a good pass-rusher, he could be a dominant force. 

     

    No. 53 Devon Still, Penn State—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles

    Summary: Still won't be starting anytime soon, but he will spell Geno Atkins when the star defensive tackle is in need of a rest. In time, Still has some pretty insane upside, though he may not reach it for a while, if at all. 

    For the time being, Still will come off the bench, and the Bengals defense will survive when he's playing. There are worse things to get from a rookie. 

     

    No. 82 Mike Martin, Michigan—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: 3 tackles

    Summary: At the moment, Martin is just a backup, but he still managed to rack up three tackles in his NFL debut. Look for Martin's playing time to increase throughout the year and for him to make an impact. He's already impressing those in Tennessee. 

     

    No. 87 John Hughes, Cincinnati—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Hughes recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Hughes has seen action at defensive tackle for the Browns, primarily as a run-stopper. In his limited play, Hughes didn't perform poorly, but he didn't really stand out either. 

     

    No. 89 Akiem Hicks, Regina—New Orleans Saints 

    Week 1 Results: Hicks was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Though he is a physical specimen, Hicks is quite raw coming out of Regina. He could be an excellent player, but it will take time. 

     

    No. 93 Brandon Thompson, Clemson—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Primarily a run-stopper, Thompson will spell Domata Peko at defensive tackle. He may never be a starter, but he is a flexible backup who provides solid depth. 

     

    No. 109 Alameda Ta'amu, Washington—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Ta'amu was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A big, talented nose tackle, Ta'amu needs time to develop, but he has potential. It would be foolish to expect anything from the Washington product as a rookie, though he should play a good amount in 2013. 

     

    No. 114 Jaye Howard, Florida—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Howard was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: An explosive defensive tackle, Howard has the ability to penetrate or hold strong against the run. He is a dynamic player with high upside.

     

    No. 136 Josh Chapman, Alabama—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: Chapman was on the reserve/non-football injury list.

    Summary: We haven't seen anything from Chapman in the NFL yet, but he was much more talented than his fifth-round draft status. Chapman is a potential starting nose tackle.

     

    No. 189 Chris Bilukidi, Georgia State—Oakland Raiders

    Week 1 Results: Bilukidi was active but did not record any stats Week 1. 

    Summary: At 6'5" and 311 pounds, Bilukidi has terrific size and is a decent athlete. It will take time for him to develop, but Bilukidi has significant upside in Oakland's 3-4 scheme. 

     

    No. 205 Billy Winn—Boise State, Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles

    Summary: Winn played quite a bit Week 1 against the Eagles and was a frequent presence in the backfield. The Boise State product stood out as a playmaker and should be on the field quite a bit throughout the season.

     

    No. 215 Kheeston Randall, Texas—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles

    Summary: Randall is currently a backup for Miami, and that's likely all he'll ever be. He simply isn't stout or explosive enough to play more consistently.

     

    No. 228 Jeris Pendleton, Ashland—Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 1 Results: Pendleton was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Pendleton is pretty far back along the Jaguars' depth chart, and he seems unlikely to see much playing time as a rookie. Already 28 years old, Pendleton may not have a ton of time to develop, so this is a little disappointing. 

     

    No. 236 DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: Tyson was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A stout player, Tyson is mainly a run defender, though he can move around Baltimore's defensive line. The former Bulldog won't make many huge plays, but he could add decent depth.

     

    No. 239 Markus Kuhn, North Carolina State—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Already 26 years old, Kuhn is a surprise contributor. He won't get a ton of playing time, but he will be active most games and could make some plays. Don't expect anything beyond that, though.

     

    No. 249 Travian Robertson, South Carolina—Atlanta Falcons

    Week 1 Results: Robertson was active but didn't record any stats.

    Summary: Robertson has worked his way up to the second string in short time. He has great size at defensive tackle but lacks any real distinguishable traits, which is why he'll probably always be a backup.

Linebacker

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    No. 9 Luke Kuechly, Boston College—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles

    Summary: After an outstanding preseason and training camp, Kuechly's debut was a huge letdown. However, one game should not override his entire body of work.

    Kuechly is a great athlete with fantastic instincts. He is still the favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year, and he should have a terrific career. 

     

    No. 18 Melvin Ingram, South Carolina—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Though he isn't starting, Ingram saw the field plenty in his NFL debut against the Raiders. The South Carolina product is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.

    Ingram will probably never be a dynamic pass-rusher, but he will add value in other ways. His overall play should make him a solid starter for many years. 

     

    No. 25 Dont’a Hightower, Alabama—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: 5 tackles, 1 FR, 1 TD

    Summary: It didn't take long for Hightower to make an impact for the Patriots. In just his first NFL game, the Alabama product took a fumble back for a touchdown.

    A great run-stopper, Hightower has been active all around the field, showing great range. If he continues to develop, he could be a star. 

     

    No. 26 Whitney Mercilus, Illinois—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: No stats recorded.

    Summary: Though Mercilus didn't make much of an impact Week 1, he has already made a name for himself. Mercilus has impressed coaches as he transitions to linebacker, and he stood out during the preseason.

    Houston has two solid starting outside linebackers, so it remains to be seen just how much playing time Mercilus will get as a rookie. But his future looks bright. 

     

    No. 28 Nick Perry, USC—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: 8 tackles

    Summary: A terrific athlete with great size, Perry has huge upside. His eight tackles in Week 1 show that he isn't completely raw, either.

    Perry needs to develop better pass-rush moves, but his natural ability makes him an intriguing player to watch. The USC product could become a star opposite Clay Matthews. 

     

    No. 35 Courtney Upshaw, Alabama—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles, .5 sacks

    Summary: An experienced 3-4 outside linebacker, Upshaw didn't face the adjustment most rookies at his position do. Despite this, he still wasn't able to claim a starting job prior to the season.

    However, Upshaw still saw plenty of playing time in his debut and did fairly well, racking up a few tackles and half a sack. Don't expect much flash or excitement from him, but he should be solid in every aspect of the game.

     

    No. 46 Mychal Kendricks, California—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: 5 tackles

    Summary: Kendricks is a terrific athlete, capable of playing sideline to sideline at all times. He can do things that few other linebackers can.

    The California product can play in coverage, attack the run or even blitz. He has the makings of a complete linebacker. 

     

    No. 47 Bobby Wagner, Utah State—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles

    Summary: Wagner is a fantastic athlete with the ability to play in any aspect of the game. He will likely never be a star, but it's hard to imagine him not being solid. 

    Wagner is also a terrific special teams player. There is little on the field that Wagner cannot do. 

     

    No. 52 Zach Brown, North Carolina—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: 3 tackles

    Summary: Though he is not yet starting, Brown could be a fixture in the Tennessee defense before too long. A terrific athlete, he has huge potential and should be ready to start soon. 

    For now, Brown is playing part time and not making much of an impact. Expect that to change before too long. 

     

    No. 58 Lavonte David, Nebraska—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: 6 tackles

    Summary: An explosive but undersized linebacker, David will make his fair share of plays. He is also quite adept in coverage.

    However, David will sometimes be overpowered and struggle to shed blocks. Fortunately, he is good enough at everything else that this isn't a huge deal. He has huge play-making potential. 

     

    No. 77 Demario Davis, Arkansas State—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: Davis was active but did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: A terrific athlete, Davis has great potential at inside linebacker. He may not contribute much as a rookie, but he could become an all-around force for the Jets. 

     

    No. 86 Sean Spence, Miami (FL)—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Spence was on injured reserve Week 1. 

    Summary: Prior to blowing out his knee, Spence was expected to see the field as a rookie. He likely wouldn't have started, but he would have rotated onto the field. Now, look for Spence to compete to start in 2013. 

     

    No. 105 Nigel Bradham, Florida State—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Bradham was active, but he did not record any stats. 

    Summary: A versatile player, Bradham can back up any of the three linebacker positions. He is athletic enough to start in the future, but for the moment, he is merely a backup with some potential. 

     

    No. 113 Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: Wilber was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: At 6'4" and 246 pounds, Wilber has terrific size. He is somewhat limited athletically, but in space, he can defend the run and make tackles. 

     

    No. 119 Keenan Robinson, Texas—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: Robinson was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A good athlete with good size, Robinson has starter potential. It may take him a while to reach it, but he should be a good fit inside Washington's 3-4 defense. 

     

    No. 120 James Michael-Johnson, Nevada—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Michael-Johnson was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Prior to suffering an injury, Michael-Johnson was set to start for the Browns. When he recovers from his injury, the Nevada product will likely enter the starting lineup. And if preseason was an accurate depiction, he should play pretty well. 

     

    No. 129 Miles Burris, San Diego State—Oakland Raiders

    Week 1 Results: 9 tackles

    Summary: A fourth-round pick, Burris is already starting and making a big impact. He was all over the field against the Chargers, making several plays in the backfield. The San Diego State product has big potential. 

     

    No. 138 Tahir Whitehead, Temple—Detroit Lions

    Week 1 Results: Whitehead was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Whitehead probably isn't a future starter, but he could be a good backup. Unfortunately, Detroit needs starters at linebacker. 

     

    No. 140 Najee Goode, West Virginia—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: Goode was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Goode has terrific size and is capable of backing up any of the three linebacker positions. He also possesses good speed, but his instincts are lacking. Goode has the ability to start, but he needs to improve at playing football. 

     

    No. 142 Brandon Marshall, Nevada—Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: It's not surprising that Marshall, a fifth-round pick, hasn't exactly sky-rocketed up the depth chart. However, the fact that he's seeing the field at all is promising. 

     

    No. 147 Tank Carder, TCU—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Carder was active but did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: After being released by Buffalo, Carder signed with the Browns. He probably won't play much as a rookie, but he has backup potential moving forward. 

     

    No. 154 Korey Toomer, Idaho—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Toomer was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: After Week 1, the Seahawks released Toomer entirely. The Idaho product's career may already be over. It's not a good sign when the team that drafted you doesn't have any interest in keeping you. 

     

    No. 155 Josh Kaddu, Oregon—Miami Dolphins

    Week 1 Results: Kaddu was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Kaddu isn't a great athlete, and he's unlikely to ever develop into a starter. He simply isn't good enough at any one thing, and he's bad at too many. 

     

    No. 163 Terrell Manning, North Carolina State—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: Manning was active but recorded no stats. 

    Summary: A slightly undersized inside linebacker, Manning has some starter potential, but he is more likely a situational backup. 

     

    No. 165 Darius Fleming, Notre Dame—San Francisco 49ers

    Week 1 Results: Fleming was on the PUP list Week 1.

    Summary: A big linebacker, Fleming is somewhat athletically limited. He has potential on special teams and could be a decent backup, but he isn't a starter. 

     

    No. 188 Danny Trevathan, Kentucky—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: Trevathan was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: At one point, Trevathan was expected to see serious playing time in his rookie year. That now looks unlikely, but he will still play some and could make an impact in years to come. 

     

    No. 204 Emmanuel Acho, Texas—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Acho was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Acho was hurt during much of training camp and the preseason. When he wasn't hurt, however, he failed to make much of an impression and looked like nothing more than a backup. 

     

    No. 209 Aaron Brown, Hawaii—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: Brown was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: A good-sized linebacker, Brown is athletically limited. That could be overcome, but he isn't great at anything and is nothing more than a backup in the NFL.

     

    No. 210 Audie Cole, North Carolina State—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: Cole was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: After a terrific preseason, many are buzzing about Cole. However, he has not yet worked his way up the depth chart and may not be athletic enough to ever start. 

     

    No. 214 Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt—Indianapolis Colts

    Week 1 Results: The Colts waived Fugger prior to the start of the regular season.

    Summary: Since Fugger isn't even on a practice squad right now, it may be safe to say his career is essentially over. 

     

    No. 222 Caleb McSurdy, Montana—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: McSurdy was active but didn't record any stats.

    Summary: Possessing great size, McSurdy is a well-below-average athlete. In a 3-4 defense, this isn't as big of a deal, but it still limits what role McSurdy can play. For example, he isn't athletic enough to start. 

     

    No. 223 Travis Lewis, Oklahoma—Detroit Lions

    Week 1 Results: Lewis was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: At best, Lewis will be a situational linebacker in the NFL. His small size limits his ability to defend the run, and he will likely be used only in passing situations. 

     

    No. 230 Nathan Stupar, Penn State—Oakland Raiders

    Week 1 Results: Stupar was not on an NFL roster Week 1.

    Summary: After being cut by Oakland, no team picked up Stupar. That's an indication that his young career may already be over. 

     

    No. 237 Cam Johnson, Virginia—San Francisco 49ers

    Week 1 Results: Johnson was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Johnson was a good pass-rusher in college, but he lacks elite physical ability and needs to improve his pass-rush moves. He also needs to improve against the run. 

Cornerback

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    No. 6 Morris Claiborne, LSU—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles

    Summary: Matched up against Hakeem Nicks, Claiborne didn't allow much of anything. The top prospect is already living up to his draft status, shutting down elite wideouts.

    Claiborne is a fantastic athlete with huge potential moving forward. He should be a shutdown cornerback for years to come. 

     

    No. 10 Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: 5 tackles 1 FF

    Summary: Gilmore was beaten quite badly by Stephen Hill on one play in particular, but the talented rookie should still play well in his first season. Gilmore impressed in the preseason, and one bad game shouldn't wipe all that out.

    A terrific athlete, Gilmore can hang with all but the most freakish of wideouts. He has insane potential and should be starting in Buffalo for many years. 

     

    No. 17 Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Kirkpatrick was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Because he's spent so much time hurt, it's been nearly impossible to get much of a read on Kirkpatrick. The Alabama star is undeniably talented, but his football skills are still questionable.

    When he returns from his knee injury, Kirkpatrick will likely receive playing time immediately. How big his role will be is unknown, but he will be on the field in some capacity. 

     

    No. 39 Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: 6 tackles, 1 INT

    Summary: Everyone knew Jenkins was talented, but many were scared off by his off-the-field issues. The former Florida Gator put on quite a show in his NFL debut, and he is more than capable of doing that repeatedly. 

    Thus far, Jenkins has shown what we all knew: He is a terrific talent, and if he stays out of trouble, he'll be a great player. That "if" looms large, however. 

     

    No. 62 Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Despite Green Bay's depth in the secondary, Hayward is already seeing significant playing time at cornerback. The Vanderbilt prospect isn't a great athlete, but he utilizes great technique.

    Though Hayward may never be an elite player, he will be a solid starter who doesn't make many mistakes. Those types of players are needed on any defense. 

     

    No. 65 Trumaine Johnson, Montana—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: Johnson was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A lengthy cornerback, Johnson is talented but raw. He struggles with quicker wideouts and needs to learn better technique. He has great potential but is a long way from reaching it. 

     

    No. 66 Josh Robinson, Central Florida—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles

    Summary: An excellent athlete, Robinson has already earned playing time, and he's making the most of it thus far. Though Robinson is not yet starting, he could be before too long. 

     

    No. 80 Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Fleming worked his way up the depth chart and is now seeing the field frequently. Though he doesn't have a ton of upside, Fleming is capable of being a good nickelback. 

     

    No. 85 Bill Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette—Detroit Lions

    Summary: A third-round pick, Bentley is already starting at cornerback. That could be more a testament to how bad Detroit's cornerbacks are, but, either way, that's a good sign for Bentley. 

     

    No. 94 Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech—New York Giants

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Hosley is undersized, but he's quick and fast. He lacks the strength to play the outside, but his quickness is perfect for covering the slot. He could be a great nickelback. 

     

    No. 101 Omar Bolden, Arizona State—Denver Broncos

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Bolden is unlikely to make much of a defensive impact as a rookie, though he could rise through the ranks. However, he did see the field in Denver's first game, and he should continue to improve. 

     

    No. 115 Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: Sensabaugh recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Despite being pretty far back on the depth chart, Sensabaugh was active Week 1. That's a good sign for the fourth-round pick, though he didn't make much of an impact. 

     

    No. 123 Brandon Boykin, Georgia—Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles

    Summary: Boykin hasn't quite risen up the depth chart yet, but he is seeing some playing time. In the future, Boykin has the ability to be an excellent nickelback. 

     

    No. 124 Ron Brooks, LSU—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Brooks was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Brooks could still return to the Bills in 2012, but it's hard to say just how much he would contribute. The LSU cornerback hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself yet, but he's a decent athlete with good size. 

     

    No. 143 Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles

    Summary: A fifth-round draft pick, Norman is already starting. The small-school product has decent upside at cornerback to go along with his immediate contribution. 

     

    No. 146 DeQuan Menzie, Alabama—Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 1 Results: Menzie spent Week 1 on injured reserve. 

    Summary: Menzie's rookie season is a waste, but he could compete as a nickelback in 2013. Though the Alabama product isn't fast enough to handle the outside, he should be capable of playing the slot. 

     

    No. 148 Chris Greenwood, Albion—Detroit Lions

    Week 1 Results: Greenwood was on the Physically Unable to Perform List Week 1.

    Summary: We haven't really seen anything from Greenwood yet, so it's nearly impossible to predict anything about his current or future abilities. 

     

    No. 156 Shaun Prater, Iowa—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Prater was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Drafted largely because of his special teams prowess, Prater was pretty far down the Bengals' depth chart prior to landing on injured reserve. He could be decent depth down the line. 

     

    No. 162 Corey White, Samford—New Orleans Saints

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles

    Summary: White has already worked his way up the depth chart and is seeing significant playing time. He could make a positive contribution for the Saints as a rookie. 

     

    No. 169 Asa Jackson, Cal Poly—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: Jackson was inactive week 1.

    Summary: As he is currently buried on the depth chart, Jackson probably won't do much as a rookie. If he is active at all, he will probably be limited to special teams. He does have some potential down the line, though. 

     

    No. 172 Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Lane was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: Lane has good size and has worked his way up the depth chart. Throughout the year, Lane should see plenty of playing time, especially if any Seahawks cornerbacks go down. 

     

    No. 176 Mike Harris, Florida State—Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 1 Results: Harris did not record any stats.

    Summary: Harris is buried pretty far down the depth chart, but he could still be solid depth as the year progresses. Despite not producing any stats Week 1, Harris was active and saw the field, which is always a good sign. 

     

    No. 184 Isaiah Frey, Nevada—Chicago Bears

    Week 1 Results: Frey was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Odds are that Frey will never be anything more than a backup cornerback. The fact that he couldn't make the final roster isn't a good start. 

     

    No. 196 Jonte Green, New Mexico State—Detroit Lions

    Week 1 Results: Green was active Week 1, but he did not record any stats.

    Summary: Green has good size, but in all likelihood, he'll never be anything more than a bottom-of-the roster cornerback. He provides depth, but not necessarily good depth. 

     

    No. 213 Richard Crawford, SMU—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Crawford worked his way up the depth chart and earned playing time. He's only a backup for now, but he could be starting in the somewhat-near future. 

     

    No. 220 Greg McCoy, TCU—Chicago Bears

    Week 1 Results: McCoy was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Well, he was on Arizona's practice squad. McCoy is a good athlete, but he simply isn't a very good cornerback, and his career will probably be short. 

     

    No. 224 Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: Dennard was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: A great player at Nebraska, Dennard was at one time considered a first-round pick. But a disappointing senior campaign and off-the-field injuries killed his stock. However, he still has potential and could develop into a valuable player. 

     

    No. 245 Trevin Wade, Arizona—Cleveland Browns

    Week 1 Results: Wade recorded no stats Week 1.

    Summary: Though he recorded no stats, Wade saw quite a bit of playing time against the Eagles, and he lived up to the daunting task. The seventh-round pick played much better than his draft status and should frequently see the field throughout the season. 

     

    No. 246 Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M—Pittsburgh Steelers

    Week 1 Results: Frederick was on the New York Giants' practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: Clearly, this pick didn't work out for Pittsburgh. Since the Steelers—the team that actually drafted Frederick—didn't think him worth keeping, his career probably won't go too much further. 

Safety

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    No. 7 Mark Barron, Alabama—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: 3 tackles, 2 PD

    Summary: A complete safety, Barron is capable of stuffing the box against the run or dropping back in coverage.

    A three-tackle performance is somewhat disappointing. However, Barron did defend two passes, showing off his well-rounded play. The Alabama product may never be elite, but he should be well-above-average for many years.

     

    No. 29 Harrison Smith, Notre Dame—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: 7 tackles

    Summary: Smith is starting for the Vikings, and he's making a positive impact. Don't expect incredible play, but Smith should be at least average.

    The Notre Dame product is a good athlete, but he makes his money from his intelligence and instincts. Though Smith could be a good starter for many years, he likely won't be more than that.

     

    No. 48 Tavon Wilson, Illinois—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: 4 tackles 1 INT

    Summary: Many criticized the Patriots for reaching for Wilson, but he made quite the impression in his first NFL game. Wilson is already playing at safety for the Patriots, and he should earn more playing time as the year goes on.

    A good athlete, Wilson has the ability to improve, and he is already starting-caliber. 

     

    No. 73 Brandon Taylor, LSU—San Diego Chargers

    Week 1 Results: Taylor was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: An excellent athlete, Taylor hasn't yet been able to earn playing time with the Chargers. The LSU product is more than talented enough, but he needs to make use of his ability on the field. 

     

    No. 79 Brandon Hardin, Oregon State—Chicago Bears

    Week 1 Results: Hardin was on the injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: Hardin is a talented player who was looking to pay off for the Bears before his season was ended by injury. He has a good chance at starting in 2013. 

     

    No. 130 Christian Thompson, South Carolina State—Baltimore Ravens

    Week 1 Results: Thompson was active but did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: As a rookie, Thompson will likely be limited to special teams, but he could play either safety position down the line. The rookie is a good athlete with great size, and he has excellent potential moving forward. 

     

    No. 133 Jerron McMillian, Maine—Green Bay Packers

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Despite his lack of production, the fact that McMillian is playing this much so early is impressive. A fourth-round pick typically doesn't burst onto the scene so quickly. 

     

    No. 135 Matt Johnson, Eastern Washington—Dallas Cowboys

    Week 1 Results: Johnson was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: Johnson possesses great size but isn't a great athlete. He is athletic enough to play special teams and be a backup, but he shouldn't be starting. 

     

    No. 139 Robert Blanton, Notre Dame—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: Blanton was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A player with good size, Blanton can play either safety position. He's already the team's backup strong safety, and he could be the starter in another year. 

     

    No. 167 George Iloka, Boise State—Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 1 Results: Iloka did not record any stats in Week 1.

    Summary: A talented safety, Iloka has starting potential in the future. He is somewhat limited by his large frame, but he could be good depth even as a rookie. 

     

    No. 174 Keith Tandy, West Virginia—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: Tandy possesses good size to go with excellent coverage ability. He isn't particularly good against the run, and he is still raw, but he has legitimate starter potential. 

     

    No. 177 Justin Bethel, Presbyterian—Arizona Cardinals

    Week 1 Results: Bethel was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A small safety, Bethel is primarily a coverage player. He isn't very strong against the run and needs to improve his tackling technique. It's hard to see him becoming much beyond a backup. 

     

    No. 180 Trenton Robinson, Michigan State—San Francisco 49ers

    Summary: Robinson is undersized at just 193 pounds, and he isn't very effective against the run. However, he is quite good in coverage and could make a living there. 

     

    No. 181 Winston Guy, Kentucky—Seattle Seahawks

    Week 1 Results: Guy was active but did not record any stats.

    Summary: A bigger, slower safety, Guy is limited to playing strong safety. He may not even be fast enough to start there, though, so he's probably limited to being a backup. 

     

    No. 187 Josh Bush, Wake Forest—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: 1 tackle

    Summary: He likely won't make much of an impact throughout the year, but Bush will provide depth just in case the Jets' secondary goes through a series of injuries. He has already seen the field some and will continue to do so throughout the year. 

     

    No. 190 Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State—Tennessee Titans

    Week 1 Results: Martin did not record any stats Week 1.

    Summary: Martin was active Week 1, which is good, in a way. The sixth-round pick is fairly talented, but he has a ways to go before he is ready to seriously contribute. 

     

    No. 192 Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State—Atlanta Falcons

    Week 1 Results: Mitchell was inactive Week 1. 

    Summary: Mitchell possesses good size, but he will probably never be anything more than a backup. He is decent in coverage but struggles against the run. 

     

    No. 197 Nate Ebner, Ohio State—New England Patriots

    Week 1 Results: 2 tackles

    Summary: The Patriots drafted Ebner primarily as a special-teamer, but he is working his way up the defensive depth chart as well. He is a good athlete with experience on special teams, and he is already making an impact there. 

     

    No. 216 D.J. Campbell, California—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: Campbell was inactive Week 1.

    Summary: At 6'0" and 200 lbs, Campbell has good size and is a decent athlete. He will probably never be anything more than a backup, though. 

     

    No. 217 Jordan Bernstine, Iowa—Washington Redskins

    Week 1 Results: Bernstine was on injured reserve Week 1.

    Summary: The 5'11", 214-pound Bernstine has terrific size and is capable of playing either safety position. However, he does need to improve against the run and is mostly just potential right now. 

     

    No. 242 Antonio Allen, South Carolina—New York Jets

    Week 1 Results: Allen was on the practice squad Week 1.

    Summary: A fairly talented player, Allen was expected to be drafted much higher than he was. However, he wasn't able to make New York's final roster, and he will need to improve to make it in 2013. 

Kicker

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    No. 161 Randy Bullock, Texas A&M—Houston Texans

    Week 1 Results: Bullock is on injured reserve.

    Summary: Though his season ended before it began, Bullock remains the Texans' kicker of the future. He has huge upside and should be a consistent piece for years to come. 

     

    No. 171 Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western—St. Louis Rams

    Week 1 Results: 3-of-3

    Summary: Zuerlein did everything that was asked of him in his debut, highlighted by making a 48-yard field goal. It's impossible to judge a kicker based on one game, but Rams fans should be pleased. 

     

    No. 175 Blair Walsh, Georgia—Minnesota Vikings

    Week 1 Results: 4-of-4 

    Summary: In his NFL debut, Walsh made four field goals, including a clutch 55-yarder. The early signs are that Minnesota may have an incredible kicker on its hands. 

     

    No. 251 John Potter, Western Michigan—Buffalo Bills

    Week 1 Results: Potter was active but did not attempt a field goal.

    Summary: Potter made Buffalo's roster as a kickoff specialist, which is a rare role, to say the least. He should eventually take over for Rian Lindell as the Bills' kicker, but for now, he will be doing kickoffs only. 

Punter

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    No. 70 Bryan Anger, California—Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 1 Results: 4 punts, 53.5-yard average, 43.0 net

    Summary: There's little doubt that Anger will be a terrific punter, as his Week 1 performance shows. However, he was still a third-round pick, and he's going to have to be unbelievable to live up to that draft status.

    It's safe to say that Jacksonville got a contributor here, but it's fair to question if he will ever be worth his draft status. 

     

    No. 207 Brad Nortman, Wisconsin—Carolina Panthers

    Week 1 Results: 5 punts, 39.8-yard average, 39.8 net

    Summary: Nortman didn't get off to a great start, but it could have been much worse. His net average is considerably more impressive than his actual punt average, which shows how much hang time Nortman got on his punts. 

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