2011 NFL Draft Live Tracker (Day 3)
The final day of the 2011 NFL Draft is here. It’s been an interesting ride, but as many draft analysts will happily tell you, in a lot of ways, we’re just now getting into the truly interesting part of the draft process.
Stick around and track the draft as we announce each selection live and offer up analysis, while also chatting live about the draft in our LIVE NFL Draft Chat. Join myself, Taylor Smith, and Keet Bailey for the third day as the NFL Draft draws to a close.
For every pick from rounds 4-7, read on:
Hogan isn’t the most physical corner, but he has pretty solid ball skills. He’s a very good tackler, and excelled in zone coverage during his time in Morgantown. Minor character concern here because of a recent DUI, but Carolina was in the market for a corner.
Wright is a potential steal as a strong side pass rusher, who could also play some defensive end. He’s a physical, tackling machine who does a nice job of keeping contain.
Searcy being the selection threw me for a loop. He’s not particularly fast or strong, but he does have some talent. But the Bills aren’t in dire need for a safety with Donte Whitner manning the strong side.
101. Cincinnati Bengals – Clint Boling, OG/OT, Georgia
Boling is a fantastic pick for the Bengals as he gives them more versatility on the offensive line. With Andre Smith being a disappointment, Boling will have to step into the right tackle role early.
Cameron is this years Jimmy Graham. He’s a physical tight end, who has a bit of speed but has made a name know for himself with the surest hands that anybody could ask for. He will get to sit behind Ben Watson and groom as he learns what it’s like to be a tight end in a west coast offense.
This is an interesting pick for the Cardinals as we’re not sure where Acho will play. He doesn’t offer a whole lot in terms of rushing the passer, and looks more like a pure 4-3 left defensive end. He does a nice job of keeping contain and can get into the backfield, just he struggles to do it consistently.
Stocker is a very complete tight end who offers a lot of abilities. He can catch consistently, he’s a solid route runner, and a physical red zone threat to make a catch. He also is a good end capper when blocking.
Mike Shanahan is saying Helu to his newest running back specimen grabbed just in case we see more injuries like 2010. Clinton Portis can’t stay healthy, and Ryan Torain had his ups and downs. Helu fits in perfectly with this offense.
106. Minnesota Vikings – Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa
What a steal for the Vikings who get an undersized, but versatile penetrating defensive tackle. Ballard has lined up at left defensive end and under tackle, and will likely be more of a UT for the Vikings.
With a huge reach, the Seahawks take a big, tall, red zone wide receiver in Kris Durham. Durham has solid hands, and his size is excellent. But he’s not terrible athletic, and he’s extremely raw.
108. Denver Broncos (from 49ers) – Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma
A bit of a confusing pick, after the Broncos grabbed Rahim Moore already. However, Carter is a talented safety who is a hard hitter, and has a knack for finding the ball.
109. Tennessee Titans – Colin McCarthy, ILB, Miami (Fl.)
The Titans just got a huge steal in McCarthy who I personally believe as a 2nd-3rd round talent. McCarthy is a sideline to sideline tackler with excellent versatility.
Arkin’s value for me was strictly as a 5th round talent or later. I think his upside and raw ability moved him up in the Cowboys’ eyes, but he’s a guard with some right tackle ability, who will most likely get a chance playing early next to Tyron Smith.
The Dolphins have more pressing needs right now, and with the emergence of Davone Bess and Brian Hartline, the pick makes me scratch my head. That being said, Gates is a talented horizontal receiver with speed to make plays vertically if asked to. He compares somewhat to Johnny Knox with his speed, but has the ability over the middle of the field like Davone Bess.
Not often do we see this high of selections for more than one player that’s come from Hawaii. Salas isn’t fast or explosive, but he’s a reliable pass catcher who’s physical and fights for the ball. He’s a solid route runner with good upside.
113. Oakland Raiders – Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State
The Raiders fell in love with Chekwa’s sub 4.40 forty time at the 2011 NFL Combine. Unfortunately for them, he doesn’t play that fast at all. He’s great against the quick slants, and during some press coverage moments, but don’t expect him to cover much past 10 yards.
Perhaps the Jaguars saw the Colts and realized that Division III, Ohio school Mount Union can produce some talent. With Pierre Garcon being taken and having success lately, the Jaguars take on Cecil Shorts who is quick in and out of his cuts, and does a very nice job of locating the football.
115. San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego) – Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
It’s too bad Hunter fell all the way down, but the 49ers just got excellent value. Hunter can play on every down, but will excel on third down where he can pass protect, and catch well out of the backfield.
116. Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay) – Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
We were all pondering the selection of Matthews. The Eagles need extreme help with linebacker depth, and Matthews will likely be asked to learn the weakside linebacker position first, where he could step in and start in a season or two.
Brewer isn’t an extremely well known prospect. Not many Indiana players are. But Brewer made a nice habit of protecting Ben Chappell who wasn’t terrible at Indiana. Brewer is adequate in pass protection and can bolster the right side of the line in the NFL as a right tackle.
Brown was often overshadowed by Jimmy Smith, not only by talent, but Smith’s off the field issues. But Brown is a talented corner with upside. He plays physical and isn’t afraid to make a tackle and sacrifice his body. He gets a good jam at the line in press coverage.
Carter started rising up draft boards after excelling at the East/West Shrine Game. Carter is a lot like Kendall Hunter, where he offers play making ability on third downs, and can turn the corner with his speed. He’s a compact runner who fits Indianapolis’ system perfectly.
We were all anticipating the first kicker/punter selected, and here it is. Henery has a huge leg, and was one of the most consistent kickers of the last two seasons for the Cornhuskers. He’ll compete immediately with regressing David Akers.
Not a flashy pick for the Jaguars here, but a somewhat safe one. Wyoming isn’t a big time football school, but Prosinski is a tackling machine and has the athleticism to play both safety positions. He’ll be an excellent special teams player for his first two seasons.
The Bills are trying to upgrade that mediocre offensive line, and they get a left tackle project in Hairston. Hairston has some upside, but will probably end up best on the right side, as he is a solid run blocker.
Indiana’s top wide receiver for the last few seasons is the big, physical Tandon Doss. I think he does a decent job of locating and fighting for the ball when it’s in the air, but he isn’t extremely fast, and has inconsistent hands.
The Browns look to keep their success on the ground by running the football, and what better to do that than grab the big blocking fullback in Owen Marecic. Lawrence Vickers is still the top option, but it looks like they’ll try and groom Marecic for a few short yardage roles as well.
125. Oakland Raiders (from New England) – Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington
Jones is a quick, shifty running back who some compare to Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina. Jones has good size and agility for a running back, and could turn out to be a gem in the fourth round.
Powell is a back without a ton of size, but he’s explosive and powerful between the tackles. He’s quite underrated, but helped himself a bit during the Senior Bowl weekend.
127. Houston Texans (from Chicago, through Washington) – Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
Houston chooses to try and upgrade the secondary by drafting the very fast Carmichael who can hang with even the fastest wide receivers. He does a nice job of locating the ball, but has a lot of raw potential that needs to be tapped into.
Pittsburgh needs to keep adding cornerback depth, and while I think Allen is quite the reach, he has some upside. Playing against poor competition doesn’t help my judgement, but he is a fast, athletic corner.
John Elway knows the importance of getting tight end help. Thomas, a former basketball player as well, is an extremely athletic, and big tight end. He’s a bit raw, but the upside is huge.
Harper is a big, bruising runner who has a little bit of speed. Somewhat of a Brandon Jacobs type runner, and he will do a nice job complimenting Chris Johnson.
131. Green Bay Packers – Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
I’m baffled that Davon House has fallen this far. House is a big, physical corner who has a lot of straight line speed. He’ll be asked to come in and work the nickel position very early in his career. Great steal for the Packers as the rich get richer.
Pilares is a speedy receiver who has the hands and quickness to be a slot demon at the next level. He has the bulk and toughness to go over the middle and has the ability to make some plays in the open field. A knee injury has severely hindered his draft stock, but the Panthers get a solid steal here at a position of need.
Buffalo has a solid corps of running backs, but they’re just adding depth here. White gives the Bills an explosive option as a third down back, while he blocks and picks up blitzes at a solid level. It wasn’t a position of huge need, but adding a guy with solid potential like White could have Buffalo looking at an even more stable ground game.
134. Cincinnati Bengals - Robert Sands, FS, West Virginia
Sands is the definition of a freak athlete for his position. He has amazing size and athleticism, packaged with aggressiveness on defense. He’s a big hitter that is unforgiving over the middle of the field. His coverage and range can be suspect, but he could still be something special. With safety being a bit of a question mark, this is a very good need and value pick for Cincy in the 5th round.
135. Kansas City (from Tampa Bay via Denver) - Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
Finally, Ricky Stanzi is selected. I actually find it quite funny that he lands in Kansas City, as I compare him most to Matt Cassel. The fact is, Cassel is no sure bet, and Brodie Croyle shouldn’t be in the league. Stanzi is a cerebral quarterback who has shown good leadership and can be a real game. His moderate arm strength may keep him from being a star, however.
Arizona is in the market for an upgrade at fullback, and the stout and strong Sherman looks to be a perfect fit. Sherman has the potential to be an elite lead-blocker, but his suspect hands make him a liability on offense.
Lack of size and ideal strength has Skrine falling, but this kid can tear up the field and keep up with just about any receiver. He has great recovery speed and often makes the right play on the ball. However, his movement can be a bit rigid, which allows his man to get the proper angle too often. He’ll need to get stronger and more consistent, but Cleveland lands another very solid prospect at a position they need depth in.
138. New England Patriots (from Houston) - Marcus Cannon, T/G, TCU
Cannon was a potential Day One draft candidate, but news of cancer severely damaged his stock. His future is unknown, but he absolutely has the size, versatility and talent to be a very good offensive lineman. And there’s no better place to grow into a line, than in New England. As for the Patriots, as long as Cannon wins the battle and returns to full health, they’re landing a mega steal.
139. Minnesota Vikings - Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
Not the fastest or most explosive corner, which is why his stock suffered in this draft. Regardless, he is an excellent cover man who excels in press coverage. If the Vikings are going to let him go to work with his style, he’ll be a beast in the NFL. The Vikings have some questions at corner with age, injuries, and ineffectiveness, so this is a great value pick at a position of need, and one that could end up being a gem.
Kansas City got better at rushing and getting to the quarterback in 2010, but they still have some work to do. Veteran Mike Vrabel posted zero sacks on the season, so KC needed to address the position. Miller should add some quality depth.
141. Green Bay Packers (from San Francisco, through Denver) - D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas
This is a questionable pick by Green Bay, as they already have three athletic tight ends. Williams is a major steal because of his athleticism and play-making ability, but the pick wasn’t a need and he’s still pretty raw. However, the pick does make veteran Donald Lee expendable, and could have Williams pushing Andrew Quarless for playing time.
Klug is a big, strong run-stuffer with the athleticism to break up the middle and put pressure on the quarterback. His solid versatility will allow the Titans to use him all over the line. This is Tennessee’s second attempt to beef up their defensive line, and it deserves a passing grade.
A solid cover man who has the ability to make plays on balls, Thomas is a fine addition to the Dallas secondary. They’re not in terrible trouble with their current secondary, but Thomas provides solid depth and potential.
Keo is a tough player with great competitiveness and effort. He’s not a “wow” athlete, but he does everything at a solid level. Houston continues to build its defense into an impressive unit based off of this year’s class alone.
Rodgers is an elite runner and play-maker with exceptional ability in the open field. He has elite quickness, speed, and acceleration, and can be a terror on the outside. The problem is, he’s incredibly small, both in height and overall size. His talent got him drafted, but his size likely won’t offer up more than a third down back or return man.
Gomes is a very solid defensive back with great versatility. Washington could use a little depth at either safety or corner, and Gomes has enough talent and athleticism to play in nickel and dime packages. He might never be a full-time starter, but he can serviceable.
Jaguars get more secondary help with their second defensive back in this draft. Isaac is a versatile defensive back who should compete on special teams and push to be in Jacksonville’s nickel packages.
148. Oakland Raiders – Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
Big shocker here. Oakland snags a speedy receiver with good explosiveness and solid potential. He’s raw and a bit of a project, but he’s perfect for the slot and has the ability to make plays.
Philadelphia gets a solid back-up running back with some potential in Lewis. A little under-size and not as fast as you’d like, but Lewis is a very smart and crafty runner. He needs to get stronger, but he can play at the next level.
150. Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota via New York Giants) - Jason Pinkston, T, Pittsburgh
Pinkston doesn’t have the ideal height or athleticism, but his run-blocking ability can’t go ignored. He probably isn’t a great fit at tackle due to his statute and poor pass protection, but could have the game of an elite run-blocker.
151. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
Black is an extremely athletic hard-hitting safety that was a potential Day One prospect that has taken a major fall. However, despite his excellent attributes, his stock has been hurt due to his lack of ideal height and size. If he can play bigger than he is, he’ll be fine. Solid addition for the Buccaneers, who still seek answers at the safety position.
Has ideal size and leadership, but isn’t an elite prospect because of average arm strength and suspect footwork. He needs to refine his mechanics a bit and show he can cut back on mistakes. He’s a nice project pick behind Matt Schaub.
Kerley isn’t a special athlete or big-time performer, but he does the dirty work and gets the job done. He has soft, reliable hands, and isn’t afraid to go after the ball in any situation. Makes the tough catches. Philadelphia doesn’t really need help at receiver, but he’s a solid, reliable option if forced into action.
It’s all about size for Sherman, who doesn’t have elite speed and isn’t fundamentally sound yet in coverage, but his excellent height and strength make him an interesting prospect. Seattle needs help in their secondary, so taking a look at a project with major potential is a good pick here.
While not an explosive player, Paul has adequate speed and all the tools needed to be a productive receiver at the next level. Can make all the catches, as well. Needs to get more consistent and refine his route-running ability, but he’s a reliable option and can do all the little things. Solid value pick for Washington, who can use help at receiver.
Legree is a solid safety prospect with adequate size and tools to man the free safety spot. He needs to improve against the run, while he also lacks elite timed speed. Still, he’s a solid prospect, and the Seahawks badly need some help at safety, where 36-year old Lawyer Milloy was a starter last year. May not have the versatility to play strong safety, but can at least be a solid back-up.
Hogue is a coverage linebacker who has excellent instincts. His run/pass recognition skills are above average, and he excels using fundamentals. A bit on the small side, he will need to bulk up another 5-7 pounds in the NFL. Another nice addition to an improving Detroit Lions defense.
You have to love what Hines brings to the table in terms of run support. Hines plays like an extra linebacker in the Buckeyes defense. While he’s not the greatest coverage athlete, he does a great job not letting anything get behind him. He needs to learn how to read and react better, and not get his eyes caught in the backfield. St. Louis has needs at safety with O.J. Atogwe leaving, and Hines has the ability to compete for a job.
Smith is a heavily utilized tight end who makes his name in the short-intermediate routes in the middle of the field. He does a nice job capping the end in blocking situations, and gets a good release off of the line. Not a need at all for the Patriots, but with Alge Crumpler aging, they grab a guy who can slip in as the third tight end eventually.
160. Chicago Bears - Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho
When you look at Enderle, you see a strong-armed pocket passer. Enderle can make all of the throws with his arm, but has very questionable decision making and accuracy. He will struggle with short/intermediate routes, and needs to work on reading defenses. Chicago miffed with Dan LeFevour last year, and Caleb Hanie may not be a long-term back-up solution.
Not a bad pick here for a Philly offensive line that continues to look to get more balanced. Vandervelde is a decent run-blocker who plays smart and uses proper leverage and angles. Doesn’t have the ideal size and is probably restricted to playing guard at the next level.
Carter has played more defensive end than anything, but I think he projects best as an OLB at the next level. Carter is a mediocre pass rusher, but he’s a good tackler and does a great job in contain. He’ll have to work on his coverage at the next level.
Kilgore has adequate size and ability to become a starting guard for the 49ers. He’s still quite raw, but his great work ethic and natural ability make him a very interesting project on the offensive line. He won’t have to be relied on right away, so he’ll have a lot of time to grow.
If you can’t already tell, the Texas secondary has been stacked in the last few years, and actually well before that also. Brown isn’t the most athletic, or physical corner, but he’s smart. He’s a mediocre tackler, and solid in zone coverage. His lack of great speed doesn’t make him an ideal candidate to cover man on. Regardless, Baltimore makes guys with potential into stout defenders. He needs a little time, but he’ll get there in this system.
McPhee is a big, strong defensive end who does a great job in run support. He does well in penetration, sometimes forcing a double team. With a bit of bulk, he could be a very stout 3-4 defensive end. Again, the guy has the size and talent to be solid, but in a great Baltimore system, his abilities could be magified. Another solid addition.
Wilson is a tackling machine. He’s a bit undersized, but he’s has a good ability to read and react, and make tackles all over the field. He’s a decent pass rusher at times when asked to put his hand on the ground. New head coach Marc Rivera continues to build a better defense.
Whalen isn’t a guy known for his speed, but his ability to catch the ball in traffic is uncanny. He’s a tough wide receiver who fights for the ball well, and doesn’t care to run out of bounds. He won’t beat many cornerbacks down the field, but he will catch the ball over most players one on one. The Bengals got another decent weapon for new quarterback Andy Dalton.
Love is more of a dominant run blocker rather than a finesse tackle in pass protection. He’s great in getting to the second level. He has a lot of upside, however, in the passing game if he can adjust his footwork. There’s major potential there, and Minnesota is dying on their offensive line. A solid value pick.
White is a very aggressive and productive linebacker with great size, simply held back by his average athleticism and burst. Isn’t a polished pass rusher, but is a very smart player that has the straight line speed to get to the quarterback and disrupt plays. Could develop in Buffalo’s system.
Minnesota needs a ton of help in their secondary. Antonie Winfield is aging, Cedric Griffin can’t stay healhy, and Chris Cook is a question mark as a second-year corner. And let’s not even start on the average safety play. Mistral is an athletic and versatile defensive back who could potentially compete for a starting job.
171. Arizona Cardinals - Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina
Sturdivant is one of the most reliable tacklers in the nation. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with athleticism and versatility. Sturdy Sturdivant has the ability to make plays all over the field. Most likely his fit is as an OLB or ILB in a 4-3 defense, but he could bulk up and play as a coverage outside linebacker in a 3-4, but that’s a long shot. Sturdivant hasn’t had trouble with injuries, and is one of the best linebackers in the nation. Looks like a good fit for Arizona’s aggressive defense.
172. Minnesota Vikings – Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock
It’s surprising to see a Slippery Rock graduate in here, but Fusco is the real deal. His strength, and impressive ability to mirror defenders will make him a coveted option in the third-fourth rounds. Fusco is experienced, and has a good football IQ. His size is ideal for the position, the only real worry is about the competition he faced. Again, Minnesota goes after their offensive line, with an under-rated guy who can compete for a position immediately.
The Seahawks continue to work on their sagging secondary, adding another versatile defensive back who could play at corner or safety. Maxwell is very aggressive in coverage, but still needs work in man-to-man.
Clay is a very special fullback/tight end hybrid who makes a ton of plays in the passing game. He’s almost like a 3rd down receiver. He can stay in and block in pass protection, he can run routes in the slot, and he can make plays on the ground. He’s very athletic, and can make people miss in the open field. The Dolphins need to start opening things up on offense, and Clay could give their offense another dimension.
Tennessee adds some depth with a solid tackle prospect in Stingiley. He won’t start right away, but he can be rotated in and help on the offensive line.
Harris has been impressive in his workouts during the Senior Bowl, and he is one of the more under-rated wide receivers coming out of ECU. He’s very quick, and runs fairly good routes. He needs to work on looking the ball in, but when he gets it in his hands, he’s dangerous in the open field. Receiver isn’t a major need for Dallas, but the addition of Harris could make Roy Williams expendable via trade.
Royster is a tough, physical runner that could be solid at the next level. With Clinton Portis leaving and Ryan Torain having a history of injuries, adding more talent at running back is a good move by the Redskins.
SMU continues to put out quick, speedy receivers, and Robinson is a big time home run threat. He needs to work on his route-running and looking the ball in. Washington still doesn’t have a quarterback, but they keep adding talent for whoever ends up going under center.
Schlaunderaff projects as a very solid guard prospect at the next level. However, he’s not a great athlete and he has a slow first step. Regardless, he just gets the job done and he plays with a mean streak. Very aggressive and relentless. That type of high motor makes him successful, and should allow him to turn into a decent player for the Packers.
Taylor has a strong arm, but lacks decision making and accuracy to succeed at the next level. He has very nice athleticism, and can make plays on the run. He needs to improve his overall knowledge of the game, and learn how to read defenses in order to succeed at the next level. He’s quite the athlete, and some think he’s a poor man’s Michael Vick. With Marc Bulger likely going elsewhere, Taylor could become Joe Flacco’s top back-up.
181. Oakland Raiders – Richard Gordon, TE, Miami
Oakland grabs a tight end here to possibly protect themselves from the potential loss of Zach Miller. If Miller stays, the Raiders could still use the depth Gordon would bring.
Johnson is a smaller receiver who fits best in the slot. He has good speed and is solid after the run. He has pretty good hands and makes catches all over the field. He can take a pass to the end zone on virtually every play as he can out run many of the defenders.
Todman is a smaller, tough runner between the tackles. He hits hard, and can make plays out of the backfield. His production has been great in a rush heavy UConn offense. He won’t outrun NFL defenses, but his vision, and ability to fight for the extra yards makes him a solid pickup in the second-third rounds. Good-bye Darren Sproles, hello Jordan Todman!
Arizona could use another body and some competition inside the defensive line, so adding defensive tackle with potential like Carter is a solid pick.
185. New York Giants - Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State
Jones has been one of my favorite players to follow in the NCAA. He’s an excellent sideline to sideline athlete and does well wrapping up to make the tackle. He could stand to get a bit stronger and shed blocks better, but if he could improve on that, he would be an ideal 3-4 inside linebacker. Still, he’s a very solid addition to the Giants line-backing corps this late in the draft.
Smith currently projects as a solid back-up linebacker and a strong special teams player. He doesn’t have the look or feel of a starting linebacker, although Green Bay’s system can make anyone better than they originally were. Solid depth pick for Green Bay, but there was better talent to be had at this spot.
Carnell Williams may be done in Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers continue to try to get younger and more athletic at the position, so Bradford is a very good need and value pick here.
Rucker is a very gifted corner with the potential to be a very solid starting cornerback. Isn’t the best in zone coverage or against the run, so really needs to work on balance and consistency. Colts need more competition at corner and Rucker was getting a mid-round grade, so this could turn out to be one heck of a steal.
Mohamed is actually quite well-rounded. He’s not very athletic, and he’s not the most physical linebacker, but he’s very smart. He’s not great at one particular thing, but he’s solid in coverage, blitzing, and tackling. He has room to improve, and could afford to become a bit stronger. Still, in a John F0x-system, he could turn into a very solid player.
The 49ers go after their secondary again here, getting their second defensive back. Jones has the ability to develop into a solid corner, and should be able to compete for time in nickel coverages right away.
Kelce is a solid offensive lineman who can serve well as a run-blocker, but simply doesn’t have the power or strength to consistently dominate in any aspect. He can be a solid rotation guy, but don’t expect him to carve out a starting role.
Atlanta doesn’t have a kicker under contract, so they’ll look to start over with Bosher, who doesn’t have the biggest leg in the world, but can be a very accurate kicker. Will be a kicker in the league, but also has the versatility to help with punts.
Despite being quite under-sized, Rolle has still made an impact on a very tough Ohio State defense. He may be the best coverage linebacker in the game. Rolle uses his speed to close in on defenders and make tackles. Rolle isn’t much of a blitz backer, but is still a wrap up tackler who is quite strong for his size.
Patriots add some depth to their already solid line-backing corps with a solid project in Markell Carter.
The third straight linebacker flies off the board as the Bears add a fundamentally sound player in Thomas. He has great athleticism and is a natural tackler, but has less than idea size. Could develop into a solid player if he’s given the time.
Williams isn’t the best in pass protection, but he has adequate size and strength and has the potential to become a balanced offensive lineman. Pittsburgh only spent one pick on their offensive line prior to this pick, so adding some more depth is crucial.
Elmore is a raw project that has some solid versatility. He has the size to be used on the line or on the edge, but how he’s put to work in the gym will really tell us how he’ll be used in Green Bay. Projects as a bit of a ‘tweener at the moment, but has solid potential.
198. New York Giants - Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa
Sash is one of the most under-rated safeties in coverage. Despite not being extremely fast or athletic, he is smart and instinctive. He doesn’t get caught staring in the back-field and knows his assignments. He’s also a ball hawk, and can make plays after an interception. Sash is also a nice tackler who helps out in run support. New York got a nice steal with solid potential here.
199. Kansas City Chiefs - Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi
Powe is a very strong defensive tackle that holds the point of attack well. He will likely see the majority of his time in the middle of Kansas City’s 3-4.
Homan is one of Ohio State’s many under-sized, athletic linebackers. While he’s a smart player, and excels in coverage, he’s been somewhat disappointing in fully wrapping up opposing ball carriers. He struggles a bit in pursuit, often taking bad angles, but has no problem playing well sideline to sideline. Still, this is a nice pick for a Vikings’ line-backer corps that has questions outside of Chad Greenway.
Chargers simply adding some depth on the offensive line here with the addition of Schilling.
New York’s defense is already very solid overall, but they have been getting less than desired out of their line-backing corps. Williams gives them an injection of youth at the position, along with some solid potential for the future.
Carolina’s offensive line was inconsistent and suspect on all accounts last year, so any offensive line addition is welcomed. Williams is very aggressive with solid athleticism, and could develop into a starter with time to grow.
204. Denver Broncos (from Green Bay via Carolina) - Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
Green is one of the most under-appreciated tight ends in this NFL Draft. He’s a big, soft handed receiving tight end who uses his athletic skills to his advantage. He’s an excellent red zone tight end, and he runs routes well. He’s good enough to stay in and block, although he could use improvement. He took a pretty remarkable slide, and the Broncos just couldn’t pass on him. It’s pretty interesting that Denver is drafting Green after another tight end, James Thomas, when Green is easily the superior talent. Great steal this late in the draft.
Levingston has the size and athleticism to be a solid asset on the defensive line, while he has moderate versatility and can work on the end of a line in a 3-4.
Rogers is an adequate athlete who can cover well and occasionally make the big play. He’s not consistent or talented enough to be a starter yet, but he can be effective in certain packages. The Bills can use help in their secondary, so Rogers fills a need here as a situational corner.
What Lindsey lacks in straight line speed, he makes up for with instincts and ball skills. He’s a natural ball hawk, but sometimes gets cocky baiting quarterbacks. He won’t get away with that in the NFL. He needs some work when changing direction, but is a smart player. Cincinnati isn’t hurting terrible at corner, but Lindsey could provide solid depth.
McElroy is a solid game-manager type quarterback who is accurate in the middle of the field, and has above average arm strength. His biggest strength is his football IQ and could make an excellent backup quarterback at the next level. Mark Sanchez is the franchise quarterback, but there is nothing worth speaking of behind him. McElroy could be Sanchez’s career back-up and everyone in New York would be able to rest easy.
Detroit goes after some offensive line depth with Culbreath. The Lions are a team on the rise and can’t afford another season lost to Matthew Stafford going down. They need their line to keep getting better, and adding another big body to compete is a good move late in the draft.
Jackson is a tough, physical offensive lineman who has the size and build to turn into a solid starter. He’ll have to hit the weight room and work on his consistency, but the talent is there. Atlanta’s line is already pretty solid, so it spends a late pick on beefing up a strength.
Miller looks to be a bit of a project, but he’s a refined pass rusher and will be productive as long as he’s utilized correctly by the 49ers.
Obviously over-shadowed by Nick Fairley, Clayton is an under-rated inside defensive presence who can do it all at a solid level, but hasn’t displayed an over-powering ability on the line. Could still develop into a quality player at the next level, however.
Thompson doesn’t get the love that he deserves, thanks to the media discussing the talented Boise State offense and how they are robbed by the BCS every week. But Thompson is actually a very solid cover corner, and he has the speed to stick with nearly all receivers. He should be able to carve out a solid role in Washington’s secondary in due time.
Newton is a slightly above average athletic tackle with above average footwork. He lacks the strength to keep up with bull rushers, but gets a good dropstep off the snap to mirror quick edge rushers. He could use work in the run game, but is more of a finesse pass blocker. Houston’s offensive line has already made major strides, but another solid player added to the heap only can help.
Reed is an experienced defensive end who’s strength allows him to play well against the run. Pass rushing skills are average at best, and he’s not much of a penetrating end, but he does well keeping contain. Minnesota can really use extra pass rushers to throw into their rotation, so Reed is a good selection here.
St. Louis makes another pick to help beef up their defense, as Baker can come in and get into the mix for different packages right away.
Hurt isn’t an elite athlete, but he’s a very strong player with solid fundamentals and a strong build. Mike Shanahan gets another solid body to toss on the line and help with run-blocking.
Green Bay drafts another tight end here, and just like last time, this is still not a position of need. Disappointing pick for Packers fans.
A nice pick here for the Patriots. Williams isn’t a lock to make the final roster, but he’s a solid corner that could be effective in certain packages given some time. He does have solid versatility, so depending on where New England decides to use him, he could have a future as a back-up.
Dallas goes running back again, and I’m just not seeing the value here. They now have five running backs on the roster. Even with Marion Barber heading out of town, they have too many backs. Chapas is a steady runner who can be serviceable, but Dallas could have gone after an offensive line talent or another secondary option.
Scott is a bit on the light side, but he has exceptional speed. He could develop into a nice 3rd down back, and make plays in the passing game. He also has big play potential with his speed and power combination. With both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw entering free agency, this is a good pick late in the draft.
Gaitor fits more of a zone scheme than anything, and has adequate speed. His ball skills are impressive, and he could develop into a solid nickel corner eventually. Tampa Bay is in the market for some competition at cornerback with Aqid Talib in the news for all the wrong reasons, so this is a great pick.
Thomas Jones is aging and looks to be regressing, so KC added Bannon in an effort to groom a future back-up at running back.
White’s a sleeper 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level with good speed and athleticism. He could afford to bulk up a bit and become a bigger run stuffer if he wants to succeed in the 4-3. White is a bit of a raw prospect, but has the potential to be a solid player at the next level with the right role and hard work.
Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain could both be possibly leaving Baltimore, so grabbing a solid running back like Allen late in the draft is a quality move by the Ravens.
Romeus is a very talented prospect with great size, strength and athleticism. He saw his stock drop severely due to several injuries during his senior year. New Orleans needs more talent and depth across the defensive line, so a guy with the potential of Romeus is a welcome addition.
New York adds another receiver to the mix, as Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and Brad Smith all could potentially be gone via free agency.
Rams add a versatile linebacker to the mix here, adding some talent and competition to their line-backing corps. Williams isn’t a safe bet to make the final cuts, but he has some talent and could be utilized on special teams in his first year.
St. Louis continues to target their defense with a solid corner prospect in Nelson. Nelson has gone up against elite competition and could become a factor for the Rams down the road.
230. Atlanta Falcons (from New England) - Cliff Matthews, DE/OLB, South Carolina
Now this is a free fall. Matthews is a very quick pass rusher, who uses his hands well to get to the quarterback. He’s got the speed around the edge to beat even the best offensive tackles and makes for a nice 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. He could afford to get a bit stronger and add an inside move when rushing the passer, but he has the athleticism to make the transition and be somewhat effective in coverage as well. Atlanta gets a mega steal here in the seventh if Matthews can pan out.
The Dolphins are looking to fill some depth on the defensive line. Kearse is around 6’4 312 pounds and is strong at the point of attack. He immediately adds depth and is a nice project for the 3-4 defensive end spot in Miami.
Now Batch is what we consider a sleeper. He’s a third down running back in the NFL as he’s solid in pass protection and he can catch well out of the backfield.
The Packers opt for some defensive line help with pick 233. Guy was a run stuffer at Arizona State, and he’s a strong, big defensive tackle who they will move to the five technique in their 3-4 defense.
When you are awarded these compensatory selections, you’re looking for diamonds in the rough and projects. Gachkar wasn’t a play maker, but he has interesting size and speed and could be a nice factor on special teams.
Adding depth in the secondary is a must for Miami who is already quite young as it is. Wilson is a nice project who is very versatile and is a big hitter.
Burton is a heavy sleeper and one of the few guys ever drafted from West Texas A&M. Burton has possession receiver ability and is a good camp body for young quarterback Christian Ponder to throw to.
Some fans of another Pennsylvania team have heard of Greg Lloyd Sr. Lloyd Jr. is a versatile linebacker who has played inside linebacker, defensive end, and even some outside linebacker. The Eagles will expect a young guy to come in and make an impact in 2011.
With Kellen Winslow aging, the Buccaneers want to bring in a few guys that can try to battle for a backup spot and maybe even a potential replacement.
The 49ers took a flier on the former two time Big Sky selection. Person is a big pass protector blocker who could find to be a promising right tackle or guard.
The Eagles get a versatile fullback who is fast for his size. Havili can block and catch out of the backfield, and is an excellent pick for a compensatory selection.
241. Oakland Raiders – David Ausberry, TE, USC
Ausberry didn’t see a ton of playing time with USC. He was sometimes not even dressed. He’s an undersized tight end that’s very raw and has some good athleticism.
Smith is a pure weak side linebacker in a 4-3. He’s been through some injuries, and even had his knee scoped a bit ago, but he is a solid tackler with upside.
Bussey is an experienced weak side linebacker who goes well with fellow Illini backer in Martez Wilson. Bussey is under sized, but he offers great tackling ability on special teams.
Ziemba played left tackle for the Tigers, but is a project right tackle or right guard at the next level. He plays too high and lacks any knee bend, but he has shown some ability when run blocking.
Not sure what the Bills are going with here, but it’s also pick 245, and taking diamonds in the rough is the name of the game. Jasper will get a shot to try and prove himself much like Jason Peters did a few seasons ago.
Finley had an excellent senior season, rushing for over 1,200 yards for 6.2 yards per carry. But he’s still a big time project with good size. The Bengals need depth behind Bernard Scott.
247. Denver Broncos – Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma
Beal was a 1st-2nd round pick back in November. But a horrid Senior Bowl in which he looked slower than a box of rocks forced his free fall. There’s a lot of upside and talent to be tapped into, but it won’t be easy. He’s a pass rusher who will have his hand in the dirt in Denver.
Hagg is a physical tackling safety, somewhat in the mold of Adam Archuleta. He isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body to get into the backfield on a blitz, but is somewhat of a liability in coverage.
The Cardinals are trying to hit on some of these late round wide receivers over the last few seasons. Sampson is a good sized receiver with solid hands and he could be in the factor as a #4 receiver as early as this season.
The 49ers really want to gain more depth in the secondary. Holcomb wasn’t on many people’s radar, but he is a very raw corner that seems like he’s be a great fit as a press corner.
The Titans are just going on on a whim here and taking a chance on a small time prospect. Campbell is a tall, lean corner who needs a lot of work, but does a nice job locating the football.
The Cowboys get a physical run blocking center in Bill Nagy who just never could seem to stay on the field with non-stop injuries year in and year out.
Neild was a Senior Bowl participant and showed some ability to hold the point of attack well. He looks to contend for a backup nose tackle role in Washington’s 3-4 defense.
The Texans take a chance in this undersized pass rusher to move out to play in space as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Mr. Irrelevant.
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