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The Eagles Defense Has Landed: How They Will do it in all 7 rounds

ROUND 1
1 Kansas City Chiefs-Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: For a team with a
first year coach and a first year General Manager, the Chiefs have an
extraordinary numbers of playmakers, such as Eric Berry, Justin
Houston, Jamaal Charles, and Dwyane Bowe, on both sides of the ball.
There is no good reason for the Chiefs to do anything but draft
Joeckel, who can be plugged in right away in front of Donald Stephenson
at right tackle. Joeckel proved to be the best offensive tackle, week
after week, against the elite defenses of the SEC, the best in college
football's toughest conference. Already possessing outstanding talent
on both sides of the ball, unusual for a first year GM and coach, the
Chiefs have no good reason to trade the best talent for numbers. By
overpaying for Alex Smith, Coach Andy Reid, a respected evaluator of
quarterbacks, has already passed judgment on Geno Smith as not a
compelling prospect.

2 Jacksonville Jaguars-Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida There is a whole new
team in Jacksonville, with first year general manager David Caldwell
and first year coach Gus Bradley. Yet what remains the same is that
nobody has any inkling who the Jaguars will draft, so tightly does the
Jaguars management remain isolated from the local press. Drafting down,
taking quarterback Geno Smith, tackle Eric Fisher, rushers Dion Jordan
and Ezekial Ansah, and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, are all still
possibilities. What may decide for the Jaguars is that because they
either draft first or second in every round they "can have their cake
and eat it too," or get many of their top targets no matter who they
draft first. Geno Smith can and will play quarterback in the National
Football League, and he could instantly upgrade the position in
Jacksonville. However, by hiring an extremely young management team,
with both general manager and coach under age 40, new owner Shahid Khan
has signaled that the Jaguars will be constructed slowly and
methodically, and will have building blocks in place BEFORE deciding on
a franchise quarterback. The safe pick would be Central Michigan tackle
Eric Fisher, but Fisher's talents, however outstanding, are not unique.
Good offensive tackles are available well into this draft. Oregon
tweaner Dion Jordan has dominated the late draft season buzz, with CBS
Sports, for example, rating him the No. 1 prospect and many mocking him
to the Jaguars with the second pick. But if you're going for potential
why not go all the way with Ezekiel Ansah, the one true edge rusher in
this draft? Otherwise, go with the most football ready rusher, Georgia
linebacker Jarvis Jones. I believe the Jacksonville decision will come
down to Floyd and Star Lotulelei because of their unusual combination
of power and speed at defensive tackle. True, the Jaguars signed tackle
Roy Miller over the winter, but he's really a nose tackle, and Tyson
Alualu, although he led the team in sacks, is on the downhill side of
his career.

3 Oakland Raiders- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Trading for Matt Flynn,
and his $5 million a year salary almost certainly precludes the
Raiders, in one of the smaller markets, from throwing first round money
too at quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia. Of course, this being
the unpredictable Raiders, even with the younger Davis being slightly
less unpredictable than his flamboyant father, you are never sure what
the organization will do. Yet the Raiders will love Lotulelei because
he will cause such havoc in the visiting backfields.

4 Philadelphia Eagles-Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: I think that
first year Coach Chip Kelly will "react" to whichever player is
available that he wants. My gut tells me he wants Star Lotulelei most
to create a dynamic front in a new 3-4 defense. But he's gone here, so
the Eagles shore up their dreadful (at least when so many have been
injured) offensive line. At least the Philadelphia sportswriters will
be relieved they won't have to struggle with spelling Lotulelei's name
for the next decade. Popular sentimentality suggests Kelly will take
his former Oregon standout, DE/OLB Dion Jordan, yet there is no
evidence that once college coaches move to the NFL that they favor
their former players. Business is business, after all.

5 Detroit Lions-Ezeckiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: It has been pretty
much a given that the Lions will take the best pass rusher available
since they lost Cliff Avril in free agency. There have been rumors of
going to the offensive line first but the this draft is not deep, and
no draft really is, in great pass rushers, and there is no point in not
taking the player with the most upside, Ghana native Ansah, who has
only played football for three years.
6 Cleveland Browns-Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: Having once considered
trading up for Geno Smith, or trading back for Notre Dame's Tyler
Eifert, the only tight end in this spectacle who can both block and
catch, the Browns take the easy way out and take Eifert when he drops
in their proverbial laps. Dee Milliner's name has been mentioned in
connection with the Browns all winter and spring under the natural
belief that the speedy Buster Skrine will not start for them at corner
back in September. According to the drafting rules invented by ESPN or
some bean counter in the NFL, you're not supposed to take a tight end
this high. Who cares? Eifert is the best receiver in this draft, period.

7 Arizona Cardinals-Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: DJ Fluker,
OT, Alabama: When the draft season began Fluker was falling into the
second round. Then everyone woke up and remembered he played offensive
tackle and, well you know, the good ones get drafted young, or
something. New Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians has waxed confidence, many
would say arrogance, about his quarterback situation since he took the
reins in Arizona. Then he cut his starting incumbents Kevin Kolb, and
later, John Skelton, signed veteran journeyman Drew Stanton, and it
seemed obvious that he was bluffing. Arians got the last laugh, at
least for now, by trading for veteran Carson Palmer, who still has the
proverbial gun for an arm, and now will enjoy hooking up with Larry
Fitzgerald. Protecting Palmer is another issue, so the Cardinals
properly begin the process of creating some comfort in front of him
with Fluker, who is allegedly not the best pass protector in this
draft, but otherwise is a hell of a tackle.


8 Buffalo Bills-.Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: The Bills gets their
franchise quarterback by default. Kevin Kolb, cut by Arizona, as the
nominal starter. The Bills were not good to begin with and were further
devastated in free agency. They need help everywhere, except at running
back, where CJ Spiller seems finally to be reaching his potential as an
all purpose weapon. Many are mocking pass rushers Jarvis Jones, Dion
Jordan or Barkevious Mingo here. Smith has been absurdly maligned and
undervalued in this draft season. He may not be Andrew Luck, RGIII,
Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady, but guess what, neither are the other
starting 28 other NFL quarterbacks either.
9 New York Jets-Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: Head Coach Rex Ryan's 3-4
defense is structured to get the most pass rush from his outside
linebackers but that rush has disappeared in recent years. Ergo the
Jets will draft the best outside rush linebacker, Jarvis Jones of
Georgia, purported spinal stenosis and all. Given his druthers, I
suspect Ryan (and new GM John Idzak) would draft Ezeckiel Ansah because
not only could Ryan use Ansah at OLB, but also at DE; and in fact move
him all over the place. A doctor recently asserted that Jones in fact
never had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. Another OLB, Dion
Jordan of Oregon, is not without medical issues either, still
recovering from a torn labrum. Yet Jordan was a holy terror at the
Combine despite the injury. Another rushing possibility is LSU's
Barkevious Mingo, a workout warrior who under produced in the demanding
Southeastern Conference. The conventional wisdom is that if Ansah and
Jones (or Geno Smith) are not available, the Jets will take the safe
option and draft can't miss offensive guard Chance Warmack of Alabama.
The unconventional possibilities include reaching for Tyler Eifert,
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, or Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle
Patterson. At the end of the day, there are a lot of great athletes in
this draft. Right now, Jarvis Jones is the best football player.

10 Tennessee Titans- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. The steady
Werner will both bring a Ryan Kerrigan style pass rush and a talent for
stopping the run.

11 San Diego Chargers-Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma: The Chargers,
needing to rebuild the offensive line in an attempt to protect the
still productive David Rivers, get Johnson after all.

12 Miami Dolphins-AJ Fluker, OT, Alabama. A month ago, everybody
shoved Fluker into the second round. Then they remembered he played
offensive tackle.

13 New York Jets-Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee; in trade with
the Tampa Bay Bucs for Darrelle Revis. The Jets want a big play
receiver in their new West Coast offense. They considered Tavon Austin
and Tyler Eifert, but Eifert went to Cleveland and Patterson is
sturdier than the smallish Austin. Last week, I would have suggested
they would reach for Eddie Lacy here, but the Jets now seem determined
to employ only speedy backs in a West Coast offense, at least that is
the signal they seem to be sending out. Ryan in particular does not
trust diminutive players, curbing the Jets enthusiasm for Austin.
Patterson reportedly turned off some timid NFL employees with his
effusive confidence but that is hardly something that is going to
bother the equally effusive and confident Rex Ryan. The Jets simply
didn't have receivers who could get open last season.

14 Carolina Panthers-Sheldon Richardson, DT, Mizzou: The young
Richardson has a constant motor and a tough presence on the DL that
will be a fun site this season in Charlotte.

15 New Orleans Saints-Dion Jordan, athlete, Oregon: Mr. Upside finds
a home in the Big Easy and a tutor in Rob Ryan. Maybe the Saints will
find Jordan a position to play on the field.

16 St. Louis Rams-Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama: With the addition of
Jake Long at tackle, and now Warmack at guard, the Rams finally find a
way to protect franchise quarterback Sam Bradford. And perhaps contend
in the NFC West this autumn as well.

17 Pittsburgh Steelers-Matt Elam, SS, Florida: The aging Steelers
could reload in a lot of places, including linebacker, but Elam is the
best strong safety in the country and the best place to start.

18 Dallas Cowboys-Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas: The Cowboys need a
playmaking free safety and Vacarro is rated as the top free safety,
although not by me. The Cowboys might be better off taking an offensive
lineman here, but with the best selections gone, you can't blame them
for taking Vaccaro.

19 New York Giants-Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: The Australian native
is another in the long line of really good defensive tackles in this
draft. The Giants D has been getting gouged against the run for years
and GM Jerry Reese and Coach Tom Coughlin have seen enough. It ends
with Williams up front, a tremendous athlete with tremendous upside,
who naturally falls to the Giants, who live by the ancient adage that
good things come to those who wait.

20 Chicago Bears-Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame: The press has
overreacted to the off field foibles of Te'o as much as they have to
the alleged imperfections of Geno Smith. But the man with the phantom
girlfriend is no phantom on the football field. Bears fans
appropriately pointed out that even his 4.83 40 time at the combine was
not bad for a middle linebacker. And he improved it with a 4.78 in his
Notre Dame workout, not that far slower than Kevin Minter's vaunted
time of 4.70.
21 Cincinnati Bengals-Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama. Replacing tackle Andre
Smith is their first priority. But no market developed for Smith so it
looks as if the Bengals will be replacing Andre Smith with Andre Smith,
for less money than Smith would appreciate putting towards his
retirement, or mortgage, or whatever. Furthermore, the Bengals need a
big time back to bring more balance to the offense. An offense that
stalled in the playoff loss to the Texans last January. Lacy is
recovering from a hamstring tear but not to worry, all Alabama running
backs recover from leg injuries at this time of year. Last year it was
Trent Richardson.

22 St. Louis Rams-Tavon Austin, WR/KR, West Virginia: The Rams need a
big time kick returner and they need a big time, downfield receiver,
with speed. In short, they need Tavon Austin. Job accomplished.
23 Minnesota Vikings-DeAndre Hopkins, WR/KR, Clemson: The loss of kick
returner/wide receiver, Percy Harvin, was not replaced by wide receiver
Greg Jennings. Therefore the Vikings take both a wide receiver in the
draft and a kick returner, in the same body.

24 Indianapolis Colts- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama: Every night a star
falls from the sky and every year a star falls at the draft. This year
it is Milliner, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery.

25 Minnesota Vikings-Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia. The Vikings need to
rebuild their line backing corps. Selecting the athletic Ogletree is a
good place to start.

26 Green Bay Packers-Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: The Packers do
have secondary depth in an effort to replace Charles Woodson, but Loyce
Means, recently of the Canadian Football League, is not the answer.
Trufant should be a successful pro for many years.

27 Houston Texans- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU. This is not really
what the Texans had in mind in their war room, where kicker
returner/receivers such as Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson, and
DeAndre Hopkins were penciled in red. Their displacement by other teams
however, prompts the Texans to address their line backing needs first,
and the athletic Barkevious Mingo falls right into their laps.
Unfortunately, they will probably now need separate draft picks to
address receiver and kick returner.

28 Denver Broncos-Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia: The Broncos added
offensive pieces over the winter by signing Wesley Welker but lost key
rusher Elvis Dumervil through an administrative mistake in league
rules. The Bronco front was soft to begin with and Jenkins is the
quickest way to address that problem, all 346 pounds of him.

29 Philadelphia Eagles-EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State: The Jacksonville
Jaguars are seeking a mobile quarterback to give them more of a threat
in the red zone, particularly on short yardage situations in case
Blaine Gabbert shocks them by proving capable of playing quarterback
the rest of the time. The Eagles, on the other hand, badly want Manuel
to be their every day quarterback, running Chip Kelly's read option.
Therefore they trade up with New England, who is unsure who they want
to draft, and would like an extra night to decide by trading away their
first round pick.
30 Atlanta Falcons- Jonthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: The Falcons
did not trade for Darrelle Revis; They have to draft at least one
playmaking corner or they are not going far into the playoffs this
coming season.

31 San Francisco 49ers-Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina. The
49ers were all set to draft a first round receiver for the second
straight year when the number rated prospect, Cal's Keenen Allen, ran a
slow 40 time at his school day, to add to questions about his
durability after he spent most of his senior year injured. I believe
Allen takes a big tumble now in this draft.

32 Baltimore Ravens-Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU: the Ravens did a
deceivably excellent job of restocking the defense after several Super
Bowl heroes left for more money. They did not, however, replace Ray
Lewis at middle linebacker, and Minter is the best option after Manti
Te'o in this draft.


ROUND 2
33. Jacksonville Jaguars-Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State: The
Jaguars begin a complete rebuilding of the franchise with the
cornerback that meets their speed requirements, a 4.31 40 man. Do not
be surprised if the Jaguars take Sam Montgomery, the productive
defensive end from LSU.
34. San Francisco 49ers (from Chiefs)-Zach Ertz TE Stanford: No, the
49ers do not need to draft a No.2 tight end in the second round. It's a
matter of quality. They have a ton of picks to address wide receiver
and the secondary. To teach Ertz how to block so that he can develop
into a dominant replacement for Vernon Davis.
35. New England Patriots-Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UCONN; in trade with
Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots would have drafted Wreh-Wilson in the
first round, so they get their man and an extra draft pick too. So
Patriots!
36. Detroit Lions-DJ Hayden, CB, Houston: Having taken a flyer on the
raw rusher Ezekiel Ansah in the first round, Head Coach Jim Swartz, a
defensive guru, takes a chance on Houston corner DJ Hayden, less than a
year after Hayden's serious vein injury. Hayden is judged to have the
best mechanics of any corner in the draft.
37. Cincinnati Bengals-Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: The Bengals find
an outstanding receiving companion to AJ Green, and more offensive
weapons.
38. Arizona Cardinals-Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin. The Cardinals have
not had a genuine running back since Edgarrin James. They do now.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Arizona needs to replace pass rushers
and the productive Moore could play either defensive end or his
original position, outside linebacker.
39. New York Jets-Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky: The Jets begin to
rebuild the porous right side of its offensive line. Warford looks
ready to start on opening day.
40. Tennessee Titans-Jordan Poyer, CB Oregon State: The playmaking
cornerback is just what the Titans need to both stop Andrew Luck and
Matt Schaub in the AFC South, and put some excitement into the defense
as well.
41. Buffalo Bills-Robert Woods, WR, USC: Woods is a reliable receiver
who will both move the chains and stretch the field for Geno Smith.
42. Kansas City Chiefs--Terron Armstead, OT, Ark Pinebluff: With their
pick for Branden Albert from Miami, the Chiefs construct a rookie
offensive line with Luke Joeckel and Armstead.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cornelius Carradine, DE, Florida State:
Dominant before injury as a senior, Carradine has looked his old self
at least in running recently. The Bucs take a flyer that Carradine can
further his formerly dominant college play into the next level.
44. Carolina Panthers-Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: Concerns about
Rhodes' speed drop him into the second round.
45. San Diego Chargers-David Amerson, CB North Carolina St.: Scouts
believe Amerson is still developing and will not reach his potential
until his first Pro Bowl.
46. St. Louis Rams-Leveon Bell, RB, Michigan State: Bell's speed and
pass catching ability opened up a lot of eyes at the Combine in
Indianapolis. He's the kind of big, strong running back Jeff Fischer
has employed in Eddie George in Tennesee and Stephen Jackson in St.
Louis.
47. Dallas Cowboys-Justin Pugh, OG, OT, Syracuse: The versatile Pugh is
perfect to fill in wherever the weak Cowboy offensive line needs him
most.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers-Alex Okafor, OLB, Texas: Okafor dominated weak
competition but struggled against quality in the Big 12. He could use
developmental years learning his craft with the Steelers.
49. New York Giants- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State: Taylor is one of
those quietly efficient defenders whose name does not appear much
because he is shutting down his receivers. Injuries have weakened the
Giants secondary. Taylor will add both quality and depth.
50. Chicago Bears-Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State: Many believe Brown
is a first round talent. I don't. But he should be a first year starter
for the Bears as they replace their linebackers.
51. Washington Redskins-D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina: Swearinger
was the best safety I saw all year. Whether he becomes one of the best
in the NFL remains to be seen. Yet the Redskins are correct to start
rebuilding their secondary with him.
52. Minnesota Vikings-Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU: Montgomery could be one
of the second round steals of this draft. Scouts don't like his
mechanics, his stiff hips, and the 4.81 40 time he ran in Indianapolis.
Yet he was more productive than his LSU teammate who makes scouts
drool: Barkevious Mingo.
53. Cincinnati Bengals-Manelik Watson, OT, Florida State: Even with
Andre Smith back in the fold, Watson has too much potential to ignore
and therefore is the perfect developmental project, having played
football only a few years.
54. Miami Dolphins-Vance McDonald, TE, Rice: Somebody in the Dolphins'
front office may already have figured out that last year's drafted
tight end, Michael Egnew, is really a tall slot receiver pretending to
be a tight end. This masquerade is uncovered by drafting the versatile
McDonald, who may be a tall running back pretending to be a tight end,
so numerous are the Rice graduate's skills.
55. Green Bay Packers-Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: Like Damontre Moore of
Texas A&M, Jones became a star when he was moved from linebacker to
defensive end. He should help the Packer's pass rush.
56. Seattle Seahawks-Kyle Long, OT, Oregon: Pete Carroll loves athletic
playmakers and Howie Long's youngest, but most athletic, son, fits the
bill. Besides, tackle James Carpenter has to prove he can come back
from a major knee injury.
57. Houston Texans-Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers: What the hell is going
on in Houston? The Texans are a playoff team inching to the Super Bowl
and yet its star defensive players keep leaving. Scouts love Greene and
the Texans hope he lives up to the warm notices because they have to
restock their line backing corps.
58. Denver Broncos-Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn: Lemonier has the eyes
and ears of the NFL scouting community. Quietly, he has played below
the buzz of the endless Auburn scandals and has the speed to be a star
rusher in the NFL. The Broncos hope he will be a worthy successor to
Elvis Dumervil.
59. New England Patriots-Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State: While
everybody was spending the winter wondering where Geno Smith would go
and whether Marcus Lattimore could recover from his knee injury, the
Patriots were, of course, zoning in on the best talent. Thomas COULD be
the best safety in this draft. He will probably help the Patriots
immediately, at the very least.
60. Atlanta Falcons-Margus Hunt, DE, SMU: The raw but big and powerful
and fast Hunt lands in Atlanta. He could be a large force in getting
them to the Super Bowl right away.
61. San Francisco 49ers- Eric Reid, FS, LSU: How did Reid land with the
49ers? Some scouts think he is the best free safety in the draft.
Others think he is vastly overrated. The 49ers will put the question to
a test right away.
62. Baltimore Ravens- Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers: Quality always seems to
define Ravens' GM Ozzie Newsome's draft picks. The Rutgers corner back
is no different. He may be


ROUND 3

63. Kansas City Chiefs-Jamie Collins, OLB Southern Miss: A Combine star
in Indianapolis, Collins is raw and therefore the perfect candidate to
be developed over time by a new regime in Kansas City.
64. Jacksonville Jaguars-Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia: Williams is big
and strong and fast, a 4.42 40 man, and just the kind of safety the new
Jaguars establishment wants to build around. If Darius Slay were to
fall this far, the Jags could take him here.
65. Detroit Lions-Dwayne Gratz, CB UConn: For a team which went to the
playoffs only two years ago, and allegedly rebuilding, the Lions sure
have a lot of holes. The secondary is dreadful and the Lions hope Gratz
is one of the answers.
66. Oakland Raiders-Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Nobody really believes Matt
Flynn is the long term answer in Oakland, and taking time to develop
Barkley, particularly his awful footwork, makes sense.
67. Philadelphia Eagles-Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State: Hankins had
one, good, dominant year in Columbus. Is he a one- year wonder or
somebody who can anchor the Eagles' new 3-4 defense? He does not
possess the kind of speed you usually associate with a Chip Kelly
player, so he might be on a short leash: show us or you're gone.
68. Cleveland Browns-Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas: Many have mocked
Bailey to the 4th round, but with Warmack and Warford off the board,
he's the one remaining guard who can probably start right away, and
therefore the Browns take a starter here in the 3rd.
69. Arizona Cardinals-David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado: The cocky new
regime in Arizona has declared itself very pleased with its present
offensive line, which did improve late last season. They were not so
pleased, however, that they would ignore a tackle/guard with so much
potential upside as Bakhtiari.
70. Tennessee Titans- Sio Moore. OLB UConn: Moore's speed has moved him
up draft boards since the season ended and he may be gone by this late
in the third round. But if not, the Titans will grab him, thank you
very much.
71. Buffalo Bills-Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee: Having selected a
quarterback and a wide receiver, the Bills next move to shore up the
offensive line. The quietly productive SEC lineman should start right
away in Buffalo.
72. New York Jets-Oday Abouchi, ROT, Virginia: A Brooklyn native,
Abouchi can play right or left tackle and, more importantly, can start
right away, a requirement for the harried Jets offensive line. Some
draft boards have moved Abouchi as far down as the 6th round, but the
Jets will reach up and take him here.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jordan Mills, RT, La Tech: Mills is a big
project, but the new Bucs management is only in its second here, and
has time.
74. San Francisco 49ers-TJ McDonald, FS, USC: McDonald has 49ers
pedigree: his father played safety for them. He was also a big time
player at USC. He has big time size, 6-3. Yet he isn't the fastest
safety at 4.54 in the 40. Many think he can be an NFL star, a tall,
rangy successor to Dashon Goldson. Others think he was a vastly over
rated star on a vastly over rated USC team.
75. New Orleans Saints-Robert Alford, corner back, Southeastern
Louisiana: Having cut Johnny Patrick, the Saints need a starting corner
back. Alford is easily the best small school corner in this draft. His
4.34 40 speed doesn't hurt.
76. San Diego Chargers- Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State: Jenkins
was a first round player until his season ending injury. The Chargers
hope he will return to form and potential.
77. Miami Dolphins-Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: The Dolphins show faith
that the "honey badger" can keep out of trouble in South Beach. He had
a great combine and will probably become a good nickel back. His 5-9
stature is a concern.
78. St. Louis Rams-Sean Porter OLB Texas A&M: Quietly, Porter had an
outstanding season for the Aggies. He's a hard hitter and Jeff Fischer
will love his effort.
79. Pittsburgh Steelers-Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Scouts love
Wheaton as a big play receiver. I'm not so convinced. I see him as more
of a disciplined route runner. Yet he's reliable and can catch the
ball. He could be both a downfield and safety option for Ben
Roethisberger.
80. Dallas Cowboys-Giovani Bernard RB, North Carolina: Scouts love the
productive Bernard. Many consider him the best running back in this
draft. I don't, but my opinion does not count in Dallas. Only Jerry
Jones's feelings matter. And Jones, a star running back in high school
but a guard at Arkansas, listens to his scouts.
81. New York Giants-DeVonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina. The Giants
intended to draft Sean Porter but he went to St. Louis. Their best laid
plans frustrated, they draft line backer DeVonte Holloman of South
Carolina, a hard hitter
82. Miami Dolphins -John Simon, DE, Ohio State: Simon disappointed at
the Combine and some scouts complain that he was sometimes out of
position during Big Ten games, therefore Simon has fallen from a low
first round pick, tumbling all the way to the third round. Yet he was a
very productive Buckeye, and runs a 4.66 40, which is nothing to sneeze
at. The Dolphins may get a steal.
83. Minnesota Vikings- Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: The Vikings need
to rebuild their pass rushers and linebackers. It is a long fall from
the early first round for Moore, but he could play either defensive end
or his original position, outside linebacker.

84. Cincinnati Bengals-Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International: Two
years ago, Cyprien's coach, Mario Cristobal, was a rising star,
apparently on the way to leave Florida International and coach first
Pitt and then Rutgers. Fired after last season, Cristobal is now an
offensive line coach at Alabama. Cyprien has had a similar fall, rising
into the first round on everybody's draft boards, tumbling at least to
the second round, and in my mock, into the third. Scouts love Cyprien's
athleticism, but his 4.66 speed is not extraordinary, and everybody is
now trying to guess just how good he might be after a career in the
Sunbelt conference.
85. Washington Redskins-Will Davis, CB, Utah State: The Redkins have a
very simple philosophy in this draft: select defensive backs and after
that take more defensive backs.
86. Indianapolis Colts-Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee: Wow! How did this
guy slip to the Colts, giving them yet another fine receiver? Good
drafting, apparently. Or maybe Andrew's kind of luck. Yeah, a weak joke
on the brink of draft day.
87. Seattle Seahawks-Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri State: Williams
does not possess the speed the Seahawks prefer on defense but he is a
tough, gritty, tackle, who will hold his own up front, and a worthy
replacement for Alan Branch.
88. Green Bay Packers-Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin. The Pack gets one
of those great home state blockers.
89. Houston Texans- Brian Winters, OG, Kent State: Kent State went to
the MAC championship game and a big reason was Winters. Most scouts
think he can start right away.

90. Denver Broncos-Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse: Small for a safety at
5-9, Thomas has nonetheless risen to the top of the charts with his
coverage skills and 4.37 speed. Despite protestations to the contrary,
the Broncos ARE considered about their safeties.
91. New England Patriots-Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M: I'm not sure why
Swope is available in the 3rd round because he runs a 4.28 40 and he
catches everything thrown to him. But if such an athlete is sitting
here at this spot, you can bet the Patriots will take him. They have
failed to draft a receiver who can get open for at least a decade.
Swope may finally be their answer.
92. Atlanta Falcons-Cornelius Washington, OLB, DE, Georgia: Washington
tore up the combine and perfectly meets the Falcons need for a speedy
line backer who can also hit hard
93. San Francisco 49ers-Brian Schwenke, C, Cal: This is a value pick.
The 49ers do not need a starting center, but they would like to develop
one and Schwenke, as luck would have it, is one of the better ones in
this draft.
94. Baltimore Ravens-Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: His 4.87 40 time
(4.80 and 4.85 at his Stanford Pro Day) and 21 bench lifts, disturbs
many scouts but the Ravens, in rebuilding their line backing group,
will take his hard hitting production over those standardized testing
numbers.
95. Houston Texans -Marquise Goodwin, WR/KR, Texas. No, the Texans do
not end up with higher rated receivers/kick returners, such as Andre
Hopkins, but the Olympic broad jumper with 4.21 40 speed will be a
decent second option. Goodwin, like Tavon Austin, is smallish in
stature, at 5-9. Yet many scouts see a lot of upside in Goodwin, who
got lost in the offensive confusion at Texas.
96. Kansas City Chiefs --Chris Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech: With the
failed played of Jonathan Baldwin, the Chiefs need a companion threat
to Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs may get more than that in Patton, who runs
crisp routes, has excellent hands, and is rated a first round value by
many talent evaluators.
97. Tennessee Titans -Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina: A raw,
athletic son of an NFL tackle, Williams missed most of his senior year
with a knee injury. His upside, however, is huge, and if any two guys
can tap that potential it is Head coach Mike Munchak and offensive line
coach Bruce Matthews.

ROUND FOUR

98. Jacksonville Jaguars-Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida: Jenkins is not
the fastest linebacker in this draft, at 4.67 40 speed, but he may turn
out to be the best. He's a play maker who always makes things happen
around the ball, and he is perfect in the Jaguars new scheme where they
want their linebackers to be multi taskers. Jenkins's style of play is
remarkably similar to the veteran line backer the Jags signed in free
agency from the Bears, Geno Hayes.
99. Kansas City Chiefs-Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina: Taylor is very
under rated and should be a solid force on the Chiefs' defensive line.
His 4.65 40 time is 4th best of all defensive ends.
100. Oakland Raiders-Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State: Sims has overcome
several injuries in his college career and runs with a limp. He has the
size and catch catching ability to be first rate. He is a project.
101. Philadelphia Eagles -Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin: Perhaps the most
under rated tackle in the draft due to early season problems blocking
for the run, Wagner is already a stalwart pass blocker, an absolute
must in today's pass happy NFL, never mind a pass happy team to be such
as the eagles.
102. Minnesota Vikings --Zeke Motta, FS Notre Dame: Last year the
Vikings drafted Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith and he had a great
rookie year. This year the Vikings draft Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta
and hope for the same.
103. Arizona Cardinals-Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati: Kelce is a big
moose of a man at 6-5, 255 pounds, and runs a 4.64 40. He is a work out
warrior and the younger brother of the Philadelphia Eagles center. From
Paul Newman's upper middle class neighborhood of Shaker Heights, in
Cleveland, Kelce is more potential than accomplished tight end.
104. Cleveland Browns-Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma: Coming off major knee
surgery a year ago, Still's health was a major concern to NFL scouts.
Also of concern was the general failure, in recent years, of dominant
Oklahoma receivers to succeed in the NFL. But Stills's 4.64, 40 time
workouts, seems to have mollified scouts recently, and he is now
considered the best value among receivers to be drafted in the middle
rounds.
105. Buffalo Bills-Zaviar Gooden, OLB Missouri: The speedy Gooden was
the OLB Combine star in Indianapolis, finishing first in the 40 at 4.46
seconds, first in bench reps with 30, first in the cone drill at 6.71
seconds and first in the shuttle at 4.18 seconds. He's young and raw
but makes perfect sense on a team rebuilding at line backer.
106. New York Jets-Joe Kruger, DE, Utah: Kruger was dominant in Utah's
bowl win and has been flying up draft boards since. The Jets need to
replace Mike DeVito, a reliable tackler against the run.
107. Tennessee Titans-Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State: Harper is
probably a reach in the fourth round, but the Titans are known for
making middle to late round finds in pass receivers.
108. Carolina Panthers-Jordan Reed, WR, Florida: Reed is not the tight
end many see him as, but he will be a good target for Cam Newton. He's
essentially a wide out who has played tight end at Florida.
109. New Orleans Saints-Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: Thomas lacks ideal
speed yet he is a crushing tackler with great instincts. Plus he's a
smart player.
10. San Diego Chargers-Da'Rick Rogers, WR Tenn. Tech: Another product
of Tennessee's bad boy years personified by former coach, Lane Kiffen,
Rogers has a high upside in talent, if not so-called character issues.
111. Miami Dolphins-Joseph Randle, RB Oklahoma State: A star of the
post season, Randle has performed well in various work outs. Resembles
former Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter.
112. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee Martin. As
they say affectionately, the man is a beast. The Bucs find a
replacement for Roy Miller at nose tackle.
113. St. Louis Rams-Duke Williams, SS Nevada: A work out hero such as
former Nevada line backer Dontay Moch, Williams needs to show he is
more than potential.
114. Dallas Cowboys-Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State: As with all Penn State
products, Hill is fundamentally sound, always a good addition in big D,
where discipline is not always the byword.
115. Pittsburgh Steelers-Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M: A
fundamentally sound, hard-nosed runner who can block, Michael fits the
Steelers mold. He has been a star of the post season and in demand by
almost everybody in their mock drafts.
116. New York Giants-Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon: Like many of the Ducks
recruited by chip Kelly, Alonso has a lot of speed and athletic upside.
In addition, he is a very hard hitter and should start right away, even
though it is against Tom Coughlin's religion to start rookies.
117. Chicago Bears-B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary. Webb is in a long
line of outstanding corners from William & Mary. He runs a 4.46 40 and
will help the Bears immediately.
118. Cincinnati Bengals-Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia: The Bengals
safeties are more quantity than quality and Rambo is a shot of quality.
119. Washington Redskins-Leon McFadden CB, San Diego State. The Skins
secondary rebuilding continues with the highly regarded McFadden.
120. Minnesota Vikings-Lavar Edwards, DE LSU: Lost in the shuffle of
Baton Rouge stars, Edwards could be among the better LSU performers in
the NFL.
121. Indianapolis Colts-Brandon McGee, CB, Miami: McGee has the speed
the Colts covet in their defensive players. He runs a blazing 4.37 40.
A bit of a project, but McGee has a terrific upside.
122. Green Bay Packers-Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois: Buchanan led the
Big Ten in sacks, has starred at the Combine, and brings much needed
rush power to the Pack.
123. Seattle Seahawks-Conner Vernon, WR, Duke: Vernon is more a finesse
receiver than Percy Harvin, therefore he provides a balance and a
replacement for Harvin when he's not playing due to one of his temper
tantrums.
124. Houston Texans-Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina: For a mediocre
team, the North Carolina Tar heels surely produce a ton of top flight
prospects. The 6th rated inside line backer in this draft, Reddick has
4.71 speed, essentially the same speed as the top rated inside man,
Kevin Minter, who runs 4.70.
125. Denver Broncos-Stepfon Taylor, RB, Stanford: The Broncos roster is
populated with experienced and oft-injured running backs such as Willis
McGahee and Knowshon Moreno. Taylor, who is a pro style back who will
get tough yards on the ground, is the perfect balance to Peyton Manning
and his passing attack.

126. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -Zac Dysert QB Miami (OH): Quarterback Josh
Freeman is in the last year of his rookie contract in Tampa Bay and the
jury is out on whether he will return after that.
127. Atlanta Falcons-Bennie Logan, DT, LSU: On and on, the LSU talent
continues. Perhaps the problem for Les Miles is that he has too many
good players for only 22 positions.
128. San Francisco 49ers-Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State: The 6 feet 8 inch
Fragel is an athletic former tight end who has excited scouts in the
latter days of the draft season. There is a reason when a Big Ten team
goes 12-0 and one of them is that Fragel did a great job blocking
upfront.
129. Baltimore Ravens-Tharold Simon, CB, LSU: At 6-4, Simon is one of
the more intriguing corner prospects in this draft. With Baltimore, he
will be given time to develop.
130. Baltimore Ravens -Josh Evans, FS, Florida. Evans is a steal here,
particularly for the defending World champs.
131. San Francisco 49ers-Colbi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas: With 4.50 speed,
Hamilton could be one of the surprises of this draft. And the 49ers
need receivers badly who can run deep.
132. Detroit Lions-- Chris Faulk, OT LSU: With so much talent, a good
number of LSU athletes have fallen under the draft radar. Yet scouts
have had Faulk in their viewers all year long. He could be a very good
pro and a best friend to Lions passer Mathew Stafford.
133. Atlanta Falcons-Ryan Otten, TE San Jose State: The Falcons are
betting that the highly regarded Otten could replace Tony Gonzalez
after this coming year.

ROUND FIVE

134. Kansas City Chiefs-Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama: How good is Nico
Johnson? Nobody really seems to know and most either see him as a steal
or a bust. Is he the consistent and disciplined leader of the Alabama
defense who is a winner or an over rated player on a great team?
135. Jacksonville Jaguars-Xavier Nixon, ROT, Florida: Nixon had an up
and down senior year at Florida, albeit against the best competition,
almost every week, in the country. If Nixon can become grounded and
consistent, he could become the starting tackle the Jags desperately
need on their right side.
136. Philadelphia Eagles-William Gholston, DE, Michigan State: Gholston
has come under severe criticism for not performing up to his alleged
level of talent and natural size. One advantage is that he is basically
a defensive tackle who played at defensive end in college, therefore
providing flexibility to play in a rotation at either tackle or end in
Eagles new 3-4 alignment.
137. Detroit Lions-Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse: Lemon made a rapid rise up
the draft boards after a productive career receiving the passes of Ryan
Nassib at Syracuse. Probably more of a possession receiver in the mold
of Syracuse's Hall of Fame end, Art Monk.
138. Seattle Seahawks-Larentee McCray, OLB, Florida: A lot of
observers, not me, prefer McCray to Florida's other playmaking
linebacker, Jelani Jenkins. Maybe Pete Carroll is one of them.
139. Cleveland Browns-Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: Although Wilson had
been projected as high as No. 8ver all, in the first round, to Buffalo,
quarterback needy teams usually need everything else too. And therefore
Wilson drops into the 5th round.
140. Arizona Cardinals-Trevardo Williams, OLB UConn: Williams is an
unknown force to the fans but widely admired by the scouts. He could
easily go as high as the third round.
141. New York Jets- Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Scott appears to be in the
sights of every team who needs a quarterback because he possesses both
a strong arm and excellent mobility in getting away from a rush. The
betting odds is on Scott going to Jacksonville earlier in this round,
particularly because the Jets have already exhausted the quarterback
budget, although they are apparently going to jettison Tim Tebow, and
if they draft Scott, perhaps Mark Sanchez, despite the nasty salary cap
hit that would involve.

142. Tennessee Titans-Hugh Thorton, OG, Illinois: Thorton has played
both guard and tackle and therefore has been moving up draft boards as
April 26 approached.
143. Buffalo Bills-J.C. Tretter, OG, Cornell: The Bills are presumably
aware of Tretter who played not far from Buffalo in Ithica, New York.
Tretter has seen a rapid rise up the draft charts and has held his own
against players from higher level competition in the post season.
144. New Orleans Saints- Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State:
Glennon has the strongest arm in this draft, and by a long shot, but he
is wildly inconsistent and rather immobile. A couple of years studying
under Drew Brees would be ideal conditions. And he is perfect for
playing indoors with a dry field.
145. San Diego Chargers-David Bass, DE, Missouri Western State: A small
school gem, Bass stands 6-4, weighs 262, and can bring the 40 speed in
4.74. Bass immediately improves the rebuilding Chargers pass rush.
146. Miami Dolphins-Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest: Bohanon was a star
of the combine, particularly in the bench press. He would provide more
protection for Ryan Tannenhill to throw and hopefully help open holes
for Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller.
147. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson: Everyone
always thought Goodman had the skill set to be superior rusher but his
lack of production until this year has many wondering whether he lacks
effort or was a one year wonder.
148. Carolina Panthers-Lonnie Pryor, FB, Florida State: Pryor was
clearly the best all around fullback in college football this year, an
excellent blocker, a good runner with speed, a good pass catcher. But
in a league where fullbacks only block, Pryor's value falls
drastically. With two outstanding runners, the Panthers could use Pryor
as a blocker who is a useful safety valve for Cam Newton in receiving
check down passes.
149. St. Louis Rams-Everettt Dawkins, DT, Florida State: Teams
apparently believe Dawkins reached his potential during an outstanding
college career. Even if that turns out to be true, Dawkins should be a
good rotation man up front in the NFL.
150. Pittsburgh Steelers-Brandon McGee, OLB, Arizona State: With 4.68
speed, McGee could be a sleeper in the NFL. If so, the Steelers show
again that they can evaluate talent.
151. Dallas Cowboys-Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech: All ACC, Sweeting
is another outstanding prospect who is traveling under the proverbial
radar. He also runs a 4.38 40.
152. New York Giants-Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado: Kasa is an outstanding
tight end, now, period. Hopefully Tom Coughlin will loosen up enough to
let Kasa play this year.
153. Chicago Bears-Khaled Holmes, OC, USC: I have to say that I am not
a fan of Holmes. He began the draft season as one of the top centers,
has cratered from there.
154. Washington Redskins-Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia. The Skins get
an instant starter who many thought would land in Jacksonville.
Commings's 4.41 speed is going to make the Fed Ex Field faithful happy.
155. Minnesota Vikings-Sean Renfree, QB, Duke: Renfree is an intriguing
prospect with a nice arm, if with a soft touch. His biggest advantage
over current starter Christian Ponder is that he is more mobile, if not
strictly that much faster in 40 time. Renfree reminds me of Chad
Pennington. Like Matt Barkley, he often throws off his wrong foot, so
his mechanics need to be cleaned up.
156. Cincinnati Bengals-Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: Is Andy Dalton
really the future for the Bengals? If so, they still lack depth at
quarterback. Some see Nassib going in the first round. I don't. He has
a decent arm and poise. Just like Dalton.

157. San Francisco 49ers-Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State: Hodges is the
typical Penn State linebacker. When he tackles runners, at the line, or
in the open field, they go down.
158. Seattle Seahawks-Ty Powell, OLB, Harding. Powell is a playmaker
with 4.60 40 speed. Pete Carroll's kind of guy.
159. Green Bay Packers-Braxston Cave, C, Notre Dame. The Pack gets a
replacement center and a good one.
160. Houston Texans-Keith Pough, ILB, Howard: The Texans get a
replacement, more or less, for Connor Barwin at linebacker.
161. Denver Broncos-Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee: The Broncos have used
a lot of draft picks on tight ends recently and have struck out. They
hope Rivera will finally be the real deal.
162. Washington Redskins - Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma: Jefferson has
the look of boom or bust. An outstanding safety much of the year, he
seemed to run out of gas at season's end. Perhaps he has health issues?
163. Atlanta Falcons-Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech: Uzzi was a
dominant ALL ACC guard, who single-handedly held the vastly superior
talent on the Florida State defense at bay in the title game in
Charlotte. There is no logical reason why he should go this low in the
draft, but this is where everybody who writes these things publicly
puts him.
164. San Francisco 49ers-Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State: Every team
who needs a kicker wants this Dallas native. The 49ers have the draft
picks to get him.
165. Baltimore Ravens-Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois: Some see Spence going
in the 4th round. In the 5th round, he's a bargain, and the kind the
Ravens specialize in.
166. Miami Dolphins-Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: The Dolphins add running
back depth and a kick returner at the same time.
167. Green Bay Packers- Etienne Sabino, OLB, Ohio State. Sabino brings
Clay Mathews some help with his 4.71 speed.
168. Baltimore Ravens -Cody Davis, FS, Texas Tech: The Ravens get a
speedy and rangy safety out of the west who was a workout star in the
off season both at the Combine and at his Pro Day in Lubbock. Davis
meets the modern requirements of the prototypical free safety, 6-2, and
with a blinding 40 time of 4.41.

ROUND SIX

170. Jacksonville Jaguars-Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois: Hawthorne's
4.31 40 speed is what the new Jaguars are looking for in their corners.
170. Kansas City Chiefs-Josh Boyd DE/DT, Mississippi State: Boyd is
underrated and his ability to play both defensive tackle and end will
provide Andy Reid's front line with flexibility.
171. Detroit Lions-Eric Martin, DE/OLB, Nebraska: Advertised as a
special teams phenom, Martin has been literally running up draft boards
with his 4.56 speed. The Lions need all the pass rushers they can find.
172. Oakland Raiders-Adrian Bushell, CB Louisville. The Raiders need
help everywhere. Could they maybe draft seven times twice, sort of like
baseball does now in their supplemental drafts for small market teams?
The Raiders are a small market team, after all.
173. Cleveland Browns- Ciere Wood, RB, Notre Dame. Wood is a patient
runner with 4.46 speed who can spell Trent Richardson during the
Alabama star's frequent down time due to injuries.
174. Arizona Cardinals-Steve Williams, CB, Cal: Williams was a star at
the Combine, burning a 4.34 40, and accomplishing a 10.8 broad jump and
a 40.56 vertical.
175. Cleveland Browns-Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon: Perhaps the best of the
small school receivers.
176. Arizona Cardinals-Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State: Williams was
the running star of the bowl season, gaining 235 yards in the Famous
Idaho Bowl. An excellent receiver, Williams possesses 4.44 speed. On
the down side, he is 5-9 and basically can't block.
177. Buffalo Bills-John Lotulelei, OLB, UNLV: The Bills continue the
rebuild of their line backing corps with the Vegas man from Hawaii.
178. New York Jets- Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia: The Jets could not
stop the run last year and need to replace nose tackle Po'uha anyway
who they cut for salary cap reasons. Geathers has been ruled an
underachiever by the scouts, but if anybody can inspire Geathers to
play up to his potential it is Rex Ryan, who genuinely believes every
defensive player he has a role in drafting is wonderful.

179. San Diego Chargers-Earl Watford, OG, James Madison: The new
administration in San Diego continues to find pieces to protect David
Rivers.
180. San Francisco 49ers -Roy Roundtree, WR, Michigan: Roundtree is
small but is an excellent route runner. He can also return kicks.
181. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cris Jones, DT, Bowling Green. Jones is a
veritable tackling machine although a different style than the true
nose tackle Roy Miller, now departed to upstate Florida.
182. Carolina Panthers-Ace Sanders, WR/KR, South Carolina: Another
weapon and a big play player for Cam Newton.
183. New Orleans Saints-Garrett Gilkey, OT, Childron State: Since New
Orleans has been the stuff of feel good stories since the devastation
of Hurricane Katrina, including their first Super Bowl Championship, it
is appropriate that Gilkey, who overcame school yard bullies in his
childhood, will go to the city of uplifting stories, although nine of
them written by Faulkner or Tennessee Williams.
184. St. Louis Rams-Cory Grissom DT, South Florida: The improving Rams
front line gets another piece.
185. Dallas Cowboys-Josh Johnson, CB, Purdue: The diminutive Johnson is
an excellent cover guy, and an upgrade of youth in the Cowboy secondary.
186. Pittsburgh Steelers-Chris Cragg, TE, Arkansas. The fastest tight
end in this draft, Cragg can spell Heath Miller and eventually replace
him.
187. New York Giants-J.P. Lonergan, C, LSU: As usual, the Giants end up
with the most fundamentally sound players. Lonergan is probably the
best center in this draft.
188. Chicago Bears-Matt Furstenburg, TE, Maryland. Furstenburg has
arrived from the bushes and is pushing up into the 6th round of the
draft, which will take place Saturday. Teams like his 4.62 speed and
another receiver who can get open for quarterback Jay Cutler will be
most welcomes in Soldier Field in Chicago.
189. Minnesota Vikings-Latavius Murray, RB, Central Florida: The
Vikings are looking for somebody with size to balance Adrian Peterson.
Murray is 6-3 and 223.
190. Cincinnati Bengals-Marc Anthony CB, California: Appropriately, a
player from Cal wins the Shakespeare award for this draft. Anthony
hopes to praise the aging Bengal secondary, not bury it.
191. Washington Redskins-Zach Studfeld, TE, Nevada: The Skins get help
for Fred Davis and a possible replacement if Davis continues to get
into trouble off the field.
192. Indianapolis Colts-Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson: Ellington takes a
mighty fall in the draft due to concerns about his size, 5-9, and his
inconsistency. Yet he has potential to run with both power and speed.
193. Green Bay Packers-Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa: With 4.52 speed, Hyde is
an average corner back, but for some illogical reason, he is
everybody's favorite late round choice. The Packers will try to find
out what the excitement is all about.
194. Seattle Seahawks-Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers: The little but
productive back out of the Bolles School in Jacksonville gives Pete
Carroll some depth in the backfield.
195. Houston Texans-Kyle Juszcyk, FB, Harvard: Juszcyk is a devastating
blocker who Adrian Foster will love. He can also play tight end and the
Texans need a tight end.
196. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Josh Williams, DE, Kansas. The Bucs take a
good but very underrated rusher from Kansas as they completely rebuild
their defensive line.
197. Cincinnati Bengals-Vince Williams, ILB, Florida State: Many scouts
decry Williams' lack of production at Florida State and believe that he
looks the part of a linebacker but does not always play like one. The
Bengals are trying to find out if Williams, who was spectacular at
times, was merely overshadowed by so many other great players on the
Noles defense.
198. Atlanta Falcons-A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State: Klein will be a
bargain if the Falcons can get him this late in the draft. He is a
deadly tackler and is in the sights of every team which needs a
linebacker.
199. Baltimore Ravens -Tavarres King, WR. Georgia: King is speedy but
raw. He could go higher than this or fall out of the draft altogether.
200. Baltimore Ravens-Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt: The younger
brother of Aaron Rodgers is not as fast a foot but he has a decent arm
and is a very composed leader on the field. Just the thing a veteran,
playoff bound team needs.
201. Houston Texans -Sheldon Price, CB, UCLA: The Texan management has
seen Price play up close in a visit against the Houston Cougars and
they will like his versatility. He could also return kicks and they
badly need a kick returner.
202. Tennessee Titans -Anthony McCloud, DT, FSU: The retooling Titan
line gets another piece.
203. Baltimore Ravens -TJ Moe, WR, Missouri: The Ravens need depth at
wide receiver and they get a speedy one in Moe.
204. Kansas City Chiefs-Greg Reid, CB, Valdosta State: If he had not
gotten into drug trouble at Florida State, Reid could very well have
been a first or second round pick. If he can straighten out, he could
be s star in Kansas City.
205. Oakland Raiders-Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State: The 6-5 Smith is
all potential and could be a steal for the Raiders. He was a very
productive red zone threat with the Noles.
206. Pittsburgh Steelers-Manase Foketi, OG, West Texas A&M: Don't let
the small school experience fool you. Foketi may be good enough to
start right away and if David Decastro does not recover from his injury
by training camp Foketi could join the young and stout Steelers
offensive line.


ROUND SEVEN

207. Kansas City Chiefs-Robert Lester, SS, Alabama: Lester has been
downgraded because he played with so much talent at Alabama. But with
4.54 speed, and standing 6-1 and weighing 220, the Chiefs may have a
steal.
208. Jacksonville Jaguars-Ryan Griffen, QB, Tulane: Griffen worked out
privately for the Jaguars last week. This week they draft him publicly.
He stands 6-4, weighs 221, and has a major league arm.
209. Oakland Raiders-Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky: The
nation's sack leader in 2012 has issues in stopping the run, but the
Raiders will take a rusher wherever they can find one.
210. Philadelphia Eagles-Lane Taylor, OG, Oklahoma State: The Eagles
have issues at guard and Taylor may be an answer. At 6-3, 324 pounds,
he provided plenty of good protection for the Cowboys' trio of
quarterbacks.
211. Detroit Lions-Adrian Bushnell, CB, Louisville: The Lions dreadful
secondary needs plenty of help.
212. Philadelphia Eagles -Travis Johnson, OLB, San Jose State: With 31
career sacks and the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, Johnson
should help rebuild the Eagles pass rush.
213. Minnesota Vikings -Brandon Sharpe, OLB, Syracuse: Sharpe had an
excellent senior season and may just be tapping his potential.
214. Seattle Seahawks Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina:
Cunningham did not get much action in Steve Spurrier's offense, but he
was a star at the Combine.
215. New York Jets: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford: The Jets get their
tight end and in a bargain as Toilolo, with a huge upside, but limited
playing time, falls to New York.
216. Tennessee Titans-Michael Ford, RB, LSU: Ford saw limited playing
time in LSU's crowded backfield, but has been coming on like
gangbusters in post season workouts.
217. Miami Dolphins-Mike Edwards, CB, Hawaii: Edwards wowed scouts at
his Pro Day by running a 4.42 40. The Cleveland native could follow
Labron James to stardom in South Beach.
218. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma: With Darrelle
Revis on board, Hurst will have a tutor. He's small but a warrior and a
solid cover guy. At the very least, he will provide vital depth in the
Tampa secondary.
219. Oakland Raiders -Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific: The 6-9, 315
pound Marquardt is a man among boys and held his own against big school
players. This guy can start for the Raiders in September. A real
bargain in the 7th round.
220. Seattle Seahawks -Kapron Lewis-Moore, DT, Notre Dame. At 6-4
Lewis-Moore is a little thin for 298 pounds but wowed scouts with his
speed and quickness at his pro day in South Bend. Pete Carroll will
love his agility for a big man.
221. San Diego Chargers-Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky: The unknown
Goard has gathered a lot of attention from teams looking for a late
round receiver due to his productivity where he gathered in 24 career
touchdowns and had 4 100 yard games. He's also 6-4, 205, and runs a
4.46 40. David Rivers may have a playmaker from the rough.
222. St. Louis Rams-Jawanza Starling, SS, USC: This Tallahassee,
Florida native runs a 4.56 40 and has the size coaches now want in
their strong safeties: 6-1, 202.
223. Pittsburgh Steelers-Bradley McDougald, FS, Kansas: McDougald is a
little raw, but the Steelers need to get younger at safety and have the
time to teach McDougald.
224. Miami Dolphins-Dan Molls, ILB, Toledo: Molls led the nation in
tackles.
225. New York Giants- Stansly Maponga, OLB, TCU: Maponga's statistics
declined this year because he was double and triple teamed. An injured
ankle prevented him from showing off his skill set in the off season.
But he's a rough, tough, tackler who has a nose for the ball. He should
be one of the big surprises in this draft.
226. New England Patriots- Denard Robinson, RB/KR, Michigan: The lack
of a true position pushes the versatile Robinson down the draft board.
Yet the Patriots love versatility. Imagine a three quarterback
formation for them in the red zone of Brady, Tebow, and Robinson. The
Patriots have found their replacement for Danny Woodhead, and one who
can throw the ball as well.

227. San Francisco 49ers --Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Texas A&M: Used mostly
as a deep threat by the Aggies, Nwachukwu has drawn a lot of attention
as a late round, deep threat, but his 4.50 speed is not unique and he
is only 5-11, not ideal for an NFL receiver.
228. Washington Redskins-Mike Purcell, DT, Wyoming: Purcell held his
own against the toughest competition in post season all star games.
He's 6-3, 305, and runs well for a big man. Could be a huge help for
Washington up front.
229. Minnesota Vikings-Steve Beaharnais, ILB, Rutgers: The Vikings are
rebuilding their line backing crew and Beaharnais could be a big
surprise. He had a very productive career playing alongside the much
higher rated Khaseem Greene, yet since running 4.67 at his Pro Day he
has really opened the eyes of scouts.
230. Indianapolis Colts-Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt: The backfield is
still a work in progress and the Colts need more weapons. Stacy could
become the starter. He's built low to the ground at 5-9, and 216
pounds, yet he's an excellent pass blocker and productive runner. His
pass blocking and 4.53 speed will be welcome help to Andrew Luck who
got sacked and harassed a lot in his rookie year. Stacy wowed at the
Combine with 27 bench presses and a 1-6 broad jump. On a Vandy team
that rested near the bottom of the mighty SEC, Stacy scored 14
touchdowns and ran for 1193 yards.
231. Minnesota Vikings --Marquess Wilson, WR Washington State: Wilson
quit the team after what appeared to be questionable treatment from the
out of control pirate himself, Mike Leach. Wilson later recanted his
charges of abuse against Leach but, given Leach's record, they seemed
to have the ring of truth. In any case, Wilson is a good route runner
who should have a place somewhere in the NFL.
232. Green Bay Packers-Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland. At 6-2, 306, Vellano
is solid, not spectacular, but will be a helpful rotation player for
the Packers up front.
233. Houston Texans-Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers: Scouts love Harrison's
size, 6-3, 231, and believe in his potential. He could be the long
sought companion to Andre Johnson.
234. Denver Broncos-Alonzo Tweedy, SS, Virginia Tech: All polite
excuses aside, the Broncos must fix their secondary. Tweedy has the
idea size, 6-1, 197, to flag down any Hail Mary passes from Joe Flacco.
And he has blazing speed, 4.40 in the 40.
235. New England Patriots-Dustin Harris, CB/KR, Texas A&M: Harris lacks
ideal speed but is an excellent cover corner who was also the nation's
leader in kick returns in 2012. With the new designated kick returner,
Leon Washington, getting on in years, and Jeff Demps prioritizing track
and field, Harris could be New England's regular return man.
236. Atlanta Falcons-Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Mississippi State: Falcons
get a steady and productive young linebacker.
237. San Francisco 49ers- Zach Rogers, WR, Tennessee: Rogers has a huge
upside if he can stay out of trouble.
238. Baltimore Ravens- Marcus Davis, WR Virginia Tech: Davis was a
Combine star and has the speed the Ravens could use more of in their
receivers.

239. Philadelphia Eagles -Ray Ray Armstrong, SS, Miami: Before getting
caught up in the payoff scandal in Coral Gables, Armstrong was
considered one of the top defensive back in the country. If he can get
back to football, the Eagles could have a great bargain and another
piece to building a new secondary.
240. Cincinnati Bengals -Derrick LeGrand, SS, Marshall: The Bengals
continue to add quality to replace some of the quantity in theirs
secondary.
241. Seattle Seahawks -David King, DE, Oklahoma: King brings to the
Seahawks what they like: playmaking speed. At 6-4, and 275 pounds, he
runs an impressive 4.70 40.
242. Seattle Seahawks -Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union: If Cecil Shorts
can start for the Jacksonville Jaguars, why not Collins for the
Seahawks? The small college receiver has only average speed for a wide
out, 4.49, but is a good route runner. And the Seahawks need to improve
a very mediocre receiving corps.
243. Atlanta Falcons -Dayne Christ, QB, Kansas: The much traveled and
formerly much heralded California kid has big time talent that he
finally showed in post season All Star games. Matt Ryan needs a
developing backup.
244. Atlanta Falcons -Don Jones, SS, Arkansas State: Jones has been on
a lot of late round wish lists. The Falcons need help desperately in
the secondary.
245. Detroit Lions-- Earl Wolff, SS, North Carolina State: Wolff has
really fallen down draft boards but he could still win a job in the
Lions new secondary.
246. San Francisco 49ers -Spencer Ware, RB, LSU: The rock solid Ware is
5-10, 228, and gets tough yards. A worthy spell or successor to Frank
Gore.
247. Baltimore Ravens -Joe Madsen, C, West Virginia: How do you get the
All Big 12 Center in the 7th round? Madsen is one of the forgotten guys
in the draft but he's the kind of talent that seems to just drop in the
proverbial laps of the Ravens.
248. Tennessee Titans -Mario Benavides, C, Louisville: Another
outstanding center who dropped on boards because center is an
underappreciated position. Benavides is undersized at 297 and why he
probably dropped. But he can play in the NFL.
249. Atlanta Falcons -Theo Goins, OG, Central Florida: The overlooked
guard from Conference USA may be the future guard the Falcons need.
250. Miami Dolphins -Kenny Tate, SS, OLB, Maryland: Tate is one of
those guys with great size, 6-3, 231, who is more potential than
player. Scouts have raved about him for years even though he has been
injured and moved around in positions, from linebacker to safety. The
Dolphins need help in the secondary and will try out his athleticism.
251. Cincinnati Bengals -LaAdrian Waddle, OT, Texas Tech: There is a
reason that the Red Raiders are an offensive machine every year, and at
6-6, 321, Waddle can help protect Andy Dalton and open holes for Eddie
Lacy.
252. San Francisco 49ers-Ray Polk, FS, Colorado: Polk is a brutal
hitter who had one of the fastest 40 times for safeties at the Combine.
He has fallen under the radar because he played on a terrible Colorado
team.
253. New York Giants -Derrick Washington, RB, Tuskegee: Washington
transferred from Missouri and teams like his size, 6-0, 226 pounds. He
scored 14 touchdowns and ran for 1679 yards in his year at Tuskegee. He
gives the Giants back some of the power running they lost when they
released Brandon Jacobs last year.
254. Indianapolis Colts -Jordan Campbell, OLB, New Mexico Highlands:
Somehow the Colts must replace Dwight Freeney. Campbell lacks Freeney's
elite speed but he impressed scouts in the post season All Star Games
with his quickness and productivity. He can help the Colts stop the
run, a major problem last year.



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