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2011 NFL Draft - The CFN Top 250 (4th Round)
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Posted Mar 3, 2011


After the Combine, CFN's Top 250 Draft Prospects for 2011. Here are the players with fourth round talent.

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What happens when you combine the real, live, on-field production of the college careers of all the top NFL prospects with raw workout numbers and practices? The CFN Top 250 players for the 2011 NFL Draft. Please note, this isn't a prediction or a projection of where the prospects will go. Instead, it's a ranking based on apparent talent, safety, risk, and the potential to be a bona fide NFL starter. These are the best 250 prospects regardless of position.

97. OG/OT James Carpenter, Alabama (OT) 6-4, 313
Positives: Versatile enough to play tackle or guard. Unlike the rest of the guard/tackle combos in the draft, he can play left tackle if needed. … Was a rock for a national title program. Was a stalwart of a good line. … Moves well for a guard and is strong for a tackle. There’s a spot for him somewhere.
Negatives: Isn’t all that strong and didn’t bury enough people to be ready to roll out as a guard. … Makes mistakes and wasn’t always consistent. Gave up a few big plays. … Despite all his time logged in, he needs work at guard and needs to do far more to learn how to beat up defenders.

98. OT DeMarcus Love, Arkansas 6-5, 318
Positives: Can move around on the line where needed. He’s just quick enough to work at left tackle from time to time, and he’s strong enough to play at guard. … Decent technique. Makes the most out of his skills. … Does a good job of shoving people around. He won’t bury defenders, but he’ll get the job done.
Negatives: Not strong enough to be a regular guard and has questionable skills to work on the outside. … Wasn’t very good during Senior Bowl week. He struggled to find his niche. … Gets a bit sloppy. Doesn’t play up to his size.

99. DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson 6-4, 310
Positives: A true tackle with a large frame and good size. He has the wingspan and the ability to take up a ton of space. … Good functional strength. Gets a push into the backfield on a regular basis and makes plays behind the line. … A good worker. He’s the type of player who won’t dog it and won’t give a coaching staff a problem.
Negatives: A bit tall for the position on the nose. He gets upright and loses his leverage. … Won’t get to the quarterback. He’s not a pass rusher in any way. … Doesn’t shed well enough. When he’s blocked, he stays blocked.

100. ILB. Colin McCarthy, Miami 6-3, 238
Positives: Excellent want-to. He was an ultra-productive star for Miami, yet he showed in Senior Bowl practices that he’s willing to rock on special teams, play inside, outside, wherever. … The energy and fire are always there. He loves being a football player. … Makes all the tackles. He doesn’t miss anything he gets to.
Negatives: The athleticism isn’t all that great. He doesn’t have enough speed for the outside, and he’s not all that tough to work on the inside. … Not fluid. He doesn’t zip around easily and lumbers a bit too much. … Missed almost all of 2008 with a shoulder injury. He’s a willing hitter, but he might bang himself onto injury reserve.

101. DT Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss 6-2, 335
Positives: A great NFL frame and anchor ability. He’s a thick nose tackle who won’t get moved. Great base. … Quick. He can get into the backfield from time to time and can work as a two-gap defender if needed. … Holds up against the double team. Doesn’t have a problem holding his own.
Negatives: Questionable intelligence, and that’s being very, very kind. … He’s not a pass rusher at the next level. He’s only going to be used for running downs. … Not worth the hype or all the hullaballoo. Coming out of high school, many thought he’d be a special player and he wasn’t.

102. OG Danny Watkins, Baylor 6-4, 312
Positives: Physically ready to go right now. What you see is what you get, and he can be plugged in to start right away in terms of his maturity. … Versatile. Might be a right tackle because of his athleticism, but he should be a whale of a guard. … Likes to hit. A very nasty, very physical blocker who likes to flatten defenders.
Negatives: OLD. Will be a 27-year-old rookie and only has about five years in him even though he has only been playing the game for four years. … Physically mature, but he still needs work on pass protection if he’s going to be a tackle. … Not polished. Do you want to wait for him to become a 30-year-old rock? He’ll work for it, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he’ll do.

103. OG John Moffitt, Wisconsin 6-4, 313
Positives: A terrific producer at a high level. An elite road grater of a run blocker who loves to hit. … Can play center if absolutely needed. He’s a simple player: create a hole, bury the man, do it again. … Doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Sound.
Negatives: Not all that athletic. Lived on brute strength and being a part of a great line. … Not necessarily a sure-thing starter. He’s going to be a good part of the mix, but he’s not going to be an anchor. … Doesn’t get off the line fast or with a burst. At his best when he locks on and keeps moving.

104. C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC 6-4, 303
Positives: A good veteran who was the main man for the USC line. He might not have been the best player up front, but that was his line. … Very athletic, very smart, and very sound. He’s a leader who won’t miss any calls. … Strong. Holds his own against the bigger defenders.
Negatives: A center only. He doesn’t have the body type or the skill to be a guard. … Banged up. He had a hard time staying on the field thanks to a variety of issues. … Doesn’t get low and struggles with his leverage.

105. OLB K.J. Wright, Mississippi State 6-3, 246
Positives: A good, consistent tackler who produced at a high level over the last three years. A strong, wrap-up tackler. … Very smart and works to maximize his talent. There’s almost no bust potential and he could be a phenomenal mid-round value pick just onhis want-to. … Good size. He’s tall and has a good frame. Physical enough to get by.
Negatives: Isn’t all that smooth. He’s more like an inside linebacker who’ll work on the outside. He’s a strongside defender only. … Doesn’t change direction all that well. He doesn’t stick and go as well as most would like. … Doesn’t provide enough of a pop as a run defender. He makes the play, but he’s hardly an intimidator.

106. FS Ahmad Black, Florida 5-10, 184
Positives: Can play anywhere in the secondary. He’s a free safety at the next level, but he can be tried out at corner and could move to strong safety if needed. … Very, very quick. Moves well and is fluid when he has to turn and fly. … A nice tackler who got better as his career went on. He worked to make himself a better all-around player.
Negatives: Not all that big. He plays bigger on the field than he actually is, and he could have a problem lasting if he has to get physical. … Not a blazer. He doesn’t have the wheels to be a special corner and could need to be in the right scheme. … He might be a star special teamer or a nickel back and might not be worth a top 100 pick.

107. RB Noel Devine, West Virginia, 5-7, 160
Positives: Peerless speed and quickness. If he’s not the fastest back in the draft, he’s in the team photo. … Arguably the best third down back in the draft with great hands and can be worked into a return role. … Makes things happen on his own. He’ll be a burst to the outside for any team with a power back as the No. 1.
Negatives: Really, really small. He might be another Darren Sproles, but he’ll be limited in what he can do. … Can he last? He was extremely durable in college, but there’s a ton of tread on the tires with well over 800 career touches. … Forget about any power whatsoever. Strictly a role player.

108. CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State 6-0, 191
Post-Combine Skinny: Like all Ohio State players, he tested well and looked the part. Tiny hands will be a knock, but they’ll be overshadowed by a nice 4.4 and an explosive 10’6” broad jump. He moved extremely well.
Positives: A four-year producer who has been through the wars and has grown into a solid all-around defender. … Fast. He moves extremely well and gets in and out of his breaks in a hurry. … A good tackler who has no problems stepping up into run support. Gets physical for his size.
Negatives: Has used his good speed to make up for mistakes, but he won’t be able to do that at the next level. … Not a lock-down corner. A good player, but he doesn’t make enough plays. … Not a No. 1 corner and might end up being nothing more than nickel or dime defender. He’ll have to get more physical to be a No. 2.

109. CB Curtis Brown, Texas 6-0, 185
Post-Combine Skinny: The 4.54 was way slow, but not unexpected. He was extremely quick around the cones and he exploded with a jaw-dropping 39.5” vertical. He’s not going to blaze away, but he had a decent Combine and didn’t slip.
Positives: A quick, tough corner who can fill a variety of roles. He’s a corner, but he has just enough skills to eventually transition into a safety. … Smooth. Cuts on a dime and is fluid. Great hips and flies around effortlessly. … A special teamer who can be a return guy and will willingly do what’s needed.
Negatives: Slow. He doesn’t have the raw, flat-out speed to hang with the faster targets. … Strong, but he’s not a great hitter. He’s a decent tackler, but he’s hardly special. … Only two picks in 52 career games. He broke up 32 passes, but he didn’t come up with too many big plays.

110. QB Andy Dalton, TCU, 6-2, 220
Positives: A nice passer who doesn’t make a slew of mistakes and doesn’t take unnecessary chances. … Great touch. He’s accurate and puts the ball in places where the receiver can do something with it. … Very smart with decent mobility. He’s able to take off when needed, and he’s great at making the right reeds and right plays.
Negatives: Not the biggest of arms. Not a bad arm, but hardly a rifle. … A good runner at the collegiate level, but his running skills don’t necessarily translate to the NFL. … A spread quarterback who needs to learn how to be a pro-style passer. … A ceiling. He might be a great backup and a stopgap starter, but he doesn’t have the skills to be a star.

111. CB Davon House, New Mexico State 6-0, 200
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn’t help himself. Even in the most basic of ball drills he couldn’t catch the pill, and the 4.5 wasn’t enough to move himself up the charts. However, he was quick for his size and proved that he might have a good career as a No. 3 corner.
Positives: A good all-around athlete with strong measurables. Has good size and just enough speed to get by. … Made a ton of plays for a bad defense. Teams stayed away from him and he still came up with 11 career picks and 37 broken up passes. … A solid tackler. Good in the open field.
Negatives: Mediocre ball skills. The numbers don’t lie, but he has average hands and will drop balls. … Not an elite athlete. Good all-around skills, but not great ones. … Needs work. Is used to being a great player on a bad team, but he needs to prove he can produce when people are challenging him.

112. CB Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech 5-10, 192
Post-Combine Skinny: Known for being a speedster, he looked the part in every place but the 40 with a 4.51. He moved extremely well and was fluid, but he didn’t run well enough to change any preconceived notions.
Positives: Very quick and very fast on the field. He makes up for mistakes with his athleticism. … A lot of picks. He came up with ten over the last two years and was great at coming up with big plays. … Will work to do more. Good, coachable character who’ll make himself into a better player.
Negatives: The deep speed isn’t there. He plays fast, but he won’t time all that well. … Needs work on being more fundamentally sound. Got by in college on being far more athletic and quicker than everyone else. … Not a great run defender. Just an average tackler.

113. FS Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech 6-0, 204
Positives: Excellent size and he isn’t afraid to use it. He’s a free safety, but he’s willing in run support and he shoves around receivers. … A former corner, he has the same sort of ball skills and can be used in a variety of ways. Extremely productive. … Just fast enough to get by. Not a blazer, but good enough.
Negatives: Character. He has the baggage of a sexual assult charge that was later dropped, but he missed the entire 2008 season. … Not all that strong. He’s decent at jamming receivers, but he’s not the most physical of defenders. … Needs more coaching. Tends to get sloppy with his technique, especially lunging for tackles.

114. WR Tandon Doss, Indiana 6-3, 200
Positives: Has the frame and the strength to be a deadly possession receiver. He has the hands and the talent to be a reliable go-to target. … Rock solid. Not spectacular, but he’ll run the right routes and do most of the little things right. … Nice hands. Won’t make any quarterback look bad.
Negatives: SLOWWWWWW. Forget about him running past anyone at the next level. … Nothing truly special about his game. Low floor on his bust potential, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do. … He’s not going to work on the outside and needs to be surrounded by more talented receivers.

115. OT Jah Reid, UCF 6-7, 325
Positives: A boom or bust prospect with the tools to be a big surprise if he keeps his weight in check. A decent athlete for his size when he’s around 325 pounds. … Strong. He attacks and uses his size extremely well. … Has been great this offseason and was a stud at the East-West Shrine practices. He’s just aggressive enough to be a nice pass protector.
Negatives: Can he keep his weight in check? He was a 370-pounder at one time. … Right tackle only, He doesn’t move nearly well enough to see time at left tackle. … Not physical. He uses his long arms and frame more than he does his strength and technique. He needs work, and someone will have to hope for a big payoff with some developing.

116. DT Kenrick Ellis, Hampton 6-5, 346
Positives: A huge body and he’ll eat up a ton of space on the inside. He won’t have any problem eating up the run inside. … Double teams aren’t a problem. He doesn’t lose his ground and manages to get out blocks without an issue. … He’s a killer. He’ll bring the right attitude on game day and he’ll beat up a lot of defenders.
Negatives: Character. He started out at South Carolina before a slew of issues ended his career. He has to prove he’s not a total mellonhead. … Produced at a lower level. Even at Hampton, he didn’t get to the quarterback enough. … Needs technique work. He can’t get by on just being big and strong anymore.

117. FB Anthony Sherman, Connecticut, 5-10, 244
Positives: Went from being a good prospect to the top fullback with off-season workouts. He lit up everyone at the East-West Shrine Game. … A strong producer who doesn’t get pushed around. He was one of the main reasons Jordan Todman was so terrific. … Well respected. Names the team captain twice.
Negatives: Sort of a stumpy body. He’s not an athlete and he won’t be a top receiver. He’ll be in for one thing and one thing only: run blocking. … And special teams. He could be a regular on special teams, but he won’t be a star. … He’s not a runner with just 17 carries in 51 career games and never ran for a score.

118. DT Ian Williams, Notre Dame 6-1, 319
Positives: Very tough. He should’ve been out the second half of 2010 hurt, but he fought to get back on the field when he could’ve, and should’ve, gotten 100% healthy to prepare for the NFL. … Doesn’t miss a stop. He does a good job of locking on. … Functional on the nose. Strong enough to hold his own and is a proven four-year producer.
Negatives: Not all that long. He has the bulk, but the body isn’t quite NFL prototype. … Forget about him getting to the quarterback. He’s a two down defender. … He’ll only operate in a phone booth. He’ll never make plays that don’t come his way.

119. WR Terrence Toliver, LSU 6-4, 211
Positives: The basics are all there. He’s very big, fast, and looks the part of an NFL receiver. … Makes a lot of plays with great hands. Considering how poor LSU’s quarterback play has been over the last few years, his marginal stats shouldn’t be seen as an issue. … Can become a matchup nightmare on the outside. He won’t blow by anyone, but he could simply be too big for many corners.
Negatives: Doesn’t use his skills nearly well enough. He doesn’t push anyone around and he didn’t do enough as a deep threat. … No quickness and not enough explosion. He’s not going to do much after the catch. … Looks the part, but doesn’t play like it. Does he want to be great?

120. OT Jason Pinkston, Pitt 6-3, 313
Positives: Moves well for a player of his girth. Has decent feet. … Gets down the field well and does a solid job of coming up with the key block. … A good shover. He pounds people when he locks on. Has the big body that’s tough to get around.
Negatives: He doesn’t carry his weight well. He’s not the best-looking athlete around. … Right tackle only. He doesn’t have the all-around game to trust a quarterbacks’ blindside. … Doesn’t kill people. He blocks them, but he seems to lack the fire to be a destructive force.

121. DT Terrell McClain, South Florida 6-2, 297
Positives: Built for the nose. He gets good leverage and is able to use his size and bulk extremely well. He’s a rock who could be someone’s anchor. … A decent penetrator and he can get to the quarterback. He’ll get into the backfield. … The tools are there. He might be scratching the surface and he could blow up into a star with the right coaching.
Negatives: Has to show he wants to be great. He not a battler and he’s not a fighter. He hasn’t maximized his ability. … Gets blocked a bit too easily. He doesn’t fight through enough blockers. … Needs to get in better overall shape. Suffered a hamstring injury before the Senior Bowl, and it could be a conditioning issue.

122. WR Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian 5-11, 189
Positives: Fast, fast, FAST. A deep threat with some of the best wheels in the draft. … It was at a lower level, but he was a big-time producer on big plays averaging close to 20 yards per career catch. … Smooth as glass. He’s a special athlete who can be molded into a dangerous wide receiver.
Negatives: More of a track guy playing football than the other way around. He needs a lot of work on the finer points after dominating at the D-II level. … OLD. Is already 25 and won’t have a long shelf life. … Purely a one-trick pony. He’s a deep threat. That’s it.

123. ILB Akeem Dent, Georgia 6-3, 242
Positives: A strong player who has no problem taking on blocks. He’s physical and he plays strong against the run. … Came through with an extremely productive senior year. Got healthy and he seemed to be in on every play. Fights to get to the ball. … A good leader and a good worker who won’t take plays off. He’ll bring the energy in every practice.
Negatives: Not a great athlete and is only going to work on the inside. Forget about him as a pass defender. … Not as sure a tackler as many might like. He gets to plays, but he also whiffs too much. … Looks the part, but he has to be surrounded by talented players who funnel things to him.

124. WR Niles Paul, Nebraska 6-1, 225
Positives: Big, physical receiver who uses his bulk well. Might be the best blocking receiver in the draft. … Phenomenal speed for his size. Can be a dangerous, tough deep threat who’ll fight to make the big play. … Could be a gem in the rough. He didn’t exactly have top passing quarterbacks throwing to him, and he has the work ethic and the want-to to become a good pro.
Negatives: Despite being a returner, he doesn’t cut all that well. He’s a point A to B runner. … Was shut down way too often. That might be a function of playing for Nebraska, but he didn’t always stand out when he needed to. … Has to prove he can do it all. He was good for the Huskers, but he only made five touchdown catches in 46 games.

125. RB Bilal Powell, Louisville 5-10, 204
Positives: Slippery. He doesn’t go down with the first pop and seems to slide through the line for yards. … Took off under a new coaching staff who got him decent blocking. He might just be scratching the surface. … Will do whatever is needed. He’ll make a team because of his ability to do a little of everything right.
Negatives: Not all that fast. He’s not speedy enough to be a third down receiver and he isn’t shifty in any way. … A tall runner who’ll take too many kill shots, but isn’t built to be a consistent inside power runner. … Won’t make much happen on his own. Nothing flashy about his style.

126. TE Zack Pianalto, North Carolina 6-3. 256
Post-Combine Skinny: He looked great. He was quick in and out of his cuts, caught the ball naturally, and seemed a half-click faster and more fluid than most of the other tight ends. The 4.87 in the 40 wasn’t bad and the 22 reps were good, and the short drills were just good enough to get a longer look. It wasn’t an elite workout, but anyone who liked him before will be happy.
Positives: Catches the ball extremely well and sucks everything in. A strong route runner. … While not all that big, he blocks like a much bigger tight end. … Cuts well. Looks more fluid than he actually is. He overcomes his lack of athleticism with good production.
Negatives: Hurt. He played in just 22 games over the last three seasons. … Not big. He’s built like an H-back and he has a limited upside. … Doesn’t do any one thing at a high level. Good at everything, but not great at any one thing.

127. DT Lawrence Guy, Arizona State 6-4, 305
Positives: Tall and tough. Carries his weight extremely well and could end up getting a bit bigger without a problem. … He’ll be a 4-3 tackle, but he could be a 3-4 end without a problem. In a pinch, he could play anywhere on anyone’s line. … A solid all-around defender. Not flashy, but productive and consistent.
Negatives: Not a pass rusher. He’ll never touch an NFL quarterback. … He’s not all that athletic and he’s not all that strong. He has a big body, but he doesn’t necessarily play like it. … More like a valuable, do-it-all backup than a regular NFL starter. He doesn’t do any one thing at a high level.

128. QB T.J. Yates, North Carolina, 6-4, 225
Positives: Overshadowed and underappreciated, he was a productive player who never quite got his due. Great at carrying the offense last year when needed. … Nice size and nice touch on the ball, and great when he gets into a groove. … A strong leader, he acts the part of a starter and has earned his stripes in a few big battles.
Negatives: The arm isn’t elite. He needs to fit in the right system with the right receivers to be a productive starter. … Not a power pitcher. He doesn’t have the deep gun to stretch the field. … Could be pigeon-holed as a strong backup prospect, but a project of a starter. However, there might be a big payoff with a little developmental time.