2011 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Four
Nebraska RB Roy Helu Jr.
Nebraska RB Roy Helu Jr.
Posted Apr 30, 2011

The fourth rounders might get tagged with being Third Day guys, but they'll be expected to produce early on and will be asked to be more than just roster-makers. Plenty of great talents slid, and players like Nebraska's Roy Helu were snagged early. Who went where and how good are each of the draft picks in the 4th round?

2011 NFL Draft

4th Round Picks & Analysis

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2011 NFL Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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1 (98) Carolina Panthers
CB Brandon Hogan, West Virginia 5-10, 192
Overall Pick No. 98 CFN Overall Ranking: 128  
CFN Analysis: Very fast and with the raw wheels to hang around with any target, he has the athleticism and he has the strength, coming up with 19 reps on the bench. He cuts on a dime and has the right attitude of a No. 1 corner. He's always up for a challenge and is great at battling with the top targets. Now he has to learn how to use all his talents to be a better all-around player. Forget about stopping the run and he doesn't use his strength like he should against the stronger targets. While he doesn't have to serve any jail time after a DUI, there are still major question marks about his character. He could turn out to be a fantastic steal as long as he's used the right way and as long as he has the right coaching to maximize his talents.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

2 (99) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver through New England)
OLB K.J. Wright, Mississippi State 6-3, 246
Overall Pick No. 99 CFN Overall Ranking: 102

CFN Analysis: With great size and good tackling ability, he's very smart and he works his tail off to make things happen. Unlike most of the outside linebackers in this draft, he's decent in pass coverage and is better at staying with receivers than his raw tools might suggest. He's not an athlete, he's not a huge hitter, and he's not all that fast, but even though there's a hard ceiling on what he can do he can and can be a good, solid run stopper on his drive and his motor. An inside linebacker working on the outside, he's a strongside linebacker only. He won't be special, but he should be a decent starter.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

3 (100) Buffalo Bills
SS Da'Norris Searcy, North Carolina 5-11, 223
Overall Pick No. 100 CFN Overall Ranking: 253

CFN Analysis: With great size and excellent strength, he has the raw ability to be a great strong safety against the run … potentially. He came up with 27 reps on the bench and he checked in at a huge 223 pounds, but he's not all that athletic and he didn't make nearly enough plays in college. Not good against the pass and he doesn't move as well as he should for a player who can return kicks, but he's always around the ball; he just isn't the one making the stop. With a great make-up and coachable character, he'll do whatever is asked of him and could be a tough cut. He'll work hard on special teams to stick on a squad … barely.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

4 (101) Cincinnati Bengals
OG Clint Boling, Georgia (OT) 6-5, 308
Overall Pick No. 101 CFN Overall Ranking: 59

CFN Analysis: While he's not a massive blocker and he's not going to get much bigger, he's a nice, tough run blocker who always works and has the skills to work inside or out. He moves well, can get on the move and make things happen down the field, and he's functional enough to battle in a phone booth against the weaker defensive tackles. He's not going to beat anyone up and he's not going to handle NFL speed rushers if he moves to tackle, but he's a good, sound player who'll have added value because of his versatility.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5 (102) Cleveland Browns
TE Jordan Cameron, USC 6-5, 254
Overall Pick No. 102 CFN Overall Ranking: 249

CFN Analysis: The athleticism isn't a question mark after coming up with a fantastic Combine, and now the former basketball player will be worth developing. He's tall enough to pack on the pounds, but only if he's able to keep his leaping ability and his tremendous speed. With only 16 career catches and just one start, he's an athlete and not a football player. He's got a lot to learn and forget about him blocking anyone for a power running game.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

6 (103) Arizona Cardinals
DE Sam Acho, Texas 6-2, 262
Overall Pick No. 103 CFN Overall Ranking: 71

CFN Analysis: One of the highest-character players in the draft, he'll win the NFL Man of the Year before his career is out. On the field, he's a supreme athlete who leads by example and will always bring the A effort to every practice and ever play. It would be nice if he was a little bigger and wasn't so short and squatty, and he didn't produce as well as a player with his talent should, getting erased by too many good blockers. He was always a good prospect and then he upped his stock in a big way at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl. He'll be the type of player every team wants to have, and he'll be great in the locker room.
CFN Projection: Third Round

7 (104) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Philadelphia from Washington)
TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee 6-5, 258
Overall Pick No. 104 CFN Overall Ranking: 96

CFN Analysis: A terrific Combine, even with a slow 40 time, helped his stock and showed he could become a nasty run blocker at the next level. With a good combination of size and athleticism, he has the raw skills to be a decent all-around tight end, but not a great one. He's very strong, but he's not an elite blocker and he's not a sure-thing receiver. Just good enough to be a good starter, he's not going to bring anything special to the offense, but he'll be reliable.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

8 (105) Washington Redskins (from Houston)
RB Roy Helu, Jr., Nebraska 5-11, 219
Overall Pick No. 105 CFN Overall Ranking: 194

CFN Analysis: There's something missing. He's a big back with blazing speed, and he's one of the few true home run hitting backs in the draft. With great moves, nice wiggle, and with a one cut and gone burst, the measurables are all there. However, what he isn't is powerful and runs way too softly for a player of his size. He'll come up with a big game – like he did against Missouri in 2010 – and then he'll disappear. There's a great chance he could be far better as a pro, but he has to show he can be consistent.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

9 (106) Minnesota Vikings
DT Christian Ballard, Iowa (DE) 6-4, 283
Overall Pick No. 106 CFN Overall Ranking: 79

CFN Analysis: Quick and athletic enough to work as an end, and with the toughness to work inside, he works in any scheme. He's a fast playmaker who can get to the ball and into the backfield in a hurry, and he's slippery enough to avoid staying blocked for too long, and he upped his stock in a big way proving to be even better than expected during offseason workouts. He doesn't have the raw bulk and the mass to be a run-stuffing brick wall, and he has to show he wants to destroy blockers and kill the ball-carrier, but he's so athletic and so quick that he could be one of the steals of the draft with the right coaching.
CFN Projection: Second Round

10 (107) Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit)
TE/WR Kris Durham, Georgia
6-5, 214
Overall Pick No. 107 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: He took over the production when A.J. Green was suspended, and he has the size, the hands and the range to be a dangerous third-down, complementary target. He's not a blazer, but he catches anything thrown in his zip code and he's always willing to block and fight for the running game. He's not a good athlete, not big enough to be a true tight end, and will never by anything more than a No. 3 target in an passing game. He's going to be drafted, but he could be a very easy cut unless he can find a niche, and even then he's a disposable NFL player who no one will worry about.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

11 (108) San Francisco 49ers
SS Quinton Carter, Oklahoma 6-1, 208
Overall Pick No. 108 CFN Overall Ranking: 87  

CFN Analysis: Thick and tough, he's a terrific tacklers who's always around the ball and always coming up with the play needed. On a defense full of terrific players, he still managed to stand out and showed the versatility to play either safety spot. A far better football player than an athlete, he's not all that quick and he doesn't move all that easily. Not good enough in coverage, he's limited in coverage and will end up making most of his noise against the run. There might not be anything special about his game, but he'll have to be surrounded by quicker defenders to hide his shortcomings. In a perfect world he'll be like a smallish linebacker, but he'll be exposed in passing situations.
CFN Projection: Third Round

12 (109) Tennessee Titans
OLB Colin McCarthy, Miami 6-3, 238 (OLB)
Overall Pick No. 109 CFN Overall Ranking: 75

CFN Analysis: It's a shame he doesn't have better tools. He has everything you'd want in a linebacker makeup-wise, with a willingness to do anything, including play on special teams, and he'll work inside, outside, or wherever he's needed. A pure football play who's very smart, very active, and always plays like his hair is on fire, he'll be tough to keep off the field. The problem is his lack of size, and while he's not built for the inside he'll battle hard to try to hold up against the bigger blockers. He'll always be banged up with the way he'll play and he missed a full season with a shoulder injury; he'll never shy away from contact. Coaches will love him, but they're always going to have to assume he'll miss at least a few games a year hurt.
CFN Projection: Third Round

13 (110) Dallas Cowboys
OG David Arkin, Missouri State 6-4, 300
Overall Pick No. 110 CFN Overall Ranking: 169

CFN Analysis: A mauler with decent strength and tremendous smarts, he'll work his tail off to become a player. It would be nice if he was about 20 pounds heavier, but he doesn't have the room to carry any extra weight well. When he gets to a defender, he buries him. Not good enough or athletic enough to be a regular starting tackle, he's a bit of a tweener. He's good, but if he makes it it'll be on sheer want-to and toughness.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

14 (111) Miami Dolphins
WR Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian 5-11, 192
Overall Pick No. 111 CFN Overall Ranking: 118

CFN Analysis: On the plus side, he's still scratching the surface. On the negative, he's going to be 25. The former basketball player has all-world speed and can blow past anyone, but he's not just going to be a track guy playing football. With a great attitude and high character, he'll do what's needed to be better and work on the little things. He is hardly polished, is too old, and isn't big, but he's a special athlete and he should be a home run hitter who thrives as a No. 3 deep threat who can exploit single coverage. CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15 (112) St. Louis Rams
WR Greg Salas, Hawaii 6-1, 210
Overall Pick No. 112 CFN Overall Ranking: 145

CFN Analysis: Ultra-productive, Salas sucked in everything that came his way in a tremendously productive career. Of course, he played for Hawaii and got more than his share of chances, but with good size, decent speed, and excellent hands, but he doesn't have great quickness and isn't explosive in any way. He's hardly the most complete wide receiver, but he's going to find a way to fit in any system and he should become a whale of a third down target. CFN Projection: Fifth Round

16 (113) Oakland Raiders
CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State 6-0, 191
Overall Pick No. 113 CFN Overall Ranking: 92  

CFN Analysis: Very, very fast, Chekwa looked the part at the Combine with 4.39 speed and an explosive 10'6" broad jump, and he has the good size and four years of high-end production that some scouts are going to love. All the tools are there, and the experience isn't a problem, but he doesn't hit with any regularity and he's not polished. In college he made up for his mistakes by being faster than everyone else, but that's not going to work at the next level. The concern is that he's great in workouts but not a top football player, and he'll have to show right away that he can make more plays when the ball is in the air to be a nickel or dime defender.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

17 (114) Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Cecil Shorts, Mount Union 6-0, 205
Overall Pick No. 114 CFN Overall Ranking: 150

CFN Analysis: For a guy coming from Mount Union, there needs to be some semblance of sizzle. The problem is that he's not fast, isn't going to come up with the big plays in the NFL that he did in D-III, and isn't physical. However, while he's not going to be dynamic, he could be steady. A great route runner with impeccable character and a great personality, he'll make up for his issues by doing all the little things right. As long as the expectations are kept low, he should be a decent No. 3 receiver with a little bit of time.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round

18 (115) San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego)
RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State 5-7, 199
Overall Pick No. 115 CFN Overall Ranking: 73

CFN Analysis: He's very fast, very tough, and he has no problems fighting for yards, but he's way too small to be an every down back. He's not afraid to work between the tackles and he has the wheels to fly around on the outside, but he's going to get beaten up. While he tried to get on the field in2009, he was banged up and couldn't get over an ankle problem. He'll try to block and he'll try to be physical, but he doesn't have the bulk. There's no questioning his desire or his toughness, and he'll have a few games here and there where he looks like an All-Pro. He's just not going to do it for a full season.
CFN Projection: Third Round

19 (116) Philadelphia Eagles (from Tampa Bay)
OLB Casey Matthews, Oregon 6-1, 231
Overall Pick No. 116 CFN Overall Ranking: 65

CFN Analysis: While he's not his brother, Clay, talent-wise, he's a typical Matthews with a good motor and tremendous instincts. Always around the ball and always making plays, he makes up for his lack of raw athleticism by being in the right position at the right time. A good football player without the tools, the family name will buy him several draft slots, but he has to work to get bigger and stronger to hold down a steady job on the inside. He'll be a starter who'll make plenty of plays, but there's a hard ceiling on what he can end up doing. No one's going to worry about his hitting skills and he's not going to get into the backfield, but his stats will look good.
CFN Projection: Third Round

20 (117) New York Giants
OT James Brewer, Indiana 6-6, 323
Overall Pick No. 117 CFN Overall Ranking: 77

CFN Analysis: The size is there and the frame is ideal, but can he stay healthy? Can he push anyone around in the running game? He's missing the ability to destroy his man and he's not going to be a killer for a tough ground game, and he's not consistent enough as a pass protector. He's quick for his size, but he needs work to harness all his tools to become an NFL left tackle. There's huge upside considering his size.
CFN Projection: Third Round

21 (118) Kansas City Chiefs
CB Jalil Brown, Colorado 6-1, 204
Overall Pick No. 118 CFN Overall Ranking: 151  

CFN Analysis: While he's not a blazer and he's not ever going to be able to hang with the receivers with dangerous deep speed, he came up with 24 reps on the bench at the Combine and showed just enough talent to potentially move to safety. Not quite as physical as he needs to be, he's not a rock-solid tackler and he gets pushed around way too much for a player of his size. Even with his issues, he makes lots of plays and he brings a great attitude. Willing to do whatever a coaching staff wants, he'll be a special teamer, a nickel defender, or anything needed to help out the team. He's not going to be a regular starter, but he should be a good producer in the right role.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

22 (119) Indianapolis Colts
RB Delone Carter, Syracuse, 5-9, 222
Overall Pick No. 119 CFN Overall Ranking: 192

CFN Analysis: Short and squatty, he shocked the Combine with a phenomenal workout that should move him up the charts. Great in between the tackles and extremely tough for his size, he'll be a pinball bouncing off of tackles for positive yards. He's not a receiver and won't be a third down back, and he's more of a strong, quick back than a fast home run hitter, but he'll bring power and good energy.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

23 (120) Philadelphia Eagles
PK Alex Henery, Nebraska 6-1, 177
Overall Pick No. 120    CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A phenomenal leg, he was a blaster who hit plenty of tough, clutch kicks from deep range. He has no problem blasting the ball in bad weather, doesn't buckle under pressure, and can be used as a punter if needed. Even so, he missed his share of big blasts and he's not going to be a punter and a kicker, but he has the ability and the makeup to hang around this league longer than anyone else in the draft.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

24 (121) Jacksonville Jaguars (from New Orleans)
S Chris Prosinski, Wyoming 6-1, 205
Overall Pick No. 121    CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: He can play free safety or strong safety. Very experienced and very good on special teams, he's not an NFL player, at least in a defensive backfield, but he can make a squad by doing a little of everything on the coverage teams working as a gunner and a protector. He might find a spot in a rotation and a swing-backup type of defender, but he's not worth more than a look in a camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

25 (122) Buffalo Bills (from Seattle)
OT Chris Hairston, Clemson 6-6, 326
Overall Pick No. 122 CFN Overall Ranking: 105

CFN Analysis: Young, big, and with plenty of potential, he's still a work in progress and he needs a few years in an NFL weight room before he's able to show off all he can do. He's a tough fighter who just might be scratching the surface on his potential, and once he's a bit more physically mature, the upside could be tremendous. He's not going to be a plug-and-play blocker, and he might only be a right tackle, but he could be fantastic in two years.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

26 (123) Baltimore Ravens
WR Tandon Doss, Indiana 6-2, 200 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 123 CFN Overall Ranking: 101

CFN Analysis: A natural, productive receiver who does all the little things right and catches everything that comes his way. While he has decent size and huge hands, he's not all that fast and he doesn't get physical. Forget about any blocking and there aren't enough yards after contact, but he'll be great in the slot and he'll bail out his quarterback time and again. He might be overdrafted, and he's never going to be a No. 1 target, but he'll be a serviceable performer for several years on the inside.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

27 (124) Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta)
FB Owen Marecic, Stanford 6-1, 248
Overall Pick No. 124 CFN Overall Ranking: 158

CFN Analysis: Part fullback and part linebacker, he was a true, old-school football player for the Cardinal, but now he'll only be a fullback. Tough as nails and a willing, blaster of a blocker, he'll be a fan favorite with his try-hard ability. He'll never carry the ball outside of the goal line and he's not a great athlete, but he'll go all day and he'll never skimp on the effort. In time he should grow into a ser of a run blocker.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

28 (125) Oakland Patriots (from New England)
RB/KR Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington (Jr.) 5-11, 194
Overall Pick No. 125 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Fast, FAST, SUPERFAST. If he's not the fastest player in the draft, he's not the fastest player in the draft, he's in the top ten and can hit the home run from anywhere on the field and as a kick returner. He was a playmaker in a variety of ways and can be a fun, versatile performer, but he can't hang on to it. He has a bad fumbling issue and he's going to get beaten up and already has a foot problem. There won't be any power and he'll only make things happen in space.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

29 (126) New York Jets
RB Bilal Powell, Louisville 5-10, 207
Overall Pick No. 126 CFN Overall Ranking: 94

CFN Analysis: Productive once the Charlie Strong coaching staff took over, He's a tall, upright runner who likes to battle for every yard and has the quickness and the speed to turn nothing into a big gain. He was the Cardinal offense at times and showed a want-to as the featured star of the attack. There's nothing all that special about his game at an NFL level, but despite a rough start to his college career off the field, and a knee injury suffered late last year, there's still tread on the tires and he should be productive in a rotation for the next several years.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

30 (127) Houston Texans (from Chicago from Washington)
CB Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech 5-10, 192
Overall Pick No. 127 CFN Overall Ranking: 113

CFN Analysis: While he plays fast and he's known for being a speed corner, he didn't time well at the Combine with a slowish 4.51. Very quick, he managed to make up for his mistakes with his athleticism coming up with ten picks over the last two seasons. While he's not all that big, he's tough against the run is more than happy to get physical against the bigger receivers. However, he's not a great tackler and can't move over to safety. Coachable, he'll do whatever is needed to help the team, including on special teams, and he should eventually be a strong nickel or dime defender.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

31 (128) Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Cortez Allen, Citadel 6-1, 197
Overall Pick No. 128 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: With excellent size and good enough speed to get by, he has the measurables and looked the part. He's quick as well as fast and is always working and always fighting; he'll always give an honest's day effort. He's not a run stopper and he seems to have problems with the smaller, quicker receivers, and he needs lots of time. He'll be good right away as a nickel back and in a rotation, but he needs to learn the position a bit better to be in the mix for starting time.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

32 (129) Denver Broncos (from Green Bay)
TE Julius Thomas, Portland State 6-5, 246
Overall Pick No. 129 CFN Overall Ranking: 200

CFN Analysis: Is he the next Antonio Gates? No, but the former college basketball player is a terrific athlete who could become a good pro pass catcher if he can hit the weights. The 16 reps on the bench at the Combine was a big problem, but he'll make it by being a speedy target more than a blocker. He gets down the field in a hurry and pops out of his cuts, and he's just scratching the surface, but he could be worth the wait and the development.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

33 (130) Tennessee Titans (Compensatory)
RB Jamie Harper, Clemson 6-0, 233 (Junior) 
Overall Pick No. 130 CFN Overall Ranking: 146

CFN Analysis: A big back who moves surprisingly well and can be used as a receiver and a blocker as well as a between-the-tackles runner. While he was a good back for Clemson, he wasn't necessarily great and he wasn't a featured back for all that long. If he can keep in shape and if he's willing to do all the little things, he could carve out a nice career for himself. He'll never be a No. 1 and he'll never be a star, but he could be great if he's okay with becoming a jack-of-all-trades.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

34 (131) Green Bay Packers (Compensatory)
CB Davon House, New Mexico State 6-0, 200
Overall Pick No. 131 CFN Overall Ranking: 100  

CFN Analysis: The 4.46 wasn't bad at the Combine and was extremely quick, but he was awful in the ball drills and couldn't hang on to the ball in any way. However, he made 11 career picks with 37 broken up passes and has decent ball skills, but he was the most talented fish in the WAC pond and dominated against weaker competition. He has the size and he's athletic enough to be part of a veteran secondary, but he's missing the elite skills to be anything more than a decent starter. Not all that strong and not a big hitter, he can't be moved to safety, but everything else is in place to be productive.
CFN Projection: Third Round