2012 NFL Draft - 3rd Round Analysis
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Posted Apr 28, 2012


Breaking down and analyzing every third round draft pick.



2012 NFL Draft

Third Round


2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    

Round-By-Round Picks & Analysis Round 1 | Round 2
Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7 
 
1 64 Indianapolis Colts

TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson (Jr.) 6-4, 255
Overall Pick No. 64 CFN Overall Ranking: 42
CFN Analysis: Are the Colts trying to copy the New England Patriots by getting Coby Fleener in the second round and now taking Allen? The two new Indy tight ends aren’t Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but they’re two of the top big targets in the draft and they’ll be instant safety valves for Andrew Luck. Allen isn’t quite the receiver Fleener is, but he can be a big part of the passing game.

All the tools are there to be everything for everyone. One of the best all-around tight ends in the draft, he’s a nice receiver with soft hands, and he’s just strong enough to be a good blocker. He’s aggressive and was a major producer in a high-octane attack, and now he has the potential to become a key part of any passing game. With the right size and the right body type, he looks the part of a go-to NFL tight end. Like most tight ends, though, he needs to be a better route runner and he could stand to be a more dominant run blocker, but he’s going to be a sound part of an offense for a long time. He might not be a star, but he’ll be a great starter.
CFN Projection: Second Round

2 65 St. Louis Rams

CB Trumaine Johnson, Montana (S) 6-2, 204
Overall Pick No. 65 CFN Overall Ranking: 60
CFN Analysis: The Rams are taking a bit of a chance on greatness. The Rams addressed the offensive side with the earlier picks, and now the secondary should be locked up with Janoris Jenkins and now Johnson. With his size, Johnson can fit as a nickel or dime defender, but he’s a corner who should flourish with teams – eventually - staying away from Jenkins.

Very big and very versatile, he could be used as a safety – his more likely position – or as a huge, physical corner. While he has good football speed, he doesn’t time fast and doesn’t cut like he’ll need to against the smaller speed targets. But his size and outstanding leaping ability make him perfect to deal with the bigger, Calvin Johnson-like targets, and he’s not going to back down from a challenge. With a little more time he could be a tremendous nickel defender. He’ll have to work to be great. It’s all there, but he has to do all the little things right to be special. The attitude has to be dialed down a bit and he’s not as good a tackler as he should be for his size and skills, but there’s a world of upside as a longtime starter in someone’s secondary.
CFN Projection: CFN Projection: Second Round

3 66 Minnesota Vikings

CB Josh Robinson, UCF (Jr.) 5-10, 199
Overall Pick No. 66 CFN Overall Ranking: 46
CFN Analysis: The Vikings had to get better and stronger in the secondary, and after moving up to get Harrison Smith in the first round they got a tremendous value pick in Robinson in the second. A steal considering how teams were starting to talk about him, he’s a pure cover-corner with the athleticism to shine on an island. He should be the team’s lock-down corner for years to come.

One of the high-rising prospects over the draft process, he went from being a good mid-range prospect to a must-have after a tremendous set of workouts. With a blazing 4.33 at the Combine, he showed off the raw wheels lacking in several of the top corner prospects, and he was smooth as glass running through the short and quickness drills. Throw in the corner-best 11’1” in the broad jump and a 38.5” vertical and he proved he had all the raw tools. Not afraid to step up to a challenge, he seemed to like the big games and the big moments; confidence isn’t an issue. However, he’s not a big tackler – but he doesn’t whiff - and he got by a bit too much on his speed and athleticism. If he’s willing to work for it and is ready to take on the challenge of wanting to be a top defender, the upside is limitless. Some team will be ecstatic to get him for a relatively cheap draft pick after the first round.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

4 67 Denver (from Cleveland)

RB Ronnie Hillman, SDSU (Soph.) 5-9, 200
Overall Pick No. 67 CFN Overall Ranking: 127
CFN Analysis: Peyton has a new toy to play with. Will Hillman pay off for a Manning offense like another San Diego State quick back, Marshall Faulk? Hillman isn’t Faulk, but he’s very fast, very explosive, and can potentially do the job Knowshon Moreno was supposed to. At the very least he’ll be a good part of a rotation with Willis McGahee.

Really small, but really, really fast and really productive, he’s a 4.4 speedster who can cut on a dime and plays fast on the field. Considering he’s not all that big, he’s a strong runner who pinballs his way through a defense and will fight for a yard when needed. A workhorse, he doesn’t take a ton of clean shots and he’s always seemingly able to protect his body; he realizes he’s not built like Brandon Jacobs. Very young, he has a long shelf-life and he could become a great third down back and a change-of-pace runner in the right tandem. There are fumbling problems and he has to learn how to be more of a receiver, but he’s an elite athlete with no bust potential. Someone will be jacked up to get him in the middle of the draft.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5 68 Houston (from Tampa Bay)

WR DeVier Posey, Ohio State 6-2, 211
Overall Pick No. 68 CFN Overall Ranking: 190
CFN Analysis: The Texans really, really needed a receiver to go on the other side of Andre Johnson, and Posey can be that guy. A big target, he’s physical, can block, and can either replace Jacoby Jones or can make him a No. 3 receiver if he puts it all together. He’ll never by Johnson, but he could be in the right situation and could be a good complementary part of the attack.

Is he going to become a star as a pro? The team’s No. 1 wide receiver, at least when he was on the field, he was never used quite enough in the conservative Buckeye offense. However, he has the right attitude and a top-target mentality in a good way. He wants to be the main man and he’s going to work to be a factor. He has the size and he has the mid-4.4 speed, and he has the hands to become a good, reliable target. Can his skill and tools overcome his knucklehead streak? There weren’t any major problems, but he had booster issues and was part of the Tattoo Five. Throw in his inconsistency on the field and need for a LOT of polish and refinement, and he’ll have to fight to be a factor.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

6 69 Buffalo Bills (from Washington)

WR T.J. Graham, NC State 5-11, 188
Overall Pick No. 69 CFN Overall Ranking: 187
CFN Analysis: A mega-reach, the Bills are going for warp speed. Graham is a project, but for a team that needs more firepower and more playmakers, Graham is a field-stretcher who can run and occasionally hit the home run, but can he do anything else? He’ll have to be a playmaker on special teams and he’ll have to take the top off the defense to open things up for the rest of the offense to be effective. Don’t expect him to be a 100-catch guy, though.

Fast, fast, fast, fast, fast. With uncoachable speed, he’s a sub-4.4 guy and it translates to the field. With his wheels he can be used as a kickoff returner or he can find a role as a pure deep threat in four-wide sets. Track star fast, he’s a football player who also runs track and he’s able to grow over his career. However, at the moment he’s not a good all-around receiver with dropping issues; he fights the ball too much at times. This is it size-wise without any room to get any bigger, and he might not need to change anything. All that matters is his speed, and no one’s going to care if he can’t block anyone. No, he’ll never be the centerpiece of a passing game, but some offensive coordinator will love to get a late-round toy to play with.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

7 70 Jacksonville Jaguars

P Bryan Anger, California 6-4, 208
Overall Pick No. 70 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: The Jaguars aren’t good enough to get this cute. They need a corner, they need another wide receiver – even after taking Justin Blackmon – and they need more help on the outside of the defensive front seven. There’s no question that Anger is a great prospect, but he’s a punter. Yes, the punting game was among the worst in the NFL, but the third round is a huge, huge reach even if he does turn out to be great.

The ball booms off his leg and he can be a game-changer by bailing the team out of jams. A cannon, he can blast away from anywhere and can move just enough to get the ball off his foot in a hurry. He’s big, experienced, and has the right make-up to be a fixture for the next ten years.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

8 71 Washington (from Buffalo)

G Josh LeRibeus, SMU 6-3, 312
Overall Pick No. 71 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: The Redskins need bodies to protect RGIII, and they wanted a big pounder of a blocker to push people around for the ground game – that’s not LeRibeus. This is a reach, though, with big-time concerns about his weight and his versatility, and while he might turn into a starter, he won’t be a difference maker. At the very least he’ll provide some much-needed depth for a thin line.

He’s a good run blocker but not an elite one. When he’s able to keep his weight in check he can move well and is quick for his size, but he’s not going to move to right tackle and has to stay on the inside. He’ll work hard and he could play center, but he’s not physical enough and won’t be more than just a backup on the inside. There’s potential if given time, but it’s a hard-ceiling.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

9 72 Miami Dolphins

DE Olivier Vernon, Miami (Jr.) (OLB)
6-3, 261
Overall Pick No. 72 CFN Overall Ranking: 178

CFN Analysis: It’s a reach pick for the Dolphins, but there’s potential and there’s reason to take a shot in the early third round. Miami needed more options at outside linebacker and Vernon is a hybrid who can work as a quick end . Miami Getting bodies on the line was a must and he has the speed to be turned loose as a specialist.

While he could’ve used another year to prove himself, he almost had to come out early after a rough 2011. Suspended for violating NCAA rules, he missed most of the season and now he has yet to show he can put it all together. A good tweener, he can either be a big outside linebacker or a defensive and could potentially be a major producer at either spot. A pure pass rusher, if nothing else works he could find a role as a specialist with a good burst into the backfield and with the motor to always keep working. A good college player when he was actually on the field, he was never special and could’ve used another year or two of seasoning. He’ll be taken purely on potential, but there’s enough there to take a mid-round chance and hope to hit a pass rushing jackpot.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

10 73 San Diego Chargers  (from Miami from Carolina through Chicago)

S Brandon Taylor, LSU (SS) 5-11, 209
Overall Pick No. 73 CFN Overall Ranking: 204
CFN Analysis: This was way, way, way too early for a Charger defense that doesn’t have a glaring need at safety. Overall the secondary could stand to be better, but it could’ve been addressed later on in the draft. The hope is that Taylor can be a run stopper and be a decent complementary safety next to Eric Weddle.

There were question marks about him as a prospect before going into the offseason, and he didn’t help himself despite running a nice 4.54 40, but he’s not quite built like an NFL strong safety and doesn’t have much room to rock up. A mediocre athlete, he’s not going to be able to fly around with the speedier receivers, and his speed and quickness in the short drills was horrible. Throw in his mediocre tackle skills and there are plenty of concerns about what he can grow into. However, he’s a smart, tough leader who works his tail off to make himself into a player. He’ll never take a play off and he’ll never give an uneven effort, but he could use some fine-tuning to be a decent part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

11 74 Kansas City Chiefs

OT Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma 6-5, 312
Overall Pick No. 74 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
Offensive line was a huge issue for the Chiefs, but they’re reaching. Jeff Allen was a good pickup in the second round, but Stephenson has tremendous bust potential and has to prove he wants to do the work needed to be good. The third round is a big gamble on a good athlete, but he’s not a tackle even though that’s what KC is thinking its getting.

CFN Analysis: After rocking at the Combine he became a hot name, but the athleticism doesn’t match the film. An okay blocker, he wasn’t great and he wasn’t nearly physical enough to make a huge difference for the Sooner offense. Not strong and without a great body, he’s a quick guard who isn’t likely to flatten anyone without spending time transforming his body and working with a good strength and conditioning coach. The athleticism is there, but the football player isn’t.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

12 75 Seattle Seahawks

QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 5-11, 204
Overall Pick No. 75 CFN Overall Ranking: 116

CFN Analysis: Is this admitting that Tavaris Jackson is done and Matt Flynn is a guess? There could be a lot of second-guessing with Kirk Cousins still on the board, but there’s no denying that Wilson is a great talent and is a winner, but this is a high pick for a rock-solid backup quarterback. You don’t do what Seattle did to get Flynn and not make him the guy.

If he checked in around 6-2 instead of a bit over 5-10 he’d be a first round pick. The arm is fantastic, the leadership abilities are unquestioned – earning the captain’s role two seconds after transferring to Wisconsin – and he’s as smart and heady as any quarterback in the draft. Robert Griffin might be considered an elite athlete, but Wilson was the quickest quarterback in the short drills at the Combine by a mile. To be productive he’ll have to work outside of the pocket and will have to find the holes between linemen like he did behind the massive Badger line, but there might be a limit on what he can do because of his lack of height. He has a starting quarterback makeup, but he’ll have a long and productive career as an always-ready No. 2.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

13 76 Houston Texans (from Philadelphia)

OG Brandon Brooks, Miami Univ. 6-5, 346
Overall Pick No. 76 CFN Overall Ranking: 49
CFN Analysis: Somewhere, Arian Foster is smiling. Brooks is a massive blocker who can fit into the Texan running game without a problem. Guard was a need position and Houston didn’t spend a high pick to get one of the more intriguing offensive line prospects in the draft with the potential to be a much stronger pro than a collegian.

Really, really big, he has the prototype body for an NFL guard with a wide frame and the strength to go along with it. Forget about pushing him around, not only does he take two hours to get around, but he’ll blast away with his raw power, throwing up 36 reps on the bench at the Combine. Stunningly, considering he’s not all that quick, he blazed a sub-5.0 40 in workouts and proved he could be thrown outside at tackle from time to time. However, Miami’s running game was among the worst in college football over the last few years even with him blasting away, and if he can’t keep his weight in check and gets over 350 pounds, forget about ever moving him to tackle. There’s massive bust potential depending on the scheme that drafts him, but if his job is to line up and get someone out of the way, he can do that.
CFN Projection: Second Round

14 77 New York Jets

OLB Demario Davis, Arkansas State 6-2, 235
Overall Pick No. 77 CFN Overall Ranking: 157

CFN Analysis: It’s a bit of a high slot for him, but it’s a fun pick for a Jet defense that always seems to get production out of athletic try-hard linebackers. Versatile, he’ll likely be a key backup and special teamer to start before taking over one of the inside jobs from one of the aging veterans.

A terrific tackler who hits everyone he gets to, he’s an intimidating leader who’s self-motivated and can make a defense his. Fast, he has mid-4.5 speed to go along with terrific quickness and athleticism. Throw in the eye-popping 32 reps on the bench at the Combine, and he has all the raw tools – except for bulk. Just an okay tackler and without top cover skills, he needs a lot of fine-tuning, but he’ll work for it. While he’s more of a workout warrior than a sure-thing NFL prospect, there’s a ton of upside and the potential is there to become a nice part of a puzzle with a little bit of time and effort. The athleticism and raw tools are too great to ignore.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15 78 Miami (from San Diego)

TE Michael Egnew, Missouri 6-5, 236
Overall Pick No. 77 CFN Overall Ranking: 68
CFN Analysis: If the Dolphins are looking for a blocking tight end, that's not Egnew. However, they have a young new quarterback in Ryan Tannehill and he needs safety valves. Going after wide receiver is a must for down the road, but Egnew should grow into a role right away no matter who's under center. He's a pure pass catcher who fits the new wave of tight end oriented offensive schemes.

When he had Blaine Gabbert throwing his way, he was a dominant producer and a sure-thing target on short-to-midrange plays. While he was fine last year with James Franklin under center, he was able to change things up a bit and improved as a blocker. Yes, he got better for the running game, but he’s not a blaster of a run blocker and he isn’t going to do much to hit at the next level. However, he’s willing to do whatever is needed, and with good size and speed, he can find a fit in any offense and can be a solid starter for a long time as a receiving tight end. The potential is there to become a whale of a safety valve.
CFN Projection: Third Round

16 79 Chicago Bears

S Brandon Hardin, Oregon State 6-3, 222 (FS)
Overall Pick No. 79 CFN Overall Ranking: 231
CFN Analysis: The Bears haven't had a good, solid safety since Mike Brown and haven't been able to fill the void. Hardin has the skills, but he needs to find a role right away. He's not a corner and he needs to grow into a role at one of the safety jobs. There's upside, but he might be a tough sell early on for the Bears fans who are still trying to figure out the Shea McClellin pick in the first round.

Is he a huge corner or is he a true safety? He’s a little of both with excellent speed, tremendous size, and phenomenal all-around athleticism. There are few defensive backs in the draft as versatile and with the same tools, and there are few who can bring the lumber and stay with speed receivers with just as much skill. However, he didn’t quite do enough on the field when the ball was in the air and he’ll need at least a full season or two to learn the subtle nuances of whatever position he ends up playing. With his raw skills and upside he’ll be an intriguing project for some defensive coordinator with a little imagination, but it’ll take a little work.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

17 80 Arizona Cardinals

CB Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma 5-11, 206
Overall Pick No. 80 CFN Overall Ranking: 154
CFN Analysis: Is corner really a need pick? Patrick Peterson is a burgeoning star, and now Fleming has to be a No. 2 guy on the other side. However, the Cardinals could've gotten Fleming later and didn't address the needs on the offensive line or at linebacker. He's more of a piece-of-the-puzzle defender than a starter, and he should end up working in a nickel and dime defender.

The tools are good enough to go along with the size to be tried out in a variety of roles. The 4.53 40 at the Combine wasn’t good, but he’s been timed under 4.5 in workouts, cranked out 23 reps on the bench, and flew around the cones in Indy. Smart and instinctive, he manages to sniff out plays and he does good things when he gets to the ball-carrier. While he has decent size, he’s not the best of tacklers and he tends to stay blocked too easily. The speed is there, but he’s not necessarily a shut-down corner in man coverage and will have to be in the right system. As long as he’s surrounded by hitters, he’ll be productive.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

18 81 Dallas Cowboys

DE Tyrone Crawford, Boise State 6-4, 275
Overall Pick No. 81 CFN Overall Ranking: 182
CFN Analysis: This is the pick the Cowboys needed to make position-wise, but it was a bit of a stretch taking Crawford here. He's more of a try-hard type than a pure speed rusher the Cowboy defensive could use, but he can be a decent part of a rotation. He's not Demarcus Ware and he's not going to solve all the problems when it comes to getting to the quarterback, but he should be a part of the rotation. Dallas needed to get more.

A true end who can play and produce in any system, he’s strong enough and big enough to be a solid 3-4 end and is good at holding up against the run. Athletic for his size, he moves well enough to be a worker who gets into the backfield on a regular basis. Even though he was productive, he needs more time and more polish. While there’s a ton of upside, he’s not a finished product and needs to figure out how to do the little things right. He’s not going to be an elite pass rusher without the needed burst, and he could be the type of player who stuff things up but doesn’t put up a ton of stats. While he’s a good prospect, he only produced at a high level for one year and there’s still a little bit of concern that he can hold up.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

19 82 Tennessee Titans

DT Mike Martin, Michigan 6-1, 306
Overall Pick No. 82 CFN Overall Ranking: 55
CFN Analysis: The Titans aren't going to get the interior pass rush they might need out of Martin, but he'll be a starter who'll do all the little things right and will always bring the A effort. A pass rushing end is a must later on to help out the newly acquired Kamerion Wimbley, but Martin will be a strong part of the rotation inside.

Always working, he has the heart of a lion with a relentless motor and a non-stop ability to keep moving and keep trying to make things happen. The problem is that he was able to wear down college blockers on want-to and hustle, and that won’t happen at the next level. Even so, he’s the perfect tackle to work around several bigger players, and he’ll be a pain in he’ll be the pain in several offensive guards’ sides with his activity. But there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do. Short and with no room to get any bigger, this is it. Not a pass rusher, there’s a limit on where he can play, but some coaching staff will love to have him.
CFN Projection: Third Round

20 83 Cincinnati Bengals

WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers (Jr.) 6-2, 211
Overall Pick No. 83 CFN Overall Ranking: 39
CFN Analysis: Finally, after being a part of a draft day hoax, Sanu actually got picked. The Bengals gave Andy Dalton a good all-around playmaker and found a guy to help take some of the heat off of A.J. Green. He'll be used in a variety of formations and in several roles, and he should flourish. This was a terrific value pick.

A playmaker and a football player. He doesn’t have elite speed, and he might project to be more of a big H-back/slot receiver after hitting the weights a bit more, but he’s a good athlete and he plays faster than he times. Greg Schiano knows pro potential, and he made sure the ball was in Sanu’s hands in as many ways as possible. Tough, he’s willing to block, willing to take a shot, and has no problems getting physical in one-on-one battles. Not an elite athlete and not all that explosive, he’s not a sudden or shifty target and he needs to be a more precise route runner. He won’t be able to stand out and play faster and quicker than everyone else like he was able to in college, and he’s not going to be a big-play target, but he’ll fill a variety of roles and should be a terrific No. 2 receiver.
CFN Projection: Second Round

21 84 Baltimore Ravens (from Atlanta)

RB Bernard Pierce, Temple (Jr.) 6-0, 218
Overall Pick No. 84 CFN Overall Ranking: 138
CFN Analysis: Pierce might have landed on the perfect team for him. He's never going to be able to hold up as a workhorse, and with Ray Rice the main man running the ball, he doesn't have to be. A bigger body to be part of a rotation, he should be able to contribute with a drive here and there to keep the franchise back fresh, but he's not going to be a third down back.

With great size and tremendous speed, checking in around the mid-4.4s, he has the tools and the athleticism to be an intriguing prospect. Already good-sized for an NFL back, he could get up to 230 without a problem and could define himself as a between-the-tackles workhorse – at least for a little while. He took a beating at Temple and can’t be counted on week-in-and-week-out; he’ll always, always be on the injury report and has to be closely monitored after concussion problems. Even with the concerns and with his lack of receiving skills, the potential is there to be a flash of lightning for a stretch. He could be this year’s DeMarco Murray with one or two monster games before spending time in a warm-up suit. A lot of the tools are there, but there are enough red flags to let someone else take a chance.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

22 85 Detroit Lions

CB Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette (S) 5-10, 182
Overall Pick No. 85 CFN Overall Ranking: 128
CFN Analysis: The Lions need corner help with Eric Wright gone in free agency, and Bentley is being brought in to try to help out a tough corner situation. He might not be the prototype, but Wright wasn't exactly Shaq-sized and he produced. This needs to be just the start; the Lions have to keep going after defensive backs.

Versatile, productive, and very, very fast, he’s a legitimate 4.4 runner whose speed translates well to the football field. Smooth, he cuts effortlessly and has the recovery wheels to take off and chase down a target when needed. Eventually he should become a good safety, and he could grow into a ball-hawking free safety with the attitude and the toughness to hold up against the run, but he’s not a sure-tackler. With his speed he has to be tried out at corner early on and he has just enough skills to hold down a No. 2 job on the other side of a shutdown defender. The 13 reps at the Combine were light and his jumps were awful, but worse yet, he was lumbering through the quickness drills. Even with all the knocks, he’s a football player whose production will be better than his workout numbers.
CFN Projection: Third Round

23 86 Pittsburgh Steelers

OLB Sean Spence, Miami 5-11, 228
Overall Pick No. 86 CFN Overall Ranking: 91
CFN Analysis: The Steelers got another defensive playmaker who makes things happen. He might be a little smaller than the D needs, and going after bulk and a defensive tackle is still a must, but Spence should add some flash on the inside. He won't be a star, but he should be a key contributor.

Spence simply isn’t big enough or strong enough. He’s not going to get any bigger with around 230 pounds his max, and the 12 reps at the Combine were inexcusable. However, he’s a phenomenal football player who owns a locker room and will do whatever it takes to make a tackle. As tough and as intense as they come, he hits everything that moves and could be a top statistical producer in the right system. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the tools. Along with the lack of bulk he’s simply too slow, but he makes up for it by being smarter than everyone else on the field. He’s too good not to find a home or a niche, but he’s going to take a pounding for his style of play.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

24 87 Cleveland (from Denver)

DE John Hughes, Cincinnati 6-3, 309
Overall Pick No. 87 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: The Browns were doing so well and they were bringing in so many talents, and then this. The defensive interior needs beefing up, and stopping the run is a must, but Hughes is a run-of-the-mill tackle who won't do anything other than work in a rotation - at best.

A big body for the interior of the line, he was a steady starter on the nose while others, like Derek Wolfe, were able to shine and do get all the glory. An anchor, he manages to hold up well and does a lot of the dirty work needed. However, he doesn't move, won't be a pass rusher at the next level and won't be around on third downs. There's nothing special about his game and he'll have to show something great right away to make a roster.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

25 88 Philadelphia Eagles (from Houston)

QB Nick Foles, Arizona 6-5, 243
Overall Pick No. 88 CFN Overall Ranking: 67
CFN Analysis: Foles has to be ready to roll right away considering the beating Michael Vick has taken over the last few years. However, he's a wee bit different in styles and Philadelphia will have to be ready to to tailor the attack around two different quarterbacks. Basically, this is a pick that shows that Vince Young and Mike Kafka can't play.

It’s going to take a little bit of time and a lot of tweaking, but the raw tools are there to become a pro bomber who can stretch the field as well as hit on the short-to-midrange passes with regularity. Huge, he has the bulk and the height, but there’s no mobility and he has to improve his pocket presence; he has to get used to playing under center. Willing to push himself and do the work needed to improve, the character and the upside are there to eventually grow into a dangerous leader of an attack. It’s going to take some work, though, to move away from playing in a pitch-and-catch midrange spread attack to working in a normal pro offense, but judge him as a prospect three years from now and not from what happens right away.
CFN Projection: Third Round

26 89 New Orleans Saints

DT Akiem Hicks, Regina (Sask.) 6-4, 318
Overall Pick No. 89 CFN Overall Ranking: 240
CFN Analysis: A total stretch for a team without a ton of draft picks, he's a versatile tackle who might be used as an end at times. He's not going to be a starter early on, but he should be able to provide some depth while he develops. The upside is great, but this isn't a pick for right now. The Saints could've used a defensive tackle for right now.

A rare specimen, the former LSU Tiger is huge but can move. A true 4-3 end who can sit inside as a 4-3 tackle if needed, he swallows up everything against the run and moves shockingly well. Able to play almost anywhere up front he could be a top reserve if he can’t find a starting job. The straight-line speed isn’t there, but he’s athletic and surprisingly quick off the ball. However, he needs a ton of work and seasoning, and he’ll have to show he’s ready to play up to his size with the big boys and is willing to work. He has a body and abilities that can’t be coached, but everything else will need to be molded.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

27 90 New England (from Green Bay)

DE Jake Bequette, Arkansas 6-4, 274
Overall Pick No. 90 CFN Overall Ranking: 112
CFN Analysis: There are certain players who fit the New England mold, and Bequette is the exact type of pass rusher with the type of attitude and feistiness to be a mainstay on the outside. While he's not going to be the outside linebacker the Patriots could use, he'll work in a variety of ways and he'll be a productive part of the equation. He'll always be working and always be hustling.

With a constant motor he’s always working, always going full-tilt, and he never takes plays off. A strong pass rusher, he’s not necessarily a speed rusher, but he gets into the backfield and gets to the quarterback on want-to and desire. Even though he’s quick, he’s not the prettiest of pass rushers and he’s not going to fly around the edge. However, it’s over when he gets a line on a quarterback. Just an okay athlete and not a strong enough run defender, he can be shoved around and will be erased if keyed on. He’s a smart layer with an interesting all-around game, but he might not have the raw talent to do much more than just be a functional defender. There’s little upside, but he should be a solid part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

28 91 Atlanta Falcons (from Baltimore)

OT Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss 6-5, 323
Overall Pick No. 91    CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis:
O line, O line, O line. The Falcons got a great value pick in center Peter Konz late in the second round, and now it's reaching for Holmes, a decent prospect but not a left tackle in any way. Physical, he should be strong for the running game but he's not going to work out if the team is hoping he'll be a left tackle who'll protect Matt Ryan's blindside. This is a reach unless the Falcons are patient.

While he’s a right tackle only, he could be a solid late round flier. Bulky, he has great size and he’s a blaster of a run blocker when he’s able to get the ocean in motion. However, he needs to spend a year with an NFL conditioning coach to transform his body, and even though he did a nice job of dropping a ton of weight, he needs to be less fleshy. Great in the weight room, he’s just not functionally strong enough to hold up against the better ends, and he doesn’t move at all – he’s not going to be a consistent pass blocker. If he can bring the effort game-in-and-game-out, and if he can improve his technique, he could be a project worth developing.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

29 92 Indianapolis Colts (from San Francisco)

WR T.Y. Hilton, FIU 5-9, 183
Overall Pick No. 92 CFN Overall Ranking: 107
CFN Analysis: The Colts continue to give Andrew Luck playmakers to work with. They went after tight ends early on to give him safety valves, and now there's a dangerous slot target who should quickly make an impact. Along with his dangerous receiving abilities he should be one of the Colts' top return men. He won't be another Marvin Harrison or Reggie Wayne, but he'll be a good part of the passing game.

Not big and a wisp, he’s never going to block anyone and he’s never going to get any bigger, but he was an unstoppable all-around playmaker in the Sun Belt as both as a receiver and a returner. Very, very quick, he cuts on a dime and is creative when he gets into the open field. Maxed out on his frame after starting out his career around 150 pounds, he’s tough for his size and he’s not afraid to go across the middle to make the tough grab. Can he last? While he’s not going to shy away from contact, he had a slew of bangs and bruises that he had to fight through. However, he’ll find a role as a part of a passing game and on special teams. He might make a bigger mark as a returner than a target.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

30 93 Cincinnati (from New England)

DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson 6-2, 311
Overall Pick No. 93 CFN Overall Ranking: 31
CFN Analysis: The Bengals got a value pick in Devon Still late in the second round, and got an even better value in Thompson in this spot. Defensive tackle isn't necessarily a glaring need pick, but now the defense has their rocks to build around for the next several seasons. The two aren't just rocks on the inside, they're disruptive forces who'll camp out in opposing backfields.

A potentially fantastic run stopper, he’s extremely strong on the inside and doesn’t get pushed around. Considering his size and body type, he moves well and could work in a variety of schemes, but he’s built to sit on the nose with a short, squatty body. He doesn’t have a great frame and can’t get any bigger with any good weight, but he has the lateral movement to stop things up against the run. Quick off the ball on tape, he was disastrous at the Combine around the short drills, but he plays fast and is disruptive when he has the motor running. A great leader and with the type of attitude a coaching staff will love, he could be a star a defensive front seven works around and will swallow things up against the run.
CFN Projection: Second Round

31 94 New York Giants

CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech (Jr.) 5-10, 178
Overall Pick No. 94 CFN Overall Ranking: 87
CFN Analysis: The Giants have to beef up the secondary after suffering a slew of injuries last year - but obviously turning out okay. While there are off-the-field concerns, he's a ball-hawking speedster who'll combine with Prince Amukamara to give the Giants one of the NFL's best young corner tandems. At the very least, Hosley can be a good nickel and dime defender out of the box.

Very fast and very productive, he was a terrific college football player who somehow flew a bit under the radar in terms of national stardom. He’s a 4.4 runner who put up a 4.47 at the Combine – he’s fast – and he uses his wheels well closing on a receiver and as a returner. A ball-hawker who was always making plays, he came up with 12 interceptions over the last two seasons partly because of his speed and partly because he works to do what’s needed to learn where he needs to be. He’s not going to hit anyone and he’s not all that strong in the weight room or functionally, but that’s not his game. He’s a speed defender who has extra value as a return man and instincts. With a bit more work on his technique, he could be a nice mid-range pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

32 95 Oakland  (compensatory) 

OG Tony Bergstrom, Utah  6-5, 313
Overall Pick No. 95  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: It all depends on what the Raiders think they're getting. Bergstrom might have played tackle in college, but he's a guard. The problem is that he's not going to beat anyone up in the running game and he needs to be seen as a zone blocker for the interior.

An athletic guard who can move out to tackle if absolutely needed, he moves well and can get to the second level without a problem. As reliable as they come, he's the type of lineman who can find a starting spot in a lineup for several years and not be heard from - in a good way. He's not going to blast anyone off the ball and he's more of a finesse blocker than a big hitter, but he's mature and versatile with the potential to step in and be decent right away. He might not be special, but he'll be a cog.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round