2012 NFL Draft - 7th Round Analysis

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Posted Apr 29, 2012


Breaking down and analyzing every seventh round draft pick.



2012 NFL Draft

Seventh Round Analysis


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 
 
1 208 Indianapolis Colts

OG Justin Anderson, Georgia
Overall Pick No. 208   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


2 209 St. Louis Rams

LB Aaron Brown, Hawaii
Overall Pick No. 209   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


3 210 Minnesota Vikings

ILB Audie Cole, NC State 6-4, 246
Overall Pick No. 210 CFN Overall Ranking: 65
A great tackler with a nice frame and the potential to add more weight, he had a good college career and might be just scratching the surface on what he can do. Versatile at the collegiate level, he worked a bit both on the outside and in, but he was far better inside and proved in offseason workouts that he’s destined to hang out in the middle of someone’s defense. Slow, he hovered around the 4.8 mark in the 40 and came up with a mediocre 19 reps on the bench. On the football field, though, he plays strong, doesn’t miss a tackle, and is as tough and competitive as they come. The lack of quickness will be a problem, but he could be used in a variety of spots as a backup if he doesn’t stick as a starting inside defender. More of a football player than a workout warrior, he could be a steal.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

4 211 Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland from Minnesota)

DE Scott Solomon, Rice 6-3, 262
Overall Pick No. 211 CFN Overall Ranking: 214
A hard-working pass rusher who’s consistently good at getting into the backfield, he showed off insane strength at the Combine with 34 reps. The strength translates to the field with the fire to push his way around to make a play. With decent size, he holds up well and has an explosive blast off the ball to go along with great quickness to zip past the lumbering linemen. However, he’s not fast and he came up with most of his production against the weak and the sad. The problem is that he doesn’t really fit a type. He’s not really an outside linebacker and he’s not quite big enough to become a top end. He’ll have to be a good backup in a variety of roles to make a roster.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

5 212 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Michael Smith, Utah State 5-9, 206
Overall Pick No. 212   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
A bolt of lightning, he’s a low 4.3 runner with blazing wheels in the open field. While he’s small, he has a nice base and he’s built like a sprinter. He won’t be an NFL runner, but he could become a whale of a specialist if he hooks up with a creative offensive coordinator who finds a way to utilize the speed and quickness in space. That means Smith should become a receiver over time and he has to find a role as a third down receiver, even though he only caught 16 career passes. Yes, he can fly, but he doesn’t have the pure pro running skills needed to show off his talents without a lot of help.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

6 213 Washington Redskins

CB Richard Crawford, SMU
Overall Pick No. 2   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


7 214 Indianapolis Colts (from Jacksonville through NY Jets)  

LB Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
Overall Pick No. 214   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


8 215 Miami Dolphins

DT Kheeston Randall, Texas 6-4, 293
Overall Pick No. 215 CFN Overall Ranking: 126

A smallish nose tackle, Randall has no problems against the run and is strong, tough, and holds up well. While he might not be the perfect fit to anchor the middle of the line, he could carve out a nice career as a terrific backup who can find a home on first down and as a spot starter. A smart leader, he’ll be great in the locker room and he’ll always be reliable; he’ll fight through the nicks and bruises. Not a pass rusher, he’s a run defender and that’ll be about it. However, he gets blocked a bit too easily. At 6-4, he’s tall and he often plays like it getting a bit too upright.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

9 216 Carolina Panthers

S D.J. Campbell, California
Overall Pick No. 216   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent
 
10 217 Buffalo Bills

CB Jordan Bernstine, Iowa
Overall Pick No. 217   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


11 218 Kansas City Chiefs

DT Jerome Long, San Diego State
Overall Pick No. 218   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


12 219 Minnesota Vikings (from Detroit from Seattle)

DE Trevor Guyton, California (DT) 6-3, 285
Overall Pick No. 219 CFN Overall Ranking: 88
Able to play as a 4-3 tackle or a 3-4 end, he’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of ways as a decent all-around player. There’s nothing special about his game and he doesn’t do any one thing at a superior level, but there isn’t any major deficiency. Great against the run, he’s strong, tough, and he’s always working. Motivation is never a problem and he’s a leader up front with the type of character that coaches love. Not an athlete, he’s not a speed rushing end and will probably be at his best in a 3-4 scheme. There’s little creativity in his pass rushing skills and there’s nothing splashy about his game. He’ll get the job done and that’s about it.
CFN Projection: Third Round

13 220 Chicago Bears

CB Greg McCoy, TCU
Overall Pick No. 220   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


14 221 Arizona Cardinals

OT Nate Potter, Boise State 6-6, 303
Overall Pick No. 221 CFN Overall Ranking: 117

Very, very good for a very long time, he was great at keeping the relatively immobile Kellen Moore relatively clean. While he was a terrific pass protector he’s also a good run blocker with excellent toughness for his size. He’s trying to get bigger getting up over 300 pounds on his 6-6 frame, but he has to get functionally stronger and he has to be a blaster more than a finesse blocker. In the right system he could be a nice value pick if he can find the right niche. He’s not quite physical enough at an NFL level, and that’s the problem; he’s good at everything but not elite in any one way. He’ll work hard and he won’t take a play off, but at best he’ll be a functional starter and not an anchor.
CFN Projection: Third Round

15 222 Dallas Cowboys

LB Caleb McSurdy, Dallas
Overall Pick No. 222   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


16 223 Detroit Lions (from Minnesota from Philadelphia through New England)

ILB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma 6-1, 246
Overall Pick No. 223 CFN Overall Ranking: 166

Extremely productive at a high level, Lewis was a good outside linebacker who should be a far better fit on the inside – eventually. Slow, he’s around a 4.8 40 runner, but he was an explosive jumper at the Combine and he plays faster than he times. An aggressive fighter with an attacking style, he seeks out plays and makes big things happen, but he has an attitude that might have to be dialed back a bit depending on the coaching staff. Can he work on the inside? He was at his best as a weakside playmaker throughout his career, but he’s not a pass defender and he might not be quite strong enough to be a top interior presence. Even with all the knocks, he could be the type of defender who gets into a camp and turns out to be too productive to push off the field.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

17 224 New England Patriots (from Green Bay from NY Jets)

CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska 5-10, 204
Overall Pick No. 224 CFN Overall Ranking: 44
While he’s not the athlete that former Husker and first round pick Prince Amukamara is, he moves well and has the size to potentially move over to safety if he doesn’t work out at corner. Thick and tough, he beats up receivers and he’s not afraid to mix it up – just ask Alshon Jeffery. He’s able to make up for his lack of elite speed by getting a jam on receivers and he’s able to make up for his okay height with tremendous leaping ability. There are no problems staying with the better receivers, even though he doesn’t quite have the raw skills teams would like in a No. 1 coverman. Banged up throughout his career, his style doesn’t necessarily translate well to the next level in terms of a long shelf life. Eventually, he might flourish as a fifth defensive back or a free safety, but he’ll be good to start out as a No. 2 corner against the bigger targets.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

18 225 Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland)

DT J.R. Sweezy, NC State
Overall Pick No. 225   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


19 226 San Diego Chargers

C David Molk, Michigan 6-1, 298
Overall Pick No. 226 CFN Overall Ranking: 103

Undersized, he makes up for his lack of height and bulk by battling hard and being really, really strong with 41 reps on the bench at the Combine. A terrific leader and fighter, he’s smart, tough, and as dependable as they come. But can he hold up? He’s not going to be bulky enough like some teams might want, and he doesn’t blast away on the interior working more as a shoving blocker. Quick, he gets off the ball in a hurry and succeeds by being three steps ahead of the guy in front of him. He’s not for everyone and has to be in a scheme where all he has to do is wall off his man, but he’s a good football player who’d be a sure-thing first rounder if he was 6-3 and 315.
CFN Projection: Third Round

20 227 Tennessee Titans

WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada
Overall Pick No. 227   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


21 228 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Cincinnati)

DT Jeris Pendleton, Ashland
Overall Pick No. 228   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


22 229 Philadelphia Eagles (from Atlanta)

RB Bryce Brown, Kansas State (Soph.) 6-0, 220
Overall Pick No. 229 CFN Overall Ranking: 218

The late rounds of a draft are almost always worthless, so that’s when you swing for the fences. Brown’s career so far has been an all-timer of a disappointment after being considered by many to be the No. 1 overall high school prospect in 2009. He was okay early at Tennessee, left, and ended up at Kansas State before getting booted for not wanting to do the work. The size is great, the speed is good enough, and he’s a natural runner who has special abilities and visions. After being given multiple opportunities he’ll be given one chance and one chance only, and he has to take advantage. There’s enough talent to warrant a throwaway late draft pick just to see if there’s anything to work with – his tank is full after doing almost nothing in college – but he can be quickly and easily cut if he doesn’t show a spark out of the box.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

23 230 Detroit Lions

LB Nathan Stupar, Penn State
Overall Pick No. 230   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


24 231 Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Toney Clemons, Colorado
Overall Pick No. 231   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


25 232 New York Jets (from Denver)

DT Greg Scruggs, Seattle
Overall Pick No. 232   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


26 233 New England Patriots (from Houston)

TE Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern 6-2, 241
Overall Pick No. 233 CFN Overall Ranking: 219
Not just a back, he was a Superback, filling a variety of roles for the Wildcats including receiving tight end, fullback, and H-back. A terrific receiver, he can get deep and is a smart route runner who finds ways to get into the open. Productive, he was very good for a long time. Built like a pumped up wideout, he’s not a blocker and he didn’t do much for the ground game when he lined up at fullback. Durability will be a major problem after suffering through a variety of problems. The versatility will make him draftable, but he doesn’t have enough NFL skills to stand out as a starter.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

27 234 New Orleans Saints

OT Marcel Jones, Nebraska 6-6, 320
Overall Pick No. 234 CFN Overall Ranking: 175
There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and there’s a big red flag when it comes to durability, but he’s a pure tackle with the right frame and enough promise to be a good chance pick to take in the mid-rounds. He’s not going to get any bigger with a maxed out frame, but he doesn’t need more bulk to be a steady right tackle; he needs to get stronger. He only came up with 13 reps on the bench at the Combine and he could stand to be functionally stronger. While he’s not fast, he’s a good athlete who slides and moves extremely well. A great character guy, he’ll do what’s needed to make himself better, but he’ll have to take care of his body and will have to fight through some steady bumps and bruises. He was never right throughout his Husker career.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

28 235 New England Patriots (from Green Bay)

WR Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern
Overall Pick No. 235   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


29 236 Baltimore Ravens

DT DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia
Overall Pick No. 236   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


30 237 San Francisco 49ers

DE Cam Johnson, Virginia (OLB) 6-3, 268
Overall Pick No. 237 CFN Overall Ranking: 83
Versatile and tough, he’s able to work as an outside linebacker and could become a pass rusher as either a 4-3 end or a 3-4 linebacker, he has the body and the athleticism to work in a variety of roles. He moves well and is an athletic marvel in space with smooth cutting ability to go along with surprising take-on strength when blocked. But can he jack up the intensity all the time? When he’s on, he’s great, but he seems to go unnoticed for long stretches. Everything is in place to be a terrific pro, but there’s something missing – it seems like he’s simply not able to find the consistent fire and isn’t a killer. He’s a much better prospect than a college football player, but there’s a huge upside.
CFN Projection: Third Round

31 238 Kansas City Chiefs (from New England)

WR Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Overall Pick No. 238   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


32 239 New York Giants

DT Markus Kuhn, NC State
Overall Pick No. 239   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


33 240 Pittsburgh Steelers

TE David Paulson, Oregon 6-3, 246
Overall Pick No. 240 CFN Overall Ranking: 199
A good receiver who flew under the radar in the high-octane Duck attack, he’s a good receiver who attacks the ball and will go and get anything in his general area. Tough, smart, and the type of football player every coach wants to have, he’ll make it really hard to get cut. However, he’s not the best athlete, isn’t much of a power blocker, and he doesn’t have any elite NFL skills. He can’t be a No. 1 target and might have to find a role on special teams early on, but he’s a good enough football player to force himself into a role.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

34 241 Green Bay Packers (compensatory)

OT Andrew Datko, Florida State 6-6, 315
Overall Pick No. 241 CFN Overall Ranking: 104
Smart and tough with the ability to use his body and technique well, he moves well for a guy of his size and he’s good at outthinking his man. No, he’s not a left tackle and he’ll get the dreaded Right Tackle Only tag, but he could be a very good, very productive right tackle for the next ten years. A great worker, he takes his craft seriously and doesn’t make a slew of big mistakes. The problem is his lack of bulk for his frame, playing a bit high and not physical enough, he gets shoved when it comes down to brute strength. Considering he has a major problem with a shoulder injury and he struggles to stay in one piece, he’s a risk – he’s probably not going to hold up. There’s a hard ceiling on what he can do, but if he’s healthy – and that’s a huge, glaring if - he’ll be productive.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

35 242  New York Jets (compensatory)

S Antonio Allen, South Carolina (SS) 6-2, 210
Overall Pick No. 242 CFN Overall Ranking: 89
Really, really slow at the Combine, he moves well on the field but lacks the superior wheels to be a factor as a free safety. With his size and work ethic, he has the potential to get bigger, stronger and better – he’s a better football player than a workout warrior. A big-play performer, he always stood out on a defense that had a slew of top playmakers, and he is always working to do whatever is needed to make a difference. He’ll be the type of defender every coach will want. While he might have a hard ceiling on what he can do athletically, he isn’t smooth, and he’ll need a little big of seasoning, but with a little bit of patience he’ll be a whale of a nickel and dime defender.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

36 243 Green Bay Packers (compensatory)

QB B.J. Coleman, UT Chattanooga 6-3, 233
Overall Pick No. 243 CFN Overall Ranking: 165
With great size and a big-time arm, he has the look of an NFL quarterback with a world of upside. The one-time Tennessee Volunteer has talent and he grew into a more polished playmaker at the lower level, but he needs to prove he can handle a sped up game and do more than throw a good deep ball. There’s no athleticism and he needs to learn how to change speeds and show more touch, but the arm can be tweaked. What can’t be changed is his mediocre accuracy that could limit what he can become as a reserve. He’ll do all the dirty work needed to find a spot somewhere as a bomber, but he’s missing the talent to start.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

37 244 New York Jets (compensatory)

WR Jordan White, Western Michigan 6-0, 214
Overall Pick No. 244 CFN Overall Ranking: 222
Ultra-productive, he came up with 140 catches for 1,911 yards and 17 scores in a season, and before you blow off the numbers because he played in the MAC, he also lit up Michigan, Illinois, and Connecticut. He’s way too slow and he doesn’t have the right body – short and thick – but he’s able to use his strength to fight for the ball. A terrific route runner, he’s always able to work into the open and he doesn’t miss anything that comes his way. With major knee injuries in the past he’ll never be a top athlete, but he can come up with a career in a specialty role as a chain mover. Put him in against zone coverage and he’ll come up with the five-yard catch for the first down.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

38 245 Cleveland Browns (compensatory)

CB Trevin Wade, Arizona 5-10, 192
Overall Pick No. 245 CFN Overall Ranking: 233
Far better on tape than in workouts, he didn’t do much in the short drills and his best time was a 4.56. However, he hovered around the high 4.6s at times. Even so, he’s great when the ball is in the air and is a proven tackler who can come up with the stop in the open field. No, he’s not a blazer, but he can kick it into gear when he’s able to gear up to another level. There are concerns about his consistency and he doesn’t always seem to have the light on, but he’s a good enough talent to be tried out as a backup corner and dime defender.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

39 246 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)

CB Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M
Overall Pick No. 246   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


40 247 Cleveland Browns (compensatory)

TE Brad Smelley, Alabama (FB) 6-2, 233
Overall Pick No. 247 CFN Overall Ranking: 238
A jack of all trades player, he could find a home as a fullback who’ll occasionally move outside to tight end. A great H-back prospect and a proven receiver, he turned into a big part of a national championship offense and emerged as AJ McCarron and the Tide passing game started to improve. A good blocker and with nice hands and smarts, he’s a good football player. However, he doesn’t have NFL talent missing athleticism and the right body. Built like a fullback, he’s too short and doesn’t have the speed to make up for it. A bit of a luxury pick, he’ll be a special teamer to start before being a decent backup option at several spots.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

41 248 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)

OG Kevin Beachum, SMU
Overall Pick No. 248   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


42 249 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory)

DT Travian Robertson, Atlanta
Overall Pick No. 249   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


43 250 San Diego Chargers (compensatory)

RB Edwin Baker, Michigan State (Jr.) 5-8, 204
Overall Pick No. 250  CFN Overall Ranking: 147
Terrific after doing the work needed to prepare himself for offseason workouts, coming up with a 4.47, he showed off the wheels to go along with the strength. Lineman strong, he’s bounces off tacklers and isn’t afraid to run through them if needed, but he’s at his best when he’s able to zip through a hole by making one cut and flying. He’ll block, he’ll do what’s needed to make something happen, and he could be an ultra-productive part of a tandem in the right offense. However, he’s not a great receiver, he’s not ultra-quick in workouts, and he’s not an elite runner. His workload was diminished over the second half of last year and he turned out to be just a complementary back instead of a featured star.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

44 251 Buffalo Bills (compensatory)

PK John Potter, Western Michigan
Overall Pick No. 251   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


45 252 St. Louis Rams (compensatory)

RB Daryl Richardson, Abilene Christian
Overall Pick No. 252   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent


46 253 Indianapolis Colts (compensatory)

QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois 6-2, 219
Overall Pick No. 263 CFN Overall Ranking: 171
The textbook definition of a baller, he’s not all that fast and he has an average arm, but he’s a playmaker who ran wild in the MAC and was an ultra-productive leader and winner. Athletic, he was a 1,300-yard rusher with the passing skills to be more than just a runner; he’s a smart thrower who doesn’t make many mistakes. The body type isn’t right, built more like a free safety than an NFL quarterback, and he doesn’t throw the best ball, but all the intangibles are there to work as a long-time backup with a little bit of patience as he learns to work more in a pro-style attack.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round