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2012 NFL Draft - Top 75 Undrafted Players
LSU TE Deangelo Peterson
LSU TE Deangelo Peterson
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Posted Apr 28, 2012


Who are the best players still left on the board after seven rounds?



2012 NFL Draft

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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 

Top 75 Undrafted Players
No. 1 to 25 | No. 26 to 50 | No. 51 to 75   

1. WR Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M 6-4, 223
CFN Overall Ranking: 58  

If there’s a wide receiver out of central casting, it’s Fuller with tremendous size, bulk, and decent speed for a 6-4 target. Very strong and very experienced, he’s ready out of the box to contribute with the ability to fight for the ball and go get anything that has come his way. However, there’s something missing. In a great passing offense with an NFL quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, he was fine but not quite productive enough. The hands are questionable and inconsistent and he doesn’t quite use his wheels and size quite like he should. Always a bit dinged up, there was always something a bit off last year and he didn’t play up to expectations. He’ll be a mid-round draft pick, but there’s reasonable hope to put it all together and become a very, very good pro.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

2. OT James Brown, Troy (OG) 6-3, 306
CFN Overall Ranking: 62  

Extremely versatile and productive, he can play any of four positions but will be first tried out at left tackle. Athletic, he moves well and shuffles fine, and he could be ready to do far more with the potential to bulk up at least 15 pounds. In the right system, and with a little work, he could be a dominant guard, but he could prove to be too valuable on the outside as long as he wants to do the little things to make it happen. While he’s good on the field, his workouts weren’t anything special and there might be a hard limit on what he can become talent-wise, but he’s coachable and he’ll do whatever is needed to find a spot. Can he be a killer? He’ll be a starter, but considering his lack of explosion he has to make up for it by ramping up the intensity.
CFN Projection: Third Round

3. TE Deangelo Peterson, LSU 6-3, 243
CFN Overall Ranking: 71  

Is he just scratching the surface? He’s a great receiver who wasn’t used enough in an offense that couldn’t seem to throw the forward pass on a consistent basis. A phenomenal recruit, he has all the talent and all the skills to potentially be a much, much better pro once he’s finally utilized the right way. Even after bulking up a bit he’s still a strong athlete who runs well and can stretch the field enough to be a dangerous go-to target. This is as big as he’s going to get, but he’s one of the best blockers among the top tight end prospects. There are still a few question marks about whether or not he can actually be a consistent playmaker, but again, blame that on the LSU quarterbacks. He could be one of the mid-round steals of the draft.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

4. RB Chris Polk, Washington (Jr.) 5-11, 215
CFN Overall Ranking: 75  

A good college player, he dropped some weight to be quicker and it showed this offseason. Known more for being a strong and powerful back, he showed enough speed in workouts to go along with 24 reps on the bench in Indy to be a complete back. Of all the top backs outside of Trent Richardson, Polk might be the best workhorse with the right toughness, smarts, and work ethic to want to be great. There isn’t anything fancy about his game with the vision and decisiveness to see hole, hit hole, and crank out big plays when he gets the chance. With a ton of tread worn off the tires, the big question mark will be whether or not he can hold up with a running style that almost ensures a short but productive career.
CFN Projection: Second Round

5. OG Lucas Nix, Pitt 6-5, 317
CFN Overall Ranking: 79  

A good-sized blocker who got bigger, bulking up even more this offseason, he’s large, but he can move. Versatile enough to be kicked out to right tackle in a pinch, he’s a good athlete who pulls like a much lighter blocker. Physical, he has no problem fighting and he’ll deliver the big hit for the big run. Not enough of a pass blocker to be a regular tackle - he’s a guard even though he looks like he should be playing on the outside – but the biggest concern is his durability after suffering a torn pectoral muscle and with an ongoing foot problem. While he might not be a perfect prospect, he has the right attitude and the right temperament to be a strong, reliable fixture for a long, long time.
CFN Projection: Third Round  

6. WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina 6-4, 230
CFN Overall Ranking: 96

With a great blend of size, speed, and athleticism, he has the look and he has the tools to become a tough No. 1 receiver. There’s tremendous upside and there’s lots and lots of room to grow into a more polished playmaker. Even though he has the size of a tight end, he’s quick, cuts well, and has the straight-line speed to make things happen down the field. Now he needs to want it. Does he have the fire and the fight to become special, and how much will a coach have to work to keep pushing and coaxing out the talent? While he was ultra-productive for the Tar Heels, he needs to become a better blocker for his size, has to have a can-do attitude, and needs to do all the little things right all the time. He’s a first round talent with fourth round intensity.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

7. OG Desmond Wynn, Rutgers 6-5, 303
CFN Overall Ranking: 100

While he’s still too light and too thin, he’s bulking up a bit and still has room to grow a bit more. Athletic, he moves as well as any guard in the draft and has the strength to match. More of a technician than a blaster, he’s not going to bury his man and he doesn’t quite have the temperament to throw a guy in the parking lot, but the biggest issue is his size. He gets the job done, but he could use another ten pounds or so of good weight, but even then that could be an issue considering staying healthy has been a problem – he always seems to have a ding of some sort. There’s big upside, but he has to be taken by the right team.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round  

8. DT DaJohn Harris, USC 6-3, 306
CFN Overall Ranking: 106

Out of central casting, he looks the part. Very big with a great frame, he has the body and the size to hold up in the interior and be a top run stuffer. There’s a world of upside and he could be a phenomenal talent with the right coaching staff keeping a fire lit under him. A good college player, but not a great one, he might just be scratching the surface with the athleticism to be used in a verity of ways. Getting in better shape is a must and he needs to work on his technique and his instincts. A true boom-or-bust pick, he might be able to find a niche in a rotation, he could be maddening. He’ll flash moments when he’ll look special, but they probably won’t last long.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

9. C Michael Brewster, Ohio State 6-4, 312
CFN Overall Ranking: 108

Potentially a guard, he can work in a variety of ways and could be a strong starter no matter where he plays. A great leader, he’s a great quarterback and smart to sniff out the blitz from ten miles away. Very big and with a great heart, he was a superstar recruit for the Buckeyes and lived up to the billing as a great run blocker and a ton of experience. However, he’s limited as a pro prospect with mediocre athleticism and he isn’t a destroyer like he should be for a player of his size; there’s no real upside. He’ll make up for his deficiencies with hard work and fight. A coaching staff will love him and won’t have any problems making him the leader up front.
CFN Projection: Third Round

10. WR Gerell Robinson, Arizona State 6-3, 227
CFN Overall Ranking: 110

A great recruit for ASU, he grew into an excellent but unsung playmaker. Big and strong, he also surprised a bit in workouts turning in an under 4.6 40. A good enough deep threat to be useful, he’ll fight for the ball and he’ll get physical down the field to power his way for the ball. The elite athleticism isn’t there and he’s a bit of a one-year wonder – he started to rock when Brock Osweiler started to turn his game up a notch – and now he has to prove he can be consistent. He’s worth a mid-to-late round pick on size alone.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

11. DT Hebron “Loni” Fangupo, BYU 6-1, 323
CFN Overall Ranking: 111

The textbook definition of an anchor, he’s a bowling ball with a great base and terrific leverage. Stick him in the middle and let him settle in. Ridiculously strong, he put up 36 reps on the bench at the Combine and translates the strength to the field. Not a pass rusher in any way, he’ll be in to hold up against double teams and let everyone else have their fun. For good and bad, he’s mature and this is it. 26, he won’t have a long career, and he’ll get beaten on and beaten up, but his combination of size and strength are rare. As long as a team knows that he’s a two-down defender and doesn’t expect anything other than what he is now, he should find a job.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

12. OLB Tyler Nielsen, Iowa 6-3, 237
CFN Overall Ranking: 115

With the versatility to play in the middle or on the outside, at the very least he’ll have value as a good backup in a variety of spots. The Combine was a disappointment as he lumbered a bit and didn’t show the expected strength with 21 reps, but he’s more of a football player than a workout warrior. A full-tilt, 100-mile-per-hour defender, he doesn’t take plays off and he’ll do whatever is needed to make a pay. One of the surest tackling linebackers in the draft, he’ll be solid against the run. The big problem is his durability with a variety of issues throughout his career. He’ll be good in the short term, but with his playing style he’ll take a lot of big shots.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

13. WR Patrick Edwards, Houston 5-9, 172
CFN Overall Ranking: 118

Really, really fast, he has sub-4.4 speed and it all translates to the field as a big-time playmaker who finds ways to get the ball in his hands and do huge things with it. He has the speed to get deep, make things happen on mid-range plays, and he cuts on a dime. Phenomenally productive, he was Case Keenum’s main man and came through even though he often drew the No. 1 assignment from the opposing top defensive back. However, he’s way too small and he’ll never get physical in any way. Can he last? He’ll get lit up by anyone who can pop him, but can anyone catch him? It won’t be a problem finding a job for him in three and four-receiver sets and letting him fly.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

14. CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia 5-10, 183
CFN Overall Ranking: 119

A good all-around football player, he knows what he’s doing and he’s smart enough to be ready to go right away. While he’s a bit thin and he has no strength whatsoever – he came up with a pathetic seven reps on the bench at the Combine – but he’s surprisingly okay against the run and he doesn’t shy away from contact. A player that every coach would love to have, he’s a leader, a good guy, and perfect for any locker room. However, he doesn’t have the raw tools to do any one thing at a high level. He’s not blazing fast for his size, and he despite his willingness to battle, he gets pushed around. He won’t be anyone’s No. 1 corner, but he’ll be able to step in as a dime package playmaker right away and he should have a nice career as a swing backup who’s ready to go at any time.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

15. OT Matt Reynolds, BYU 6-4, 302
CFN Overall Ranking: 122

A superstar recruit who had huge expectations from the start, he was a relatively unsung high-level producer and four-year anchor. While he’s not massive, he’s tough to get around and he works to finish off a block; he never gives up on a play. If he wants to play guard he needs to get up to around 320, which is possible on his frame, and he has to rock up a bit and quickly transform his body to become a major factor - for good and bad, he’s mature at 25 and with a relatively short shelf life. He has the body of a guard but he’s a tackle who didn’t quite blow up and shine as expected over his career. While he was good, he didn’t improve to another level after looking like a possible world-beater early on. There’s little bust potential if the expectations are kept low – he’ll be a decent starter, but not a great one.
CFN Projection: Third Round

16. RB Tauren Poole, Tennessee 5-10, 205
CFN Overall Ranking: 124

Arian Foster went to Tennessee, came out of nowhere, and became Arian Foster. Poole is a different back with a different look and style, but he was painfully underutilized in a miserable offense with no blocking to give him a break. Much, much better than his stats, he’s very quick, very strong, and has great character and leadership ability to be a perfect fit in a tandem. While he’s not huge and his straight line speed is mediocre, he could become a third down target and he could carve out a nice, long career doing a little of everything. There’s little power and he’ll get knocked around a bit, but he’s the type of back coaches love to have and he’ll be a good find by a good scouting director with a little bit of vision.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

17. S Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State (SS) 6-0, 213
CFN Overall Ranking: 130

A terrific all-around defender in the WAC, he stood out in game after game, looking like he was playing a half-step faster than anyone else. Big and tough, he looks the part and he brings it against the run with the type of intimidating pop that won’t be a problem against any NFL back, and he could become a top tackler with a little bit of time. Instinctive and smart, he doesn’t miss plays and is always in the right position. However, he’s not all that fast and he’s far better against the run than he is against speed receivers. Even though he can tackle, he’ll get erased by anyone who gets hands on him. A pure football player with the skills needed to have a nice career, he’ll be around the league for a while.
CFN Projection:
Fifth Round

18. OG Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech 6-2, 310
CFN Overall Ranking: 145

A swing player for the interior, he can handle himself at either guard position or center if needed. While he’s short, that’s actually a plus since it allows him to get great leverage and generate a good push. A pure run blocker with the right attitude and fight, he’ll blast away on the speed rushers, but he also has just enough quickness to make things happen on the move. The Virginia Tech coaching staff liked him and knew that week-in-and-week-out he was as reliable as they come. His problem will come against the monster defensive tackles. He’ll get shoved a bit by the 300-pounders inside considering he just doesn’t have the bulk, but eventually he’ll likely find a niche as a key backup for several spots.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

19. OLB Brandon Lindsey, Pitt 6-2, 254
CFN Overall Ranking: 148

Considering he’s supposed to be an athletic pass rusher, hanging around the 4.9 mark in the 40 is a big problem. Combine the lack of speed with no bulk and Lindsey might have a hard time finding a role. To be fair, he had a leg injury in Indy and still gutted it out and competed, but he’s still not all that speedy. He doesn’t explode out of the box and seems like he needs to gear up a bit, and he’s not a top-shelf run defender and can be easily erased. If he’s not making things happen as a pass rushing specialist early on in a tweener role, he might be a quick and easy cut.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

20. OT Markus Zusevics, Iowa 6-5, 303
CFN Overall Ranking: 149

Can he work to get a bit bigger and stay there? He’s a great worker with terrific character, and he’ll do whatever a coaching staff asks to improve, but he had to work to get to over 300 pounds and he’s going to have a battle to fill out his frame a bit more. While he’s tall, he’s just not a naturally huge guy. However he’s athletic and makes up for his lack of bulk by being quick and anticipating well. Versatile, at the very least he’ll carve out a nice career as a key backup for several spots, able to play almost anywhere up front. A better football player and want-to blocker than an NFL prospect, there’s a hard ceiling on what he what he can become. He’s not for every team, but he’ll find a role as a swing blocker.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

21. CB Coryell Judie, Texas A&M 6-0, 194
CFN Overall Ranking: 150

With good enough raw speed to get by, he’ll be a good late round flier with someone hoping to get a great athlete on the cheap. There’s no problem with his size, and he looks the part of an NFL corner, but his biggest strength is his 4.48 speed and explosive jumping skills. Great on the field and not just in workouts, he’s a football player who has no problems getting physical or battling to come up with stops against the run. However, while he timed fast, his speed is all straight line with mediocre quickness through the short drills. The biggest issue is his lack of durability with a slew of injuries throughout his career. He might not be for everyone, but he’ll start out as a special teamer and should be used in a variety of roles.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

22. C William Vlachos, Alabama 6-0, 306
CFN Overall Ranking: 151

A bowling ball of a blocker, he’s great at getting the leverage needed to generate a push and he’s great at holding up against bigger defenders. Quick, he gets to his man in a hurry and he’s always getting the advantage before the defender can make a move. Smart and tough, he doesn’t make mistakes and he holds up well. While he’s a great football player, he’s not a top prospect because he doesn’t have the tools. He’s too short, too squatty, and he doesn’t have any room to get any bigger. Making matters worse, he can’t be a guard and is just a center. There’s starting potential, but he won’t be a star.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

23. ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State (Jr.) 6-1, 248
CFN Overall Ranking: 156

The textbook definition of a boom-or-bust pick, he has the talent, he has the football mentality, and he has the attitude to want to be the main man for a defense. With big hitting ability and an intimidating presence, he could be a far better fit for the NFL when he’s able to be turned loose – if he’s with the right coach or mentor. While he’s a major-league tackler, he’s also a top-shelf pain in the butt who didn’t help himself with a miserable offseason. Awful at the Combine, he ran a lineman-like 5.04 in the 40 and was painfully lumbering in the short drills and in the jumps. Some teams are going to want nothing to do with him, but if he’s on a team with a slew of strong personalities he could find a role.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

24. TE George Bryan, NC State 6-6, 265
CFN Overall Ranking: 158

Very big and very tough, he’s the best blocker of any of the top tight end options. While he’s a nice receiver who turned in a productive career, his worth will be on short-to-midrange plays and as a pass protector. He’s going to play like a third offensive tackle, but he also runs like one – a slow one. Forget about stretching the field and there’s little suddenness to his game, but he’s always working, is a great leader, and he doesn’t need any motivation. He’ll never be a No. 1 tight end, but he’ll be extremely valuable as a key backup.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

25. DT Marcus Fortson, Miami (Jr.) 6-3, 301
CFN Overall Ranking: 159

A phenomenal recruit who was a good college player, but he didn’t dominate like he was expected to and now he’s trying to come back from a knee injury. With NFL size, he’s a big body who looks the part with the right frame; he looks the part. Even though he’s large, he moves surprisingly well and isn’t a stick in the mud. However, even though he looks like the prototype, he’s not a rock against the run and can get shoved around a bit too much. There’s upside, though, and he could be a much stronger prospect if he gets with the right strength and conditioning coach and if he can get healthy. There’s upside, but he’s a prospect who needs a lot of work.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Top 75 Undrafted Players
No. 1 to 25 | No. 26 to 50 | No. 51 to 75