2012 NFL Draft - Top Undrafted Players 51-75
Oregon QB Darron Thomas
Oregon QB Darron Thomas
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Posted Apr 28, 2012


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



2012 NFL Draft

Top Free Agents - 51-75


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   

51. S Cyhl Quarles, Wake Forest (SS) 6-2, 213
CFN Overall Ranking: 228

A very nice all-around prospect with excellent size and terrific straight-line speed. He’s a good enough athlete to be used in a variety of roles and schemes, even though he’s mostly going to be used as a strong safety. There’s a chance he’s just scratching the surface and showed enough upside last year to think he might be a steal. A decent tackler who’s willing to mix it up, he’s tough enough to be a rock against the run, and he’s smart enough and athletic enough to not be a total liability in pass coverage. However, he’s a better prospect than a pure football player. He’ll be a decent mid-round pick because of his potential and his versatility, but he needs technique work and likely won’t be ready out of the box.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

52. CB Charles Brown, North Carolina 5-9, 202
CFN Overall Ranking: 229

If he makes it, it’ll be as much for his punt return skills as his defensive abilities. A 4.6 runner, he’s much quicker than fast and he’s able to cut on a dime. What he’s not able to do is blaze away with the speed receivers and can’t lock down on an NFL No. 1 target. Some who don’t do their homework will have concerns about his character after issues with his academics and after being suspended for a stretch, but he’s not known for being a bad guy. A swing backup, he’ll be used as a reserve nickel back and corner, and if he can show he can be a special teams star, he’ll stick.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

53. CB Donnie Fletcher, Boston College 6-0, 201
CFN Overall Ranking: 230

The size is there with a tall frame and a good, athletic look – he comes from out of central casting for an NFL defensive back. He knows what he’s doing, he can be a jack-of-all-trades defensive back who can fill a variety of roles. However, he was mediocre last year and awful in offseason workouts when the spotlight was on; his stock has dropped in a huge way. The all-around package is good enough to try out as a corner, but his money will be made in nickel and dime packages.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

54. ILB D.J. Holt, California 6-0, 249
CFN Overall Ranking: 232

The raw skills aren’t there, but he’s a football player who could make a mark on special teams as well as a key reserve. There’s nothing flashy about his game, but he’s a good, sound tackler who’s strong and doesn’t miss any stops. He’s not quick enough to work on the outside and he’s as big and as strong as he’s going to get. While he’ll do anything asked of him and will go out of his way to be a positive force, he’s not going to do anything in pass coverage and he won’t blow anyone up. He’ll be an easy and quick cut if he can’t stand out right away in camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

55. OG Jeremiah Warren, South Florida 6-3, 336
CFN Overall Ranking: 235

With an NFL body and the strength to handle himself just fine at guard or center, he has the look and he has enough of the raw tools to become a good run blocker. With the right attitude and a nice nastiness to his game, he doesn’t need a push and he’ll fight on the field. Not an athlete, he’s not going to do anything on the move and he’s only going to be more lumbering if he can’t keep his weight in check. If he’s not careful he could blow up to 350 pounds in a heartbeat, and considering he needs a lot of technique work, he needs a lot of time and coaching.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

56. QB Darron Thomas, Oregon (Jr.) 6-3, 220
CFN Overall Ranking: 236

Lost in the shuffle of the Oregon offense over the last few years was how Thomas came up with huge performances in big games. When the attack faced defenses that could slow down the ground game, Thomas carried the team. The skills are just good enough to warrant a long look as a developmental project, but it could take a while. He has good size and great athleticism, and he’s a strong thrower who could blossom with the right quarterback coach. It’s going to take a while, though, to see what he can do. Working on his throwing motion is a must and he has to show he can be a pocket passer, but he needs time.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

57. OT Bradley Sowell, Ole Miss 6-7, 316
CFN Overall Ranking: 237

He should’ve been better. A nice prospect with size and athleticism when he came to Ole Miss, he ended up getting over a few issues to function well at an SEC level. He doesn’t make mistakes, moves well, and is consistently decent, but he never quite grew into an all-star and an anchor for a line that had the potential to be terrific. He wasn’t a blaster of a run blocker and he doesn’t seem to have the fight and fire to make himself into a killer. A pure backup, the potential is there to work him into a solid right tackle with the NFL frame and the right body to mold.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

58. QB Dominique Davis, East Carolina 6-3, 212
CFN Overall Ranking: 239

A great passer who bombed away time and again in shootouts, he’s a baller with a live deep arm, good size, and decent mobility. He has good speed, makes things happen on the move, and has a streetball mentality to keep things alive and improvise in a disaster. There’s plenty of upside, but first he needs a ton of work on his mechanics. The release has to be quicker; the throwing motion has to be more compact; and he’s not really a dink-and-dunker. Underappreciated, he’s a better football player than he shows in workouts, but if some offensive coordinator is creative and patient there could be a nice find as a free agent or late in the draft.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

59. RB Bobby Rainey, WKU 5-7, 205
CFN Overall Ranking: 241

It’ll take a lot of vision from a coaching staff, but Rainey could turn out to be a reliable and tough runner who can run well in any attack. While he’s small and compact, he was able to handle a huge workload at WKU and never seemed to wear down. Every defense keyed on him and he still produced at a high level even against Nebraska, Kentucky and Indiana. While he’s not all that fast and he doesn’t have elite quickness or athleticism for his size, he’s a good runner who’ll let it all hang out for a short career. 25 this year, he’ll play with a sense of urgency. To be a big part of an offense, though, he’ll have to prove he can be more of a receiver.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

60. S Phillip Thomas, Syracuse (FS) 5-11, 198
CFN Overall Ranking: 243

It was one of the most shocking workouts at the Combine. Thomas might be considered a great prospect as a pure football player, but he was slow and awkward in his 40, but his best clocked time this offseason has been a 4.69. He’s just not fast enough to be a top-shelf starting free safety, and he’s not built to do much as a strong safety. A better football player than an NFL athlete, he was a good college tackler and takes nice angles, but he’s not strong enough, not fast enough, and he could be an easy cut if he’s not drafted into the right system. Throw in the suspension problems for the dreaded “violation of team rules, and he’s a risky pick.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

61. ILB Shawn Loiseau, Merrimack 6-1, 231
CFN Overall Ranking: 245

Out of central casting as a meathead linebacker – but in a positive way – he’s an old school type of football player who makes a ton of hits. A leader and motivational force, he’s a try-hard, want-to type, who’ll play on special teams, inside, outside, or anywhere a team needs him to produce. However, he’s not a top athlete and he’s not going to do anything in pass coverage. Not particularly big, fast, or strong, he’s missing most of the basics, but he hits like a ton of bricks and he could be just enough of a coach’s favorite to find a roster spot.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

62. S Janzen Jackson, McNeese State (FS) 5-11, 188
CFN Overall Ranking: 246

He looked like he was in for a tremendous career as one of the key parts of the Tennessee secondary, but there were issues throughout his career and he ended up landing at McNeese State. While he was way too slow in offseason workouts, and the nine reps on the bench at the Combine were embarrassing, he was really, really quick through the short drills and jumped incredibly well. He’s a good football athlete who played corner from time to time and could find a role as a nickel and dime defender. There’s big-time upside and he can be drafted on the cheap, but there are just enough warning signs to make him a bit of a risk. If he can get functionally stronger, he’ll find a home.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

63. CB Ryan Steed, Furman 5-11, 195
CFN Overall Ranking: 247

Ultra-productive at the lower level, he’s a good tackler, is strong against the run, and he has functional speed on tape. The problem, though, is that he doesn’t have the raw tools to overcome the small school stigma, running in the high 4.6s and only coming up with 12 reps at the Combine. He’s not a great athlete, but he’s quick enough on the field to not get lost. Possibly better as a run defender at the next level than a playmaker against the pass, he needs to shine on special teams and in a variety of roles to make a team.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

64. DE Justin Francis, Rutgers 6-2, 268
CFN Overall Ranking: 248

An undersized defensive tackle who’ll ideally fit as a tough 4-3 end, he moves well and its with a ton of bricks. One of the quicker ends around the short drills at the Combine, he can get around the corner without a problem and is creative enough to zip inside and make things happen. However, he’s just too small and isn’t going to be a three-down defender. Not strong enough to be a tackle and not quite athletic enough to be a pure speed rusher, he’s going to need to prove right away that he can be a productive backup end or he’ll be an easy cut.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

65. TE Anthony Miller, California 6-3, 255
CFN Overall Ranking: 251

A great worker and a self-motivator, he’s a strong, willing blocker who’s always hustling and always trying to get better. With nice receiving ability he’s reliable on short-to-midrange passes and could find a niche as a third down move-the-chains guy. While he doesn’t have any speed and he’s not a great athlete, he seems to find ways to get open after he gears up a bit. Just an okay blocker, there isn’t any one thing he does at an NFL level other than battle. More of a throwback football player than a tight end for today’s passing game, he’ll have a hard time making a team if he doesn’t find a role right away in a camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

66. S Jerrell Young, South Florida (FS) 6-1, 210
CFN Overall Ranking: 252

With excellent size and a great personality who’s a natural leader, he’s the type of player a coaching staff would love to have running the secondary. He moves well for a good-sized safety and he has a good ceiling with room to get much, much better. So what’s the problem? He was merely okay as a college player and wasn’t enough of a difference maker. The skills are just good enough to be considered in a variety of areas, but not good enough to be a rock in a defined role. If he’s going to stick, he’ll be a special teamer early on and he’ll have to suddenly become a playmaker in the secondary.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

67. DE Julian Miller, West Virginia 6-3, 256
CFN Overall Ranking: 253

A nice pass rusher with good ceiling, he’s a strong tackler for his size and he doesn’t miss when he gets his hands on a ball carrier. A fighter, he’s always working with a high motor and he’s great in space. Tough, he holds up well against the run even at his lighter weight. A far better football player than an athlete, he’s not fast enough, not creative enough, and he can’t work as an outside linebacker. He’ll have to be a star on special teams to make a team and he’ll have to show something early on in a camp to stick.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

68. RB Davin Meggett, Maryland 5-8, 211
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

Very short and very compact, he’s a bowling ball who can bowl through the line and bounce around. Extremely strong, he’ll blow through tacklers and he’ll challenge anyone through the line and can get through the second level with a punch. Not a speed back, he’s not slow but he’s hardly a blazer and isn’t going to run away from anyone. There’s nothing about his game that screams NFL, and he doesn’t have good enough receiving skills to be a consistent third down back, but he’ll get a look in a camp as a possible tough runner in a rotation.
CFN Projection: Free Agent 

69. QB Case Keenum, Houston 6-1, 208
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

There aren’t any NFL skills to get excited about with no size, a mediocre arm, and not athleticism. However, he’s the great statistical passer in NCAA history thanks to a deadly accurate arm and a smart mind that makes every right decision. There might not be a better quarterback in the draft at hitting his guys on the move, and he almost never, ever makes mistakes even though he’s a fearless bomber. The mechanics are great and he gets the ball out of his hands in a hiccup, but he spent his career working in the spread and has to prove he can work under center. With a smallish body, concussion issues, and rebuilt knees he’s not going to hold up he’ll never be a top starter, but he can work for a long time as a good backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

70. QB Austin Davis, Southern Miss 6-2, 219
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

It would be nice if he was a little bit taller instead of checking in under 6-2, but he’s a great athlete and a proven bomber and playmaker. Extremely quick, he buys time for himself with good footwork and has the arm to drive the ball down the field. Seasoned, he’s ready to roll right away as a backup who can be great at running a scout team. However, he’s just not an NFL quarterback. He doesn’t have the arm strength and his mechanics need a ton of help, but he’s a high-character player who coaches will want to keep around in an emergency. He’s the type of quarterback who’ll make millions of dollars over the next decade without ever seeing the field.
CFN Projection: Free Agent 

71. C Moe Petrus, Connecticut 6-2, 299
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

He’s not big enough and he doesn’t have the frame to get any larger, but he was ultra-productive and came up with a nice career as a good run blocker. Athletic and quick, he moves well and could be a late-round steal for someone looking for a pure zone-blocker – but as a backup. There’s about ten minutes left of shelf life – he’s already 26 going into the season – and there’s no chance he can move to guard, but he’s a mature leader who could find a home as a solid reserve center.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

72. RB Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss 5-11, 222
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

He has good size and an excellent frame with the bulk to look like a tough NFL runner, but he doesn’t have much in the way of speed and he’s not an athlete. Slow, he’s close to being a 4.7 runner and he was disastrous in some of the short drills. However, in a strange twist he was explosive in the jumping drills. While the raw skills are puzzling, he’s a player who’ll fight for the hard yards and could do more with a stronger line to work behind. A baller, he’ll try to take the reins of an offense if given a shot. However, he’ll have to be a special teamer right away and he’ll have to fight to make a roster.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

73. Rodney Stewart, Colorado 5-7, 179
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

Really small but really productive, he wasn’t originally supposed to be a star of the Buff attack but he turned out to be the centerpiece of the offense. Always working and always fighting for yards, he’s quick, but he’s also a baller. No, he doesn’t have any power, but he isn’t a finesse back. While he might be a decent part of a rotation, he’ll need to shine as a kick returner or a possible third down back to make a team. There’s a lot of tread worn off the tires and he doesn’t have the body type to handle taking any sort of a beating. There’s enough to give him a chance, but he’ll have to stand out right away in a camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

74. Darrell Scott, USF (Jr.) 6-0, 220
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

A mega-disappointment after being hailed as one of the nation’s top recruits in 2008, he made big headlines by spurning Texas for Colorado, but he didn’t pan out. While he was okay after transferring to South Florida, he was just okay. With NFL size and good quickness and raw skills, there’s the potential to develop into a nice part of a rotation, but he’s not necessarily a pounder for his bulk and he has never seemed to want to do all the hard work needed to be special. He can’t create his own space and he’ll need help, but if the light goes on there’s enough talent to hope for a good transformation in production.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

75. C Garth Gerhart, Arizona State 6-1, 305
CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

With decent size and body to get good leverage and get under the pads, he seems like he’d be a decent fit for the right offense, but he’s not a blaster of a run blocker and he doesn’t kill his guy. Good in pass protection, he’d be fine in a finesse scheme and he’s not going to make any mistakes. There’s no chance he’ll turn into a guard and he doesn’t have any top-shelf tools to make him a must-have to keep as a reserve, but he’s smart, is a good guy, and he’ll do all the dirty work. The heart is there, but the talent and tools aren’t.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

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