NFC Draft Report Cards


1 (31) - Travis Frederick, OC, Wisconsin
2 (47) - Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
3 (74) - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
3 (80) J.J. Wilcox, FS, Georgia Southern
4 (114) - B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
5 (151) - Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
6 (185) - DeVonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina

Top Picks Analysis: Frederick is a nice player but the Cowboys were clearly honing in on defensive tackle Sylvester Williams and got a little too smart for their own good by trading down. Frederick had a second- or third-round grade from most. Typical Jerry Jones, who wants to be the smartest guy in every room but all the money in the world can't buy you that. Escobar is a lengthy receiving threat at tight end with an impressive catching radius but he lacks great speed and won't stretch the defense down the seam. Terrance Williams has great size and put together excellent numbers at Baylor but lacks elite speed.

Best Value Pick: Webb has the footwork, quickness and anticipation to be an excellent slot corner as well as a solid return man

Questionable Calls: Frederick will probably spend a decade as a starter in North Texas but the 'Boys could have gotten both him and Sylvester Williams if they weren't so greedy.

Summary: Jones deserves to be graded down for hubris alone but he did make some solid picks also. Yes, Frederick was taken too early but he projects as a long-time starter at the pivot, while Escobar, Williams, Webb and Holloman were excellent value picks.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Clemson CB Xavier Brewer; Virginia TE/FB Paul Freedman; South Carolina State FS Jakar Hamilton; Texas A&M CB/KR Dustin Harris; Saginaw Valley State SS Jeff Heath; Eastern Washington WR Greg Herd; Mississippi State LB Cameron Lawrence; Missouri RB Kendial Lawrence; Arizona State LB Brandon Magee; SMU LB Taylor Reed; Cal Lutheran WR Eric Rogers; Wisconsin CB Devin Smith; Akron QB Dalton Williams


N.Y. Giants

1 (19) - Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse
2 (49) - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
3 (81) - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
4 (110) - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
5 (152) - Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
7 (225) - Eric Herman, OG, Ohio
7 (253) - Michael Cox, RB, UMass

Top Picks Analysis: General manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin have been together for a decade and have an excellent working relationship that has resulted in a lot of success. That said, the Giants reached for Pugh with the 19th overall pick. The former Syracuse star is a versatile player who they will want to play tackle, something his frame just isn't cut out for. Hankins was a much better fit in the second round as a natural run-stuffer. He'll need to control his weight, however. Moore was once thought of as a first-round talent early in the process but wasn't quite the athlete most thought when he starting testing.

Best Value Pick: When the Giants were winning Super Bowls, it was usually because of Eli Manning along with their pass rush. New York needs to replenish the rush after a down season. Osi Umenyiora is now in Atlanta, Justin Tuck has seen his better days and Jason Pierre-Paul was closer to ordinary than J.J. Watt a season ago. Getting a pass rusher with upside like Moore in the third round is solid stuff.

Questionable Calls: Most teams need backup quarterbacks but Eli Manning hasn't missed a snap in forever so Nassib is not likely to be utilized any time soon.

Summary: There were some solid situational picks after Pugh, who will probably settle in as a solid guard only after failing outside. Hankins is a much- needed, run-stuffing interior player, and Moore will provide more juice than the descending Umenyiora did in 2012. Also watch out for Taylor. He's raw but huge for a safety with the speed to turn into something if he picks up the mental aspect.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: LSU TE Chase Clement; Ohio State LB Etienne Sabino; Virginia Tech S Alonzo Tweedy



1 (4) - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
2 (35) - Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
3 (67) - Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
4 (98) - Matt Barkley, QB, USC
5 (136) - Earl Wolff, SS, North Carolina State
7 (212) Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
7 (218) Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
7 (239) - David King, DE, Oklahoma

Top Picks Analysis: The Eagles quickly went about defining the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense by drafting Johnson, the athletic Oklahoma left tackle in the first round as well as Stanford movement tight end Ertz in the second. The Eagles went through their first OTAs under Kelly last week and one thing was abundantly clear, the former Oregon mentor is going to push things and play basketball on turf in Philly. That means conditioning and athleticism are going to be paramount, and Johnson, who can run a faster 40-yard dash and leaps higher than some wide receivers, is a good fit in the City of Brotherly Love. Ertz, meanwhile, is one of the new breed of tight ends who can create mismatches but isn't all that strong as an in-line blocker. Run-stuffer Logan is a hard-working two-down player.

Best Value Pick: Some thought Barkley was the most NFL-ready quarterback throughout this process, but a perceived lack of arm strength sent what was once a top-five prospect tumbling to the first pick in the fourth round. For some, anticipation and accuracy are a lot more important in today's NFL than being able to throw the ball 70 yards down the field. Barkley remains a better pro prospect than the only quarterback taken in Thursday's first round -- Florida State's E.J. Manuel.

Questionable Calls: There were solid decisions throughout but if you want to get picky, Johnson was not the fourth best prospect in this draft. That said, it's not like Philadelphia could have moved down and still got him, Detroit would have sprinted to the podium at No. 5.

Summary: Call it the Oklahoma sandwich for Philly. They started by taking the Sooners' Johnson with the No. 4 overall pick and finished by taking OU defensive end David King with No. 239. It's the stuff in between that will make the difference, however. Ertz is a perfect fit for what Kelly wants to do offensively while, Logan needs to push the overrated Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle. Getting potential contributors on the edge (Utah's Kruger) and corner (Oregon State's Poyer) late in the draft ups the grade.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Iowa State LB Jake Knott; Stony Brook RB Miguel Maysonet; Arizona C Kyle Quinn; Oregon DT Isaac Remington; LSU WR Russell Shepard; Alabama DL Damion Square; Iowa OL Matt Tobin; TCU RB Matthew Tucker; LSU P Brad Wing



2 (51) - David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
3 (85) Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
4 (119) - Phillip Thomas, SS, Fresno State
5 (154) - Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State
5 (162) - Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
6 (191) - Bacarri Rambo, SS, Georgia;
7 (228) - Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers

Top Picks Analysis: The Redskins kind of gave away this draft by moving up to get the franchise, Robert Griffin III, last season. Their only two picks in the top 85 were made to fill needs at cornerback and tight end. Amerson is the kind of lengthy corner teams are looking for these days but he had a terrible 2012 season at North Carolina State after being a turnover machine the year prior. Reed is an undersized tight end who some have compared to Aaron Hernandez physically but with far less production.

Best Value Pick: Rambo is a big, physical safety who understands his role in the defense. If he can hold up in pass coverage on the NFL level, he could turn into a solid starter down the road.

Questionable Calls: Amerson has a lot of Asante Samuel in him in that he will gamble at times to the detriment of the defensive scheme. He also lacks technique and foot quickness but the biggest knock against him is that he doesn't listen to people who are trying to make him a better football player.

Summary: Thomas, the fourth-round safety, may be the surest thing in this draft for the Redskins but they would gladly give up this draft again and again if it meant a healthy RG3 moving forward.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Alabama-Birmingham ILB Marvin Burdett; Florida T Xavier Nixon; Utah C Tevita Stevens; New Haven WR Jason Thompson; Connecticut WR Nick Williams




1 (20) - Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
2 (50) - Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
4 (117) - Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
5 (163) - Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech
6 (188) - Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia
7 (236) - Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

Top Picks Analysis: The Bears need a ton of help on what was one of the worst offensive lines in football in 2012 but they reached for Long in the first round, a talented but technically deficient player who should be protected by playing inside at guard. Bostic is the heir apparent to Brian Urlacher but a different type of middle linebacker, more of an instinctive, downhill run defender than a coverage guy.

Best Value Pick: Greene is a solid chase linebacker who excels in space and can track backs from behind. He also consistently goes for the strip and has a a strong punch at the ball which would have fit in great if Lovie Smith was sill around.

Questionable Calls: With players like Tyler Eifert, Desmond Trufant and Shariff Floyd taken directly after Long, it's tough to look at that pick and say general manager Phil Emery didn't strikeout.

Summary: The Bears desperately needed offensive line help, but ended up with a pair of projects and it's conceivable that fifth-round pick Mills is closer to helping at tackle than Long. Emery did much better at linebacker, getting Bostic and Greene as possible replacements for Urlacher and Nick Roach.

Final Grade: C

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: LSU RB Michael Ford; Rutgers WR Mark Harrison; Oklahoma CB Demontre Hurst; Iowa State WR Josh Lenz; LSU C P.J. Lonergan; Montana State DT Zach Minter; Memphis WR Marcus Rucker; Georgia Southern DT Brent Russell; Oklahoma P Tress Way; N.C. State CB Curtis Wilson



1 (5) - Ezekiel Ansah, DE Brigham Young
2 (36) - Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
3 (65) - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
4 (132) - Devin Taylor, South Carolina
5 (165) - Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State
6 (171) - Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
6 (199) - Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame
7 (211) - Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
7 (245) - Brandon Hepburn, ILB, Florida A&M

Top Pick Analysis: Detroit general manger Martin Mayhew really would have liked one of big three left tackles with the fifth overall pick because veteran Jeff Backus called it quits after a solid 12-year career but once that option was closed off, getting a pass-rusher like Ansah made sense. Cliff Avril is now in Seattle and Kyle Vanden Bosch was let go, so Ansah, a Jason Pierre-Paul-like rangy, playmaker, will get every opportunity to make a splash from Day 1, although he is raw and may have to start out as a situational player. The Lions also got two possible starters on the second day in Slay and Warford. Detroit came into the draft with Chris Houston and Bill Bentley at cornerback so getting Slay, the fast-rising Mississippi State corner, was a logical move in the second round. Adding Warford, a 330-pound road-grader in the third round helps sure up the interior of the offensive line for Matthew Stafford.

Best Value Picks: Martin is a legitimate NFL punting prospect and will take over from veteran Nick Harris, who struggled through a tough 2012 season and won't be asked back. Meanwhile, in this era of specialization you can't help but be intrigued by a versatile player like Riddick, who started his career in South Bend at running back before moving to wide receiver when Brian Kelly needed him there only to return to the backfield as a senior. Riddick is a natural runner with solid situational receiving skills on the outside as well as in the slot and will be a tough matchup for any defense in today's NFL.

Questionable Calls: Taylor is another rangy, rusher, almost a poor man's Ansah and taking him in the fourth round instead of continuing to upgrade the offensive line was a mistake.

Summary: A solid if unspectacular haul by Mayhew but the glaring absence of a left tackle prospect, and the fact that Ansah and Slay may need a year or two before their potential is realized will take some of the bloom off the rose in the Motor City.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Ohio C Skyler Allen; Western Michigan QB Alex Carder; East Carolina DT Michael Brooks; UCLA TE Joseph Fauria; Ball State OT Austin Holtz; Appalachian State RB Steven Miller; Albany LB Jon Morgan; Kentucky CB Martavius Neloms; Texas Tech OT LaAdrian Waddle; Central Michigan WR Cody Wilson


Green Bay

1 (26) - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
2 (61) - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
4 (109) - David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
4 (122) - J.C. Tretter, OT, Cornell
4 (125) - Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
5 (159) - Micah Hyde, FS, Iowa
5 (167) - Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State
6 (193) - Nate Palmer, LB, Illinois State
7 (216) - Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
7 (224) - Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland;
7 (232) - Sam Barrington, OLB, South Florida

Top Picks Analysis: Give general manger Ted Thompson credit. He got UCLA defensive end Datone Jones in the first round, a good fit for the Packers 3-4 defense, and perhaps more importantly finally put an end to the nonsense at the running back position in Titletown by stealing Lacy in the second round and then snaring Franklin on the third day. I'm not sure Lacy fits in Green Bay's pass-happy scheme but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to alleviate at least some of the pressure they put on Aaron Rodgers by actually running the football on occasion.

Best Value Pick: Bakhtiari is a versatile player who will be given every opportunity to fit in at left tackle. If he doesn't show the feet or athleticism to help there, though, he's position-flexible enough to flip to the right side or move inside. so he's a safe prospect.

Questionable Calls: As much as some of us like Lacy, it's hard to envision Mike McCarthy embracing the Alabama star's skill-set. Thompson may be playing Billy Beane to McCarthy's Art Howe (think Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Moneyball"), forcing the head-strong mentor to do what is right for the good of the team.

Summary: It was a solid draft by Thompson, addressing three major needs: defensive end, running back and offensive tackle. He played it safe and while there are no All-Pros here, there are a number of potentially solid contributors.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Illinois State QB Matt Brown; Illinois State S Ben Ericksen; Texas A&M C Patrick Lewis; Eastern Michigan DE/OLB Andy Mulumba; Kansas State RB Angelo Pease; Mississippi DT Gilbert Pena; Ohio State TE Jake Stoneburner; Oklahoma State OG Lane Taylor; Louisiana College OT Jeremy Vujnovich; Louisiana Tech WR Myles White; Oklahoma LS James Winchester; Northern Arizona CB Devin Willis



1 (23) - Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
1 (25) - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
1 (29) Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/KR, Tennessee
4 (120) - Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
5 (155) - Jeff Locke, P, UCLA
6 (196) - Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA
7 (213) - Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
7 (214) Travis Bond, OG, North Carolina
7 (229) - Everett Dawkins, DT, Florida State

Top Pick Analysis: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman scored big on the first day, snaring a pair of sliders in Floyd and Rhodes before trading back in for a third first-round pick and nabbing playmaker extraordinaire Patterson. Floyd was rated as a top-five talent by some and projects as a Richard Seymour-like factor playing the three-technique. The fact he will be learning under one of the best of this generation, Kevin Williams, also won't hurt. Rhodes was in the top 15 on most boards and is a long, powerful corner tailor-made for Minnesota's base Tampa-2 scheme. Patterson is raw but may be the most explosive offensive player in this draft outside of West Virginia's Tavon Austin. He's a YAC (yards-after-catch) machine and an impact returner who could cure the Vikings' woes outside the numbers on offense in time.

Best Value Pick: Minnesota needs a middle linebacker and took a flyer on Mauti in the seventh round. The Penn State linebacker is an instinctive, natural Mike who would have rated as a second- or third-round pick but fell because he's already had three ACL injuries. If Mauti ever stays healthy, he could be a starter at the NFL level.

Questionable Calls: Trading away your entire second day for Patterson is a gamble because he is so raw as a receiver. He catches the ball with his body far too often, has trouble getting off the jam and has shown inconsistent effort as a blocker.

Summary: Floyd, Rhodes and Patterson all were considered top-15 picks at some point in the process so make no mistake, a ton of talent is on its way to Minneapolis. Spielman also got perhaps the best punter in the draft, Locke, to push the inconsistent Chris Kluwe, and snared a pair of solid prospects in the later rounds, Baca, an offensive guard, and Dawkins, a defensive tackle, who was Rhodes' teammate at FSU.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Furman TE Colin Anderson; North Carolina State S Brandan Bishop; Penn OL Joe Bonadies; Eastern Washington WR Nicholas Edwards; Georgia Southern LB Darius Eubanks; North Carolina WR Erik Highsmith; Portland State DE Marquis Jackson; Southern Methodist FB Zach Line; Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse; Winona State RB Rayon Simmons; Florida State WR Rodney Smith; Kentucky DE Collins Ukwu; Iowa QB James Vandenberg; North Carolina State C Camden Wentz; Furman RB Jerodis Williams; Ohio State DE Nathan Williams




1 (22) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
2 (60) - Robert Alford, CB, SE Louisiana
4 (127) - Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
4 (133) - Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
5 (153) - Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU
7 (243) - Kemal Ishmael, DB, Central Florida
7 (244) - Zeke Motta, SS, Notre Dame
7 (249) Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

Top Picks Analysis: The Falcons and general manager Thomas Dimitroff were intent on rebuilding the cornerback position after releasing Dunta Robinson and losing Brent Grimes in free agency to Miami. Atlanta moved past Minnesota in the first round to nab Trufant and supplemented that by selecting Alford in the second. Trufant has prototypical NFL size and athleticism along with quick feet, while Alford is smaller but flashes excellent closing speed.

Best Value Pick: Toilolo was overshadowed at Stanford by Zach Ertz but he projects as a solid tight end in his own right and could be the replacement for Tony Gonzalez in a year or two. At 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, Toilolo is a massive player who has great leaping ability and could be a huge red zone threat down the line.

Questionable Calls: Alford is not all that good in press coverage and has a hard time in run support so he may turn out to be a one-dimensional player for Atlanta.

Summary: Dimitroff replenished his secondary, added a possible heir to Gonzalez, and took a flyer on some defensive line depth by selecting Goodman and Maponga. A sold, if unspectacular haul in Dixie.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Boston College LB Nick Clancy; Fresno State WR Rashad Evans; Texas Tech QB Seth Doege; Syracuse DL Dan Googins; Central Florida OG Theo Goins; Central Florida DE Cam Henderson; SMU WR Darius Johnson; Alabama State OL Terren Jones; Northern Illinois WR Martell Moore; Eastern Washington OT Will Post; Indiana DL Adam Replogle; Georgia State RB Donald Russell; Appalachian State DB Troy Sanders; Utah P Sean Sellwood; Valdosta State OT Ryan Schraeder; Tennessee-Martin WR Quentin Sims; Kentucky C Matt Smith; Colorado State CB Momo Thomas; Arkansas Pine-Bluff OLB Brandon Thurmond; Arkansas RB Ronnie Wingo; Delaware LB Paul Worrilow



1 (14) - Star Lotulelei, Utah
2 (44) - Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
4 (108) Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta State
5 (148) - A.J. Klein, ILB, Iowa State
6 (182) - Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

Top Picks Analysis: New general manager Dave Gettleman decided to create a defensive identity inside by selecting back-to-back defensive tackles in the first and second rounds. Lotulelei is a run-stuffer in the mold of Haloti Ngata while Short is an athletic wonder, whose motor gets questioned on occasion.

Best Value Pick: Barner has the kind of elite straight-line speed that will make a defense think twice. If Carolina can manufacture some touches for this kid in space, look out.

Questionable Calls: Kugbila doesn't move all that well and had a seventh-round or priority free agent grade from more than one scout. Why Gettleman felt the need to spend a fourth-round choice on him is a head-scratcher.

Summary: This was really a two-pick draft for the Panthers and they took care of a gaping hole at defensive tackle, something that will also benefit 2012 first-round pick Luke Kuechly, the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, by keeping blockers off of him at the second level.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: San Jose State WR Michael Avila; Wofford FB Eric Breitenstein; Louisiana Tech QB Colby Cameron; Rice TE Taylor Cook; Sam Houston State WR Trey Diller; USC DE/OLB Wes Horton; William & Mary DL Bryan Jean-Pierre; South Carolina LB Damario Jeffery; Colorado State P Pete Kontodiakos; Alabama S Robert Lester; Abilene Christian K Morgan Lineberry; Jacksonville State G Tori Mobley; Georgia Tech LS Tyler Morgan; Wheaton OT Jesse Peterson; Michigan DE Craig Roh; Louisiana Lafayette CB Melvin White; Penn State FB Michael Zordich


New Orleans

1 (15) - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
3 (75) Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
3 (82) John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
5 (144) - Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
6 (183) - Rufus Johnson - DE, Tarleton State

Top Picks Analysis: General manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton are back in charge after being sidelined during the Bountygate scandal and they snared Vaccaro at No. 15 overall, the draft's best safety and a potential All-Pro defender. Armstead is as raw as it gets but is a freaky athlete, even better than Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, and a possible replacement for the departed Jermon Bushrod. Jenkins, meanwhile, is a huge man who is incredibly quick and nimble.

Best Value Pick: Stills needs to get far more physical but he has great hands and will love the catchable ball Drew Brees throws.

Questionable Calls: If New Orleans expects Armstead to jump right in to things without any hiccups, it may be asking too much. The Arkansas Pine-Bluff product faced sub-par competition at the college level and needs to add to his lower body strength so he can fend off the bull rush.

Summary: The Saints defense was a mess in '12, finishing at the bottom of the league in a number of defensive categories. When Payton returned he fired coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and hired Rob Ryan to make the switch to 3-4 scheme, meaning the team must fine fits. Vaccaro and Jenkins were a good start but plenty more needs to be done.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: West Virginia RB Shawne Alston; Illinois DE Glenn Foster; Tulane QB Ryan Griffin; Idaho State TE Josh Hill; Utah CB Ryan Lacy; Grand Valley State G Tim Lelito; Nebraska LB Eric Martin; Michigan C Elliot Mealer; Louisiana-Monroe TE Keavon Milton; North Carolina LB Kevin Reddick; Central Florida LB Rayford Shipman; Georgia Tech CB Rod Sweeting; Stanford LB Chase Thomas


Tampa Bay

2 (43) - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
2 (73) - Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
4 (100) - Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
4 (126) - William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
5 (147) - Steven Means, DE, Buffalo
6 (189) - Mike James, RB, Miami

Top Picks Analysis: You think cornerback was a need in Tampa? General manager Mark Domenik pulled the trigger on the Darrelle Revis trade before the draft, giving up his first-round selection to the New York Jets for the best corner in football when healthy. The Bucs then supplemented that in the second round by getting a very lengthy corner in Mississippi State's Banks, a player who would have had a first-round grade if he had a little more speed. Quarterback Josh Freeman was put on notice with the selection of Glennon, a strong-armed accurate passer.

Best Value Pick: Glennon looks like a clone of Joe Flacco and we know how well that worked out in Baltimore. It's pretty clear coach Greg Schiano isn't sold on Freeman, so getting the North Carolina State product as insurance was a solid move.

Questionable Calls: Spence is a big strong player who stands out in the weight room but that strength has never translated all that well to the field because he doesn't play with much leverage.

Summary: Dominik's maneuvering resulted in a new pair of cornerbacks and a backup quarterback with upside. The work to bolster the depth on the defensive line, specifically Spence and Gholston, didn't stand out, however.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Wyoming OL Nick Carlson; Arizona State CB Deveron Carr; Northern Michigan OT Jace Daniels; Mount Union WR Chris Denton; Pitt TE Hubie Graham; Temple RB Montel Harris; USF TE Evan Landi; Miami OL Jeremy Lewis; Purdue QB Robert Marve; Northern Illinois CB Rashaan Melvin; Arizona State OT Brice Schawb; Purdue RB Akrem Shavers; Georgia CB Branden Smith; Georgia Tech RB Orwin Smith; UMass OT Nick Speller; Arizona FB Taimi Tutogi; Arkansas DE/LB Tenarius Wright; Rutgers WR Tim Wright




1 (7) - Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
2 (45) - Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
3 (69) - Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
4 (103) - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
4 (116) - Earl Watford, OG, James Madison
5 (140) - Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
5 (174) - Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
6 (187) - Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
7 (219) - D.C. Jefferson, TE, Rutgers

Top Picks Analysis: New general manager Steve Keim altered his draft plan when the team acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Raiders. Rebuilding perhaps the worst offensive line in football was the priority, and the Cards had their choice of the two best guards available and went with UNC's Cooper and his athleticism over Alabama's Chance Warmack. In the second round Keim got some insurance for Darryl Washington, who will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season, at inside linebacker in LSU's Minter, a two- down thumper who could get exposed down the seam in the passing game due to a lack of height. Mathieu has a lot of potential to be a dynamic slot defender and returner but comes with a ton of baggage.

Best Value Pick: Taylor lacks long speed but has terrific vision as well as natural running instincts rarely seen. He is the most polished running back in this year's draft and could be this year's version of Alfred Morris if given a chance.

Questionable Calls: Obviously you are taking a chance with Mathieu. Athletically, he shapes up as an excellent slot corner and a possible impact return guy but he's failed at least 10 drug tests and needed to be babysat in the months leading up to the draft.

Summary: Keim did an excellent job, patching up the interior of his porous offensive line with Cooper and Watford, while addressing his running woes with Taylor and Ellington. Okafor and Swope were also good value picks. If Mathieu hits, this draft could be a home run.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Clemson WR Jaron Brown; Arizona WR Dan Buckner; Colorado State OT Joe Caprioglio; Cincinnati DE Dan Giordano; Oklahoma DB Javon Harris; Wyoming LB Korey James; Oklahoma S Tony Jefferson; Louisiana Lafayette WR Javone Lawson; California OT Matt Summers-Gavin; Tennessee CB/S Prentiss Waggner; San Jose State DB Ronnie Yell


St. Louis

1 (8) - Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
1 (29) - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
3 (71) - T.J. McDonald, S, Southern California
3 (92) - Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
4 (113) - Barrett Jones, OC/OG, Alabama
5 (149) - Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
5 (160) - Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt

Top Picks Analysis: The Rams got two potential impact players in the first round, trading up to get slot star Austin and moving down to snare one of the best coverage linebackers you will ever see in Ogletree. McDonald fills another need at safety and Bailey, Austin's teammate at West Virginia, should be able to help Sam Bradford outside the numbers.

Best Value Pick: Jones ranks as one of the soundest prospects in the entire process. Whether he was at guard, tackle or center at Alabama, Jones proved to be dependable against the very top-tier of competition at the college level and his versatility shouldn't be underestimated as he prepares to take the next step.

Questionable Calls: As talented as Ogletree is, there is a lot of baggage with him. He was once arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft stemming from a a stolen scooter helmet and compounded that by getting pinched for a DUI in Arizona just days before the combine.

Summary: The Rams added some serious weaponry for Bradford by snaring the Mountaineers duo of Austin and Bailey, a solid three-down linebacking prospect in Ogletree and a big-hitting safety to replace Quintin Mikell (McDonald). Meanwhile, Jones was an absolute steal in Round 4.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Henderson State LB Robbie Aldridge; Miami S Ray Ray Armstrong; Louisiana Lafayette K Brett Baer; BYU OT Braden Brown; Middle Tennessee State RB Benny Cunningham; Texas Tech S Cody Davis; Georgia MLB Michael Gillard; Georgia DT Garrett Gilliard; Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen; Ole Miss DE Gerald Rivers; Georgia LB Christian Robinson; Louisiana Tech OG Kevin Saiai; Memphis CB Robert Steeples; California FB Eric Stevens; Houston LB Philip Steward; Texas A&M CB Darren Woodard


San Francisco

1 (18) - Eric Reid, S, LSU
2 (40) - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
2 (55) - Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
3 (88) Corey Lemonier, DE/LB, Auburn
4 (128) - Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
4 (131) - Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
5 (157) - Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama
6 (180) - Nick Moody, OLB, Florida State
7 (237) - B.J. Daniels, QB, South Florida
7 (246) - Carter Bykowski, OT, Iowa State
7 (252) - Marcus Cooper, CB, Rutgers

Top Picks Analysis: The rich keep getting richer as general manager Tom Baalke did a great job moving up and down the draft board to get contributors. Reid should be a nice replacement for the departed Dashon Goldson at safety. The LSU product is a big, physical player with far better movement skills than Goldson. Florida State's Carradine is a possible difference-maker on the edge if his ACL is healed and McDonald should step in for the departed Delanie Walker as Vernon Davis' backup at tight end. Lemonier, meanwhile, is another edge player who fits what San Francisco likes to do on defense.

Best Value Pick: Lattimore was a great investment for the future. If healthy he would have been regarded as the best back in the draft and the 49ers are talented enough to let him redshirt a year.

Questionable Calls: Lemonier is a physically gifted edge player whose on-field production never matched his athletic prowess. If he can be coached up and motivated, the Niners could get some mileage out of their investment as a situational player but you want more than that from a third-rounder.

Summary: The 49ers had a ton of picks coming in and did great work with their assets. They were able to replace Goldson with Reid, get the heir apparent for Walker in McDonald, add two edge pass rushers to the cupboard (Carradine and Lemonier), snare another receiver with upside for Colin Kaepernick (Patton), and steal the eventual successor to Frank Gore (Lattimore). Mission accomplished.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Tennessee State C Sherman Carter; Stanford FB Alex Debniak; Minnesota QB/TE MarQueis Gray; Utah State WR Chuck Jacobs; Azusa Pacific OT Luke Marquardt; UCLA LS Kevin McDermott; Texas State CB Darryl Morris; Lawrence Okoye DL; Michigan OG Patrick Omameh



2 (62) - Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
3 (87) Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
4 (123) - Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
5 (137) - Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
5 (138) - Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
5 (158) - Luke Willson, TE, Rice
6 (194) - Spencer Ware, RB, LSU
7 (220) - Ryan Seymour, OG, Vanderbilt
7 (231) - Ty Powell, DE, Harding
7 (242) - Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire
7 (242) - Michael Bowie, OT, NE Oklahoma State

Top Picks Analysis: Percy Harvin cost the Seahawks their first-round pick and then they traded down in the second before taking the talented but troubled Michael, who may be the most physically gifted tailback in this year's draft class. Hill is a one-gap, two-down player who should fit in as an early down run- stuffer.

Best Value Pick: Harper is the type of long, big-bodied wideout Pete Carroll likes and gives Russell Wilson yet another option on an offense which is quickly becoming an embarrassment of riches.

Questionable Calls: Hill reeks of the journeyman tag and Williams, although not an exceptional athlete, has the strength and motor to be the far more effective player down the line.

Summary: Carroll and general manager John Schneider have a very talented veteran group, enabling them to take chances up and down the draft. Marshawn Lynch's punishing running style makes having a caddy all that more important and Seattle took two shots with Michael and LSU's Ware. Elsewhere offensively, Harper adds to the mix, while Hill and Williams bolster the defensive line depth. There are too many gambles here to give a really high grade but this should end up being a solid group.


Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Utah State WR Matt Austin; Arkansas T Alvin Bailey; Southern Illinois DE Kenneth Boatright; Miami LB Ramon Buchanan; UNLV LB John Lotulelei; Colorado SS Ray Polk; Bowling Green G Jordon Roussos; Oklahoma RB Dominique Whaley; Old Dominion LB Craig Wilkins

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