NFL Draft 2012 Round 7 Pick By Pick Analysis By Mitch
After going pick by pick in the team pages for round 1, I will be updating this article pick by pick for Round Seven and creating a new one for subsequent rounds. While I enjoyed covering round one as I did, I just don't see the time being possible to do it when the picks come quick as they will now. Of course I will evaluate each team's draft
1) Justin Anderson, OT, Indianapolis Colts-The Georgia Bulldogs have had three OL taken in this draft and the Colts got lucky to get one. It's been a big draft for the offense in Indy so it's going to be another long year for them as the defense will still be very ba You can't change everything at once.
2) Aaron Brown, LB, St. Louis Rams-Brown is a solid football player and if you give Jeff Fisher a guy who can run and find the football he can coach up the rest. Look for Brown to turn out better than a lot of the guys drafted ahead of him.
3) Audie Cole, LB, Minnesota Vikings-NC State linebackers always seem to come up with highlight reel hits and Cole does it as well but first he is going to have to earn his way onto the field.
4) Scott Solomon, DE, Tennessee Titans-Has the right height to play NFL defensive end but not exceptionally fast. The guy makes tackles and makes plays and if he continues to work hard he'll play in the NFL.
5) Michael Smith, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Smith is on of the fastest players on the board and when you clock like he does one of the NFL teams is going to give you a shot and try and find a place for you. If Smith gets a crease he is gone, it's simple as that.
6) Richard Crawford, DB, Washington Redskins-SMU has come a long way and they play in a pass happy conference against a lot of pass happy teams. June Jones knows talent and can coach it up and at SMU it has been no different.
7) Tim Fugger, DE, Indianapolis Colts-The Colts are going to need help on defense and Mathis and Freeney aren't going to be there forever. Expect them to go all D all the time next year.
8) Kheeston Randall, DT, Miami Dolphins-Randall is smallish by today's standards for a DT but he is mobile and makes tackles. If I am an NFL GM or Coach I want a 350 pounder in the middle of my DL and Randall isn't one of them.
9) D.J. Campbell, S, Carolina Panthers-Campbell is one of the fastest safeties in the nation and when you have that kind of speed and can tackle it goes a long way in stopping teams from long scores and that's a good thing. THe Panthers continue to move in the right direction with their defense.
10) Jordan Bernstine, DB, Washington Redskins-Iowa DB's were tested and did a nice job and really is what kept them in many games. The Skins need help everywhere
11) Jerome Long, DT, Kansas City Chiefs-The Chiefs ae drafting by need here and they figure to be one of the most improved teams in theNFL this year and Long will have time to grow into this spot if he has what it takes.
12) Trevor Guyton, DE, Minnesota Vikings-Guyton gets to the QB and in a conference that was loaded with good QB's that's really not a small statement. There is always a need for pass rushers on every NFL team.
13) Greg McCoy, CB, Chicago Bears-McCoy comes from an awesome defense at TCU and he has a ton of speed. Playing against Matt Stafford and Aaron Rodgers the Bears need all the help they can get.
14) Nate Potter, OT, Arizona Cardinals-The Cardinals get a second team All American in the final round and a guy who blocked in one of the best offenses in the country. Some GM's out there are scratching their heads wondering how he slipped through the cracks.
15) Caleb McSurdy, LB, Dallas Cowboys-Montana is the cram of the crop in their division and most of their players could play anywhere. Dallas needs a lot more help than the public perception would make you beleive and this pick could bring some help.
16) Travis Lewis, LB, Detroit Lions- The Lions absolutely stockpiled linebackers and Lewis led the Sooners in tackles last season but the reality of it is it wasn't a great Sooner D and they underachieved.
17) Alfonzo Denard, CB, New England Patriots-If anyone can get something out of a Nebraska defender it's the Pats but I don't love this pick.
18) J.R. Sweezy, DT, Seattle Seahawks-We are simply a the point in the draft where it is a scramble to fill needs and that's what the Seahawks are hoping to do here.
19) David Molk, C, San Diego Chargers-I am not a huge fan of drafting Michigan players but if you are going to this is the guy and the place to do it. Not too bad for this part of the draft.
20) Rishard Mathews, WR, Miami Dolphins-Mathews can catch the ball in bunches and Miami needs a guy like this. Overall the Dolphins had a miserable draft because of the Tannehill pick.
21) Jeris Pendlton, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars-Give me 20 guesses to guess where Ashland U is and then give me another 10,000to name a player on the team. I wouldn't get any.
22) Bryce Brown, RB, Philadelphia Eagles-A head case and a guy who never lived up to his potential. Was the highest rated player out of high school and looked decent at Tennessee but never did anything at KSU. He's getting cut in camp.
23) Nathan Stupar, LB, Oakland Raiders- While I ma critical of PSU defensive lineman at LB they are they original linebacker U. The Raiders have had huge success and tradition with PSU linebackers so he will be hearing Phil Villapiano and Matt Millen mentioned often.
24) Toney Clemons, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers-The Steelers got Antonio Brown late recently and now they get Clemons who is going to be good as well. There is a reason certain teams make the playoffs every year.
25) Greg Scruggs, DT, Seattle Seahawks-Scruggs played at Louisville and he got solid coaching his senior year from Charlie Strong and he's worth a shot here.
26) Drake Dunsmore, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Dunsmore was the best tight end in the Big Ten last season and that says alot about him. He's a smart player and makes a nice target for Josh Freeman.
27) Marcel Jones, T, New Orleans Saints-I thought the Huskers underachieved the last two years and while Jones was a starter it was a option style of offense, not really what they run in New Orleans.
28) Jeremy Ebert, WR, New England Patriots-If Wes Welker thinks he is irreplaceable well he's just been replaced. Ebert is younger and can do all of the things Welker does. Nice Pick.
29) DeAngelo Tyson, DT, Baltimore Ravens-It's clear the Ravens are the kings of the NFL draft and now they use a seventh round pick on a prototype 315 pound defensive tackle that played in the SEC. It's no wonder this team is in the playoffs every year.
30) Cam Johnson, DE, San Francisco 49ers-When I think defensive end Johnson is what I am thinking. He's in that 6'3 range with speed to get off the edge. He may not blow over tackles but he can run circles around them. The 49ers defense got better.
31) Junior Hemmingway, WR, Kansas City Chiefs-The Chiefs get a home run threat in Hemingway and with 4.5 speed he should stretch the field nicely.
32) Markus Kuhn, DT, New York Giants-Kuhn is the right size but because of his speed he can create a pass rush, not something all NT's can do. This could be a big pick for the Giants.
33) David Paulson, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers-Paulson is the new type of tight end who can't block and is just another weapon for this offense. I think the Steelers like the idea, let's see if they actually use it.
34) Andrew Datko, OT, Green Bay Packers-Datko has th size but like a lot of Packers tackles e missed a ton of games with injuries and didn't make it out of the first month of the season. The Packers doctors probably know more than I do.
35) Antonio Allen, S, New York Jets-Allen was a tackling machine for a very good SEC defense and there must be something about him other people know that I don't as he should have been gone long ago. The Jets will really like this guy and he'll be a starer soon enough.
36) B.J. Coleman, QB, Green Bay Packers-With Kellen Moore still on the board and Case Keenum, not sure why the Packers take this guy. Makes ZERO sense.
37) Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan-The Jets really surprised me here as they make one of the better picks of the round. White is a steal here and the Jet fans love motor and effort guys like this.
38) Trevin Wade, CB, Cleveland Browns-Arizona gets top tier talent but they were extra roasted, enough to get their coach fired. Wade has talent but they need to break him of bad habits like giving up touchdowns and losing winnable games.
39) Terrance Fredrick, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers-I know it's late in the draft but late is where Texas A&M were their worst this past season as they blew big leads because of bad pass coverage. I would be surprised if he sticks.
40) Brad Smelley, FB, Cleveland Browns-The Browns lost Peyton Hillis so getting a hard nosed guy the fans will like was worth it. Smelly has decent speed for a FB and of course he's blocked for Trent Richardson before at Alabama.
41) Kelvin Beachum, OG, Pittsburgh Steelers-Beachum is a little slow to do the things the Steelers like to do but maybe they have other plans for him.
42) Travian Robertson, DT, Atlanta Falcons- A regional guy who fits a need and who can stop the run and take up space. It also doesn't hurt that he played in the SEC. At this point int he draft he is well worth the pick.
43) Edwin Baker, RB, San Diego Chargers-Baker us a guy who can play in the NFL and Baker is going to get a chance to see what he can do at the next level. He should do just fine and considering where this pick was made it was solid.
44) John Potter, K, Buffalo Bills-Kicking in the winter in Buffalo isn't an easy task so the Bills get a cold weather kicker. As far as I am concerned if you are going to draft a kicker do it with the 44th pick of the last round.
45) Daryl Richardon, RB, St. Louis Rams-OK I don't know this guy but of the small schools Abeline Christian puts out some very good NFL players.
46) Chander Harnish, QB, Indianapolis Colts-As afar as Mr. Irrelevant the Colts got a pretty good one here in Harnish. Harnish can run and throw and comes from a winner and I wouldn't be shocked at all if he sticks and if something happens to Luck the Colts are in good shape.