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1 (204) Denver Broncos (from Carolina through Green Bay): TE Virgil Green, Nevada
Green graded out like a third-round talent but slipped in the draft because of concerns about his knee. The Broncos took a chance on Julius Thomas in the fourth round and landed another potential steal in the final round in Virgil Green, who posseses the downfield speed and athletic ability to factor in the passing game.
2 (205) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver through Detroit): DE Pep Levingston, LSU
Levingston is a very good-sized run defender who could help as a base end and potentially even kick inside for the Seahawks. He has been inconsistent throughout his career and developed a reputation as an underachiever, but demanding defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has done a fine job getting the most out of his players.
3 (206) Buffalo Bills: CB Justin Rogers, Richmond
The Bills add their third defensive back of the weekend, this time tabbing Rogers, an undersized cornerback with good speed and hip flexibility who has shown he can make plays on the ball and has return experience. Needs to get stronger and will have to prove his worth on special teams to stick on the roster.
4 (207) Cincinnati Bengals: CB Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois
A three-year starter, Lindsey is an experienced, active, underpowered zone cornerback who could be challenged to claim a roster spot.
5 (208) New York Jets (from Arizona): QB Greg McElroy, Alabama
A smart, overanalytical West Coast quarterback capable of holding a clipboard for the next 10 years, McElroy could contend for the Jets' No. 3 job.
6 (209) Detroit Lions (from Cleveland through Seattle): OT Johnny Culbreath, South Carolina State
Culbreath had mid-round physical traits and could prove to be a solid value pick if the Lions can find a way to keep his assignments simple. However, it remains a big "if."
7 (210) Atlanta Falcons (from Detroit): OG Andrew Jackson, Fresno State
Jackson missed most of his senior season with injury, but has the size, smarts and toughness to battle for a backup job and overachieve. He fits very well with the gritty temperament of the Falcons' offensive line.
8 (211) San Francisco 49ers: OLB Bruce Miller, UCF
An excellent special-teams performer who could be groomed as an outside linebacker, Miller could prove to be a great value in the final round because of his outstanding character, work ethic and makeup.
9 (212) Tennessee Titans: DT Zach Clayton, Auburn
A disruptive, high-motor overachiever who gained a lot of momentum as his pro day workout when he clocked sub-4.8 times at 300 pounds, Clayton consistently shows up on tape for his effort and energy and could prove to be a very good seventh-round addition.
10 (213) Washington Redskins: CB Brandyn Thompson, Boise State
Undersized cornerback who gambles to make plays but shows questionable instincts and judgment and gives up too many receptions. Will struggle to make the roster.
11 (214) Houston Texans: OT Derek Newton, Arkansas State
A raw, developmental zone blocker with good football character and work habits, Newton could provide depth on the Texans' offensive line and fits the offense very well.
12 (215) Minnesota Vikings: DE D'Aundre Reed, Arizona
The third Arizona defensive end to be drafted, Reed rotated with Ricky Elmore off the bench, but possessed more athletic talent and has a chance to develop as a base end.
13 (216) St. Louis Rams: CB Mikail Baker, Baylor
Athletic converted receiver who missed two full seasons with collarbone and knee injuries and spent only one year-plus at cornerback. Has experience returning kicks, and caught more attention during the pro-day circuit with speed in the low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap.
14 (217) Washington Redskins (from Miami): OG Maurice Hurt, Florida
A serviceable, bump-and-steer blocker who bloomed late and worked out well at his pro day. Has enough size and versatility to contend for an inside job.
15 (218) Green Bay Packers (from Jacksonville through Miami): TE Ryan Taylor, North Carolina
Intriguing late riser who piled up catches down the stretch and emerged as a bona fide draftable prospect when Zach Pianalto went down with injury. Offers versatility as an H-back and was a standout special-teams player.
16 (219) New England Patriots (from Oakland): CB Malcolm Williams, TCU
A stocky, athletic developmental cornerback who clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at 5-9 5/8, 204 pounds and registered a 40-inch vertical jump, Williams has the physical tools to develop.
17 (220) Dallas Cowboys (from San Diego): FB Shaun Chapas, Georgia
A blue-collar, West Coast fullback who could make a living on special teams and be content doing the dirty work opening holes.
18 (221) New York Giants: RB Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
An explosive, one-cut runner who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, Scott has explosive big-play ability and could fill a niche role as a change-of-pace back and return man for the Giants.
19 (222) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Anthony Gaitor, Florida International
Smallish, underpowered, four-year starter who is quicker than fast and possesses instincts and the ball skills to hold down the slot in sub-packages.
20 (223) Kansas City Chiefs: FB Shane Bannon, Yale
One of the draft's late risers after being used mainly as a blocker, interest in Bannon increased significantly after he ran in the 4.7s at nearly 270 pounds. He could pave holes as a lead blocker.
21 (224) Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis): DE Markus White, Florida State
Collegiate defensive end whom the Redskins will try and convert to outside linebacker. Energetic see-and-go reactor who has suffered from seizures since seventh grade.
22 (225) Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia): RB Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech
A thickly built, physical stretch-zone runner with questions about his maturity and ability to adapt to NFL-style running after coming out of a triple-option offense.
23 (226) New Orleans Saints: DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh
Slipped to final round after suffering a back injury early in the season and blowing out his knee as a senior. Romeus could prove to be a great value in the final round if he could return to full health. He was well worth a seventh-round pick.
24 (227) New York Jets (from Seattle through Philadelphia): WR Scotty McKnight, Colorado
Short-to-intermediate, underneath possession receiver and childhood friend of QB Mark Sanchez who was as productive as he could be during his career while enduring poor quarterback play.
25 (228) St. Louis Rams (from Baltimore): OLB Jabara Williams, Stephen F. Austin
Speed at outside linebacker is needed in St. Louis and Williams fits the bill as an undersized, run-and-hit 'backer with some upside.
26 (229) St. Louis Rams (from Atlanta): FS Jonathan Nelson, Oklahoma
A developmental free safety loaded with upside, Nelson has the athletic ability to emerge as a future starter if he could continue to develop in the weight room and learn to trust his eyes.
27 (230) Atlanta Falcons (from New England): DE Cliff Matthews, South Carolina
A quick-footed, high-motor edge rusher who screams off the edge and has the every-down temperament to win the heart of coaches and work his way into the rotation.
28 (231) Miami Dolphins (from N.Y. Jets through Detroit, San Francisco and Green Bay): DT Frank Kearse, Alabama A&M
A massive-bodied, two-gap clogger who can occupy space. Kearse possesses developmental potential for the Dolphins' three-man front but likely will need years to develop.
29 (232) Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Baron Batch, Texas Tech
Character player who has endured tragedy and injuries. Is undersized but competes and catches well out of the backfield.
30 (233) Green Bay Packers: DE Lawrence Guy, Arizona State
Persevered through learning disabilities and has a well-proportioned, NFL-sized body with enough athletic ability to take a seventh-round flier on as a five-technique.
31 (234) San Diego Chargers (compensatory selection): OLB Andrew Gachkar, Missouri
An injury-prone, run-and-hit linebacker who could compete for a job covering kicks on special teams and potentially help in nickel coverage.
32 (235) Miami Dolphins (compensatory selection): CB Jimmy Wilson, Montana
A good-sized press corner with serious character concerns, Wilson plays with the physicality desired in the Dolphins' secondary.
33 (236) Minnesota Vikings (compensatory selection): WR Stephen Burton, West Texas A&M
Very good-sized, small-school possession receiver who looks the part and shows good body control but has to work on his route running.
34 (237) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory selection): ILB Greg Lloyd, Connecticut
The son of the former Steelers great by the same name, Greg Jr. is a thickly built, physical run stuffer who has struggled to stay healthy.
35 (238) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory selection): TE Daniel Hardy, Idaho
A former walk-on who converted from receiver, Hardy is a developmental H-back with the tenacity to compete for a job in Tampa Bay.
36 (239) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection): OT Michael Person, Montana State
A tough, developmental college left tackle who lacks ideal arm length and could be best suited kicking inside for the Niners. Likely will need to develop on the practice squad.
37 (240) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory selection): FB Stanley Havili, USC
Fits well in a West Coast offense given his movement skills and soft hands but lacks the physical temperament sought at the fullback position, and questions about his durability and maturity nearly left him undrafted.
38 (241) Oakland Raiders (compensatory selection): WR David Ausberry, USC
A very athletically gifted big receiver who measured 6-3½, 243 pounds and clocked a sub-4.5 40-time at his pro-day workout. Ausberry has intriuging athletic ability to groom but must prove that he is committed to the game to make it.
39 (242) Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection): OLB Malcolm Smith, USC
The third Trojan to be plucked off the board in succession, the younger brother of Giants WR Steve Smith can run, jump and cover and might be able to earn a spot on special-teams coverage. Clocking sub-4.5 times in the 40-yard dash and registering a 39-inch vertical jump were enough to be drafted.
40 (243) New Orleans Saints (compensatory selection): OLB Nate Bussey, Illinois
The second Illini linebacker to join the Saints in the draft, Bussey is a run-and-hit outside linebacker who could earn a job covering kicks on special teams.
41 (244) Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection): OT Lee Ziemba, Auburn
Does not look the part but consistently got the job done the past four years in the SEC and will get the opportunity to join former Auburn teammate Cam Newton in Carolina.
42 (245) Buffalo Bills (compensatory selection): DT Michael Jasper, Bethel College
One of the most surprising choices of the weekend, Jasper is a behemoth nose tackle with three schools on his résumé, the latest being an a stop in the NAIA where he wasn't noticeable except for his size. Conditioning and stamina are nowhere near NFL-ready.
43 (246) Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory selection): RB Jay Finley, Baylor
A quick-footed, athletic perimeter runner who could compete for a job in the Bengals' new West Coast offense.
44 (247) Denver Broncos (compensatory selection): DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
A better football player than athlete, Beal nearly went undrafted after clocking times above 5-flat in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. His motor, effort and energy could allow him to earn a roster spot and exceed his draft status.
45 (248) Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection): S Eric Hagg, Nebraska
An athletic hybrid safety who emerged as a senior, Hagg must continue to refine his instincts, play with more confidence and trust his eyes to earn a job in the pros.
46 (249) Arizona Cardinals (compensatory selection): WR DeMarco Sampson, San Diego State
A competitive, outside-the-numbers receiver who has been hobbled by injuries throughout college, Sampson caught some steam after his pro-day workout, when he clocked a 40-time of 4.41 seconds.
47 (250) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection): CB Curtis Holcomb, Florida A&M
A strong, feisty, small-school talent with developmental potential.
48 (251) Tennessee Titans (compensatory selection): SS Tommie Campbell, California (Pa.)
The cousin of Darrelle Revis, Campbell began his career at Pittsburgh, but a lack of discipline forced him to jump from school to school. He has the talent to compete for a job as a box safety if he can learn to concentrate and take the game more seriously.
49 (252) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory selection): C Bill Nagy, Wisconsin
A good-sized, functional pivot who saw very limited action until his senior season, Nagy has limited potential to stick as a developmental interior backup.
50 (253) Washington Redskins (compensatory selection): NT Chris Neild, West Virginia
A short-armed, squatty plugger with a blue-collar work ethic, Neild will fight to earn a spot as a backup nose tackle and has the work ethic to stick on the roster.
51 (254) Houston Texans (compensatory selection): OLB Cheta Ozougwu, Rice
A try-hard, college defensive end who will be projected to outside linebacker, Ozougwu has developmental potential but could struggle to stand up and make the transition.