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2011 NFL draft

Pick-by-pick analysis: Round Six

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By Nolan Nawrocki

1 (166)  Carolina Panthers: OLB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut

Wilson is an undersized, run-and-hit weak-side linebacker who could help the Panthers on special-teams coverage and potentially contend for time in nickel packages.

2 (167)  Cincinnati Bengals: WR Ryan Whalen, Stanford

A very smart, sudden, savvy slot receiver who can be trusted to run the right route, Whalen is an ideal fit in Jay Gruden's West Coast offense. Drafting Whalen is another sign that the Bengals are trying to pacify Carson Palmer and provide the discipline on offense that was sorely lacking in recent years and which made it next to impossible for the quarterback position to function well.

3 (168) Minnesota Vikings (from Denver through Cleveland): OT DeMarcus Love, Arkansas

Love is a massive, long-armed, underpowered mauler with the competitiveness desired on the Vikings' offensive line. He could project inside for Minnesota and adds more depth at multiple positions.

4 (169)  Buffalo Bills: ILB Chris White, Mississippi State

A limited, between-the-tackles plugger with good intangibles and work habits, White could contend for a job on first and second downs defending the run and help on special teams.

5 (170)  Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland): FS Mistral Raymond, South Florida

Raymond climbed late in the draft process, having not started full time until his senior season. A lean free safety with average athletic ability, Raymond is a former walk-on whose competitiveness gives him a chance to earn a reserve job and compete on special teams. He could be tried at cornerback.

6 (171)  Arizona Cardinals: ILB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

A solid value pick in the sixth round, Sturdivant's lack of size and injury history were concerning to evaluators and pushed him down draft boards. However, he does possess the instincts desired in the middle of the Cardinals' defense and could help on special teams.

7 (172) Minnesota Vikings: C Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock

A developmental, small-school OL prospect who competed hard at the Senior Bowl, Fusco could bring depth as an interior swing backup and has the grit and toughness the Vikings desire on their offensive line.

8 (173)  Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit)CB Byron Maxwell, Clemson

Another scheme fit for the Seahawks, Maxwell is a big, strong, physical corner with tight hips who struggles changing direction. However, he has the length to press and the special-teams experience to compete for a spot in Pete Carroll's defense.

9 (174)  Miami Dolphins (from Green Bay through San Francisco): TE Charles Clay, Tulsa

Clay is a jack of all trades but a master of none. He could fit best in a move role as a fullback / H-back for the Dolphins, and is best when he has the ball in his hands.

10 (175)  Tennessee Titans: OT Byron Stingily, Louisville

A developmental left tackle prospect with the raw physical traits to be groomed, Stingily entered a rich learning environment with one of the best-coached offensive lines in football and could compete for a job as a swing backup.

11 (176)  Dallas Cowboys: WR Dwayne Harris, East Carolina

A great value pick in the sixth round, Harris is not flashy and will not light up the stopwatch, but he is very physical running after the catch and can make a living working inside while contributing in the return game.

12 (177)  Washington Redskins: RB Evan Royster, Penn State

After landing Roy Helu in the fourth round, Mike Shanahan added another shifty, one-cut zone runner two rounds later. Royster is most ideally suited as a backup and special-teams performer, and his stock declined after an average senior season in which he added bulk and lost a step. He did, however, finish stronger at the end of the season.

13 (178)  Washington Redskins (from Houston): WR Aldrick Robinson, SMU

Mike Shanahan set out to repopulate the skill positions with players who fit his system and Robinson becomes the third receiver taken by the Redskins. While Leonard Hankerson and Niles Paul are big receivers, Robinson is a slot-type with explosive acceleration. He requires refinement but has upside and too much pure athletic ability to pass up this late.

14 (179)  Green Bay Packers (from Miami): OG Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah

An experienced, coachable wall-off zone blocker ideally suited for Mike McCarthy's zone, slide-protection scheme, Schlauderaff could provide depth inside.

15 (180)  Baltimore Ravens (from St. Louis): QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech

An athletic, move-the-pocket quarterback in a similar mold as Troy Smith, Taylor could bring some electricity in special "Wildcat"-type packages for a creative offensive coordinator and could claim the Ravens' No. 3 job.

16 (181)  Oakland Raiders: TE Richard Gordon, Miami (Fla.)

A very athletic big man with marginal football character, Gordon has unique movement skills for his size, having clocked a 4.68 40-yard time at 6-3 3/8, 267 pounds at his pro day and bench-pressing 225 pounds 25 times. He was relegated to a very limited role on the roster this season, but has the physical traits that Al Davis desires.

17 (182)  San Francisco 49ers (from Jacksonville): WR Ronald Johnson, USC

Johnson has the quickness to pierce underneath zones for Jim Harbaugh's West Coast offense and, with simplified assignments, could become an effective underneath contributor.

18 (183)  San Diego Chargers: RB Jordan Todman, Connecticut

Todman has a slight frame and is not built to handle a heavy workload but could effectively fill a role as a slashing complement to Ryan Mathews, especially with Darren Sproles set to depart. Questions about his size and ability to survive the rigors of the NFL game pushed down his draft value, but he runs hard for his size and could bring value at this spot.

19 (184)  Arizona Cardinals (from Tampa Bay through Phiadelphia): DE David Carter, UCLA

Carter looks the part with the type of size and length desired in a five-technique but he has a long way to go before he could be counted on to play meaningful snaps for the Cards. He tends to rise off the snap and does not consistently hold his ground at the point of attack.

20 (185)  New York Giants: ILB Greg Jones, Michigan State

Might not look the part or have ideal size and speed, but Jones' instincts allowed him to pile up tackles over four years as a starter at Michigan State and he should, at worst, become a dependable reserve and core special-teams player.

21 (186)  Green Bay Packers (from Philadelphia through Detroit and Denver)OLB D.J. Smith, Appalachian State

The Packers have done a very good job finding late-round/free-agent linebackers and Smith will have the chance to compete for a backup job behind A.J. Hawk. An experienced tackling machine from I-AA powerhouse Appalachian State, he does not have exceptional athletic traits but is instinctive with outstanding intangibles and could become a core special-teams performer.

22 (187)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Kansas City): RB Allen Bradford, USC

Athletic with good feet for a 242-pound back, Bradford fits the mold of back that offensive coordinator Greg Olson seeks in his offense and could contend for a job as a complementary big back.

23 (188)  Indianapolis Colts: CB Chris L. Rucker, Michigan State

The Colts take a cornerback just about every year and they waited until the sixth round to take a chance on Rucker, who has very good length, runs well and is a solid tackler. However, lapses in off-field discipline are concerning and too often he loses phase and does not make plays on the ball.

24 (189)  Denver Broncos (from New Orleans through Patriots): ILB Mike Mohamed, California

A big, versatile, three-position linebacker with special-teams ability, Mohamed becomes the third ’backer the Broncos have drafted, following Von Miller and Nate Irving, and could help revamp what has been a disappointing unit.

25 (190)  San Francisco 49ers (from Seattle): SS Colin Jones, TCU

A pro-day standout who clocked sub-4.4 times in the 40-yard dash at 5-11 1/2, 201 pounds, Jones was concealed in coverage for the Horned Frogs, but brings value as a box defender and core special-teams performer.

26 (191)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): C Jason Kelce, Cincinnati

An underpowered, pumped-up overachiever, Kelce must continue to add bulk and will get ragdolled at 280 pounds in the NFL. However, no trait is more important than quickness at the center position and he will enter the NFL as one of the quickest centers in the league. Has a chance to develop.

27 (192)  Atlanta Falcons: P-PK Matt Bosher, Miami (Fla.)

With Michael Koenen unsigned and perhaps pricing himself out of the Falcons' price range, as the only punter to also handle kickoff responsibilities, the Falcons found a very strong-legged replacement with versatility to handle all three spots.

28 (193) Philadelphia Eagles (from New England)OLB Brian Rolle, Ohio State

Rolle is a classic tweener with average size for the LB position at a shade under 5-10, 229 pounds. However, he can fly in a straight line and clocked mid-4.5 times that have translated well to special-teams coverage, where he can expect to compete for a job on the Eagles.

29 (194)  New England Patriots (from N.Y. Jets): DE Markell Carter, Central Arkansas

The Patriots did not address a pass-rushing linebacker as early as many anticipated but Carter is a developmental prospect with upside. An undersized collegiate defensive end, he'll stand up for the Pats and be tapped to develop potential as a long-armed, power-leverage rusher.

30 (195)  Chicago Bears: WLB J.T. Thomas, West Virginia

A hardworking overachiever with short arms, Thomas will need to be heavily protected to have a chance in the pros. His best chance to contribute will be as a slip-and-avoid, special-teams coverage player. He could struggle to earn a roster spot.

31 (196)  Pittsburgh Steelers: OG Keith Williams, Nebraska

A big-bodied, athletic blocker with the girth desired on the Steelers' offensive line, Williams provides depth on a line that was derailed by injury a year ago and has the talent to become a functional contributor if he can stay focused.

32 (197)  Green Bay Packers: OLB Ricky Elmore, Arizona

LB coach Kevin Greene seeks physical edge setters in the mold of himself for Dom Capers' 3-4 defense. Elmore worked in a rotation at end for the Wildcats, but projects to outside linebacker for the Packers.

33 (198) New York Giants (compensatory selection): SS Tyler Sash, Iowa

Sash does not "wow" athletically but he is a good bet to earn a roster spot given his instincts, competitiveness and tackling ability. He needs to get stronger but was a dependable opportunist for the Hawkeyes' secondary, should contribute readily on special teams and it's possible he'll push for a starting job down the road.

34 (199) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory selection): NT Jerrell Powe, Mississippi

With Phil Taylor in sight in the first round, the Chiefs traded back and stockpiled picks, allowing the Browns to land the top nose tackle in the draft. GM Scott Pioli was able to address this position of great need in the sixth round with Powe, who can occupy space and function in a short area.

35 (200)  Minnesota Vikings (compensatory selection): OLB Ross Homan, Ohio State

A true value selection, Homan is a smart, productive, experienced prospect from a big school, not unlike starters Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson. Homan is undersized and concerns about his durability and lack of elite speed likely caused him to slip further than his tape suggests he should.

36 (201)  San Diego Chargers (compensatory selection): OG Steve Schilling, Michigan

A stiff, short-armed, try-hard zone blocker, Schilling could always struggle to overcome his balance deficiency in the pros, having spent far too much time on the ground. He will struggle to earn a roster spot.

37 (202) New York Giants (compensatory selection): OLB Jacquian Williams, South Florida

Williams clocked mid-4.5 times in the 40 at his 6-2 5/8, 231 pounds and possesses the speed and athletic ability to factor on special teams. He is a solid, developmental prospect that caught some momentum after his pro-day workout.

38 (203) Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection): OG Zach Williams, Washington State

The Panthers field a very solid offensive line when healthy, but the unit was injury-prone last season and could use more depth in the middle of the line. Williams could help provide depth as a backup at all three interior line positions.

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