Pick-by-pick analysis: Round Seven

Posted April 28, 2012 @ 10:25 p.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

1 (208)  Indianapolis Colts: OT Justin Anderson, Georgia
A heavy-legged, long-armed, big-boned, short-area blocker who has to prove he can stay healthy, Anderson plays with some vinegar and can fight for a roster spot as a right tackle or guard.

2 (209)  St. Louis Rams: LB Aaron Brown, Hawaii
Brown stood out at the Casino Del Sol all-star game with hard-hitting ability and had a strong pro-day workout which helped position him in the seventh round.

3 (210)  Minnesota Vikings: LB Audie Cole, North Carolina State
Might not look or test the part, but he is a good, solid football player with versatility and make-it toughness and intelligence.

4 (211)  Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland through Minnesota): DE Scott Solomon, Rice
A strong value pick in the seventh round, Solomon is strong, surprisingly explosive and plays with the type of effort that can conceal his short arms and athletic limitations.

5 (212)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Michael Smith, Utah State
Compactly built speedster who shared carries with Robert Turbin, but has intriguing workout numbers, production and receiving ability to make a roster.

6 (213)  Washington Redskins: CB Richard Crawford, SMU
Crawford is a two-year starter who tested well at his pro day and could fend for a roster spot.

7 (214)  Indianapolis Colts (from Jacksonville through New York Jets): DE Tim Fugger, Vanderbilt
Fugger was snubbed by the Combine, but gained steam after performing well at his pro day, prompting teams to revisit his tape and see a high-motor defensive end with some pass-rush ability and special-teams value.

8 (215)  Miami Dolphins: DT Kheeston Randall, Texas
Randall is a plugger who could serve as two-down five-technique in Kevin Coyle's defense.

9 (216)  Carolina Panthers: FS D.J. Campbell, California
Athletic, late-rising, size-speed free safety prospect who blew up his pro day and has developmental value.

10 (217)  Washington Redskins (from Buffalo): SS Jordan Bernstine, Iowa
Height-weight-speed prospect lacking instincts and feel for the game. Needs to stay healthy to stick.

11 (218)  Kansas City Chiefs: DE Jerome Long, San Diego State
Developmental five-technique with prototype size for the position but average athletic ability.

12 (219)  Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle through Detroit): DE Trevor Guyton, California
GM Rick Spielman landed a steal in the seventh round with Guyton, a strong, intense, competitive performer who will outplay his draft status.

13 (220)  Chicago Bears: CB Greg McCoy, TCU
After adding Eric Weems in free agency, the Bears added another talented kick returner who jumped out at his pro day.

14 (221)  Arizona Cardinals: OT Nate Potter, Boise State
Potter is underpowered with a history of shoulder injuries, which pushed down his draft status, but he might be able to win a job if he can stay healthy.

15 (222)  Dallas Cowboys: ILB Caleb McSurdy, Montana
McSurdy has the size desired inside a "30" front and outstanding small-school production that could translate to special-teams coverage.

16 (223)  Detroit Lions (from Philadelphia through New England and Minnesota): OLB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
Character concerns pushed Lewis to the final round, but he has been a very productive four-year starter who has an edge that Jim Schwartz embraces in his locker room and could find a place on special teams out of the gate.

17 (224)  New England Patriots (from New York Jets through Green Bay): CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
An arrest a week before the draft dropped Dennard to the seventh round, but he has starter-caliber traits as a nickel cornerback and could be very well worth the risk in a strong, veteran locker room that polices itself.

18 (225)  Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland): DT J.R. Sweezy, North Carolina State
Tough, try-hard, developmental three-technique with the straight-line speed and consistent effort to contribute in a rotation.

19 (226)  San Diego Chargers: C David Molk, Michigan
Molk was a non-consideration for many teams because of his lack of size and stumpy build, but he is a good, functional football player whom the Chargers might have stolen in the seventh round.

20 (227)  Miami Dolphins (from Tennessee): WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada
GM Jeff Ireland plucked two receivers in the later rounds that are well-suited for Joe Philbin's offense in B.J. Cunningham and Matthews, a strong-after-the-catch runner with tools to develop into a solid "Z."

21 (228)  Jacksonville Jaguars (from Cincinnati): DT Jeris Pendleton, Ashland (Ohio)
Overaged (28), small-school prospect who opened some eyes at the Northwestern pro day with his movement skill. Can compete for a job as a clogger.

22 (229)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Atlanta): RB Bryce Brown, ex-Kansas State
Brown is a very talented but immature runner who could emerge as a legitimate starter if he ever learns to take a professional approach to the game.

23 (230)  Oakland Raiders (from Detroit): LB Nate Stupar, Penn State
Unflashy, part-time starter whose instincts, competitiveness and versatility could enable him to stick as a multiposition backup and special-teams player.

24 (231)  Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Toney Clemons, Colorado
Flew under the radar on a poor Colorado team, but showed speed worth taking a flier on at his pro day.

25 (232)  Seattle Seahawks (from Denver through New York Jets): DE Greg Scruggs, Louisville
Thick-bodied defensive lineman with very long arms who runs very well for his size and could provide depth.

26 (233)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Houston): TE Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern
College "superback" with receiving skills to serve as a functional H-back, though injuries have affected his career and he will have to prove he can stay healthy.

27 (234)  New Orleans Saints: OT Marcel Jones, Nebraska
Has sheer size and mass and a sturdy anchor, which makes him a worthwhile developmental selection, especially so late in the draft. Has clear upside, but a mere 13 bench-press reps of 225 pounds is alarming.

28 (235)  New England Patriots (from Green Bay): WR Jeremy Ebert, Northwestern
Undersized, productive slot receiver who helped himself with a strong senior season and ran in the 4.4s at his pro day. On tape, he plays like a quicker-than-fast type that fits well in the Patriots' scheme.

29 (236)  Baltimore Ravens: DT DeAngelo Tyson, Georgia
Good-sized, thickly built, unexplosive, short-area block occupyer whose competitiveness gives him a chance to stick.

30 (237)  San Francisco 49ers: OLB Cam Johnson, Virginia
Johnson has legitimate rush talent but needs to find his heart if he wants to have staying power in the league. Learning from former Virginia Cavalier Ahmad Brooks might help improve his chances.

31 (238)  Kansas City Chiefs (from New England): WR Junior Hemingway, Michigan
Durability concerns pushed him down draft boards, but he is a big, competitive receiver with strong hands and run-after-catch ability. Could make the roster if he stays healthy.

32 (239)  New York Giants: DT Markus Kuhn, North Carolina State
German-born, overaged tackle with good size and movement skills whose consistent effort and passion for the game give him a chance to earn a roster spot.

33 (240)  Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): TE David Paulson, Oregon
Smooth-muscled, finesse pass catcher with dependable hands and average athletic ability who faces an uphill battle to displace veterans on depth chart. However, could carve a niche as an H-back/special-teams player.

34 (241)  Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): OT Andrew Datko, Florida State
Developmental zone blocker who was off many draft boards because of shoulder concerns, but competes, has strong intangibles and can be functional when healthy.

35 (242)  New York Jets (compensatory selection): SS Antonio Allen, South Carolina
Second late-round safety could bring a physical presence to the box, but could require simple assignments.

36 (243)  Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): QB B.J. Coleman, Chattanooga
Outstanding-sized, competitive, football-smart pocket passer who could develop into a solid backup.

37 (244)  New York Jets (compensatory selection): WR Jordan White, Western Michigan
Strong possession receiver who hasn't been able to stay healthy in the past, but can function in the slot and work the middle of the field.

38 (245)  Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection): CB Trevin Wade, Arizona
Wade lost his confidence as a junior, but rebounded with a solid senior season and has the ball skills and short-area quickness to function in a zone scheme.

39 (246)  Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): CB Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M
Finesse, zone cornerback with potential to stick as a "gunner," but tape performance is inconsistent.

40 (247)  Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection): TE Brad Smelley, Alabama
Versatile H-back who increased his visibility during the BCS championship game and at the Senior Bowl.

41 (248)  Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): OG Kelvin Beachum, SMU
Underdeveloped college left tackle who projects to guard in Pittsburgh.

42 (249)  Atlanta Falcons (compensatory selection): DT Travian Robertson, South Carolina
Widebodied clogger with limited athletic ability who will have to fight to make the roster.

43 (250)  San Diego Chargers (compensatory selection): RB Edwin Baker, Michigan State
Strong, compactly built zone runner with small hands who needs to learn to hang on to the ball. Is tough and powerful for his size and could be a seventh-round steal.

44 (251)  Buffalo Bills (compensatory selection): PK John Potter, Western Michigan
Kickoff specialist with average deep field-goal accuracy but a big leg to drive the ball into the endzone and notch touchbacks.

45 (252)  St. Louis Rams (compensatory selection): RB Daryl Richardson, Abilene Christian
Richardson blew up his pro day with a 40½-inch vertical leap and has intriguing speed and explosion for a seventh-round flier. Must prove he can stay healthy and focused.

46 (253)  Indianapolis Colts (compensatory selection): QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Harnish is a tough, intense, hardworking, athletic passer who can be expected to hold down the No. 3 job as a rookie, but has solid backup potential and is an excellent value choice so late in the draft.