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2012 NFL draft

Pick-by-pick analysis: Round Six

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By Nolan Nawrocki

1 (171)  St. Louis Rams: PK Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western
Hardworking, extremely strong-legged placekicker who can drill the ball through the endzone on kickoffs. Struggled with blocks early in his career and too often lines the ball with low trajectory.

2 (172)  Seattle Seahawks (from Indianapolis through Philadelphia): CB Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State (La.)
Lane is a raw, developmental project who shined against better competition, stepping up against LSU and in the Casino Del Sol all-star game. He has the size and arm length Pete Carroll likes in his corners and could turn out to be a very good sixth-round pick.

3 (173)  Washington Redskins (from Minnesota): RB Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic
Morris was one of the hidden secrets in the Southeast and came to life during the postseason all-star circuit, showing well at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Has to secure the ball better, but has a special-teams makeup.

4 (174)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Keith Tandy, West Virginia
Tandy is an instinctive, physical zone corner suited for Tampa's zone-cover scheme. Also is an aggressive special-teams "gunner."

5 (175)  Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland): PK Blair Walsh, Georgia
Ryan Longwell was inconsistent outside of 40 yards last season and will be 38 years old this season. Walsh had an inconsistent senior season, but has ample ability to be a long-term solution.

6 (176)  Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Mike Harris, Florida State
Harris graded out like a mid-round pick on tape, but slid to the sixth round after an average showing at the Combine. He needs to get stronger, but is competitive and could work his way into nickel packages.

7 (177)  Arizona Cardinals (from Washington): S Justin Bethel, Presbyterian
Solid Combine showing elevated Bethel's draft stock, but he does not have enough urgency or toughness for safety and lacks cornerback movement skills. Showed playmaking ability at the small-school level and potential special-teams value.

8 (178)  Buffalo Bills: OG Mark Asper, Oregon
The Bills added their third offensive lineman of the draft. Asper is limited athletically with short arms, but he is tough and shows a mean streak. Minimally should stick as a backup.

9 (179)  New Orleans Saints (from Miami): OG Andrew Tiller, Syracuse
Ben Grubbs was signed to replace Carl Nicks, but the Saints could still use more depth on their offensive line and Tiller developed into a solid player at Syracuse since dropping considerable weight. He has the mass to cover up defenders in the run game.

10 (180)  San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina): FS Trent Robinson, Michigan State
Robinson is a versatile athlete with cornerback-type movement skill and plays the game with a lot of energy. Could make an impact on special teams and should be able to stick as a backup.

11 (181)  Seattle Seahawks: SS Winston Guy, Kentucky
Guy is a productive box safety who will have to make his presence felt on special teams and prove he can handle more.

12 (182)  Kansas City Chiefs: RB Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
With Jamaal Charles coming off injury and Dexter McCluster not being built to withstand a pounding, the Chiefs could benefit from more depth in the backfield. Gray was a solid value in the sixth round. He lacks elite physical traits, but he has outstanding makeup and competitiveness and could be a jack-of-all-trades.

13 (183)  Miami Dolphins (from San Diego): WR B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
Cunningham is a big, strong, West Coast receiver well-suited for Joe Philbin's offense. Could struggle to beat press coverage and match up against better competition, but will catch on contact and could factor between the hashes.

14 (184)  Chicago Bears: CB Isaiah Frey, Nevada
The Bears signed Kelvin Hayden and Jonathan Wilhite to help improve their secondary, but needed to add more depth to the position with Corey Graham moving to Baltimore. Frey is an under-the-radar prospect who showed well at his pro day and has the size and ball skills desired in Rod Marinelli's defense.

15 (185)  Arizona Cardinals: QB Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
The Cardinals' quarterbacking situation remains shaky, with the indecisive, easily rattled Kevin Kolb set to battle with John Skelton for the starting job. Lindley is a strong-armed, pocket passer with physical tools to compete for a job if he can settle down in the pocket and learn to throw with more accuracy. He easily should displace Richard Bartel for the No. 3 job.

16 (186)  Dallas Cowboys: TE James Hanna, Oklahoma
The Cowboys lost Martellus Bennett in free agency and needed to add more depth at the TE position. Hanna is a local prospect with huge upside who really climbed up draft boards after a strong Combine showing. He is still very much a developmental prospect.

17 (187)  New York Jets (from Philadelphia through Indianapolis): S Josh Bush, Wake Forest
With Brodney Pool departed and and LaRon Landry on a one-year deal, the Jets could use more help at the safety position and tabbed Bush, who had a strong senior season (six interceptions).

18 (188)  Denver Broncos (from New York Jets): OLB Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
The Broncos have had success with undersized Kentucky LB Wesley Woodyard on the roster and Trevathan had similar production in the SEC. Trevathan never ran before the draft because of a hamstring injury. Has some underachiever traits, a lot of production came downfield and will need to learn what it means to be a pro to make it.

19 (189)  Oakland Raiders: DE Christo Bilukidi, Georgia State
An underrated, late-rising prospect who worked out exceptionally well at his pro day, Bilukidi has the raw tools to develop into a contributor.

20 (190)  Tennessee Titans: FS Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
Injury concerns pushed Martin down draft boards, as did his inconsistent open-field tackling, but he has the physical tools to easily earn a roster spot.

21 (191)  Cincinnati Bengals: RB Dan "Boom" Herron, Ohio State
A local product, Herron showed better as a junior, as his senior season was affected by suspension. Came on late and has size and run skill to stick on the depth chart.

22 (192)  Atlanta Falcons: SS Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State
Mitchell is a fairly athletic, three-year, SEC starter who could bring solid value in the sixth round. Has leadership ability and could stick as a backup and special-teams player.

23 (193)  Washington Redskins (from Pittsburgh): OT Tom Compton, South Dakota
The Redskins added two very solid developmental blockers in the third (Josh LeRibeus) and the fifth (Adam Gettis) and added another in the sixth with the selection of Compton, infusing their offensive line with much-needed depth. All three have eventual starter potential and the quickness to excel in Mike Shanahan's offense.

24 (194)  Philadelphia Eagles (from Denver): WR Marvin McNutt, Iowa
McNutt is a steal for Andy Reid in the sixth round. He has very good length, tracks the ball extremely well and should fit extremely well in Marty Mornhinweg's offense.

25 (195)  Houston Texans: OT Nick Mondek, Purdue
An intriguing developmental prospect, Mondek tested extremely well at his pro day. While still very green, has freakish explosion and quickness to blossom.

26 (196)  Detroit Lions (from New Orleans through Miami and San Francisco): CB Jonte Green, New Mexico State
Green's pro-day workout drove up his draft stock when he ran in the low 4.4s on a fast surface. A four-year starter with good short-area burst, but he he needs to prove he can play on special teams and shake his underachiever traits to stick.

27 (197)  New England Patriots (from Green Bay): S Nate Ebner, Ohio State
Ebner is a rugby player and former walk-on whose pro-day workout was outstanding. He could become a special-teams kamikaze.

28 (198)  Baltimore Ravens: WR Tommy Streeter, Miami (Fla.)
On paper, Streeter might look like a top-round pick, but his lack of toughness and confidence show noticeably on tape and he must refine his route running and learn the finer points of the game to make it.

29 (199)  San Francisco 49ers: C Jason Slowey, Western Oregon
A Division II college left tackle who projects to center in the pros, Slowey has the grit, intelligence and toughness to mold.

30 (200)  Philadelphia Eagles (from New England): OG Brandon Washington, Miami (Fla.)
Washington lined up at both tackle spots last year, but projects better inside, where he began his college career, in the pros. Line coach Howard Mudd will have his work cut out molding Washington's raw technique.

31 (201)  New York Giants: OT Matt McCants, UAB
McCants is a raw, developmental prospect with intriguing length and stands to benefit from the tuteladge of line coach Pat Flaherty, who has been known to turn water into wine.

32 (202)  New York Jets (compensatory selection): RB Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
Ganaway is a poor man's Shonn Greene and really came on as a senior. A disappointing Combine workout pushed down his draft status, but he has tools to contribute on first and second downs and in a rotation.

33 (203)  New York Jets (compensatory selection): OG Robert T. Griffin, Baylor
With inconsistent technique, short arms and heavy feet, he needs to get stronger in the weight room. However, he is a four-year starter with developmental talent.

34 (204)  Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection): OLB Emmanuel Acho, Texas
Acho is bad-bodied, knock-kneed and stiff, but he can compete for a job on special teams with a strong makeup, work habits and intelligence.

35 (205)  Cleveland Browns (compensatory selection): DT Billy Winn, Boise State
Winn has caught the eyes of evaluators the past two years with his physical talent, but he always leaves you wanting more. Has underachiever tendencies and a disappointing Combine performance dropped his draft standing. If line coach Dwaine Board can light a fire underneath Winn, he could turn out to be a steal.

36 (206)  Indianapolis Colts (compensatory selection): WR Lavon Brazill, Ohio
Brazill flashed playmaking ability for the Bobcats and consistently made plays, but questions about his intelligence and makeup concerned some teams. If he can be managed properly, he can become a good pro.

37 (207)  Carolina Panthers (compensatory selection): P Brad Nortman, Wisconsin
The Panthers were among the worst in the league in punting last season and had a glaring hole in their roster. Nortman is a four-year starter who has handled the elements, works at his craft and can punt with precision. He should upgrade the team's punting game.

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