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Grades: 2012 NFL Draft Round 5


By Jason Chilton

Jason Chilton of BarkingCarnival.com analyzes each pick from Round 5 of the 2012 NFL Draft, grading each team on its selections. Refresh this page during the draft for the latest grades.

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CBSSports.com will grade each pick of Round 5 as it happens on Saturday. Check back for the latest grades.

Jason Chilton, BarkingCarnival.com - Round 5
No. 136: Colts select: Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama Grade
Chapman brings solid experience at nose from one of the few college defenses that runs a 3-4, and while he's more space-eater than playmaker he can solidify the interior with his tremendous strength. The Colts didn't have anything resembling a true nose on the roster as they transition to a 3-4, so Chapman can earn as much playing time as his conditioning allows.
No. 137: Broncos select: Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee Grade
A quick but strength-deficient tackle who might be a better fit as a 3-4 end. The Broncos may see if he can hold up as an early-down DE and then kick him inside, but in either spot Jackson needs to gain some heft.
No. 138: Lions select: Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Temple Grade
He's athletically limited but a solid tackler who uses his arms well to defeat blocks but gets lost in coverage. The Lions could use him in tandem with Justin Durant, who plays the pass well and the run shoddily.
No. 139: Vikings select: Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame Grade
A corner at Notre Dame who is probably a conversion candidate to safety, Blanton shows good recogntion in zone coverage. The Vikings' secondary was repeatedly plundered last season and first-rounder Harrison Smith may already be the best safety on the roster, so another body can't hurt.
No. 140: Buccaneers select: Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia Grade
Goode showed some versatility in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes during his time at WVU, but he's certainly more of a run defender than someone you can feel comfortable with in coverage. He's a good complement to the fleet Lavonte David as the Bucs re-stock a LB corps that frequently made their mascot wish for a second eyepatch last season.
No. 141: Redskins select: Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa Grade
Apparently not receiving the same level of corn-feeding as the typical Iowa lineman, Gettis is undersized but a good technician who uses good leverage and footwork. The Redskins' interior OL was largely fed a diet of humiliation last season, so they'll hope Gettis can add some mass to protect RGIII.
No. 142: Jaguars select: Brandon Marshall, OLB, Nevada Grade
Marshall was a productive starter for the Wolfpack who is more ready to be a run defender at this stage of his career. The Jags should be happy if he can challenge Russell Allen for early-down work at OLB.
No. 143: Panthers select: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina Grade
Norman has great size for the position and shows good fluidity in both man and zone as well as willingness to come up and strike in the run game. Viewed by many as a second or third-round prospect, he's a great find for a Panthers' secondary that was on the wrong end of too many shootouts last year.
No. 144: Bills select: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State Grade
Sanders shows good athleticism and movement skills, and his feet and hand technique should let him develop into a solid LT prospect if he can improve his strength and explosion. He may not be ready to step in right away, but with Buffalo's question marks at left tackle they may press him into service sooner rather than later.
No. 145: Titans select: Taylor Thompson, TE, Southern Methodist Grade
A decent strong-side end prospect who the Titans may prefer as a developmental blocking TE. He's got the athleticism to do either though he'll need a lot of development before the Titans see much return.
No. 146: Chiefs select: DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama Grade
An undersized safety prospect, Menzie nonetheless comes up hard in run support but there are many questions in coverage. The Chiefs' other safety spot beside Eric Berry needs help, but not sure Menzie can fill the bill.
No. 147: Bills select: Tank Carder, ILB, TCU Grade
A productive linebacker who shows solid range against the run and awareness in coverage. The Bills should be able to use him on special teams and hope he develops into a solid strong-side guy down the road.
No. 148: Lions select: Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion Grade
The Lions roll the dice on a small-school prospect that no one knows all that much about. Seems like a better gamble in the sixth or seventh than here.
No. 149: Chargers select: Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State Grade
Despite combining the names of the two protagonists in First Blood, Johnnie Troutman may lack the quickness and awareness to succeed in the guerilla warfare of the NFL trenches. There were a few better guard prospects out there for San Diego.
No. 150: Rams select: Kevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina Grade
The excitingly-named Watkins is probably a guard in the NFL after logging some time at tackle at South Carolina. With an aging interior OL, the Chargers could use the depth.
No. 151: Cardinals select: Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington Grade
A plus athlete who brings a nasty edge from his time as a defensive lineman, Kelemete needs help on his footwork but could be a stout interior blocker at the point of attack and in getting to the second level. He may be a year away but should help a Cards' OL that has really struggled to create room inside for Beanie Wells.
No. 152: Cowboys select: Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech Grade
After Dallas let slot WR Danny Amendola depart to log an 80-catch season in St. Louis, Jerry Jones swore that a slow but savvy slot guy would again be his. Coale fills the bill, and actually turned in a productive four years at VaTech to make this pick something other than an absolute project.
No. 153: Eagles select: Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue Grade
Despite playing at Purdue, Kelly wasn't on the radar of many scouts or teams going into the draft. Looks like the Eagles want to go the project route.
No. 154: Seahawks select: Korey Toomer, OLB, Idaho Grade
Pete Carroll seems like the kind of fun-loving coach who could get a lot of mileage out of some "It's not a Toomer! jokes in training camp. If Toomer can bring value beyond that, he didn't make it terribly apparent during his time at Idaho.
No. 155: Dolphins select: Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon Grade
Kaddu is a plus athlete who projects to more of a nickel role in the NFL. The Dolphins will need to help him grasp the mental side of the game but his athleticism makes him a worthwhile flyer.
No. 156: Bengals select: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa Grade
Prater looks like a zone corner who can close quickly due to his good athleticism. Cincy still needs depth in their secondary, so Prater should be a solid fit.
No. 157: Falcons select: Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin Grade
It's never a bad idea to grab a Wisconsin run blocker, and Ewing showed a lot of power in clearing the way for Montee Ball & Co up in Madison. Not too many teams feature the fullback these days, but in Atlanta he should get plenty of chances to grade the road for Michael Turner.
No. 158: Raiders select: Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State Grade
Crawford has the kind of frame and athleticism that gets NFL GMs excited, but he's still very new to football and will need time before he can make many meaningful contributions in the league. No stranger to size/speed projects, the Raiders will bide their time and see if he can become a contributor to their stout DL corps.
No. 159: Steelers select: Chris Rainey, RB, Florida Grade
A burner with great straight-line speed who also has the agility to make things happen in the open field, Rainey had a bit of a checkered history in Gainesville but brings some speed as a third-down option to a Steelers backfield composed of big but hardly nifty runners.
No. 160: Browns select: Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado Grade
A guard at Colorado who has the height and frame to be a possible fit at right tackle for the Browns. Given the sordid state of the Cleveland OL last year, adding reinforcements to early-round selection Mitchell Schwartz is probably a good idea.
No. 161: Texans select: Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M Grade
The first kicker is off the board as Houston selects Randy Bullock to fill in for the departed Neil Rackers. I can only assume that he places the ball between the uprights with both skill and accuracy.
No. 162: Saints select: Corey White, SS, Samford Grade
White has reasonable range and some man coverage experience from playing corner, but he'll be a somewhat limited free safety prospect. It's possible that the Saints thought he went to Stanford rather than Samford.
No. 163: Packers select: Terrell Manning, OLB, North Carolina State Grade
Manning has the skill set to be a strong-side 3-4 or 4-3 OLB as he can take on and defeat blocks, but may be slightly undersized in the NFL and doesn't have the ideal burst to scare you as an edge rusher. Could provide some early-down value while keeping Clay Matthews and Nick Perry fresh to rush the passer.
No. 164: Falcons select: Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB, Troy Grade
Massaquoi has the arm length to play defensive end, but his size suggests more of a strongside linebacker and he may not have the athleticism to pull off that move. Still, he's got a solid talent level and is a good find in the late 5th.
No. 165: 49ers select: Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame Grade
Fleming profiles as something of a one-dimensional pass rusher from a 3-4 OLB spot. That's a dimension the 49ers love, though, and he should get to do some damage rushing across from 2011 rookie sensation Aldon Smith.
No. 166: Bengals select: Marvin Jones, WR, California Grade
Jones won't run by guys but he's good at using size, savvy and great hands to serve as a solid possession receiver. If he develops as the Bengals hope, he'll fight Mohamed Sanu for the outside WR spot opposite AJ Green while slot impresario Jordan Shipley operates inside.
No. 167: Bengals select: George Iloka, FS, Boise State Grade
Two great value pickups back to back for the Bengals as they grab Boise State's Iloka. He is likely more of a strong safety, but his huge frame and playmaking ability should serve DC Mike Zimmer very well.
No. 168: Raiders select: Juron Criner, WR, Arizona Grade
Criner is a high-leaping jump ball guy who brings a lot of other skills to the table - good quickness and power for his release, agility after the catch and the ability to find holes in zone coverage. Injury concerns scared off a lot of teams, but if he's healthy he's a great find for the Raiders this late in the draft.
No. 169: Ravens select: Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly Grade
Jackson has so-so height, but he has the quickness and fluidity to contribute as a nickel/slot guy and can bring some value in both coverage and returns on special teams. The Ravens have a deep secondary, but Jackson is a solid bet to stick on the roster.
No. 170: Colts select: Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State Grade
Ballard is an athletic and instinctive runner with a good feel for finding yards between the tackles and a willing blocker/checkdown option in the pass game. He's unlikely to become a star for the Colts, but he could push the underachieving Donald Brown off the roster.


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