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Grades: 2012 NFL Draft Round 6


By Jason Chilton

Jason Chilton of BarkingCarnival.com analyzes each pick from Round 6 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 6 as it happens on Saturday. Check back for the latest grades.

Jason Chilton, BarkingCarnival.com - Round 6
No. 171: Rams select: Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western State Grade
Kicker Josh Brown is 33, so this might make sense from a kickoff specialist/eventual replacement angle. He may also have a heartwarming/inspiring life story that the team can rally around.
No. 172: Seahawks select: Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State Grade
You might assume that Northwestern State is in Oregon or Washington, but you'd be wrong - it's actually in Louisiana! Jeremy Lane went there, and he is presumably a developmental small-school corner prospect as well as a mammal.
No. 173: Redskins select: Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic Grade
Mike Shanahan struck gold with a sixth-round runner in Terrell Davis, and he goes back to the well hoping lightning will strike twice as he selects FAU's Alfred Morris. While Morris appears to lack the speed to be an NFL back, Shanahan likes to mix up his running backs more than the metaphors were mixed in that previous sentence, so Morris may see a few carries next season solely to anger fantasy owners.
No. 174: Buccaneers select: Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia Grade
Tandy figures to be a zone corner prospect who will need some time to refine his technique. With all the upheaval in Tampa's secondary, he could find a spot to contribute.
No. 175: Vikings select: Blair Walsh, K, Georgia Grade
As Ryan Longwell is older than some Supreme Court justices, the Vikes have decided it's time to start auditioning replacements.
No. 176: Jaguars select: Mike Harris, CB, Florida State Grade
Harris is a reasonably talented man-cover corner who will probably start off in the slot but could have the talent to play outside. Solid find in the sixth.
No. 177: Cardinals select: Justin Bethel, FS, Presbyterian Grade
Bethel tested well at the combine but didn't turn in the kind of dominating performances you'd hope to see playing against sub-par competition at Presbyterian. Should at least be a contributor on special teams for the Cards if he can't carve out a spot behind Adrian Wilson and Rashad Johnson.
No. 178: Bills select: Mark Asper, OG, Oregon Grade
Asper could end up at guard or right tackle in the pros, but to stick at either he'll need to improve his balance, footwork and technique.
No. 179: Saints select: Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse Grade
Tiller came in to Syracuse weighing a fifth of a ton, and while he lost over 70 pounds he did not gain much in the way of agility in pass protection. His mass makes him interesting for a team that likes to put wide bodies in front of Drew Brees, but he has an uphill climb to make the team.
No. 180: 49ers select: Trenton Robinson, FS, Michigan State Grade
An undersized safety who can play centerfield and is a reasonable tackler, but who isn't likely to push for a starting role and lacks the quickness to drop down and cover the slot.
No. 181: Seahawks select: Winston Guy, SS, Kentucky Grade
Tall strong safety prospect who is at his best coming downhill to meet a ball carrier. Playing time will be tough to find behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but he has the makeup of a plus player on special teams out of the gate.
No. 182: Chiefs select: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M Grade
Gray brings solid size and athleticism along with a good feel for catching out of the backfield and some flair for open-field running. Could make the roster behind Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis if Dexter McCluster moves out to the slot.
No. 183: Dolphins select: B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State Grade
Cunningham won't burn you, but he's a smart and polished route-runner who excels at finding holes in zones and will also block downfield. The Dolphins need a world of help at wideout, so Cunningham could see some early playing time.
No. 184: Bears select: Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada Grade
Frey looks the part with good size and speed, but likely lacks the technique and coverage skills to help the Bears. No word on whether he is related to Walder Frey from Game of Thrones.
No. 185: Cardinals select: Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State Grade
Lindley has a gun for an arm and has shown some great deep touch as well as solid athleticism in the pocket. He needs to develop a ton in the way of accuracy and decision-making, but he's worth a late-rounder to try and develop behind the Cards' starters.
No. 186: Cowboys select: James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma Grade
Hanna is a receiving tight end who lacks blazing speed but is good at reaching out and pulling the ball down despite tight coverage. He is a shoddy blocker, though, making you wonder how he'll fit into a scheme that favors multi-talented TEs who can block successfully from multiple sets.
No. 187: Jets select: Josh Bush, FS, Wake Forest Grade
Bush has decent size and is a willing tackler, but he may not have the feet to satisfy Jets' coach Rex Ryan.
No. 188: Broncos select: Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky Grade
A slender LB who struggles doing much besides flowing to the ball unblocked. Denver will work to develop his pass coverage instincts, but he's more likely to make an impact on special teams.
No. 189: Raiders select: Christo Bilukidi, DE, Georgia State Grade
Figured to be a free agent invite rather than someone a team would spend a pick on. The problem with missing on bigger guys is that while LBs, WRs and DBs can help you on special teams, you won't get much of anything from an unproductive lineman.
No. 190: Titans select: Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State Grade
Martin's lack of run-support thump and overall playmaking ability dropped him in the draft, but his plus speed and productivity at Oklahoma State make him a very solid value this late in the draft.
No. 191: Bengals select: Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State Grade
'Boom' Herron is a physical runner capable of tattooing opposing tacklers, though it's rare that he'll run around them at the next level. He should fit in well with the Bengals' affinity for plodding tailbacks.
No. 192: Falcons select: Charles Mitchell, SS, Mississippi State Grade
Mitchell is a strong safety prospect who is active in the run game and competent if unspectacular in zone coverage. The Falcons won't get much in the way of playmaking from him, but Mitchell should help out on special teams and won't get them killed should Moore or DeCoud go down.
No. 193: Redskins select: Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota Grade
Compton hasn't seen much in the way of high-level competition, but he has a good frame and the kind of athletic ability to make him worth developing. RT Jamaal Brown's play has been poor enough to raise suspicions that he's actually a Cowboys sleeper agent, so maybe Compton can step into that role with some development.
No. 194: Eagles select: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa Grade
McNutt used his great height and frame to be very productive at Iowa, and despite a lack of top-end speed he figures to carve out a role in the NFL as a possession guy who can work the middle and the red zone. Riley Cooper is on notice for the Eagles.
No. 195: Texans select: Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue Grade
Houston coach Gary Kubiak is heralded for molding lesser-known OL prospects into effective zone blockers. They don't get a whole lot lesser known than Mondek, who kind of sounds like an old-school sci-fi villain that Flash Gordon or Captain Kirk might have thrown down with.
No. 196: Lions select: Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State Grade
The Lions may have raided Area 51 for this pick. He's small, green, from New Mexico and no one seems to have any information about him whatsoever.
No. 197: Patriots select: Nate Ebner, SS, Ohio State Grade
After surprising people with the Tavon Wilson pick, Belichick jumps back on the mystery DB train with the little-known Ebner. He played at Ohio State, so he should have both the big-time competition and tattoo experience to prepare him for the NFL.
No. 198: Ravens select: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (Fla.) Grade
Streeter is extremely raw but any time you combine a 6'5" frame with 4.40 speed you're going to get the attention of NFL GMs. It will take a couple of years for the Ravens to get him ready for prime time, but he could become a plus deep-ball threat once he refines his technique and get-off.
No. 199: 49ers select: Jason Slowey, OT, Western Oregon Grade
The 49ers ventured into the wilds of Western Oregon to come back with Slowey, a little-known center prospect. In fact, it's possible that 49ers scouts captured and shaved a Bigfoot for this pick considering how little is known about Slowey.
No. 200: Eagles select: Brandon Washington, OG, Miami (Fla.) Grade
Philadelphia never comes out of a draft without adding big bodies on both sides of the line, and Washington certainly fills the bill. At times a dominating run blocker, Washington could develop into a strong guard or RT prospect under Howard Mudd's tutelage.
No. 201: Giants select: Matt McCants, OT, UAB Grade
McCants shows a strong frame and solid agility and body control, but he'll need to bulk up and do a lot of technique work to stick at tackle in the NFL. The Giants need help at both tackle spots, but Eli could be battered to a pulp long before McCants is ready to help.
No. 202: Jets select: Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor Grade
Ganaway is a powerful, punishing runner who could provide a challenge to the plodding Shonn Greene if the Jets' coaching staff is willing to work on his feet.
No. 203: Jets select: Robert T. Griffin, OG, Baylor Grade
Elation swept through the Jets' war room when they realize Robert Griffin from Baylor was still available. Moments after they turned in their card, however, bitter disappointment set in.
No. 204: Browns select: Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas Grade
Acho is an athletic and instinctive linebacker who excels in coverage against backs and tight ends. He should immediately challenge for playing time at whatever OLB slot Jan-Michael Johnson doesn't claim.
No. 205: Browns select: Billy Winn, DE, Boise State Grade
Winn is a tenacious and ferocious player who combines power and good hands to shed blocks and make plays in the backfield against the run and pass. Rated by many as a third-round prospect, the Browns grab a very solid rotational player here.
No. 206: Colts select: LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio Grade
Brazill shows some route-running smarts and an ability to work open deep, as well as flashing potential as a return man. His hands should give him a chance to win Andrew Luck's favor.
No. 207: Panthers select: Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin Grade
No one wants to punt, but sometimes you have to. Nortman is certainly a guy you can call on when it's punting time, I'll tell you that much.


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