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Grades: 2012 NFL Draft Round 7


By Jason Chilton

Jason Chilton of BarkingCarnival.com analyzes each pick from Round 7 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 7 as it happens on Saturday. Check back for the latest grades.

Jason Chilton, BarkingCarnival.com - Round 7
No. 208: Colts select: Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia Grade
Anderson has good size and bulk for a tackle spot and has shown decent athleticism, but development and injury concerns dropped him to the seventh round. The Colts need depth behind Costanzo and Ijalana at the tackle spots, so they'll give Anderson a chance to demonstrate his SEC swag.
No. 209: Rams select: Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii Grade
After the Rams' scouting department made a trip out to Hawaii for a fifth straight year, they were accused of boondoggling and swiftly chose Aaron Brown of the Rainbow Warriors to deflect these accusations.
No. 210: Vikings select: Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State Grade
Cole is a throwback, in-the-box linebacker who can take on blocks and stuff the run but who is largely baffled by the concept of coverage. Could he be the replacement for the Vike's hard-hitting E.J. Henderson?
No. 211: Titans select: Scott Solomon, DE, Rice Grade
Considering the strong academic reputation of Rice University, the 'wisdom of Solomon' may be appropriate to invoke here. It won't be Solomon's wisdom, but rather his tireless motor that will give him a chance to stick in the Titans' front seven.
No. 212: Buccaneers select: Michael Smith, RB, Utah State Grade
Someone needs to catch balls out of the backfield for the Bucs as LaGerrette Blount certainly can't do it - Smith's acceleration and soft hands could give him the chance to stick as a 3rd down guy for the Bucs.
No. 213: Redskins select: Richard Crawford, CB, Southern Methodist Grade
Inspired by the ESPN 'Pony Excess' documentary, Richard Crawford hopes to be one of the few SMU Mustangs to get paid to play football since the days of Craig James and Eric Dickerson. His odds aren't great, but at least he'll have a shot in the Redskins' shoddy defensive backfield.
No. 214: Colts select: Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt Grade
So as to avoid any FCC fines for CBS, we'll ignore the comic implications of his surname and concentrate on the fact that he could develop into a sub-package end or strongside backer if he can improve his ability to get off blocks.
No. 215: Dolphins select: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas Grade
Randall flashed the ability to stand strong in the run game as well as knife into gaps during his time at Texas. He should be a good fit in the Dolphins' DE rotation after the loss of Kendall Langford.
No. 216: Panthers select: D.J. Campbell, FS, California Grade
Named D.J. in honor of his uncle Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew, he had to flee entirely across the country to play his college ball to escape the ignominy of his uncle's pay-for-play scandal with the Miami Hurricanes.
No. 217: Redskins select: Jordan Bernstine, SS, Iowa Grade
Berstine was a solid tackler for the Hawkeyes, and may be a candidate to convert to safety for Washington.
No. 218: Chiefs select: Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State Grade
Long flashed some occasional athleticism for the Aztecs, and could work in as a sub-package rusher in Kansas City.
No. 219: Vikings select: Trevor Guyton, DE, California Grade
Guyton only started one year for the Bears after playing behind Cam Jordan and Tyson Alualu, but he showed enough quickness and disruption to make him an interesting prospect as a pass-rush specialist from the DT spot.
No. 220: Bears select: Greg McCoy, CB, TCU Grade
A cog in the Horned Frogs' 2010 Rose Bowl squad, McCoy is a willing tackler who can make an impact on special teams but may lack the coverage instincts to stick in a regular defensive role for Chicago.
No. 221: Cardinals select: Nate Potter, OT, Boise State Grade
The Cardinals are wisely throwing a lot of bodies at their dire OT situation. Potter learned a lot about angle blocking and technique from Chris Peterson at Boise, and could be a left tackle candidate down the road if he can add more strength and girth.
No. 222: Cowboys select: Caleb McSurdy, ILB, Montana Grade
McSurdy shows good instincts and the ability to sniff out run plays, but is undersized and will need the Cowboys' front to protect him should he make the ILB rotation.
No. 223: Lions select: Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma Grade
Lewis showed great awareness and pursuit ability during his time in Norman, and stands a good chance of contributing as an outside backer and on special teams for Detroit.
No. 224: Patriots select: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska Grade
Character concerns knocked Dennard off many teams' boards, but he's a very solid all-around corner with some man/zone versatility and second-round physical talent. If he proves to have his head screwed on right, Bill Belichick might have found tremendous value for his ailing secondary.
No. 225: Seahawks select: J.R. Sweezy, DT, North Carolina State Grade
He has a name like a rap lyric and a game that reminds some of a less athletic J.J. Watt. The Seahawks will hope that his motor and quickness off the ball can compensate for his athletic shortcomings.
No. 226: Chargers select: David Molk, C, Michigan Grade
Molk battled injuries throughout his Michigan career and lacks ideal size, but he has the technique and awareness to make him a good developmental candidate behind the Chargers' Nick Hardwick.
No. 227: Dolphins select: Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada Grade
Matthews is good at bringing down catches in traffic, but he's in traffic more often than most because his limited athleticism makes it tough for him to get off the line or get separation in his routes.
No. 228: Jaguars select: Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland Grade
Jacksonville wants to light a fire under underachieving DT Tyson Alualu and overeating DT Terrance 'Pot Roast' Knighton, but they'll need to find more competitive athletes than Pendleton to threaten their job security.
No. 229: Eagles select: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State Grade
Brown was a former five-star recruit who sabotaged his own college career through street-agent shenanigans and bizarre decisions. If he can recapture the form that had recruitniks everywhere fired up about his chances, he could provide depth behind LeSean McCoy.
No. 230: Raiders select: Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State Grade
In honor of the stupor that draft rooms and draftniks alike have been lulled into at this stage of the proceedings, the Raiders select Stupar out of Penn State. He's smart and technically sound, but may struggle to get off blocks and compete athletically in the NFL.
No. 231: Steelers select: Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado Grade
Clemons showed the ability to run good routes and flash some danger with the ball in his hands at Colorado. With the retirement of WR Hines Ward and the continued injury struggles of Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh would love a guy to come in and provide depth.
No. 232: Seahawks select: Greg Scruggs, DT, Louisville Grade
Pete Carroll likes a balanced defense, and he's managed to balance out the early-round speed of Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner with some lead-footed DE's with the Seahawks' last two selections.
No. 233: Buccaneers select: Drake Dunsmore, FB, Northwestern Grade
An intriguing guy who was a productive receiver in an H-back role for the Wildcats who can also line up in the backfield and the slot. If he successfully throws a block with the Bucs it will be one more than Kellen Winslow Jr. has thrown in six seasons, so there's that.
No. 234: Saints select: Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska Grade
Jones showed strong run-blocking skills at Nebraska and also flashes of agility in pass protection. He's far from polished but should stick as a developmental guy in the Big Easy.
No. 235: Patriots select: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern Grade
A smart and fearless route runner for Northwestern's spread attack, Ebert may be the middle-class man's Julian Edelman.
No. 236: Ravens select: DeAngelo Tyson, DT, Georgia Grade
After finding reasonable success with a big-bodied SEC lineman in Terrence Cody, the Ravens go back to the well and grab Tyson from Georgia. He's pretty much an exclusive run player, but he should have the heft to keep Ray Lewis from having to fight off blockers for the 17th consecutive season.
No. 237: 49ers select: Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia Grade
Johnson looks like a pass rush specialist at the edge of the next level - he's got burst and good hands when rushing, but needs to get stronger against the run and better against the double team. The 49ers add yet another player who can get after the QB and get a great value after Johnson's inexplicable slide.
No. 238: Chiefs select: Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan Grade
A big and talented receiver who has a great frame with solid ability to run after the catch. After three years of Denard Robinson, even the scatter-armed Matt Cassel will seem like a Godsend to Hemingway.
No. 239: Giants select: Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State Grade
After hearing calls of 'KUUUUUUUHHHHN' for the Packers' John Kuhn every time the Giants played in Lambeau, Giants' GM Jerry Reese decided that it would be fun for fans at the Meadowlands to get to do the same thing. His Kuhn will need to improve his technique to land a spot on the roster, however.
No. 240: Steelers select: David Paulson, TE, Oregon Grade
In Pittsburgh, he has a name. His name is David Paulson. His name will not be called often because he won't get open against good athletes.
No. 241: Packers select: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State Grade
Datko battled injuries at FSU and can struggle against more powerful guys, but his ability to mirror edge rushers and step out to seal the edge make him intriguing as a finesse-type tackle. Packers' LT Marshall Newhouse was beaten like a drum last season, so Datko may well have a shot at early playing time in Green Bay.
No. 242: Jets select: Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina Grade
Allen played a hybrid rover-type position for the Gamecocks, but he should at least translate into a solid run-support safety and plus special teamer. The Jets lost Brodney Pool and kept Eric Smith, so they could definitely use some help in the back of the defense.
No. 243: Packers select: B.J. Coleman, QB, Chattanooga Grade
The Packers are excited to land an athletic developmental guy in the seventh round. Coleman is excited to land in a spot where one good fill-in game can land you a $30 million deal from another team.
No. 244: Jets select: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan Grade
White was insanely productive at Western Michigan, laying the smack down on MAC cornerbacks to the tune of 140 catches in the 2011 season. His great route-running and hands skills should let him carve out a spot on the Jets.
No. 245: Browns select: Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona Grade
Wade's inconsistent career has dropped him on draft boards, but he has most of the physical traits you look for as a solid starter. He's a more than solid value for Cleveland here and has a real chance to contribute early in Cleveland's nickel and dime packages.
No. 246: Steelers select: Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M Grade
A zone corner who lacks foot speed, he may have the savvy to contribute in certain packages but will need to be used the right way by Pittsburgh to make a contribution.
No. 247: Browns select: Brad Smelley, FB, Alabama Grade
Aptly named to describe the Browns' upcoming season, Smelley could contribute as an H-back who can find holes in the zone but lacks the heft to be more than a 'get-in'your' way blocker in an extremely physical division.
No. 248: Steelers select: Kelvin Beachum, OG, Southern Methodist Grade
Short arms and inconsistent footwork will make it a struggle for Beachum to land on the final 53 in Pittsburgh, but he could contribute as a smart guard against the blitz-happy AFC North.
No. 249: Falcons select: Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina Grade
A one-gap run-plugger, Robertson could push guys like Vance Walker and Peria Jerry but will still struggle to survive the final cuts in Atlanta.
No. 250: Chargers select: Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State Grade
The Chargers lost Mike Tolbert in the offseason, and replace him with a somewhat similar guy in Baker. He's a hard runner between the tackles and a willing blocker but won't threaten Ryan Mathews for too many carries.
No. 251: Bills select: John Potter, K, Western Michigan Grade
If you're going to be a kicker in Buffalo, battling the swirling winds of Western Michigan has to be good training. I guess.
No. 252: Rams select: Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian Grade
The 252nd selection of the draft does have the honor of being the second-most talented running back named Richardson chosen this year. So he has that going for him.
No. 253: Colts select: Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois Grade
He may be Mr. Irrelevant, but Harnish has a strong arm and the kind of tough running skills that could make him the agnostic man's Tim Tebow. And Mr. Irrelevant always gets an A+ in my book.


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