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Grades: 2012 NFL Draft Round 4


By Jason Chilton

Jason Chilton of BarkingCarnival.com analyzes each pick from Round 4 of the 2012 NFL Draft, grading each team on its picks. Refresh this page during the draft for the latest grades.

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CBSSports.com will grade each pick of Round 4 as it happens on Saturday. Check back for the latest grades.

Jason Chilton, BarkingCarnival.com - Round 4
No. 96: Rams select: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest Grade
Givens has some electric ability and the speed to work well in the slot or outside. The Rams were woeful at wideout in 2011, so he should contribute as early as 2012.
No. 97: Dolphins select: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.) Grade
Miller has track speed and quickness that translate well to the football field - he's a specialty player and won't pass block, but his speed is special. Miami will use him in a specialty role backing up Reggie Bush, and his value compares favorably to taking LaMichael James in Round 2.
No. 98: Ravens select: Gino Gradkowski, OG, Delaware Grade
Gradkowski showed decent athleticism against small-school competition, but there were more solid prospects on the board. The Ravens needed a guy to caddy for the ancient Matt Birk, but this feels like a reach at the start of Round 4.
No. 99: Texans select: Ben Jones, C, Georgia Grade
Jones is a smart player who wins inside with angles and leverage despite limited athletic ability - he may need help against massive NTs and won't be a weapon pulling, but he can solidify the middle of your line. Great fit in Houston's zone scheme.
No. 100: Browns select: Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami (Fla.) Grade
This feels like another reach as prospects with more upside and more polish were there at wideout. The Browns have a crying need for weapons, but not sure how much he'll help.
No. 101: Broncos select: Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State Grade
He has some upside based on the game speed he showed at Arizona State, but presents a big risk coming off multiple ACL surgeries. With Champ Bailey aging the Broncos need someone to develop at corner, but this is a risky approach.
No. 102: Redskins select: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State Grade
Cousins is an accurate with good leadership and intangibles, but it's tough to see him developing into a plus starter due to his limited arm strength and athleticism. He's the polar opposite of RGIII and seems like the Redskins are drafting a clipboard guy.
No. 103: Panthers select: Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma Grade
Alexander figures to be a rotational guy who doesn't bring elite size or speed but was productive at a big-time program. The Panthers are set with their starting ends and can bring him along slowly.
No. 104: Panthers select: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas Grade
Adams is an electric kick-return prospect who also has the quickness and separation ability to develop into a solid slot WR option. The Panthers get value immediately in the return game as well as a slot guy to work inside Smith and LaFell out wide.
No. 105: Bills select: Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State Grade
Despite sounding like a Downton Abbey character, Bradham brings some good old American toughness and displays solid range in coverage. The Bills' LBs struggled against the pass last year, so he could make an impact as a nickel LB.
No. 106: Seahawks select: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State Grade
Turbin is athletic with a good blend of size and quicks that can run downhill and catch out of the backfield. He immediately becomes the Seahawks' best all-around back next to starter Marshawn Lynch and should help keep the hard-running Lynch healthy in 2012.
No. 107: Chiefs select: Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State Grade
Wylie is very quick with good ball skills in the slot, and also shows promise as a return guy who can be tough to bring down on punts. Kansas City has size outside with Bowe and Baldwin and adds slot-type quickness with Wylie.
No. 108: Broncos select: Philip Blake, C, Baylor Grade
Blake is raw and still learning the position, but he's got the size and athleticism and could develop into an above-average center with his ability to sustain blocks as well as pull in the run game. He was the best center on the board for a team that could really use an upgrade at the position to keep Peyton Manning healthy.
No. 109: Steelers select: Alameda Ta´amu, DT, Washington Grade
Ta'Amu's body is basically what you'd find if you kept digging underneath the heads on Easter Island - he's a massive guy who'll be a great run-wrecking anchor on the nose. Just an ideal fit for the Steelers to take over from an aging Casey Hampton - the entire draft seems to be falling Pittsburgh's way.
No. 110: Chargers select: Ladarius Green, TE, La.-Lafayette Grade
Green is a raw athlete who's a bit of a project at the position - but then, so was Antonio Gates. He might have been available a round later but the Chargers see a potential mismatch in the Gates mold if he develops.
No. 111: Bears select: Evan Rodriguez, FB, Temple Grade
Rodriguez brings a Swiss Army Knife skillset as a blocker and receiver as well as a thick build and fluid athleticism. Mike Martz did his best to kill of the tight end position in Chicago, but Rodriguez could bring it back to life.
No. 112: Cardinals select: Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi Grade
You can't spell massive without Massie, and he uses his size to maul in the run game and control opposing pass rushers, although concerns about his feet and overall athleticism probably make RT his destiny. As the Cardinals are horrendous at both LT and RT, he should have no trouble finding a spot to play.
No. 113: Cowboys select: Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest Grade
A strong and athletic player who tackles well but seems to struggle in space and may not have the strength to consistently beat blocks. The Cowboys will have a year to develop him as a possible replacement for Anthony Spencer, but they may need longer than that.
No. 114: Seahawks select: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida Grade
Howard is a big-bodied run stuffer who can sometimes drive opposing guards back into the backfield. Seattle picked up a pass-first DT in Jason Jones in the offseason, and they now add a run-down specialist.
No. 115: Titans select: Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson Grade
He's a raw guy without much experience but who does bring plus speed and smoothness. There are some more polished corners on the board but he could bring some upside for the Titans as they re-stock the CB corps after losing Cortland Finnegan.
No. 116: Bengals select: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia Grade
An athletic guy with good power who can fight off jams, and use his body well in the pass game. He may be asked to be more of a blocker across from the Bengals' Jermaine Gresham, but his athleticism makes him an atractive find in the late 4th.
No. 117: 49ers select: Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest Grade
Looney has the strength to bang with NFL DT's in the run game, but his technique in the pass game will have Alex Smith running for cover unless it improves. The 49ers like maulers, but there were a couple more polished guys they could have gone with.
No. 118: Vikings select: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas Grade
Wright is shifty and savvy when working from the slot and can make things happen with the ball in his hands, but can be inconsistent catching and is limited due to his size. It seems like he might be battling Percy Harvin and Greg Camarillo for slot-WR touches instead of giving the Vikes an outside-the-hashmarks threat.
No. 119: Redskins select: Keenan Robinson, ILB, Texas Grade
Robinson is a fast and athletic linebacker who excels in coverage - he needs to be protected in the run game and lacks ideal run-plugging instincts, but when he's comfortable in a scheme he can make plays there as well. The Redskins can let the sage London Fletcher-Baker mentor him for a season or two and then turn him loose.
No. 120: Browns select: James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada Grade
In addition to evoking fond memories of Airwolf's Jan-Michael Vincent, Johnson is an active and aggressive tackler who excels at making plays between the tackles. Both the Browns' outside linebacker spots could use an upgrade, so Johnson should see the field early if he improves his feel for pass coverage.
No. 121: Texans select: Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State Grade
Martin is an explosive player and can beat corners with speed and a near 40-inch vertical leap. He won't give the Texans much as a blocker or a threat over the middle, but could develop into a real downfield weapon to complement all-around stud WR Andre Johnson.
No. 122: Saints select: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin Grade
The son of NFL WR Al Toon brings great size, strong route-running ability and excellent performance in the mid-range game with some ability as a downfield threat and a red-zone leaper. While he can't separate at an elite level, he can create enough space for the uber-accurate Brees to get him the ball and looks like a possible successor to Marques Colston.
No. 123: Eagles select: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia Grade
Boykin is a superior athlete with great hip-flip and backpedal ability who brings great speed and the ability to cover man-to-man or in zone. He's a great pickup for an Eagles team that just traded away Asante Samuel and is looking to get more scheme-versatile in their secondary as they work to maximize Asomugha's talents.
No. 124: Bills select: Ron Brooks, CB, LSU Grade
Brooks couldn't crack the starting lineup in a tremendous LSU secondary but looks like he'll have a role as a slot/nickel guy with good quickness and change of direction skills. He's a good complement to Stephon Gilmore on the outside as the Bills continue their single-minded offseason onslaught to slow down the Patriots' offense.
No. 125: Lions select: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma Grade
Lewis is strong against the run on the edge and can defeat blocks to stop ball-carriers while providing reasonable pass-rush through tireless effort. How he'll fit in the Lions' 4-3 scheme is a bit of a question mark - hopefully he won't be woefully miscast at SLB the way Julian Peterson was.
No. 126: Texans select: Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska Grade
Crick has some injury concerns, but shows good good size and athelticism with the versatility to be a 3-4 end against the run and pass. Texans hope he can be a poor man's J.J. Watt while backing up the rich man's J.J. Watt, who is actually J.J. Watt.
No. 127: Giants select: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati Grade
Robinson looks the part with a frame and athleticism that could let him develop into a receiving threat up the seams, but is something of a project at this stage. At least in New York he'll be learning from a tremendous technician and consummate professional in Martellus Bennett.
No. 128: Vikings select: Rhett Ellison, TE, Southern California Grade
Ellison is a hybrid FB/TE similar to Temple's Rodriguez who is a reliable blocker when lined up at TE or FB and can also catch the ball reliably. The Vikes' tight ends are far more accomplished as receivers than blockers, so he could be a welcome fit.
No. 129: Raiders select: Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State Grade
It wouldn't be a Raiders draft without a surprise selection or two, and San Diego State's Burris fills the bill. He shows some ability to attack plays but lacks consistency and may be more of a special teamer than an every-down LB.
No. 130: Ravens select: Christian Thompson, FS, South Carolina State Grade
Thompson is an interesting prospect who ripped of a 4.50 40 at the combine and has the athleticism to do the job, but is very raw and will take some seasoning before he's ready to contribute. You couldn't ask for a better mentor than Ed Reed, however.
No. 131: Giants select: Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn Grade
Still learning the position after playing defense in community college, Mosley needs a couple of years on the bench but flashes some compelling athleticism and ability to go out and get linebackers on the second level. He may not develop into a blind-side protector immediately for Eli Manning, but he's athletic enough to be a good risk in the late 4th.
No. 132: Packers select: Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa Grade
Daniels is an active guy who's a bit undersized for a full-time role in a 3-4 but projects well as a situational guy and pass rusher. The Packers got nothing from their DL in the way of pass rush last season, so if Daniels can bring some third-down heat he'll be a welcome addition.
No. 133: Packers select: Jerron McMillian, SS, Maine Grade
A small-school strong safety prospect, McMillian figures to be more of an in-the-box type in the NFL. He'll be a developmental guy and probably won't be an ideal replacement for the departed Nick Collins, but might be able to avoid embarassments like Charlie Peprah had against the GIants in the playoffs.
No. 134: Vikings select: Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas Grade
A big, raw and injury-prone kid whose frame and jump-ball ability fits the Vikings' need for an outside threat. There are stronger prospects with fewer question marks still on the board, though, who don't carry Childs' injury baggage.
No. 135: Cowboys select: Matt Johnson, SS, Eastern Washington Grade
Jerry leaps at the chance to show how smart he is by grabbing a small-school prospect that doesn't seem to have been on anyone's board but his. Johnson could at least learn from former projects like Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Pete Hunter and Isaiah Stanback if he can find them - with legit prospects like Boise's George Iloka still on the board this one is rough.


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