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2012 NFL Draft - Round 7


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:46 PM

TB - Michael Smith, RB Utah State
An exceptional athlete that saw limited action in the Aggies' jam-packed backfield, Smith profiles as a third-down back for the Bucs. He is unlikely to see much action in that role, however, since Doug Martin should capably fill that role. About the only way Smith will see regular playing time is if Martin gets injured, leaving LeGarrette Blount as the early-down back and Smith coming in on passing downs. He's a solid bet to make the team as the third back despite his shortcomings as a blocker because he is so explosive.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

MIA - Rishard Matthews, WR Nevada
The Dolphins land their second "possession" receiver of the day. Unlike BJ Cunningham, Matthews isn't a below-average athlete and may only make the team because receiver is such a need for Miami. He'll struggle to achieve any kind of short- or long-term fantasy value.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:26 PM

PHI - Bryce Brown, RB Kansas State
Brown was the top recruit in the nation just a few years ago for Tennessee, but transferred to K-State when he was unhappy about playing time with the Vols. Brown has near-ideal size for a RB (6-0, 223), but faces a long road to achieve fantasy relevancy and a stacked depth chart in Philly behind LeSean McCoy and Dion Lewis. He has a shot of grabbing the RB3 job for the Eagles, but he can be ignored in redraft and dynasty leagues for the time being, assuming he even beats out Graig Cooper in camp.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:31 PM

PIT - Toney Clemons, WR Colorado
Clemons receives high marks as a physical possession receiver, but he struggles with drops and has no chance to be anything more than a WR5 for the Steelers for the foreseeable future. He has no redraft or dynasty value right now.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

TB - Drake Dunsmore, FB Northwestern
Dunsmore was announced as a fullback, but was rarely asked to block as a tight end for the Wildcats as one of the school's top receiving weapons. He's a solid pass-catcher, but isn't going to make all that many big plays as a TE. If the Bucs insist on making him a fullback, he has the size to do the job, but he obviously loses any chance at achieving fantasy value. His best role would likely be as an H-back.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

NE - Jeremy Ebert, WR Northwestern
Ebert put up some nice numbers in the Wildcats' spread attack, but he faces long odds at cracking the Pats' depth chart, even if they keep six receivers. With Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman, Chad Ochocinco, Anthony Gonzalez, Donte Stallworth and Deion Branch all around, he'll be hard-pressed to find a meaningful role with New England.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:00 PM

KC - Junior Hemingway, WR Michigan
Like the receiver above him, Hemingway goes to a team who has at least 2-3 players ahead of him on the depth chart who are better at the things the rookie does well. Hemingway is fast and explosive, but will be hard-pressed to find time ahead of Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, Jonathan Baldwin and fellow rookie Devon Wylie.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

PIT - David Paulson, TE Oregon
Yet another seventh-rounder getting thrown to the wolves. Behind Heath Miller, Leonard Pope and Weslye Sanders, it is hard to imagine Paulson even making the team.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

GB - BJ Coleman, QB Tennessee-Chattanooga
The next seventh-round QB find for the Packers? Coleman flashed in the East-West Shrine Game and could have easily been drafted in the fourth or fifth round. He'll likely slot in as the QB3 behind Graham Harrell for now, but he has enough ability to beat him out in a year or two. Believe it or not, Coleman actually has more Aaron Rodgers attributes than one might expect from a seventh-rounder, but he is definitely lacking in terms of one of key traits a NFL quarterback needs - going through his progressions. There is no redraft value here, but he could eventually emerge in the same way Matt Flynn did.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:18 PM

NYJ - Jordan White, WR Western Michigan
A powerful receiver who is a good route runner, White has a chance at contributing as a fourth receiver if he can beat out Patrick Turner in camp. White can line up and play inside and out, which means he should see the field enough to dent the box score. However, in the Jets' run-heavy scheme, he can be ignored in fantasy.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:22 PM

CLE - Brad Smelley, FB Alabama
Smelley played a key role for the national champs this season as a TE, but will be asked to lead block for Trent Richardson, his college teammate. Even if he stayed at TE, he'd be buried behind Ben Watson and Evan Moore.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:32 PM

SD - Edwin Baker, RB Michigan State
Baker has good vision and can run inside, but he has build-up speed and got demoted during the 2011 season. He could stick as the fifth and final RB/FB on the Chargers' roster, but could just as easily get cut before the start of the season.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

STL - Daryl Alexander, RB Abilene Christian
The younger brother of Bengals RB Bernard Scott, Alexander has speed to burn. However, he's not going to challenge Isaiah Pead behind Steven Jackson, so he'll likely find himself inactive most weeks if he is able to stick with the team and avoid the practice squad.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:46 PM

IND - Chandler Harnish, QB Northern Illinois
Harnish elicits comparisons to one Tim Tebow for his style of play, but lacks the fan and divine support of the new Jets' backup QB. Harnish is not quite as powerful as a runner, but is a more accurate (62.5 percent) that threw for 2,942 yards and had a 26:5 TD-to-INT ratio last season. Harnish has no fantasy value with Andrew Luck locked in as the Colts' long-term QB, but Harnish is good enough to stick around as Luck's long-time caddy.