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2011 NFL Draft Blog: Rounds 6 & 7
By Jonathan Hull

Got to thank Matt Horkman for handling much of this blog while I was unavailable to help him out. In repayment, I'm taking one the draft's final two rounds. It's going to be rapid fire, but I'm all ready to go. Let's see who can find some late-round heroes.

Top 10 available
1. Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
2. Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
3. Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
4. Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
5. DeMarcus Love, OG, Arkansas
6. Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut
7. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
8. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame
9. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
10. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College

166. Panthers - Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut
And just as I post my Top 10, there goes one of them. I thought Wilson was a third round talent. He's got very good instincts and should fit in well at Carolina as an OLB.

167. Bengals - Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford
168. Vikings - DeMarcus Love, OG, Arkansas

And another off my top 10 available is gone. Love was once thought of as a first rounder, but he wasn't great at the Senior Bowl and didn't help himself further with any other workout. He has some ability, though. He was a tackle his senior year, but his best NFL position appears the be guard.

169. Bills - Chris White, LB, Mississippi State
170. Vikings - Mistral Raymond, DB, South Florida
171. Cardinals - Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina

Good find by the Cards in the sixth round. Sturdivant has talent, but does have some injury issues to answer to. He should help on special teams immediately and has a chance to develop into a starter.
 

172. Vikings - Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock

173. Seahawks - Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson
174. Dolphins - Charles Clay, TE, Tulsa
175. Titans - Byron Stingily, OT, Louisville
176. Cowboys - Dwayne Harris, WR, ECU

Harris had just moved onto my top 10 available list. Dallas needs to find a kick returner and Harris can fill that role. He's also a great option as a slot receiver with a willingness to go over the middle.

Top 10 available
1. Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
2. Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
3. Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
4. Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
5. Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
6. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
7. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame
8. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
9. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College
10. Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State

Just dawned on me Tyler Sash hasn't been drafted. He's a guy I liked in the third or fourth round. I thought Todman and Williams could each be second rounders.

177. Redskins - Evan Royster, RB, Penn State
Mike Shanahan loves RBs. He traded up to get Roy Helu from Nebraska earlier and now takes a second ball carrier in Evan Royster. Royster isn't going to break away and wow anyone, but is a great option between the tackles. Can't see him being much more than a situational back with short yardage being his forte.

178. Redskins - Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU
179. Packers - Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah
180. Ravens - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

There are times Taylor appeared to be the most dynamic QB in the country. But for most of his tenure at Va. Tech he was plagued by inconsistency. He was a much more dependable QB as a senior and he's got a chance to develop into a solid backup.

181. Raiders - Richard Gordon, TE, Miami
182. 49ers - Ronald Johnson, WR, USC

I'm higher on Johnson than most are. He understands the game, but didn't have a great QB situation during his senior year at USC. Ultimately, that hurt his value. He'll make the team in San Francisco.

183. Chargers - Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
Fantastic value. Todman does not pass the eye test. He's short, but he isn't known for blazing speed. He's a tough, downhill runner, but his burst through seams and small holes is second to none. Todman can be an every down back and gives San Diego a great security plan with Ryan Mathews who was hurt much of last season.

184. Cardinals - David Carter, DT, UCLA
185. Giants - Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

As a Cowboys fan, the Giants draft scares me. They have found value everywhere. Jones has often been considered too small for the NFL, but it would be a challenge to find a player with better instincts. He's a tackling machine plain and simple. He's got a shot to be a starter within two seasons in New York.

186. Packers - D.J. Smith, LB, Appalachian State
187. Buccaneers - Allen Bradford, RB, USC
188. Colts - Chris L. Rucker, CB, Michigan State
189. Broncos - Mike Mohamed, LB, Cal
190. 49ers - Colin Jones, S, TCU
191. Eagles - Jason Kelce, OG, Cincinnati

I'll be curious to see how Philly uses Kelce. Some teams thought he might be a FB in the NFL, but Philly's offense doesn't exactly call for a FB. He's got some athleticism for an interior lineman and can play guard or center.

192. Falcons - Matt Bosher, PT, Miami, Fla.
193. Eagles - Brian Rolle, LB, Ohio State
194. Patriots - Markell Carter, DE, Central Arkansas
195. Bears - J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia
196. Steelers - Keith Williams, OG, Nebraska
197. Packers - Ricky Elmore, LB, Arizona

The Packers add another pass rusher here and do so with good value. Elmore can work his way into getting some reps as a rookie. This is the first rush LB the Packers have taken, which is a little surprising to me.

198. Giants - Tyler Sash, S, Iowa
I have seriously loved the Giants draft. I find they are consistently adding players who can contribute at a high level and they're getting those guys for great value. Sash is no different. He probably should have stayed in school another year, but I still thought he would have gone in the third round.

199. Chiefs - Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss
Powe is nothing short of an anchor. He's a great fit for the Chiefs 3-4 scheme as a NT and could eventually become the team's best option at the position.
 

200. Vikings - Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State
Very good value here. I fully expect Homan to develop into a top reserve LB and be a good special teams option. It won't surprise me if he's a starter at some point in his career.

201. Chargers - Steve Schilling, OG, Michigan
202. Giants - Jacquain Williams, LB, South Florida

203. Panthers - Zack Williams, OG, Washington State
Seventh Round

204. Broncos - Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
This is the second TE the Broncos have selected after taking Julius Thomas out of Portland State in the fourth round. Thomas is a project, who was a basketball player until last season. Green isn't as much of a project despite being taken two rounds later. He's a natural pass catcher with the speed to stretch the seams. I expect Green to figure into the offense as a rookie.

205. Seahawks - Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU
The Seahawks began going to a hybrid defense last season. Levingston gives the Seahawks some versatility as an interior lineman.

206. Bills - Justin Rogers, CB, Richmond
207. Bengals - Korey Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois
208. Jets - Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

McElroy is as smart as they come. He fits well as a good backup because he will understand any offense and be fine with his role.

209. Lions - Johnny Culbreath, OT, South Carolina State
210. Falcons - Andrew Jackson, OG, Fresno State
211.
49ers - Bruce Miller, LB, Central Florida
Miller was one of my favorite sleeper picks for teams with a 3-4 scheme. He's a good pass rusher and should make a solid transition as a rush LB at the next level.

212. Titans - Zach Clayton, DT, Auburn

Top 10 available
1. Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
2. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
3. Deandre McDaniel, S, Clemson
4. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame
5. Lawrence Guy, DE, Arizona
6. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
7. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College
8. Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina
9. Greg Romeus, DE, Pitt
10a. Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky
10b. Lee Ziemba, OG, Auburn

213. Redskins - Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State
214. Texans - Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State
215. Vikings -
D'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona
The second University of Arizona DE with the last name Reed to be drafted. Unfortunately for the Vikes, this Reed doesn't have the same athleticism and ability as Brooks Reed who went to Houston in the second round. He's got great strength, though, and the Vikings know they need depth on the DL.

216. Rams - Mikail Baker, CB, Baylor
217. Redskins - Maurice Hurt, OG, Florida
218. Packers - Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina
219. Patriots - Malcolm Williams, CB, TCU
220. Cowboys - Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia

A lot of guys coming off the board now that definitely weren't on every team's board. That's how it goes. At this point, teams are taking players who have a chance of making the squad as a special teams player.

221. Giants - Da'rel Scott, RB, Maryland
Scott was the fastest RB at the combine and has nice size to go with that speed. He'll push to be one of the RBs the Giants keep on their roster this year. At worst, he makes the practice squad.

Sorry for the long time between updates. I had some internet
connectivity issues. Here's the last bit of the seventh round blog.
221. Giants - Da'rel Scott, RB, Maryland
Scott was the fastest RB at the combine and has nice size to go with
that speed. He'll push to be one of the RBs the Giants keep on their
roster this year. At worst, he makes the practice squad.
222. Buccaneers - Anthony Gaitor, CB, Florida International
223. Chiefs - Shane Bannon, RB, Yale
224. Redskins - Markus White, DE, Florida State
225. Ravens - Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
Finding value at RB in the seventh round is fairly common in the NFL.
The Ravens are able to do so here with Allen. He ran in an option
offense in college, but that means nothing when looking at what he can
do in the NFL. He's got the ability to run inside as well as stretch
the perimeter.
226. Saints - Greg Romeus, DE, Pitt
Romeus was once thought of as one of the best DEs of this draft class,
but injuries have derailed those hopes. Still, great value here in the
seventh round. I have loved what the Saints have done in the draft.
227. Jets - Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado
228. Rams - Jabara Williams, LB, Stephen F. Austin
229. Rams - Jonathan Nelson, CB, Oklahoma
230. Falcons - Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina
Matthews was one of the best players available and a guy I thought
could go in the fourth round. He's a little smallish now, but has room
to grow. Atlanta is definitely in the market for a pass rusher and
Matthews is a raw specimen the Falcons might be able to get something
out of right away.
231. Dolphins - Frank Kearse, DT, Alabama A&M
232. Steelers - Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech
Batch brings a lot of different things to the table. He's a better
runner between the tackles than he's given credit for and there's no
doubt how good he can be catching the ball out of the backfield. High
character as well, which is why the Steelers will like him.
233. Packers - Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
Packers stocking up on linemen late. I thought Guy could even sneak
into the second round. He had some great workouts. Should be a DE in
the Pack's 3-4 scheme
234. Chargers - Andrew Gachkar, LB, Missouri
235. Dolphins - Jimmy Wilson, DB, Montana
236. Vikings - Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M
Burton was a star at the Division II level, playing in that division's
best league, the Lone Star Conference. His production was very nice in
a pass-happy scheme. I considered him a nice sleeper.
237. Eagles - Greg Lloyd, LB, Connecticut
His father was a sack master for the Steelers. The younger Lloyd will
play at rival Philadelphia.
238. Buccaneers - Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho
239. 49ers - Michael Person, OT, Montana State
240. Eagles - Stanley Havili, FB, USC
241. Raiders - David Ausberry, WR, USC
242. Seahawks - Malcolm Smith, LB, USC
A run on USC players here with three in a row. Havili was considered
by some to be the second best FB in this draft. Ausberry and Smith
were borderline to be drafted and likely left off several boards.
243. Saints - Nathan Bussey, LB, Illinois
244. Panthers - Lee Ziemba, OT, Auburn
I like the value for Ziemba here. I thought he could go as high as the
fourth round.
245. Bills - Michael Jasper, DT, Bethel (Tenn.)
246. Bengals - Jay Finley, RB, Baylor
247. Broncos - Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma
248. Browns - Eric Hagg, S, Nebraska
249. Cardinals - Demarco Sampson, WR, San Diego State
250. 49ers - Curtis Holcomb, CB, Florida A&M
251. Titans - Tommie Campbell, S, California (Pa.)
252. Cowboys - Bill Nagy, OC, Wisconsin
253. Redskins - Christopher Neild, DT, West Virginia
254. Texans - Cheta Ozougwu, DE, Rice
Congrats to the latest Mr. Irrelevant. Interesting to see the Texans
go with a local product out of Houston area school Rice. Maybe Ozougwu
can make a bigger impact than those who were irrelevant before him.
That's it for the draft. Look for plenty of post-draft content in the
coming days, including team-by-team grades tomorrow. Thanks for
sticking with us here until the end and my apologies for the internet
problems that delayed updates.

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