Round 4
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  • What he brings 

    Gilyard lacks elite measurables and top-end speed. Those factors combined with some character concerns caused this slide. However, he's a very passionate player who shows great quickness out of his breaks and is very dangerous after the catch. He brings added value on special teams as a returner.

    How he fits 

    :The Rams were 29th in total offense last season and were lacking in big plays at the receiver spot. Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery are good complementary players, but the Rams needed more players with the ability to make plays after the catch, and that's what Gilyard brings.
  • What he brings 

    Griffen was considered an underachiever during his career at USC, so it's no shock that this first-round talent fell to the third day. He has great size, power and explosion when rushing off the edge and has the chance to be a dynamic pass-rusher if he puts it all together. That said, his inconsistent motor may prevent him from reaching his full potential.

    How he fits 

    Minnesota had a good stable of defensive ends already, and it looks as if the Vikings just went after the best available player. Griffen will join Mike Montgomery and Bryan Robinson in spelling stars Jared Allen and Ray Edwards.
  • What he brings 

    Williams may be the third-most-talented receiver in this year's class. Unfortunately, a laundry list of off-the-field concerns caused him to fall to Day 3. Make no mistake, Williams has great size, ability to run the complete route tree and above-average ball skills, and he could become a big-time playmaker at the next level. If the Bucs get him to fly straight, he could be one of the steals of this draft.

    How he fits 

    Williams will have a chance to pair with Arrelious Benn as big, talented targets of the future. The Bucs hope that his route-running and overall ability overcome his off-the-field concerns. He will have a chance to play early, though, and this is a clear risk versus reward pick.
  • What he brings 

    There's a lot to like about Sharpton's toughness and motor. He has to work on his ability to read keys, diagnose plays and locate the ball. He has the potential to become an effective reserve and special-teams player.

    What he brings 

    Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans is one of the most consistently productive defenders in the league, but his backup, Kevin Bentley, is better suited for special teams. Sharpton will provide good depth at the inside linebacker position and has much more upside than Bentley.
  • What he brings 

    Riley is your prototypical linebacker with good overall size, instincts and a nose for the ball. He can clean up his angles and run fits on occasion. He shows above-average point-of-attack skills, has the ability to shed blocks and is a sound overall tackler.

    How he fits 

    Riley will have the opportunity to move inside in the Redskins' 3-4 defense. London Fletcher is still one of the most dynamic, undersized linebackers in the league, but he won't last forever. Rocky McIntosh could be hard to re-sign as well. This was a pick for future depth.
  • What he brings 

    Verner possesses above-average fluidity and the ability to turn, locate and play the football. Although he has great upside and playmaking ability, Verner lacks top-end speed and doesn't have the extra gear to recover when caught out of position.

    How he fits 

    The Titans had the NFL's 31st-ranked defense versus the pass last year. Although the cornerback group was a competitive unit in the mold of Cortland Finnegan, instincts and ball skills are what Verner will try to provide. He and newly signed Tye Hill will have a chance to contribute.
  • What he brings 

    Lindley plays with confidence and has the potential to become a playmaker in coverage, but he has below-average top-end speed and has had issues staying healthy. In addition, he doesn't offer much in run support.

    How he fits 

    Asante Samuel is one of the elite corners in the league, and this is an interesting pick given that Lindley is more likely to be a nickel/slot corner than a true outside corner. The Eagles already have a number of similar types. He will have to improve in run support to see the field any time soon.
  • What he brings 

    There's no question Campbell has elite potential and is worth the risk here. Still, he is a very unpolished prospect and a far better athlete than football player. He's also had some problems staying healthy.

    How he fits 

    Considering Campbell's great physical upside, this was a good pick for the Raiders. He will not have to play immediately with the recent addition of Edwin Veldheer. This pick was worth the risk at this point.
  • What he brings 

    Easley has a nice blend of height and top-end straight-line speed. That said, he is a bit tight in the hips and his lower body is going to struggle to run the complete route tree. He is, however, a very strong runner after the catch with the acceleration to outrun defenders' angles in finding a crease.

    How he fits 

    Though Lee Evans has a lot of speed, James Hardy is coming off an ACL injury that cost him the entire season. With Terrell Owens and Josh Reed still UFAs, the Bills needed to add a receiver at this stage of the draft. His run-after-catch ability should get him on the field.
  • What he brings 

    Ford was a track star at Clemson and can run away from defenders. Still, he is not as explosive changing directions, and his hands are very inconsistent.

    How he fits 

    This was a typical Raiders pick. Ford has elite speed but has work to do in route-running and securing the football. He will undoubtedly stretch the field but will need to advance his receiving skills more quickly than the unproductive Darrius Heyward-Bey.
  • What he brings 

    Wootton tore his ACL in the 2008 Alamo Bowl. Although his knee healed during the course of the 2009 season, he never seemed to regain the burst he'd showed previously. He is a good value here, though, because he has the frame, toughness and motor to immediately bolster depth and eventually develop into a starting power end in a four-man front.

    How he fits 

    With Julius Peppers being added, Wootton will have a chance to become a power end in this 4-3 defense by overtaking Israel Idonije and Mark Anderson. How Wootton overcomes his injury will determine his success.
  • What he brings 

    Stuckey has all the physical tools to potentially develop into a starter down the road with proper development. His football IQ is lacking in terms of natural instincts and ability to quickly diagnose, and that could prevent him from cracking the starting lineup.

    How he fits 

    Aside from Eric Weddle, the safeties in San Diego lacked dynamic playmaking ability last season. Stuckey will have the chance to add this if he learns from Weddle and the guys in front of him.
  • What he brings 

    Thurmond is coming off a knee injury suffered in the beginning of the season. While there is no guarantee he'll get back to his top physical form, his overall talent is worth the risk here. On film he shows good fluidity, route anticipation and ability to mirror receivers in man coverage. He also does a good job locating and playing the football. Thurmond brings added value as a special teams contributor.

    How he fits 

    This pick makes a lot of sense at this stage because the secondary finished 22nd in interceptions and really needed a fourth corner to join Marcus Trufant, Josh Wilson and Kelly Jennings.
  • What he brings 

    McKnight brings excellent vision, quickness and elusiveness as a runner, along with great versatility to contribute in the passing and return game. That said, he has questionable overall toughness and lacks elite home run speed.

    How he fits 

    Given the age of newly acquired LaDainian Tomlinson, the Jets did need another running back. Being undersized and without home run ability, McKnight may not see the field a lot in Year 1, but he will have a chance to develop down the road.
  • What he brings 

    Hernandez is one of the better pass-catching tight ends in this year's class. He brings an immediate receiving threat to the Patriots' offense, and his best ability is running after the catch. He needs to get tougher and more aggressive as a run-blocker.

    How he fits 

    Hernandez will have a real chance to be a receiving target quickly for Tom Brady. The absence of Benjamin Watson creates a real opportunity for him. His blocking will have to improve, but Hernandez likely will play early.
  • What he brings 

    Pitta is limited as far as overall athleticism. However, he is a savvy zone-beater who should develop into a dangerous red zone threat for Joe Flacco. Although he gives good effort as a run-blocker, he needs to get stronger at the point of attack.

    How he fits 

    Baltimore took yet another receiving tight end because Todd Heap is on the downside of his career. Ed Dickson likely will stretch the field, and Pitta will be able to work underneath zones.
  • What he brings 

    Dillard has a great combination of size, speed and excellent range. He is lacking in terms of elite overall instincts and takes too many false steps and can get caught out of position as a result. If he can clean this up, he has the potential to become a solid NFL linebacker.

    How he fits 

    The team lost defensive leader Antonio Pierce. Jonathan Goff is tough but somewhat lacking in space and coverage. The team needed another inside linebacker with the opportunity to beat out Goff and Chase Blackburn while doing the dirty work at inside linebacker.
  • What he brings 

    This seems to be a value pick for the Steelers. Gibson shows great athleticism and an elite quick first step off the edge. That said, he needs refining to develop into the complete pass-rusher.

    How he fits 

    With Gibson, the Steelers organization is obviously looking to the future more than expected. Jason Worilds and Gibson will be developmental projects behind LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison.
  • What he brings 

    Hawley shows good quickness and lateral ability and usually gets into solid initial position. That said, he needs to get stronger in the core to develop inline capability and needs to become more of a finisher in sustaining blocks. He has good upside.

    How he fits 

    Hawley will give the Falcons a chance to mentor a young center for the future behind Todd McClure. Hawley will be able to compete favorably with Brett Romberg. Additionally, he may be able to add offensive guard depth that the club also needed.
  • What he brings 

    Graham is a bit undersized for the position and lacks great strength as an inline blocker. He is a savvy route-runner who is at his best working against zone coverage, where he can locate and sit down in soft spots. In addition, he shows very reliable hands and can make the tough catch outside his frame. He should develop in to a strong reserve.

    How he fits 

    Any time a high-caliber player such as Owen Daniels goes down, it makes an organization cringe. The addition of Graham shows the Texans' concern for maintaining weapons at the tight end position. His hands, body control and desire to catch the ball will give him a chance in the Texans' offense.
  • What he brings 

    Edds is a bit of a reach here but not a surprise. He has the instincts and intelligence that a guy like Bill Parcells covets at the linebacker position. He is a bit limited as far as overall athleticism and range but compensates with great angles in pursuit and ability to hold up in coverage.

    How he fits 

    The Dolphins definitely needed OLB depth and additional talent in this draft. While Edds lacks the upside and playmaking talent of Koa Misi, his toughness and smarts will complement Misi well. He'll be in competition with Cameron Wake, but both of these players will have a real chance to start for the Dolphins as the season progresses.
  • What he brings 

    Atkins has great initial quickness and plays stronger than his smaller frame would indicate. He also showed the flexibility to line up as a 3-technique or outside as a 5-technique defensive end in a three-man front. He will flash as a pass-rusher, but his motor runs hot and cold, which could be the reason he dropped to Round 4.

    How he fits 

    Atkins fits the Bengals' defense in terms of quickness and ability to make plays in space. The club will have to sub defensive ends inside less on third downs with the addition of true defensive tackle with pass-rush skills. The club still needs to add more power in the middle, but Atkins fits what Cincinnati does.
  • What he brings 

    Kafka doesn't have the strongest arm and is trying to make the transition from a spread shotgun offense to a pro-style scheme. On the other hand, he has the pocket mobility, size and accuracy to develop into an effective backup and possibly start in a West Coast scheme down the road.

    How he fits 

    The Eagles certainly entered the draft needing another quarterback. With the departure of Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick were the only quarterbacks remaining. Kafka will be a good fit in this West Coast-style offense. His good footwork and accuracy on the move will allow him to overcome any shortcoming in pure arm strength.
  • What he brings 

    Woods has good size and strength. He also shows above-average athletic ability, which gives him solid upside. He plays too high at times and needs to develop more in terms of overall technique. At this point, he is a much better run-defender than pass-rusher. He should provide immediate depth and could develop into a starter down the road.

    How he fits 

    The Saints' defense allowed 122 yards per game on the ground last season and needed better run-support depth inside. He will be an upgrade against the run over Anthony Hargrove and DeMario Pressley.
  • What he brings 

    Norwood is an instinctive and versatile linebacker. He consistently does a good job making a quick a diagnosis and putting himself in position to make plays. His lack of height to quickly control and shed blocks is a slight concern, but he brings good value on third down to hold up in coverage and rush the passer as a lineman off the edge.

    How he fits 

    Norwood is not a perfect fit in terms of height, weight and speed for a 4-3 strongside linebacker. However, his relentless style and desire to make plays in the backfield will give him a real chance to help this club. It will be interesting to see if he backs up Thomas Davis on the weak side or emerges as a strongside linebacker.
  • What he brings 

    Harbor is a small-school prospect, so there are concerns about the competition he faced at the college level. He may have eased those concerns by showing well against Arkansas during the season, as well as the Shrine Game in the postseason. While he doesn't have elite bulk or the frame to get much bigger, he has excellent strength for his size and can become an adequate blocker. He is at best as a short-to-intermediate receiver.

    How he fits 

    Although the Eagles have a very good tight end in Brent Celek, second-year player Cornelius Ingram is a certain question mark. Martin Rucker is not a receiving threat, so Harbor will have a chance to use his receiving skills and toughness to become a viable target in the passing game.
  • What he brings 

    Owusu-Ansah possesses a combination of size, speed and overall ball skills that can't be coached at the next level. He could line up as both a press corner and safety. He needs to develop in terms of both IQ and instincts but brings added value with good strength as a returner.

    How he fits 

    Mike Jenkins developed well this year opposite Terence Newman at corner. Owusu-Ansah offers a lot of press corner ability in a different mold of Orlando Scandrick and Marquis Floyd. Additionally, he may be able to move to safety, and his return skills are a bonus.
  • What he brings 

    Wilson brings a great combination of size and power. The problem is he is a one-trick pony who needs to develop more pass-rush moves. He has an adequate bull-rush, but he needs to change it up. He lacks suddenness and overall athleticism. He should be able to line up at left defensive end where his biggest upside will be anchoring against the run.

    How he fits 

    With the retirement of Patrick Kearney and addition of Chris Clemons from Philadelphia, Seattle was lacking power at the defensive end spot. Wilson, though lacking in top athleticism, does a good job of anchoring versus the run. His fit will be as a power end in this 4-3 defense.
  • What he brings 

    Fox has great length at 6-foot-7 and adequate feet for his size. He needs to get stronger in the core and doesn't have great inline power, but a few years in the weight room should help him vie for more playing time.

    How he fits 

    A third offensive tackle was needed badly as Jon Jansen filled that role last year, but his days are numbered given his age and injury history. If Fox develops quickly, some say Jeff Backus could even move inside to guard as he ages. He is not a sure pick, but he does offer needed depth.
  • What he brings 

    McClendon possesses great size, a wide body and excellent inline strength. Although he is a limited overall athlete, he has enough quickness and lateral mobility to hold his own on the interior at the next level.

    How he fits 

    The Colts have a young group of guards who have gotten it done in pass protection to this point, but run-blocking has been lacking. McClendon is not a sure pick but will have a chance to improve the Colts in this area.
  • What he brings 

    Schofield suffered a knee injury on the first day of Senior Bowl week, but he is a talented and instinctive football player with a high motor. His best overall quality is his ability to get after the passer with a variety of moves and elite closing burst. Had it not been for the injury, he would have been off the board near the beginning of Day 2 and is definitely worth the risk here.

    How he fits 

    The Cardinals already addressed this need with Daryl Washington, but Schofield will add instant pass rush, which was very much needed this year with the departure of Bertrand Berry. His motor and pass-rush savviness will help this club.
  • What he brings 

    Muckelroy is limited as far as overall athleticism and range. Still, he is a smart, tough and instinctive football player. He does a good job of quickly diagnosing plays and putting himself into position. He will have problems holding up in coverage because of a lack of agility and top-end speed.

    How he fits 

    Dhani Jones is very steady but is not the biggest and is not getting any younger. A strong, inside middle linebacker who plays the run with a physical presence like Muckelroy will have a chance to unseat Abdul Hodge and Dan Skuta so they can focus on special teams.

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