Round 4
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  • What he brings 

    Hogan is instinctive and has good short-area burst with above-average ball skills. There are concerns about his lack of top-end speed and off-field character issues.

    How he fits 

    One of the Panthers' starters, Richard Marshall will likely not be back and Chris Gamble underachieved in 2010 and he has a big contract, so he could also be gone. There is very little depth on a defense that doesn't have a great pass rush, they are forced to blitz a lot and leave their corners on an island, which requires man skills and Hogan should be decent in that situation.
  • What he brings 

    Wright has great size and strength to take on and disengage from blocks at the point of attack. He is a strong and reliable tackler but lacks instincts an can be a second late finding the ball at times.

    How he fits 

    He will add some depth to a linebacking corps that has underachieved a little bit, although this didn't look like a huge need. Aaron Curry has not played up to his draft status and David Hawthorne has been their most consistent guy. Wright could be a solid backup, probably at SLB and should contribute on special teams.
  • What he brings 

    He has good size but is not as physical in run support as expected. He has adequate to good cover skills and also plays the ball well, and he also played the nickelback role at times in college.

    How he fits 

    Donte Whitner is a terrific starter for the Bills, but he wants big money and could easily leave in free agency. If that happens, they need a solid guy in the deep middle of the field and Searcy has enough production at CB to let you think he would be a good cover guy inside but he could also contribute at CB in nickel situations. This is an insurance pick.
  • What he brings 

    Boling played tackle in college but will kick inside to guard in the NFL, where he could be a Day 1 starter because of his awareness and above-average feet for an interior lineman.

    How he fits 

    Former first-rounder Andre Smith fights injuries and has not emerged at RT and there is not much depth behind him, however it is likely that the Bengals will move Boling inside and play him at guard as a swing guy and he actually has a bigger upside than this pick would indicate and it wouldn't be a stretch for him to compete for a starting spot.
  • What he brings 

    Cameron is a former basketball player whose upside as a receiving option has yet to be translated to the football field, and he has to get stronger and tougher as a run blocker.

    <>How he fits He is another target in the passing game for Colt McCoy after they took WR Greg Little in the second round. He can move around the formation and is a tough matchup because of his pass-catching ability. He should be effective on third down and in the red zone.
  • What he brings 

    Acho has great intangibles, a high motor and experience rushing from a two-point stance. He did not come off the board earlier because he lacks elite burst off the edge.

    How he fits 

    Age and marginal production make veterans Joey Porter and Clark Haggans really expendable and the Cardinals got virtually no sack production off the edge from this duo. They desperately need a pass-rusher and Acho will make the transition from DE in college to 3-4 OLB, but to this point he's not a dynamic pass rusher.
  • What he brings 

    Stocker is a three-down tight end and one of the better blockers in this tight end class. He doesn't excel in any one area but does a lot of things, though he is a limited athlete.

    How he fits 

    Kellen Winslow is a solid player but there is very little behind him. Backup John Gilmore is decent but he may leave via free agency and that really hinders the Bucs' ability to use two-tight end sets. With Winslow as an elite receiver, Stocker could be a solid blocker and backup TE in those two-tight end sets.
  • What he brings 

    Helu has a good combination of size and top-end speed, and he is a determined runner who can catch the ball as well. However, he lacks elite lateral quickness.

    How he fits 

    Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking, one-cut offense he needs a quality back and in 2010 he had a bunch of retreads but he couldn?t find a guy that he could count on. Ryan Torain isn't bad but he?s not elite and there is virtually no one behind him. Helu has excellent size and straight-line speed and he will fit this offense well as Torain's backup.
  • What he brings 

    He is versatile enough to line up both outside and inside (on passing downs). He has good closing speed for his size but his production is inconsistent and has not matched his ability.

    How he fits 

    Ray Edwards and Brian Robison may leave in free agency and the only young developmental guy is Everson Griffen. Ballard is a good fit at LDE in this 4-3 defense but an added bonus is his ability to move inside in some situations, which could be really important considering the tentative status of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.
  • What he brings 

    Durham is a big, physical possession receiver who can function as a zone-buster, but he will struggle to separate from man coverage and won't make many plays after the catch.

    How he fits 

    Seattle likes its receivers but it still lacks an elite deep threat who can stretch the field, and Durham is not that guy, either. He is another big, possession-type guy who should help them on third down and in the red zone. However, he doesn't have any skills that make him unique compared to the guys already on the roster.
  • What he brings 

    Carter is a tough, physical and instinctive player who excels in run support. He has above-average ball skills but has limitations in coverage, especially man coverage.

    How he fits 

    How he fits 

    Safety is a critical need for the Broncos and good offenses attack them in the deep middle. Carter will be a good complement to their second-round pick Rahim Moore. One of the two will likely start as a rookie and the other should be a swing guy as a backup. Carter should help, especially in run support.
  • What he brings 

    McCarthy reads his keys well and has a nose for the ball. He also takes good angles and is a solid tackler, but he lacks elite athleticism and range and he will have limitations in coverage.

    How he fits 

    How he fits 

    The Titans have already addressed need at OLB with Akeem Ayers and now they move inside with McCarthy. They have a solid starter at MLB in Stephen Tulloch but he may leave in free agency and that would leave a hug hole. If Tulloch stays, McCarthy could be a significant backup and significant special teams contributor.
  • What he brings 

    Arkin is a physical, mean lineman who played tackle in college but will be a guard in the NFL. He doesn't have elite athleticism but does show enough foot quickness to become a solid starter at the next level.

    How he fits 

    Both starters Leonard Davis and Kyle Kosier could easily be replaced and there is not much depth behind them. This OL could use a complete makeover and Arkin should start as a swing OG but it will be disappointing if he doesn't eventually move into a starting role.
  • What he brings 

    Gates has track-star speed and is dangerous after the catch. He is a bit raw and lacks elite ball skills, but his best football is ahead of him.

    How he fits 

    Brian Hartline is a productive player but he doesn't really stretch the field and Brandon Marshall is their only elite receiver but he comes with baggage. Young Davone Bess seems to be improving but Gates gives them the speed and vertical threat they have been missing and he could take some coverage away from Marshall.
  • What he brings 

    Salas is the ultimate competitor and one of the toughest receivers in the 2011 class. He is a bit raw with his routes but shows good burst out of cuts and maximizes yards after catch by quickly getting upfield.

    How he fits 

    He is the third skill player the Rams have drafted to help QB Sam Bradford and they still don?t have an elite game breaker. Much like their third-round pick Austin Pettis, Salas is a good route runner and he really works well in the middle of the field. While he might not create a lot of big plays, he will give Bradford a dependable target on third down.
  • What he brings 

    Chekwa has good size and speed and is solid in run support. He has adequate ball skills and his instincts and awareness are above-average, but he shows some tightness in coverage.

    How he fits 

    He is the second CB the Raiders have drafted as they anticipate losses in free agency. They could lose both starters and their backups are not elite guys. Chekwa is a typical Raiders corner as a turn-and-run speed guy who will be asked to play mostly man coverage.
  • What he brings 

    Shorts is raw in his routes and has some inconsistency with his hands, but he has the quickness and suddenness to line up in the slot and is above-average after the catch. He also brings special teams value as a returner.

    How he fits 

    Mike Thomas is the only dependable WR on this roster and he is more of a slot guy than an outside threat. Mike Sims-Walker has never really emerged and could be gone in free agency and the rest of their guys are young but unproven. Shorts is a solid guy who should contribute early and he also has good value as a return specialist, but he's not elite.
  • What he brings 

    Hunter is undersized but quick around the corner and can make defenders miss in the hole. He's also shifty in the open field, and if his hands get more consistent he will be valuable on third down. He has had some ball-security issues, though.

    How he fits 

    He is more a Brian Westbrook type than Frank Gore because his lack of size probably doesn't put him in a situation to be an every-down back. He probably needs to improve a little bit of a pass-catcher to be a legitimate nickel back, but he's a solid player.
  • What he brings 

    Matthews is instinctive, has a high motor and is a good tackler. He lacks top-end burst and athleticism but he locates the ball well and is relentless in pursuit. Overall he is a much better football player than athlete.

    How he fits 

    His versatility may allow him to play inside or outside for the Eagles and he will certainly be great on special teams. OLB Ernie Sims will likely leave via free agency and they can move starting MLB Stewart Bradley to the outside with Jamar Chaney taking his spot. Matthews will likely beat out somebody and the Eagles will really try to establish him as a blitzer and he could be very effective in their nickel package.
  • What he brings 

    Brewer is a big, developmental project with good strength and length. He is a bit stiff, though, and does not have great athleticism.

    How he fits 

    Kareem McKenzie is aging at RT and LT David Diehl should probably move inside to OG but he could be replaced by Will Beatty. That leaves Brewer as a potential heir apparent to start at RT and give the Giants some stability with their edge blocking.
  • What he brings 

    Brown lacks elite instincts and has some tightness in his hips, but he is a strong, solid tackler. He has adequate top-end speed and plays the ball aggressively.

    How he fits 

    The Chiefs have three good corners they like in Brandon Carr, Brandon Flowers and young Javier Arenas. But Carr could be lost in free agency and they need better depth. Brown could help initially in their nickel packages and on special teams.
  • What he brings 

    Carter has good lateral mobility and balance, and he's tough between the tackles with the wiggle to find seams. His vision and instincts are questionable, though, and he does not have good hands out of the backfield.

    How he fits 

    The lack of a consistent run game has really hurt the Colts and they have been at or near the bottom of the NFL for the last three seasons. Joseph Addai is injury prone and could leave in free agency and his backup Donald Brown has good potential but hasn't made enough big plays. Carter is a tough and physical guy who has the potential to be that between-the-tackles runner they are looking for to restore their stretch play, but he's really not an elite guy.
  • What he brings 

    Henery has a strong leg and is the most accurate kicker in the class. He can also fill in as a punter if necessary.

    How he fits 

    :This obviously will signal the end for David Akers because when you draft a kicker in the fourth round, you expect him to be your guy.
  • What he brings 

    Prosinski is a productive player who is good against the run and can contribute on special teams.

    How he fits 

    Jacksonville tried six different safety combinations in 2010 and good pass offenses torched them down the seams. Courtney Greene, Sean Considine and Don Carey are all guys without great cover skills, and with a marginal pass rush up front they get really exposed. The Jags could use two new guys and more depth and Prosinski is a step in the right direction.
  • What he brings 

    Hairston is a massive tackle with good strength who can move people off the ball in the running game. He has great length and is light on his feet but he does not bend well and can have trouble with quick double moves.

    How he fits 

    This is a position of need for the Bills and they have ignored it too often in the last few drafts. Demetrius Bell was adequate in 2010 at LT but ideally he would move to RT if they could find a guy to replace him at LT. The big question here is whether Hairston is that guy. He has a chance to be a starter on either side, but he played LT in college and that is probably where he will get his first look.
  • What he brings 

    Doss lacks elite top-end speed but has great body control and is a polished route-runner. He might also have the best hands in this class, and he hast the toughness to work the middle of the field and maximizes yards after catch.

    How he fits 

    Baltimore's big need at WR was a vertical guy to give it more explosive plays which it addressed with Torrey Smith. Doss is not a speed guy and he will likely work out of the slot and in the underneath routes. He is similar to the guys they have right now but he is obviously younger and he and Anquan Boldin should flourish together.
  • What he brings 

    Marecic was a two-way player (FB/LB) in college but we project him as a fullback. He is not a great athlete but he takes good angles to blocks and walls off defenders, and he is a tough between-the-tackles runner.

    How he fits 

    He is a throwback as a FB and he should form a fascinating tandem with Peyton Hillis running behind him. Backup RB Mike Bell is a free agent and Montario Hardesty is coming off a knee injury. This is a group of power backs without a lot of speed, but Marecic should contribute immediately in short-yardage and goal line situations, and also be a terror on special teams.
  • What he brings 

    Jones has excellent top-end speed and explosiveness and brings special-teams value as a returner and cover man. He also has the hands to catch well out of the backfield and contribute on third down, though there is some concern about the competition he faced at the FCS level.

    How he fits 

    This does not look like a position of great need although he could add some depth. Darren McFadden is a solid starter but his backup Michael Bush could possibly leave in free agency. Behind that there is not a lot to get excited about. Jones doesn't have great size but he has that Al Davis speed and he also has some return ability.
  • What he brings 

    Powell is an instinctive, patient runner with good vision. He can see and get through the hole, and he is very good in pass pro. There are concerns, though, about his lack of elite lateral quickness to get in and out of traffic.

    How he fits 

    On paper, it looks like the Jets are pretty deep at RB with Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson and Joe McKnight, but Tomlinson is at the end of his career and McKnight added almost nothing late in the season. Powell has a chance to probably be the No. 3 RB in 2011 and move up when Tomlinson retires.
  • What he brings 

    Carmichael has above-average movement skills and adequate top-end speed. He is experienced, savvy and shows good instincts as well. However, he will get caught flat-footed at times and will be a step late as a result. He also needs to become much more aggressive and effective in run support.

    How he fits 

    Houston continues to revamp its secondary, which was a huge weakness a year ago. Carmichael is the second corner taken in this draft but the Texans do have two young guys who are developing, Glover Quin and Kareem Jackson, and now have four guys to put into the mix and Carmichael is a speed, turn-and-run corner. Carmichael must help them eliminate the big passing plays they gave up a year ago.
  • What he brings 

    Allen has the potential to become an effective press corner. He plays the ball well but will have a hard time staying with receivers in off-man coverage and could be more aggressive against the run.

    How he fits 

    The Steelers have addressed their significant CB needs with back-to-back picks in Curtis Brown and Allen. Their starting CBs, Bryant McFadden and Ike Taylor, are solid but Taylor is aging and could be too expensive. They really suffer versus spread offenses and Allen could contribute as a press edge guy and add depth in the sub packages.
  • What he brings 

    Thomas has limited experience and is very raw overall. But he is a former basketball with upside thanks to good athleticism, body control and hands.

    How he fits 

    This is an interesting position of need for the Broncos and this could be a nice fit. Starter Daniel Graham and backup Richard Quinn are primarily blockers and they are not much blockers in the passing game. The Broncos also have a couple of other young guys who are developmental but Thomas is a guy who they hope to develop into a pass-catching guy they can use in space.
  • What he brings 

    Harper is a bigger back who is light on his feet and has above-average lateral quickness for his size. He needs to run with lower pad level and authority, but he has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

    How he fits 

    Chris Johnson is obviously entrenched as the starter but his backup Javon Ringer hasn't had a chance to produce much. Harper has enough size so he could be interesting if he can run with enough toughness and determination.
  • What he brings 

    House has great size and speed and above-average movement skills to be an effective press corner. However, he has just adequate instincts and can be a quarter-count late turning and locating the ball.

    How he fits 

    Although not a major need, House fits nicely into the Packers' defensive scheme as a press corner who will play a lot of man coverages. They have three solid guys in Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields but Woodson is near the end of his career and they love to have a lot of CBs to play their sub packages.