2012 NFL Mock Draft 7th Round

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Nov 22, 2011; Athens, OH, USA; Ohio Bobcats wide receiver LaVon Brazill (7) is unable to make a catch while being defended by Miami-Ohio Redhawks cornerback Dayonne Nunley (3) at Peden Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Every day the past week I’ve been rolling out another round of my full 2012 7 round Mock draft. Here is round 6, to make things easier I’ve listed the previous picks under the pick. If you want the explanations for the pick, check out the previous rounds.


7 1 208 Indianapolis Colts
-Jerry Franklin LB, Arkansas
Previous Selections: Andrew Luck QB; Peter Konz C, Mohamed Sanu WR; Derek Wolfe DL; Oliver Vernon OLB; Mike Daniels DL; Rhett Ellison, TE;

The Colts defense is transitioning from a 43 Tampa 2 to a defense that is going to require bigger bodies and different types of players at every position the next couple of years. Franklin is good value here and the best linebacker left.

7 2 209 St. Louis Rams
-Herbie Loni Fangupo, DL, BYU

previous picks: Trent Richardson RB; Jerel Worthy DT; Whitney Merciuls DE; Zach Brown LB; Greg Childs WR; Robert Blanton CB;

Herbie Loni Fangupo is not a well known name, and a little older prospect, but he fits a big need for the Rams. The Rams don’t have great defensive tackles and the ones they do have are getting old. Fred Robbins is in the twilight of his career. Jeff Fisher is a guy who likes defensive tackles as well so he could definitely take two in this draft.


7 3 210 Minnesota Vikings-Rennie Moore, DT, Clemson Tigers
Previous picks: Matt Kalil T, Alshon Jeffery WR, Jayron Hosley CB, Sean Spence LB; Rishard Matthews WR; Frank Alexander DE; Keith Tandy CB;

The Vikings add a talented player who was over shadowed by his teammate Brandon Thompson, but is talented enough to be selected a full round earlier than this so the Vikings can’t resist adding another defensive linemen.


7 4 211 Cleveland Browns-Tauren Poole, RB, Tennessee
Previous picks: Justin Blackmon WR; Nick Perry DE; Doug Martin RB; Brandon Weeden QB, Josh Norman CB; Travis Lewis LB; Bryan Anger P; Marcel Jones T;

The Browns could address the running back position more than once in the NFL Draft. The Running back group on the team right now is not great after Peyton Hillis. There are no real proven runners.
7 5 212 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State
Previous picks: Morris Claiborne CB; Bobby Wagner LB, Chris Polk RB; Dwight Jones WR; Dajohn Harris DT;

Jack Crawford had the huge issue with drugs in his apartment which could cause him to go undrafted, but if that didn’t happen he might have gone at some point in the fifth round. The Buccaneers haven’t shied away from taking players who have some issues so they take the chance on Crawford here.

7 6 213 Washington Redskins-Blair Walsh, K, Georgia
Previous picks: RGIII QB; Jeff Allen OL; James Michael Johnson LB; Markelle Martin S; Ron Brooks CB; Emmanuel Acho LB;

Kickers will be drafted this year, though I fully admit I’m not a 100 percent sure which teams consider kicker a big need. I think the Redskins are one of them.

7 7 214 Indianapolis Colts (from Jacksonville through New York Jets)
Brandon Lindsey, OLB, Pittsburgh
Previous Selections: Andrew Luck QB; Peter Konz C, Mohamed Sanu WR; Derek Wolfe DL; Oliver Vernon OLB; Mike Daniels DL; Rhett Ellison, TE; Jerry Franklin LB;

Lindsey has some ability as a 43 DE or most likely a 34 OLB. The Colts have Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney who they are hoping handle the transition to 34 OLB, but they could grab some more players to create competition there.


7 8 215 Miami Dolphins-Markus Zusevics, OL, Iowa 
previous picks: Ryan Tannehill QB; Shea McClellin OLB; Orson Charles TE; Brandon Boykin CB; Joe Adams WR; Brandon Taylor S; Junior Hemingway WR;

Although he got hurt lifting the bench at the combine and might miss some time he has a chance to develop into a starting offensive linemen. Iowa linemen have a good pedigree and are well respected in the league.
7 9 216 Carolina Panthers-Lavon Brazill, WR, Ohio
Previous selection: Coples DE; Janoris Jenkins CB; Keenan Robinson LB; Nate Potter T; Drew Butler P;

Brazill isn’t the biggest guy or the fastest guy, but he knows how to run routes and really competes for the ball when it’s in the air. He plays strong and physical and can be a guy who racks up some yards after the catch.
7 10 217 Buffalo Bills-Tyler Nielsen, LB, Iowa
Previous picks: Dre Kirkpatrick CB; Amini Silatalou G, Mitchell Schwartz, OL; Ty. Hilton WR; Darius Fleming OLB/DE; Russel Wilson QB; Coyrell Judie CB;

The Bills need to add some linebackers and offensive linemen in this draft. Nielsen is athletic and can play either outside linebacker position.
7 11 218 Kansas City Chiefs-Shawn Loseiou, LB, Merrimack
Previous picks: David Decastro OL, David Wilson RB; Kirk Cousins, QB; Michael Egnew TE; James Brown OL; Keshawn Martin WR;

I think ideally Chiefs fans would like to see an inside linebacker drafted before the 7th round, but the board fell in a different way for them and they got tremendous value often. Here they take the little known Merrimack Linebacker to play special teams and add depth to the inside linebacker position.

Dec 26, 2011; Shreveport, LA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Donte Paige-Moss (98) and linebacker Darius Lipford (23) during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. Missouri won 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

7 12 219 Detroit Lions (from Seattle Seahawks)-Donte Pagie Moss DE, UNC

Paige Moss has a lot of upside as a pass rusher, but had an absolutely terrible year. His production dropped off tremendous and he lost his starting job. Paige-moss will fit in nicely with the Lions pass rush rotation if he can get motivated from going from a pre-season first round pick to a 7th round pick.
7 13 220 Chicago Bears-B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Previous picks: Coby Fleener TE, Devon Still DL, Casey Hayward CB; Jake Bequette DE; Terrell Manning LB; Eddie Pleasant S;

B.J. Cunningham is the best player available and he fills a position of need for the Bears. The Bears are looking for more of a slot WR type, but the value on defense was so terrific in every round that they went with defensive players. They luck out here getting the consistent Cunningham.
7 14 221 Arizona Cardinals-Micah Perellin, CB, Hampton
Previous picks: Michael Floyd WR; Donald Stephenson OT; Kyle Wilber OLB; Kheeston Randall DL; Jewell Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois; Evan Rodriguez TE;

The Cardinals  have a talented team, but like every other team need cornerback depth. Perellin has great height and length and pretty good speed. Perrellin has the potential to play cornerback of safety, but would be best suited to play with the Cardinals, he’s fluid and aggressive.


7 15 222 Dallas Cowboys-Adrian Hamilton, OLB, Prairie View
Previous picks: Fletcher Cox DL, Trumaine Johnson CB/FS; Ben Jones C; Bill Winn DL; Joe Looney G; Trenton Robinson DB; Daniel “Boom” Herron

Adrian Hamilton is hoping to follow in the same footsteps as Robert Mathis who came out of the same conference and had the same kind of dominating season before he emerged as one of the best pass rusher in the entire football league. Hamilton might not be as athletic as Mathis, but he has a decent spin move, athleticism, and a terrific motor.


7 16 223 Minnesota Vikings (from Philadelphia through New England)-Desmond Wynn, OL, Rutgers
Previous picks: Matt Kalil T, Alshon Jeffery WR, Jayron Hosley CB, Sean Spence LB; Rishard Matthews WR; Frank Alexander DE; Keith Tandy CB; Rennie Moore DT;

The Vikings add another offensive linemen here with Desmond Wynn is 6’6 about 300 pounds who’s coordinated. He’s had some injuries in his history, he’s athletic and could be a really terrific pass blocking guard. Needs to get stronger to be a good run blocker.

7 17 224 Green Bay from New York Jets: Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
Previous pick: LB Luke Kuechly; DL Brandon Thompson, Robert Turbin RB; Leonard Johnson CB; Philip Blake C; Antonio Allen S; Randy Bullock K; Dale Moss WR;

This is not the Packers M.O. but they could consider Harris who is a terrific return man and was really spectacular coverage man when he was playing at Oregon. The Packers might consider a late round flier on Harris if they can get over his trouble history.

7 18 225 Seattle Seahawks (from Oakland)-Quentin Salusberry, OL, Mississippi State
Previous picks: Dontari Poe DL, Ronnell Lewis LB, Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati; Shuan prater, CB; Ryan Miller G;

A guy who can play center or guard at the N.F.L. after he gets some coaching has the requisite athleticism and pretty good instincts, but needs some technique work, though he has good functional strength as well.
7 19 226 San Diego Chargers-Michael Smith, RB, Utah State
Previous picks: Mark Barron S, Vinny Curry OLB; Mike Martin DL; Chris Rainey Athlete; James Hanna TE; Michael Bewster C;

Michael Smith is a favorite among dratniks. Smith, some believe, can be better than his highly coveted teammate Robert Turbin. Smith is very fast and and well built. He catches the ball pretty well more of a change of pace back.
7 20 227 Tennessee Titans-Danny Coale, WR, VA Tech
Previous picks: Chandler Jones DE, Bobby Massie OT, Nick Toon WR; Trevin Wade CB; Aaron Henry S; Ryan Steed CB;

Coale is highly productive slot wide receiver who can double as a return man as well. He should help out on special teams.
7 21 228 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Cincinnati Bengals)-Cordarro Law, LB/DE, Southern Mississippi
Previous selections: Melvin Ingram DE, Harrison Smith S, Marvin Jones WR; David Molk C; Tommy Streeter WR; Vaughn Metaoga DL;

Cordarro Law is a DE or 34 OLB depending on the team and or system. Law seems like a Jagaurs type player which is why I mocked him here even though he might be an ideal system fit. His length should allow him a chance to play 43 DE.
7 22 229 Atlanta Falcons-Jermaine Kearase, WR, Washington
Previous picks: Josh Robinson, CB, Florida; Cam Johnson DE; Levy Addock, T; Josh LeReibus G;

Jermaine Kearse has plenty of physical ability, but was inconsistent at Washington Huskies. He’s great pickup here for the Falcons.

7 23 230 Detroit Lions-Akiem Hicks, DT,Regina
Previous picks: Jon Martin OL, Lamar Miller RB, Dwight Bentley CB; Nigel Bradham LB; Demario Davis LB; Donte Paige Moss DE;

Hicks I don’t know much about because I haven’t made a habit of watching College Football games in Canada, but I’ve heard positive things about him. He might be considered a 34 NT by some teams, but I think that’s not as big a concern for NFL teams. Big bodied DL who can move can play any number of positions along the defensive line.

7 24 231 Pittsburgh Steelers-Tashuan Gipson, CB, Wyoming
Dont’a Hightower LB; LaMichael James RB; Brandon Mosley OT; Brandon Hardin S; DeAngelo Peterson TE; Nick Foles QB;

The Steelers need corneback talent and could consider Cornerback int he first round I believe. Gipson can play cornerback or safety and is a smart instinctive leader type that the Steelers will appreciate. He also has good size at 5’11 216 pounds.

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