2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Fourth round breakdown

Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:13pm
By the National Football Post

Round four notes…

Not only did I give Miami RB Lamar Miller a similar grade to Virginia Tech RB David Wilson, (who went in round one) but I also think he can have a similar impact from day one. Miller possesses a natural explosive element to his game and when he puts his foot in the ground, he gets up to speed quickly and can be a home-run type threat. Could end up wining the starting job in Miami during the 2012 season.

Yes, Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu does have a tendency to play a bit high and will struggle with hand placement when asked to shed. However, he possesses an elite combination of size, power and get-off burst and I think the Steelers got an absolute steal with him in round four. He may not be as talented as first round NT Dontari Poe, but I think Ta’amu could end up having a better NFL career, one similar to standout NFL nose tackle Paul Soliai.

Lamar MillerICONLamar Miller could be an impact player early in Miami.

You can never have too many good quarterbacks on a roster and the Redskins got a guy in Kirk Cousins who, in my mind, won’t ever be a big time NFL starting signal-caller. However, he’s the kind of backup who can grind on Robert Griffin III day in and out at practice and really bring the best out of him throughout his NFL career.

I loved the Chiefs fourth round selection of Fresno State wideout Devon Wylie. He’s the definition of a quick-twitch athlete who can separate quickly out of his breaks. He also possesses legit 4.3 speed and can run those deep crossing patterns from the inside. Wylie should be able to contribute early on as a slot guy and is the closest thing to Wes Welker I have seen come along in the NFL draft since the Patriots wide receiver came out.

The Bears added one of the draft’s most versatile athletes in Temple’s Evan Rodriguez. Rodriguez has the ability to play FB, TE and H-back at the next level as he runs well, can create mismatches when split out and will stick as a blocker in the run game. Could be used like an Aaron Hernandez in Chicago.

Speaking of mismatch pieces, the Bengals added Georgia standout tight end Orson Charles, who is one of the better athletes at the position in the draft. He plays fast, has the speed to get down the seam and much like Rodriguez, is a guy who can be used all over the Cincinnati offense.

Arkansas wideout Jarius Wright is another good fourth round value. He showcases the ability to play quick out of his breaks, isn’t afraid to run down the seam and take a hit, and should be able to mature into a ‘plus” slot guy for the Vikings.

Georgia CB Brandon Boykin is a gifted athlete who plays more physical than his frame would indicate. He isn’t the most consistent of tacklers, but he’s got a great feel in zone coverage and showcases the short area quickness to hold his own in man. He’s the type of slot guy the Eagles desperately needed to add in their secondary and they got a great value here.

I think the real strength of the safety class in the 2012 draft is on day three. The Ravens landed one of the NFP’s highest rated FS prospects in Christian Thompson, who has an ideal size/speed combo and could mature into one of the best safety prospects to come out of this draft. A great fourth round selection.

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Jawan JamisonAug 1 11:52p

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent RB Jawan Jamison (Redskins). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Alvester Alexander.

Kraig UrbikAug 1 11:22p

Buffalo Bills OGs Kraig Urbik and Cyril Richardson shared reps at right guard with the first-team offense during practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Riley CooperAug 1 11:12p

Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper's (foot) foot injury is not considered serious, and he should be able to return to practice in a few days, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

Daryl SmithAug 1 10:52p

Baltimore Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan (back), LB Daryl Smith (groin) and CB Lardarius Webb (back) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Adewale OjomoAug 1 10:12p

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent DE Adewale Ojomo (Titans). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Calvin PryorAug 1 10:02p

New York Jets FS Calvin Pryor (concussion) said he will not change his playing style even though he suffered a concussion during training camp. 'I play physical, be aggressive, [ More ]

Alex GreenAug 1 09:42p

New York Jets RB Alex Green (chest) and WR Quincy Enunwa (hip) were able to participate in practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Eric DeckerAug 1 09:32p

New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) is expected to play in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 2. Decker was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 1, because of a hamstring injury.

James WhiteAug 1 09:22p

New England Patriots RB James White has been performing well during training camp and has shown a lot of maturity during practice, according to QB Tom Brady. 'He's done [ More ]

Tashaun GipsonAug 1 09:12p

Cleveland Browns SS Tashaun Gipson (knee) suffered a left knee injury during practice Friday, Aug. 1, and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on the injury.

John GrecoAug 1 09:12p

Cleveland Browns OGs Garrett Gilkey and John Greco split time at right guard with the first-team offense during practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Brandon HardinAug 1 09:02p

The New York Jets have released FS Brandon Hardin.

Bobby WagnerAug 1 08:52p

Seattle Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood (foot) and LB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Knowshon MorenoAug 1 08:32p

Miami Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) said he is feeling better but is not sure if he will be able to play in a preseason game. 'I don't know. [ More ]

Scott ChandlerAug 1 07:52p

Buffalo Bills TEs Scott Chandler (groin) and Tony Moeaki (hamstring) are not participating in practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Chris WilliamsAug 1 07:52p

Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith (undisclosed), OG Chris Williams (toe) and OG Chris Hairston (back) are participating in practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Mike AdamsAug 1 07:42p

Indianapolis Colts SS Delano Howell, FS Sergio Brown, FS Mike C. Adams and FS Colt Anderson have all received snaps with the first-team defense during training camp. FS LaRon [ More ]

Scott ChandlerAug 1 07:22p

Buffalo Bills TEs Chris Gragg and Dominique Jones may be the only two tight ends that are able to play in the Hall of Fame game because of injuries [ More ]

Marshawn LynchAug 1 07:22p

The Seattle Seahawks officially reinstated RB Marshawn Lynch from the Reserve/Did Not Report list Friday, Aug. 1.

Taylor PriceAug 1 07:12p

Seattle Seahawks released WR Taylor Price (hamstring) from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Friday, Aug. 1.

Trevardo WilliamsAug 1 07:02p

The Houston Texans placed LB Trevardo Williams and OT Bryan Witzmann (undisclosed) on no-recall waivers Friday, Aug. 1. Witzmann was placed on waivers with an injury designation.

Michael SmithAug 1 05:42p

The New York Jets signed RB Michael Smith (Buccaneers) Friday, Aug. 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Joe AdamsAug 1 05:22p

The Houston Texans signed WR Joe Adams (Panthers) Friday, Aug. 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Terrence ToliverAug 1 05:02p

Free-agent CB Brandon E. Smith (Bills), WR Terrence Toliver (Bears), TE Brett Brackett (Dolphins) and OG Jared Smith (Seahawks) all officially cleared waivers and became free agents Friday, Aug. 1.

Jared AbbrederisAug 1 04:32p

The Green Bay Packers fear WR Jared Abbrederis (knee) suffered a torn acute cruciate ligament in practice Thursday, July 31.

Josh GordonAug 1 03:32p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is not expected to get a decision on his appeal hearing until Monday, Aug. 4, at the earliest.

Troy KropogAug 1 01:22p

New York Giants OT Troy Kropog (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 1.

Jesse WilliamsAug 1 01:12p

Seattle Seahawks DT Jesse Williams (leg) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 1.

Datone JonesAug 1 01:12p

Green Bay Packers DE Datone Jones reported to camp at 285 pounds, which was his playing weight as a rookie, and he said he lost body fat and feels [ More ]

Randall CobbAug 1 01:02p

Green Bay Packers WRs Randall Cobb, Myles White and Jared Abbrederis were returning punts in practice Thursday, July 31. White struggled Wednesday, July 30, but looked better Thursday. White [ More ]

Max StarksAug 1 01:02p

The Arizona Cardinals signed OT Max Starks (Rams) Friday, Aug. 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Mike NealAug 1 01:02p

Green Bay Packers LB Nick Perry (foot, knee) and LB Mike Neal (abdomen) have both been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and have joined training camp practices.

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