NFC Draft Review

In this report, takes a look at all drafted rookies in the NFC's other divisions and their expected roles for this season, with an eye on the depth charts of each team.


Dallas Cowboys

Bobby Carpenter/LB/Ohio State – He was one of the high risers on draft boards of late, and Carpenter was being looked at by many teams that run the 3-4 defensive scheme. In fact, sources say had the Browns missed out on selecting DE/OLB Kamerion Wimbley in the first round, they would have likely traded down to select Carpenter.

Carpenter can play inside or outside in their scheme but will likely play outside initially.

Anthony Fasano/TE/Notre Dame – One of the more surprising selections of the second round, sources say the selection was between Fasano and OL Charles Spencer. Fasano gives the team insurance should they have trouble re-signing TE Jason Witten, who is on the last year of his contract. Plus Fasano gives them help in their two-tight end sets as well as quality depth at the position.

Jason Hatcher/DE/Grambling – If he has a good training camp, should have a good chance to be active on game day and to see some snaps.

Skyler Green/WR/LSU – He'll have a shot to make the team as a special teams returner and also as their fourth or fifth receiver.

Pat Watkins/S/Florida State – A solid value in the fifth round, Watkins could challenge for playing time down the line.

Montavious Stanley/DT/Louisville – A nice value selection where they got him, and he'll have a chance at playing time behind veteran DT Jason Ferguson.

Paul McQuistan/OT/Dallas – Here's a player that most thought would go off the board much earlier so he's a good value this late. McQuistan will have a chance to make the team in training camp as they don't have any positions in back of either starting tackle that's guaranteed.

E.J. Whitley/C/Texas Tech – Could make the roster as starting C Al Johnson's backup, but most likely a practice squad candidate.

New York Giants ..

Mathias Kiwanuka/DE/Boston College – He'll have a chance to get some snaps in every game in what looks to be a four-man rotation, and he'll give them insurance if one of the two starters gets hurt. Kiwanuka could also develop into veteran DE Michael Strahan's eventual replacement.

Sinorice Moss/WR/Miami-Fla. – Moss offers the team speed at receiver and could also develop into a special teams returner. Moss should wind up being in their rotation each week as a change-of-pace receiver and adding depth.

Gerris Wilkinson/LB/Georgia Tech – He'll likely have a chance to compete for playing time in a backup capacity inside and on the weakside.

Barry Cofield/DT/Northwestern – He should get a chance to get some playing time each game as the team is very light on depth at defensive tackle.

Guy Whimper/OT/East Carolina – They could use a young, developmental prospect at tackle so this selection makes some sense.

Charlie Peprah/S/Alabama – He'll have a chance to make the team, but most likely he'll be a practice squad candidate.

Gerrick McPherson/CB/Maryland – Long-shot to make the roster but a practice squad candidate.

Philadelphia Eagles

Brodrick Bunkley/DT/Florida State – Here's a player that we thought they would have to trade up to get, yet he fell to him. He'll either start right away or be their third tackle in what looks to be a very deep rotation. Bunkley offers the team what they look for in a tackle, the ability to get up field and get a sack or disrupt the timing of the offense.

Winston Justice/OT/USC – Many had him pegged as a mid first-round selection, yet Justice was able to still be had 25 spots down from their first pick. Surprisingly, Justice will likely compete for the starting left guard job initially, but will also see time at both tackle spots in camp. Down the road, he'll likely get a chance to be the eventual replacement for LT Tra Thomas or RT Jon Ruyan.

Chris Gocong/DE-OLB/Cal Poly – The team was very high on him and was thrilled to get him where they did in the third round. Gocong is expected to start out at strongside linebacker but also may see some snaps at end.

Max Jean-Gilles/G/Georgia – He was seen by many as an early second-round selection, yet he lasted until early in the fourth round, when the team traded up for him. He'll get a chance to be active on game day as a backup at either guard position.

Jason Avant/WR/Michigan – The team badly need some depth at the position and Avant will have a chance to make the team in training camp, likely as the fourth receiver. Still, look for the team to further address the position later with a veteran with what's left in free agency.

Jeremy Bloom/WR/Colorado – He'll be looked at as a return specialist, which is a role that's open in the punt and kick return game. Bloom could see a few snaps on offense as well.

Omar Gaither/LB/Tennessee – The team likes their linebackers smallish but fast, so Gaither fits right in. However, he'll likely be a practice squad candidate.

La Juan Ramsey/DT/USC – Has almost no shot to make the team because of great depth but has a chance to make the practice squad.

Washington Redskins

Rocky McIntosh/LB/Miami-Fla. – Figures to challenge for playing time on the weakside and there certainly is going to be an opportunity to start there if he has a strong training camp.

Anthony Montgomery/DT/Minnesota – Has a shot to make the roster as a fifth tackle but more likely a practice squad candidate.

Reed Doughty/S/Northern Colorado – They could use some youth as depth, so he has a chance to make the roster but most likely a practice squad player.

Kedric Golston/DT/Georgia – Most likely a practice squad candidate.

Kili Lefotu/G/Arizona – Almost no shot to make the active roster, but has a shot to make the practice squad.

Kevin Simon/LB/Tennessee – Long-shot to make the active roster, but could make the practice squad.


Atlanta Falcons

Jimmy Williams/CB-S/Virginia Tech – They're expected to keep him at cornerback, where the team is hoping he does well enough in training camp that they can move veteran CB Ahmed Plummer to the nickel back slot. The team was looking to select CB Richard Marshall had they not traded up.

Jerious Norwood/RB/Mississippi State – He'll likely see limited playing time this season but he could work in later on as the starter when veteran RB Warrick Dunn retires.

Quinn Ojinnaka/OT/Syracuse – Should win a backup job and could eventually develop into a starting position down the line.

Adam Jennings/WR/Fresno State – Could make the team as their fourth or fifth receiver.

D.J. Shockley/QB/Georgia – Has a decent chance to make the team as their third quarterback this season.

Carolina Panthers

DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis – He was a great value where they got him. Williams should win the No. 2 job and offers insurance should starting RB DeShaun Foster get injured. The team has spent first- and second-round picks in the last two drafts on running backs and re-signed Foster to a big-money deal this off-season.

Richard Marshall/CB/Fresno State – He should be no worse than their dime back and could win the nickel job with a strong training camp.

James Anderson/LB/Virginia Tech – He'll play mostly on special teams if he makes the team.

Rashad Butler/OT/Miami-Fla. – Should be able to make the team as a reserve tackle.

Nate Salley/S/Ohio State – Likely headed for the practice squad.

Jeff King/TE/Virginia Tech - Likely headed for the practice squad.

Will Montgomery/G/Virginia Tech – Decent chance to make the team as they need some depth at guard.

Stanley McClover/DE/Auburn – Despite being drafted so late, could make the team as their fourth or fifth end.

New Orleans Saints

Reggie Bush/RB/USC – The team wasn't going to trade away to get their chance at Bush unless they got at least three first-round picks in return. Bush not only will help their offense, he'll help with the marketing of the team and will help sell seats.

Roman Harper/S/Alabama – He should make the team, but will likely only see time on special teams.

Jahri Evans/OT/Bloomsburg – A young developmental prospect who should make the team as a backup.

Rob Ninkovich/DE/Purdue – Should be on the practice squad.

Mike Hass/WR/Purdue – Surprisingly, wasn't selected earlier but has a decent chance to make the final roster as their fourth or fifth receiver.

Josh Lay/CB/Purdue – Practice squad candidate.

Zach Strief/G/Northwestern – Outside chance to make the roster as their fourth guard, but a likely practice squad candidate.

Marques Colston/TE/Hofstra – Almost no shot to make the team, but a chance to make the practice squad.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

David Joseph/G/Oklahoma – Should back up this season but should develop into a starter in year two.

Jeremy Trueblood/OT/Boston College – Expected to back up this season, but could start in year two.

Maurice Stovall/WR/Notre Dame – If third-year WR Michael Clayton struggles again, Stovall could see more playing time than expected. Stovall should back him up this season.

Alan Zemaitis/CB/Penn State – Expected to stay at cornerback and will compete for a dime role.

Julian Jenkins/DE/Stanford – Should compete for the fourth or fifth end job.

Bruce Gradkowski/QB/Toledo – Practice squad candidate.

T.J. Williams/TE/North Carolina State – Outside chance at the No. 3 role, but a likely practice squad player.

Justin Phinisee/CB/Oregon – Practice squad candidate.

Charles Bennett/LB/Clemson - Practice squad candidate.

Tim Massaquoi/TE/Michigan - Practice squad candidate.


Arizona Cardinals

Matt Leinart/QB/USC – A great value at No. 10 overall, Leinart will challenge for the backup job this season and will be the full-time starter by year number three.

Deuce Lutui/G/USC – He should win a backup job this season and then be a starter down the line.

Leonard Pope/TE/Georgia – He's one of six tight ends on the roster, but he's the best athlete of all of them and is actually the only one that the Cardinals drafted.

Gabe Watson/DT/Michigan – He'll compete for the No. 3 job and should see a lot of playing time as a rookie.

Brandon Johnson/LB/Louisville – Likely a practice squad player.

Jon Lewis/DT/Virginia Tech – Has a shot to win the No. 4 defensive tackle job in training camp.

Todd Watkins/WR/BYU – A great value where they got him and should compete for the No. 4 or No. 5 job in training camp.

San Francisco 49ers

Vernon Davis/TE/Maryland – He'll share time this season with veteran TE Eric Johnson but should see most of the snaps in year two as Johnson is set to become a free agent after this season. Davis will be used inside and outside as a receiver at times to take advantage of matchups and he'll really help their passing game.

Manny Lawson/DE-OLB/North Carolina State – He should be an immediate starter at outside linebacker and will help their less-than-stellar pass rush.

Brandon Williams/WR/Wisconsin – Should compete for playing time as their fourth receiver and will add speed to their passing game.

Michael Robinson/QB-RB-WR/Penn State – He's expected to start out as a running back, but could see a variety of roles as the season progresses.

Parys Haralson/DE-OLB/Tennessee – He's expected to see time as a backup at outside linebacker.

Delanie Walker/WR/Central Missouri State – A long-shot to make the team but could gain a spot on the practice squad.

Marcus Hudson/S/North Carolina State – Could make the team as a fourth safety.

Melvin Oliver/DE/Louisiana State – Practice squad candidate.

Vickiel Vaughn/S/Arkansas - Practice squad candidate.

Seattle Seahawks

Kelly Jennings/CB/Miami-Fla. – Pretty good shot to start in year one and should be no worse than their nickel back.

Darryl Tapp/DE/Virginia Tech – Will compete for a job as a situational pass rusher. The high-energy end will give them badly needed youth and depth at the position.

Rob Smith/G/Ohio State – They need some depth at guard so he should make the final roster and be active on game day.

David Kirtman/FB/USC – If they decide to keep two fullbacks on the active roster, he'll make the team.

Ryan Plackemeier/P/Wake Forrest – Will compete for a job against two other punters.

Ben Obomanu/WR/Auburn – Practice squad candidate.

St. Louis Rams

Tye Hill/CB/Clemson – Should compete for a starting job as a rookie and is already the best cover cornerback on their roster.

Joe Klopfenstein/TE/Colorado –Expected to compete for a strong job right away and should win it. He's a pretty good fit for their offense.

Claude Wroten/DT/LSU – While he needs to stay clean off of the field, Wroten could see significant playing time as a rookie and could develop in to a starter down the line.

Jon Alston/LB/Stanford – Could be the successor to veteran WLB Dexter Coakley.

Dominque Byrd/TE/USC – Should back up Klopfenstein and will give them a chance to take advantage of matchups in two-tight end sets.

Victor Adeyanju/DE/Indiana – Should see time as their third or fourth end this season and could start down the line.

Marques Hagans/WR/Virginia – Will see time at least as their punt returner, but has little chance to play initially at receiver, as they're very deep at the position.

Tim McGarigle/LB/Northwestern – Has a chance to win a backup job, but most likely will be on the practice squad this season.

Mark Setterstom/G/Minnesota - Has a chance to win a backup job, but most likely will be on the practice squad this season.

Tony Palmer/G/Missouri – Practice squad candidate.

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