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NFL Draft 2012: Best Available After Three Rounds

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Editor's Note: In addition to contributing here, Derek also runs Scout The Draft - an NFL Draft analysis hub that you should head to immediately after reading this article. Derek has full reactions to the first three rounds up, and an updated big board list to check out.

Rounds four through seven happen today, and there's still a lot of value out there. Let's take a look at my top rated players that are still available.

1. Lamar Miller - RB - Miami - My 2nd rated RB in the draft is still on the board going into the 4th. Miller's combination of speed, quickness and power make him highly intriguing, particularly in a zone scheme where he can do what he does best - cut and go. He's not going to break down in space and make a lot of guys miss laterally, but he's explosive through the hole and will pull away with 4.4 speed.

2. Jared Crick - DT/DE - Nebraska - Not an elite athlete by any means, Crick simply finds a way to consistently get the job done. He's not a double-digit sack guy and won't blow blockers off the line, but he holds position, fights well with his hands and displays strong awareness and diagnostics. Gets around the ball and makes plays on effort.

3. Chris Polk - RB - Washington - Polk is a tough runner who shouldered the load for several years at UW. He's physical between the tackles, keeps low pads and runs through contact. A good receiver out of the backfield as well. One-cut guy who will bring toughness as a runner and as a blocker.

4. Alameda Ta'Amu - DT - Washington - Massive human with rare quickness and natural explosion for his size. If he'd have shown more consistency in staying low off the snap during his senior campaign, he could've easily been a first round pick. A run-stuffing nose tackle ideally, with "plus" gap penetration.

5. James Michael Johnson - LB - Nevada - Prototypical size and athleticism for the position. Explosive first step and good instincts against the run. Fluid in coverage. Underrated defender who I had a 2nd round grade on.

6. Billy Winn - DE - Boise State - Quick, energetic lineman with more finesse than power. Gets penetration consistently, but is easily taken out of the play when he doesn't get his arms extended and keep his pads down. NFL teams are hungry for guys who can get to the QB though, and Winn has that ability from a couple of spots on the line.

7. Cam Johnson - DE - Auburn - Explosive, active end who excels as a bull-rusher with a quick first step and good use of lower body drive. Needs to be more active with his hands and doesn't break down or change direction very well. Good speed to get the edge though, and athleticism to develop a more expansive repertoire of moves.

8. Zebrie Sanders - OT - Florida State - Quick, athletic tackle who over-extends too frequently off the snap, but possesses all kinds of upside. A very underrated run blocker.

9. Ben Jones - C - Georgia - Smart, tough competitor who consistently anchors well at the point of attack, and possesses nice lateral agility to mirror in pass protection. Great value in the middle rounds.

10. Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia - Versatile defender who can line up in the slot, or jam bigger receivers on the outside. Great speed and hip fluidity to turn and run, and a nose for the ball. Big-time play maker with the ball in his hands. Extremely physical for his size.

11. Orson Charles - TE - Georgia - Athletic and somewhat raw tight end who can line up in the slot or out wide in addition to being up on the line. Struggles to keep clean off the line from a three-point and isn't a great blocker. More of a big receiver with "plus" size and acceleration to provide a big target and stretch the middle of the field. Physical after the catch.

12. Josh Chapman - DT - Alabama - Combination of strength and quickness make Chapman hard to move at the point of attack. Active with his hands to shed blocks and plug lanes, and displays great awareness and vision against the run. Shorter frame and lack of pass-rush ability have some scouts wondering where he fits best.

13. George Iloka - S - Boise State - Long, lean safety with impressive range and big time pop. Lacks fluidity in reverse but takes good angles against the run, is laterally quick for his size, tackles well and closes quickly on passes in front of him. Reminds me of Kam Chancellor, and has the upside to be better in coverage than he is at the moment.

14. Marvin Jones - WR- California - Fluid route runner with soft, reliable hands and ideal length to pluck the ball at any angle. Balance and body control to haul in the tough one, tracks well over the shoulder and knows where the sideline is. Could add some muscle.

15. Chris Givens - WR - Wake Forest - Explodes off the line, and hits top gear quickly. Active hands and good lateral quickness to beat initial press. Tracks the ball and is a home-run threat anytime he's on the field. Chest-traps the ball too frequently and needs to be cleaner in and out of breaks on short and intermediate routes.

16. Ronnell Lewis - DE/OLB - Oklahoma - Explosive pass-rusher off the snap who plays with a killer instinct. Active, violent hands and impressive burst to close after clearing the corner. Inconsistent pad levels and shallow cache of moves at this point make him a project, but the athleticism and natural rush ability are intriguing.

17. Kirk Cousins - QB - Michigan State - Adequate arm strength and accuracy, and a strong leader. Could be a lot better with consistent, fundamentally-sound footwork, and doesn't handle blitzes very well. Still, he played in a pro-style offense and had some impressive moments. Needs to process information quicker, post snap, and step into his throws in the face of pressure. Tools are there to start in the NFL.

18. Keenan Robinson - LB - Texas - Athletic, fluid ‘backer who can play the run, drop into coverage and get to the passer off the edge. Isn't a physical presence though, and will be best suited on the outside where his speed and quickness will be better utilized.

19. Alfonso Dennard - CB - Nebraska - In light of a recent serious arrest, Dennard simply may not get drafted. But he's a 2nd-3rd round talent who can cover inside or out, and is extremely tough for his size. The NFL needs corners who can jam, and corners who can cover the slot. Dennard can do both. As long as he's not punching cops in his spare time.

20. Ladarius Green - TE - Louisiana-Lafayette - A long, lean target with huge, soft, sure hands and a knack for securing the rock at the top. Impressive athlete with big time leaping ability and surprising lateral agility for his size. At his best from the slot, as he's too easily blown up by ends and ‘backers coming off the line from a three-point. Day-one red zone threat at the next level. Looks more like a thick receiver than a tight end.

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