Draft: Round Four Pick-By-Pick Analysis
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EditorsNote: Includes all fourth-round picks Draft: Round Four pick-by-pick analysis
96.St. Louis Rams: WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest -- Givens' speed should make him the deep threat the Rams' offense was lacking, and gives Sam Bradford a major upgrade in the WR corps along with second-rounder Brian Quick.
97.Miami Dolphins: RB Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.) -- Questions about durability dropped Miller down the board, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him star much in the same way injury-prone DeMarco Murray exploded for the Cowboys in 2011.
98.Baltimore Ravens: OG Gino Gradkowski, Delaware -- A versatile interior lineman, Gradkowski could be the successor to small-school gem Matt Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl pick who was drafted in the sixth round in 1998 but is close to retirement.
99.Houston Texans: C Ben Jones, Georgia -- A four-year starting center, Jones is short with short arms but is a seal blocker who can get off the ball quickly enough to be effective in a zone-blocking scheme.
100. Cleveland Brown: WR Travis Benjamin, Miami (Fla.) -- An elite speed guy (4.39) Benjamin is likely too small to be more than an occasional nine-route option. He'll make his money in the return game.
101.Denver Broncos: CB Omar Bolden, Arizona State -- The last two seasons were shortened by injury for Bolden, but he's a capable cover corner with a starter's skill set.
102.Washington Redskins: QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State -- Cousins wanted to prove his intelligence but limited arm strength wasn't a recipe for the "game manager" and "ideal backup" typecast. He goes to an offense that suits his skill set, but he'll be well behind Robert Griffin III and possibly Rex Grossman in 2012.
103.Carolina Panthers: DE Frank Alexander, Oklahoma -- The Panthers still have a ways to go on the defensive line, but Alexander brings the strength to set the edge with some natural rush skills.
104. Carolina Panthers: WRJoe Adams, Arkansas -- A skilled, agile return man, Adams also tracks the deep ball well and played in vertical-passing offense. Should transition quickly in Carolina.
105.Buffalo Bills: LB Nigel Bradham, Florida State -- A hard-nosed player with the straight-line speed and explosiveness to play on the weak or strong side in the Bills' 4-3 defense.
106.Seattle Seahawks: RB Robert Turbin, Utah State -- The Seahawks apparently liked what they saw at Utah State in 2011, adding Turbin to second-round pick Bobby Wagner. Turbin is an exceptional athlete with between-the-tackles toughness in his 222-pound frame. There should be only modest drop-off from Marshawn Lynch to Turbin if he picks up NFL reads quickly.
107.Kansas City Chiefs: WR Devon Wylie, Fresno State -- A small (5-9, 188) receiver with excellent deep speed (4.39 at Combine) the Chiefs hope can become a poor man's Wes Welker in the slot while anchoring the return game.
108. Denver Broncos: CPhilip Blake, Baylor -- Blake joins J.D. Walton, a similar player and Baylor product, in a fortified offensive line.
109.Pittsburgh Steelers: NT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington -- One of the most productive, natural nose tackle options in the draft. Ta'amu had second-round grades from some teams and can share time with Casey Hampton as a rookie.
110.San Diego Chargers: TE Ladarius Green, La.-Lafayette -- A 6-6 receiving tight end who ran a 4.53 40, knows how to shield defenders from the ball and could contribute as Antonio Gates' backup until he's ready.
111.Chicago Bears: TE Evan Rodriguez, Temple -- Coached by Steve Addazio at Temple, Rodriguez has played fullback but moved to tight end when Addazio cited similarities to a player he'd coached at Florida -- Aaron Hernandez. Rodriguez ran in the high 4.5-second range at the Combine and has soft, natural hands.
112.Arizona Cardinals: OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi -- Looks the part at 6-6, 316 with 35-inch arms but might be a right tackle exclusively because of average power and athleticism.