|Top 50 Free Agents
Who do you like?
|1. Mario Williams, DE, Houston Texans: The Texans used him as a 3-4 rush
outside linebacker last year, but I think his best spot is as a 4-3 end.
2. Brandon Carr, CB, Kansas City Chiefs: How often do good man-cover players in their
primes hit the market? This kid is about to get paid. He is this high because he plays a
premium position well. He turns 26 in May.
3. Carl Nicks, G, New Orleans Saints: I consider him to be the best guard in the NFL. He
is a nasty player who can block for the run or the pass. He turns 27 in May.
4. Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions: He has 19 1/2 sacks the past two seasons, including 11
last season. He has developed into a top pass rusher. He turns 26 in April, which makes
him even more valuable.
5. DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: The ability should get him a huge contract.
But the attitude might cut that down some. Even so, this kid is a game-changer. Those guys
don't hit the market all the time. He turns 26 in December.
6. Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers: He didn't quite have the season many expected
in 2011 (55 catches), but he is still a heck of an athlete who can do a ton of things for
a tight end. He turns 25 in March.
7. Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers want him back, but at what cost?
The indication is that the team won't tag him. He turned 29 in January.
8. Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta Falcons: He is a feisty corner who can play man or zone. He
is small, but he has great athletic ability. The Falcons missed him late when he was
injured. He turns 29 in August.
9. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs want him back in the worst way, but at
what price? He is their top target in the passing game, but do they tag him? He turns 28
10. Red Bryant, DT, Seattle Seahawks: He had eight starts in his first three seasons, but
started 16 in 2011 and was a force on the Seattle defense. He is a perfect 3-4 end, which
is where he played last season. He is this year's Ray McDonald. He turns 28 in April.
11. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: He is a big part of what the Ravens do, and there is a
chance he could get franchised. But that's not a definite. He just turned 25 in January.
12. Robert Mathis, DE, Indianapolis Colts: He is coming off his best season but turns 31
this month and is older than some teams would like for free agents. He has improved
against the run and could easily make the transition from 4-3 end to 3-4 rush 'backer.
13. Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: There has already been some outrageous numbers
bandied about for Johnson. The Bills want him back, but the price could get high. He is a
franchise tag possibility. He turns 26 in July.
14. Cortland Finnegan, CB, Tennessee Titans: He just turned 28 this month and will be a
hot commodity on the open market. It doesn't appear he's coming back to Tennessee. The
Lions would seem to be a team that will make a push.
15. Carlos Rogers, CB, San Francisco 49ers: He is the player who will benefit most from
signing a one-year deal. He will cash in big after a good 2011 season for the 49ers. He
isn't young, turning 31 in July.
16. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: The question with Colston is whether he would
be as good in another system. I say yes, but he isn't a burner. He turns 29 in June.
17. Tyvon Branch, S, Oakland Raiders: Branch led the Raiders in tackles and should have
been in the Pro Bowl. He has improved in coverage as well. He turns 26 in December.
18. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots: He led the league in catches, but is he a No. 1
receiver in any other system? The other issue is age. He turns 31 in June.
19. Dashon Goldson, S, San Francisco 49ers: He is coming off his most complete season. He
has always been a good run defender, but improved against the pass this season with six
picks. He seemed leaner and faster. He turns 28 in September.
20. Tracy Porter, CB, New Orleans Saints: He is a good, solid starting corner, and those
guys get paid. The Saints probably won't be able to keep him. He turns 26 in August.
21. Jeremy Mincey, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars: This is a try-hard player who did some good
things against some good tackles last season. He isn't a speed player, but he is a solid
10-sack, good-run player. He turns 29 in December.
22. Chris Myers. C, Houston Texans: He was one of the better centers in the NFL last
season, a perfect player for their cutback schemes. He turns 31 in September.
23. Jared Gaither, T, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers added him late when Marcus McNeil
went down and he played well down the stretch. He has ability, which he showed when he was
a starter for the Ravens before back troubles slowed his career. He turns 26 in March.
24. Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Denver Broncos: He is coming off his best season, the timing of
it coming perfectly in the final year of his deal. He turns 29 in November.
25. Anthony Spencer, OLB, Dallas Cowboys: In a league desperate for pass-rush help, he
will get action on the market, even though his six-sack total was a disappointment last
season. He just turned 28 in January.
26. Curtis Lofton LB, Atlanta Falcons: He's a plug linebacker who had a tendency to get
lost in pass coverage at times. He's good against the run but with it being a passing
league, is the value there? He turns 26 in June.
27. Aaron Ross, CB, New York Giants: He's been a decent starting corner for two Super Bowl
teams. That means something. He's a good second corner. He turns 30 in September.
28. John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons: He had 9 1/2 sacks for the Falcons in 2011 and
played better late when he was entirely healthy. But he turns 34 in May. He will be
hard-pressed to get a big contract because of that.
29. Ben Grubbs, G, Baltimore Ravens: He missed six games with a toe injury this season,
but started 48 straight from 2008-10. He is the other guard on the Ravens line to Marshall
Yanda, but he's still a good player. He turns 28 in March.
30. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco: He seems like he's been around forever, but he's only
27 and turns 28 in May. He is coming off his best season with 17 touchdown passes and five
interceptions. The 49ers want him back, but there's no way they franchise tag him.
31. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The question with Wayne is how many more years
he has left to give. He can still be good for three or so, but how do you structure the
contract? He turns 34 in November.
32. Demetrius Bell, T, Buffalo Bills: After starting 16 games in 2010, he had just six
starts in 2011 because of knee issues. He turns 28 in May, which means his best football
is in front of him.
33. D'Qwell Jackson, ILB, Cleveland Browns: After missing all of 2010 with a torn
pectoral, he bounced back to start all 16 games last season and played at a Pro Bowl
level. He turns 29 in September.
34. Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts: He caught a career-high 70 passes last season
without good quarterback play. He can fly, which will make him attractive to other teams.
He turns 26 in August.
35. Matt Flynn, QB, Green Bay Packers: How good is he? Does anybody really know? Is he Rob
Johnson or Matt Schaub? The team that signs him better hope he's the latter. He turns 27
36. Scott Wells, C, Green Bay Packers: He is the anchor of the Green Bay line and played
well this season. He is a tough guy who battles. He just turned 31 in January.
37. Stephen Tulloch, MLB, Detroit Lions: On a one-year deal, he had 111 tackles and two
picks for the Lions. He just turned 27, so age isn't an issue. He's a steady player.
38. Jason Jones, DT-DE, Tennessee Titans: He has flashed at times in his four seasons with
the Titans, but he should be doing more. Has played both inside and outside for the
Titans. He turns 26 in May, so he has time to become a really good player.
39. Sione Pouha, NT, New York Jets: He's had more than 50 tackles each of the past two
seasons on the nose for the Jets. That's impressive. But he just turned 33, which is a
40. Dwight Lowery, D, Jacksonville Jaguars: This former corner made a nice home at free
safety for the Jaguars last season. He played above the level of expectations. The Jaguars
want him back, but in a league where safety talent is at a minimum this former Jets player
will get a nice deal. He just turned 26 in January.
41. Evan Mathis, G, Philadelphia Eagles: Mathis signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and
played well. That could earn him a nice multiyear contract. He turns 31 in November.
42. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: He has rejuvenated his career in Seattle after
being a disappointment in Buffalo in his last two seasons. He ran for 1,204 yards last
season for the Seahawks and he only turns 26 in March.
43. Reggie Nelson, S, Cincinnati Bengals: He was a disappointment in Jacksonville, but has
turned his career around with the Bengals. He's a rangy safety who has improved his
tackling. He turns 29 in September.
44. Jarrett Johnson, OLB, Baltimore Ravens: He's one of the underrated players on the
Ravens defense. He isn't as flashy as some, but he gets the job done. He does turn 31 in
45. Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans Saints: He's never caught more than 45 passes in a
season but has the speed teams love. He does have 20 touchdown catches in the past three
seasons. He turns 28 in September.
46. Michael Griffin, S, Tennessee Titans: His play has tailed off some this past season,
but he's only 27. When he's at his best, he is a good, solid player. He's never been as
good as his reputation.
47. Jerome Simpson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: He is a receiver who can fly. That would make
him a hot commodity, but he has a legal issue hanging over his head. He just turned 26
earlier this month.
48. Paul Soliai, DT, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins franchised him last year and he played
for that tag. It won't happen again. But he is a solid player who will get play on the
market. He turns 29 in December.
49. Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: The Super Bowl hero is a good player, but is he
a No. 2 receiver. And how much will he cost? Did the Super Bowl make the price come up? He
turns 26 in May.
50. Pat Sims DT, Cincinnati Bengals: He has started 23 games in four seasons for the
Bengals. He is mostly an anchor inside against the run. He won't bring a lot of pass rush.
He turns 27 in November.
|TOP 100 DRAFT
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|1 *Andrew Luck QB Stanford 6-4 234
2 *Robert Griffin III QB Baylor 6-2 223
3 *Matt Kalil OT Southern California 6-7 306
4 *Morris Claiborne CB LSU 5-11 188
5 *Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State 6-1 207
6 *Trent Richardson RB Alabama 5-09 228
7 *Riley Reiff OT Iowa 6-6 313
8 Quinton Coples DE North Carolina 6-6 284
9 Melvin Ingram OLB South Carolina 6-1 264
10 *Michael Brockers DT LSU 6-6 322
11 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M 6-4 221
12 *David DeCastro OG Stanford 6-5 316
13 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame 6-3 220
14 *Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College 6-3 242
15 Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama 5-10 193
16 *Jonathan Martin OT Stanford 6-5 312
17 Devon Still DT Penn State 6-5 303
18 *Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama 6-2 186
19 Kendall Wright WR Baylor 5-10 196
20 *Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State 6-4 298
21 Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama 6-2 272
22 *Dontari Poe DT Memphis 6-4 346
23 Cordy Glenn OG Georgia 6-5 345
24 *Rueben Randle WR LSU 6-3 210
25 *Nick Perry DE Southern California 6-3 271
26 *Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois 6-4 261
27 *Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State 6-2 308
28 *Peter Konz C Wisconsin 6-5 314
29 *Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama 6-2 265
30 Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut 6-4 299
31 Mark Barron SS Alabama 6-1 213
32 *Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech 6-4 215
33 Mike Adams OT Ohio State 6-7 323
34 Zach Brown OLB North Carolina 6-1 244
35 Andre Branch DE Clemson 6-4 259
36 *Dwayne Allen TE Clemson 6-3 255
37 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska 5-10 204
38 Kelechi Osemele OG Iowa State 6-6 333
39 *Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina 6-0 190
40 *David Wilson RB Virginia Tech 5-10 206
41 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin 6-4 314
42 *Lamar Miller RB Miami (Fla.) 5-11 212
43 *Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State 6-7 242
44 Brandon Thompson DT Clemson 6-2 314
45 Lavonte David OLB Nebraska 6-1 233
46 *Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina 6-3 216
47 Bobby Wagner OLB Utah State 6-0 241
48 Doug Martin RB Boise State 5-09 223
49 *Chris Givens WR Wake Forest 5-11 198
50 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State 6-6 320
51 Coby Fleener TE Stanford 6-6 247
52 Trumaine Johnson CB Montana 6-2 204
53 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State 6-4 221
54 Jared Crick DE Nebraska 6-4 279
55 Shea McClellin OLB Boise State 6-3 260
56 Brandon Boykin CB Georgia 5-09 182
57 *Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma 6-2 253
58 *Orson Charles TE Georgia 6-2 251
59 Vinny Curry DE Marshall 6-3 266
60 *Chandler Jones DE Syracuse 6-5 266
61 Sean Spence OLB Miami (Fla.) 5-11 231
62 Dwight Bentley CB La.-Lafayette 5-10 182
63 Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia 6-3 245
64 Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State 6-4 311
65 Ben Jones C Georgia 6-2 303
66 Billy Winn DE Boise State 6-4 294
67 Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati 5-10 197
68 George Iloka FS Boise State 6-4 225
69 *Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers 6-2 211
70 *Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech 5-10 178
71 Harrison Smith SS Notre Dame 6-2 213
72 Nick Toon WR Wisconsin 6-2 215
73 *LaMichael James RB Oregon 5-08 194
74 *Bobby Massie OT Mississippi 6-6 316
75 Cam Johnson DE Virginia 6-3 268
76 Mike Martin DT Michigan 6-1 306
77 Mitchell Schwartz OT California 6-5 318
78 Alameda Ta'amu DT Washington 6-3 348
79 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State 5-10 196
80 Josh Kaddu OLB Oregon 6-3 239
81 Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State 6-3 214
82 Nigel Bradham OLB Florida State 6-2 241
83 James Brown OG Troy 6-3 306
84 Matt McCants OT UAB 6-6 308
85 *Brandon Washington OG Miami (Fla.) 6-3 320
86 Demario Davis OLB Arkansas State 6-2 235
87 Chris Polk RB Washington 5-11 215
88 Markelle Martin FS Oklahoma State 6-1 207
89 Senio Kelemete OG Washington 6-4 307
90 Chase Minnifield CB Virginia 5-10 183
91 Mychal Kendricks ILB California 5-11 240
92 Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt 5-11 185
93 Juron Criner WR Arizona 6-3 224
94 *Josh Robinson CB UCF 5-10 199
95 Dwight Jones WR North Carolina 6-3 230
96 *Bernard Pierce RB Temple 6-0 218
97 Kheeston Randall DT Texas 6-5 293
98 Ladarius Green TE La.-Lafayette 6-6 238
99 Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M 5-10 206
100 Brian Quick WR Appalachian State 6-4 220
|2012 NFL Draft
||Strength of Schedule
|x -- Goes to Bengals as part of Carson Palmer trade
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