2012 NFL Draft: 10 hidden gems remaining on Day 3

We've reached Day 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft, and there are still a few intriguing names on the board. While all of these players are not "blue-chip" quality, they possess a few attributes that could allow them to enjoy success at the next level. After searching through my research binder to find intriguing prospects remaining on the draft board, here are 10 guys to watch in Rounds 4-7:

1. Lamar Miller, Miami, RB: One of the draft's biggest surprises has been Miller's unexpected plunge down draft boards across the league despite his explosive skills as a runner. Miller finished 2011 with 1,272 rushing yards, which included six 100-yard games. Unless there is a serious issue with Miller's medical history or background, he should come off the board quickly on Day 3.

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2. Orson Charles, Georgia, TE: After being touted as one of the top tight ends in the draft, Charles was expected to come off the board by the end of the second round. However, his recent DUI arrest has raised concerns about his character and sent his draft stock plummeting.

3. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, QB: After watching four quarterbacks come off the board in the first round, Cousins was expected to hear his name called on Day 2 based on his impressive time as a Spartan. With a few quarterback-needy teams still searching for backup prospects, it shouldn't take long for a team to submit his name to Commissioner Roger Goodell on the draft's third day.

4. Jared Crick, Nebraska, DE: A torn pectoral muscle prematurely ended Crick's season and damaged his grade heading into draft day. However, he has reportedly received a clean bill of health from the league's medical personnel, which should encourage a team to pull the trigger in one of the draft's later rounds.

5. Chris Polk, Washington, RB: As one of only seven Pac-12 runners with 4,000-plus rush yards, Polk appears destined for success in the NFL as a situational player. Polk tallied 10 100-yard games in 2011 and possesses a rugged running style that is ideally suited to the pro game. Although his multiple shoulder surgeries are a potential concern, Polk should be squarely on the radar of teams looking for a productive playmaker at the position.

6. Devon Wylie, Fresno State, WR: The search for the league's next Wes Welker should end with the selection of Wylie. As an explosive athlete with outstanding running skills, Wylie shines as a slot receiver and return man. With versatility valued at a premium, teams will certainly target Wylie as a late round difference maker on Day 3.

7. Kellen Moore, Boise State, QB: One of the more intriguing prospects in the draft is Moore. He enters the league regarded as a winner after compiling 50 wins during his four-year career, but Moore's diminutive stature and less than ideal physical attributes make it hard for teams to take a flier on him before the draft's final rounds.

8. Justin Bethel, Presbyterian College, DB: The small-school standout has played multiple positions in the secondary, so teams covet Bethel's versatility as a potential sub-defender. In addition, he finished his career with nine blocked kicks, which suggests he could develop into a special teams maven as a pro. Given his potential to contribute in a variety of ways, Bethel will be a hot commodity at the end of the draft.

9. David Molk, Michigan, C: The pivot position is vital to offensive production, so Molk will certainly receive plenty of attention on Day 3 due to his technically sound game. He excels at working at angles and is a masterful position blocker despite his less than ideal frame. While he still lacks the size and arm length to battle with big, physical nose tackles, Molk's overall skill set will prompt a team to draft him in a later round.

10. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State, LB: The most scrutinized prospect remaining in the draft could be deemed too much of a character risk for most teams. From conflicts with teammates and coaches to a failed drug test at the combine, Burfict has several red flags attached to his name that will certainly prompt decision makers to pause. Although scouts can pop in tape from his first two years to see his potential impact, Burfict remains a long shot to hear his name called.

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