Round 1, Pick 5 (5): Ziggy Ansah/DE/BYU. Star Impact: ✪✪✪½
With just three years of professional football under his belt, the Ghana native was a walk-on to the football team. Developed rapidly with freakish combination of size and athleticism. Played defensive end and outside linebacker in BYU hybrid defense and even nose tackle on occasion. Was least impressive player during week of Senior Bowl practice but most impressive player during actual game. Whispers about inability to comprehend playbook and film study habits.
Round 2, Pick 4 (36): Darius Slay/CB/Mississippi State. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Long armed corner who swats away a lot of balls and displays good hands to make the interception. Will get physical, solid tackler, one of the more athletic cornerbacks in this draft class. Was standout on all special teams units prior to becoming full-time starter. Small in stature, not as strong or fast as the corners selected ahead of him. Not fluid in his pack pedal. Tore the meniscus in his knee during pro day workout but expects to be ready for minicamp.
Round 3, Pick 3 (65): Larry Warford/OG/Kentucky. Star Impact: ✪✪✪✪½
Mean giant-sized mauler who flat out dominated the SEC. Strength and power knocks opponents out of position, one-on-one he always wins the leverage battle. Surprisingly shows nimble football work and knee bend flexibility. Durable, started 37 consecutive games. Short arms, not explosive off ball snap. Weight concerns scared off some teams. Could ultimately end up being one of the elite talents in the entire draft if he doesn’t eat himself out of the league.
Round 4, Pick 35 (132) (Compensatory): Devin Taylor/DE/South Carolina. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Lengthy, athletic, four-year starter possessing an 87” wingspan—had 18 career pass deflections. East-West Shrine Game standout, looked like a man amongst boys. Plays tall, gets jammed up underneath his shoulder pads. Poor strength, just 14 bench press reps. Production was not up to par with talent, disappointing sack total, regressed every year. Work ethic and intensity has been questioned. Has frame to add more bulk, could eventually be asked to kick inside.
Round 5,Pick 32 (165) (From BAL via SEA): Sam Martin/P/Appalachian St. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Former soccer standout, played just one year of football in high school prior to Appalachian State. Was not on NFL radar until senior season, when 23% of his punts traveled over 50 yards and he averaged 46 yards per punt. Kickoff and long distance field goal specialist, also holds.
Round 6, Pick 3 (171): Corey Fuller/WR/Virginia Tech. Star Impact: ✪✪
Fast, athletic developmental receiver who needs work on route running and technique. Elusive after the catch. Member of Kansas track and field team prior to transferring to Virginia Tech.
Round 6,Pick 31 (199) (From SF via BAL/SEA): Theo Riddick/RB/Notre Dame.Star Impact: ✪✪
Poor mans Reggie Bush, often lined up in slot. Kick returner. History of hamstring injuires.
Round 7, Pick 5 (211): Michael Williams/TE/Alabama. Star Impact: ✪✪
Pure blocking tight end, slow speed but not entirely pass-catch deficient. Limited skill-set.
Round 7,Pick 39 (245) (Compensatory): Brandon Hepburn/ILB/Florida A&M.Star Impact: ✪✪
Converted tight end. Played inside/outside linebacker. Highly intelligent, Biochemistry major.
UDFA Watch (O): Joseph Fauria/TE/UCLA. Medical red flag, had 12 touchdowns as senior.
UDFA Watch (D): Michael Brooks/DL/East Carolina. Rare combo of size, strength, speed.
Overall Impact Factor: 2½★