Round 1, Pick 8 (8) (From BUF): Tavon Austin/WR/West Virginia. Star Impact: ✪✪✪✪½
High-octane do-it-all weapon able to make an impact receiving, running and returning. Can stop on a dime and is a threat to take it the distance at any time with the ball in his hands. Concerns about size offset by proven durability—played all 52 games during his career and missed just one practice in four seasons. Most explosive playmaker in the draft, the reason why he was the only skill position player selected in the Top 15.
Round 1, Pick 30 (30) (From ATL): Alec Ogletree/ILB/Georgia. Star Impact: ✪✪✪½
Outstanding athlete who swarms to the football with intense aggression. Does a good job covering running backs coming out of the backfield. Has difficulty shedding blocks. Suspended four games this past year for violation of team rules. Was arrested in February for DUI. Can be an impact three-down player if he can keep his nose clean off the field. Expected to start at weakside backer but has the experience/versatility to play inside.
Round 3, Pick 9 (71) (From BUF): T.J. McDonald/FS/USC. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Physical presence in the middle of the field who can lay the lumber! Effective contributor against the run—tallied 110 tackles as a senior. Lacks recovery speed. Has played linebacker/safety hybrid position which should translate well to his role as an in the box safety for the Rams. Father was All-American for Trojans and NFL standout.
Round 3, Pick 30 (92) (From ATL): Stedman Bailey/WR/West Virginia. Star Impact: ✪✪
Creates good separation, owns dependable set of hands and knows how to find the open seam. Opponents focused their attention towards stopping Tavon Auston and Bailey took full advantage this past year with 114 catches, 1,622 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. Don’t be fooled by the production though, there is still plenty of areas to refine in his game.
Round 4, Pick 16 (113): Barrett Jones /OG/Alabama. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Smart, tough and versatile—has played all five offensive line positions. Team leader; two-time team captain and key cog in helping Alabama win three national championships in past four years. Played through a Lisfranc injury this past year. Outland Trophy and RImington Award winner. Not very athletic or agile but intangibles will make him a starter for years to come.
Round 5, Pick 16 (149): Brandon McGee/CB/Miami. Star Impact: ✪✪
Speedy, athletic corner who struggled at times this past season in man coverage but had a strong week of practice at East-West Shrine Game to help solidify status. Can line up outside or inside in the slot. Also played some linebacker for the Hurricanes. Expected to contribute on special teams and provide depth in the secondary until he develops.
Round 5, Pick 27 (160) (From HOU): Zac Stacy/RB/Vanderbilt. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Complete back with explosive burst, pass protection skills and high character. Small in stature but strong (27 bench press reps) and quick (second fastest three-sone drill at combine). Not very elusive. Freshman and sophomore seasons ended prematurely due to injury (ankle and head). Went on to enjoy back-to-back 1,000+ rushing yard seasons. Active participant in the community often volunteering his time with local charities. First running back drafted from Vanderbilt since 1980 (Frank Mordica). Should compete for fair share of carries in committee.
UDFA Watch (O): Philip Lutzenkirchen/TE/Auburn. Combine invite coming off torn labrum.
UDFA Watch (D): Ray Ray Armstrong/SS/Faulkner. Top prospect before dismissal from Miami.