Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi – Nkemdiche was a finalist last season for the Paul Hornung Award, given to college football’s most versatile player. He’s also a character risk who scared off a lot of teams.
Comment: Cardinals, who like their locker room leaders, take a character risk to beef up the inside of their pass rush. Nkemdiche is highly talented.
Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA -- The 6-3, 315-pounder finished second for the Bruins in tackles (75), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six) despite lining up in the interior. Clark also batted down five passes last season.
Comment: Excellent player at UCLA, but it’s amazing that Kenny Clark would come off the board before teammate Myles Jack. Clark strengthens the Packers interior defense.
There is enough pressure with being the top pick in the NFL draft. California quarterback Jared Goff, selected by the Rams with the No. 1 pick Thursday night, will have the added expectation of being the star attraction in a star-driven city that hasn’t had an NFL team for 21 years.
The Rams have no doubt Goff can handle it.
“There’s nothing too big for Jared,” Rams Coach Jeff Fisher said. “It’s football, he’s going to handle everything he needs to handle. … When you say pressure, we’re not putting pressure on him. There’s a lot of undue pressure placed on quarterback during the work week and on Sundays.
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis – The 6-foot-7 Lynch completed 66.8% of his passes last year and has uncommon speed for such a big quarterback. His hands are so big that he can hold six tennis balls at once.
Comment: The Broncos lost Brock Osweiler in free agency and add a player who can compete with Mark Sanchez for starting job.
Artie Burns, CB, Miami -- The 6-foot, 193-pounder had six interceptions last season as a junior and was one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best cornerbacks. He possesses good hands and closing speed.
Comment: The Steelers take a cornerback in the first round for the first time since selecting Chad Scott in 1997. Secondary badly needs help.