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|4/28/2016||Darron Lee, NYJ, LB|
|The Jets selected Lee with the 20th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: Lee had 12 sacks in two seasons with the Buckeyes as a speedy playmaker at outside linebacker. Jets coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan said throughout the offseason that a key was improving the overall speed for the team. Lee is regarded as an aggressive and explosive player off the edge who can stop the run as well as get to the quarterback.
|4/28/2016||Shaq Lawson, Buf, DE|
|After cutting high-priced defensive end Mario Williams last month, the Bills addressed their pass-rushing need by selecting Lawson with the 19th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Analysis: The Bills have addressed a significant pass-rushing need. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 269 pounds, Lawson was a consensus All-American last season in which he led the nation with 25 1/2 tackles for a loss and 12 1/2 sacks. Though relatively undersized for a defensive end, Lawson is regarded as a solid fit in an outside linebacker's role because of his athleticism and versatility. An NFL draft scouting report referred to Lawson as being "built like a tank."
|4/28/2016||Ryan Kelly, Ind, C|
|The Colts filled one big need by selecting Kelly with the No. 18 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 311-pound Alabama product was considered the best center in the draft and solidifies a key position for Indy, which has used five starting centers in the first four years of Andrew Luck's career. Indy went into the draft looking to rebuild the offensive line after Luck missed nine games because of an assortment of injuries. Kelly was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide and won the Rimington Award last season.
|4/28/2016||Keanu Neal, Atl, S|
|The Falcons have continued to build their defense by selecting Neal with the No. 17 pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: Neal will have a chance to compete for a starting job as the Falcons look to replace veteran strong safety William Moore, who was released. Kemal Ishmael returns after playing behind Moore last season. Neal is regarded as a big hitter and a strong run-stopper. The pick comes after the Falcons chose defensive players with four of their seven picks in 2015, their first draft with coach Dan Quinn.
|4/28/2016||Taylor Decker, Det, T|
|The Lions selected Decker with the No. 16 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: Detroit drafted the four-year starter from Ohio State to address a need identified by new general manager Bob Quinn. The Lions will likely want Decker to start at right tackle opposite Riley Reiff, a 2012 first-round pick, who is entering the last year of his contract. Detroit lost nine games last year, its 13th losing season in 15 years.
|4/28/2016||Corey Coleman, Cle, WR|
|Browns, who last week traded out of the No. 2 spot and a chance to pick a potential franchise quarterback, made another deal before selecting Coleman with the No. 15 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Analysis: Coleman is a speedy route runner who scored 20 touchdowns last season and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. He will be a downfield threat for new Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, who also went to Baylor.
|4/28/2016||Eli Apple, NYG, CB|
|The Giants selected Apple with the 10th pick overall in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: Cornerback seemingly was not a major need for the NFL's worst defense after the team signed free agent Janoris Jenkins to play opposite Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie. The Giants didn't mind that Apple's interceptions went down this past season as opponents tended to shy away from targeting receivers he covered. Apple had 56 tackles and four interceptions in two seasons with the Buckeyes.
|4/28/2016||DeForest Buckner, SF, DT|
|The 49ers selected Buckner with the No. 7 pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: He's a familiar face to help usher in the Chip Kelly era as new Niners coach after Buckner was recruited to Oregon by former Ducks coach Kelly. Buckner is an ideal fit as an end in San Francisco's 4-3 defensive scheme. He had 10 1/2 sacks last season. He is also a strong defender against the run.
|4/28/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|The Jaguars have selected Ramsey with the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: Ramsey can play cornerback or safety, providing the Jaguars with one of the most versatile players coming out of college. Picking in the top 10 for the ninth consecutive year, the Jaguars wasted little time selecting the 6-foot-1, 209-pound defender who ran track at Florida State. Ramsey started all 41 games in three years in college, finishing with 180 tackles, 23 passes defended, five sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.
|4/28/2016||Joey Bosa, SD, DE|
|The Chargers have taken Bosa with the third pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: The Chargers have needed a force on the defensive line since Jamal Williams left after the 2009 season.Bosa's career ended on a down note when he was ejected in the first quarter in the Fiesta Bowl for targeting Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer. The Chargers are coming off a 4-12 season in which they went winless in the AFC West.
|4/28/2016||Karl Joseph, Oak, S|
|The Raiders selected Joseph with the 14th overall pick Thursday.
Analysis: The move to add Joseph on Thursday is the latest to bolster a secondary that needed help this offseason. Oakland had already added safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Sean Smith in free agency. Joseph is a hard-hitting safety who is versatile enough to play in the box against the run as well as play in coverage. He played just four games last year before a season-ending knee injury. Joseph had five interceptions last year and nine in 42 career games in college.
|4/28/2016||Vernon Hargreaves III, TB, CB|
|The Buccaneers have selected Hargreaves III with the 11th pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
Analysis: The selection addresses one of the biggest needs for a team that went 6-10 last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2007. It also sets the tone for what figures to be an effort to bolster the defense over the final two days of the draft.
|4/28/2016||Ronnie Stanley, Bal, T|
|The Ravens selected Stanley with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.
Analysis: The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Stanley shined at left tackle for the Irish throughout his four-year career. He started all 13 games in each of his final three seasons and was an Associated Press second-team All-American as a senior. The Ravens haven't had a standout left tackle since Hall of Fame entrant Jonathan Ogden retired in 2007.
|4/28/2016||Jack Conklin, Ten, T|
|The Titans selected Conklin of Michigan State with the eighth pick overall after trading up with Cleveland.
Analysis: Conklin brings size at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds. He started 35 games at left tackle and three at right tackle. Tennessee gave up the most sacks (54) in the NFL in Marcus Mariota's rookie season, and the quarterback missed a total of four games after spraining each knee.
|4/28/2016||Leonard Floyd, Chi, LB|
|The Bears took Floyd with the ninth pick in Thursday's draft after trading up two spots in a deal with Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Chicago sent the 11th pick along with a fourth-rounder to the Buccaneers. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Floyd is long and elusive off the edge and could put up bigger numbers in Chicago than he did in college. He led the Bulldogs in sacks for the third straight year with 4 1/2 and tied for the team lead with 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season.
|4/28/2016||Sheldon Rankins, NO, DT|
|The Saints selected Rankins with the 12th overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft.
Analysis: The 6-foot-1, 299-pound Rankins starred at Louisville, where he played defensive tackle and had six sacks, as well as 13 tackles for losses last season. The selection provides the Saints with help on a defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and which struggled both to pressure quarterbacks and stop the run.
|4/28/2016||Laremy Tunsil, Mia, T|
|The Dolphins selected Tunsil with the 13th overall pick in Thursday's draft after he dropped following a bizarre video made the rounds on social media.
Analysis: The approximately 30-second video, which showed a person smoking from a mask equipped with a bong, was posted to Tunsil's verified Twitter account before quickly being deleted. The entire account was deactivated about 30 minutes later but the video added to the perception that Tunsil has off-the-field problems. While it is unclear if it was Tunsil in the video, or what was actually going on, it appeared to impact the left tackle's draft stock.
|4/28/2016||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|The Cowboys selected Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.
Analysis: It's the highest Dallas has drafted a running back since taking Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett second overall in 1977. All-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith went 17th to the Cowboys in 1990. Running back wasn't the biggest need, but the Cowboys will get to put the top-rated running back in the draft behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines. Dallas took blockers in the first round three times in a span of four seasons starting in 2011.
|4/28/2016||Carson Wentz, Phi, QB|
|The Eagles selected Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.
Analysis: A potential franchise quarterback was Philadelphia's goal after the team traded up twice to get the second pick from Cleveland. The Eagles moved from No. 13 to No. 8 to No. 2 to get in position to select Jared Goff or Wentz despite signing Sam Bradford to a $36 million, two-year contract in March. Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury.
|4/28/2016||Jared Goff, LA, QB|
|The Rams are returning to Los Angeles with a new face of the franchise after choosing Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.
Analysis: Two weeks after trading up from 15th to grab the top pick from the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles selected Goff over North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The Rams hope they've finally solved their perennial problem at football's most important position.
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