South Carolina Gamecocks RB Marcus Lattimore found a home on Saturday. Read on for other notable names.
98th Overall (1st Pick, 4th Round) Philadelphia Eagles—QB Matt Barkley, USC
When the Eagles picked Barkley, criticism soared. Why did a speed spread offense coach draft a pocket passer? Barkley lacks elite speed, and we know that. But take a look at former Oregon QB Darron Thomas’s running stats in their 2011 Rose Bowl year back when Chip Kelly commanded the Ducks. He ran for 206 yards that year. Barkley doesn’t have to run under Kelly.
110th Overall (13th Pick, 4th Round) New York Giants via San Diego Chargers through Arizona Cardinals)—QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Nassib was viewed to some as a first round pick. Well, he slid all the way to this selection. Whether he is Giants QB Eli Manning’s heir apparent or potential trade bait, it was a fine value selection by the Big Blue.
131st Overall (34th Pick (Compensatory), 4th Round) San Francisco 49ers—RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
Coming off of a horrific knee injury, RB Marcus Lattimore is in the perfect situation. The Niners boast one of the best rosters, and when Lattimore is fully healthy he can step in at the right moment. He can be patient with his recovery.
135th Overall (2nd Pick, 5th Round) Jacksonville Jaguars—WR/RB Denard Robinson, Michigan
The elusive Robinson’s switch from collegiate quarterback to NFL receiver/running back is almost complete. He’s versatile and athletic, so the Jaguars have to experiment with him in multiple positions.
174th Overall (6th Pick, 6th Round) Arizona Cardinals—WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
Swope ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and is lightning fast. He will be dangerous next to fellow Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald.