Once I tabulated all this, I worked bottom up to get best value. E.g., Philip Gaines in R6 is a guy I'd look at R2-3, so that was a huge win. For the most part, I followed my #1 moving from bottom to top.
R7: RB/QB/CB/ATH Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, 5'9", 209#. Had an insane combine workout, running an official 4.41 40 (unofficial was in the 4.3s), 32 reps, a 40 1'2" VJ, and 11'0" BJ. Mayock noted that he played QB in the read option, but projects to RB in the pros. However, he's shown amazing versatility and Mayock further noted he could probably work out at WR and even CB. Had big games against top competition (UGA, FL), so if he can transition to the pro system LOC should not be an issue. I'd pencil him in as a COP back when we need speed, and work him into a few receiving plays in the slot. And why not: give him some reps at nickel back as well.
R6: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice, 6'0", 193#. With decent size and 4.38 speed, Gaines is a fluid athlete who will need to be coached to backpedal and learn NFL assignments. With Ike here for one more year, Gaines is the guy who can learn the ropes to take over next year. Could become a true shutdown corner, and has an excellent record of passes allowed/PBU.
R5 (comp): DE, Ben Gardner, Stanford, 6'4", 277#. Coming off a torn pec, Gardner would otherwise be going higher. A combine snub despite being a cornerstone of the Cardinal defense, Gardner shares many traits with Brett Keisel: athletic, intelligent, great motor, a run-stopper who can tangle with the OTs. Didn't lift at pro day, but posted some wow numbers, a 39.5" vertical and 10'2" BJ, showing his explosiveness. (Strength is apparent on tape.) Although he missed a portion of 2013 season, he showed strong in 2012 with 49 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, and five passes batted. He had 35 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2011. In the 3-4, he might not rack up as many sacks but will still command attention.
R5: OLB/ILB Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 6'1", 250#. Played rush end/OLB "Devilbacker" at ASU, able to play with his hand in the dirt, or standing up in the middle intermediate areas (like a 3-4 ILB). In 27 starts, had 103 solo tackles (142 total), 19 sacks, 39.5 TFL, 6 FF, 2 INT, and 8 PDU. Squats 545# but looks fluid and loose in coverage. Really, could man ILB or OLB, and that versatility is why I only select 1 LB this year. My instinct would be to see if he can displace Vince Williams, who is perfectly fine as a backup but who was a coverage liability last year. Bradford's gaudy stats might not translate to the buck, but he could easily rotate to the edge in packages. The guy's a playmaker.
R4: FS Terrence Brooks, Florida State, 5'11", 198#. So far the theme has been value, speed, and versatility, and Brooks is another great example. Brooks played CB and FS at FSU, and clocked 4.42 at the combine. That was far ahead of top S prospects Ha Ha Dix (4.58) and Calvin Pryor (4.58), and his 38" VJ beat their 33" and 34 1/2" VJs. Having a guy who can play man or cover over the top would mean Brooks would see action early, and offer insurance in case Mitchell doesn't pan at FS. Helping both CB and FS depth would be two birds, one stone.
R3 (comp): Here's where I deviated from my #1 by round. I had RB/KR De'Anthony Thomas as #1, but as much as I like Thomas, McKinnon in R7 could be just as much of a playmaker and free up our R3 for a different position of need. My #2 is OT/OG Joel Bitonio, Nevada, 6'4", 302#. Bitonio played LT at Nevada, but is thought to project to OG in the NFL. However, he's still bigger than Kelvin Beachum and faster, too. He ran a sub-5.0 40 and was one of 4 OL to run a sub-1.70 10-yard split (OT Patchan 1.59, OT Lewan 1.64, OT Robinson 1.69). Light enough to match speed rushers, with the ability to get to the second level quickly as a pulling guard. Played all 5 OL spots at the Senior Bowl and showed extremely well. Plays with a mean streak. Would provide backup at LT, which we currently lack, and could be groomed to any spot on the line. Speed and versatility again.
R2: This was the trickiest round. I'll skip to the R1 reveal (WR Evans) to illustrate why. My top 3 were WR Moncrief, SS Bucannon, and TE Niklas. While an Evans-Moncrief 1-2 would be an insane boost to the offense, I felt it was a bit of overkill with Brown as WR1, Wheaton hopefully stepping into WR2/3, and the additions of Moore and DHB. If I took Moncrief, there was still more of a learning curve than with Evans, IMO. (Behind Evans, 2. CB Gilbert was off with CBs Brooks and Gaines already added, 3. Tuitt had been scratched due to DE Gardner, 4. ILB Shazier was off due to ILB/OLB Bradford, and 5. OL Martin was off due to OL Bitonio.) That brought the choice to SS Bucannon and TE Niklas. While Niklas could add needed depth and take over from Miller in the future, I stayed with Bucannon, to take over post-Troy. IMO, Bucannon is the best SS in this class. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 6'1", 211#. Ran a 4.49, put up 19 reps, jumped 36 1/2" VJ and 10'5" BJ. Measures 78" wingspan. Had 114 tackles last year, and 268 on his career. Doesn't look pretty in coverage, but still managed 15 INTs and 7 PBU. Likes to punish runners somewhat in the Bernard Pollard mode.
With the additions of Bucannon, Brooks, Gaines, and FA Mitchell, the secondary would look very sound.
R1: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6'5", 231#. Highly productive with an improvisational QB at A&M, Evans has TE size and WR speed. Ran an official 4.53 (unofficial in the high 4.4s), and posted a 37" VJ. Is only 20, so he has upside. Compared often to Vincent Jackson, I think he's better than that. I see some Tony Gonzalez in his game, and physical WR play of a guy like Alshon Jeffrey. Not quite Megatron-freak level, but adds a whole new dimension to the offense. Absolutely destroyed Bama and Auburn, so he shouldn't have a difficult transition versus NFL DBs.
5 D-side, 3 O-side players.