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Round 1, Pick 4: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 2
Kalil is an elite left tackle prospect with the talent to be a perennial All-Pro. He has everything an NFL team should look for in a left tackle—ideal size, terrific footwork, great strength and terrific anchoring and blocking techniques.
Round 1, Pick 29: Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 59
Well-rounded safety. Sound tackler with very good instincts. Somewhat stiff in pass coverage but not a liability. Solid but unspectacular athlete. Productive and intelligent player who will be ready to start immediately.
Round 3, Pick 66: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 73
Robinson has tremendous speed and was the fastest player at the scouting combine. Productive cornerback who had 17 pass defenses last season and has the potential to be a big playmaker as a defensive back. Lacks fluid hips, has poor hands and is an inconsistent tackler but has high upside.
Round 4, Pick 118: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 77
Explosive wide receiver with tremendous speed and lateral agility. Very productive in SEC and a big-play threat. Ideally suited to be an NFL slot receiver. Dangerous in space.
Round 4, Pick 128 (compensatory selection): Rhett Ellison, TE/FB, USC
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 247
Solid tight end who is a decent athlete and can block. Not particularly productive at USC. He will have to be able to play special teams.
Round 4, Pick 134 (compensatory selection): Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 223
Coming off a torn patellar tendon, Childs’ production dropped sharply in his senior season, as he appeared to lose a step. Before that, he was a very skilled receiver. He has great size and hands and showed signs of his old self in pre-draft workouts. If he returns to form, he could be a No. 2 wideout.
Round 5, Pick 139: Robert Blanton, FS/CB, Notre Dame
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 168
Instinctive and physical defensive back. Skilled cover corner at Notre Dame but lacks the speed to play cornerback at next level. Has the physical tools to convert to safety.
Round 6, Pick 175: Blair Walsh, K, Georgia
Overall Prospect Rank: Not in Top 400
Walsh among the nation’s best kickers as a sophomore and junior but only converted 60 percent of his field goal attempts as a senior, which should have kept him undrafted. With a solid veteran kicker already in Ryan Longwell, Walsh did not make sense for the Vikings to draft him.
Round 7, Pick 210: Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 127
Cole has an impressive combination of size and athleticism for an inside linebacker, but he did not stand out at North Carolina State. Inconsistent tackler. Rotational player at next level.
Round 7, Pick 219: Trevor Guyton, DE, California
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 172
Guyton has good size for a defensive end, but collegiate productivity was inconsistent and he's not an explosive athlete.