1st Round: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
2nd Round: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
2nd Round: Shane Vereen, RB, Cal
3rd Round: Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
3rd Round: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
5th Round: Marcus Cannon, OL, TCU
5th Round: Lee Smith, TE, Marshall
6th Round: Markell Carter, OLB, Central Arkansas
7th Round: Malcolm Williams, CB, Marshall
When five of your first six draft picks make big contributions to your team, that is a very successful draft. The only blemish is Ras-I Dowling, who played well in the very limited time that he was healthy.
Nate Solder has played at a high level and will compete for All-Pro honors the rest of his career. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have had solid careers with injuries (Vereen) and fumbling (Ridley) the only warts on their games.
Ryan Mallett hasn't been called upon to do anything more than develop as a quarterback and run the scout team. The New England Patriots have thought enough of him to keep only two quarterbacks the past two seasons.
After Marcus Cannon, who has filled in nicely for Sebastian Vollmer on a few occasions, the trio of Lee Smith, Markell Carter and Malcolm Williams never gained much traction on the 53-man roster.
Extracting value out of Mallett either by trade or a compensatory pick would give this draft an even better look. If Solder, Vereen and Ridley sign second contracts with New England, this draft class will have been a resounding success.