The Packers cut A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones prior to the draft, with Ted Thompson gambling that he'd be able to find a rookie replacement. In nabbing Ryan in the fourth round, Thompson may have accomplished just that.
Needing to add juice to a defense smarting with the losses of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement and cornerback Chris Culliver to free agency, the 49ers gamble on the Oakland native, who some feel is the draft's best corner and others see as a significant character risk.
NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney puts the intriguing crop of linebackers in the 2015 NFL Draft under the microscope, with as many as six -- five OLBs and ILB Eric Kendricks of UCLA -- worthy of consideration in the first two rounds.
If the reports are true and the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles will indeed be adding defenders Ndamukong Suh and Byron Maxwell, respectively, the clubs could be free to spent just as lavishly on skill-position stars on draft day.