Clemson's loss will be the NFL's gain, according to one high-ranking scout who is confident that some club will be willing to invest a pick during July's Supplemental Draft on the 6-foot-6, 290 pound left tackle, who is opting to leave school early due to family obligations.
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.
NFL teams that missed out on a talented 2015 crop of pass rushers could have one final opportunity to land a rookie with the 6-foot-5, 238 pound Caldwell taking steps to make himself eligible for the 2015 Supplemental Draft. The well-traveled Caldwell dominated the Gulf South Conference last year, recording 18.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
While addressing the club's biggest area of concern in the second round rather than the first took some by surprise, new GM Scot McCloughan and head coach Jay Gruden could get the last laugh with talented edge rusher Preston Smith looking like an ideal complement at outside linebacker to Ryan Kerrigan.
Say what you will about Chip Kelly; he knows how to score points and has a better grasp on the talent coming out of the Pac-12 than perhaps any other head coach in the NFL. That is a recipe that could help his prized first round pick, Nelson Agholor, enjoy a splashy debut season in the NFC East.
New England thrives because of a versatile front seven, and given Brandon Flowers' track record against top competition, the former Arkansas Razorbacks star could fit in quicker than most expect in Foxborough.