Adding pure athleticism was clearly the focus for GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin and Senquez Golson -- an All-American cornerback and former highly drafted baseball prospect - possesses the speed, ballskills and instincts to overcome his lack of ideal size.
After falling completely out of the 2012 draft, Vontaze Burfict has emerged as one of the most feared middle linebackers in the NFL. He's coming off microfracture surgery, however, which could open the door for another talented but troubled linebacker to seize the spotlight.
Some scouts thought that the deepest and most gifted position in the 2015 NFL draft was at running back. Former Southern Cal star Buck Allen could be proof he's expected to pay immediate dividends for the Ravens despite the fact that he was the 12th running back selected.
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.
Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants seem to have a knack for finding and developing defensive linemen - something that former UCLA Bruins' star "Owa" Odighizuwa is likely to prove yet again.
Randy Gregory and La'el Collins have generated the buzz but the relatively unheralded first round selection of cornerback Byron Jones could give Dallas the boost it needs at greater position of need to compete for Super Bowl 50.
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.