Ziggy Ansah (DL-Lions): It seems like-every year-we think that "this is finally it" for the Lions defensive line. This will finally be the year that they start paying dividends.
Well, this finally WILL be that year, with a third solid piece on that line.
Though it was against a guy who ran into his own lineman's butt, we can't overlook the fact that he intercepted a pass on his first drive as an NFL rookie.
The ceiling on this D-Line is incredibly high. It's time to put the pieces together and make it happen.
Giovani Brenard (RB-Bengals): This was one of my favorite picks in the entire draft.
Cincinnati got the Tar Heels RB in the 2nd round in a trade with the Raiders.
It may seem high for a North Carolina running back, because it is. But Brenard proved to be a capable running back for a team that was dire need of one.
Like ACC foe E.J. Manuel, we will see how he transitions from facing ACC defenses to NFL defenses, but he did everything right in his final season at NC.
He great speed, can catch the ball out in the flat and can make that can make you look silly.
Jon Bostic (LB-Bears): The former Gator needs no introduction.
He made his own early on against the Chargers. He welcomed himself to the NFL.
It was only a preseason game, but you love to see rookies do something memorable in the preseason, especially if it's a receiver, linebacker or secondary player.
The key for Bostic in 2013 is to remember that he is not Brian Urlacher and that if he tries to fill those gigantic shoes, he will quickly diminish his own value.
Rather, he needs to play like the guy that almost took Mike Willie's head off.
Eddie Lacy (RB-Packers): Speaking of keys, the key for Eddie Lacy is to say yes to the treadmill.
His size and duribility allowed him to be so successful at Alabama, and to do a fine job in filling Trent Richardson's shoes.
But if he's looking for oxygen tanks at the end of games, then we have a problem.
In all seriousness, much like Brenard, Lacy is an important long-term pick for the Packers, along with Bruins back Johnathan Franklin.
These two bring everything you want in a two-back system: size and speed. Hello Ricky [Williams] and Ronnie [Brown] 2.0!
Tavon Austin/Stedman Bailey (WRs-Rams): Whether or not Austin will be a fantasy busy, these two are the Brenard and Lacy of the wide receiver spot.
Greg Salas was gone. Danny Amendola was gone. Danny Feels and Michael H [for the sake of time] were gone. Steven Jackson was gone.
If Jeff Fisher was going to have any chance at saving Bradford's career, this was it. He and the rest of the Rams had to make a big splash in the draft and did.
They brought in two of West Virginia's top wide outs; two of the guys that were part of the West Virginia-Baylor shootout.
The 2013 production expectations are way too high, especially for Austin. But their presance will buy Bradford some time.
Keep in mind: these are not in any particular order.