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1st round: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech: Left after his junior season. … Started 10 games in 2020 and was named a second-team AP All-American and first-team All-ACC. … Started 13 games at left tackle in 2019. … One of nine FBS true freshmen offensive linemen to start on in Week 1 of the 2018 season. … General manager Rick Spielman: “I think if you see him move laterally, we are an outside zone scheme, and the athletic ability he has for his size. I think the other thing that stuck out to us, we looked at analytics and picked through all this offensive lineman as well, his arm length with his height is typical of a left tackle. … I think just his movement skills at the second level and the one thing that really sticks out to us was his ability in pass protection and how patient of a player he is.”

3rd round: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M: Holds the Texas A&M records for career passing TDs (71), passing yards (9,661), completions (801), attempts (1,358) and total offense (11,269). … Also tied Johnny Manziel’s all-time career record of 93 touchdowns responsible for, good for 10th all-time in SEC history. … In 2020, completed 63.3% of his passes for 2,282 yards with 19 touchdowns and only three interceptions. … Ran for 294 yards and four TDs as a senior and 1,609 yards and 22 TDs over his four years. … Spielman: "Kellen has progressed since his freshman year. ... He has a lot of the physical traits we're looking for. I think the one thing that we did notice is he was playing very well towards the end of the season and was continuing to spiral up, as we like to say. ... (QB coach) Andrew Janocko went down and worked him out at his Pro Day and came back with rave reviews."

3rd round: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina: Played quarterback his first two seasons with the Tar Heels. … Had 91 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior. … In 2019, recorded 115 tackles, 15 TFL and 6.5 sacks. … Named first-team All-ACC in both 2019 and ’20. … Spielman: “He’s the modern-type linebacker. … We felt that he had such natural instincts for the position. He can cover, he can run and he can hit.”

3rd round: Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State: Started 14 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2019 and eight in 2020. … Named first-team All-American as a sophomore and junior, a unanimous choice in the latter. … Tabbed Big Ten’s offensive lineman of the year in 2020. … One of Ohio State’s team captains last season. … Director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson: "Let’s get bigger up front, and that was a directive. Wyatt Davis definitely fits that mold.”

3rd round: Patrick Jones, DE, Pittsburgh: Two-year starter with the Panthers. … Recorded 42 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior. … First-team All-ACC in 2020. … Named first-team All-American by the Sporting News and WCFA and second-team All-American by AFCA, AP and CBS Sports. … Notched 11.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks in 2019. … Spielman: “He fit our athletic profile. ...When you see his length, his long form coming off the edge, we know as a scouting staff it's what coach Patterson and coach Zimmer look for in those type of defensive ends. Similar to when we took D.J. Wonnum. Similar to when we took Danielle Hunter. Those long, athletic guys can come in ... and Dre comes in and does a great job of developing those type of athletes.”

4th round: Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State: Owns best kick-return average in Iowa State history, 26.8 yards on 92 kick returns. … Rushed for 744 yards on 143 carries (5.2 average) with four touchdowns over his 50 games with Cyclones. … Missed 2017 season with torn Achilles. … Ran a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. … Spielman: “I also give a lot of credit to K.P., Kennedy, our running back coach. He really stood on the table for this kid. When you look at the touches that he does have there, take away the explosive kickoff return ability that he has, but he's a one cut runner that fits perfectly in this scheme. When you've got a kid that's a 6-foot running back that's 210 pounds that runs a 4.31 in the 40, that kid has a chance to be pretty special.”

4th round: Camryn Bynum, CB, Cal: Played corner with the Bears but announced by Minnesota as a safety. … Only Cal player to start all 42 games from 2017-20. … In four games in 2020 recorded 19 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. … Had 188 tackles, eight TFL 29 passes broken up and eight INT in his four seasons. … Spielman: “Extremely intelligent kid, very good football player and we've had the success with the Anthony Harris' of the world who were former corners. We did move him from corner to safety in our draft meeting and felt we got great value there.”

4th round: Janarius Robinson, DE, Florida State: Three-year starter. … As a senior recorded 25 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks. … In 2019 had 48 tackles, 9 TFL and team-high three sacks. … Spielman: “It's ridiculous his wingspan and arm length and he ran a 4.7. ... He was the prototype that we like to work with.”

5th round: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa: Caught 25 passes for 345 yards with four touchdowns in seven games in 2020. … In 2019, had 44 receptions for 722 yards and four TDs. … Averaged 28.7 yards on kick returns, which is second all-time in Big Ten history. … Honorable mention All-Big Ten as both a receiver and returner as a senior. … Spielman: “We watched a lot of tape of him in 2019 when Nate Stanley was quarterback. You seen his speed, his athleticsm. He also has an opportunity to compete not only as a kick returner but a punt returner as well. He pinged all of our analytics charts from an athletic standpoint.”

5th round: Zach Davidson, TE, Central Missouri: Had 40 receptions for 894 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. … Named a first-team All-American in 2019 by the Associated Press, AFCA, D2CAA and D2football.com. … Served as the team’s punter in each of his three seasons, averaging 42.4 yards per boot with 29 punts of 50+ yards. … Spielman: " ... at his length, at almost 6 foot, 7 inches, 250 pounds, and he ran in the 4.6s for us in our watches on Pro Day, and his incredible catching radius and athletic skill set to create mismatches ... We see that you can't get an athletic kid with this size, this speed, this athletic ability and the catching radius that he does have -- those are the traits that you can't coach. But adding on strength, technique as a blocker, all that stuff will come.”

6th round: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh: Opted out of 2020 season. … As a sophomore in 2019 had 41 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and a team-high 10.5 sacks. … First Panthers interior lineman to lead the team in sacks since Aaron Donald in 2013. … Named second-team All-American in 2019 by six services. … Spielman: "When you watched him in '19 at Pitt, you can see that he does have really good technique. He knows how to use his hands, just needs a little polish. But he gives us something that we've been trying to find as a potential inside nickel rusher.”