Arguably the greatest need, help for Ziggy Ansah pressuring the quarterback, was not a priority and Hand is a down lineman. Ragnow, or a similar pivot, could have been had 20 picks later. But the reunited tag team of Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn backed up their intention to bring a throwback running back to Motown with three of their first five picks focused on that pronounced weakness. Johnson has power and enough speed, plus 29 touchdowns the past two seasons on a résumé written vs. Southeastern Conference competition. Ragnow never allowed a sack in college, and Crosby, a tackle in the Pac-12, didn’t give one up last season.
Tyrell Crosby can start at guard immediately, which is something this team desperately needed. Failing to adequately address blocking contributed to the undoing of the previous regime.
Tracy Walker is a costly investment Quinn defended because of plus size, athleticism and ball skills but most of all — speed. Walker, the cousin of CB Darius Slay, will be placed in a playmaking role.