D. J. Moore wasn’t a reach, but he was the first of a string of picks by general manager Marty Hurney that came at least marginally higher than projected. Ultimately, this draft will likely be judged on whether Hurney made the right decision to take Moore ahead of Calvin Ridley, who went two picks later to division rival Atlanta. From there, Hurney did check off “need” boxes with Jackson, Gaulden and Haynes.
Donte Jackson lacks prototype size, weight and length, but he tied for the top 40 time (4.32) among cornerbacks at the scouting combine and could step in as the ideal nickel back for a defense that finished 18th against the pass last season.
Kendrick Norton, the son of Ken Norton Jr., was considered a potential middle-round pick. He comes from a strong football family and sports the ideal size, length and motor to clog lanes as a two-down run stuffer.