Best and worst draft marriages

2. Dominique Easley, DT, New England: It would be easier to be excited about Easley if there weren't so many red flags in his medical history. His career at Florida included two torn anterior cruciate ligaments (one in each knee), and that's not the most encouraging news for a team that lost two defensive tackles to injuries last season ( Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly).

Easley certainly had enough head-turning ability to be a first-round pick; his quickness and his motor create a devastating combination for opposing blockers when he's healthy. The Patriots also might feel as though they can find a star in Easley in the same way they did with tight end Rob Gronkowski in the 2010 draft. Health concerns led to Gronkowski dropping into the second round and he became a Pro Bowler two years later.

That said, injuries also have limited Gronkowski to only 18 games over the past two seasons. The odds of Easley avoiding such problems don't look good from here.

3. Ja'Wuan James, OT, Miami: The Dolphins clearly were desperate to address their offensive problems because James, by all accounts, was a reach. Most draft analysts projected him as a second-round pick, so he'll already have a hard time living up to his stature as the 19th overall selection.

That isn't to say he doesn't have upside. At 6-6 and 311 pounds, he has the length and quickness to be a dependable right tackle at the next level. However, his detractors also question his tenacity and consistency, both of which suggest he's going to need time to find a comfort zone with an offensive line that has only one returning starter in center Mike Pouncey.

4. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina: Benjamin wouldn't be on this list if the Panthers still had Steve Smith. Because they don't -- and they also lost their top four receivers from last season -- it's impossible to imagine Benjamin tearing up the league in Year 1. Sure, he has great size (6-5, 240 pounds) and impressive athleticism. But he also possesses average speed and may have a tough time adjusting to press coverage from NFL cornerbacks after bullying smaller defenders in college.

At least Carolina has one veteran receiver, free-agent acquisition Jason Avant, to mentor Benjamin when necessary. But with no other proven targets on the roster, Benjamin is about to learn how hard it is to succeed in the NFL when you're learning on the fly.

5. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit: Ebron is a special talent, of that there is no doubt. He's got size, speed and the ability to split out wide and create mismatches against smaller defensive backs. The problem here is simple math: How many receivers does the Lions' offense really need?

Ebron joins an offense that already has the best wide receiver in football ( Calvin Johnson), a newly acquired free-agent wideout ( Golden Tate) and two other tight ends who have been popular targets for quarterback Matthew Stafford ( Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria). Add in the fact that running back Reggie Bush is a big part of the passing game -- he caught 54 balls in 2013 -- and you have to wonder how much impact Ebron can make in his rookie season. Ebron may be a future star, but expectations will have to be tempered in Year 1.

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