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September 8, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan (47) during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Round 4: Jake Ryan, OLB

Jake Ryan was an outstanding player for the Wolverines in 2012 and 2011. Since he tore his ACL in spring training, it is going to hurt his draft stock. However, tape does not lie with this kid, as he was a monster on the field. Would be a great player and could definitely be a gem in this round. In 2012, he recorded 88 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 passes batted, and 4 forced fumbles. If healthy, could end up becoming a great gem in the 4th round.

Round 5: Vic Beasley, DE/OLB

Could be an interesting defensive player to develop. He has immense talent, but is undersized. Played a great game against Georgia where he recorded two sacks. He may end up transitioning into a linebacker because of his size, so the combine would be huge for him. Adds another quality to this defense.

Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Christian Horned Frogs receiver Brandon Carter (3) leaps away from LSU Tigers safety Ronald Martin (26) in the first quarter at AT

Round 6: Brandon Carter, WR

A speedy wide receiver who could add a dimension to this team. Good with YAC and overall best going down the field. Could create mismatches as Green is double covered. Not the tallest wide receiver out there, but would help out this offense in certain situations.

Round 7: Brock Hekking, DE/OLB

Nice backup. Great motor and could surprise some players. Has been decently quiet thus far, but Nevada’s defense isn’t great to begin with. Did very well when the defense came together in 2012. The combine and senior bowl will be big for him.

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