The San Francisco 49ers selected defensive back Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois with the 30th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.
The New England Patriots selected Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley with the No. 29 overall pick in the NFL draft.
The Panthers selected wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State with the 28th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, giving them a potential long-term replacement for Steve Smith.
Former Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, considered one of the 2014 NFL Draft’s top picks, was drafted Thursday night by the Minnesota Vikings.
If Zack Martin is forever known as the player the Dallas Cowboys drafted instead of Johnny Manziel, the Notre Dame offensive tackle is fine with it.
The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith with the 26th pick in the NFL draft after trading four spots down with the Cleveland Browns.
The St. Louis Rams used their second pick of the first round to bolster their defensive front, taking Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the 13th overall selection Thursday night.
The Chicago Bears drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with 14th pick Thursday, the latest move to boost a defense that ranked among the league’s worst last season.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Auburn defensive end Dee Ford with the No. 23 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, landing a potential replacement for Tamba Hali or Justin Houston.
The Atlanta Falcons picked up some badly needed protection for quarterback Matt Ryan, selecting offensive tackle Jake Matthews of Texas A&M with the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.