I take a look at who our picks were, and I see one thing in common. Production. All the players selected produced regularly, and have decent to great stats at their position.
Wolfe - 2011 - 70 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks - Simply insane stats for a defensive tackle.
B.O - 2011 - 63.2 completion%, 4036 yards, 26 tds, 140.5 qbr (Strong stats for a first year starter, imo)
Hillman - 2011 - 311 attempts, 1711 yards, 5.5 ypc, 19 tds; 2010 - 262 attempts, 1532 yards, 5.85 ypc, 17 tds
Bolden - If healthy it sounds as if he's a sure tackler and a good man to man cover guy. Also has quicks that can be utilized in the return game. Stats aren't stellar but in 2010 he finished 6th on ASU in tackles with 52, recorded 3 picks returning one for a TD and averaged 29.2 yards per return on kickoffs with one td. Pretty decent production in my opinion.
Blake - 2011 (Senior): Starting center in all 13 games - Totaled team-best 96 knockdowns on season and received coach's grade of 82 percent or higher in 11 of 13 games; 2010 (Junior): Starting center in all 13 games - Totaled 82 knockdowns on season and received coach's grade of 81 percent or higher in 11 of 13 games; 2009 (Sophomore): Starter at right tackle for all 12 games - Earned coach's grade of 82 percent on season... Totaled 76 knockdowns. Very consistent and mean player. Can play where ever needed on the line. Seems like a very durable lineman, which helps when depth is needed. Very productive.
Jackson - 2011 - 56 total tackles, 11 for loss, 2.5 sacks, 10 qb hurries; 2010 - 48 total tackles, 11 for loss, 5 sacks, 1 int - Decent and consistent production. Adds a big body and depth to our line.
Trevathan (my personal favorite pick in this draft) - 2011 - 143 total tackles, 12 for loss, 4 int's, 3 sacks; 2010 - 144 total tackles, 16 for loss and 2 sacks; 2009 (while playing as a special teamer/relief LB) 80 total tackles. The man flat out tackles. Consistent production, decent quicks, and ability to cover and tackle big bodies (NE tight ends pop into my mind).
I think a lot of you were expecting that "Big named" prospect, and didn't get one which leads to your kneejerk reactions. The only pick I don't like personally is Jackson. I don't see him being a stand out player, if he ever has a chance to produce for us at all. I like our UDFA's a lot more, actually. Oswelier, while not popular around here, I think will turn out to be a very nice luxury pick. He's a large, accurate qb that has a similar build to Peyton. Can learn, and be groomed, under 2 hall of fame qb's. And is a pure pocket passer, which everyone was so hell-bent over while Teebz was here. Hillman seems like he could potentially be that explosive back to complement a big back (Willis now, potentially another later on). Put up very good numbers in his two years at SDSU. I hope he becomes a sproles/LT type back. Small, yet explosive. I like the pick a lot.
Not to mention our UDFA's that all seem like they were productive/consistent through out their college careers. I look at this draft on paper, and it's puzzling. I look at this draft the way I hope the Front Office saw it, and I see players that can come in and produce.