Results of the 77th Annual National Football League Selection Meeting:
#1 Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
#2 Washington Redskins (from St. Louis): Robert Griffin, III, QB, Baylor
#3 Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
#4 Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland): Matt Kalil, OT, USC – Christian Ponder’s new BFF
#5 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Tampa Bay): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – Blaine Gabbert’s new BFF
#6 Dallas Cowboys (from Washington through St. Louis): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – gives the Cowboys defense a chance to hold 4th quarter leads
#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jacksonville): Mark Barron, SS, Alabama – top safety prospect; hard hitter that can cover well. Cam won’t like him very much in the division.
#8 Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – first pick since #1 overall NOT traded!
#9 Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, MLB, BC – 532 career tackles. Patrick Willis-type talent, great player to build a defense around. With injuries to the Panther LB corps the last couple of years, Rivera picks up his own version of Mike Singletary to coach.
#10 Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – first reach of this year’s draft. Decent speed, better in zone than man coverage.
#11 Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis – great fit at the 0-technique. HC Romeo Crennel is an old D-line coach
#12 Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State – Gap penetrating tackle for the Eagle “wide-9″ scheme
#13 Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – projects to start opposite Larry Fitzgerald
#14 St. Louis Rams (from Cowboys): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU – 3rd DT in last 4 picks. Great run-clogger that will only get better.
#15 Seattle Seahawks (from Eagles): Bruce Irvin, OLB, WV – pass-rush specialist with rare (sub-4.5) speed; a reach in the first round with character concerns.
#16 New York Jets: Quentin Coples, DE, North Carolina – help for Rex Ryan’s pass rush is on the way. Good 3-4 DE for their system; his only real weakness is a questionable motor.
#17 Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders): ‘Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – Should play corner, not safety. Aggressive but lanky and not a ball-hawk with only 3 career INTs at Alabama.
#18 San Diego Chargers: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina – top-ten rated overall talent that can play multiple positions and is a great value pick. Can play DE, OLB or Nickel LB.
#19 Chicago Bears: Shea McClellin, OLB/DE, Boise State – Disruptive OLB/DE Clay Matthews-hopeful SAM linebacker that had been shooting up the draft boards in recent weeks.
#20 Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor – Jake Locker is waiting and Kenny Britt can’t stay healthy. Wright is going to be even more dangerous after going through an NFL strength and conditioning program.
#21 New England Patriots (from Bengals): Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse – Another edge rusher flying up draft boards lately, Jones has power and speed to help a needy Patriot pass rush.
#22 Cleveland Browns (from Falcons): Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State – Not a surprising choice. Cleveland got Richardson at 3, now an upgrade over Colt McCoy. If only they had someone to catch it.
#23 Detroit Lions: Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa – Best available that fits a need and a great value pick here. CB is their other big need but would have been a reach as the board sits.
#24 Pittsburgh Steelers: David DeCastro, G, Stanford – Great value pick and best available pick here. The Steelers didn’t expect to see him here and have to be thrilled.
#25 New England Patriots (from Broncos): D’onte Hightower, OLB/DE, Alabama – another guy on the outside for this Patriot defense. BB and Robert Kraft know what’s broken and are trying to fix it.
#26 Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois – NCAA sack leader last season was his only year of production. The Texans lost Mario Williams in Free Agency and can use the help.
#27 Cincinnati Bengals (from Saints through Patriots): Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin – Andy Dalton’s new BFF
#28 Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, OLB, USC – will line up opposite ex-USC teammate Clay Matthews on the Packer front seven.
#29 Minnesota Vikings (from Ravens): Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame – the Vikings trade up into the first round again for help in the secondary. Good trade now that they’re nimble from trading down from 3 to 4 earlier to get the second-best safety in a very shallow class.
#30 San Francisco 49′ers: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois – Good speed and great hands gives Harbaugh yet another option to get some production out of the WR position this year.
#31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Patriots through Broncos): Doug Martin, RB, Boise State – does everything well and can play every down. A nice upgrade over the fumble-prone Blount. Kuechly will be tackling him a lot.
#32 New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, VT – interesting fit and adds a dynamic kickoff returner as well as becoming Eli Manning’s new BFF
Interesting how Denver kept trading back out of the first round, with a couple of DTs they could use still on the board. The Pats actually traded up. Shoot, everyone except the top 2 and Miami traded and from now on I’m only typing who actually makes the pick!
At the end of the day, the one franchise’s people that had to be the most relaxed of all would definitely be the Saints.
Topics: 2012 NFL Draft