The 2012 NFL Draft brought in some of the best players in the league. The Carolina Panthers chose well but who did they miss out on?
The 2012 NFL Draft was loaded with talent. Some of the best players college football has ever seen were taken across the seven rounds.
Teams like the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins used their first-round pick to select quarterbacks who they hoped would turn their franchise around.
The Colts selected Andrew Luck with the first pick. He quickly became one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL and looked to be the successor for Peyton Manning that the team was looking for.
Luck lead the Colts to the playoffs in his first three seasons and was putting up MVP like numbers while doing so. He had six amazing seasons in the NFL before deciding to retire much earlier than people expected. Injuries had taken their toll and he decided to pick health over football.
Washington took Robert Griffin III with the second pick in the draft following his amazing Heisman Trophy run at Baylor. He was supposed to be the savior that finally got the franchise back to the playoffs.
Griffin had an amazing rookie season leading the Redskins to the playoffs with 3,200 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Griffin also took home the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Following Griffin’s first-year success, he started battling leg injuries and that completely derailed his career. He only had one more season as a full-time starter before becoming a backup for the past five seasons.
Looking at how crazy the top two picks careers went, you can expect how crazy the rest of the draft was. The Carolina Panthers found their franchise linebacker in Luke Kuechly. But the rest of their class isn’t too impressive.
What if they could go back and make it one of the best draft classes ever?