Andrew Luck as their first pick was a no-brainer. This does not diminish their selection though. He is indeed the best quarterback prospect since John Elway. Adding two tight end weapons later on, both with first round talent, is a bonus. Their best value pick came in round five in the form of Josh Chapman, a player once thought of as a first day possibility.
Robert Griffin III is the guy
wanted. However, they gave up an awful lot to get him and he is not nearly the
sure thing Andrew Luck is deemed to be. Pretty much their entire draft rests on
RGIII’s success: a worrisome outcome for a team that has been without a
quarterback for so long.
Two first round selections hardly buoyed their draft grade when they make the picks they did. Giving up three additional late round picks for the right to draft Trent Richardson third seems silly when he would most assuredly have been available at their original slot if
kept their pick. Brandon Weeden later in round one was even more questionable
as he seems hardly better than Colt McCoy is, and years older than McCoy, who
already has years of NFL experience.
Trading back in round three, picking up three additional picks and still getting their man Matt Kalil is a move to be admired. Their second pick of day one was a little more questionable as safety Harrison Smith seems to have a low ceiling in the minds of scouts.
Trading up to select Justin Blackmon makes sense but the many holes elsewhere on the Jags’ roster were not necessarily filled. With only six total picks made and one being a punter in round three,
left some talent on the board. Andre Branch in round two was a nice selection
Giving up their second round pick to trade up and get Morris Claiborne is the kind of big draft day move fans usually like from their teams. It certainly addresses a major team need and he was the best cornerback in the draft but his Wonderlic test and the fact that
never interviewed him send up some red flags. Their best pick was Danny Coale,
a wide receiver taken in round five. He is tremendously reliable and should fit
in well as a possession receiver.
Two great picks cannot fully be offset by
first selection. Taking Jonathan Martin in round two and Lamar Miller in round
four are both tremendous. However, Ryan Tannehill is who this draft will be
made or broken with and not only is he a huge question mark; it remains to be
seen whether he can actually play better than Miami’s current quarterback option: Matt
Luke Kuechly is a solid first round selection. Joe Adams could be a difference maker as a return man in round four. However,
missed on a number of team needs including defensive tackle and outside
Although they added no quarterback depth and will rely fully on Ryan Fitzpatrick for the foreseeable future, Stephon Gilmore and Cordy Glenn make up one of the best two round combinations of players any team made.
Dontari Poe is a very risky pick, especially in round one. Adding offensive line help and skill position players later could not offset the uncertainty created by Poe as their draft anchor.
Giving up two mid-round picks for Fletcher Cox seems fair. Nick Foles is also a nice backup quarterback possibility with what
was forced to trot out on the field last year when Michael Vick went down.
Michael Floyd is a nice weapon to place opposite Larry Fitzgerald in the
offense. He should open up the middle of the field for Fitzgerald on crossing
routes as well as for backs and tight ends running shorter routes. Their best
value pick was Bobby Massie in round four.
Trading down and taking Michael Brockers is a nice move for a team needing help all over their defense. By taking Janoris Jenkins in round two,
Louis makes the statement that they are willing to
take risks in the hopes of adding talent to a depleted roster.
Adding two additional mid-round picks by trading down in round one does little to offset making the biggest reach of the draft. Taking Bruce Irvin, a part-time player with limited upside as their first selection would have been questionable even for a team with the luxury of taking a player with one specific skill.
Seattle does not even have that luxury.
Russell Wilson has the potential to carve out a spot for himself in this league
but having already paid big money for Matt Flynn this offseason, Seattle again
seems to be the wrong fit for this move.
Stephen Hill is a great round two pick. The Jets also added depth at OLB and RB: two areas of need. Yet taking Quinton Coples in round one is too risky to warrant a higher grade. There were better, safer players still available who play the exact same position as Coples when the Jets made this selection.
The overall quality and quantity of
picks led to this grade. Dre Kirkpatrick fills a giant need as the team’s first
selection. Kevin Zeitler might have been a bit of a reach as their next
selection yet Wisconsin offensive linemen are
as solid as they come. Devon Still in round two is a smart pick and the Bengals
also managed to add weapons at receiver, tight end and running back, including
Dan Herron, a possible contributor from the sixth round.
Always worrisome is the player that flew up draft boards real late in the process, well after games were finished being played. Shea McClellin might turn into a good player but he shows evidence of being another combine-mover. Alshon Jeffery was also questionable coming off a bad year and coming into the draft process overweight. To make matters worse,
didn’t address their need at defensive end or their biggest need on the
New England Patiots
Normally fond of trading back,
New England went in another direction by trading up twice
on day one. Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower are both talented defensive
players who can greatly help the Patriots pretty quickly. Their best pick might
have been Alfonzo Dennard in round seven.
Grabbing the national leader in sacks and forced fumbles late in round one is solid reasoning. Whitney Mercilus will try to fill the void left by Mario Williams. DeVier Posey was a nice pick in round three but
best pick was Jared Crick in round four.
A team like
Green Bay has few roster holes. Rushing the
passer was one of them. Their first two selections both addressed this. Nick
Perry, the USC rush end and Jerel Worthy, the big tackle in round two, both
should help a depleted defensive line.
Trading away their first round pick and still being able to nab Courtney Upshaw in round two is great draft work. With their other second round pick,
took offensive guard Kelechi Osemele to help with depth.
Taking a downfield, speed wide receiver was a good option to complement Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. The problem was
didn’t take the best one available. In addition, LaMichael James seemed
superfluous to a team already with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter in the
The Giants lost Brandon Jacobs and needed a replacement running back: check. They lost Mario Manningham and needed a replacement slot receiver: check. They added depth to their defensive backfield: one of the most banged up spots on their roster for the past few seasons. In addition to tight end depth and offensive line help, the Giants would have hit a home run if they were able to add any type of linebacker help but they were not.
It is hard to make a huge improvement to a weak roster without high draft picks. Only the future will determine the real value of
2012 draft but after that horrendous Carson Palmer trade where they gave up all
those high picks, it was going to be tough to make any kind of headway this
No first round pick set
Atlanta up to add some
defensive help late and a solid center, Peter Konz, in round two. Their big
draft splash was Julio Jones last year and they took him knowing it would
effect this year’s options.