2012 NFL Draft: Robert Griffin and Rookies Who'll Start Immediately

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIJanuary 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears passesl against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There are a lot of NFL teams are are in need of some immediate help, and they will be looking to obtain just that in this season's draft. While starting a rookie isn't always a guarantee, plenty of teams are in need of something that can help improve their club for the following season.

Teams will be hoping that they will get results similar to that of the Cincinnati Bengals, who had rookies in quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green carry their franchise to the playoffs.

Will teams be able to find such immediate success with their draft picks? That remains to be seen, but these guys are going to go straight from starting on Saturdays to now taking over on Sundays. 


Justin Blackmon

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys catches a 67-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys were one dangerous team this season, and much can be accredited to the play of their star junior wide receiver.

This past season, Blackmon torched opposing secondaries for a total of 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns. The funny thing is he actually had better numbers the year before, posting 260 more yards and two more TDs. Still, he is a consistent threat that will be making some serious noise in the 2012 NFL season.

If many were still questioning if he should be a top-10 pick in this year's draft, he made a case in this season's Fiesta Bowl that he should arguably be within the top five. 

In that game against the Stanford Cardinal, he gained a total of 186 yards on just eight receptions. Three of those were for scores, and Blackmon pretty much sealed the deal on what teams needed to see to be convinced.

Right now, many believe that he could even go as high as  No. 2 to the St. Louis Rams. They really need a big target for quarterback Sam Bradford, and Blackmon just may be that guy.

Not sure how the fans of both the Oklahoma Sooners and OSU will feel about that, but the fans of St. Louis certainly won't be complaining.


Robert Griffin III

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner is coming off of a phenomenal season, where the junior stud quarterback threw for 4,293 yards with 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He wasn't bad on the ground either, accumulating 699 yards on 179 carries with 10 scores.

The question surrounding Griffin is if he will translate well to the NFL game, but many can't see why he wouldn't. Players like Cam Newton and Tim Tebow have round a lot of success in being dynamic quarterbacks, and he actually looks a lot like a young Michael Vick.

The team that is looking to most likely take him at this point is the Cleveland Browns. While Mike Holmgren has a rule against starting rookie quarterbacks, he may have to make an exception for this case because Colt McCoy just isn't getting things down.

He has only digressed, and this organization really needs to get things going.

With players like running back Peyton Hillis and wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Cribbs, this team cannot afford to sit around another season to wait on things to develop.

Inserting RGIII right away will put the Browns in position to possibly win a lot more than four games.


Dre Kirkpatrick

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Dre Kirkpatrick #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a defensive stop in the third quarter against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superd
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After shutting down Jordan Jefferson and the LSU Tigers offense, there is no doubt that the the Alabama Crimson Tide are going to get a lot of attention in this year's draft.

Kirkpatrick is one of those guys, as the junior cornerback was one of the most important pieces to this team's BCS title run.

This past season, he did only record 29 tackles through 13 games, but that is because he was such a shut down corner. He forced two fumbles on the season, and will be able to stop many big receivers as he stands at 6'3". 

All these teams with top draft picks are in need of some serious defensive help. Kirkpatrick will be able to come in and do just that.