2012 NFL Draft: 30 Draft-Day Mistakes to Watch For

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2012 NFL Draft: 30 Draft-Day Mistakes to Watch For
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For all the praise that teams get for wise and successful draft choices—the Pats landing Tom Brady, the Panthers selecting Steve Smith, the Chiefs finding Jared Allen in the fourth round—the annual bust factor makes for far more compelling stories. 

People tend to remember disasters like JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf more than they do Calvin Johnson or Charles Woodson. 

Clearly Russell, Leaf, Tony Mandarich, Aundray Bruce and many more were colossal mistakes that GMs made on draft day.

And no doubt this year there will be a handful more that become etched in their team's history. 

Mistakes on draft day come in all forms: reaching on a player, passing up a player, trading out of a specific slot, falling for the trap of combine numbers, etc. 

Here are 30 potential moves that will land a team's GM in hot water with the media, their fanbase and ownership.

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