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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Full Round 1-3 Results Report Card

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2017

2012 NFL Draft Grades: Full Round 1-3 Results Report Card

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    Two days of the 2012 NFL draft are in the books, and the biggest impact players have found their new homes. Franchises have added instant starters on the first day, but they have also added key pieces who project as long-term starters or crucial role players on the draft's second day.

    How have each of the 32 teams done given what they had to work with on the draft's first two days?

New England Patriots

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    1(21) - Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse -  Grade: B

    The Patriots will use Jones at their "elephant" pass rusher position. His versatility fits with their hybrid defense and he has the upside to become one of the top 10 players from this draft.

    1(25) - Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama - Grade: A

    The Patriots pounced when the Steelers passed on Hightower for surprise faller David DeCastro. The Alabama product is a tough customer in run defense and can also rush the passer.

    2(48) - Tavon Wilson, DB, Illinois - Grade: D

    Wilson provides versatility in the secondary and could even start at safety for the Patriots. After all, this is a team that was playing Julian Edelman last year. Still, Wilson wasn't a mid-second round value on anyone's board, and the Patriots probably reached for him.

    3(90) - Jake Bequette, DE/OLB, Arkansas - Grade: D

    Bequette has some great physical attributes to convert to a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he is a major project at the position.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B-

Buffalo Bills

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    1(10): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina - Grade: A

    The Bills needed an upgrade at corner after Leodis McKelvin didn't pan out. Gilmore is aggressive and ultra-athletic. As long as Mario Williams and Mark Anderson get after the quarterback, the Bills will love this pick.

    2(41): Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia - Grade: A

    The Bills get a left tackle prospect in the second round that they were rumored to be considering at No. 10. Glenn improved greatly at left tackle over the course of his senior season in a very tough SEC. 

    3(69): T.J. Graham, WR, NC State - Grade: F

    I get it, Graham has track star speed. However, his football skills have a ways to go, and much more natural receivers with lethal speed like Devon Wylie and T.Y. Hilton were still on the board. Graham was a 6th or 7th round pick on most boards, and Buddy Nix traded up to get him.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B+

Miami Dolphins

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    1(8): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M - Grade: A

    Tannehill was a potential franchise quarterback on my board and GM Jeff Ireland saw it the same way. His pocket presence, athleticism, and coachability give the Dolphins a real shot at finally solving their situation under center. When you don't have a QB, you do what you have to do.

    2(42): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford - Grade: B

    Martin might have been overmatched at left tackle, but he will be a quality right tackle, and give the Dolphins insurance if Jake Long can't agree to a new deal with the team next year. 

    3(72): Olivier Vernon, DE/OLB, Miami-Florida - Grade: A

    Vernon is a potentially special pass rusher who is very raw. The Dolphins sorely needed someone to line up opposite Cameron Wake, and Vernon could be the answer in a year or two.

    3(77): Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri - Grade: D

    Egnew could be a nice speed receiver from the slot, but this team already has Charles Clay to play joker tight end and they needed wide receiver help.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B+

New York Jets

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    1(16): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina - Grade: C-

    Coples could be a hellraiser of a 3-4 end in the Jets defense, though I wonder how a player whose motor runs hot and cold will do on a team whose culture completely broke down last year. Melvin Ingram was the pick here, but if they can light a fire under Coples, all will be forgiven.

    2(43): Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech - Grade: A

    The Jets get a speedy wide receiver to open up defenses and probably start very early in his career despite being raw coming out of Georgia Tech's triple option offense. If and when Tim Tebow starts, Hill can be a big-play receiver for him like fellow Georgia Tech wideout Demaryius Thomas was for him in Denver.

    3(77): Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State - Grade: B

    Davis is a quality linebacker who played at a small school. He could be a nice upgrade from Bart Scott in time.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B-

Indianapolis Colts

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    1(1): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford - Grade: A

    No one could mess this pick up. Luck is ready to pilot an offense and lead this franchise into the post-Peyton Manning era. Now all the Colts have to do is get him some weapons, an offensive line and a defense.

    2(34): Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford - Grade: A

    The Colts have needs all over the defense as they overhaul to a 3-4, but making Luck comfortable and giving him a big-time target in the middle of the field was also a need. It's good mojo to give Luck a familiar target.

    2(64): Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson - Grade: B

    Allen is a good value in the third, and should be able to contribute early as a two-way tight end. I also like the idea of building around a two tight end offense for Andrew Luck. My problem with this pick is that it was time to give Chuck Pagano a piece to start the process of building the defense in his image. 

    3(92): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International - Grade: B

    Hilton has scalding speed and playmaking ability as a receiver and in the return game. He will stretch defenses and give Andrew Luck a great deep threat.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    1(5): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State - Grade: D

    Sure, the Jaguars addressed one of their greatest needs, but Blackmon doesn't stretch the field, draw double teams or create a lot of separation. Blaine Gabbert will need to make great strides to fully utilize Blackmon's large catch radius and run after catch ability.

    2(38): Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson - Grade: B

    The Jaguars defense was very good last year, they just needed a pass rush end to put them over the top. Even though playing with a top-tier set of defensive linemen at Clemson made him look better than he really was, Branch should prove to be a capable pass rusher. 

    3(70): Bryan Anger, P, California - Grade: F

    A punter in the third round is inexcusable. The Jaguars must be planning on punting a lot next season. 

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C-

Houston Texans

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    1(26): Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois - Grade: C

    The Texans have the luxury of letting Mercilus develop and learn how to play outside linebacker. They are thinking like a playoff team, going best player available instead of filling an immediate need. I still think Courtney Upshaw has the potential to be a better pro. 

    3(68): DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State - Grade: D

    I like Posey's game in the air and he is fearless over the middle, but he is not a dynamic athlete, and I see him only as depth at the NFL level. 

    3(76): Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH) - Grade: A

    Brooks is just as freakishly athletic in a massive frame as Dontari Poe. He could step in to the starting lineup very early for a team that lost some key starters this offseason.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C

Tennessee Titans

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    1(20): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor - Grade: A

    Kudos to GM Ruston Webster for not settling on a player that addressed a need position, instead taking the top player on his board. Wright gives Jake Locker yet another great weapon and will punish defenses for keying on Kenny Britt in addition to helping the return game. 

    2(52): Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina - Grade: C

    Brown can run with any linebacker in the draft—and in the NFL—but as Mike Mayock put it, he is a bit "allergic to contact." Brown can hang with the athletic tight ends of the 21st century NFL in coverage, but he may get run over in run defense.

    3(82): Mike Martin, DT, Michigan - Grade: A

    Martin is a hard-nosed defensive tackle with a squattier build that will hold up well on run downs. He should be an excellent rotational player.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B+

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    1(24): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford - Grade: A+

    The Steelers are maybe the luckiest team in the first round, as one of the safest picks in the draft fall to them. They have been searching for that signature offensive lineman since Alan Faneca left, and they just might have found him. DeCastro is a massive upgrade at guard, and maybe even at right tackle.

    2(56): Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State - Grade: A

    Pittsburgh gets an offensive tackle who was rated in the first round before a positive drug test at the combine and poor week at the Senior Bowl. The Steelers can tolerate the risk much more by getting Adams in the second round instead of the first. 

    3(86): Sean Spence, LB, Miami-Florida - Grade: B

    Spence is undersized, but he plays a Steelers brand of football. He could fit outside or next to Lawrence Timmons.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Cincinnati Bengals

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    1(17): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - Grade: A

    Kirkpatrick was a top 10 caliber corner who fell right into the Bengals lap. He's an outstanding fit in a young, aggressive defense, and will make fans stop missing Jonathan Joseph. Kirkpatrick is a good cover corner, but he's also very physical.

    1(27): Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin - Grade: B-

    At first, I really didn't like this pick because the Bengals passed on David DeCastro for Zeitler and helped their rivals get better in the process. However, upon further examination, Zeitler is a better power run blocker than DeCastro, which could be the reasoning behind the pick. 

    2(53): Devon Still, DT, Penn State - Grade: A

    The Bengals were already strong at defensive tackle, but they couldn't pass on a talent like Still in the late second. His motor runs hot and cold, but at his best, he is clearly first-round quality. With limited snaps in a rotation, his effectiveness will be maximized.

    2(83): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - Grade: A

    Sanu is a big, rugged receiver who will feast on single coverage while opposing defenses obsess over stopping A.J. Green. Sanu was a terrific value in the third.

    3(93): Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson - Grade: A

    The Bengals get another terrific best player available, this time a major run-stuffing presence. The defensive tackle position was already a strength, but after adding Still and Thompson, Cincinnati now has a crew few teams can match. 

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Cleveland Browns

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    1(3): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - Grade: B

    I'm not convinced that Richardson will change the destiny of the franchise. I do appreciate the Browns' clarity in giving up the extra picks to get Richardson because getting that top-5 pick right superceded having extra darts for the later rounds.

    1(22): Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State - Grade: C

    Again, I applaud the clarity, but Weeden has serious issues adjusting to pressure in the pocket and the Browns may have to rush him into the lineup. He reminds me too much of Kevin Kolb and I don't expect him to succeed. He will, however, do more to threaten defenses than Colt McCoy.

    2(37): Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California - Grade: A

    With his issues under pressure, getting Weeden a quality right tackle was more important than getting him a weapon in the passing game here. Schwartz isn't a left tackle prospect like some of the OTs that went right after him, but he is an excellent right tackle who can start right away.

    3(87): John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati - Grade: F

    Hughes is a space-eater inside, but the Browns have the biggest pair of defensive tackles in the league. Failing to get a wide receiver here hurts.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B-

Baltimore Ravens

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    2(35): Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama - Grade: A

    Upshaw was a steal in the second round for a team that just lost their starting rush outside linebacker in free agency. His energy and physicality fit perfectly in the Ravens defense and he could even be a Terrell Suggs type in time.

    2(60): Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State - Grade: A

    Osemele played left tackle in college, but he will replace Ben Grubbs at guard in Baltimore. He will maul people in the run game just like Grubbs did and should do very well overall. Ozzie Newsome got two blue-chip players in the second.

    2(84): Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple - Grade: C

    Pierce has some speed, but is just an NFL backup quality running back. Good thing that's all the Ravens were looking for.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A-

Kansas City Chiefs

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    1(11): Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis - Grade: D

    Poe is a project. He is a player who has all of the physical attributes to be dominant, but rarely was at Memphis in the Conference USA. Perhaps he just wasn't well-coached, but the Chiefs have a history of taking DT busts early in the first round. If his gifts really were good enough to be the best, they should have showed up more on film.

    2(44): Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois - Grade: C

    Allen will be converted to guard for the Chiefs and could be a very solid guard, but there were better talents on the board than Allen when the Chiefs took him.

    3(74): Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma - Grade: C

    A solid developmental tackle, Stephenson can be a backup swing tackle behind Branden Albert and Eric Winston. Albert's rookie contract is expiring next year.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C-

San Diego Chargers

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    1(18): Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina - Grade: A

    The Chargers were one of the teams in the first round that sat back and let the draft come to them. Ingram was forecasted to be the first DE/OLB tweener to go off the board, but Bruce Irvin actually went first at No. 15, and the Jets passed on Ingram for Quinton Coples. Ingram's versatility and energy will give the team's defense an attitude they have lacked since Shawne Merriman was doing the lights out dance.

    2(49): Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut - Grade: A

    The Chargers get some strong depth and a future starter in the mid-second. Reyes will do all the dirty work to free up the linebackers behind him. 

    3(73): Brandon Taylor, S, LSU - Grade: C

    The Chargers try once again to fix their strong safety position in the draft. Taylor isn't going to be a great coverage safety, but he is already a very solid in-the-box safety.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A-

Oakland Raiders

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    3(95): Tony Bergstrom, OL, Utah - Grade: C

    Certainly not one of the flashy picks the late Al Davis loved to make, but Bergstrom is a solid, smart player. That being said, he isn't overpowering or athletically gifted.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C

Denver Broncos

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    2(36): Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati - Grade: C

    Wolfe is a solid player who will immediately upgrade the defensive tackle corps in Denver, though that won't be a very difficult task with the team's current unit. He's not going to be a big time playmaker, but he will be a good two-way presence.

    2(57): Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State - Grade: C

    I like getting a future quarterback to develop behind Peyton Manning, but when I watch Osweiler, I see size, athleticism and not much else. 

    3(66): Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State - Grade: B

    Hillman is a dynamic back with live legs and a workhorse mentality. He should step into a role in the Broncos' backfield while Knowshon Moreno is mending his torn ACL, and could end up being the team's back of the future.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C+

New York Giants

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    1(32): David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech - Grade: B

    The Giants certainly needed to upgrade their running game with Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined by a foot issue and Brandon Jacobs departing for San Francisco. Wilson has terrific balance, lower body strength and acceleration, making him a strong complement to Bradshaw.

    2(63): Rueben Randle, WR, LSU - Grade: A+

    The Giants get a very similar wide receiver to Mario Manningham for three-wide sets at a heavily discounted price. Randle was in play to be the Giants first-round pick, but Jerry Reese lands him in the second. Gold, Jerry, gold.

    3(94): Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech - Grade: A

    The Giants get another value, this time in a feisty undersized corner with terrific ball skills. Hosley tested positive for drugs at the combine, but he's more than worth a pick here.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Dallas Cowboys

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    1(6): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - Grade: A+

    Losing a second-round pick is certainly worth getting the elite cornerback of this year's class. The Cowboys secondary needed help in the worst way, and with Brandon Carr on the right side and Claiborne on the left, they can hang with the passing attack of Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

    3(81): Tyrone Crawford, DL, Boise State - Grade: A

    The Cowboys missed out on Michael Brockers when they traded up, but they got a very strong 3-4 DE in Crawford in the third. Depth was needed here and the Cowboys got a terrific combination of need and value.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Washington Redskins

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    1(2): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor - Grade: A+

    If Griffin lives up to the hype, history will look at the price the Redskins paid as a very small one. He has the ability to be a truly elite quarterback that defenses will have no answer for. The Redskins also went out in free agency and added a bunch of weapons for him. No matter how his career goes, RG3 will be one of the best shows in the league. 

    3(71): Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU - Grade: C

    LeRibeus is a solid player with a good attitude for the trenches, but he's not especially athletic or strong.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Philadelphia Eagles

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    1(12): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State - Grade: A+

    How do you make the best defensive tackle prospect in the draft even better? Let the best defensive line coach in the league develop him. Jim Washburn said Cox was made to play in this system, and I have to agree. He is going to wreak all kinds of havoc against the run and the pass.

    2(46): Mychal Kendricks, LB, California - Grade: A

    Kendricks is a very athletic and versatile linebacker whose only real drawback is being under six feet. He is a great blitzer and can hang in coverage, making him a natural fit on the strong side.

    2(59): Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall - Grade: A

    The Eagles got a terrific best player available when Curry fell, and that's after trading down in the second. With their rotation on the defensive line, Curry will make an instant impact and help Trent Cole and Jason Babin be even more effective.

    3(88): Nick Foles, QB, Arizona - Grade: B

    The Eagles have been sniffing around quarterbacks for the last two drafts, and they followed through this time by taking Foles. He's a big QB with a good arm who could be a quality backup in time.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Chicago Bears

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    1(19): Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State - Grade: C

    I preferred McClellin's projection as a 3-4 OLB more than a defensive end. Bears defensive line coach Rod Marinelli will coach him up and get the most from him, but he doesn't have ideal size for a defensive end. GM Phil Emery's first pick was a bit of a curveball.

    2(45): Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina - Grade: B

    The Bears could have used some speed to open things up for Brandon Marshall, but Jeffery's size and jump-ball skills will also be a welcome addition to the pass offense. 

    3(78): Brandon Hardin, FS/CB, Oregon State - Grade: B

    The Bears might have gotten a steal here, as Hardin has great size and speed. The Bears have been throwing picks at the safety position forever, but this one has the potential to stick. 

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B-

Detroit Lions

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    1(23): Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa - Grade: A+

    The Lions patiently waited and got the second best offensive tackle in the draft. Reiff is a high floor player who can start at right tackle before eventually succeeding Jeff Backus at left tackle. Reiff falls to 23 just like his former teammate Bryan Bulaga did in 2010. 

    2(53): Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma - Grade: C

    Broyles could have been a first-round pick if he hadn't torn his ACL, but he ran in the 4.5 range before the draft to show teams that he was going to be ready to play this year. The Lions already potent pass offense gets better, but where's the help for their defense?

    3(85): Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette - Grade: B

    The Lions didn't address the secondary until the third round, but they have a potential starter in Bentley. He is a small-school corner, but he held his own with big-school wide receivers at the Senior Bowl.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B

Green Bay Packers

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    1(28): Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC - Grade: B

    Perry was an excellent value at the biggest need position for the Packers, but I would have preferred Courtney Upshaw here. Perry is more physically talented as an edge rusher, but Upshaw is the better all-around player. Perry has to be developed as a run defender, but he should play early on because the Packers have little to work with opposite Clay Matthews.

    2(51): Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State - Grade: B

    Worthy can shoot gaps and beat his man off the snap with ease, but as a 3-4 DE he will often face double teams, which he struggled to beat in college. Worthy is a good value this late, but might not be a good fit.

    2(62): Casey Hayward, DB, Vanderbilt - Grade: A

    The pick gets a high grade because the Packers gave up the paltry price of a late fifth-round pick to move up 28 spots for Hayward. The defensive back could stay at corner or move to free safety with the recent release of Nick Collins. 

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B+

Minnesota Vikings

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    1(4): Matt Kalil, OT, USC - Grade: A+

    GM Rick Spielman added an extra fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round pick, and still got his guy. Kalil is crucial in not only getting Charlie Johnson kicked down inside to guard, but also to protect their injury-prone franchise quarterback Christian Ponder. Kalil is the best pass-blocking tackle in the draft and it's not even close.

    1(29): Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame - Grade: C

    Smith rode Mark Barron's coattails into the first round. He isn't nearly the player Barron is in coverage, but he can make plays in the box. The Vikings need help all over the secondary, and while Smith was a good place to start, he won't change much in their deep coverage.

    2(66): Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida - Grade: A

    After passing on Morris Claiborne, the Vikings get the fastest corner in the draft in the early third round. Robinson can be an instant starter in this defense and help first-round pick Harrison Smith not have to worry about the deep routes on his side of the field.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A

Carolina Panthers

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    1(9): Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College - Grade: C

    Kuechly is a can't-miss talent, but where does he fit in on a team that already has Jon Beason at MLB? Beason could kick outside to WLB, but I wonder what the net gain is for the defense as opposed to the gain from adding Fletcher Cox or Stephon Gilmore to bolster much weaker units in the team's defense.

    2(40): Amini Silatolu, OL, Midwestern State - Grade: A

    An absolute mauler who needs some polish, Silatolu will convert to guard for Carolina. This is a good need pick for the Panthers after they lost Geoff Schwartz and Mackenzay Bernadeau. He could easily be one of the two or three best guards out of this draft.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B

Atlanta Falcons

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    2(55): Peter Konz, C/G, Wisconsin - Grade: A

    Konz might have fallen because of the medical concerns about his ankle and the blood clots in his lungs, but he is a very good first pick for the Falcons. Konz will eventually be a very good starting center and can provide depth at guard in the meantime.

    3(91): Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Miss - Grade: C

    Holmes might have been a bit of reach, but he is a high upside developmental offensive tackle on a team that needs long-term help at the position. They are in a win-now window, but Holmes can't help until at least 2013.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B+

New Orleans Saints

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    3(89): Akiem Hicks, DL, Regina - Grade: C

    Hicks is a high upside defensive tackle who had to play ball in Canada after being recruited by LSU. The Saints hit it big on a similar style pick in Jimmy Graham a few years ago. 

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    1(7): Mark Barron, S, Alabama - Grade: C

    The need is there for sure, but safeties that go in the top 10 are usually all-world prospects like Eric Berry, Sean Taylor and LaRon Landry. Barron is an extremely talented two-way safety, but might not be worthy of such a high pick. 

    1(31): Doug Martin, RB, Boise State - Grade: A

    The Buccaneers smartly use their extra fourth-round pick to move up and get their guy at the end of the first. Martin isn't a talent on the level of Trent Richardson, but he might be as productive as a pro. Head coach Greg Schiano loves to run the ball, and Martin has a workhorse mentality.

    2(58): Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska - Grade: A

    The Buccaneers move up again, this time to get a player who may remind fans of Derrick Brooks. David will be able to run and keep blockers at bay at the second level in the Tampa-2 defense.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: B+

San Francisco 49ers

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    1(30): A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois - Grade: D

    Jenkins is a productive receiver with smooth routes, good hands and quality speed. However, there are wide receivers with those same qualities on the board well into the third round. The 49ers should have used this pick to take an elite guard or swing for the fences with a player like Stephen Hill or Janoris Jenkins.

    2(61): LaMichael James, RB, Oregon - Grade: C

    I understand the logic of adding a playmaker to the offense, but Kendall Hunter is a similar back with more skill running on the inside. In addition, San Francisco already has Ted Ginn to return kicks. Some offensive line help would have been a better pick here.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C-

Seattle Seahawks

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    1(15): Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia - Grade: D

    The Seahawks taking a specialist in the middle of the first round was easily the biggest shocker on Day 1. Irvin will be a tremendous pass rusher, but what else can he do? There were plenty of pass rushers available who were less dynamic, but able to impact the game in a lot more ways than Irvin can.

    2(47): Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State - Grade: D

    Wagner has all of the physical attributes to excel as a 4-3 linebacker on the inside or outside, but his instincts are questionable. Mychal Kendricks is just as impressive and went one pick before Wagner. The Seahawks could have taken him at 43, but traded down with the Jets to add a fifth-round pick.

    3(75): Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin - Grade: A

    Wilson is highly underrated and could have been a top 50 pick if he was taller. Matt Flynn could be a solid starting quarterback, but the Seahawks now have another signal caller to develop in case he doesn't work out. 

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C-

Arizona Cardinals

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    1(13): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame - Grade: C

    The Cardinals go best player available, and while I can't argue with that approach, I wonder how they will keep their quarterback upright to get the ball to him. I say "their quarterback" because Kevin Kolb isn't the kind of QB that will throw to a big receiver like Floyd when he doesn't have an ideal pocket to throw from.

    3(80): Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma - Grade: C

    Fleming is a solid athlete at cornerback, but was inconsistent as a collegian. The Cardinals need some depth at corner, but not addressing the offensive line here is baffling.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: C

St. Louis Rams

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     1(14): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU - Grade: A

    I can't argue with the pick for the Rams, who needed heft inside on the defensive line. Fletcher Cox would have been a better pick at six, but the Rams added a valuable second-rounder and got a similar talent. Brockers should be outstanding next to Kendall Langford and flanked by Robert Quinn and Chris Long.

    2(33): Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State - Grade: C

    Quick has all of the physical attributes of a No. 1 receiver, but his game lacks feel in my opinion. The Rams have the ammo to make boom or bust picks, so I can't knock this one too much. Still, I'm not a Quick believer.

    2(39): Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama - Grade: A+

    Having three second-round picks, the Rams make one of the biggest character risks in the draft an easy proposition. Jenkins is the best cover corner in this class, but he was booted from Florida and looked lethargic on film at North Alabama. Still, if he pans out, he will be one of the steals of the draft.

    2(50): Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati - Grade: C

    Pead finally gives the Rams a good backup and heir to Steven Jackson, but he is an average NFL back at best in my eyes. He will help the return game and can play all facets of the position, but he won't be as good as some of the better second-round backs in recent years.

    2(65): Trumaine Johnson, DB, Montana - Grade: A

    The Rams get a corner/safety tweener with size. He will be a quality addition to the secondary no matter where he lands. Many had him going to the Patriots in the first round.

    Rounds 1-3 Grade: A-

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