2012 NFL Draft: Grading the Picks of the First Round.

Patrick BouskyCorrespondent IIIApril 26, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Grading the Picks of the First Round.

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    With Day 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft upon us, I'm sure most NFL fans are eagerly awaiting the 8 p.m. start.

    That's certainly the case with me.

    Luckily, I have the privilege of sitting at home on my couch with plenty of food, beer and opinions to give you fine folks at B/R in regard to the picks being made.  

    As the day unravels, I will update this slideshow, covering all of the picks of the first-round and give a short opinion as well as a grade.

    Sit tight and check back in periodically. 

Round 1, Pick 1: Indianapolis Colts Select Andrew Luck

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    No surprise here.

    The Colts announced a few days ago that they would select Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and you can't really blame them.

    Luck is the consensus No. 1 prospect, and his signing addresses a glaring need created by the departure of perennial All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning.

    Grade:  A+

Round 1, Pick 2: Washington Redskins Select Robert Griffin III

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    Just made official moments ago, the Redskins have selected Robert Griffin III.

    Robert Griffin III is an excellent pick for the Redskins. After selling the farm to move up to draft him, you can be sure they have done their homework.

    Filling a positional need with a prospect like RGIII makes grading this pick easy.

    Grade: A+

Round 1, Pick 3: Cleveland Browns Select Trent Richardson

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    After trading their fourth overall selection along with their fourth, fifth, and seventh-round draft picks, the Browns moved up enough to ensure they would be in a position to draft Richardson.

    Touted as one of the best running backs to come out of the draft since Adrian Peterson, Richardson is a rare talent at the position.

    This is a great pick for the Browns, though I feel they had to sacrifice a bit too much to move up that one spot.

    Grade: B

Round 1, Pick 4: Minnesota Vikings Select Matt Kalil

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    The Vikings addressed a huge issue with the drafting of Matt Kalil.

    Kalil is the consensus number one tackle in the draft and as close to a lock as they come at the left tackle position.

    With the pick of Kalil, the Vikings solidify the left tackle position for at least the next ten years.

    Grade: A

Round 1, Pick 5: Jacksonville Jaguars Select Justin Blackmon

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    To move up two spots in order to ensure the acquisition of Justin Blackmon the Jaguars gave up their first-round selection at number seven, as well as their fourth-round selection.  

    Not too bad.

    Justin Blackmon will make an instant impact in the NFL, giving Blane Gabbert a legitimate number one target.

    Grade: A