2012 NFL Draft

NFL Draft 2012 Results: Biggest Surprises in Top 10

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 19: Morris Claiborne #17 of the LSU Tigers looks on against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 19, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 52-3. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 27, 2012

The 2012 NFL draft was anything but mundane. 

The Cleveland Browns started things off by trading the No. 4 overall pick as well as a fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for the No. 3 overall pick and the opportunity to draft Trent Richardson.

Then things just got crazy.

Here's a look at the biggest surprises in the early first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars, No. 5: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Justin Blackmon (R) from Oklahoma State holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #5 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio Ci
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The Jaguars did need a receiver, so it wasn't exactly a surprise they went with Justin Blackmon. What was surprising was the Jaguars traded up from No. 7 overall to snatch Blackmon.

They could have grabbed Notre Dame's Michael Floyd at No. 7 or a dynamic pass-rusher like Melvin Ingram of South Carolina. I'm still not convinced Justin Blackmon is worth a top-five pick. He has questions about his speed and size at the NFL level, and he benched a mere 14 reps at the combine.

 

Dallas Cowboys, No. 6: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Morris Claiborne (R)from LSU holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #6 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York Ci
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It wasn't a shock that Morris Claiborne was selected in the first few picks, but it was odd to see the Dallas Cowboys come out of nowhere and trade up to select him.

The Cowboys traded the 14th overall pick and the 45th overall pick to the St. Louis Rams to nab Claiborne. They do love top man-to-man corners, but I was expecting them to grab Alabama safety Mark Barron in the draft. Not a bad trade or pick at all, but it was a bit surprising. 

 

Buffalo Bills, No. 10: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #10 overall by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hal
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Most draft experts expected the Bills to grab a receiver or an offensive tackle at No. 10 overall. Instead, the Bills shocked everybody and drafted South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore. I love Gilmore's game, so it doesn't bother me that the Bills selected him, but it was surprising they didn't draft for a different need.

 

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