2012 NFL Draft Results: The 5 Biggest Mistakes of Round 1

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 26, 2012

2012 NFL Draft Results: The 5 Biggest Mistakes of Round 1

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    The NFL draft is where teams can build for the future and it is such a critical process in building a championship team.

    Look at the dominant teams over the years, the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. Why are they so dominant? Because they draft well.

    With that being said, making mistakes in the draft can really come back to haunt you.

    Here are five of the biggest mistakes in Round 1 of the 2012 NFL draft

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Missing out on Morris Claiborne

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    I really think that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shot themselves in the foot by trading back two spots with the Jacksonville Jaguars to get the No. 7 overall pick. By doing so, they missed out on cornerback Morris Claiborne.

    I really think that Claiborne is going to be a top-tier cornerback and will be a first-year impact player but the Bucs missed out.

    Granted, the Bucs landed Alabama safety Mark Barron at seventh overall but it's a huge mistake missing out of Claiborne. 

The Seattle Seahawks Drafting Bruce Irvin

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    Really? REALLY?

    I do not get this selection at all. It makes no sense at all to me.

    The Seattle Seahawks could have had Melvin Ingram or Quinton Coples but they went with Irvin. It just makes no sense to me.

    Irvin can't play first downs as he's terrible against the run and isn't as talented of a pass-rusher as Ingram or Coples.

    This is very poor drafting by the Seahawks. 

The New England Patriots Trading Up for Chandler Jones

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    I really think that trading up to No. 21 overall and drafting Chandler Jones was a huge reach for the New England Patriots.

    The Patriots held the No. 27 and the No. 31 overall pick and could have easily picked Jones at No. 27, which makes this move a mistake in my book. 

The Cleveland Browns Drafting Brandon Weeden

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    Brandon Weeden is 28 years old—I do not like this pick at all.

    Simply knowing that he's 28 is kind of unappealing in my book and I don't think that he's worthy of being a first-round selection.

    The Browns already have Colt McCoy and need to give him a chance—but apparently that's not going to happen as Weeden isn't getting any younger and will have to play pretty soon. 

The San Francisco 49ers Drafting A.J. Jenkins

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    I really don't like this selection at all—it makes no sense to me, whatsoever.

    The San Francisco 49ers may have needed help at wide receiver, but they didn't even draft the best wide receiver available in my book. If you ask me, Alshon Jeffery, Rueben Randle, Mohamed Sanu and Stephen Hill are all better prospects than A.J. Jenkins.

    This was a very poor decision by the 49ers.