2012 NFL Draft: 5 Most Questionable First-Round Picks and Moves

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IIApril 27, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Most Questionable First-Round Picks and Moves

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    The first round of the 2012 NFL draft has concluded, and to say that it was an evening of fun and excitement would be an understatement. It was also one of the quickest first rounds ever, ending seemingly in three hours flat.

    That all being said, there were the typical controversial picks and moves that are found in the first round of every draft. Some teams defy logic, some the fans and some no one can figure out, but they do keep it interesting. 

    Let’s analyze some of the most questionable picks of the first round Thursday night.

The Minnesota Vikings Psyching out the Cleveland Browns for Three Extra Picks

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    The head-scratching started early when the Cleveland Browns swapped picks with the Minnesota Vikings, i.e. fourth for the third overall pick in the first round, and with the third pick, the Browns selected Trent Richardson, RB out of Alabama. 

    The Browns gave up their fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round picks to switch with Minnesota. 

    Here is the rub. Clearly, the Vikings were never going to take Richardson with the third pick; they were going to take either Matt Kalil of USC or purportedly Morris Claiborne out of LSU. With the fourth pick, the Browns would have been able to keep those three picks and still get Richardson.

    The only thing maybe they considered was another team trading up with the Vikings to get Richardson, but the chances of that were slim. 

    The Vikings and GM Rick Spielman got the guy they wanted while gaining three additional picks in this draft. Can you say “winning”?

The Kansas City Chiefs Selecting Dontari Poe with the 11th Overall Pick

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    Did the Kansas City Chiefs really need to take Dontari Poe, DT out of Memphis? Really, did they have to?

    Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are names that Chiefs fans already know, and now Kansas City picks a guy who shined somewhat at the NFL Combine but disappeared like a fart in the wind between August and January.

    This one could hurt the Chiefs for a very long time.

The Seattle Seahawks Picking Bruce Irvin over Melvin Ingram and Quinton Coples

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    The former “B.J. Irvin”, now Bruce Irvin, once lived in a juvenile detention center for burglary. He loves to knock plastic lighted signs off delivery cars. But he also loves to knock QBs around and is a really quick pass-rusher.

    Pete Carroll, no stranger to controversy himself decided to take a chance on him, while leaving both Mervin Ingram and Quinton Coples on the draft board. Most teams had Irvin a mid-second-round pick at best.

    We shall see, but this has “bust” written all over it.

Quinton Coples to the N.Y. Jets While South Carolina's Melvin Ingram Looks on

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    If you were watching ESPN during the first round of the draft Thursday night, surely you heard Jon Gruden rave about South Carolina's Melvin Ingram, and he was sure that Rex Ryan and the N.Y. Jets would grab him with their first-round pick.

    So much for conventional wisdom. I mean this is the N.Y. Jets we are talking about.

    With the No. 16 pick, the Jets instead selected Quinton Coples out of North Carolina.

    Coples had a terrific season in 2010, but little could be said regarding 2011. He turned into a magician last season and disappeared for the first half of the season before deciding to play in the second half. Clearly, Coples is a controversial pick, but bypassing Ingram made the pick even worse.

The Cleveland Browns Spurn Colt McCoy and Selects Brandon Weeden at No. 22

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    After giving away the farm earlier in the first round, the Cleveland Browns slapped current QB Colt McCoy in the face and selected QB Brandon Weeden. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the Browns told McCoy they would not select a QB in this draft.

    So much for honesty and McCoy's career in Cleveland.