Round 1 of the 2012 NFL draft was full of twists, turns and plenty of drama, and the results are final and long-lasting.
After Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were selected by the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, respectively, all bets were off, and Radio City Music Hall was the epicenter of a raucous round that featured 10 trades—the most since there were 11 in 2002.
The scariest part is that the New England Patriots traded up...twice.
There were some definite reaches and steals, especially in the top 10.
Not surprisingly, there were four quarterbacks taken in the first round—not an abnormally large number. The real surprise was the three running backs that were taken. It's surprising considering that the consensus around most water coolers is that the NFL is becoming a pure passing league.
Not so fast.
Speaking of surprises, what were the Seattle Seahawks thinking when they took defensive end Bruce Irvin, who most people didn't have going until the middle to late second round.
One man's trash...
Here are the final picks for the first round of this year's draft.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
4. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Bucs): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
6. Dallas Cowboys (from Rams): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
10. Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seahawks): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
14. St. Louis Rams (from Cowboys): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
15. Seattle Seahawks (from Eagles): Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
16. New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
18. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
19. Chicago Bears: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
20. Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
21. New England Patriots: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
22. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
25. New England Patriots: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
27. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, DE, USC
29. Minnesota Vikings: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
30. San Francisco 49ers: AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
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