Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and a true evaluation of this draft cannot be made until after the players play, and then some.
However, there are several teams struggling with filling value, need and getting a little bit of both through the first two days.
Here’s a look at the teams I’ve evaluated as the poorest performers so far:
The Seattle Seahawks have come out swinging in the 2012 NFL draft. What are they swinging for and how much has their war room had to drink?
Every selection from GM John Schneider has come with question marks surrounding it. Why select a troubled Bruce Irvin, seen as a situational pass-rusher, with a top-15 pick?
Why draft a 5’10” quarterback when your team just signed free agent Matt Flynn to presumably come in and be the team’s franchise quarterback?
Then, there is Bobby Wagner.
The Seahawks whiffed big-time on this one. They traded down and missed on linebacker Mychal Kendricks and had to settle here for Wagner. Not to discredit Wagner, but he is a consolation prize for missing out on Kendricks.
What was Schneider thinking?
These questions and more attribute to the low grade Seattle gets for their poor judgment over the first two days of the draft.
No. 15: Bruce Irvin, OLB/DE, West Virginia
No. 47: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
No. 75: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
The San Francisco 49ers were an elite team in 2011. Their offense was cited as the reason they fell short of a Super Bowl berth. Going into this draft, it was easy to see the 49ers would spring for offensive picks early.
However, it would be hard to predict they would nab A.J. Jenkins in the second and LaMichael James in the third round.
Jenkins is the more curious of the two picks. Athletic freak Stephen Hill, likely the biggest upside wide receiver in this draft, was still on the board when the 49ers shocked everyone by taking Jenkins.
The pick of LaMichael James in the third round is questionable at best. James’ skill-set is very limited in range and he provides similar features as the 49ers current backup running back Kendall Hunter.
A mauler on the offensive line at either of these picks would have been a better decision.
No. 30: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
No. 61: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
The Jacksonville Jaguars struggled through 2011 and needed a solid free agency and draft to boost spirits heading into 2012.
Trading up to select the best wide receiver prospect in the draft, Justin Blackmon, looked like a good start for the Jags.
However, there are concerns about Blackmon’s straight-line speed and his ability to stretch the field. The Jaguars desperately needed to fill that void in order to help second-year QB Blaine Gabbert excel.
Their selection of Andre Branch is puzzling. He has tremendous upside, but is a very raw prospect coming out of college. The Jaguars needed a pass rushing defensive end and may have reached for need for a defensive end and outside linebacker tweener early in the second round.
The selection of punter Bryan Anger in the third round needs no explanation. Field position is a valuable commodity in the NFL, but this pick could have been made two or three rounds later.
No. 5: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
No. 38: Andre Branch, OLB/DE, Clemson
No. 70: Bryan Anger, P, California
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