2012 NFL Draft Grades: Teams That Failed Miserably

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 30, 2012

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 City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL draft is history, and the grades are in for the teams that look to have made the least of their weekend with college football's finest.

I'm not a supporter of labeling a draft pick a bust before he or she even suits up, but there is such thing as a poor pick.

The question is, which teams would love a redo of this year's draft?

Read on to find out, and let the record show that anything below a C is a failing grade in my estimation. 


Seattle Seahawks

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks made a number of head-scratching moves during the draft. It started on Thursday night, in the first round, when Seattle took West Virginia pass-rusher Bruce Irvine at No. 15 overall. He was projected by many to go early on Friday, at some point in the second round. 

In the second round, Seattle reached again by taking linebacker Bobby Wagner at No. 47 overall.

The Seahawks wrapped up an interesting first three rounds by drafting Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson at No. 75 overall in the third round. Considering Seattle just signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal earlier this offseason, taking Wilson so early seemed unnecessary.

Grade: D-


New Orleans Saints

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  Nick Toon #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs after a second quarter catch in front of Jonas Mouton #8 of the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty I
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New Orleans only had five picks in this year's draft, but they still could have got more than they did.

The Saints failed to address some key needs on defense, including those at linebacker and defensive back. New Orleans' first pick came during Friday's third round, when the Saints took defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.

The Saints picked up wide receiver Nick Toon in the fourth round before finishing up the weekend with two offensive lineman in the sixth and seventh rounds.

New Orleans was already behind after surrendering its first-round pick to claim Mark Ingram last year. Either way you break it down, they had a pitiful draft.

Grade: D


Jacksonville Jaguars

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs with the ball away from pressure by Andre Branch #40 of the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Flor
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After the Jags called up Justin Blackmon on Thursday night, they fell out of the spotlight thanks to some underwhelming pickups. They took Clemson's Andre Branch in the second round, but there are concerns about how strong he can be against opposing lineman at the next level.

Jacksonville reached on a punter in the third round, in what was a questionable move for a team in need of so much offensive help.

Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert will benefit from the Blackmon pick, without question, but the inconsistent defensive picks late on day three will hardly make an impact on the 2012 Jags.

Grade: D+


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