2012 NFL Draft Results: 10 Players That Were Simply Overdrafted
It has to be one of the worst feelings for a sports fan. Your favorite team is ready to select. You have been waiting for this moment since the end of your squad's season. Here it is. Roger Goodell is walking to the podium, and the future of your favorite franchise will rest on the shoulders of...
"WHO THE HELL???"
Without further ado, here are the 10 players drafted too high in this past weekend's NFL draft.
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me three times...
The selection of Dontari Poe marks the third time in the last decade that the Kansas City Chiefs have selected a monstrous defensive tackle early in the first round. With Ryan Sims and Glenn Dorsey, they are 0-for-2.
They are looking like the Detroit Lions of selecting defensive tackles; they better hope Dontari Poe is their Calvin Johnson.
It is not only that they used the 11th overall pick on the gifted but enigmatic Poe. There were way more productive (and against better competition, no less) players who played the same position on the board.
Instead, Fletcher Cox was snatched up with the very next pick by the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Brockers went three picks later to the St. Louis Rams.
More often than not, players whose combine production outperforms their in-game production fail in the NFL. I fear Poe might fall into this category.
If anything, look for Poe to pull an Albert Haynesworth in his contract year by finally maximizing his talent, signing a huge contract and then he'll never be the same player again.
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This pick was the biggest "WHO???" moment in the NFL draft. In fact, according to Mel Kiper, Jr., Bruce Irvin was the lowest-rated prospect to be selected in the first round.
The only guy even close went 17 picks later.
Typically the words "average," "below average," "arrested" and "does not possess natural football instincts" are not associated with a first-round pick. The Seattle Seahawks made an exception with this West Virginia product.
One thing Irvin is is fast; he tied the fastest 40 time of all the outside linebacker prospects. The man he tied with, and an otherwise similarly-rated player, was Zach Brown.
Brown was drafted toward the end of the second round, right where Irvin belonged.
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Mark Barron's inclusion in this list is a little nit-picky. Just know that you see a safety drafted in the top 10. Consider that Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu were drafted in the second half of the first round in their respective drafts and maybe you will see my point.
Also, there is this: The only safeties drafted in the top 10 in the last 20 years have been Eric Berry, LaRon Landry, Michael Huff, Donte Whitner, Roy Williams and Sean Taylor. Eric Berry is worth it, provided he makes a full recovery from his knee injury and Taylor could have been worth it if not for his tragic death. The others have not been.
Barron was an extremely highly-rated player and could prove to be a real playmaker for the Tampa Bay Bucs. If I am a GM, history is not smiling upon my selection with the seventh overall pick.
A smarter play would have been for Carolina Panthers draftee Luke Kuechly.
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With the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft, you select a rookie that will be older than most of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL? Really?
Brandon Weeden could end up being a very good player. He certainly has the moxie and competitive spirit, but that's the direction you want to go in the first round?
I would have liked to see the team draft a receiver here to give McCoy a fighting chance. Especially when you consider that, if the team was really that high on Weeden, he likely would have been available 15 picks later. Those picks belonged to the Lions, Steelers, Patriots, Texans, Bengals, Packers, Vikings, 49ers, Bucs, Rams, Colts, Ravens and Broncos. All of those teams have quarterbacks and had little use for Weeden.
A second-round pick is not under the same pressure to start as a first-rounder. Instead, Weeden will go into camp as the presumed starting quarterback (how long can you keep a 29-year-old first-round pick on the bench?) with the same crummy corps of receivers McCoy had.
For a draft that started out so promising with the selection of the electric Trent Richardson, the Browns finished up the first round with a dud.
The St. Louis Rams needed a wide receiver. With the first pick of the second round, there were some intriguing prospects on the board.
First, there was Alshon Jeffrey, who, had he not lost his starting quarterback for his final season, would have likely been drafted in the first round. Then there was Stephen Hill, who, in terms of measurables, is comparable to Calvin Johnson.
Instead, the Rams took the unproven Brian Quick from Appalachian State. I viewed Quick as a solid low-risk, high-reward prospect to be taken somewhere in the third or fourth rounds. The Rams just made him high-risk, solid-reward.
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Considering that the Green Bay Packers staff drafted the key players that won the Super Bowl in 2010 and went 15-1 in 2011, I will probably be proven wrong on this one. But as things stand now, the team reached a bit on defensive end Nick Perry.
Courtney Upshaw was a higher-regarded defensive end prospect that the Packers passed on in favor of Perry. Perry displayed the better combine numbers, setting the combine marks for bench reps. However, Upshaw did not run the speed and agility drills, which are his advantages over Perry.
Upshaw was also the more productive college player, with 16.5 sacks his final two seasons to Perry's 12. Given two players with similar skill sets that played against equal competition, I will always go with the guy who was more productive in the games.
I hate to pick on the Cleveland Browns, but the team leaves me with no choice. First, you draft Old Man Weeden, then you take Mitchell Schwartz early in the second round.
If the team wanted to go with an offensive tackle, Cordy Glenn, Jonathan Martin and Mike Adams were all available. I had seen all three of those players appear late in the first round of many mock drafts across the web.
Mitchell Schwartz did not.
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Yep, that's Tavon Wilson in that picture. No, not the guy with the ball. No, Wilson is the safety getting burned.
I know, how dare I doubt the genius of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. This same "genius" is the guy who drafted one of the league's worst pass defenses. Belichick drafted first-round bust Brandon Meriweather in 2007 and may have done it again at the safety position early in the draft.
Mel Kiper's appraisal of Wilson landed him a whopping score of 32 as a prospect. For those of you scoring at home, that would make him a seventh-round prospect or, more fitting for the score, an undrafted free agent.
I loved the Denver Broncos' selection of Brock Osweiler in the second round. To me, that, is a perfect fit of team and player, where the raw Osweiler can learn from Peyton Manning while being the heir apparent down the road.
The third round, however, left a lot to be desired. Denver took Ronnie Hillman while Lamar Miller was still on the board. At 5'8" and barely scraping 200 lbs., Hillman does not exactly have the ideal size to play running back at the next level.
He also is not as fast Miller, who ran a 4.4 at the combine, best for the running backs.
Hillman was the more productive runner of the duo, but he also played against lesser competition at San Diego State. The nod for receiving skills, something at which you would want a scat-back to excel, also went to Miller.
I am wondering how the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team with holes all over the field on offense and defense, justify drafting a punter early in the third round.
That is a move you can maybe get away with if you have sound depth all over the field, but even the best teams can never have too many quality players. It's a rough game; injuries happen. Other solid prospects taken after Anger in the third round include defensive tackles Mike Martin and Brandon Thompson, receivers Mohamed Sanu and T.Y. Hilton and cornerback Dwight Bentley.
Then again, the way the Jaguars offense looked last season, Anger could end up being the team's MVP.