2012 NFL Draft: 5 Picks We Still Can't Wrap Our Heads Around
They picked WHO?
Football fans can count on the fact that those three words will likely be blurted out at some point during the NFL draft.
But now, more than one week removed from the conclusion of the draft, fans have had some time to settle down and think about their hometown team's selections?
After reading countless articles about these players, perhaps fans have gained a better understanding as to why their team made these picks. But, there are still those fans who simply can't understand why a certain selection was made.
With that said, let's go ahead and break down five picks that we still can't wrap our heads around.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Bryan Anger
The Jacksonville Jaguars clearly needed to address their punting situation this offseason, but really, the third round?
Jacksonville went ahead and pulled the trigger way too early, drafting former Cal punter Bryan Anger with the seventh pick (70th overall) in the third round.
For a team that has gaping holes just about everywhere with the exception of running back, this pick just didn't make any sense.
Jacksonville's secondary has been abysmal for years now, and there were multiple defensive backs, including Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming and LSU's Brandon Taylor, who were still on the board at this point and could have been immediate starters for this team.
This is one of those picks that is still beyond puzzling.
Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Irvin
"With the 15th pick of the NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select, Bruce Irvin."
That statement had most Seattle fans outraged at that moment. How could Pete Carroll, a guy who knows the college game so well, pass up on both Melvin Ingram and Quinton Coples in favor of a guy who most mock drafts had going somewhere in the third round range?
You can tell yourself that Irvin was a great player in college, which he was, no argument there. You can tell yourself that Carroll knows more about evaluating talent than these NFL draft analysts, which is probably true in some or most aspects.
But no way, no matter how hard you try, you can't justify taking Bruce Irvin this high. Especially when both Coples and more-so Ingram, were still on the board.
This was by far the biggest surprise of day one, and almost two weeks later, it still doesn't make any sense.
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson
The Seattle Seahawks have needs all over the football field, and surprisingly enough, one of them is not at quarterback. After all, that's why Seattle went out and landed this year's top free agent quarterback, Matt Flynn, right?
Not only did Seattle make a questionable selection in the first round. Not only did Seattle draft someone who plays a position that they don't need help at. But Russell Wilson wasn't even the best NFL quarterback position on the board at this point.
Kirk Cousins, who has a much more-ready NFL frame and game than Wilson, was still on the board at this point, but the Seahawks elected to go with the 5'11", 204 pound Wilson.
Again, maybe Pete Carroll knows something we don't know, but this pick, at this point in the draft, is very tough to understand.
San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Jenkins
There are two ways to go into the NFL draft when your team is on the clock—picking the best player available, regardless of position, or selecting a player based on position of need,
In the San Francisco 49er's case, they did neither of those with this first-round pick.
San Francisco was clearly weak at the wide receiver position last season, so they went out and addressed that in the offseason, signing both Mario Manningham and Randy Moss. Neither of those guys are No. 1 receivers anymore, but they are both starters in the NFL, and the 49ers already have a descent No. 1 wideout in Michael Crabtree.
But not only did the A.J. Jenkins pick not fill a position of need, but he wasn't even the best wide receiver on the board at that point. Guys such as Rueben Randle (LSU), Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) were all better options here.
Jim Harbaugh proved himself in the first year as this team's coach, but this was certainly a questionable first-round selection.
Denver Broncos: Derek Wolfe
When the Denver Broncos were on the clock with the fourth pick of the second round, anyone who had been following this draft knew that they were going to select a defensive tackle.
Most believed it was going to be either Michigan State's Jerel Worthy or Connecticut's Kendall Reyes.
But not many had Cincinnati's Derek Wolfe on their radar at that point.
Wolfe is a solid player, but he isn't great at any one aspect of the game. Some would probably agree with the fact that he still would have been available when the Broncos picked later on in the second round, or maybe even early on in the third.
Either way, Wolfe could end up being a solid player, but this pick at this point in the draft was a real head scratcher.