2012 NFL Draft Grades: Washington Redskins and Teams That Made Dumb Picks
The 2012 NFL Draft has wrapped up and players are beginning their mini camps with their respective teams.
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III begin their long haul towards NFL stardom, while other teams get their role players ready for action.
Every NFL Draft has it's winners and losers, but sometimes there is just a different tier of losers.
Taking a risk on a player because you feel like he is underrated is one thing, but some of the picks in the 2012 NFL draft just left us scratching our heads. The Washington Redskins sold the entire farm for a promising quarterback in RGIII, but that didn't keep Mike Shanahan and the Redskins off the list of dumb draft moves.
But don't worry 'Skins fans, you aren't the only ones.
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As I mentioned before, the Washington Redskins sold their soul and bet the farm on Robert Griffin III. Then, two picks later, they drafted another quarterback in Michigan State's Kirk Cousins.
Now it would one thing if the Redskins were already a loaded team and they were looking into the future, but that's simply not the case.
Not even close.
Washington has serious issues on both sides of the ball, and there were plenty of players that could have helped the 'Skins left on the board when the 102nd pick rolled around.
Namely Joe Adams (WR Arkansas), Bobby Massie (T Mississippi), or Brandon Boykin (CB Georgia).
All of these players seem like better investments than a third-string quarterback.
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The Bears scored a nice pick with Alshon Jeffery in the second round, but it only came after a questionable first round pick.
Chicago elected to pick Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin with their first round pick.
McClellin was a playmaker while at Boise State and the Bears definitely needed a pass rusher to compliment Julius Peppers. However, McClellin was thought by most to be a second round value and a player that would only thrive in a 3-4 scheme.
A traditionally heavy 4-3 Bears defense just feels like the wrong fit.
Players like Nick Perry (OLB USC) or Whitney Mercilus (OLB Illinois) would have been more advisable.
If the Bears wanted to take a chance, they should have drafted Courtney Upshaw from Alabama. Upshaw has thrived in a 3-4 set so the transition may be difficult, much like McClellin, but Upshaw is undoubtedly a better talent.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars finally addressed their sub-par wide receiver unit by moving up to acquire Justin Blackmon.
It appeared as though the organization was finally ready to take a step forward from the pitiful performances it has displayed over the last several seasons.
Next came defensive end Andre Branch, another smart move by the Jags organization. At this point, everything was going in the right direction for Jacksonville. They didn't have to give up too much for a game-changing receiver and they acquired a very versatile defender that could fit in well with the 3-4/4-3 hybrid scheme.
Then the egg was laid.
Bryan Anger, a punter from California, was drafted with the 70th overall pick.
A punter. In the third round.
Who does that?