The Most Disappointing Rookie on Every NFL Team

Alex Dunlap@AlexDunlapNFLContributor IJanuary 7, 2013

The Most Disappointing Rookie on Every NFL Team

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    Many NFL rookies lived up to expectations in 2012, and some even far surpassed anything we could have ever imagined.

    These players didn't. Not a single one of them. Every single player on this list came up short.

    Disappointment comes in many ways. Some players were injured, and others were just plain terrible. Some were put in bad situations.

    That said, some will improve. There may be a future All-Pro or two on this list—but we'll get to that.  

    Here are 2012's most disappointing rookies for every team.

Arizona Cardinals

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 13 (13) Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame  

    Round 3, Pick 17 (80) Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma  

    Round 4, Pick 17 (112) Bobby Massie OT Mississippi  

    Round 5, Pick 16 (151) Senio Kelemete OT Washington  

    Round 6, Pick 7 (177) (From Redskins) Justin Bethel CB Presbyterian  

    Round 6, Pick 15 (185) Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State

    Round 7, Pick 14 (221) Nate Potter OT Boise State


    Most Disappointing: Michael Floyd, WR

    Massie and Potter actually improved in pass protection to end the 2012 season, despite the Cardinals' remaining clear need for offensive line depth and consistency. 

    Ryan Lindley is not a good NFL QB, and anyone in attendance at the 2012 Senior Bowl would have told you the same after watching him in practice. Still, a sixth-round pick is a speculative developmental reach at a position of dire need. Hard to be disappointed in the sixth-rounder.

    Larry Fitzgerald gave Michael Floyd a "DWI" (meaning "don't want it") during the preseason for missing private training. While it is clearly not fair to judge just one player in the Arizona offense as being disappointing, Floyd was the top-rated WR for many analysts coming into the draft—including yours truly.

    It was a disappointing situation all around in Arizona this season, but Floyd didn't do much to remedy that. The first-round selection had 45 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 2, Pick 23 (55) Peter Konz OG Wisconsin

    Round 3, Pick 28 (91) (From Ravens) Lamar Holmes OT Southern Miss

    Round 5, Pick 22 (157) Bradie Ewing FB Wisconsin

    Round 5, Pick 29 (164) (From Ravens) Jonathan Massaquoi DE Troy

    Round 6, Pick 22 (192) Charles Mitchell SS Mississippi State

    Round 7, Pick 42 (249) (Compensatory selection) Travian Robertson DT South Carolina


    Most Disappointing: Jonathan Massaquoi, DE

    Peter Konz was not an incredible starter in 2012, but from everything I've seen, he has room to grow. Besides, you can't say a starter on the team with the best record in the NFC is "disappointing."

    Meanwhile, Lamar Holmes and Massaquoi didn't see much duty in 2012. In Holmes' case, this was due to veteran LT Sam Baker finally staying healthy and playing well. Massaqoui, on the other hand, had opportunities to produce and just didn't.

    It was a disappointing showing from a player the Falcons thought they were getting a fantastic deal on. There were more than a few comparisons during the 2012 draft season of Massaquoi to fellow Troy alumni DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora. For Massaquoi to get to that level (or anywhere near it), he has a lot of work to do.

Baltimore Ravens

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 2, Pick 3 (35) (From Vikings) Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama 

    Round 2, Pick 28 (60) Kelechi Osemele OT Iowa State

    Round 3, Pick 21 (84) (From Falcons) Bernard Pierce RB Temple  

    Round 4, Pick 3 (98) (From Vikings) Gino Gradkowski OG Delaware  

    Round 4, Pick 35 (130) (Compensatory selection) Christian Thompson FS South Carolina State

    Round 5, Pick 34 (169) (Compensatory selection) Asa Jackson CB Cal Poly

    Round 6, Pick 28 (198) Tommy Streeter WR Miami  

    Round 7, Pick 29 (236) Deangelo Tyson DE Georgia


    Most Disappointing: Courtney Upshaw, OLB

    With all of the injuries that Baltimore has had on the defensive side of the ball in 2012 and all the sub-packages it runs, Upshaw should have been able to carve out a niche for himself.

    While Upshaw seemingly improved against the run, he was nowhere near the menacing presence he was at Alabama to opposing QBs and RBs alike, commonly finding himself completely out of position and looking half-speed.

Buffalo Bills

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 10 (10) Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina

    Round 2, Pick 9 (41) Cordy Glenn OT Georgia

    Round 3, Pick 6 (69) (From Redskins) T.J. Graham WR N.C. State

    Round 4, Pick 10 (105) Nigel Bradham OLB Florida State

    Round 4, Pick 29 (124) (From Ravens) Ron Brooks CB LSU

    Round 5, Pick 9 (144) Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State

    Round 5, Pick 12 (147) (From Seahawks) Tank Carder ILB TCU

    Round 6, Pick 8 (178) Mark Asper OG Oregon

    Round 7, Pick 44 (251) (Compensatory selection) John Potter K Western Michigan


    Most Disappointing: T.J. Graham, WR

    If Bills scouts fell in love with T.J. Graham at the Senior Bowl in 2012, they must have been attending different practices than I was. I would have been kicking and screaming, telling GM Buddy Nix that if he wanted to draft a "home run hitter" to mask Ryan Fitzpatrick's inaccuracy, another Senior Bowler, T.Y. Hilton, was still available.

    One of many disappointments in 2012 for Bills Mafia.

Carolina Panthers

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 9 (9) Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College

    Round 2, Pick 8 (40) Amini Silatolu OT Midwestern State

    Round 4, Pick 8 (103) (From Dolphins through 49ers) Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma

    Round 4, Pick 9 (104) Joe Adams WR Arkansas

    Round 5, Pick 8 (143) Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina

    Round 6, Pick 37 (207) (Compensatory selection) Brad Nortman P Wisconsin

    Round 7, Pick 9 (216) D.J. Campbell FS California


    Most Disappointing: Joe Adams, WR

    Joe Adams told at the NFL combine (after absolutely killing Senior Bowl practices and then the actual game itself) that he planned on running a 4.2 40 in Indy.

    He went on to run a horrible 4.6-something that he improved to a 4.44. That was disappointing, and it was the reason his stock dropped to the fourth round.

    The fact is Adams has elite playmaking ability that many have seen on the actual field, and it is a disappointment that Panthers fans haven't. Adams fumbled twice against the Giants in Week 3, and Ron Rivera benched him for two months.

    Adams should have at least shown something in the return game given his opportunities. An ample opportunity also existed all season to step up in an offense with no aerial threats outside of Steve Smith and Greg Olsen.

Chicago Bears

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 19 (19) Shea McClellin DE Boise State

    Round 2, Pick 13 (45) (From Cowboys through Rams) Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina

    Round 3, Pick 16 (79) Brandon Hardin FS Oregon State

    Round 4, Pick 16 (111) Evan Rodriguez TE Temple

    Round 6, Pick 14 (184) Isaiah Frey CB Nevada

    Round 7, Pick 13 (220) Greg McCoy CB TCU 


    Most Disappointing: Shea McClellin, DE

    Before Bears fans go too crazy, let me just say that McClellin has been better on film than the stats would indicate. It seems like he has played through injuries, and while I haven't noticed him being dominant by any means, I do seem to always recall him getting involved.

    When I went to check the stats at Pro Football Focus, I found that my eyes were right. McClellin only played 368 snaps in 2012, but he registered 22 quarterback hurries. As a comparison, Chandler Jones played 752 snaps and was considered very productive as a rookie with 28 hurries—only six more.

    Still, I wonder why you would take a player like McClellin over Chandler Jones to begin with when Jones is still on the board. McClellin did nothing to answer that question this season after a notably rocky training camp.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 17 (17) (From Raiders) Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama

    Round 1, Pick 27 (27) (From Saints through Patriots) Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin

    Round 2, Pick 21 (53) Devon Still DT Penn State

    Round 3, Pick 20 (83) Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers

    Round 3, Pick 30 (93) (From Patriots) Brandon Thompson DT Clemson  

    Round 4, Pick 21 (116) Orson Charles TE Georgia

    Round 5, Pick 21 (156) Shaun Prater CB Iowa

    Round 5, Pick 31 (166) (From Patriots) Marvin Jones WR California

    Round 5, Pick 32 (167) (From Giants) George Iloka FS Boise State

    Round 6, Pick 21 (191) Dan Herron RB Ohio State


    Most Disappointing: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB

    This is almost too easy. The Bengals have drafted really well in recent years and are building a monster on defense. I said from the beginning that Janoris Jenkins should have been the pick here, however. 

    I understand that Kirkpatrick sustained an injury in preseason that lingered all year, but his production was miserable. I'm not sure he played a defensive snap after coming back onto the active roster Week 9. You don't draft Dre Kirkpatrick at this spot to be a special teams coverage guy for five games.

Cleveland Browns

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 3 (3) (From Vikings) Trent Richardson RB Alabama

    Round 1, Pick 22 (22) (From Falcons) Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State

    Round 2, Pick 5 (37) Mitchell Schwartz T California

    Round 3, Pick 24 (87) (From Broncos) John Hughes DT Cincinnati

    Round 4, Pick 5 (100) Travis Benjamin WR Miami

    Round 4, Pick 25 (120) (From Broncos) James-Michael Johnson ILB Nevada

    Round 5, Pick 25 (160) (From Broncos) Ryan Miller OG Colorado

    Round 6, Pick 34 (204) (Compensatory selection) Emmanuel Acho OLB Texas

    Round 6, Pick 35 (205) (Compensatory selection) Billy Winn DT Boise State

    Round 7, Pick 38 (245) (Compensatory selection) Trevin Wade CB Arizona

    Round 7, Pick 40 (247) (Compensatory selection) Brad Smelley TE Alabama


    Most Disappointing: Brandon Weeden, QB

    A whole disappointing situation. The pick felt hasty to begin with, and one five-win campaign later, Weeden is now wondering who his coach will be next season—a season in which the second-year signal-caller will celebrate his 30th birthday while learning a whole new system.

    You can't come in as the one half of the face of the Browns' future—along with Trent Richardson—and only manage to win five games.

    Weeden did add a dimension of excitement to the offense in 2012, thanks in large part to fellow rookie Josh Gordon, but the overall outlook is still murky moving forward regarding his future.

    Not encouraging at best.   

Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 6 (6) (From Redskins through Rams) Morris Claiborne CB LSU   

    Round 3, Pick 18 (81) Tyrone Crawford DE Boise State

    Round 4, Pick 18 (113) Kyle Wilber OLB Wake Forest  

    Round 4, Pick 40 (135) (Compensatory selection) Matt Johnson SS Eastern Washington 

    Round 5, Pick 17 (152) Danny Coale WR Virginia Tech   

    Round 6, Pick 16 (186) James Hanna TE Oklahoma   

    Round 7, Pick 15 (222) Caleb McSurdy ILB Montana


    Most Disappointing: Danny Coale, WR

    You can't help injuries, but there were high hopes for Danny Coale coming into the 2012 season in Dallas. Coale is a playmaking slot receiver who was super productive at Virginia Tech, but he just couldn't stay healthy. He broke a foot, strained a hamstring and then eventually tore an ACL.

    The slot and/or "third" WR in Dallas is one that Tony Romo depends on as an outlet when the pocket breaks down, especially when interior pressure comes.

    Just look at the way Laurent Robinson thrived in the system in 2011. He and Jason Witten were the only two players who would come off their routes and improvise with Romo when he was flushed. This season, the Cowboys had horrible, horrible guard play that allowed more interior penetration than any group in the league.

    Danny Coale would have been a very welcome contributor playing at his full potential during 2012.

Denver Broncos

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 2, Pick 4 (36) (From Buccaneers) Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati   

    Round 2, Pick 25 (57) Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State   

    Round 3, Pick 4 (67) (From Browns) Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State

    Round 4, Pick 6 (101) (From Jaguars through Buccaneers) Omar Bolden CB Arizona State 

    Round 4, Pick 13 (108) (From Jets) Philip Blake C Baylor   

    Round 5, Pick 2 (137) (From Rams) Malik Jackson DT Tennessee  

    Round 6, Pick 18 (188) (From Jets) Danny Trevathan OLB Kentucky


    Most Disappointing: Philip Blake, C

    From everything I heard, Phillip Blake looked awful to start things out as a pro before breaking his finger early in the 2012 season during practice. I'm not sure I ever thought he was ready to play pro football coming out of Baylor.

    I hate calling someone "disappointing" because he suffered an injury, but look at his competition.

    You don't expect immediate impact out of the developmental defensive prospects drafted after him. Bolden has been a solid special teams player, Derek Wolfe is on my PFWA All-Rookie ballot, Brock Osweiler was drafted as a backup and Ronnie Hillman has been effective in his role.

Detroit Lions

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 23 (23) Riley Reiff OT Iowa

    Round 2, Pick 22 (54) Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma

    Round 3, Pick 22 (85) Dwight "Bill" Bentley CB Louisiana-Lafayette

    Round 4, Pick 30 (125) (From 49ers) Ronnell Lewis OLB Oklahoma

    Round 5, Pick 3 (138) (From Vikings) Tahir Whitehead OLB Temple

    Round 5, Pick 13 (148) (From Raiders) Chris Greenwood CB Albion

    Round 6, Pick 26 (196) (From Saints through Dolphins and 49ers) Jonte Green DB New Mexico State

    Round 7, Pick 16 (223) (From Eagles through Patriots and Vikings) Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma


    Most Disappointing: Dwight "Bill" Bentley, CB

    There were high expectations coming into the 2012 season for Bill Bentley, who made a lot of buzz in the preseason. I think that Lions GM Martin Mayhew summed it up perfectly in his Wednesday media session to following the NFL's regular season finale last week (h/t

    Bill Bentley, in the third round, comes in and has a great offseason, OTAs, training camp is going great, then his shoulder pops out. Once his shoulder popped out, his play declined. He still played, but the level of how well he was playing was different once his shoulder started coming out on him. He went on IR and we didn't get a whole lot out of him. You'd like to have both those guys play 16 games for you and it didn't happen. I would like to have more out of our first three picks, definitely.

Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 28 (28) Nick Perry DE USC

    Round 2, Pick 19 (51) (From Cardinals through Eagles) Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State

    Round 2, Pick 30 (62) (From Patriots) Casey Hayward DB Vanderbilt

    Round 4, Pick 37 (132) (Compensatory selection) Mike Daniels DT Iowa

    Round 4, Pick 38 (133) (Compensatory selection) Jerron McMillian SS Maine

    Round 5, Pick 28 (163) (From Packers through Patriots) Terrell Manning OLB N.C. State

    Round 7, Pick 34 (241) (Compensatory selection) Andrew Datko OT Florida State

    Round 7, Pick 36 (243) (Compensatory selection) B.J. Coleman QB Tennessee-Chattanooga


    Most Disappointing: Nick Perry, DE 

    Packers fans will be disappointed that their 2012 first-round pick didn't really have the opportunity to make a case for himself. Before being put on season-ending IR, Perry started only five games. But he managed to register two sacks.

    The rest of Ted Thompson's draft was really good, especially the Hayward and McMillian selections.

    One of the biggest controversies in draft circles last draft season was whether or not Nick Perry could be effective in a 3-4 scheme after being a great 4-3 edge threat at USC.

    The jury is still out on that one.

Houston Texans

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 26 (26) Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois

    Round 3, Pick 5 (68) (From Buccaneers) DeVier Posey WR Ohio State

    Round 3, Pick 13 (76) (From Eagles) Brandon Brooks OG Miami (Ohio)

    Round 4, Pick 4 (99) (From Buccaneers through Eagles) Ben Jones C Georgia

    Round 4, Pick 26 (121) Keshawn Martin WR Michigan State

    Round 4, Pick 31 (126) (From Patriots through Broncos/Buccaneers) Jared Crick DT Nebraska

    Round 5, Pick 26 (161) Randy Bullock K Texas A&M

    Round 6, Pick 25 (195) Nick Mondek OT Purdue


    Most Disappointing: DeVier Posey, WR

    The most dominant trait that Posey showed off at last year's Senior Bowl was a killer first step upfield, followed by a first gear that looked like five NFL yards after the catch every time he touched the football.

    The Texans are clearly still in need of any kind of consistent receiving threat outside of Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels to keep defenses honest and prevent major box-stacking against Arian Foster.

    Thus far, neither Keshawn Martin nor Posey has stepped up into the role, and wide receiver remains one of Houston's largest glaring needs coming into the 2013 season.

Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 1 (1) Andrew Luck QB Stanford

    Round 2, Pick 2 (34) Coby Fleener TE Stanford  

    Round 3, Pick 1 (64) Dwayne Allen TE Clemson  

    Round 3, Pick 29 (92) (From 49ers) T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International

    Round 5, Pick 1 (136) Josh Chapman DT Alabama

    Round 5, Pick 35 (170) (Compensatory selection) Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State

    Round 6, Pick 36 (206) (Compensatory selection) LaVon Brazill WR Ohio  

    Round 7, Pick 1 (208) Justin Anderson OT Georgia  

    Round 7, Pick 7 (214) (From Jaguars through Jets) Tim Fugger DE Vanderbilt

    Round 7, Pick 46 (253) (Compensatory selection) Chandler Harnish QB Northern Illinois


    Most Disappointing: Coby Fleener, TE

    So much for the second coming of Manning-era Dallas Clark in Indy, at least in 2012. If there is one candidate who looks to be occupying that role any time soon, it's Dwayne Allen, the tight end Indy took a round after Fleener.

    Everyone knew about Fleener's productivity in college with Andrew Luck and the built-in rapport the two were set to bring to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012. But things never jelled. Fleener also had a few nagging injuries, ending the season with only 26 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 5 (5) (From Buccaneers) Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State

    Round 2, Pick 6 (38) Andre Branch DE Clemson

    Round 3, Pick 7 (70) Bryan Anger P California

    Round 5, Pick 7 (142) Brandon Marshall OLB Nevada

    Round 6, Pick 6 (176) Mike Harris CB Florida State

    Round 7, Pick 21 (228) (From Bengals) Jeris Pendleton DT Ashland


    Most Disappointing: Andre Branch, DE 

    The most disappointing thing the Jags may have done (in hindsight) was take a punter over Russell Wilson when they had first-hand knowledge that Blaine Gabbert was indeed still a bad NFL quarterback.

    But Anger has been terrific, and many are considering it a snub that he was only named an alternate to the Pro Bowl.

    Branch is another player who lands here partly because of a 2012 injury. The fact remains, though, that the pass rush is the Jags' greatest need. That is disappointing, especially after the team addressed the issue with a second-round pick in 2012 and an in-season waiver claim of Jason Babin.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 11 (11) Dontari Poe DT Memphis

    Round 2, Pick 12 (44) Jeff Allen OT Illinois

    Round 3, Pick 11 (74) Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma

    Round 4, Pick 12 (107) Devon Wylie WR Fresno State

    Round 5, Pick 11 (146) DeQuan Menzie 195 Alabama

    Round 6, Pick 12 (182) Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M

    Round 7, Pick 11 (218) Jerome Long DT San Diego State

    Round 7, Pick 31 (238) (From Patriots) Junior Hemingway Michigan


    Most Disappointing: Devon Wylie, WR

    Nothing wasn't disappointing regarding offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's KC offense in 2012. But the WR corps seemed the most dysfunctional of all.

    The old regime hated Steve Breaston, while Dwayne Bowe clearly hated the old regime. No one wanted to get Jonathan Baldwin involved, and a rookie playmaker in Devon Wylie, drafted to provide a big-play spark, could not distinguish himself from the likes of Jamar Newsome.  

Miami Dolphins

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 8 (8) Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

    Round 2, Pick 10 (42) Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

    Round 3, Pick 9 (72) Olivier Vernon DE Miami (Fla.)

    Round 3, Pick 15 (78) (From Chargers) Michael Egnew TE Missouri

    Round 4, Pick 2 (97) (From Colts through 49ers) Lamar Miller RB Miami (Fla.)

    Round 5, Pick 20 (155) (From Titans) Josh Kaddu LB Oregon

    Round 6, Pick 13 (183) (From Chargers) B.J. Cunningham WR Michigan State

    Round 7, Pick 8 (215) Kheeston Randall DT Texas

    Round 7, Pick 20 (227) (From Titans) Rishard Matthews WR Nevada


    Most Disappointing: Michael Egnew, TE

    While Jonathan Martin was nothing to crow about, Egnew was a horrible Jeff Ireland pick—another Missouri tight end who can't block.

    The fit seemed great—a big, physical receiving target who would serve as a cog through the routes that Ryan Tannehill was clearly most comfortable throwing coming in.

    But rapport never had the chance to develop, as Egnew never caught on and spent the season on the inactive list until the final week of the season, when Anthony Fasano's injury forced his activation. 

Minnesota Vikings

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 4 (4) (From Browns) Matt Kalil OT USC

    Round 1, Pick 29 (29) (From Ravens) Harrison Smith FS Notre Dame

    Round 3, Pick 3 (66) Josh Robinson CB Central Florida

    Round 4, Pick 23 (118) (From Falcons through Browns) Jarius Wright WR Arkansas

    Round 4, Pick 33 (128) (Compensatory selection) Rhett Ellison FB USC

    Round 4, Pick 39 (134) (Compensatory selection) Greg Childs WR Arkansas

    Round 5, Pick 4 (139) (From Browns) Robert Blanton CB Notre Dame

    Round 6, Pick 5 (175) (From Browns) Blair Walsh K Georgia

    Round 7, Pick 3 (210) Audie Cole ILB N.C. State

    Round 7, Pick 12 (219) (From Seahawks through Lions) Trevor Guyton DE California


    Most Disappointing: Greg Childs, WR

    What a draft. Lots of needs addressed, and the result was clear on-field improvement in many key aspects.

    Nonetheless, the whole Greg Childs situation is enough to make anyone disappointed. Another player on this list due to injury, Childs was finally once again healthy and poised to return to his electric, pre-patellar-tendon-injury self.

    But Childs suffered the most freakish injury many have ever seen in the preseason, managing to tear both patellar tendons in one traumatic incident. It was an unfortunate and disappointing twist for Childs and for Vikings fans, who will hopefully get to witness him at full speed again one day.

New England Patriots

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 21 (21) (From Bengals) Chandler Jones DE Syracuse

    Round 1, Pick 25 (25) (From Broncos) Dont'a Hightower ILB Alabama

    Round 2, Pick 16 (48) (From Raiders) Tavon Wilson FS Illinois

    Round 3, Pick 27 (90) (From Packers) Jake Bequette DE Arkansas

    Round 6, Pick 27 (197) (From Packers) Nate Ebner DB Ohio State

    Round 7, Pick 17 (224) (From Jets through Packers) Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

    Round 7, Pick 28 (235) (From Packers) Jeremy Ebert WR Northwestern


    Most Disappointing: Jake Bequette, DE

    I hate blue-collar and lunchpail-type adjectives in NFL evaluation as much as I hate Wes Welker wide receiver comparisons. Regardless, Bequette had this label coming out—and it's true, he is a hard worker. He has made the All-Practice team four times this season, alongside the likes of Kamar Aiken.

New Orleans Saints

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 3, Pick 26 (89) Akiem Hicks DE Regina (Canada)

    Round 4, Pick 27 (122) Nick Toon WR Wisconsin

    Round 5, Pick 27 (162) Corey White SS Samford

    Round 6, Pick 9 (179) (From Dolphins) Andrew Tiller Syracuse

    Round 7, Pick 27 (234) Marcel Jones OT Nebraska


    Most Disappointing: Nick Toon, WR

    I was in attendance at Saints training camp, and to be honest, I expected big things from Nick Toon. He would line up at the Z and take approximately 15 to 20 percent of reps with the first team behind Devery Henderson.

    He looked good, and he looked big.

    Toon missed the Senior Bowl last year with what his agent told me was a plantar fascia issue. He missed the chance to greatly increase his stock by playing in the Senior Bowl due to this ailment. I also reported that he would not be running routes at the combine—another missed opportunity.

    Toon either injured (or reinjured) his foot to start the season and didn't play.

    He was a potential contributor and an athlete that I was personally disappointed to not see on the field in 2012.

New York Giants

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 32 (32) David Wilson RB Virgina Tech

    Round 2, Pick 31 (63) Rueben Randle WR LSU

    Round 3, Pick 31 (94) Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech

    Round 4, Pick 32 (127) Adrien Robinson TE Cincinnati

    Round 4, Pick 36 (131) (Compensatory selection) Brandon Mosley OT Auburn

    Round 6, Pick 31 (201) Matt McCants OT UAB

    Round 7, Pick 32 (239) Markus Kuhn DT N.C. State


    Most Disappointing: Jayron Hosley, CB

    I thought Hosley was bad when noticing him at various times throughout the season, but his "badness" (not like Michael Jackson "bad") was put on full display when he had to start in place of Prince Amukamara versus Atlanta in a must-win.

    The Giants can't stop opposing wide receivers, as usual. If they don't address either this or the soon-to-be Osi Umenyiora-less pass rush soon, something's going to completely give on that side of the ball.

    I didn't even mention the linebackers.

New York Jets

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 16 (16) Quinton Coples DE North Carolina

    Round 2, Pick 11 (43) (From Seahawks) Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech

    Round 3, Pick 14 (77) Demario Davis OLB Arkansas State

    Round 6, Pick 17 (187) (From Eagles through Colts) Josh Bush S Wake Forest

    Round 6, Pick 32 (202) (Compensatory selection) Terrance Ganaway RB Baylor

    Round 6, Pick 33 (203) (Compensatory selection) Robert T. Griffin G Baylor

    Round 7, Pick 35 (242) (Compensatory selection) Antonio Allen SS South Carolina

    Round 7, Pick 37 (244) (Compensatory selection) Jordan White WR Western Michigan


    Most Disappointing: None

    Those sixth- and seventh-round picks are prospective, and maybe missing on a sixth-rounder in Ganaway so badly that you waived him is the most disappointing.

    Jets Nation says good riddance to the great capologist/GM.

Oakland Raiders

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 3, Pick 32 (95) (Compensatory selection) Tony Bergstrom OT Utah

    Round 4, Pick 34 (129) (Compensatory selection) Miles Burris OLB San Diego State

    Round 5, Pick 23 (158) (From Lions) Jack Crawford DE Penn State

    Round 5, Pick 33 (168) (Compensatory selection) Juron Criner WR Arizona

    Round 6, Pick 19 (189) Christo Bilukidi DE Georgia State

    Round 7, Pick 23 (230) (From Lions) Nathan Stupar OLB Penn State


    Most Disappointing: Tony Bergstrom, OT

    I didn't even notice Tony Bergstom playing until Week 17, and when I did, he was rotating snaps at guard with Lucas Nix. And Lucas Nix looked better.

    Thankfully for the Raiders, Miles Burris has been really good, which makes up for it a little.

    Last draft season was a wasted mess for the Raiders. I believe coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie will take full advantage of all the extra evaluations and interviews that don't count against their limit at the Senior Bowl.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 12 (12) (From Seahawks) Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State

    Round 2, Pick 14 (46) Mychal Kendricks ILB California

    Round 2, Pick 27 (59) (From Packers) Vinny Curry DE Marshall

    Round 3, Pick 25 (88) (From Texans) Nick Foles QB Arizona

    Round 4, Pick 28 (123) (From Packers) Brandon Boykin CB Georgia

    Round 5, Pick 18 (153) Dennis Kelly OT Purdue

    Round 6, Pick 24 (194) (From Broncos) Marvin McNutt WR Iowa

    Round 6, Pick 30 (200) (From Patriots) Brandon Washington OG Miami (Fla.)

    Round 7, Pick 22 (229) (From Falcons) Bryce Brown RB Kansas State


    Most Disappointing: Mychal Kendricks, ILB

    Kendricks came in and contributed as a rookie. He plays most of the game and is clearly going to be part of a young, improving defense moving forward. He was, predictably, fairly good in coverage, but he was a complete liability against the run in 2012, often getting blown up or finding himself overpowered.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 24 (24) David DeCastro G Stanford

    Round 2, Pick 24 (56) Mike Adams OT Ohio State

    Round 3, Pick 23 (86) Sean Spence LB Miami (Fla.)

    Round 4, Pick 14 (109) (From Raiders through Redskins) Alameda Ta'amu DT Washington

    Round 5, Pick 24 (159) Chris Rainey RB Florida

    Round 7, Pick 24 (231) Toney Clemons WR Colorado

    Round 7, Pick 33 (240) (Compensatory selection) David Paulson TE Oregon

    Round 7, Pick 39 (246) (Compensatory selection) Terrence Frederick CB Texas A&M

    Round 7, Pick 41 (248) (Compensatory selection) Kelvin Beachum OT SMU


    Most Disappointing: Alameda Ta'amu, DT

    It's quite a feat to be more disappointing than the Marshmallow Man Mike Adams—whom the Steelers wasted a second-round pick on—but Alameda Ta'amu did it.

    The Steelers dumped him like a bad habit after he was arrested on what Pro Football Talk reported was a "laundry list of charges."

San Diego Chargers

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 18 (18) Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina

    Round 2, Pick 17 (49) Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut

    Round 3, Pick 10 (73) (From Panthers through Bear and Dolphins) Brandon Taylor SS LSU

    Round 4, Pick 15 (110) Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette

    Round 5, Pick 14 (149) Johnnie Troutman G Penn State

    Round 7, Pick 19 (226) David Molk C Michigan

    Round 7, Pick 43 (250) (Compensatory selection) Edwin Baker RB Michigan State


    Most Disappointing: Brandon Taylor, SS

    Kendall Reyes and Melvin Ingram are certainly a big part of the future in San Diego as it pertains to the defensive front.

    Ladarius Green was as raw as they come coming out and was taken as a developmental successor to Antonio Gates. Not too many expectations there.

    Meanwhile, Taylor didn't look like the team captain of 2011's best college defense in 2012 in San Diego. In fact, he didn't look like anybody. He wasn't activated until December.

    He did not have much of an impact during his four games played, but the most disappointing part came at the end, when he tore his ACL in his first start Week 17.

San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 30 (30) A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois

    Round 2, Pick 29 (61) LaMichael James RB Oregon

    Round 4, Pick 22 (117) (From Lions) Joe Looney G Wake Forest

    Round 5, Pick 30 (165) Darius Fleming OLB Notre Dame

    Round 6, Pick 10 (180) (From Panthers) Trent Robinson FS Michigan State

    Round 6, Pick 29 (199) Jason Slowey C Western Oregon

    Round 7, Pick 30 (237) Cam Johnson DE Virginia


    Most Disappointing: A.J. Jenkins, WR 

    A.J. Jenkins showed up to camp out of shape and quickly got on the bad side of Jim Harbaugh—a coach who made a ridiculous reach to draft him. Lip service went back and forth to start the season when addressing the media.

    One minute, Jenkins was in the doghouse; the next, everything was great.

    Fast-forward to the end of the regular season, and Jenkins played 37 snaps in 2012. He was activated for a miserable three games, where he did not register one statistic.

    Of the two NFC West head coach hate-rivals, Pete Carroll made the much more genius first-round reach in 2012.

Seattle Seahawks

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 15 (15) (From Eagles) Bruce Irvin West Virginia

    Round 2, Pick 15 (47) (From Jets) Bobby Wagner Utah State

    Round 3, Pick 12 (75) Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin

    Round 4, Pick 11 (106) Robert Turbin RB Utah State

    Round 4, Pick 19 (114) (From Eagles) Jaye Howard Florida

    Round 5, Pick 19 (154) (From Jets) Korey Toomer Idaho

    Round 6, Pick 2 (172) (From Colts through Eagles) Jeremy Lane CB Northwestern State (La.)  

    Round 6, Pick 11 (181) Winston Guy DB Kentucky

    Round 7, Pick 18 (225) (From Raiders) J R Sweezy DE N.C. State

    Round 7, Pick 25 (232) (From Broncos through Jets) Greg Scruggs DE Louisville


    Most Disappointing: Nothing disappointing about this draft.

St. Louis Rams

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 14 (14) (From Cowboys) Michael Brockers DT LSU

    Round 2, Pick 1 (33) Brian Quick WR Appalachian State

    Round 2, Pick 7 (39) (From Redskins) Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama

    Round 2, Pick 18 (50) (From Bears) Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati

    Round 3, Pick 2 (65) Trumaine Johnson CB Montana

    Round 4, Pick 1 (96) Chris Givens WR Wake Forest

    Round 5, Pick 15 (150) (From Bears) Rokevious Watkins OT South Carolina

    Round 6, Pick 1 (171) Greg Zuerlein K Missouri Western

    Round 7, Pick 2 (209) Aaron Brown LB Hawaii

    Round 7, Pick 45 (252) (Compensatory selection) Daryl Richardson RB Abilene Christian


    Most Disappointing: Isaiah Pead, RB

    An easy decision for me regarding one of my favorite prospects in the 2012 draft.

    Pead was the Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and a one-cut runner who exhibited immaculate timing and vision both on tape and at Senior Bowl practices.

    He was my second-ranked Senior Bowl RB behind Doug Martin (ahead of Vick Ballard), and I do not think that I am the only person disappointed in the fact that Pead was not able to beat out seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson for first crack at snaps behind old man Steven Jackson.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 7 (7) (From Jaguars) Mark Barron SS Alabama

    Round 1, Pick 31 (31) (From Patriots through Broncos) Doug Martin RB Boise State

    Round 2, Pick 26 (58) (From Texans) Lavonte David OLB Nebraska

    Round 5, Pick 5 (140) Najee Goode ILB West Virginia

    Round 6, Pick 4 (174) Keith Tandy CB West Virginia

    Round 7, Pick 5 (212) Michael Smith RB Utah State

    Round 7, Pick 26 (233) (From Texans) Drake Dunsmore TE Northwestern


    Most Disappointing: None

    Anyone disappointed with any player in a draft that started with those first three picks is just too picky. Look at that start: Barron, Martin and David. Just a thing of beauty.

Tennessee Titans

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 20 (20) Kendall Wright WR Baylor

    Round 2, Pick 20 (52) Zach Brown OLB North Carolina

    Round 3, Pick 19 (82) Mike Martin DT Michigan

    Round 4, Pick 20 (115) Coty Sensabaugh CB Clemson

    Round 5, Pick 10 (145) (From Dolphins) Taylor Thompson TE SMU

    Round 6, Pick 20 (190) Markelle Martin FS Oklahoma State

    Round 7, Pick 4 (211) (From Browns through Vikings) Scott Solomon DE Rice


    Most Disappointing: Kendall Wright, WR

    It's honestly disappointing quarterback play no matter who's taking the snaps, but that rubs off.

    Wright was a starter all season and didn't have one game with over 78 yards receiving. He also did not have a multiple-touchdown game, tallying only four total. Not exactly the first-round difference-maker in 2012 that Tennessee hopes he will be in the future.

Washington Redskins

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    2012 Draft Picks

    Round 1, Pick 2 (2) (From Rams) Robert Griffin III QB Baylor

    Round 3, Pick 8 (71) (From Bills) Josh LeRibeus OG SMU

    Round 4, Pick 7 (102) Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State

    Round 4, Pick 24 (119) (From Steelers) Keenan Robinson OLB Texas

    Round 5, Pick 6 (141) Adam Gettis G Iowa

    Round 6, Pick 3 (173) (From Vikings) Alfred Morris RB Florida Atlantic

    Round 6, Pick 23 (193) (From Steelers) Tom Compton T South Dakota

    Round 7, Pick 6 (213) Richard Crawford DB SMU

    Round 7, Pick 10 (217) (From Bills) Jordan Bernstine CB Iowa


    Most Disappointing: None

    I can find nothing disappointing about a draft in which Mike Shanahan was able to snake both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. To spy Alfred Morris as a late entrant to the Senior Bowl as coach of the opposing roster—brilliant.