Redrafting the First Two Rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft

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Redrafting the First Two Rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft
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What if the entire NFL just decided to take a mulligan on the 2012 NFL draft?

Knowing what we know now about the great unknown, what would be different? Which players would skyrocket up the draft board and which would plummet? Which coaches and general managers would have a shot to save their jobs with another go-round at talent acquisition?

Which teams would benefit and which teams would wince as their late-round gems became first-round picks?

Before we start, some ground rules.

First, for the purposes of this exercise, everyone is healthy. There's no reason to drop a guy down for something he can't control. Plus, drafts aren't just for the upcoming year—this is about long-term needs and overall improvement of the franchise's direction. A guy missing his rookie season isn't ideal, but it doesn't mean that it's a terrible pick.

Care was made to assess not only the current needs of the team, but also the needs immediately prior to the 2012 draft. However, teams that drafted a certain position because of a perceived need would now have the benefit of hindsight, so some teams might ignore positions they focused on a year ago.

Finally, just because "Player A" was better than "Player B" as a rookie, doesn't mean teams would take "Player A" first. Film study trumps stats, and long-term success is just as important as immediate.

Onto the picks!

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