2012 NFL Draft Grades: Team-by-Team Report Card and ResultsApril 30, 2012
2012 NFL Draft Grades: Team-by-Team Report Card and Results
After months and months of preparation, the 2012 NFL draft has finally come to a close.
Kind of anti-climactic, isn't it?
As the media spent the winter and spring months making projections based on consensus belief, NFL teams were doing their own thing and were removed from the public perception of players—which is why we see so many head-scratching picks that make our mock drafts look as bad as our NCAA brackets.
In any case, let's take a look at how every team did and how they filled their needs over the weekend.
Round 1: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Round 3: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
Round 4: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
Round 5: Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington
Round 6: Justin Bethel, CB, Presbyterian; Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State
Round 7: Nate Potter, OT, Boise State
It is hard to argue with the selection of Michael Floyd in Round 1; he is a great talent and will thrive opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Jamell Fleming is great value in Round 3 as well.
However, as the draft went along, I was concerned that they were starting to ignore their offensive line issues. But the Cardinals were lucky to be able to get Bobby Massie—an immediate starter at right tackle—and Nate Potter—a developmental tackle—at positions of great value. They were also able to add a potential starting guard in the fifth round.
The Ryan Lindley selection also makes plenty of sense. Lindley can develop while they figure out if Kevin Kolb is the right guy.
Round 2: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Round 3: Lamar Holmes, OT, Southern Miss
Round 5: Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin; Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy
Round 6: Charles Mitchell, S. Mississippi State
Round 7: Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina
Even though they were without a first-round pick, they were able to get first-round talent in Peter Konz without having to make a move back into the first.
They continued to add depth along the offensive and defensive lines throughout the draft, and were also able to add a new fullback. Not a whole lot of sexy picks, but the Falcons clearly put a priority on selecting smart, sound players to add depth and competition to need areas.
Round 2: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama; Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
Round 3: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
Round 4: Gino Gradkowski, OG, Delaware; Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State
Round 5: Asa Jackson CB, Cal Poly
Round 6: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami, FL
Round 7: DeAngelo Tyson, DT, Georgia
Once again, Ozzie Newsome's patience was on display as he traded back into the second round, knowing that he could still get a first-round talent. Not only is Courtney Upshaw great value at the top of the second round, but he also fills a need. They were also able to add some competition at tackle with Osemele.
Bernard Pierce was a nice pick as a complement to Ray Rice (or perhaps some insurance in case Rice decides to hold out), and Tommy Streeter certainly makes a lot of sense in the sixth.
However, the Gradkowski pick in Round 4 was a bit puzzling, as Georgia center Ben Jones was still available (and went just one pick later).
The Ravens picked a lot of solid players, but I feel like they missed out on any impact guys who can be stars.
Round 1: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Round 2: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Round 3: T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State
Round 4: Nigel Bradham, OLB, FSU; Ron Brooks, CB, LSU
Round 5: Zebrie Sanders, OT, FSU; Tank Carder, OLB, TCU
Round 6: Mark Asper, OG, Oregon
Round 7: John Potter, K, Western Michigan
There is a lot to like about the Bills' draft, especially with their first two picks. Cornerback was not the biggest need on the team, but GIlmore is a great talent.
Adding Cordy Glenn at tackle in the second was great value. The Bills can try him at left tackle, and move him inside if it doesn't work out. They were also able to add Zebrie Sanders to provide additional depth.
The only real knock on the Bills' draft is that they waited a little too long to add a receiver in T.J. Graham. It may have been worth it to move up a few spots and get themselves someone like Rueben Randle, who slipped to the last pick of the second round.
Round 1: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Round 2: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Round 4: Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma; Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
Round 5: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Round 6: Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin
Round 7: D.J. Campbell, S, California
I don't hate the Kuechly pick in the first round, but I don't understand how they passed on Fletcher Cox at that point.
I do, however, love the Amini Silatolu pick, as he can come in and be a masher in the run game. Joe Adams should be excellent in the slot, and Josh Norman has a lot of upside for a fifth-round pick.
Carolina was able to add a lot of good players, but it failed to use a single pick on the biggest need on the team at defensive tackle.
Round 1: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
Round 2: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Round 3: Brandon Hardin, SS, Oregon State
Round 4: Evan Rodriguez, FB, Temple
Round 6: Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada
Round 7: Greg McCoy, CB, TCU
McClellin went a bit earlier than most would have projected, but he is still a good, athletic player who fills a need.
There are a lot of differing opinions on Jeffery, but there is no denying the amount of talent he has. Taking a chance on him in the second round is well worth it. They were also able to get a new fullback and some added depth at the corner position with their third-day picks.
I did think, however, that picking Hardin in the third round was a bit of a reach in an effort to fill a need position.
Round 1: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama; Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
Round 2: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Round 3: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers; Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
Round 4: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
Round 5: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa; Marvin Jones, WR, Cal; George Iloka, FS, Boise State
Round 6: Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State
To me, the Bengals had the best draft of any team. Every pick—whether it was Still, Sanu, Thompson, Iloka, Jones or Charles—was terrific value and filled a considerable need on the team.
In particular, I love the Sanu and Iloka picks. Sanu was one considered to be a first-round receiver, so to get him in the third is quite a feat. Meanwhile, Iloka is a great developmental safety who could be an eventual starter, which is all you can ask for out of a fifth-round pick.
The only knock on this draft I have is the Kevin Zeitler pick, as Cordy Glenn was still on the board. But I'm nitpicking; this draft is as solid as Bengals fans could ask for.
Round 1: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama; Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Round 2: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Round 3: John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati
Round 4: Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami; James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada
Round 5: Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado
Round 6: Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas; Billy Winn, DE, Boise State
Round 7: Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona; Brad Smelley, TE, Alabama
Some will balk at the decision to move up for a running back third overall, but Richardson is not an ordinary runner. He will be a dynamic weapon the Browns have been lacking for years.
The Brandon Weeden pick is certainly polarizing, but I tend to like it more than others. Yes, he is older, but if he can give you a good five or six years as a starter, he is worth the pick. The Browns have been bottom-feeders for long enough; if finding immediate help at quarterback can help them win a few more games, then so be it.
I am also a big fan of their sixth-round picks, as adding two players in Acho and Winn will add depth to a young defensive line.
Round 1: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Round 3: Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
Round 4: Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest; Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington
Round 5: Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech
Round 6: James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
Round 7: Caleb McSurdy, ILB, Montana
The Cowboys made a great move trading up for the top cover in the draft, giving them a brand new tandem of corners in 2012.
Crawford should be able to eventually start as a 5-technique. Kyle Wilber, with some time, could start to take away playing time from Anthony Spencer.
Danny Coale went a bit earlier than I had projected, but he should be able to help as a slot receiver and on special teams.
Outside of Claiborne, most of the Cowboys' picks are pretty vanilla, but all make sense on some level.
Round 2: Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati; Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Round 3: Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Round 4: Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State; Philip Blake, C, Baylor
Round 5: Malik Jackson, DT, Tennessee
Round 6: Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky
The Broncos had a pretty dull draft, highlighted only be the selection of Brock Osweiler. He has a ton of physical tools and can be developed into an eventual successor to Peyton Manning.
Taking Derek Wolfe while so many other talented players were on the board was a mistake. If the Broncos were so intent on adding a defensive tackle, they could have gotten Devon Still or Jerel Worthy instead.
They also took Ronnie Hillman with Lamar Miller still on the board. To me, Miller would have been a great fit in the "old Colts" offense that utilizes a lot of stretch plays.
The Broncos filled a lot of needs, but just not with the right players.
Round 1: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Round 2: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Round 3: Dwight Bentley, CB, La.-Lafayette
Round 4: Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma
Round 5: Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Temple; Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion
Round 6: Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State
Round 7: Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
The Riley Reiff selection may not have been the sexiest pick, but getting Matthew Stafford some young talent on the offensive line was the right call.
However, I do think the Ryan Broyles pick was a bit premature, especially when you consider the amount of talent still on the board.
The Lions were able to redeem themselves with a flurry of sleeper picks, including Ronnell Lewis and Tahir Whitehead. They were also able to add some much-needed depth in the secondary.
Green Bay Packers
Round 1: Nick Perry, DE, USC
Round 2: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State; Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
Round 4: Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa; Jerron McMillian, SS, Maine
Round 5: Terrell Manning, OLB, North Carolina State
Round 7: Andrew Datko, OT, FSU; B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga
Nick Perry may be a better fit as a base 4-3 end, but he has as much upside as any pass-rusher in the draft. Along with the addition of Jerel Worthy, the Packers have fresh blood on the defensive front.
Casey Hayward was another quality pick in the second round and has a chance of starting over the aging Charles Woodson. They were also able to get some added safety depth.
However, they did wait a bit too long to add offensive line help. After releasing Chad Clifton, the Packers failed to add a realistic replacement in the draft.
Round 1: Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
Round 3: DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State; Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami, OH
Round 4: Ben Jones, C, Georgia; Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State; Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Round 5: Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
Round 6: Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue
The decision to roll the dice on one-year-wonder Whitney Mercilus makes little sense to me, and not because of his inconsistencies as a pass-rusher. Houston was able to play defense at a high level without Mario Williams. To use a first-round pick on a high-risk talent is questionable.
With a lot of quality receivers and offensive linemen still on the board, Houston passed on a chance to solve one of its biggest needs.
However, it did have some quality picks, particularly with Jared Crick and Ben Jones in the fourth round.
Round 1: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Round 2: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Round 3: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson; T.Y. Hilton, WR, FIU
Round 5: Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama; Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
Round 6: LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio
Round 7: Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia; Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt; Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois
Andrew Luck was a no-brainer, but I give the Colts credit for not overthinking the decision and taking the safe pick. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen will make for a dynamic duo to grow with Luck, but the Colts have too many needs to be making luxury picks on offensive toys.
The Josh Chapman pick was my favorite of the Colts' draft. Chapman is an ideal run-stuffer that will be a monster in the middle of the new-look Colts defense.
In any case, the Colts were able to add a lot of talent to a depleted roster to build around.
Round 1: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Round 2: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Round 3: Bryan Anger, P, Cal
Round 5: Brandon Marshall, OLB, Nevada
Round 6: Mike Harris, CB, FSU
Round 7: Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland
The Jags were able to get their man in Justin Blackmon, and they followed it up with a solid value pick in Andre Branch. They continued their draft by adding depth on the defensive with Marshall, Harris and Pendleton.
However, it is hard to give high marks to a team that drafts a punter in the third round.
Even if the Jaguars were a complete team (which they certainly are not) and were just missing a punter, I could not condone the pick. Jacksonville has too many needs to be spending valuable Day 2 picks on specialists.
Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Round 2: Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Round 3: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
Round 4: Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State
Round 5: DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama
Round 6: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
Round 7: Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State; Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan
Yes, there is a chance that Dontari Poe can be a heck of a player, but to take such a risky prospect while Fletcher Cox was still on the board may prove to be a massive error.
I also think they reached a bit on Jeff Allen in the second round. There were several more talented tackles still on the board at that point.
However, I love the DeQuan Menzie pick in Round 5. Menzie is the best slot corner in this class, which is a position that is becoming more increasingly important in today's pass-heavy NFL.
Round 1: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Round 2: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Round 3: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami; Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
Round 4: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Round 5: Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon
Round 6: B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State
Round 7: Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas; Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
The Tannehill pick will be debated all summer long, but there is no real telling to how his career will play out until we see him in NFL action.
Snagging Jonathan Martin in the second round will fill their glaring need at right tackle. Olivier Vernon is another intriguing player that will help their transition to a 4-3. Lamar Miller was too good of a player to pass up in the fourth round.
How this draft plays out will depend on the success of Tannehill, but the Dolphins did a solid job with their later picks nonetheless.
Round 1: Matt Kalil, OT, USC; Harrison Smith, FS, Notre Dame
Round 3: Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
Round 4: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas; Rhett Ellison, TE, USC; Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
Round 5: Robert Blanton, S, Notre Dame
Round 6: Blair Walsh, K, Georgia
Round 7: Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State; Trevor Guyton, DE, California
It is tough to argue with the Kalil selection; he is the best tackle in the draft, and Minnesota needed one in the worst way. Minnesota may have reached a bit for Harrison Smith, but it was so desperate for a safety that it did not have much of a choice.
The Vikings' third- and fourth-round picks were very solid. Robinson has first-round potential at corner. Adding the two Arkansas receivers gives them a ton of depth at receiver.
New England Patriots
Round 1: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse; Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Round 2: Tavon Wilson, FS, Illinois
Round 3: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
Round 6: Nate Ebner, CB, Ohio State
Round 7: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska; Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern
This was the most un-Belichick-like draft in recent Patriots history. For one, they moved up twice in the first round. Second, they actually addressed their pass rush with Jones and Hightower.
The rest of the draft is rather ordinary, but Alfonzo Dennard in the seventh will catch the attention of draftniks. Dennard was once considered to be a possible first-round pick, but off-field issues and a poor Senior Bowl caused him to slip. He could be a potential steal.
New Orleans Saints
Round 3: Akiem Hicks, DE, Regina, Canada
Round 4: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Round 5: Corey White, SS, Samford
Round 6: Andrew Tiller, OG, Syracuse
Round 7: Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska
The Saints' options were limited because of the Bountygate punishments, but they had a solid draft, given the cards they were dealt.
Akiem Hicks is very raw but has rare explosiveness coming out of Canada. Nick Toon is one of the more underrated receiving prospects in the draft.
This was far from a monumental draft for the Saints, but they added some guys who could really help them down the road.
New York Giants
Round 1: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Round 2: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
Round 3: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Round 4: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati; Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
Round 6: Matt McCants, OT, UAB
Round 7: Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State
There are a lot of varying opinions on David Wilson as an NFL runner, but he has too much talent to ignore as a potential star.
Adding Rueben Randle with the last pick in the second round may have been the steal of the draft. Jayron Hosley is a quality zone corner with good instincts, but there are some character concerns after failing a drug test at the combine.
The champs were able to add a few impact players, particularly in the first three rounds, despite their low draft position.
New York Jets
Round 1: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Round 2: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Round 3: Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State
Round 6: Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest; Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor; Robert Griffin, OG, Baylor
Round 7: Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina; Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
The Jets sure surprised many by selecting Quinton Coples while Melvin Ingram was still on the board, but there is no denying his potential as an interior pass-rusher.
The move up for Stephen Hill also makes a ton of sense in the second round, giving the Jets a deep threat.
Meanwhile, Demario Davis is a very underrated linebacker who fits the Jets' new trend of trying to get faster and more athletic at linebacker. Adding Antonio Allen in the seventh round was a steal, and also helped fill a need.
Round 3: Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah
Round 4: Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego State
Round 5: Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State; Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Round 6: Christo Bilukidi, DT, Georgia State
Round 7: Nathan Stupar, OLB, Penn State
The Raiders had very little to work with after using all of their picks on quarterbacks over the past 10 months. They did take a step further in changing the off-the-wall way in which the Raiders are known for drafting.
Rather than taking speedsters and athletic specimens, new general manager Reggie McKenzie targets hard-working, solid players like Tony Bergstrom and Jack Crawford, both of whom could be potential starters.
It is hard to argue with the Raiders' strategy of changing the culture with solid, smart picks.
Round 1: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Round 2: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California; Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Round 3: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Round 4: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Round 5: Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue
Round 6: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa); Brandon Washington, OG, Miami, FL
Round 7: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State
The Eagles had to be jumping out of their skin to trade up for Fletcher Cox after the Chiefs passed on him in favor of Dontari Poe. Adding him to the mix will give the Eagles one scary pass-rushing defensive line.
Mychal Kendricks is an excellent pick to fill a need at linebacker. Vinny Curry will help their run defense and add depth to the defensive line.
Nick Foles will resume the role of Kevin Kolb as Andy Reid's newest pet to turn into a starter. Brandon Boykin has a ton of upside and provides great value in the fourth round.
The Eagles were not the "Dream Team" this past offseason, but this was about as close to a "Dream Draft" as they could have asked for.
Round 1: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Round 2: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Round 3: Sean Spence, LB, Miami, FL
Round 4: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Round 5: Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
Round 7: Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado; David Paulson, TE, Oregon; Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M; Kelvin Beachum, OT, SMU
If the Steelers wanted to get better up front on both sides of the ball, they could have not asked for a better player to fall to them in Round 1. DeCastro will be the Alan Faneca of this decade.
Mike Adams certainly has his share of concerns after failing a drug test at the combine, but the kid can pass protect. He is worth the risk in Round 2.
I also love the move up to get Alameda Ta'amu to groom as an eventual replacement for Casey Hampton.
The Steelers certainly got a bit lucky in the first, but give them credit for letting the draft come to them and getting players at the positions in which they needed help.
San Diego Chargers
Round 1: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Round 2: Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn
Round 3: Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU
Round 4: Ladarius Green, TE, La.-Lafayette
Round 5: Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State
Round 7: David Molk, C, Michigan; Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State
The Chargers had to be thrilled to see the Jets pass on Melvin Ingram, allowing him to fall all the way to the Chargers. They followed up with a quality pick on Kendall Reyes, who may be able to play the 5-technique or nose tackle.
They were then able to get a potential starting safety in Brandon Taylor, putting a lot of their defensive needs at ease.
However, the biggest issue I have with the Chargers' draft is that they failed to address the offensive line until Round 5 with Johnnie Troutman.
San Francisco 49ers
Round 1: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Round 2: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Round 4: Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest
Round 5: Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame
Round 6: Trent Robinson, S, Michigan State; Jason Slowey, C, Western Oregon
Round 7: Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
The 49ers made a bold move in the first round with the selection of Jenkins, who, despite being a solid prospect, was a big reach in the first round. Not only was it a reach, but there were a lot of quality receivers still on the board.
I do, however, like the pick of LaMichael James in the second round as a complement to Frank Gore. Adding Cam Johnson in the seventh was a steal.
The 49ers made some good picks later in the draft, but they dropped the ball in the first round.
Round 1: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia
Round 2: Bobby Wagner, ILB, Utah State
Round 3: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Round 4: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State; Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Round 5: Korey Toomer, ILB, Idaho
Round 6: Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State; Winston Guy, DB, Kentucky
Round 7: J.R. Sweezy, DE, North Carolina State; Greg Scruggs, DE, Louisville
The Seahawks made Bruce Irvin this year's version of Tyson Alualu, taking a second-round prospect in the top third of the first round. They would not have made the pick if they didn't love the kid, but they had better hope that he winds up being a more complete player in the pros if they want a full return on their investment.
By adding Russell Wilson, Seattle has all but confirmed that it is making every effort to acquire as many "he might be good someday" quarterbacks as possible this offseason.
Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin were nice picks, but this was a head-scratching draft to say the least.
St. Louis Rams
Round 1: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Round 2: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State; Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama; Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Round 3: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
Round 4: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
Round 5: Rokevious Watkins, OT, South Carolina
Round 6: Greg Zuerlein, K, Mo. Western
Round 7: Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii; Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian
The Rams seemed to settle on Brockers after trading back so many times. They were interested in Blackmon, but Jacksonville wanted him a little more than St. Louis did.
Taking Brian Quick 33rd overall was a bit early, but the kid has a lot of upside. Janoris Jenkins, with some close supervision, could be the steal of the draft. Isaiah Pead will be a good back to spell Steven Jackson.
Trumaine Jackson is an under-the-radar player who could surprise a lot of people in the NFL.
After a disappointing Day 1, the Rams bounced back with a monster Day 2 and a solid Day 3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 1: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama; Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Round 2: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Round 5: Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia
Round 6: Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
Round 7: Michael Smith, RB, Utah State; Drake Dunsmore, TE, Northwestern
Barron went a bit earlier than I thought he would go, but he is a perfect player and leader for a young Bucs team that has lacked direction.
Doug Martin is a perfect fit in Greg Schiano's style of football as a smart and physical runner who is excellent in pass protection, a rarity for an NFL rookie.
They continued the trend of selecting physical, hard-nosed football players with Lavonte David, who is unafraid to throw his body into contact to blow up plays.
The Bucs clearly had a plan of attack coming into the draft, and it showed with the kind of players they drafted.
Round 1: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Round 2: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Round 3: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Round 4: Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson
Round 5: Taylor Thompson, DE/TE, SMU
Round 6: Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
Round 7: Scott Solomon, DE, Rice
The Titans had more pressing needs than receiver, but adding Kendall Wright gives the Titans a receiver pairing that could eventually rank among the best in football.
I am not a fan of Zach Brown, but he has a lot of upside that makes sense in the second round.
I love the Mike Martin pick in the third. Martin is one of the strongest guys in the draft who will bring leadership and an attitude to a defense that needs some personality.
Coty Sensabaugh was a name on the rise before the draft, and being able to add him in the fourth is solid value as a potential starter.
Round 1: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Round 3: Josh LeRibeus, OG, SMU
Round 4: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State; Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
Round 5: Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa
Round 6: Alfred Morris, RB, FAU; Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
Round 7: Richard Crawford, CB, SMU; Jordan Bernstine, CB, Iowa
Make no mistake about it: The success of this draft will hinge on the success of RGIII. But beyond finally getting their hands on a future star at the quarterback position, the Redskins did little to impress.
The most confusing pick was Kirk Cousins in the third round.
I understand the logic of trying to develop him into a starter and getting draft picks in return, and that strategy can work (see Kevin Kolb). I just would not do it in the same draft in which I picked my new face of the franchise. The last thing the Redskins need is ESPN to start drumming up a nonexistent quarterback controversy.
Looking beyond the two quarterbacks, the 'Skins were at least able to give their offensive line some much-needed help. I also expect Keenan Robinson to surprise a lot of people.