2012 NFL Draft Grades: Ranking Teams That Failed on Draft Day

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2012

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 24:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks yells at the referee during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 NFL draft over and done, it’s time to look back on the teams that failed on draft day and give them a grade.

Certain teams had amazing afternoons, but others teams (I’m looking at you Seattle) completely missed on the concept of trying to improve.

All of the following squads screwed up, but it’s very clear that certain teams have major internal issues. I’m sorry to the fans of all the following teams for the poor drafting.

No. 1: Seattle Seahawks

After one of the worst picks in the first round I can ever remember, the Seattle Seahawks didn't draft any positions of need or draft for the future.

Pete Carroll is proving why he didn’t make it in the NFL the first time. Not only was Bruce Irvin a reach at No. 15, the Seahawks proved they were oblivious to their madness by celebrating their selection.

As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.

Grade: F

No. 2: Miami Dolphins

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #8 overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York C
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After missing out on free agents Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn and just being good enough to miss out on the elite talent in the draft, the Miami Dolphins proved their football inadequacies run much deeper.

While the pick of Ryan Tannehill is understandable, that doesn’t justify taking a second-round talent at No. 8. The Dolphins must go back to the drawing board with this franchise and rebuild from the top down.

As good as picking Lamar Miller in the fourth round was in terms of value, it was at a position they actually have depth at. Overall, this was a very poor draft for the Dolphins.

Grade: D+

No. 3: Chicago Bears

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Shea McClellin (R) of Boise State holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #19 overall by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City
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After going with Boise State outside linebacker Shea McClellin to play a position he isn’t built for, the Chicago Bears decided that they wanted to further draft players that didn’t exactly fit their schemes.

As good as Alshon Jeffery is, the wide receiver’s off-field questions may not be what you want to pair with Brandon Marshall after the years of drama associated with him. The hope is that the offense can get both men on the same page and playing well.

With the selection of Brandon Hardin in the third round, the Bears officially jumped the shark and had a bad draft. While each may turn into solid players, they reached on players that didn’t fit what the team was trying to do.

Grade: C-

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