NFL Draft Grades 2012: 7 Teams That Failed Their Fans
The 2012 NFL draft had fans going crazy with teams making wild moves during a long, seven rounds.
Trades dominated the first round, and some big names never got called at the draft. These moves could make or break teams' futures.
These teams failed their fans with a few head-scratching picks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected punter, Bryan Anger in the third round of the draft. Yes...a punter!
There is an unwritten rule in the NFL draft that states you do not draft kickers or punters until the sixth or seventh round.
The Jaguars completely broke this rule by selecting Anger in the third round. He may be the best punter in the draft, but there is no way the Jaguars couldn't have picked a better prospect.
Not only did Jacksonville get a punter in the third round, the team did not address a weak secondary well enough. Jacksonville selected safety Mike Harris in the sixth round and could have picked a much better player earlier.
Justin Blackmon and Andre Branch will start right away, but overall this was a poor draft.
Draft Grade: D+
The Seattle Seahawks shocked the world by selecting defensive end, Bruce Irvin, with their first round pick.
Irvin was selected was the no. 15 overall pick, and was a huge reach by Seattle. Almost nobody had Irvin going in the first round.
Character issues were a big question when it came to Irvin, but Seattle loved his pass rushing ability. There were much higher pass rushers on the board and this pick just made no sense.
Seattle's draft was full of reaches. Not only was Irvin a reach, but so were Bobby Wager and Russell Wilson - their next two picks.
Draft Grade: C-
The Oakland Raiders did not make a selection until the no. 95 pick in the draft, so the team had to make a splash with limited picks, to make their fans happy.
Oakland's first pick was Tony Bergstrom out of Utah. Not much of a splash.
Bergstrom isn't a terrible pick, but not the big pick the fans were looking for. The Raiders need help up front, and Bergstrom may one day work as a guard.
Oakland's best pick was receiver, Juron Criner. Criner was productive at Arizona and could help as a no. 2 or 3 receiver down the line. Tight end would have been a nice pick for Oakland, but the team missed out on the position.
Draft Grade: C
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints were another team that drafted late, due to a trade last year and punishment of the bounty scandal.
New Orleans had their first selection with the no. 90 overall pick, and selected Akiem Hicks. Hicks is a defensive tackle, that once was set to play at LSU, but ended up in Canada.
With all the negative press in the offseason, the Saints needed a great draft. The overall draft wasn't terrible, but not as good as they needed.
Receiver Nick Toon, may end up being a late round steal. New Orleans grabbed Toon in the fourth round and was very productive at Wisconsin. Toon may replace Robert Meachem.
Draft Grade: C
The Tennessee Titans selected Kendall Wright in the first round to go along with Kenny Britt and give Jake Locker another weapon.
Wright is a solid pick, but not a steal at all. Tennessee probably could have picked a solid receiver in the second round.
What Tennessee really needed was a cornerback. After losing Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee badly needed a corner out of the draft.
Tennessee selected cornerback Coty Sensabaugh in the fourth round, but the Titans could have picked a much better corner earlier in the draft.
Draft Grade: C+
The Chicago Bears improved their defense by selecting Shea McClellin in the first round.
McClellin should improve Chicago's defense, but if they were looking for a better pass rush, McClellin wasn't the best option. Whitney Mercilus was still on the board and may be a better pure pass rusher than McClellin.
Fans may not be too disappointed with the McClellin pick, but they will be disappointed when Jay Cutler keeps getting sacked. Chicago had to bulk up their line, and they added no offensive line help.
Cutler is the key to the Bears season, and he will like the Alshon Jeffery pick, but he will hate being on the ground all the time again.
Draft Grade: B-
St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams do not make this list for having a terrible draft at all.
St. Louis makes this list, because at one time, the team owned the No. 2 pick in the draft. St. Louis ended up picking No. 14 overall and drafted Michael Brockers. He will help a weak defensive line, but it's not the type of player St. Louis could have had in the fans' eyes.
The Rams racked up second-round picks and had a solid second round. Sam Bradford has a new weapon in Brian Quick, Cortland Finnegan will pair up with Janoris Jenkins, and Isaiah Pead is a nice complement to Steven Jackson.
The fans of the Rams shouldn't be upset with their overall draft, but it has to be frustrating that this team once had the No. 2 pick in the draft.
Draft Grade: B-