2012 NFL Draft Overview (Round 1)

2012 NFL Draft: The Best and Worst Picks of Round 1

4/27/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Favorite Picks (cont.)

Michael Floyd - Arizona 13th: The Cardinals needed to find a way to give Larry Fitzgerald some breathing room in the secondary. They also needed to find a weapon for the (predictably) struggling Kevin Kolb. Well, they killed two birds with one stone with this pick. Michael Floyd is very similar to Justin Blackmon: big and physical with good hands and a great ability to grab jump balls. Floyd has the mentality of a bust, but playing opposite Fitz will be the best thing to happen to his career. Fitz will keep him in check and teach him all the right ways to prepare for the season. The Cardinals passing game now has a nice dual threat.
 
Brandon Weeden - Cleveland 22nd: I love his potential to just jump in and get things going with the Browns. Some say Blackmon made Weeden look good, but a receiver doesn't catch 121 balls with a mediocre quarterback throwing him the ball. Weeden has been through a lot, has experience being a full time athlete (second round pick of the Yankees), and has flourished on big college football stages. His age doesn't scare me, because his NFL age (playing 16 games a year taking hits from the world's greatest physical specimens) is zero. I think he can step in and turn a talented Greg Little into a consistent receiver. Pair those two with a running game featuring Trent Richardson and the Browns are no longer a laughing stock.

 
Least Favorite Picks
 
Ryan Tannehill - Miami 8th: Decent but not great numbers, struggled in big games. These guys who come on the scene late because of their athleticism and personality make me nervous. I think Tannehill has a chance to be a very good NFL quarterback, but I'd say it's unlikely he reaches that potential. I just don't believe the 8th overall pick should be invested in such a risky player. In addition, many experts are expecting him to take a few years to develop. Well, that would mean when he is "developed" he'd be about the same age as Weeden is now, and Weeden is ready to play in the NFL... now. High risk, decent reward, bad pick at 8.
 
Stephon Gilmore - Buffalo 10th: I'm not knocking this guy. Honestly, I don't know much about him. The reason I don't like this pick is because it doesn't fill a need. This defense has absolute studs (M. Williams, K. Williams, M. Dareus) on the defensive line. It has a solid secondary. If the Bills want to address defense, draft a linebacker. Finding a great linebacker could propel this defense to greatness, but drafting another defensive back leaves them with the same weakness they had last year.
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4/30/12   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

derms33 wrote:
Worst pick of the draft.....3rd rd Cleveland Browns....John Hughes

 I see your John Hughes and raise you a: SS Brandon Hardin, DT/DE Derek Wolfe, P Bryan Anger, DT Jeris Pendleton, FS Tavon Wilson, note these are all players I like but all of them could have been had later with the possible exception on Hardin who'd been rising since his very impressive pro day.

4/30/12   |   scheld

Great analysis. Selecting running backs early rarely works out but if you pass on Richardson and he is the next Barry Sanders you'll be looking for another job.  There will be more second guessing if you pass on him than if you don't. It's not like there haven't been a lot of busts in the other position top picks over the years. Good job
                     George

4/28/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

Best Draft....Tampa BAY...FOLLOWED BY BENGALS...TB SIGNED FA ERIC PAGE AND CINCY SIGNED BERFICT...too add to their already potent draft...Kudos

4/28/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

Worst pick of the draft.....3rd rd Cleveland Browns....John Hughes

4/28/12   |   fes2mgs

i enjoyed reading the article and as a casual Sunday afternoon football fan,  it helped me understand what the teams look for when making their draft picks. The writer obviously is very knowledgeable and has a special flare for writing.

Marge

4/28/12   |   seatee

Ecellent anaysis. Reflects a deep understanding of NFL teams, weaknesses and strrengths, etc. Fine historical perspective

Charles

4/28/12   |   sisyphus1992   |   1185 respect

(Edited by sisyphus1992)

Rice, Foster, and McCoy did not start their first year Jones Drew didn't start his first 3 years and Turner didn't start his first 4 years. The Browns can not afford to wait on a running back, or any offensive player, to develop with Hardesty, Brandon Jackson, and Chris Ogbonnaya on the roster. Or hope to get lucky with a Terrell Davis type draft pick. They had to take the best available player.

I agree with you on the Weeden pick.

4/27/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I'm not a big fan of the two Browns picks. As far as Richardson goes, unless you think he is the next Barry Sanders, I never would advocate taking a running back that early. Think of some of the recent top-5 running backs: Reggie Bush, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Cedric Benson. All of them are disappointments. The fact is, you can get running backs anywhere.

Here is where the top five rushers last year in the NFL were drafted:
1. Maurice Jones-Drew: 2nd Round, 60th overall
2. Ray Rice: 2nd Round, 55th overall
3. Michael Turner: 5th Round, 154th overall
4. LeSean McCoy: 2nd Round, 53rd overall
5. Arian Foster: Undrafted

As far as Weeden goes: it might be a good pick if two half quarterbacks made one full quarterback. Between him and McCoy, that is a lot of mediocrity IMO. I don't think he is an answer--he was a good system QB. And he is almost 29. 

who would u have taken?  just curious? they have so many needs they can't take Blackmon, since his career is over with Gabbert at the helm, his was over with McCoy or Weeden, I liked Claiborne but since Cle had the 5th scoring defense last year he wasn't going to happen either...so who Kalil?  Browns have a lot of loot tied up in that line already...so I am ready...fire away

4/27/12   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

Browns start the draft off great...and end the day like morons...typical

4/27/12   |   rose132824   |   1 respect

Great article!

4/27/12   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I'm not a big fan of the two Browns picks. As far as Richardson goes, unless you think he is the next Barry Sanders, I never would advocate taking a running back that early. Think of some of the recent top-5 running backs: Reggie Bush, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Cedric Benson. All of them are disappointments. The fact is, you can get running backs anywhere.

Here is where the top five rushers last year in the NFL were drafted:
1. Maurice Jones-Drew: 2nd Round, 60th overall
2. Ray Rice: 2nd Round, 55th overall
3. Michael Turner: 5th Round, 154th overall
4. LeSean McCoy: 2nd Round, 53rd overall
5. Arian Foster: Undrafted

As far as Weeden goes: it might be a good pick if two half quarterbacks made one full quarterback. Between him and McCoy, that is a lot of mediocrity IMO. I don't think he is an answer--he was a good system QB. And he is almost 29. 

I agree that teams should sit on RB's to try and get guys like MJD, Rice, etc., but I like teams to jump on a talent like this. Just for the record, I was extremely critical of the Reggie Bush pick. I think Richardson has put together a college resume/highlight tape (as far as skills that can translate to the next level) that is far superior to any of the top backs in recent history (excluding Adrian Peterson).

I doubt Weeden will ever make a Pro Bowl, but I think he is a good quick fix as a leader who will make the pieces they have on the offense more efficient. As far as age, I think he'll be ready to go from the start and be able to play into his late 30's (due to never having taken the wear-and-tear of an NFL season), giving him close to 10 solid years on a run oriented team.

4/27/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'm not a big fan of the two Browns picks. As far as Richardson goes, unless you think he is the next Barry Sanders, I never would advocate taking a running back that early. Think of some of the recent top-5 running backs: Reggie Bush, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Cedric Benson. All of them are disappointments. The fact is, you can get running backs anywhere.

Here is where the top five rushers last year in the NFL were drafted:
1. Maurice Jones-Drew: 2nd Round, 60th overall
2. Ray Rice: 2nd Round, 55th overall
3. Michael Turner: 5th Round, 154th overall
4. LeSean McCoy: 2nd Round, 53rd overall
5. Arian Foster: Undrafted

As far as Weeden goes: it might be a good pick if two half quarterbacks made one full quarterback. Between him and McCoy, that is a lot of mediocrity IMO. I don't think he is an answer--he was a good system QB. And he is almost 29.