With the new CBA, the first round of the 2012 NFL draft turned into a ‘trade frenzy’ and was the quickest first round of all-time.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys finally made a splash that wasn’t just for show when they traded down to the number 6 pick and drafted corner Morris Claiborne.
New England Patriots: I may be biased when it comes to the Patriots, but I was sure that the Pats would trade one of their first rounders for future picks. I was proved wrong and they actually traded up twice to get DE Chandler Jones at 21 and LB Dont’a Hightower at 25.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags obviously want to give their young QB Blaine Gabbert every opportunity to succeed, which is why they drafted the number one overall WR, Justin Blackmon, with the number 5 pick.
Cleveland Browns: You will see many people put the Browns as winners, however they gave up three picks to move up one spot when they picked RB Trent Richardson at number 3. Also when they picked QB Brandon Weeden, at 22, many questioned this because they already had a serviceable QB with Colt McCoy. Look for the Browns to go for weapons (WRs & TE) in the second round.
New York Jets: I am personally not very familiar with Quentin Coples but after one draft expert after another saying that he does not alway give 100% effort that throws up an immediate red flag.
St. Louis Rams: Rams seemed like to be the early favorite for winners of the draft when they trade the number 2 pick to Washington for a gold mine. However the Rams continued to trade picks last night and have yet to fill the major holes in their team.
Kansas City Chiefs: Many called the Chiefs first pick, 11th overall, Dontari Poe the first bust of the draft. It is hard to disagree with the talking heads but you never want to speak negatively about a young kid but he only had one sack last year in a non-major conference.
Denver Broncos: They didn’t pick! Like the Rams they are stock piling for future picks but Peyton Manning is not getting any younger.
Many people are down on Seattle when they took DE Bruce Irvin at 15, but if they can get his off the field troubles straighten out he looks to be a stud. I am not too down on this pick because of Pete Carroll’s background with motivating young players.
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