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2012 NFL Draft - Round 1



1. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford

Height: 6'4 | Weight: 235 | Born: September 12, 1989 (age 22)


After months of knowing he would be the next quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, Luck finally heard his named called on Thursday night. Luck won't have the weapons that Peyton Manning had when he started his career in Indy, but the Stanford product is as prepared as any passer has been to step behind centre at the next level. Once his coursework is complete in June, he will officially join the Colts.


2. Washington Redskins (via Rams)

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor

Height: 6'2 | Weight: 231 | Born: February 12, 1990 (age 21)


The Redskins had their sights locked onto Griffin and they didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a deal that would put them in position to select him. Now Griffin becomes the instant starter for a Redskins team that has lacked solid quarterback play for some time. Griffin has the ability to make plays through the air and on the ground and he will do it from Day One in Washington.


3. Cleveland Browns (via Vikings)

Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama

Height: 5'9 | Weight: 228 | Born: July 10, 1990 (age 21)


The Browns fell in love with Richardson, so much so that they decided to move up one pick and guarantee that they could make him their new franchise running back. With an offence that struggled in 2011, Cleveland will now hand the ball to Richardson, who provides a spark and can help pound out the difficult yards in the AFC North against tough defences like the Ravens and Steelers.


4. Minnesota Vikings (via Browns)

Matt Kalil

Matt Kalil - OT - USC

Height: 6'7 | Weight: 306 | Born: July 6, 1989 (age 22)


The Vikings were able to move down and still get the player they desired from the start. Minnesota selects the best offensive tackle in the draft, in hopes of keeping their young quarterback Christian Ponder clean in the pocket. With a combination of hardwork and a willingness to improve at his craft, Kalil is on pace to become a premier player at the next level.


5. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Buccaneers)

Justin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma State

Height: 6'1 | Weight: 211 | Born: January 9, 1990 (age 21)


The Jaguars may have signed Laurent Robinson and Lee Evans to their receiving corps, but they still needed a top target for last year's first round pick Blaine Gabbert. Blackmon was an elite playmaker in college and can make serious plays downfield for the Jaguars. With Maurice Jones-Drew in their backfield, the Jaguars offence is starting to take shape.


6. Dallas Cowboys (via Rams, Redskins)

Morris Claiborne

Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU

Height: 5'11 | Weight: 188 | Born: February 7, 1990 (age 21)


The Cowboys give up a second round pick to move up and add the draft's best cornerback. Claiborne is a significant upgrade to Dallas' secondary, which has been one of the weakest areas of their team the last few seasons. Claiborne will pair with free agent addition Brandon Carr to give the Cowboys a new-look secondary and a much-improved coverage duo.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Jaguars)

Mark Barron

Mark Barron - S - Alabama

Height: 6'1 | Weight: 213 | Born: October 27, 1989 (age 22)


The Buccaneers moved down, but still selected one of the safest picks in the first round this year. Barron was a vital part of the Crimson Tide's defence, and showed that he has the skills to become a Pro Bowl safety in the NFL. He will contribute right away and he will help defend against the passing attacks of the Saints, Falcons and now Panthers, all in their division.


8. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M

Height: 6'4 | Weight: 221 | Born: July 27, 1988 (age 23)


The Dolphins take the quarterback of their future, but not their present. Tannehill doesn't have the talent of Luck or Griffin, but he will have time to develop under his former college head coach and current offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Tannehill is a natural leader and will give Dolphins fans hope, as long as Miami gives him time to grow as a pro player.


9. Carolina Panthers

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly - ILB - Boston College

Height: 6'3 | Weight: 242 | Born: April 20, 1991 (age 20)


The Panthers get a three-down linebacker that can become the leader of their defence. With Thomas Davis and Jon Beason coming off injuries, the Boston College ballhawk will give Carolina another option in their linebacking corps and a set of fresh legs who can provide consistent tackling. It's rare to see a middle linebacker go off the board so high, but Kuechly is a rare talent.


10. Buffalo Bills

Stephon Gilmore

Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina

Height: 6'1 | Weight: 193 | Born: September 19, 1990 (age 21)


The Bills continue to add pieces to their defence. After signing Mario Williams and Mark Anderson on their defensive line, Buffalo gets a cornerback who can help improve their coverage outside. Some scouts believed that Gilmore was even more talented than Claiborne in this year's cornerback crop. The Bills defence should be much better under new coordinator Dave Wannstedt.


11. Kansas City Chiefs

Dontari Poe

Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis

Height: 6'3 | Weight: 346 | Born: August 18, 1990 (age 21)


Poe used a brilliant combine to move his name into the upper half of the first round. While some scouts questioned his game tape, the Chiefs were convinced that he can become an impact player in the middle of their defensive line. Poe is still a raw athlete, who has the ability to develop into a disruptive force in opposing teams' backfields and can stay on the field as a pass rusher for third downs.


12. Philadelphia Eagles (via Seahawks)

Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi State

Height: 6'4 | Weight: 298 | Born: December 13, 1990 (age 21)


The Eagles give the Seahawks a fourth round pick to move up three spots and select the high motor defensive tackle Cox. The Eagles, who are known for selecting lineman in the first round, get one of the most coveted defensive tackles coming out of the college ranks. Cox can provide penetration along with an ability to stop the run and can line up anywhere on the Eagles' line.


13. Arizona Cardinals

Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame

Height: 6'3 | Weight: 229 | Born: November 27, 1989 (age 22)


Larry Fitzgerald made a push for the Cardinals to select Floyd, who can be a nice compliment to him in the passing game. Floyd will help draw coverage and give Arizona's offence another pair of hands. The Notre Dame pass catcher is also a strong blocker downfield, which will be useful in the Cardinals run-heavy attack. Floyd can also provide another red-zone target through the air.


14. St. Louis Rams (via Cowboys)

Michael Brockers

Michael Brockers - DT - LSU

Height: 6'5 | Weight: 322 | Born: December 21, 1990 (age 21)


Brockers is a big defensive lineman that is strong at the point of attack, but will need to improve his pass rushing if he is going to provide consistent pressure. Brockers has the potential to develop into one of the best players to come out of this year's crop of lineman and will join Chris Long to give the Rams a young line that can grow together. Jeff Fisher's imprint is being made in St. Louis.


15. Seattle Seahawks (via Eagles)

Bruce Irvin

Bruce Irvin - DE/OLB - West Virginia

Height: 6'3 | Weight: 245 | Born: January 11, 1990 (age 22)


The Seahawks go off the board slightly as they select Irvin as the first pass rusher in the first round. Irvin is a risky pick, who is more of a situational pass rusher than a full-time player. With Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram still on the board, the Seahawks may be criticized for this pick, but if he can produce like Aldon Smith did for the 49ers, then Pete Carroll will be vindicated.


16. New York Jets

Quinton Coples

Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina

Height: 6'6 | Weight: 284 | Born: June 22, 1990 (age 21)


Coples is an extremely skilled pash rusher with a questionable work ethic. That didn't scare the Jets, who are happy to have Coples fall to them at the 16th pick. The North Carolina defensive end was a star two years ago, but failed to take the next step last season. Coples is able to play every position across the line and be dangerous doing so. The Jets will give him every opportunity to succeed.


17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Raiders)

Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama

Height: 6'2 | Weight: 185 | Born: October 26, 1989 (age 22)


In the off-season, the Bengals signed veteran cornerbacks Jason Allen, Terrence Newman, and they brought back Adam Jones, but Kirkpatrick will finally give them a true talent to pair with Leon Hall. Kirkpatrick is long and physical and has the height to match up with any receiver, a valuable asset to defend jump balls in the end zone. Kirkpatrick also comes from a winning program in Alabama.

18. San Diego Chargers

Melvin Ingram

Melvin Ingram - DE - South Carolina

Height: 6'1 | Weight: 264 | Born: April 26, 1989 (age 22)


The Chargers were desperate to upgrade their pass rush after only one player on their club registered more than four sacks on the season last year. Ingram will be an outside linebacker who can also put his hand on the ground and get after the quarterback. Ingram slimmed down to show teams he is willing play linebacker and the Chargers will use him all over the field as the new weapon on their defence.


19. Chicago Bears

Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin - OLB - Boise State

Height: 6'3 | Weight: 260 | Born: August 1, 1989 (age 22)


Despite being a 4-3 team, the Bears don't think twice about taking McClellin out of Boise State. McClellin is a versatile defender, who can bring pressure on the opposite side from defensive end Julius Peppers. The Bears defence is one of the best units in the league, but McClellin will help them get after divisional quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford and Christian Ponder.


20. Tennessee Titans

Kendall Wright

Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor

Height: 5'10 | Weight: 194 | Born: November 12, 1989 (age 22)


With wide receiver Kenny Britt coming off injury and young quarterback Jake Locker preparing to take over the offence in the next season or so, the Titans boost their speed and playmaking ability with Wright. Robert Griffin III and Wright made big plays for Baylor, where Wright showed he is willing to go deep or take his chances over the middle. He is also a threat to score from anywhere.


21. New England Patriots (via Bengals)

Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse

Height: 6'5 | Weight: 265 | Born: February 27, 1990 (age 22)


The brother of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Chandler Jones was a star on the defensive line at Syracuse and is a pure pass rusher that will bring a new element to New England's defensive front. Jones might be the best pure pass rusher in the draft, something that was a major hole in the Patriots defensive attack last season. Great value at this point in the draft and New England realized it.


22. Cleveland Browns (via Falcons)

Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma State

Height: 6'4 | Weight: 220 | Born: October 14, 1983 (age 28)


After securing their new franchise running back earlier in the round, the Browns find a quarterback to compete with Colt McCoy. Weeden is a much older prospect, but he has the intangibles to lead a pro offence. The Browns offence needed a shot in the arm and with Richardson and Weeden they might be part of the way there. Their focus will now have to turn to their receivers, where they lack playmakers.


23. Detroit Lions

Riley Reiff

Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa

Height: 6'6 | Weight: 313 | Born: December 1, 1988 (age 22)


Reiff tumbled down the draft, but found a good home in Detroit. The Lions have been in search of a tackle to protect Matt Stafford for a long time now, and Reiff represents the ideal match of value and need. Reiff is a pro-ready prospect and can contribute on the line as soon as he arrives in Detroit. Imagine the Lions offence if Stafford has more time in the pocket to find Calvin Johnson downfield.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers

David DeCastro

David DeCastro - OG - Stanford

Height: 6'5 | Weight: 316 | Born: January 11, 1990 (age 21)


The Steelers may have taken Maurkice Pouncey in recent years, but they aren't done restocking the shelves on their offensive line. Ben Roethlisberger has spent plenty of time on the run and absorbed a lot of punishment in the process. With the top two tackles off the board, they turn to DeCastro, who has the complete package to become one of the top lineman in the NFL and a perennial Pro Bowler.


25. New England Patriots (via Broncos)

Dont'a Hightower

Dont'a Hightower - ILB - Alabama

Height: 6'2 | Weight: 265 | Born: March 12, 1990 (age 22)


The Patriots trade up for the second time in the first round to select another defender. Hightower is a defensive captain and leader of one of the most feared defences in NCAA history. His tough-minded style will help give the Patriots a new identity on that side of the ball. Hightower is big for a middle linebacker, and has the ability to shed blockers with ease.


26. Houston Texans

Whitney Mercilus

Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois

Height: 6'4 | Weight: 261 | Born: July 21, 1990 (age 21)


The Texans chose to add to one of the league's top ranked defensive units by selecting Mercilus. The Illinois defensive end is a pass rusher first and run defender second. Mercilus lacks experience but plays with passion and will help replace Mario Williams on the Texans defensive line. Wade Phillips will be salivating when he sits down to draw up his defensive schemes for next season.


27. Cincinnati Bengals (via Patriots, Saints)

Kevin Zeitler

Kevin Zeitler - OG - Wisconsin

Height: 6'4 | Weight: 315 | Born: March 8, 1990 (age 22)


With their second pick of the night, the Bengals turn their attention to offence and lock up an offensive guard who can help solidify their interior line in front of Andy Dalton. Zeitler will also improve the Bengals run blocking in front of newly acquired BenJarvus Green-Ellis and his likely backup Bernard Scott. The Bengals offence is quickly becoming one of the best young groups in the NFL.


28. Green Bay Packers

Nick Perry

Nick Perry - DE/OLB - USC

Height: 6'3 | Weight: 271 | Born: April 12, 1990 (age 21)


The Packers didn't like the amount of attention that Clay Matthews received from blockers last season. In an effort to remedy that Green Bay took Perry, who will line up on the opposite side and attempt to bring the same type of pressure. Perry will likely need to lose some weight if he is going to make a serious impact in his rookie season, but he could deliver in Green Bay's stacked front seven.


29. Minnesota Vikings (via Ravens)

Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame

Height: 6'2 | Weight: 213 | Born: February 2, 1989 (age 23)


The Vikings make their way back into the first round with a trade. In Smith they add a possible starting safety, who can also contribute on special teams in the upcoming season. The Vikings chose not to address their secondary at the top of the draft, but used a second and fifth round pick to sneak up and get a athletic safety that can lead their secondary and move into the box to help in run defence.


30. San Francisco 49ers

A.J. Jenkins

A.J. Jenkins - WR - Illinois

Height: 6'0 | Weight: 190 | Born: September 30, 1989 (age 22)


The 49ers must feel like they need help at wide receiver. After signing Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, San Francisco uses their only first round pick on another pass catcher. Jenkins had a great statistical season in his final year at Illinois and the 49ers noticed. Jenkins still has some work to do if he is going to become a regular contributor on John Harbaugh's offence.


31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Broncos, Patriots)

Doug Martin

Doug Martin - RB - Boise State

Height: 5'9 | Weight: 223 | Born: January 13, 1989 (age 23)


New head coach Greg Schiano loves to run the ball and will now have a two-headed attack in his backfield with Legarrette Blount and their second first round of 2012, Doug Martin. The Boise State tailback is a complete player, who can pass protect and is a natural receiver out of the backfield. With the big name free agent additions, the Buccaneers offence should be much more competitive this season.


32. New York Giants

David Wilson

David Wilson - RB - Virginia Tech

Height: 5'10 | Weight: 206 | Born: June 15, 1991


Brandon Jacobs left via free agency, leaving Ahmad Bradshaw as the lone ball carrier in the Giants offence. When you're the defending champion, you have the luxury of adding depth to your roster and that's exactly what the Giants do with Wilson. The Virginia Tech rusher excels with the ball in his hands in space and is also an effective receiver, much like Bradshaw.




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