2012 NFL Draft Live Blog (Day 1)

Here we go.

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Let the Luck Era begin.

2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

No surprises so far…

3. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

I’m still waiting for a big surprise to happen.

4. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Again, not a surprise.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

This trade and pick screwed the Rams, and on a selfish note, I do not like the idea of having Blackmon in the AFC South.

6. Dallas Cowboys – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Well Claiborne was certainly the highest rated player on the board, but I’m surprised the Cowboys were willing to trade up for him.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mark Barron, S, Alabama

I think this is too high for Barron, but he certainly has the potential to be an impact player in the NFL.

8. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Everyone knew this was who the Dolphins had in their sights.

9.  Carolina Panthers – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

This is a solid pick. It’s a very safe pick, and is about where I expected Kuechly to be picked.

10. Buffalo Bills – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

The third DB taken in the top ten. That rarely happens. It’s a solid pick though, the Bills are building a solid defense.

11. Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

This is a risky pick. Huge upside. Huge downside.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

As soon as the Eagles traded up, I knew this was going to be their pick.

13.  Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Wow. The Rams get screwed out of a wide receiver again. This is a good pick for the Cardinals though.

14. St. Louis Rams – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

This is as about as good of a pick as you could expect from the Rams with how this draft has shaken out.

15. Seattle Seahawks – Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia

This is a HUGE reach. This is definitely the worst pick of the draft so far.

16. New York Jets – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

This is a decent pick. If he applies himself, he has the upside to be a very good player.

17.  Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Another defensive back taken. All of them have been from the SEC. It will be interesting to see how Kirkpatrick pans out for the Bengals.

18. San Diego Chargers – Melvin Ingram, LB/DE, South Carolina

This is a solid pick for the Chargers. I’m intrigued to see how Ingram will pan out as a 3-4 linebacker. He was phenomenal as a DE for South Carolina and I’m sure he’ll be good in the NFL as well.

19. Chicago Bears – Shea McClellin, DE/LB, Boise State

This pick surprises me. It’s not necessarily a bad pick, but considering all of the other players that are still available, it’s just surprising.

20. Tennessee Titans – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

This is a shocking pick. Wright is certainly a good player, but they had a lot of other needs. They could have picked several other players that were higher value and at a greater position of need.

21. New England Patriots – Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

This is a HUGE reach, especially considering they traded up for him. Maybe when they interviewed him he said he didn’t have a problem with cheating to win…

22. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State

WOW! This draft has been awful for the Browns, and it hasn’t been from bad luck or anything. They have just made TERRIBLE decisions so far.

23. Detroit Lions – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

This is a phenomenal pick. Easily one of the best picks of the draft so far.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Another phenomenal pick. Both the Lions and Steelers are sitting hear elated at the players that have fallen into their laps.

25. New England Patriots – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

The Patriots make a solid pick here. I assume they felt the need to jump in front of the Packers and Ravens to get him.

26. Houston Texans – Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois

This is a good pick, but I’m surprised they took him with Courtney Upshaw still on the board.

27. Cincinnati Bengals – Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

I’m shocked by this pick. I thought they’d take a guard, but I thought it would be Cordy Glenn, not Zeitler.

28. Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry, LB/DE, USC

Courtney Upshaw is STILL on the board. I’m shocked. I really thought the Packers would take Upshaw and team him up with Clay Matthews, but I guess they were high on Nick Perry.

29. Minnesota Vikings – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

This wasn’t what I expected when they traded up, but it’s certainly not a bad pick. Smith is a good player, and should help their defensive secondary.

30. San Francisco 49ers – A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

This surprises me on a lot of levels. I thought Stephen Hill would be the pick IF they took a wide receiver. Either way, it’s not Coby Fleener so I’m happy.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

This is shocking, especially considering they traded up for it. They could have taken David Wilson instead, but Martin is a pretty big reach.

32. New York Giants – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

A very smart pick for the Giants, replacing Brandon Jacobs. This is also great news for the Colts because it means unless the Rams unexpectedly pick Coby Fleener, the Colts will get him.

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