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2012 NFL Draft-Team Rankings

by DraftSite on Apr. 29, 2012

Instead of grades, we decided to rank each team's draft based entirely on a calculation that totaled the difference in ranking between the actual spot each player was taken and DraftSite's rank of them before the draft:

 

Arizona Rank:1 Arizona really redeemed themselves, with their 3rd day picks. Michael Floyd and Jamell Fleming are great first and second day players, but that is not where their biggest needs lied, nor where a team should place an importance when trying to rebuild. However, on the third day they addressed an area that has not only been a huge need of theirs the last several years, but is key for them in building a successful winning foundation. They addressed their offensive line, and picked 3 great players who fell to well below what their value should have been, and could potentially all be future starting offensive linemen for them. Between Bobby Massie and Nate Potter they got two players who could jump right in and play right tackle for them, and potentially even move inside or replace Levi Brown at Left Tackle. However, it didn't end there for the Cardinals, because they drafted another player in Senio Kelemete who was looked at as one of the best guards in the draft, and also has the ability to play tackle. Lindley is good but he doesn't offer much more than what John Skelton and Kevin Kolb already do. They probably should have addressed their pass rush need, but clearly they have high hopes for Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield.
Cincinnati Rank:2 Cincinnati's draft was excellent, grabbing 10 players, all whom have the ability to make the roster and start in games. In the secondary, Kirkpatrick is a 6'2" beast, while Shaun Prater is an overlooked, yet productive nickel cover, and safety Iloka was an underrated part of Boise State's successful defense. They drafted two defensive tackles who at one point were looked at as first round picks, and give the Bengals the best defensive tackle rotation in the league with Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, and Pat Sims. On offense they reloaded, giving Andy Dalton some very valuable weapons all around. They nabbed two wide receivers, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, who each have the ability to start opposite A.J. Green. They drafted a tight end who's ability as a pass catcher will rival Jermaine Gresham's, a guard who along with Clint Boling gives them one of the best young tandems in the league, and a very powerful running back in Boom Herron to play with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, in case they do not resign Cedric Benson.
Philadelphia Rank:3 Philadelphia had an excellent draft getting two starters with their first two picks, three backups with the potential to be starters with their next 3, and then 3 players who will likely contribute greatly but not necessarily start. Fletcher Cox can can end up replacing Cullen Jenkins or Mike Paterson at defensive tackle, and Mychal Kendricks might end up being an upgrade over Brian Rolle, Akeem Jordan, or Casey Matthews on the outside. Vinny Curry won't be able to get in front of Jason Babin or Trent Cole, but him and Brandon Graham provide an excellent future starting two bookends on their defensive line. Nick Foles won't be able to get ahead of Michael Vick, but could be a full-time starter down the road. Brandon Boykin also won't be able to beat out Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but could be a starter in the future or get in games as a nickel. For the last three picks, Brandon Washington could jump in and play at guard or tackle at a moment's notice, Marvin McNutt provides a huge target to mix in along with the smaller receivers of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and Bryce Brown could end up backing up LeSean McCoy if he plays up to the potential that he showed coming out of high school.
Green Bay Rank:4 The Packers got a starting outside pass rusher to play opposite Clay Matthews, two defensive lineman to mix around B.J. Raji with Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson, and Jarius Wynn, and a cornerback replacement for Charles Woodson when he's had enough. Their last 4 picks should be valuable as backups and on special teams. Terrell Manning might be able to steal the linebacker spot next to A.J. Hawk by the end of the season. If Andrew Datko proves healthy, he gives a great backup to Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, Derek Sherrod at tackle, and could even play inside at guard when needed. McMillian might be able to compete with Charlie Peprah, but probably not, and B.J. Coleman gives them a backup quarterback to compete with Graham Harrell.
San Diego Rank:5 The Chargers got great value players at every one of their picks in this draft. Melvin Ingram gives them a potent pass rush, Kendall Reyes adds a strong player to their defensive line, Brandon Taylor gives them a leader and sound tackler next to Eric Weddle, Ladarius Green gives them a pass-catching backup to Antonio Gates, Johnnie Troutman and Rimington Trophy winner David Molk give them depth on the inside of their line, and Edwin Baker provides them with a quick runner behind Ryan Mathews and Le'Ron McClain.
Pittsburgh Rank:6 Pittsburgh had needs along both lines and addressed them well without overreaching on any of their picks. DeCastro was one of the top offensive lineman in this draft, as could have been Mike Adams if he was not suspended for most of the year. Both of these players are automatic starters who will excel at their positions. Sean Spence comes in and gives them a future linebacker to replace James Farrior and aging Larry Foote, and Alameda Ta'amu gives them a future nose tackle to replace Casey Hampton. Chris Rainey gives the Steelers a change-of-pace back to Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer, and Isaac Redman, and Toney Clemons might give them an additional option if Mike Wallace leaves.
NY Jets Rank:7 The Jets had a few glaring needs and they tried to take care of them in this draft. They needed another pass rusher on the outside, which they got with Quinton Coples, even if he is better suited for being a lineman. They need a wide receiver, and they got two, one who is raw but filled with great potential and athleticism, in Stephen Hill, and the other who was highly productive in college, but is not filled with as many natural gifts, in Jordan White. They needed another safety and got two, the second one Antonio Allen, who might be better than the first one Josh Bush who they got in the 6th round. They also got another insider linebacker, Demario Davis, in case Bart Scott shows his age. Terrance Ganaway is a strong runner, who could mix in at fullback with The Terminator, or could provide power into the middle of a defense, similar to what Shonn Greene used to do.
Indianapolis Rank:8 The Colts took most of their offense this year, threw it out, and reloaded in this draft. They got two quarterbacks, one with pro bowl potential in Andrew Luck, and another in Chandler Harnish who offers a valuable running threat when in the game. They got the two best pass catching tight ends in the draft with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, two solid wide receivers and exceptional punt returners with T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, and one bruising running back in Vick Ballard to mix in to their rotation. If they are indeed switching to a 3-4 defense, they got the all-important nose tackle in Josh Chapman, and an extra outside linebacker with Tim Fugger.
Tennessee Rank:9 Tennessee had such a strong rookie class last year, that they did not have a lot og needs going into this year. Kendall Wright gives them a reliable under-receiver to start developing for Jake Locker into the future. Zach Brown adds to the young linebackers from last year's draft of Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers, while Mike Martin also adds to the young defensive tackle class from last year's draft of Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug. Coty Sensabaugh is a nice cornerback, but they might be lacking a true shutdown corner on this year's team. Markelle Martin fell off a bit, but is still a great prospect at safety, and Taylor Thompson gives them another versatile player to mix in on either goal line situation playing tight end or defensive end.
NY Giants Rank:10 The Giants had a very useful draft, filling in most of the positions where they lost starters and adding depth at others. David Wilson can jump in and become the starting running back, replacing Brandon Jacobs, with Ahmad Bradshaw mixing in and providing bulk and force into the opposing defenses. Rueben Randle effectively replaces Mario Manningham, but with a little more height. Jayron Hosley replaces Aaron Ross at corner, but also gives them a potent threat at punt returns. Both Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants are great value offensive tackles, who could back up Will Beatty and James Brewer, or potentially replace if they falter as starters.
Tampa Bay Rank:11 The Buccaneers got 3 potential starters with their first 3 picks. Mark Barron immediately upgrades a safety position that they've been trying to stabilize for a while. Doug Martin could move ahead of LaGarrette Blount at running back since he offers more as a runner. Lavonte David strengthens a group that is young and talented but needs some more consistency and leadership behind Quincy Black. Their 6th round pick, Keith Tandy, could actually develop into a reliable cornerback for them in the near-term. Drake Dunsmore gives them some toughness and versatility mixing in at fullback and tight end.
Baltimore Rank:12 The Ravens had a good draft as usual, finding a replacement for departing free agents OLB Jarrett Johnson and OG Ben Grubbs, in Courtney Upshaw, guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele, and maybe even guard/center Gino Gradkowski. Bernard Pierce is exactly what Baltimore needed in their running game, offering a similar compliment to Ray Rice that Le'Ron McClain gave them. Tommy Streeter was a great late day pick providing them with some wide receiver depth behind vets Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans, and last year's rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss. Asa Jackson gives them a speedy nickel corner fitting in well with Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. Christian Thompson gives them another option at safety in case of injury to Ed Reed, and DeAngelo Tyson gives them another big body to compete on their defensive line.
Carolina Rank:13 Carolina did not have many areas of major apparent needs, so they got a lot of serviceable players in their draft, strengthening their team in areas where they needed upgrades. Those who thought they were going to take a defensive tackle in this draft, forgot that they drafted Terrell McClain and Sione Fua in the 3rd round last year. They got stronger at linebacker with Luke Kuechly, and have a nice lineup with Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, assuming they run the 4-3. They strengthened their defensive pass rush with Frank Alexander to mix in with Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Eric Norwood, and Thomas Keiser. They strengthened their inside offensive line getting another guard, Amini Silatolu, who's raw but has a lot of potential, to mix in with newly acquired Mike Pollak and Bruce Campbell. They drafted a serviceable slot receiver in Joe Adams and cornerback in Josh Norman, effectively upgrading their special teams, especially when you add in punter Brad Nortman.
Miami Rank:14 Despite Ryan Tannehill potentially not leading the Dolphins to enough wins this year and being in the same position next year with quarterback as they were, they still had a good rest of the draft. Jonathan Martin was one of the most athletic tackles in the draft and will start at right tackle right away, or even eventually switch with Jake Long on the other side. The two Miami players, DE Olivier Vernon and RB Lamar Miller, give them strong value at the outside linebacker position opposite Cameron Wake instead of Koa Misi, and great depth at running back in case Daniel Thomas or Reggie Bush get hurt again. Tannehill or whomever starts got some more weapons with a great blocking/pass-catching tight end in Michael Egnew and two strong wide receivers and special teamers in B.J. Cunningham and Rishard Matthews. Kheeston Randall might give the Dolphins another option along their defensive line, while Josh Kaddu could step in next to Karlos Dansby or rush the passer on the outside.
Detroit Rank:15 Going into the draft, it looked like Detroit needed some offensive line help, cornerback help, and outside linebacker help, and they seem to have gotten players for all 3. Riley Reiff is a potential long-term starter at either left or right tackle instead of Gosder Cherilus and replacing Jeff Backus when he finishes up. At linebacker, at least one of the Lewis brothers, Ronnell and Travis (not really related), should be able to claim one of the opening day spots on the outside, with Tahir Whitehead competing right along with them. At cornerback, between Dwight Bentley, Chris Greenwood, and Jonte Green, they will hopefully come away with at least a second or third cornerback. Ryan Broyles was a value pick giving them a strong, reliable pass-catcher to mix in to their rotation of Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, and Titus Young.
Buffalo Rank:16 The Bills seem to have endless roster spots for secondary players. They drafted Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks this year, and Aaron Williams, Da'Norris Searcy, and Justin Rogers last year, and have a dearth of other veterans like Jairus Byrd, Leodis McKelvin, Terrence McGee, and Drayton Florence. Yet they still filled several needs in this draft, grabbing potential starting offensive tackles with Cordy Glenn and Zebrie Sanders, and guards with those two and Mark Asper. They were then able to get some valuable linebacker and leadership help in Nigel Bradham and Tank Carder, to put next to last year's rookie Kelvin Sheppard. After getting another slot receiver and punt returner in T.J. Graham, Buffalo seems ready to compete in the AFC East next year.
New England Rank:17 New England drafted three players, Chandler Jones, Donta Hightower, and Jake Bequette, who could potentially play at outside linebacker, effectively squashing their needs at pass rush. They clearly felt safety was a need as well after getting rid of Brandon Merriweather, and drafted Tavon Wilson and highly underrated and once-very-productive cornerback/safety prospect Alfonzo Dennard. Jeremy Ebert may be a 7th round pick, but he's got a great chance to make the roster and contribute right away.
Houston Rank:18 The Texans defense keeps getting better after getting a quarterback-sack specialist in Whitney Mercilus and a bruising lineman in Jared Crick. The interior of their offensive line is now much improved with both Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones, whom can potentially jump in as starters either this year or next. They added some great wide receiver depth also behind Andre Johnson getting DeVier Posey, a big wide receiver who never reached his potential due to suspensions, and a valuable slot man in Keshawn Martin.
New Orleans Rank:19 The Saints most impactful pick next year will be Nick Toon, who they will attempt to have replace Robert Meachum. Akiem Hicks will eat up space, but will have trouble getting playing time with Broderick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis behind him. Corey White and Justin Bethel in the secondary, and Andrew Tiller and Marcel Jones will provide some good training camp fodder and hopefully special teams help.
Cleveland Rank:20 The Browns had a much better end of the draft than the beginning, getting potential 2nd or 3rd starters/stringers after the 5th round with outside linebacker Emmanuel Acho, guard Ryan Miller, defensive tackle/end Billy Winn, and cornerback Trevin Wade. Trent Richardson is a sure-fire starter, but everyone else will need to prove themselves. Weeden still has to compete with Colt McCoy for the starting job. Mitchell Schwartz has to compete with Oniel Cousins for the right tackle job, John Hughes has to compete with Ahtyba Rubin and even Billy Winn for the defensive tackle job next to Phil Taylor, Travis Benjamin has to compete with Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi, Carlton Mitchell, and Jordan Norwood for one of the top 3 receiver spots, and James-Michael Johnson has to fight off D'Qwell Jackson, Kaluka Maiava, Chris Gocong, maybe Scott Fujita, and fellow-rookie Acho to play at linebacker.
Oakland Rank:21 It was evident with their first pick that it was not a typical Oakland draft, when they took Tony Bergstrom who was only the 13th fastest offensive lineman at the combine. Miles Burris and Nathan Stupar give Oakland some more linebacker depth in case Aaron Curry or Philip Wheeler don't pan out. Jack Crawford and Christo Bilukidi offer the Raiders some raw potential at Defensive End backing up Lamarr Houston and Matt Shaughnessy. Juron Criner is a big receiver who adds more depth to a young and talented receiving corps.
Seattle Rank:22 Bruce Irvin's speed is undeniable and while most look at him as a linebacker, he's strong-willed and proved in college that he can get to the quarterback, which is a need for Seattle. Bobby Wagner was one of the more productive linebackers in college, so he should be able to play and contribute right away, as will his teammate running back Robert Turbin. Jaye Howard gives them a strong player to plug in at defensive tackle, and Winston Guy and Jeremy Lane provide nice depth in their secondary. The Russell Wilson pick though doesn't really do a lot for the team, especially after signing Matt Flynn this offseason. He's a good player and leader, and Seattle might have felt bad seeing him on t.v. get knocked around, but they would have been better off letting him fall a little more and going somewhere that he could compete for a starter or #2 position.
Atlanta Rank:23 Atlanta got some much needed offensive line help with the addition of Peter Konz, who could start at guard or center next season, and Lamar Holmes who was underrated playing at Southern Miss. Jonathan Massaquoi could surprise and develop into a starting defensive end if he plays up to his standard from two years ago. Bradie Ewing, Charles Mitchell, and Travian Robertson will fight for a roster spot.
San Francisco Rank:24 The draft for San Francisco was just ok, but fortunately for them, they do not have a lot of needs going into the season. A.J. Jenkins doubles a need for the 49'ers that they've been filling in free agency, while LaMichael James doubles a player in Kendall Hunter that they drafted last year. Joe Looney and Jason Slowey give them extra needed depth on the inside of their offensive line, but if they have to start, they would likely look to upgrade the position the following year. Darius Fleming, Cam Johnson, and Trenton Robinson are actually all sound defensive players who were productive in college, but will give them spot-time depth at each of their respective positions.
Minnesota Rank:25 Minnesota gets the left tackle, Matt Kalil, that they wanted the whole time to pair up with Phil Loadholt. They filled some other needs in the secondary getting a safety in Harrison Smith and a cornerback in Josh Robinson early, and Robert Blanton late, but none of them are sure-things at their respective positions. Jarius Wright and Greg Childs get to continue playing together, as they've been doing since elementary school, while also giving Christian Ponder some great weapons on the outside. Audie Cole at linebacker and Trevor Guyton might surprise people and be able to step in during games and steal a few starts by the end of the year. Picking Blair Walsh effectively signals the end of Ryan Longwell's career in Minnesota.
Chicago Rank:26 The Bears best pick came in the second round when they nabbed Alshon Jeffery to pair up with Brandon Marshall, creating a threatening wide receiver duo. Shea McClellin gives the Bears a guy who can hopefully draw some of the attention away from Julius Peppers at defensive end. Brandon Hardin, Isaiah Frey, and Greg McCoy all give the Bears some help at a position of need at cornerback, but Frey may be the best suited to play on opening day based on his experience and productivity.
Denver Rank:27 Denver helped themselves by getting some players to plug in on defense at Defensive Tackle with Derek Wolfe and Cornerback with Omar Bolden. Then they got running back Ronnie Hillman at a position of definite need with age and injuries catching up to their current runners. Everyone else in their draft will back up though. Phillip Blake will be trying to beat out for center the guy he replaced at Baylor, J.D. Walton, but has a shot at the right guard spot instead of Chris Kuper. Brock Osweiler won't play unless Payton Manning gets hurt or needs rest, Malik Jackson has a tough battle in front of him if he wants to get playing time at defensive end, but Danny Trevathan could fight for a spot with the starting 3 linebackers.
Jacksonville Rank:28 The Jaguars nailed their first two picks getting a starting wide receiver for the next decade in Justin Blackmon and a starting defensive end in Andre Branch. Taking a punter in the 3rd usually tends to be a misuse of resources, but at least they'll have a great punter for the next however many years. The last three picks of Brandon Marshall, Mike Harris, and Jeris Pendleton will be hard pressed to make it into any games next season, outside of special teams.
Washington Rank:29 Washington got the quarterback they coveted in Robert Griffin III, then a backup quarterback who will make them feel comfortable for the rest of this decade with Kirk Cousins. The Redskins also got some O-line help getting two solid guards in Josh LeRibeaus and Adam Gettis, and a tackle in Tom Compton who many viewed as a someone who could be picked earlier than the 6th round. Keenan Robinson can step in and replace London Fletcher when he decides to hang up his shoes. Alfred Morris is a speedy back that Shanahan loves, and the Redskins hope that Richard Crawford and Jordan Bernstine could make it through training camp as special teams contributors.
St. Louis Rank:30 St. Louis worked the draft well, picking up a number of picks, while addressing their needs with good players. They needed another defensive tackle and they got a young, talented one in Michael Brockers. As far as receivers, they got two productive college receivers, Brian Quick and Chris Givens, either one of which who could emerge as a starter. Cornerback was also a need, but then they signed Cortland Finnegan. Yet they still felt it was important to address and picked two players, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, who no one would have complained if they were picked a round earlier. They also needed a backup to aging, fragile Steven Jackson, and they received a very speedy one in Isaiah Pead who also automatically improves their special teams.
Dallas Rank:31 Dallas had a relatively simple draft after trading up to get potentially the top cornerback in the draft to play with Brandon Carr, Mike Jenkins, and Orlando Scandrick. The next two picks Tyrone Crawford and Kyle Wilber give them some additional help at defensive end and outside linebacker, but neither need to play right away. Yet Matt Johnson and Caleb McSurdy will be lucky to see playing time and will have to make an impact on special teams. On offense James Hanna gives them a serviceable backup at tight end to replace departed Martellus Bennett, and Coale gives them a valuable 3rd or 4th option at receiver.
Kansas City Rank:32 Kansas City's most notable pick was their first one, hopefully for their sake, getting a nose tackle that can play right away in between Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey. The rest of their picks pretty much gave them depth. Jeff Allen could hopefully take one of the guard spots and move Rodney Hudson to center in the future, but him and Donald Stephenson were both tackles and that second spot opposite Braden Albert is now taken by Eric Winston. Wylie and Hemingway give them some depth behind Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin, Steve Breaston, and Dexter McCluster. Cyrus Gray gives them a nice option in case Jamaal Charles doesn't come back completely healthy. On defense,  DeQuan Menzie gives them some flexibility at corner and safety, but they'll be lucky to get anything from Jerome Long.