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2012 NFL Draft: Round 1

2012 NFL Draft - April 26th, 2012 @ 7:00 PM, in New York, NY
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Round 1

1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck* QB Stanford 6' 4" 235
DraftSite's comments:Indianapolis solidified their future with the pick of Andrew Luck. He is as good of a prospect as his predecessor Peyton Manning was coming out of college, if not better due to his athleticism.
2 Washington Trade Icon Robert Griffin III* QB Baylor 6' 3" 210
DraftSite's comments:The Redskins got a perfect fit for their offense with the athletic and strong-armed Robert Griffin. He should be able to lead this team right away and mesh well with the rest of his offensive playmakers.
3 Cleveland Trade Icon Trent Richardson* RB Alabama 5' 11" 220
DraftSite's comments:Trent Richardson gives Cleveland a potential Pro Bowl running back for the next 5 years, effectively replacing Peyton Hillis. With Montario Hardesty behind him, he should be able to stave some mileage off his legs.
4 Minnesota Trade Icon Matt Kalil* OT USC 6' 6" 295
DraftSite's comments:Matt Kalil gives Minnesota one of the best tackle duos in the league with him and Phil Loadholt. Their 2nd year quarterback Christian Ponder is now better protected and put in a better position to succeed and win games.
5 Jacksonville Trade Icon Justin Blackmon* WR Oklahoma State 6' 1" 205
DraftSite's comments:Jacksonville needed a number 1 wide receiver badly, especially with a 2nd year quarterback who they have high hopes for. Blackmon gives Gabbert a sure-handed receiver who is disciplined and a quality leader.
6 Dallas Trade Icon Morris Claiborne* CB LSU 6' 0" 177
DraftSite's comments:Dallas had needs in the secondary, and they get arguably the best cornerback in the draft this year, to pair with Brandon Carr and Mike Jenkins.
7 Tampa Bay Trade Icon Mark Barron S Alabama 6' 2" 210
DraftSite's comments:Tampa Bay had a serious need at safety, and they just took the only safety in this draft who is guaranteed to start. It might be a little early for him, but considering the rest of the safeties in this draft and Tampa Bay's needs, this was a perfect fit for their team. Barron has great coverage skills and is a strong leader that will be key for a young defense.
8 Miami Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M 6' 4" 216
DraftSite's comments:Tannehill is a raw quarterback, but given that he will be working in the same system he did in college, he should make a very smooth transition into the NFL. Probably would have been better off waiting to get a top QB from next year's strong class, since he might not start right away anyways, but he's still a great talent and should give fans in Miami hope.
9 Carolina Luke Kuechly* ILB Boston College 6' 3" 225
DraftSite's comments:Luke Kuechly is one of the more instinctive linebackers to come along in a while. Yet Carolina had years spending early round picks on linebackers, only to still have needs along their line.
10 Buffalo Stephon Gilmore* CB South Carolina 6' 1" 188
DraftSite's comments:The Bills just redid their Leodis McKelvin pick, getting a great shut-down corner who is an exceptional return man. This pick along with last year's picks Aaron Williams, Justin Rogers, now-veteran McKelvin, and stud safety Jarius Byrd give them one of the best secondaries in the league.
11 Kansas City Dontari Poe* DT Memphis 6' 5" 350
DraftSite's comments:Kansas City now has the Po Brothers at nose tackle with Dontari Poe and last year's pick Jerrell Powe. This was a position of concern for the Chiefs, especially with strong defensive ends of Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson flanking and depending on the position.
12 Philadelphia Trade Icon Fletcher Cox* DT Mississippi State 6' 4" 300
DraftSite's comments:When the Eagles traded Broderick Bunkley last year, they thought they were set at defensive tackle, but then injuries and free agency hit, and they suddenly need more depth. Fletcher Cox gives them a strong rotational player and potential starter.
13 Arizona Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame 6' 3" 220
DraftSite's comments:Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald make one of the best wide receiver duos in the league. Yet Arizona had a lot of needs and if they can't block for the quarterback there aren't going to be enough balls to get to them.
14 LA Rams Trade Icon Michael Brockers** DT LSU 6' 6" 300
DraftSite's comments:St. Louis was in definite need of a defensive tackle to play in between their strong defensive ends of Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Brockers will be able to stop the run and hold blockers, while newly signed Kendall Langford can get into the backfield.
15 Seattle Trade Icon Bruce Irvin DE West Virginia 6' 3" 235
DraftSite's comments:Bruce Irvin is one of the fastest defensive ends in the draft, and will help a Seattle team, along with newly signed Jason Jones, who is in dire need of a pass rush.
16 NY Jets Quinton Coples DE UNC 6' 6" 272
DraftSite's comments:Some might argue that the Jets got the best Defensive End prospect in the draft. He might have been better for a 4-3 defense, but for a Jets team that needs pass rush, they might have found gold.
17 Cincinnati Trade Icon Dre' Kirkpatrick* CB Alabama 6' 3" 190
DraftSite's comments:When Leon Hall got hurt last year, Cincinnati was in trouble at cornerback. Now with 6'2" shutdown corner Kirkpatrick, the Bengals have a strong secondary.
18 LA Chargers Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina 6' 2" 264
DraftSite's comments:With a breakout year for Antwan Barnes and the signing of Jarret Johnson, the outside linebacker position seems a little crowded, but to get a versatile athlete like Ingram, will put their defense back into contention.
19 Chicago Shea McClellin DE Boise State 6' 3" 262
DraftSite's comments:Shea McClellin and Julius Peppers form a dominant pass rush for a defense that needs some energy and youth.
20 Tennessee Kendall Wright WR Baylor 5' 11" 185
DraftSite's comments:When Kenny Britt got hurt last year, Tennessee struggled to find an identity. Nate Washington played great and Damian Williams showed promise, but now Tennessee has a very effective slot receiver and kick returner.
21 New England Trade Icon Chandler Jones DE Syracuse 6' 5" 251
DraftSite's comments:Had Chandler Jones not gotten injured, he might have been a top 10 pick. New England needs some definite pass rush, and Chandler Jones will give them a lot of that.
22 Cleveland Trade Icon Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State 6' 4" 219
DraftSite's comments:Cleveland wanted someone to come in and compete with Colt McCoy, but most normal rookies would not be ready to do that right out of the gate. However, Weeden is 28-years old and has the maturity to play right away if McCoy falters at all. It's a lot to invest in someone who's career might not be as long as normal rookies, but if he can play and win right away, it's worth the risk.
23 Detroit Riley Reiff* OT Iowa 6' 6" 280
DraftSite's comments:The Lions got very lucky that a starting left tackle fell into their lap at this position. They've needed to focus on their offensive line for quite some time, and getting an Iowa guy like Reiff will help Stafford and their running backs stay upright and avoid injuries again.
24 Pittsburgh David DeCastro* OG Stanford 6' 5" 310
DraftSite's comments:DeCastro is arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft, a hair below Matt Kalil only because he plays the less important position of guard.
25 New England Trade Icon Dont'a Hightower OLB Alabama 6' 4" 250
DraftSite's comments:New England already has Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes as their inside linebackers, so drafting Dont'a Hightower allows them to put him at his more natural position of outside linebacker. For a team that needed pass rushers, getting Hightower and Chandler Jones just threw that need out the window and automatically made them a force on the outside.
26 Houston Whitney Mercilus* DE Illinois 6' 4" 265
DraftSite's comments:Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin played excellent as pass rushing outside linebackers last year. However, Whitney Mercilus was too good of a prospect to pass up for this team, especially seeing how easy it is to lose a player for the year, like they did with Mario Williams last year. Mercilus will give them an excellent rotation and make them a scary defense for whichever offense they face.
27 Cincinnati Trade Icon Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin 6' 4" 315
DraftSite's comments:Zeitler and last year's draft choice at guard, Clint Boling, give the Bengals a great interior line, especially if Zeitler could play center.
28 Green Bay Nick Perry* DE USC 6' 3" 250
DraftSite's comments:Perfect fit for Green Bay to play opposite Clay Matthews. The two of them will wreck havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses.
29 Minnesota Trade Icon Harrison Smith S Notre Dame 6' 2" 212
DraftSite's comments:Minnesota was in desperate need of safety help and getting a player like Harrison Smith gives them a sturdy safety net in the back part of their defense. He is a sound and instinctive tackler, who will clean up any mess that the linebackers and corners let by.
30 San Francisco A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois 6' 1" 185
DraftSite's comments:San Francisco clearly felt that wide receiver was a big need going into this off-season, signing Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, and now drafting A.J.Jenkins to play with Michael Crabtree. Jenkins is an exceptional receiver who can return some kicks as well, and should give the 49'ers no question marks catching the ball going into the season.
31 Tampa Bay Trade Icon Doug Martin RB Boise State 5' 9" 201
DraftSite's comments:If your defensive line is playing against LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin, you better plan to take off a few days because you are going to be sore. The two of them will wear down defenses and open up the sides for their strong receiving corps.
32 NY Giants David Wilson* RB Virginia Tech 5' 11" 200
DraftSite's comments:David Wilson is the most complete running back in the draft behind Trent Richardson. His small frame will be tested early, as well the coaches' acceptance of him running it to the outside. Yet he has a strong build that will allow him to cut inside effectively when willing.

* = Junior, ** = Sophomore, *** = Freshman

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