2012 NFL Draft: Lessons to Learn
One year does not make an athletes career, but looking back just on this past years draft here are a few hits and misses not including the obvious top 10 selections in the 1st round. The main theme to me is teams over drafted pass rushers, it is ridiculous the amount picked high in the draft that did not turn out as of yet.
Potential misses currently,
Dontari Poe 11th pick Kansas City- never liked the pick, and compare him now to the NTs in this up coming draft, I would take four players arguably over Poe but yes he is still a damn good athlete.
Michael Floyd 13th pick Arizona -good pick but still raw as a receiver and has yet to be as elite as they thought
Melvin Ingram 18th pick San Diego- who did not like him coming out, yet did not do so hot like so many other San Diego 3/4 OLBs
Shea McClellin 19th pick Chicago- did not like the pick, and compare this kid to defensive ends in the up coming draft, again I would take arguably 10 DE's in this 2013 draft over this guy
A. J. Jenkins 30th pick San Fran- talk about a non factor, strange moves by the 49ers at times but in some ways shows how deep they really are
Andre Branch 38th pick Jacksonville-picked to high I thought and again a pass rusher
Tavon Wilson 48th pick New England-never liked that pick but not a ton to choose from, still would have gone with Iloka but he does not fit their mold, he fits the Eugene Wilson wish he could be mold
Isaiah Pead 50th pick St. Louis
Vinny Curry 59th pick Phili-great talent, really dropped in the draft and apparently there is a reason why
Major hits all of these players, and really all going into the draft had a defined skill and ability. This one was a speedy linebacker or this one was a pass catching tight end. Each had there place and some had great success in their rookie year.
Bruce Irvin 15th pick Seattle-everyone thought he was a little over drafted at that point after such a down year, but killed it all season as a pass rusher and is the one that actually turned out
Harrison Smith 29th pick Minnesota-played great safety for them, easily the best in the class
Doug Martin 31st pick Tampa-stud running back solid pickup
Janoris Jenkins 39th pick St. Louis-in many ways was really always the most talented corner in the draft outside of his off the field stuff
Bobby Wagner 47th pick Seattle-athletic and stole the show on defense
Lavonte David 58th pick Tampa-great season for a great player
Kelechi Osemele 60th pick Baltimore
Dwayne Allen 64th pick Indy-shocked he dropped that far, but showed his worth and athletic ability
Russell Wilson 75th pick Seattle- could Seattle have drafted any better?
TY Hilton 92nd pick Indy
Chris Givens 96th pick St. Louis
Josh Norman 143rd pick Carolina- very impressive pickup late
Vick Ballard 170th pick Indy
Alfred Morris 173rd pick Washington- really great get, what a find for them and had a great rookie year
Blair Walsh 175th pick Minnesota- everyone liked him, did not like the senior year but wow what a rookie season
Mike Harris 176th pick Jacksonville- always liked him, fine tackler and played well, should not have dropped that far
Alfonzo Dennard 224th pick New England- loved his coverage ability an dis showed at times this season
J. R. Sweezy 225th pick Seattle-made a position switch and played well
Bryce Brown 229th pick Phili- very surprised this worked out, speedy player and is getting a chance in the NFL
Vontaze Burfict (Undrafted) Cinci- who would have thought, that guy being so good as a rookie, but on the field really he always was that good just the nose about his issue was the problem
Just a quick looking back, sure there are some I missed, hard to measure so early but interesting to see after one year. Nice to see that in the 2013 draft the defensive lineman are actually legit players and should be very productive. Such a deep class at DT, NT and DE. And the fact of a tight end dropping or being picked late and being possibly just as good if not better than the ones before them, that is a real possiblity in this tight end class I feel. A lot of very good players and little separate the 2nd tier guys from the 3rd tier guys.
Also do not underestimate linebackers that can run. So watch out for Alec Ogletree, Arthur Brown and Jon Bostic. And in terms of elite level pass rushers I would put these guys at the top of that list. Ezekiel Ansah, Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, those guys all have size and can crush the pocket and defend the run if need be as well.