Draft Report: Day One

28 04 2012

The draft is through the first two days and is reaching a conclusion in just a few short hours. From Bruce Irvin going in the top half of the first round, to Russell Wilson drafted a full round ahead of Kirk Cousins, this draft has delivered excitement and question marks at every turn. In the first round alone, there was 16 trades in the 1st round with teams constantly jostling to secure their player.

Some teams hit home-runs while others left you scratching your head. Here is a list of both categories:

Dallas Cowboys:

Trading up to sixth overall to secure Morris Claiborne was a great pick for the Cowboys. The secondary held Rob Ryan back last year, because he couldn’t install his complex defense because of the weak secondary. This pick, along with the signing of Brandon Carr, allows Ryan to be manipulative with his defense and challenge Eli Manning, Michael Vick and nearly christened rookie, Robert Griffin III.

New England Patriots:

The Patriots had pronounced needs when it came to their entire defense; a defense ranked 31st last year. So they grabbed two studs in the front seven with Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower. Both players should come in and provide an immediate impact and help rebuild the once dominate Patriots defense.

Now for the teams I didn’t like:

Cleveland Browns:

I’ll preface this by stating that I loved the Browns taking Richardson. One of the two best players in the draft and a player they desperately needed to go against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. However, taking Brandon Weeden 22 overall was just a massive mistake. I personally don’t love Weeden and believe he is a product of the Oklahoma St. offense, but that doesn’t even bring up how he will be a 29-year-old rookie. I feel like the Browns panicked and took Weeden when they could of had him at 36. To make matters worse, they passed on a top 15 talent in Riley Reiff. Overall, great first selection, horrible second selection.

New York Jets:

The Jets selecting Quinton Coples raises many concerns about the current state of the Jets, but also last years 1st round pick, Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson and Coples essentially play the same position in the Jet’s 3-4 scheme. So where is Coples going to play? I am assuming they will kick him inside to play the 3-technique, but this pick just doesn’t make sense to me. I realize Coples played defensive tackle his junior and dominated at UNC, but this pick screams of bust potential. We will find out in a few years if this works out, but I am having serious doubts.

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