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    2012 DRAFT
    FIRST-ROUND TRACKER

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    TEAM
    Projected
    pick
    Actual pick
    Notes
    1 INDIANPOLIS
    Andrew Luck
    QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
    Hey we got one right! Actually the fact that the Colts were going to select Luck has been the NFL's worst kept secrets for weeks as the Colts from scratch with Luck. The good news for the Colts though is that many analysts view Luck as the best prospect to come out of college since Peyton Manning who the Colts selected in 1998, if not John Elway, who the Colts actually took in 1983, although he balked at playing in Baltimore and ended up in Denver. The question now for the Colts is can they get some weapons for Luck to work with.
    2 WASHINGTON (from St. Louis) Robert Griffin
    QB Robert Griffin, Baylor
    After what seems like forever, the Redskins finally have their potential elite QB to battle the heavyweights in the NFC East.
    3
    CLEVELAND (from Minnesota)
    Trent Richardson
    RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
    Browns get their man by moving up one spot at the cost of three picks; the Browns knew they were going to get a good one with their first pick; the big issue in Cleveland is can they hit the daily double with a second good pick with the 22nd pick.
    4
    MINNESOTA (from Cleveland)
    Matt Kalil
    OT Matt Kalil, USC
    Great move by the Vikings to pick up three extra picks - they now have thirteen to lead the league - while dropping down just one spot where they'll likely get the guy they wanted all along.
    5
    JACKSONVILLE (from Tampa Bay)
    Justin Blackmon
    WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
    The Jags give up the 101st pick in order to move up two spots likely in order to select WR Justin Blackmon. However, the Jags need an impact player to juice their offense and may have gotten one in Blackmon. Kudos too to the Jags, a franchise that really needed to make a splash, for making a splash without giving up a ton of picks to get there.
    6
    DALLAS from Washington thru St. Louis)
    Mo Claiborne
    CB Mo Claiborne, LSU
    Cowboys give up 45th pick in order to move up from #14 to get the best defensive player in the draft. And just in time as the Cowboys secondary was about as leaky as it gets.
    7 TAMPA BAY (from  Jacksonville) Stephon Gilmore
    FS Mark Barron, Alabama
    Physically talented player who'll go down as a solid pick if he can handle man coverage in the NFL; time will tell.
    8
    MIAMI Ryan Tannehill
    QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
    Finally the Dolphins get a QB this off-season! With just 19 career starts Tannehill is still something of a project, but gets a huge head start in that his OC is his old college coach which means he should have a start on the system. And if he doesn't work out at QB, Tannehill could get a shot at WR!
    9
    CAROLINA Fletcher Cox
    LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
    Great college player who is a tackling machine with the athleticism to hold up in coverage. Question is does a LB, no matter how good, get the Pantherscloser to challenging the other big-time offenses in the NFC including Drew Brees and the Saints.
    10
    BUFFALO Stephon Gilmore
    CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
    Late riser with length and speed who just maybe the Bills take another step to getting closer to the Patriots in the AFC East.
    11 KANSAS CITY Fletcher Cox
    DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
    Freakish athlete who never put up much in the way of numbers but represents a ton - both literally and figuratively - of upside if the Chiefs can get the light turned better than they did with Dorsey and Jackson.
    12 PHILADELPHIA (from Seattle) Fletcher Cox
    DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
    Nice job by the Eagles to pull the string and move up to get a top 10 talent who was clearly the top guy still on the board. A 300-pounder with DE speed and quickness.
    13
    ARIZONA Chandler Jones
    WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
    Great pick for the Cards who now have another dangerous target to pair with Larry Fitzgerald.
    14 ST. LOUIS (from Dallas) Michael Brockers DT Michael Brockers, LSU
    It may end up being a story of a pick too far for the Rams who thought they might have had a shot at Floyd at #14. Rams, though, get a big guy with a lot of upside and should be able to address the skill positions with those 3 picks in the top half of the second round may help ease the pain.
    15 SEATTLE (from Philadelphia) Chandler Jones
    LB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
    Whoa! Don't think anyone saw that coming. No question this kid can fly off the edge, but he's very small for a 4-3 DE and one wonders where he fits in the Seattle defense.
    16
    NY JETS Quinton Coples
    DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
    Jets went into the draft hoping they might get one of Coples, Jones or Ingram and end up getting a look at all three.
    17 CINCINNATI (from Oakland) Chandler Jones
    CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
    Solid, physcal technically solid corner is good value at that spot, but isn't all that fast and maybe one of those DEs would have represented better value. Time will tell.
    18 SAN DIEGO
    Chandler Jones
    DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
    Real nice spot for Ingram who may have been a poor fit in a 4-3, but has a chance to be the edge-rusher the Chargers have laced since Shawn Merriman moved on.
    19
    CHICAGO Chandler Jones
    DE Shea McClellin, Boise State
    No surprise that the Beras went DE over the options at OL. McClellin, though, looked to perhaps be a better option as a 3-4 OLB as he isn't all that big, but he's quick with a great moto and could do some damage with Bears' opponents concentrating on Julius Peppers on the other side.
    20 TENNESSEE Chandler Jones
    WR Kendall Jones, Baylor
    With the top corners off the board, the Titans give whoever their QB will be this fall a potential big-play target; big issue is the straight-line speed, but Wright is a guy with good hands and that extra gear when the ball is in the air.
    21 NEW ENGLAND (from Cincinnati) Chandler Jones
    DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
    Patriots' fans have wondered for years when the Patriots were finally going to cash in their annual stockpile of picks. They got their answer as the Pats trade up not once but twice (see below) to get two of the top defenders in this draft. Jones, in fact, was considered to be one of the fastest risers and could fit as both a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB.
    22 CLEVELAND (from Atlanta) David DeCastro
    QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
    Browns continue to restructure offense; indeed, one figured that the Browns had Weeden, a mature player who is already close to being game-ready, in their sights. Only question was whether they pulled the trigger or gambled and waited until the second.  
    23
    DETROIT
    David DeCastro
    OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
    Lions hoped to get one of the top corners, but get a nice consolation prize in Reiff, a solid technician who will battle, although his short arms and somewhat limited athleticism appear to have scared off a few teams in the mid-part of the round.
    24
    PITTSBURGH Donta Hightower
    OG David DeCastro, Stanford
    The Steelers have been struggling to rebuild the OL the past few years, but may have gotten a steal in DeCastro who many considered to be a top 10 prospect.
    25 NEW ENGLAND (from Denver) Courtney Upshaw
    LB Donta Hightower, Alabama

    26
    HOUSTON Cordy Glenn
    LB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

    27
    CINCINNATI (from  New Orleans thru New England) Cordy Glenn
    OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
    Solid pick
    28 GREEN BAY Courtney Upshaw
    DE/LB Nick Perry, USC

    29
    MINNESOTA (from Baltimore)
    Stephen Hill
    SS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
    The Vikes trade their second (#35) and 4th (#98) round picks to the Ravens to move back up into the back half of the opening round.
    30
    SAN FRANCISCO
    Cordy Glenn
    WR A.J Jenkins, Illinois
    A pick out of the 'you can't coach speed' school.
    31
    TAMPA BAY from New England thru Denver)  Doug Martin
    RB Doug Martin, Boise State

    32
    NEW YORK GIANTS Coby Fleener
    RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech
    Not a finished product in that he doesn't block all that well and will put the ball on the ground, but is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball.

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