Re-Picking the 2012 NFL Draft

17) Cincinnati Bengals – Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
Kevin Zeitler ends up with the same team, just a few spots higher. Over the first half of the season Zeitler has been on of the top two or three rookie linemen. The future is bright for Zeitler who has the looks of pro-bowl guard. (Actual Pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama)

18) San Diego Chargers – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Hightower has been a starter since day, he has the ability to play any linebacker position and be a leader on the team. Hightower has shown all the tools to be a productive NFL linebacker for a long time to come. (Actual Pick: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina)

19) Chicago Bears – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Many had pegged the Bears to take Wright during the actual draft. Wright has been the best rookie wide receiver and would have given the Bears another capable wide receiver to lighten the load on Brandon Marshall. (Actual Pick: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State)

20) Tennessee Titans – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Titans secondary has taken a major step backwards this season. Gilmore has started from the minute he arrived in Buffalo and while he has struggled against better teams, he has shown a skill set that will make him a very good NFL corner in the near future. (Actual Pick: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor)

21) New England Patriots – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Patriots missed an opportunity in the off-season to add depth and flexibility to the defensive tackle position. Cox has been very good vs. the run, while showing the ability to provide pass rush from the DT position. (Actual Pick: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse)

22) Cleveland Browns – Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Weeden has exceeded expectations as a rookie, showing great touch on deep balls and actually making the Browns passing offensive viable. If the Browns had the opportunity to do it again they would. (Actual Pick: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State)

23) Detroit Lions – Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic
Alfred Morris was little more than an after thought last April. The Lions have rotated running backs all season and have struggled to find a lead horse. Morris is a tough, decisive runner who would make the Lions offense more balanced. (Actual Pick: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa)

24) Pittsburgh Steelers – Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
The Steelers have gotten very little out of their draft picks this season. Derek Wolfe has the ability to play in a multiple front defense, provide play-making ability, toughness and athleticism. The Steelers need to get younger all over the defense and Wolfe is their type of player. (Actual Pick: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford)

25) New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
It’s not secret the Patriots safeties have struggled this season. It has gotten to the point where they had to move #1 CB Devin McCourty to FS. Harrison Smith was on the Patriots radar during the draft and has shown smarts, instincts and play-making ability. He would have gone a long way to sure up the back end of the Patriots defense. (Actual Pick: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama)

26) Houston Texans – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Coples hasn’t been a star during his rookie season but, has shown the potential to be a disruptive force at multiple positions. The fact that he can play DE/DT in a 4-3 and 3-4 make him a good fit for the Texans DL. Plugging Coples in next to JJ Watt would have been fun to watch over the next decade. (Actual Pick: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois)

27) Cincinnati Bengals – Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
The biggest surprise of the re-draft. Burfict was a first round prospect early in his college career, only to see his stock plummet. Burfict has been a model citizen in Cincy and has worked his way into the starting lineup. The potential has always been there with Burfict and now the work ethic and discipline is there as well. (Actual Pick: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin)

28) Green Bay Packers – Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Martin is a fun player to watch. He is so tough to push off the line of scrimmage and can really hold up well against the run. Martin has provided some pass rush as well during his rookie season. With the Packers looking for a defensive tackle they go with Martin over Worthy in the re-draft. (Actual Pick: Nick Perry, DE, USC)

29) Minnesota Vikings – Jerron McMillian, S, Maine
After Harrison Smith, the little known McMillian has been the best rookie safety. He is extremely athletic, possessing good range and play making ability. McMillian could end up being one of the steals of the draft three years from now. (Actual Pick: Harrison Smith, FS, Notre Dame)

30) San Francisco 49ers – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
No team has gotten less out of their draft choices this year than the 49ers. Brockers was hurt early on, but since then has shown a lot of potential in the middle of the Rams defense. Brockers would have the potential to elevate the 49ers defense to even another level. (Actual Pick: AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois)

31) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, South Carolina
While the scheme fit for Ingram wouldn’t be perfect, his versatility and athleticism would allow him to play multiple roles on a young Buccaneers defense. Ingram started off slow, but has been getting better each week as he adjusts to the NFL game. (Actual Pick: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State)

32) New York Giants – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
While DeCastro hasn’t played a single play this season due to injury, his potential to be an all-pro OG is too much to pass up at this point. The Giants are going to have to rebuild their OL in the near future and this would have been a good start. (Actual Pick: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech)

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6 Responses to “Re-Picking the 2012 NFL Draft”

  1. Pete says:

    Pats had a great draft. Two startes with All-Pro potential, and maybe two more starters (Dennard/Wilson) as well as a core special teams player. You also need to include Francis and Bolden who could also be starters down the road. If Bequette ever turns out to be a Cunningham then this draft is a slam dunk.

    Next year we add a touch of youth to the OL, another in the secondary and if we can just find a #2 WR in the draft then the PATs are going to havethe core to see us throughthe end of Brady’s carrer.

  2. robert says:

    Morris Claiborne was the 6th pick not Ryan Tannehill

  3. Chris Royal says:

    Demario Davis was a 3rd round pick

  4. D.S.T. says:

    Basically, the Pats got a really good set of draft picks. They got a top-5 guy, a top 20 guy, Wilson is worth the 2nd rounder, Dennard was worth a fifth, Ebner was worth a sixth, the only question mark is Bequette.

    Patriots drafting the past three years has been absolutely stellar.

  5. Chris from Bolivia says:

    John Schneider, Seahawks GM, deserves a lot of credit for thinking “outside the box” and going for ultra-talented players with huge upside. By the way, Pete Carroll just today went on the record saying that Bruce Irving, DE, has been playing well against the snaps, which he wasn’t quite expecting this early. He is also being groomed to back-up Chris Clemos (7 sacks so far), so his playing time is slim, but his learning curve is helped by a player very similar to him in size, build, and speed. Even though Bruce might catch a cheetah in the Savanaah!

    • Mike Loyko says:

      Certainly. I don’t think Irvin will ever be anything more than a situational rusher, but that has value. Wagner looks like a stud.

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