The 2012 NFL season has begun with the draft. I know everyone is grading and evaluating what their team did. I am not a believer in giving grades or winner/loser tags. How can anyone grade or give a winner/loser tag to teams when none of these athletes have stepped onto an NFL field? Just because a player is drafted high doesn't mean he will be a star or major contributor, conversely, just because a player is drafted late, or not at all, doesn't mean they won't be a star or major contributor (just ask Arian Foster, Fred Jackson, Tom Brady, James Harrison ... you get the point). Now, people can state what they liked or didn't like about their teams draft based on whether or not they addressed or didn't address their needs. Here are my top 10 likes and bottom 5 dislikes to the 2012 NFL Draft.
TOP 10 LIKES
1. Pace and Action of the 1st round - I loved the fast paced selections and all of the trading that went on. Made it very interesting to watch!
2. Washington Redskins - Trading up to get RGIII was a bold and very smart move. I think RGIII can be a star in this league. He needs to be coached up the right way.
3. Dallas Cowboys - Trading up to get Morris Claiborne was a great poker move by Jerry Jones. This move completely caught me off guard. Rob Ryan needs a shut down corner, Claiborne looks to be the best one out of this draft.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers had to address their O Line. Getting David DeCastro and Mike Adams was prudent, and necessary to the health of Big Ben.
5. New England Patriots - Defense kept this team from winning a Super Bowl, so BB goes out and makes his first 6 picks defensive players. If these young men produce, this team could be taking the Lombardi trophy home with them this season.
6. Indy Colts - After taking A. Luck, the Colts made 6 of their next 7 picks offensive players. You can't fix a bad team in 1 year. Giving Luck some weapons in year one is smart, fix the defense next year. They do need to make sure that they give him some protection as well.
7. Philadelphia Eagles - I liked the fact that they addressed the defensive side of the ball with 4 of their first 5 picks. With an entire offseason ahead, this team will be dangerous if the defense improves and they don't turn the ball over so much on offense.
8. Cincinnati Bengals - I liked the way they maneuvered throughout the draft. I think that their first 6 picks can be contributors. I can see back to back playoff trips for this team if their key players stay healthy.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Got a much needed dynamic play maker in the secondary, the 2nd best RB (IMO) who can play all downs, and a real football player in LB David Lavonte in the 3rd. Character and toughness were issues for this team last year, this draft was a great start to changing the mindset.
10. Buffalo Bills - I liked their draft. They addressed a lot of needs. I really liked their 2nd round pick Cordy Glenn, he's massive and athletic ( I thought he would go in the first round). This team could break their playoff drought this season, Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey have done a nice job putting this team together.
* Chandler Harnish QB - N. Illinois - Got to give a special shout out to "Mr Irrelevant". I worked
with Chandler this offseason helping him get ready for the combine and his pro workout. He has
improved his mechanics immensely (because of his hard work). He has a lot of the same intangibles
as Tim Tebow, but he's a better passer. He is better than his draft position, an outstanding young man.
Good Luck with the Colts!!
BOTTOM 5 DISLIKES
5. Washington Redskins - I didn't like them drafting Kirk Cousins in the 4th round for Kirk's sake. How much coaching is he going to get with all of the attention going to RGIII. How much trade value can he have if he never gets on the field if that is their thinking? A head scratcher for me.
4. Miami Dolphins - Didn't like them taking Tannehill this high. I would rather have liked seeing them take Michael Floyd while getting their QB later (possibly Tannehill by trading up from their 2nd rd pick). I just think that they were pressured into taking Tannehill, and that usually doesn't work out as planned.
3. KC Chiefs - I thought they reached for DT Dontari Poe. He put up eye opening numbers in his underwear at the combine, but his play too many times doesn't match those numbers. They need a pass rusher and DB's who can cover.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - This offense was putrid last year. Taking a punter in the 3rd round over an offensive player just doesn't make sense. Do they think the punter is going to be one of their better offensive players? If so, it could be another long offensive season for the Jaguars.
1. Seattle Seahawks - I didn't get their draft strategy. They reached in the 1st and 2nd rounds, then drafted a back up at best QB in the 3rd. They have 4 RB's listed on the roster but took a RB in the 4th round.
Just didn't understand their thinking I guess.