Matt Miller Re-Grades the 2012 NFL Draft

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterJune 4, 2014

Matt Miller Re-Grades the 2012 NFL Draft

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    Jason DeCrow/Associated Press

    Two seasons have passed since Andrew Luck was made the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft. On that night, every team was full of optimism when looking toward the future. How do those picks look 32 games later?

    It's a rule of thumb to only grade a draft class after three years, but you can get a good start on grading the 2012 draft after two full seasons. Some grades will definitely change as players get healthy (or injured) and earn (or lose) playing time. This is not a final grade, but rather it's a look in at how the players and picks are performing through two seasons. Think of this as a third-quarter grade card.

    It wouldn't be fair to grade NFL teams without also grading myself, though, so I'm posting my original predraft rankings of each player along with his grade. In my predraft process, players are graded and ranked based on their predicted NFL success, not their draft order, so now three years later we can truly get a feel for if those grades were correct or not.

    Note: Only 350 players were ranked predraft, as opposed to 500 players ranked predraft for the 2011 re-draft article.

San Francisco 49ers

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    Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

    This is a draft to forget for Trent Baalke and the San Francisco 49ers—and really, it's impressive they have been so competitive with a draft class like this killing their depth and youth.

    A.J. Jenkins was a monster draft-day reach, and the perception of that pick has proven to be true. It was terrible. The same could be said for drafting LaMichael James in Round 2, as he's rarely seen the field behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. His few touches have largely been in mop-up time or on special teams. Given the team's depth at running back, this pick looks very bad in hindsight.

    The rest of this draft is a cautionary tale, as only James and backup center Joe Looney are still on the roster.

    Updated Team Grade: F

     

    2012 San Francisco 49ers draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/30A.J. JenkinsIllinoisWR82B-KCF
    2/61LaMichael JamesOregonRB76B-SFD
    4/117Joe LooneyWake ForestG271B-SFC
    5/165Darius FlemingNotre DameOLB232B-NED+
    6/180Trent RobinsonMichigan StateDB125OOLF
    6/199Jason SloweyWestern OregonCNROOLF
    7/237Cam JohnsonVirginia OLB71B-INDC-

     

    KEY:

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Chicago Bears

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    Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

    The 2012 draft for the Chicago Bears is a great example of being able to evaluate some picks but also having to wait on others.

    With their first two selections, the Bears drafted defensive end/linebacker hybrid Shea McClellin and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery has become an All-Pro-level talent in his two seasons, but McClellin is still trying to find the right role to showcase his talent. That could come in 2014 under a new defensive scheme for his position. As of now, though, the McClellin pick looks like a major reach.

    With Isaiah Frey being the only other draft pick still on the roster two years later, this isn't an overall good look from the 2012 draft.

    Updated Team Grade: D

     

    2012 Chicago Bears draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/19Shea McClellinBoise StateDE31B-CHID+
    2/45Alshon JefferySouth CarolinaWR7S-CHIA
    3/79Brandon HardinOregon StateS221B-NYJD
    4/111Evan RodriguezTempleTE184B-BUFD
    6/184Isaiah FreyNevadaSNRB-CHIC
    7/220Greg McCoyTCUDBNROOLF

     

    KEY:

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Cincinnati Bengals

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    Al Behrman/Associated Press

    The Cincinnati Bengals have made three straight playoff appearances, and you can bet that the 2012 draft is a big part of the reason why.

    Guard Kevin Zeitler stepped right in and became one of the better guards in the NFL. The depth created by doubling-up on cornerbacks, wide receivers and defensive tackles also came in huge for the team once injuries took their toll.

    Grabbing Marvin Jones and George Iloka late could be the best picks of this draft, especially if Iloka performs well in a starting role this year.

    Updated Team Grade: B+

     

    2012 Cincinnati Bengals draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/17Dre KirkpatrickAlabamaCB52B-CIND+
    1/27Kevin ZeitlerWisconsinG43S-CINA
    2/53Devon StillPenn StateDT41B-CINC-
    3/83Mohamed SanuRutgersWR48B-CINC+
    3/93Brandon ThompsonClemsonDT80B-CINC-
    4/116Orson CharlesGeorgiaTE58B-CINC
    5/156Shaun PraterIowaCB126B-MINC-
    5/166Marvin JonesCaliforniaWR66S-CINA
    5/167George IlokaBoise StateSS67S-CINB+
    6/191Dan HerronOhio StateRB177B-INDC

     

    KEY:

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Buffalo Bills

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    Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

    With a top-10 pick in the 2012 draft, the Buffalo Bills had a chance to grab a franchise-changing player. They may have done just that in getting cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

    Gilmore is quickly becoming one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL. He makes this class top-heavy, but the additions of starter Cordy Glenn and key backups such as T.J. Graham, Nigel Bradham, Ron Brooks and Mark Asper help round out this very strong group.

    Getting two starters with the first two picks helps, but that's expected. It's the overall depth of this group that makes it a very good draft class.

    Updated Team Grade: B+

     

    2012 Buffalo Bills draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/10Stephon GilmoreSouth CarolinaCB19S-BUFA
    2/41Cordy GlennGeorgiaT17S-BUFA
    3/69T.J. GrahamNC StateWR189B-BUFB-
    4/105Nigel BradhamFlorida StateLB142B-BUFB-
    4/124Ron BrooksLSUCB78B-BUFB-
    5/144Zebrie SandersFlorida StateT91OOLF
    5/147Tank CarderTCULB204B-CLVC-
    6/178Mark AsperOregonGNRB-BUFC-
    7/251John PotterWestern MichiganKN/AOOLF

     

    KEY:

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Denver Broncos

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    Jack Dempsey/Associated Press

    John Elway's draft in 2012 was about setting up the Denver Broncos for the upcoming season but also for the future. He did that exceptionally well.

    Derek Wolfe, Ronnie Hillman and Omar Bolden were all very good picks when looking back at this draft, but they're trumped by selections of Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan to end the class. Jackson, as a rotational defensive lineman, and Trevathan as the starting middle linebacker, were huge impacts for the Broncos in their Super Bowl run.

    The Brock Osweiler pick may look more curious today, but remember that Peyton Manning was coming off a missed season and no one knew how long he would hold up. Osweiler was a good insurance-policy pick in April 2012, and he may still be the future of the team at quarterback.

    Updated Team Grade: A

     

    2012 Denver Broncos draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    2/36Derek WolfeCincinnatiDT152S-DENB+
    2/57Brock OsweilerArizona StateQB68B-DENB
    3/67Ronnie HillmanSan Diego StRB124B-DENB+
    4/101Omar BoldenArizona StateCB123B-DENC-
    4/108Philip BlakeBaylorC119B-ARZD
    5/137Malik JacksonTennesseeDT114B-DENB
    6/188Danny TrevathanKentuckyLB240S-DENA

     

    KEY:

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Cleveland Browns

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    David Richard/Associated Press

    The 2012 NFL draft was full of bad classes that have already shown to be full of draft-day mistakes. One such class is in Cleveland.

    With two first-round picks, the team drafted its running back and quarterback of the future. Two seasons later, neither one is with the team. The silver lining is that the team did flip Trent Richardson for Johnny Manziel—but we'll see how that pans out in a few years.

    After Round 1, this draft got better. Mitchell Schwartz is a good starter, Billy Winn and John Hughes have shown potential on the defensive line and Travis Benjamin gives them a lot of speed in the slot and return game. But that's about it.

    Out of 11 picks, only one (Schwartz) starts, and only four remain on the roster.

    Updated Team Grade: F

     

    2012 Cleveland Browns draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/3Trent RichardsonAlabamaRB3S-INDF
    1/22Brandon WeedenOklahoma St.QB50B-DALF
    2/37Mitchell SchwartzCaliforniaOT47S-CLVB+
    3/87John HughesCincinnatiDTNRB-CLVB
    4/100Travis BenjaminMiami (Fla.)WRNRB-CLVC
    4/120James-Michael JohnsonNevadaLB84B-KCC-
    5/160Ryan MillerColoradoG212OOLF
    6/204Emmanuel AchoTexasLB140B-PHID+
    6/205Billy WinnBoise StateDT57B-CLVB
    7/245Trevin WadeArizona CB 246 B-NOD+ 
    7/247Brad SmelleyAlabama FB 200 S-HOU

     

    KEY:

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Brian Blanco/Associated Press

    The 2012 NFL draft class for Tampa Bay wasn't a big group—just the standard seven picks—but the front office hit home runs with three of those picks. That's what gives this draft class the overwhelmingly positive reviews.

    Mark Barron has been very good, but he has potential to be much better in Lovie Smith's defense. Doug Martin and Lavonte David should continue to be All-Pro-caliber players in this new scheme, with David especially blossoming as the weak-side linebacker in a Lance Briggs role.

    Of the seven picks, only three were within the first four rounds. And of those seven, four are still on the roster, but three of them are franchise building blocks. That's good enough for a high grade.

    Updated Team Grade: A

     

    2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/7Mark BarronAlabamaS18S-TBB+
    1/31Doug MartinBoise StateRB23S-TBA
    2/58Lavonte DavidNebraskaLB60S-TBA
    5/140Najee GoodeWest Virginia LB244B-PHIC-
    6/174Keith TandyWest VirginiaCB191B-TBC
    7/212Michael SmithUtah StateRB247OOLF
    7/233Drake DunsmoreNorthwesternTE296OOLF

     

    KEY:

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Arizona Cardinals

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    Matt Rourke/Associated Press

    Before the 2012 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals had lost Anquan Boldin, and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was openly petitioning the team to add another big wideout opposite him. So they did.

    The decision to draft Michael Floyd over Alshon Jeffery may look bad two years later, but Floyd has started to develop into a nice option opposite the future Hall of Famer. He anchors this class as the only starter two years later.

    Jamell Fleming and Bobby Massie looked like sure-things in this lineup, but Fleming is now in Jacksonville, and Massie has lost the starting right tackle job. While the class has provided good depth, it's very short on impact players outside of Floyd.

    Updated Team Grade: C+

     

    2012 Arizona Cardinals draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/13Michael FloydNotre DameWR10S-ARZB+
    3/80Jamell FlemingOklahomaCB33B-JAXD
    4/112Bobby MassieMississippiT92B-ARZD+
    5/151Senio KelemeteWashingtonT116B-NOD+
    6/177Justin BethelPresbyterianCB187B-ARZC
    6/185Ryan LindleySan Diego StateQB188B-ARZC-
    7/221Nate PotterBoise StateT153B-ARZC

     

    KEY:

    S-TEAM (STARTER TEAM)

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    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

San Diego Chargers

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    Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    The San Diego Chargers went heavy on defense in the 2012 draft, but it might be a mid-round selection on offense that ultimately makes the biggest impact on the team. 

    Tight end Ladarius Green has emerged as a clear-cut succession plan for the aging Antonio Gates. And while he may never be a Hall of Famer, he's shown the potential to become Philip Rivers' favorite target over the middle and up the seam.

    The rest of the class is also very good, with starters coming from Round 2 (Kendall Reyes) and Round 5 (Johnnie Troutman). The depth is also good, as Melvin Ingram figures to be a future starter and Brandon Taylor could start pushing for reps soon in a nickel or dime package. 

    Updated Team Grade: A

     

    2012 San Diego Chargers draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/18Melvin IngramSouth CarolinaLB12B-SDB
    2/49Kendall ReyesUConnDE38S-SDA
    3/73Brandon TaylorLSUSS135B-SDC
    4/110Ladarius GreenLa.-LafayetteTE110S-SDA
    5/149Johnnie TroutmanPenn StateGNRS-SDA
    7/226David MolkMichiganC130B-PHIC-
    7/250Edwin BakerMichigan StateRB197B-CLVC-

     

    KEY:

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    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Reed Hoffmann/Associated Press

    Fans in Kansas City were happy to see Scott Pioli fired as general manager, but his drafts did produce much of the talent on display when the team went from two wins to the playoffs in 2013. The 2012 draft class, Pioli's last with the Chiefs, was a good one.

    Dontari Poe was an athletic marvel at Memphis, but he developed into one of the NFL's best nose tackles in his sophomore season. The foresight to draft him at pick No. 11 was impressive. The same goes for Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson—two players considered reaches on draft day, but both will start on the offensive line this season.

    All in all, the 2012 class features a big part of the Chiefs' current backbone.

    Updated Team Grade: A

     

    2012 Kansas City Chiefs draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/11Dontari PoeMemphisDT35S-KCA
    2/44Jeff AllenIllinoisG128S-KCA
    3/74Donald StephensonOklahomaT203S-KCA
    4/107Devon WylieFresno StateWR106B-SFD
    5/146DeQuan MenzieAlabamaCB95B-CARD
    6/182Cyrus GrayTexas A&MRB103B-KCB+
    7/218Jerome LongSan Diego StateDTNROOLF
    7/238Junior HemingwayMichiganWR278B-KCB

     

    KEY:

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Indianapolis Colts

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    Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

    Losing Peyton Manning for the entire 2011 season was devastating to this franchise, but it opened the door for a new regime. Led by Ryan Grigson as general manager and Chuck Pagano at head coach, the Colts were focused on a new direction for the football team. And with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft they made the right—if easy—decision.

    Andrew Luck is the face of this franchise, and already he's shown skills that project him to become the best quarterback in the game before long. But the Colts didn't stop there. Grabbing tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen was brilliant, and getting them together on the field in 2014 will make for an exciting offense.

    The steal of the draft might be wide receiver T.Y. Hilton—a player the Colts stole in Round 3 who is now one of their best offensive weapons.

    How do you grade this draft? The first five picks will all start in 2014. That's pretty dang good.

    Updated Team Grade: A+

     

    2012 Indianapolis Colts draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/1Andrew LuckStanfordQB1S-INDA
    2/34Coby FleenerStanfordTE16S-INDA
    3/64Dwayne AllenClemsonTE54S-INDA
    3/92T.Y. HiltonFIUWR144S-INDA
    5/136Josh ChapmanAlabamaNT75S-INDA
    5/170Vick BallardMississippi St.RB178B-INDB
    6/206LaVon BrazillOhioWR313B-INDC
    7/208Justin AndersonGeorgiaTNROOLF
    7/214Tim FuggerVanderbiltDENRB-NYJD+
    7/253Chandler HarnishNorthern Illinois QB 243 B-INDC- 

     

    KEY:

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    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Dallas Cowboys

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    Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Jerry Jones fell in love in the spring of 2012. LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was the man he had to have, so Jones pulled the trigger and traded up to get him. That cost Dallas a first and second-round pick, but Claiborne looked like a sure-fire stud at corner. Two years later, the pick is still up in the air.

    The rest of the Dallas draft yielded good depth, but so far no impact players. A new defensive scheme may allow Tyrone Crawford and Kyle Wilber more opportunities, but they were both a better fit for a base 3-4. Now that the Cowboys are running a base 4-3, they are square pegs in round holes.

    Updated Team Grade: B

     

    2012 Dallas Cowboys draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/6Morris ClaiborneLSUCB5S-DALB
    3/81Tyrone CrawfordBoise StateDE79B-DALC-
    4/113Kyle WilberWake ForestLB132B-DALC-
    4/135Matt JohnsonEastern Wash.CBNRB-DALD+
    5/152Danny CoaleVirginia TechWR193B-PITD+
    6/186James HannaOklahomaTE207S-DALA
    7/222Caleb McSurdyMontanaLBNRB-STLD+

     

    KEY:

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    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Miami Dolphins

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    J Pat Carter/Associated Press

    The 2012 draft class in Miami is an interesting one—both good and bad.

    The team hit on quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a pick that seemed like a reach at the time. General manager Jeff Ireland also nailed the picks of Olivier Vernon and Rishard Matthews, but the decision to add Jonathan Martin looks very questionable after the fact.

    Similarly, Lamar Miller and Michael Egnew have failed to deliver on their pre-draft stock. The Miller pick looked great given the value, but he's played more like a fourth-rounder than the first-round talent he was seen as.

    The bravado to select Tannehill early in Round 1 has paid off, though, and for that the team gets a high grade.

    Updated Team Grade: A-

     

    2012 Miami Dolphins draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/8Ryan TannehillTexas A&MQB46S-MIAA
    2/42Jonathan MartinStanfordT36B-SFF
    3/72Olivier VernonMiami (Fla.) DE160S-MIAA
    3/78Michael EgnewMissouriTE148B-MIAD
    4/97Lamar MillerMiami (Fla.)RB25B-MIAB
    5/155Josh KadduOregonLB89B-PHID+
    6/183B.J. Cunningham Michigan StateWR209B-PHID+
    7/215Kheeston Randall TexasDT118B-MIND+
    7/227Rishard Matthews NevadaWR155B-MIAA

     

    KEY:

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Philadelphia Eagles

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    Michael Perez/Associated Press

    Howie Roseman and Andy Reid combined for one final draft class in Philadelphia in 2012, and boy was it a good one.

    Grabbing starters Fletcher Fox, Mychal Kendricks, Nick Foles, Brandon Boykin and role players such as Vinny Curry and Bryce Brown made this group both an instant impact and huge for the long-term future of the ballclub.

    Even with Brown now in Buffalo and late-rounders Marvin McNutt and Brandon Washington moving on to other teams, the 2012 draft in Philadelphia can be pointed at when the team goes on a playoff run like they did in 2013. 

    Updated Team Grade: A+

     

    2012 Philadelphia Eagles draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/12Fletcher CoxMississippi St. DE11S-PHIA
    2/46Mychal KendricksCaliforniaLB83S-PHIB+
    2/59Vinny CurryMarshallDE53B-PHIC+
    3/88Nick FolesArizonaQB112S-PHIA
    4/123Brandon BoykinGeorgiaCB64S-PHIA
    5/153Dennis KellyPurdueTNRB-PHIC
    6/194Marvin McNuttIowaWR90B-CARD+
    6/200Brandon Washington Miami (Fla.)G77B-STLD+
    7/229Bryce BrownKansas StateRBNRB-BUFC+

     

    KEY:

    S-TEAM (STARTER TEAM)

    B-TEAM (BACKUP TEAM)

    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Atlanta Falcons

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    John Bazemore/Associated Press

    One year after moving way up in the draft to select wide receiver Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons faced a 2012 class with very few picks. Turning those six picks into impact players hasn't been easy.

    Without a first-round selection, the Falcons aimed to improve their depth and fill future needs by selecting offensive linemen, a fullback and then going toward the defense with their final three picks. Of the six players selected, only outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi is slated to start in 2014—and that may be by default.

    Thomas Dimitroff has had a few very good drafts in Atlanta, but the 2012 class has yet to produce for him.

    Updated Team Grade: C-

     

    2012 Atlanta Falcons draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    2/55Peter KonzWisconsinC26B-ATLD
    3/91Lamar HolmesSouthern MissT195B-ATLD
    5/157Bradie EwingWisconsinFB210B-JAXD
    5/164Jonathan MassaquoiTroyDE74S-ATLB+
    6/192Charles MitchellMiss. StateDB280B-DEND+
    7/249Travian RobertsonSouth CarolinaDT305B-ATLC

     

    KEY:

    S-TEAM (STARTER TEAM)

    B-TEAM (BACKUP TEAM)

    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

New York Giants

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    Julio Cortez/Associated Press

    The New York Giants' 2012 draft class is still somewhat clouded two seasons later. And that really begins with their first pick in the draft, running back David Wilson.

    Wilson is right now waiting to be cleared before he can resume contact drills following neck surgery. Even before injury, Wilson was struggling with fumbles and had found himself in Tom Coughlin's doghouse. He had flashed potential, but if he'll ever be the same again remains to be seen.

    The rest of the class was very solid, with many of the players still with the Giants and making an impact. Rueben Randle and Adrien Robinson will be asked to do more in the offense this year and could propel this class up or down based on how they perform in Year Three.

    Updated Team Grade: B-

     

    2012 New York Giants draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/32David WilsonVirginia TechRB51B-NYGF
    2/63Rueben RandleLSUWR32S-NYGB
    3/94Jayron HosleyVirginia Tech CB96B-NYGC
    4/127Adrien RobinsonCincinnatiTENRS-NYGB+
    4/131Brandon MosleyAuburnT98B-NYGC+
    6/201Matt McCantsUABT122B-OAKD+
    7/239Markus KuhnNC StateDTNRB-NYGC

     

    KEY:

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    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Chris Covatta/Associated Press

    The 2012 draft in Jacksonville will forever be remembered as the year Gene Smith took Justin Blackmon in Round 1 and a punter in Round 3. And with Blackmon suspended indefinitely in 2014 killing his potential (this, following a four-game season in '12 due to suspensions), this doesn't look good for the Jaguars.

    There's a reason Smith was fired, though, and you can look at the 2011 and 2012 drafts as great evidence of why Dave Caldwell was hired to turn this franchise around.

    The silver lining to this class could be Andre Branch. The defensive end played well in spot duty in 2013 and could be in for a bigger role now that he's acclimated to Gus Bradley's defense.

    Updated Team Grade: D-

     

    2012 Jacksonville Jaguars draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/5Justin BlackmonOklahoma St.WR20SUSPF
    2/38Andre BranchClemsonDE28B-JAXB-
    3/70Bryan AngerCaliforniaPN/AS-JAXB
    5/142Brandon MarshallNevadaLBNRB-DEND+
    6/176Mike HarrisFlorida StateCB186B-JAXC
    7/228Jeris PendletonAshlandDTNRB-INDD+

     

    KEY:

    S-TEAM (STARTER TEAM)

    B-TEAM (BACKUP TEAM)

    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

New York Jets

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    Bob Leverone/Associated Press

    The New York Jets added what they hoped would be an impact defender when they grabbed Quinton Coples with their first pick in the 2012 draft. What they've received in return, from Coples and this entire class, has been uneven.

    Coples has moved to outside linebacker, a role that's not very natural for him, and he's struggled with consistency. Similarly, Stephen Hill hasn't been able to transition from freak athlete to impact wide receiver. He'll be asked to do more in 2014. The same goes for Demario Davis, who has been a good second inside linebacker in the team's four linebacker defense.

    All in all, this was a solid draft, but it lacks impact players through two seasons. 

    Updated Team Grade: C+

     

    2012 New York Jets draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/16Quinton CoplesNorth CarolinaDE27S-NYJB
    2/43Stephen HillGeorgia TechWR22S-NYJC
    3/77Demario DavisArkansas StateLB120S-NYJB
    6/187Josh BushWake ForestCBNRB-NYJC
    6/202Terrance GanawayBaylorRB180OOLF
    6/203Robert GriffinBaylorGNROOLF
    7/242Antonio AllenSouth CarolinaS134S-NYJA
    7/244Jordan WhiteWestern Michigan WRNROOLF

     

    KEY:

    S-TEAM (STARTER TEAM)

    B-TEAM (BACKUP TEAM)

    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Detroit Lions

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    Paul Sancya/Associated Press

    The Detroit Lions headed into the 2012 NFL draft looking to address future and current needs. In some spots they were quite successful. In others, they were still trying to fill the holes with the 2014 draft.

    First-round pick Riley Reiff has been very solid in his time as a starter. He looks like an anchor for the team's offensive line at left tackle. But Reiff is the only high-level contributor from this class to date. And that's a concern given the eight total picks.

    Ryan Broyles has shown flashes, but he can't stay healthy. Dwight Bentley hasn't been able to crack the lineup, despite a lack of talent at the corner position. And when you see fourth- and sixth-round-picks already out of the league, you can tell there were misses.

    The depth of this draft was good, but the impact has not been overall. 

    Updated Team Grade: B-

     

    2012 Detroit Lions draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/23Riley ReiffIowaT12S-DETA
    2/54Ryan BroylesOklahoma WR111B-DETC-
    3/85Dwight BentleyLa.-LafayetteCB85B-DETC-
    4/125Ronnell LewisOklahomaDE88OOLF
    5/138Tahir WhiteheadTempleLB275B-DETC
    5/148Chris GreenwoodAlbionDB216B-PHIC-
    6/196Jonte GreenNew Mexico St.DBNRB-DETC-
    7/223Travis LewisOklahomaLB168B-DETC-

     

    KEY:

    S-TEAM (STARTER TEAM)

    B-TEAM (BACKUP TEAM)

    OOL (OUT OF LEAGUE)

Green Bay Packers

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    Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Ted Thompson is one of the NFL's better general managers, and that is proven time and time again when he finds upper-level talent in early rounds and steals later in the draft. That said, 2012 was not Thompson's finest hour late in the draft, and his early picks have yet to fully develop.

    Look at this draft and you'll see the Packers' last three picks are all out of the league just two years later. Also, the first two picks are backups at positions the team has upgraded through free agency and and the draft since (adding Julius Peppers and Datone Jones).

    The best picks of this draft, and the saving grace, are the middle rounds. Casey Hayward and Mike Daniels are both key contributors, and a healthy Hayward could be the team's best cornerback in 2014. 

    Updated Team Grade: B

     

    2012 Green Bay Packers draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/28Nick PerryUSCLB3B-GBC-
    2/51Jerel WorthyMichigan St.DT50B-GBC-
    2/62Casey HaywardVanderbiltCB47S-GBA
    4/132Mike DanielsIowaDTNRS-GBA
    4/133Jerron McMillianMaineSNRB-KCD
    5/163Terrell ManningNC StateLB84OOLF
    7/241Andrew DatkoFlorida StateT212OOLF
    7/243B.J. ColemanTenn-ChattanoogaQB140OOLF

     

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Carolina Panthers

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    MIKE MCCARN/Associated Press

    It's time to be honest—when the Carolina Panthers drafted Luke Kuechly, I wasn't a fan of the pick. I was wrong—very wrong.

    Kuechly has easily handled the transition to the NFL, and since moving to middle linebacker and replacing Jon Beason he's been a top-tier performer there. The team was wise to ignore my opinion and select the Boston College 'backer with the No. 9 overall pick.

    The rest of the 2012 draft is harder to value right now. Amini Silatolu is a starter but an average one through two seasons. He's still acclimating to the NFL, though.

    Frank Alexander and Josh Norman are good depth players—with Norman being more of an impact to date. And grabbing punter Brad Nortman in Round 6 has worked out well. But a miss on Joe Adams still stings—especially given the team's lack of talent at wide receiver. 

    Updated Team Grade: B

     

    2012 Carolina Panthers draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/9Luke KuechlyBoston CollegeLB30S-CARA
    2/40Amini SilatoluMidwestern St.G87S-CARB
    4/103Frank AlexanderOklahomaDE264B-CARB
    4/104Joe AdamsArkansasWR94OOLF
    5/143Josh NormanCoastal CarolinaCB104B-CARC
    6/207Brad NortmanWisconsinPN/AS-CARB+
    7/216D.J. CampbellCaliforniaDBNRB-SFD

     

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New England Patriots

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    Elise Amendola/Associated Press

    Bill Belichick's reputation as a general manager and drafter has taken a bit of a hit, but when you look at his 2012 draft class, it's easy to remember why the New England Patriots remain so successful.

    With two first-round picks, the Patriots reinforced their defense by adding Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower. Both players are part of a young nucleus on defense that has kept the Patriots competitive even as the weapons on offense have left or been injured.

    Grabbing Tavon Wilson in Round 2 was a head-scratcher, and still is, but the gamble to pick up Alfonzo Dennard in Round 7 looked smart then and still does two years later. 

    Updated Team Grade: A-

     

    2012 New England Patriots draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/21Chandler JonesSyracuseDE45S-NEA
    1/25Dont'a HightowerAlabamaLB24S-NEA
    2/48Tavon WilsonIllinoisSNRB-NEC-
    3/90Jake BequetteArkansasDE107B-NEC-
    6/197Nate EbnerOhio StateDBNRB-NEC-
    7/224Alfonzo DennardNebraskaCB72B-NEB+
    7/235Jeremy EbertNorthwesternWRNROOLF

     

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Oakland Raiders

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    Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

    The Oakland Raiders entered the 2012 NFL draft without a first- or second-round pick due to trades for Carson Palmer and a move up in the 2011 draft. That left them with six picks but little room to grab the impact players they so badly needed.

    Because of the lack of early picks, this draft must be evaluated differently. The Raiders' first pick in Round 3 would normally net a future starter—and it has with guard Tony Bergstrom. In Round 4 the team added more depth, and a spot-starter, in Miles Burris. With depth coming from Rounds 4 and 5, this draft is much more solid than it might appear at first glance. 

    Updated Team Grade: B

     

    2012 Oakland Raiders draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    3/95Tony BergstromUtahG149S-OAKB+
    4/129Miles BurrisSan Diego St.LB286B-OAKB
    5/158Jack CrawfordPenn StateDE159B-OAKB
    5/168Juron CrinerArizonaWR145B-OAKB
    6/189Christo BilukidiGeorgia StateDENRB-CIND+
    7/230Nathan StuparPenn StateLBNRB-JAXD+

     

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St. Louis Rams

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    Tony Avelar/Associated Press

    The 2012 draft order was originally set with the St. Louis Rams holding the No. 2 overall pick, which they flipped for a haul from Washington months before the draft. That pick became Robert Griffin III for Daniel Snyder's team, but it set the Rams up for the long term with extra ammunition to grab impact players and make the trades needed to pick up extra selections.

    Michael Brockers is a stud at nose tackle and will see more one-on-ones with Aaron Donald lined up next to him. The team missed on Brian Quick and Isaiah Pead, but it made up for it with Chris Givens and the duo of cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson.

    Even the sixth-round-pick, Greg Zuerlein, was a steal, as he's become a top-tier NFL kicker. 

    Updated Team Grade: A

     

    2012 St. Louis Rams draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/14Michael BrockersLSUDT9S-STLA
    2/33Brian QuickAppalachian St.WR59B-STLF
    2/39Janoris JenkinsNorth AlabamaCB61S-STLA
    2/50Isaiah PeadCincinnatiRB73B-STLF
    3/65Trumaine JohnsonMontanaCB70S-STLB
    4/96Chris GivensWake ForestWR143S-STLB+
    5/150Rokevious WatkinsSouth CarolinaGNRB-KCD+
    6/171Greg ZuerleinMissouri WesternKN/AS-STLA
    7/209Aaron BrownHawaiiLBNROOLF
    7/252Daryl RichardsonAbilene ChristianRB NR B-NYJ

     

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Baltimore Ravens

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    Nick Wass/Associated Press

    Ozzie Newsome's status as one of the NFL's best general managers is intact today, and going back to the 2012 draft you can see why.

    Newsome makes shrewd decisions—such as moving out of Round 1 for a second- and fourth-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings. Those picks became Courtney Upshaw—a player with starting potential—and Gino Gradkowski—a top reserve on the offensive line. Maybe they're not All-Pro players after two years, but it was smart drafting.

    The entire draft is solid for Baltimore, even with just one starter in Kelechi Osemele. Players such as Bernard Pierce and Asa Jackson are likely to see more reps in 2014, with Pierce especially being a key player if/when Ray Rice is suspended. 

    Updated Team Grade: B+

     

    2012 Baltimore Ravens draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    2/35Courtney UpshawAlabamaLB15B-BALB-
    2/60Kelechi OsemeleIowa StateT34S-BALA
    3/84Bernard PierceTempleRB113B-BALB+
    4/98Gino GradkowskiDelawareGNRB-BALC
    4/130Christian ThompsonSouth Carolina St.DB171OOLF
    5/169Asa JacksonCal PolyDB158B-BALC
    6/198Tommy StreeterMiami (Fla.)WR147B-TBD+
    7/236DeAngelo TysonGeorgiaDE318B-BALC

     

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Washington

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    Evan Vucci/Associated Press

    Daniel Snyder looked at the 2012 NFL draft and made a decision to move up and get a quarterback. To do that he jumped from pick No. 6 all the way to No. 2—putting his team in position to grab whichever quarterback (Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III) the Indianapolis Colts passed on.

    Washington got its franchise quarterback in Griffin, even if it meant swamping first-round selections in 2012 and sending first-rounders in 2013, 2014 and a 2012 second-round selection to the St. Louis Rams. Whether or not Griffin is worth that haul is yet to be seen through two seasons.

    The move to select Kirk Cousins with its third pick in the draft was very questionable, and really, it still is, but injuries to RGIII have forced Cousins into the lineup, and he's performed well there. 

    The real gem of this class, though, was finding Alfred Morris in Round 6. He's gone from late-round pickup to one of the game's top running backs. And for that, Snyder and Bruce Allen deserve a high grade.

    Updated Team Grade: A+

     

    2012 Washington draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/2Robert Griffin IIIBaylorQB2S-WASA
    3/71Josh LeRibeusSMUG198B-WASC-
    4/102Kirk CousinsMichigan St.QB44B-WASB
    4/119Keenan RobinsonTexasLB115B-WASC
    5/141Adam GettisIowaGNRB-WASC
    6/173Alfred MorrisFAURBNRS-WASA
    6/193Tom ComptonSouth DakotaT176B-WASC
    7/213Richard CrawfordSMUDBNRB-WASC
    7/217Jordan BernstineIowaDBNROOLF

     

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New Orleans Saints

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    Bill Haber/Associated Press

    The 2012 draft saw the New Orleans Saints wait until the third round to make a selection after trading their first-round pick to the New England Patriots and having their second-round pick taken after the Bountygate scandal. With limited resources, general manager Mickey Loomis put together a good class.

    Akiem Hicks will be a mainstay on the defensive line in a 3-4 defense and look for Corey White to see the field plenty at cornerback. Nick Toon, for a fourth-rounder, has potential to see the field as a fourth wide receiver, giving the team good return on investment.

    Expecting a huge impact from middle- and late-round picks wouldn't be fair, but grading this draft on where the picks were made, the Saints have done well. 

    Updated Team Grade: B+

     

    2012 New Orleans Saints draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    3/89Akiem HicksReginaDE227S-NOA
    4/122Nick ToonWisconsinWR69B-NOC+
    5/162Corey WhiteSamfordCBNRB-NOB
    6/179Andrew TillerSyracuseGNRB-GBD+
    7/234Marcel Jones NebraskaT236B-NOC

     

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Seattle Seahawks

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    Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

    When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, it was immediately obvious that the 2011 and 2012 draft classes were a big part of their success.

    In 2012, general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll added starters in Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 7. One of those starters was quarterback Russell Wilson. Another was middle linebacker Bobby Wagner—two of the most important players on the field, both added after Round 1.

    The Seahawks have owned the draft lately, and if they can get Bruce Irvin on the field for 16 games, he could easily be a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Even Robert Turbin may see his stock increase as he gains carries in rotation behind Marshawn Lynch.

    The gem of the class? Wilson was a great pick in Round 3, but drafting defensive end J.R. Sweezy and developing him into a starting offensive guard is just impressive. 

    Updated Team Grade: A+

     

    2012 Seattle Seahawks draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/15Bruce IrvinWest Virginia DE99S-SEAC
    2/47Bobby WagnerUtah StateLB62S-SEAA
    3/75Russell WilsonWisconsinQB102S-SEAA
    4/106Robert TurbinUtah StateRB121B-SEAA
    4/114Jaye HowardFloridaDT185B-KCD+
    5/154Korey ToomerIdahoLBNRB-SEAC
    6/172Jeremy LaneNorthwestern St. CBNRB-SEAC+
    6/181Winston GuyKentuckyS274B-JAXC-
    7/225J R SweezyNC StateDENRS-SEAA
    7/232Greg ScrugsLouisville DE NR B-SEA

     

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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    David Richard/Associated Press

    Drafting late in each round makes it much tougher for the general manager to consistently add impact players. That much is obvious, but in Pittsburgh the team's struggle to stay competitive while getting younger can be connected to this trend. The 2012 draft is a good example of this.

    David DeCastro has big potential, but he missed his rookie season and should have a big third season. Mike Adams looks like a bust already, and Sean Spence has had trouble landing a starting job at inside linebacker.

    The best pick might be the last one—Kelvin Beachum has gone from Round 7 pick to starting left tackle in Pittsburgh. 

    Updated Team Grade: B

     

    2012 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/24David DeCastroStanfordG6S-PITA
    2/56Mike AdamsOhio StateT29B-PITD
    3/86Sean SpenceMiami (Fla.) LB97B-PITC-
    4/109Alameda Ta'amuWashingtonDT109B-INDF
    5/159Chris RaineyFloridaRB150B-INDD+
    7/231Toney ClemonsColoradoWRNRB-CARD+
    7/240David PaulsonOregonTE257B-PITC
    7/246Terrence Frederick Texas A&MDB262B-NOD+
    7/248Kelvin BeachumSMUT294S-PITA

     

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Houston Texans

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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Drafting late in Round 1 after a successful AFC South title, the Houston Texans needed immediate help at outside linebacker and wide receiver. That made Rick Smith's decisions with his first two picks very easy, but those picks haven't exactly produced as expected to date.

    Whitney Mercilus was a good value at the time, but he hasn't been a huge impact while holding down a starting job. DeVier Posey, on the other hand, has barely been noticeable and was replaced by DeAndre Hopkins in the 2013 draft.

    The Texans did beef up their offensive line with good picks in Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones, and further depth in Keshawn Martin and Jared Crick will help fill out the roster with talent.  

    Updated Team Grade: B+

     

    2012 Houston Texans draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/26Whitney MercilusIllinoisDE21S-HOUB
    3/68DeVier PoseyOhio StateWR175B-HOUC
    3/76Brandon BrooksMiami (OH) G127S-HOUB+
    4/99Ben JonesGeorgiaC63S-HOUB+
    4/121Keshawn MartinMichigan St.WR323B-HOUB
    4/126Jared CrickNebraskaDE56B-HOUB
    5/161Randy BullockTexas A&MKN/AS-HOUB
    6/195Nick MondekPurdueTNROOLF

     

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Tennessee Titans

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    Stephen Morton/Associated Press

    Evaluating a draft class one year after the picks are made doesn't tell you much, and a good case in point is Kendall Wright. The Baylor wideout didn't have a huge impact in Year One, but he became a go-to star in his sophomore season. Now, looking at the class two years later, he's a great pick at No. 20 overall.

    The rest of the class isn't as impactful. Zach Brown has moved in and out of the starting lineup an awful lot for a second-round pick. Mike Martin looked good at times, but he doesn't have a true place in the team's new hybrid defense.

    Wright is the real centerpiece of this draft, though, and is the reason for an above-average grade. 

    Updated Team Grade: B

     

    2012 Tennessee Titans draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/20Kendall WrightBaylorWR14S-TENA
    2/52Zach BrownNorth Carolina LB55B-TENC-
    3/82Mike MartinMichiganDT42B-TENC-
    4/115Coty SensabaughClemsonS237B-TENC
    5/145Taylor ThompsonSMUTENRB-TENC-
    6/190Markelle MartinOklahoma St.S81OOLF
    7/211Scott SolomonRiceDE299B-TBD+

     

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Minnesota Vikings

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    Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

    The Minnesota Vikings had two picks in the first round of the 2012 draft, and both have been productive. 

    The Minnesota Vikings came into the 2012 NFL draft with clear needs at offensive tackle, and they filled that with a blue-chip prospect in Matt Kalil. He's been as good as advertised. The same goes for his fellow first-round teammate, Harrison Smith. The two form a nucleus for the future of this franchise.

    The rest of the class shows great depth, as Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright and Rhett Ellison are all solid tier-two players. Blair Walsh was a smart pickup in Round 6 and helps overshadow misses in Greg Childs and Trevor Guyton.

    Updated Team Grade: A 

    2012 Minnesota Vikings draft
    Rd/Pick  PlayerSchoolPos.Predraft rankStatusGrade
    1/4Matt KalilUSCT3S-MINA
    1/29Harrison SmithNotre Dame S50S-MINA
    3/66Josh RobinsonCentral Florida CB47B-MINB-
    4/118Jarius WrightArkansasWRNRB-MINC
    4/128Rhett EllisonUSCFBNRB-MINB-
    4/134Greg ChildsArkansasWR84OOLF
    5/139Robert BlantonNotre DameCB212B-MINC
    6/175Blair WalshGeorgiaK140S-MINA
    7/210Audie ColeNC StateLB57B-MINC
    7/219Trevor Guyton California LB 246 OOL

     

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