By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on March 30, 2014
The 2012 NFL Draft will go down as one of the best in recent memory. While the attention was focused on quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, this class was very deep at many different positions.
However, what would this draft look like if it was held today rather than in 2012? Here now is my 2012 NFL Draft Re-do.
For 2013's Redo, visit http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/01/15/2013-nfl-draft-re-do/.
Original Pick: Andrew Luck
Re-Draft Pick: Andrew Luck
After a 2-14 season in 2011, the Indianapolis Colts found their franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck. Luck set rookie records for passing yards in a season as well as the most fourth-quarter comebacks with seven in 2012. All of his success came despite a very poor offensive line and a suspect running game.
Original Pick: Robert Griffin III
Re-Draft Pick: Robert Griffin III
The Washington Redskins traded the farm to select Robert Griffin III second overall in 2012, and after his rookie year, the Redskins would do it all over again. Griffin III took a 6-10 team the year before and turned them into a 10-6 team and the NFC East champions. A serious knee injury in the playoffs against Seattle was the only thing that slowed Griffin III down.
Original Pick: Trent Richardson
Re-Draft Pick: Russell Wilson
With the first of two first-round picks in 2012, the Cleveland Browns selected Trent Richardson at No. 3. Richardson had a solid rookie year, but the Browns desperately needed a franchise quarterback. Here the Browns would take Russell Wilson. He led Seattle to the divisional round of the playoffs as a third-round pick and almost got the Seahawks to the NFC Championship game.
Original Pick: Matt Kalil
Re-Draft Pick: Matt Kalil
Left tackle Matt Kalil had a solid rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. Kalil made the Pro Bowl as an alternate by paving the way for Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards, the second-most by a running back in a season ever. Kalil's pass blocking also helped quarterback Christian Ponder progress into a good quarterback in 2012. The Vikings found their franchise left tackle.
Original Pick: Justin Blackmon
Re-Draft Pick: Ryan Tannehill
The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up in the 2012 draft to land Justin Blackmon, considered to be the best wide receiver in the draft. However, in spite of drafting Blaine Gabbert in the first round the previous year, the Jaguars turn around and select Ryan Tannehill. He had a good rookie year with the Miami Dolphins despite not much help around him.
Original Pick: Morris Claiborne
Re-Draft Pick: Mark Barron
With a big need at cornerback, the Dallas Cowboys traded up to select Morris Claiborne after already signed Brandon Carr in the 2012 offseason. This time around, the Cowboys draft a playmaking safety in Mark Barron. He would have been a better pick for Dallas at that time as they were poor at the safety position in 2012.
Original Pick: Mark Barron
Re-Draft Pick: Doug Martin
Tampa Bay traded up and select Doug Martin late in the first round, but if they had to do it all over again, they would have taken him with their first of two first-round picks. Martin rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and had almost 2,000 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns. If not for the rookie quarterbacks, Martin would have been the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.
Original Pick: Ryan Tannehill
Re-Draft Pick: Luke Kuechly
With Tannehill off the board, the Miami Dolphins now go after the best overall defensive player in the draft in linebacker Luke Kuechly. He led the NFL in total tackles in 2012 and was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year for the Carolina Panthers. Kuechly would have been the next great linebacker in Miami like Nick Buoniconti and Zach Thomas before him.
Original Pick: Luke Kuechly
Re-Draft Pick: Bobby Wagner
With Kuechly off the board, the Carolina Panthers target the next best linebacker in the draft in Bobby Wagner. The Panthers' linebackers were a major concern as both Jon Beason and Thomas Davis had been injury prone. Wagner had a great rookie year with Seattle, collecting 140 tackles and three interceptions. Wagner would have been just as productive as Kuechly was in Carolina.
Original Pick: Stephon Gilmore
Re-Draft Pick: Morris Claiborne
Stephon Gilmore was a solid player for the Buffalo Bills, but this time around, Morris Claiborne is the undisputed pick here. Claiborne would have been better suited in Buffalo and the AFC East than with the distraction-riddled Dallas Cowboys. Claiborne was considered the best defensive prospect for a reason and would have proved it in Buffalo in 2012.
Original Pick: Dontari Poe
Re-Draft Pick: Fletcher Cox
The Kansas City Chiefs picked the right position in 2012, but they picked the wrong player. Instead of Dontari Poe, who was a bust as a rookie, the Chiefs select Fletcher Cox this time. As a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cox had five and a half sacks as a defensive tackle. With Cox, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, the Chiefs' defense would have been great in 2012.
Original Pick: Fletcher Cox
Re-Draft Pick: Lavonte David
With Cox off the board, the Philadelphia Eagles address their linebacking corps and select Lavonte David. David had a great rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finishing with 140 tackles and three interceptions. Behind a very stacked defensive front in Philadelphia, David could have been a force for a good Eagles' front seven.
Original Pick: Michael Floyd
Re-Draft Pick: Alfred Morris
As tempting as it would be to select the hometown Arizona Wildcat Nick Foles this time around, the Arizona Cardinals solidify their backfield with Alfred Morris. In 2012, the Cardinals had zero rushers accumulate even 400 yards on the ground. Morris, on the other hand, gained 1,600 yards for the Washington Redskins, helping them make the playoffs.
Original Pick: Michael Brockers
Re-Draft Pick: Trent Richardson
Despite the presence of running back Steven Jackson, the St. Louis Rams draft their next franchise running back in Trent Richardson. Jackson's production declined over the past two years and Richardson would have been a good fit. Richardson gained 950 yards and scored 11 touchdowns while the Rams had only five rushing touchdowns in 2012.
Original Pick: Bruce Irvin
Re-Draft Pick: Quinton Coples
As good as Bruce Irvin was in 2012, Quinton Coples would have been a better fit with the Seattle Seahawks. With the New York Jets, Coples had five and a half sacks in spot-duty and would have had more if he was a starter. In Seattle, Coples could have been like Irvin and lined up anywhere in Seattle's great defense to put tremendous pressure on the quarterback.
Original Pick: Quinton Coples
Re-Draft Pick: Bruce Irvin
Just like the Seahawks, the New York Jets reach for Bruce Irvin in the first round in this redo. Irvin did record eight sacks as a situational pass rusher with the Seattle Seahawks. However, in Rex Ryan's multiple defense, Irvin could have been a dependable pass rusher the Jets didn't have. This would make up for the failures of selecting Vernon Gholston in 2008.
Original Pick: Dre Kirkpatrick
Re-Draft Pick: Harrison Smith
Dre Kirkpatrick was a no-show in 2012 and failed to start a single game for the Cincinnati Bengals and appeared in only five games. This time around, the Bengals should select another defensive back in Harrison Smith. He played very well for the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, recording 97 combined tackles and three interceptions, helping the Vikings reach the postseason in 2012.
Original Pick: Melvin Ingram
Re-Draft Pick: Riley Reiff
The San Diego Chargers' offensive line was one of the worst in football and quarterback Phillip Rivers was sacked 49 times in 2012. Instead of selecting yet another pass rusher in Melvin Ingram, the Chargers here select tackle Riley Reiff. He would have helped Rivers in 2012 against the likes of elite pass rushers Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Tamba Hali in the AFC West.
Original Pick: Shea McClellin
Re-Draft Pick: Mitchell Schwartz
The Chicago Bears' offensive line was horrible since Jay Cutler arrived in 2009. In 2012, Cutler was sacked 38 times. To protect Cutler, the Bears select tackle Mitchell Schwartz. He played well as a rookie for the Cleveland Browns as the starting right tackle in 2012. Schwartz would be a better pick than Shea McClellin, who barely played in 2012.
Original Pick: Kendall Wright
Re-Draft Pick: Chandler Jones
Drafting a wide receiver like Kendall Wright was an unnecessary move for the Tennessee Titans as they already had two good receivers in place. Here, the Titans make the correct pick by selecting defensive end Chandler Jones. Tennessee finished with 39 sacks in 2012, but that number could have increased with Jones on the team. Jones had six sacks as a New England Patriot in 2012.
Original Pick: Chandler Jones
Re-Draft Pick: Janoris Jenkins
With Jones off the board, the New England Patriots would have been wise to address their struggles in pass coverage by selecting Janoris Jenkins. He had a fantastic rookie season for the St. Louis Rams, scoring three pick-six touchdowns. Jenkins was the Rams' best defensive back as a rookie and New England certainly could have used him in 2012.
Original Pick: Brandon Weeden
Re-Draft Pick: T.Y. Hilton
With Wilson selected with their first pick, the Browns now could add more weapons on offense and the best available offensive player is T.Y. Hilton. He had a breakout rookie season with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts with 861 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. Teamed with Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Jordan Cameron, Hilton would have made the Browns' passing game better.
Original Pick: Riley Reiff
Re-Draft Pick: Stephon Gilmore
With Reiff off the board, the Detroit Lions can finally address their secondary by selecting Stephon Gilmore. He was a good player for the Buffalo Bills in 2012, but Gilmore would have been a better fit for Detroit. On a team that desperately needed cornerback help, Gilmore would have helped Detroit slow down the high-octane offenses in Chicago and Green Bay twice a year,
Original Pick: David DeCastro
Re-Draft Pick: Kevin Zeitler
At the time, David DeCastro was a good pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers gave up 30 sacks in 2012 to Ben Roethlisberger. The running game also struggled, finishing 27th in yards per game. DeCastro was hurt for most of 2012, so the pick now would be Kevin Zeitler. With the Cincinnati Bengals, Zeitler started all 16 games and helped the Bengals make the playoffs in 2012.
Original Pick: Dont’a Hightower
Re-Draft Pick: Michael Brockers
Dont'a Hightower was a great pick for the New England Patriots, but the team had major struggles on their defensive line, so this time, the Patriots select Michael Brockers. In 2012, Brockers had four sacks for the St. Louis Rams while the Patriots' defensive tackles combined for over five and a half altogether. A pairing of Vince Wilfork and Brockers would have been great.
Original Pick: Whitney Mercilus
Re-Draft Pick: Kendall Wright
Whitney Mercilus had a solid rookie season in 2012 with the Houston Texans, recording six sacks, but here, the Texans find a complimentary receiver to Andre Johnson in Kendall Wright. In an average offense in Tennessee, Wright had 64 receptions and four touchdowns in 2012. Wright would have been a major upgrade over the likes of Kevin Walter, who had only 41 catches in 2012.
Original Pick: Kevin Zeitler
Re-Draft Pick: Dont'a Hightower
With Zeitler off the board, the Cincinnati Bengals can now find a big-play linebacker and the only choice here is Dont'a Hightower. Although the Bengals received great production from undrafted rookie free agent Vontaze Burfict in 2012, he was still an undrafted rookie free agent. Hightower had 60 combined tackles and four sacks for the New England Patriots in 2012.
Original Pick: Nick Perry
Re-Draft Pick: Cordy Glenn
Although the Green Bay Packers' defense continued to get worse and worse in 2012, protecting Aaron Rodgers was a major priority. Rodgers was sacked 51 times in 2012 and a player like tackle Cordy Glenn would have helped. Glenn could have started on either side from day one and would have been an upgrade over Marshall Newhouse.
Original Pick: Harrison Smith
Re-Draft Pick: Casey Hayward
With Harrison Smith long off the board, the Minnesota Vikings select the next best secondary defender in Casey Hayward. He had a fantastic 2012 season finishing with six interceptions for the Green Bay Packers. With Antoine Winfield getting older and great receivers within the NFC North, Hayward would have been the first step to helping the Vikings' defense in pass defense.
Original Pick: A.J. Jenkins
Re-Draft Pick: Justin Blackmon
With A.J. Jenkins all but disappearing in San Francisco, the 49ers, on the second try, select Justin Blackmon to compliment Michael Crabtree. The 49ers' passing game was so bad in 2012 that Randy Moss was the team's second-best receiver. Blackmon would have been a force in San Francisco. He had 800 receiving yards in 2012 with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne throwing him the ball.
Original Pick: Doug Martin
Re-Draft Pick: Vontaze Burfict
With Lavonte David long gone this time around, the Buccaneers need to find another impact LB and that would have been Vontaze Burfict. His off-field concerns dropped him out of the draft entirely, but he was just fine in Cincinnati. Burfict had 127 combined tackles as an undrafted starter for a very talented Bengals' defense.
Original Pick: David Wilson
Re-Draft Pick: Zach Brown
With Ahmad Bradshaw already on the roster, the New York Giants, instead of drafting David Wilson, should have selected linebacker Zach Brown. He had a great rookie season with the Tennessee Titans, finishing with 92 tackles, five and a half sacks and three interceptions. New York's best linebacker in each category had 94 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions in 2012.
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