We contributed to National Football Authority’s draft coverage throughout the NFL Draft weekend. Here’s our draft coverage:
Monthly Archives: April 2012
I usually write up a long mock draft piece, but since I’m going to be on the radio in upstate South Carolina
on Monday afternoon, I figured I’d go ahead and post my mock draft order. Watch for more details and opinions leading up to the draft on Thursday.
UPDATE: We’ve included links to some Tweets and links for more context on these picks.
- Indianpolis Colts – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
- Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams) – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
- Minnesota Vikings – OT Matt Kalil, USC
- Cleveland Browns – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
- St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
- Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
- Miami Dolphins – QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
- Carolina Panthers – DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
10. Buffalo Bills – WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
11. Kansas City Chiefs – DT Michael Brockers, LSU
12. Seattle Seahawks – MLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
13. Arizona Cardinals – DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
14. Dallas Cowboys – CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
15. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
16. New York Jets – OG David DeCastro, Stanford
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) – S Mark Barron, Alabama
18. San Diego Chargers – OL Cordy Glenn, Georgia
19. Chicago Bears – OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
20. Tennessee Titans – CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
21. Cincinnati Bengals – DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons) – WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
23. Detroit Lions – DE Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
25. Denver Broncos – MLB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
26. Houston Texans – OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints) – OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State
28. Green Bay Packers – OLB Andre Branch, Clemson
29. Baltimore Ravens – C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
30. San Francisco 49ers – WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
31. New England Patriots – CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
32. New York Giants – RB Doug Wilson, Boise State
One more link: Colts/Coby Fleener (at 34?)
In this post, we compare the significance of the trades made in the NFL between the opening of the 2012 offseason and the NFL draft. We’ll follow up this post, as usual, with posts on player-based trades during the draft and then in the offseason leading into training camp. As is usual with our Football Relativity posts, the 10 level is for the most significant trades, and the 1 level is for the least significant.
10 – Miami Dolphins trade WR Brandon Marshall to Chicago Bears for 2012 and 2013 third-round picks – Marshall fell off the national radar a bit in Miami, but he is still a true No. 1 receiver who is a catch machine. Plus, in Chicago he is reunited with Jay Cutler, with whom he had so much success in Denver. The cost isn’t bad, especially when you consider that the Bears had an extra third-rounder this year from the Greg Olsen trade. But Marshall’s off-field troubles – which included a police-involved incident just before the trade – obviously wore on the Dolphins. Still, if Marshall can stay out of trouble, he’s a huge addition for the Bears, who have not had a receiver of his talents in eons. His presence will allow Chicago’s other receivers to fall into more appropriate complimentary roles, which should make the Bears offense more potent. It’ll be interesting to see if Marshall can do what it takes to make that happens.
9 – none
8 – Denver Broncos trade QB Tim Tebow and 2012 seventh-round pick to New York Jets for 2012 fourth- and sixth-round picks – While the Tebow trade was the highest profile deal of the offseason, it won’t be the most significant. That’s because Tebow ultimately doesn’t have the on-field capacity of taking away Mark Sanchez’s job and keeping it. Tebow will steal some snaps and quite possibly some starts away from Sanchez, but if he becomes the No. 1 QB he won’t perform well enough to keep it. The best-case scenario for Tebow is to get a year on the bench in the system to develop and hone his skills and make a run at the starting job in 2013. But New York’s fan base and media isn’t patient enough for that to happen, and so ultimately the Tebow experiment will fail. The Broncos saw this coming in Denver, so they sold low on Tebow, getting minimal value back for a former first-round pick. It’s another in the long line of disastrous consequences of the Josh McDaniels hire.
7 – none
6 – Philadelphia Eagles trade CB Asante Samuel to Atlanta Falcons for 2012 seventh-round draft pick – We discussed this deal in depth in this piece.
5 – Houston Texans trade LB DeMeco Ryans to Philadelphia Eagles for 2012 fourth-round draft pick and swap of 2012 third-round picks (Texans gain 12 spots) – Ryans was incredibly productive in Houston, but he was lost in the shuffle a bit when the Texans switched to a 3-4 defense last year. He turned into a run-down-only linebacker who wasn’t on the field on passing downs. So the Texans, who were in major cost-cutting mode this offseason, dealt him to Philadelphia. With the Eagles, Ryans can fit more naturally into a 4-3 defense as the middle linebacker, which was a major trouble spot last year. His presence and leadership should help Philly’s other young linebackers perform a little better, which will be a nice side benefit. It’s a shame that Ryans fell out of favor in Houston, because he can play when healthy, but credit to the Texans for recognizing that he was no longer a fit and getting something in return.
4 – Cincinnati Bengals trade OLB Keith Rivers to New York Giants for 2012 fifth-round pick – Rivers, a former top-10 pick, battled injuries throughout his Bengals career, and as a result showed only flashes of brilliance. The Bengals had to move on with Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson, which made Rivers expendable. He’s a bit of a lottery ticket for the Giants, but if he’s healthy he adds a play-making aspect to a linebacking corps that is solid but unspectacular. It’s the kind of gamble that a defending champion can take, because the team is deep enough that a fifth-round pick would struggle to make the roster.
3 – Carolina Panthers trade RB Mike Goodson to Oakland Raiders for OT Bruce Campbell – This is a classic deal in which teams trade players who have fallen out of favor and hope a change of scenery changes things. There’s a better chance of that happening in Goodson’s case, since he has delivered on the NFL level in the past. He showed in 2009 and 2010 that he is a quality runner, receiver, and returner who can back up Darren McFadden in Oakland. But Goodson developed fumbling problems last year and fell into Panthers head coach Ron Rivera’s doghouse. Campbell, a former fourth-round pick, has massive physical ability but has never lived up to his potential. But the Raiders tried him at guard, when he’s more naturally a tackle. The Panthers hope he can develop into a right tackle option who can back up or even replace Jeff Otah. Neither player figured in his old team’s plans, so taking a shot on someone else makes sense. But the Raiders are a little more likely to cash in on this deal.
2 – Philadelphia Eagles trade OT Winston Justice and a 2012 sixth-round pick to Indianapolis Colts for a 2012 sixth-round pick – Justice had fallen out of favor in Philadelphia and lost a starting job, but he’s still a replacement-level right tackle. That’s the role the Colts have in mind as they seek to stabilize a problematic offensive line in advance of Andrew Luck’s arrival. The bargain-basement price – moving down half a round in the sixth – was well worth it, even if Justice doesn’t hold a starting job all season.
1 – New York Jets trade QB Drew Stanton and a 2012 seventh-round pick to Indianapolis Colts for 2012 sixth-round pick – The Jets signed Stanton to be Mark Sanchez’s backup, but after trading for Tebow, they did right by Stanton and found him another place to be a No. 2. The change-of-direction cost the Jets $500,000, but at least they got a little bit of draft value in return. For the Colts, who had no backup quarterback, adding Stanton is a solid move that didn’t even cost them a draft pick. Instead, they dealt the sixth-rounder they got in the Winston Justice trade and moved down to the seventh. Getting Justice, Stanton, and a seventh-rounder for their sixth-round pick is really good value for a Colts team badly in need of depth.