The1st round of the 2012 NFL draft is over. 27 teams made 32 selections in the 1st round, and there were plenty of surprises along the way. Check out the full first round NFL draft results.
Here's our take on what went down Thursday night:
Story of the 1st round: Trades! The NFL's new rookie wage scale had most people thinking trades would increase because there wasn't as much financial pressure at the top of the draft. And, yeah, we saw a ton of trades. 16 picks were traded in the 1st round, which is a new record for the NFL draft. The Cowboys made the biggest jump, moving up from No. 14 to No. 6.
This is the fifth time QBs were selected 1 and 2. And it wasn't a surprise. I don't remember a draft where there was such little drama at the top. We've known since March who the top two picks were going to be, and it was the right choice for both teams.
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Vikings-Browns trade wasn't even the biggest trade of the draft. You'd think a team trading within the top five would be the biggest trade of the draft, but the Redskins and Rams already accomplished that feat. The Browns gave up 4th, 5th and 7th round picks to move up and assure themselves they'd get Trent Richardson. For a guy who will be touching the ball 20+ times a game, I don't think that's so expensive. Richardson could be Adrian Peterson-special.
Who had the Cowboys trading up to No. 6? Even more than that, the Cowboys generally bring their 1st round picks in for a visit before the draft. They didn't do that with Morris Claiborne. He was the top corner on their board, and now they can pair him with Brandon Carr, who they signed in free agency.
The Rams might be the biggest winner of the night. First, they picked up an extra 2nd round pick and two future 1st round picks in the trade with the Redskins. Armed with those picks already, they moved down again, from No. 6 to No. 14, and picked up the player they probably would've selected sixth anyway (Michael Brockers). So now the Rams enter the 2nd round with the 33rd, 39th and 45th picks.
Tannehill is the first Dolphins QB drafted in the first round since Dan Marino. No pressure, kid.
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In the end, four quarterbacks go in the 1st round. I don't want to toot my own horn but earlier this week I did write: "If I know the league as well as I think I do, Weeden won't fall out of the 1st round." Not exactly a stunning prediction, but many people had Weeden at the top of the 2nd round. Teams are too desperate for quarterbacks to allow someone like him to fall to the 2nd round.
Patriots fix their pass rush in one round. Impressive, Patriots. One of New England's needs entering the offseason was beefing up the pass rush and they went bizarro-Belichick and traded up twice. That's usually the opposite of what Belichick likes to do. Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower usher in a new era of pass rushers for the Patriots.
Versatility makes you valuable. Players that do multiple things are always more valuable to teams, and Shea McClellin is an example of that. He was commonly mocked at the end of the 1st round, but the Bears picked him up at No. 19. McClellin can play a number of positions, so this could represent solid value for the Bears.
Mock drafts had offensive tackles overvalued. The various mock drafts usually had Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff, Jonathan Martin and occasionally Mike Adams in the 1st round. Only two of those guys, Kalil and Reiff, were actually 1st rounders. Reiff fell all the way to the 23rd pick when there was some buzz he could be a top 12 pick.
So much for the running back position being undervalued. Three of them went in the 1st round after we figured only one (Richardson) would. Richardson went third to the Browns, while the Bucs traded up to the 31st pick to select Doug Martin, and the Giants picked up David Wilson to cap off the 1st round. So, about running backs being devalued...
Best move: Rams moving back eight spots and picking up an extra 2nd round pick.
Worst move: Seahawks selecting Bruce Irvin at No. 15.
Best line: "But what I wanna know is who dressed you? You look good." -RGIII to Suzy Kolber.
Worst accessory: Andrew Luck needs a new phone.
Best handshake of the 1st round:
Worst handshake of the1st round: