2012 NFL Draft Results: A Punter Wasn't The Only Round 3 Surprise

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks to pass the ball in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. What are some of the surprises (besides the Jaguars taking a punter)?

Surprising is not the first "S" word that came to my mind when the Jacksonville Jaguars selected punter Bryan Anger with the seventh pick in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. A punter. 3rd round. It has happened before, six times in the last 20 years to be exact. The last time it happened was when the Chiefs took Dustin Colquit in the 3rd round in 2005. In 1995, the Bears drafted Todd Sauerbrun in the 2nd round.

The punter pick was not the only surprise from breakneck conclusion to the second day of the draft.

  • Mohamed Sanu was once seen as a fringe 1st rounder. His 40 time supposedly answered some questions about his deep speed too, but teams must still see him as a limited possession receiver.
  • Cincinnati has had a brilliant draft. Nabbing Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson in the bottom of the round could prove to be a move their division rivals regret.
  • Mike Mayock, NFL Network's draft guru, had Trumaine Johnson as his fifth-ranked corner in this draft. In fact, he talked about Johnson having the talent to go on the fringe of the 1st and 2nd rounds of the draft, except for character issues, like getting tasered in a Montana bar fight. Hey, we've all been there, right?
  • Russell Wilson, the Wisconsin quarterback, has some decent upside. Still, it makes you wonder if Pete Carroll is thinking quantity over quality here, putting together enough second-tier quarterbacks in the hopes it adds up to one really good one.
  • I like New England grabbing Jake Bequette. He has some upside as a pass rusher, and will bolster the outside of their defensive line.

Best Pick: Brandon Brooks, G, Houston -- Brooks has the talent to step right into a starting job. He was this year's most notable NFL Combine snub.

Worst Pick: Bryan Anger, P, Jacksonville -- Obviously, but maybe I'm just punter biased. He does look to have the best name in this year's draft, so there is some upside.

The complete NFL Draft results for Round 3:

64. Indianapolis Colts - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
65. St. Louis Rams - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
66. Minnesota Vikings - Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
67. Denver Broncos - Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
68. Houston Texans - Devier Posey - Wide Receiver - Ohio State
69. Buffalo Bills - T.J. Graham - Wide Receiver - N.C. State
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Bryan Anger - Punter - California
71. Washington Redskins - Josh LeRibeus - Guard - SMU
72. Miami Dolphins - Olivier Vernon - Defensive End - Miami
73. San Diego Chargers - Brandon Taylor - Safety - LSU
74. Kansas City Cheifs - Donald Stephenson - Tackle - Oklahoma
75. Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson - Quarterback - Wisconsin
76. Houston Texans - Brandon Brooks - Guard - Miami (Ohio)
77. New York Jets - Demario Davis - Linebacker - Arkansas State
78. Miami Dolphins - Michael Egnew - Tight End - Missouri
79. Chicago Bears - Brandon Hardin - Safety - Oregon State
80. Arizona Cardinals - Jamell Fleming - Cornerback - Oklahoma
81. Dallas Cowboys - Tyrone Crawford - Defensive End - Boise State
82. Tennessee Titans - Mike Martin - Defensive Tackle - Michigan
83. Cincinnati Bengals - Mohamed Sanu - Wide Receiver - Rutgers
84. Baltimore Ravens - Bernard Pierce - Running back - Temple
85. Detroit Lions - Dwight Bentley - Cornerback - Louisiana-Lafayette
86. Pittsburgh Steelers - Sean Spence - Linebacker - Miami
87. Cleveland Browns - John Hughes - Defensive Tackle - Cincinnati
88. Philadelphia Eagles - Nick Foles - Quarterback - Arizona
89. New Orleans Saints - Akiem Hicks - Defensive End - Regina
90. New England Patriots - Jake Bequette - Defensive End - Arkansas
91. Atlanta Falcons - Lamar Holmes - Offensive Tackle - Southern Miss.
92. Indianapolis Colts - T.Y. Hilton - Wide Receiver - Florida International
93. Cincinnati Bengals - Brandon Thompson - Defensive Tackle - Clemson
94. New York Giants - Jayron Hosley - Cornerback - Virginia Tech
95. Oakland Raiders - Tony Bergstrom - Offensive Tackle - Utah

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