Wednesday, April 25, 2012
2012 NFL Draft Live Blog- Day 1
7:12 PM- Welcome everyone to our live coverage of the first day of the NFL draft. Stay tuned here for live reactions and updates.
7:14 PM- (John Huffstetler)- We already have the first terrible trade in the books. The Cleveland Browns will move up one spot to select RB Trent Richardson. The only thing worse than taking a RB in the first round is trading up to get him. RB is the most overvalued position in the NFL, and no RB should be selected in the top 10. Richardson will now go #3 above players like Kalil, Claiborne, Blackmon, etc. with much greater value.
7:37 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)-Couldn't agree more Jhoof the Browns trade to move up to take Richardson is awful. There is nothing special about Richardson, I probably wouldn't touch him in the first two rounds. He isn't a game changing talent that is necessary to justify drafting a RB in the top 20 these days. This seems like a pathetic attempt to get people to come out to Browns games-The franchise has zero strategic direction.
7:48 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- Only thing that could have saved the Browns from another pathetic season is to continue to solidify the O-line (Actually nothing could have). OL, DL, LB, Qb are the most important positions and the hardest positions to fill. A weak secondary can be disguised with great play by the DL and LB. Weak WR can be overcome with a good QB, weak RB can be overcome with RB by committee and a good OL. You can't disguise a weak OL, DL, QB, and to some extent LB play. The first round should be all about stock piling OL, DL, and LB. Kalil (Although he needs to improve his run blocking) or a trade down from their original slot should have been the move.
8:33 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- Bucs must have been desperate to trade down and acquire some picks-They definitely didn't get enough value to move down from 5 to 7.
8:38 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- Hopefully Gabbert picks it up, so we can enjoy watching Blackmon.
8:38 PM- (CMH)- Dallas has to pick Claiborne here, right?
8:40 PM- (CMH)- Look for Stephon Gilmore to be picked soon. Big drop off after him, in my opinion, at the CB position, and a lot of teams could use some cornerback help
8:45 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Jacksonville trading up for Blackmon makes no sense for their franchise. He will be a great receiver, but they have no way to utilize him until they improve their O-Line and QB positions.
8:51 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Tannehill is destined for failure, but he won't care--did you see how hot his girlfriend is?
8:56 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Carolina selects ILB Luke Kuechly from BC- Great selection here as the Panthers address a huge need in their soft as butter defense. Their LB corps is in need of massive help and Kuechly will start from day one.
9:02 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Fantastic pick by Panthers. Keuchly is the best player in the draft for his position. Not necesssarily the most valuable, but positionally the best.
9:04 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- Pic of Tannehill's Girlfriend
9:06 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Poe's a workout warrior, but nothing more. He lacks football instincts, that's why he wasn't dominant at Memphis. He won't be much at the next level, and there's no way he should've been picked ahead of Cox, who will go 12th to the Eagles.
9:18 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Fitzgerald was lobbying for Michael Floyd. Michael Floyd would love playing with Larry. Only problem--they don't have a serviceable quarterback. I think Reiff makes more sense here, but I see them taking Floyd, instead.
9:20 PM- (John Huffstetler)- What is with these teams without QB's drafting WR's? If no one can get a ball to the receiver, he is useless. How stupid can the Cards and Jaguars be? Build somewhere else and get a WR later!
9:24 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Floyd's very talented, and he's been put in a situation to succeed across from Fitzgerald, but I agree with JHoof. You need a quarterback to get them the ball, and Skelton/Kolb is not the answer.
9:30 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- And so ends the slew of DT, and one could argue that they were picked in reverse order. I would rank them like this, though--Cox, Brockers, Poe.
9:31 PM- (John Huffstetler)- I like the Rams taking Brockers, but they really need to address the offensive line desperately in the next few picks. They have no protection at all for Sam Bradford
9:37 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- I hate the new draft setup. They need to go back to the Saturday, Sunday setup.
9:39 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Typical Kyle comment. Nothing's good enough!
9:40 PM- (John Huffstetler)- I think Bruce Irvin robber me once. Now he'll rob Seahawks fans of a draft pick.
9:43 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- Coples worth rolling the dice at 16...either going to be a beast or a Vernon Gholston repeat
9:46 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Good for Coples, Finally bringing in a paycheck so he can buy his mother a razor for that armpit hair.
9:49 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Dre Kirkpatrick makes perfect sense for the Bengals. They needed a CB and he should be a terrific addition
9:56 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Melvin Ingram to the Chargers is the biggest steal so far in the draft. He is an absurd athlete (high school RB), and he can play multiple positions and special teams. SC had the #3 ranked defense last year and he is a major reason why.
9:59 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Chargers with THE pick of the first round so far. Melvin Ingram is a stud.
10:04 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- NE moving up to 21, and the smart move would be to take Whitney Mercilus there. Schefter saying Chandler Jones, but I like Mercilus better.
10:05 PM- (John Huffstetler)- How do the Bears draft McClellin with stud LB LaVonte David from Nebraska still on the board? He will be another huge steal when taken, and it looks like a great team will get him. He pops on film and dominated at times for a Huskers defense who lost the likes of Suh and Amukamara over the last few years.
10:10 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Tenn could have gone Defensive End, but the Kendall Wright pick makes sense to complete and offense with a terrific line, an established rb, and a young QB in Locker that is obviously a future star.
10:14 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Wow, Browns having the WORST DRAFT EVER!! Weeden? Enjoy 5 more years of mediocrity Browns fans. I feel bad for you guys.
10:17 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- I like Weeden, but he has to be great right away for this pick to work out. He won't have Justin Blackmon to throw to in Cleveland, and there will be no learning curve. Looks like another QB destined to fail, but I think he's more talented than Tannehill (rightfully so for a 47 year old).
10:21 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Another terrific pick by the Steelers. Easy to be successful when every one of your decisions makes perfect sense. DeCastro is a great pick and could start day one
10:23 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Lions with a great pick. Reiff is a big-time Big 10 offensive lineman. Feed him and watch him work hard, and that pick will pay off. As Mike Huff said, anytime you pick a Big 10 o-lineman, it's a safe bet.
10:24 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Nice move by the Pats moving up to take Donta Hightower. On a team of stud NFL-caliber players, he popped the most during games. He was also their defensive leader emotionally.
10:26 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- This isn't your usual Patriots draft, and I love what they are doing. They could be having the best draft of anyone, picking up two guys who can start right away on their front seven.
10:29 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Mercilus makes perfect sense for the Texans and he will be a perfect player to replace Mario Williams. Notice how these teams picking late in the draft (playoff teams) continue to draft defensive front seven and offensive line players.
10:34 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Still some good offensive linemen left for these late first round picks. Look for the Ravens to grab one of them very soon.
10:42 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Vikings should take another offensive lineman here. That'd be the only sensible reason for trading up.
10:43 PM- (John Huffstetler)- I think they need some LB help as well. I cold see the Vikings taking my boy LaVonte David here.
10:47 PM- (Chris Huffstetler)- Not sure why the Vikes traded up to make that pick, but the pick makes sense. Their Cover 2 defense last year was hard to watch--multiple quarterbacks, including Tebow, had career days against them. This will help out a defense that was very vulnerable against the deep ball.
10:48 PM- (Kyle Huffstetler)- Of course GB drafts perry. I love him. Absolute freak potential. Could also be a bust but he is a physical freak. He is up to 270. He's gonna be a machine.
10:52 PM- (John Huffstetler)- AJ Jenkins to SF makes sense, but why not take a shot on a big, physical freak like Alshon Jeffrey here if you're looking WR. Jenkins is a solid receiver, but Jeffrey's ceiling is infinitely higher. Plus, Moss will be in camp to school him on being a big physical NFL receiver.
10:57 PM- (John Huffstetler)- Doug Martin could be an ok RB, but why move up to take him when several equal RB's are still left and will be taken later? Stop reaching for RB's bad teams!!
11:05 PM- (John Huffstetler)- David Wilson blows Doug Martin away and can contribute on Special Teams. Giants need a RB with Bradshaw's injury concerns and Jacobs' departure. Makes perfect sense for them.
11:08 PM- That will do it for our live blog of the NFL Draft for Day One. Stay tuned for continuing coverage throughout the weekend.
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