Capsules on 2012 NFL draft first-round picks

Apr. 26, 2012

Loading Photo Galleries ...

Analysis: Day 1 of 2012 NFL Draft: Rob Demovsky and Pete Dougherty discuss how well Nick Perry will fit as an outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 scheme.


1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. The most talked about prospect in years will mark the official beginning of a new era in Colts football.

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. One of the most exciting players in college football will look to become the first Redskins quarterback to make a Pro Bowl since Brad Johnson in 1999.

3. Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota Vikings): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. Cleveland trades up one spot to ensure they can land the most talented running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.

4. Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland Browns): Matt Kalil, OT, USC. With a power running game and a young quarterback, the Vikings add the top left tackle in hopes of solidifying an offensive line that struggled much of the year.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Washington via St. Louis): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. Jacksonville moves up in hopes of providing Blaine Gabbert with a true No. 1 wide receiver.

6. Dallas Cowboys (from Washington via St. Louis): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. Dallas adds the best cornerback in the draft to play across from free agent signing Brandon Carr.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jacksonville): Mark Barron, S, Alabama. Barron adds some physicality to a Buccaneers secondary that has struggled to make plays the last few years.

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. Tannehill will reunite with former head coach Mike Sherman in Miami.

9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College. Carolina grabs one of the most consistent linebackers in college football.

10. Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, DB, South Carolina. Buffalo adds an athletic cornerback in hopes of fixing a defense that allowed the third most passing touchdowns last season.

11. Kansas City: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. The Chiefs land one of the most physically gifted defensive lineman in this draft class.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle Seahawks): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State. Fletcher Cox has the strength and athleticism to help fill a middle that struggled against the run last year.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Arizona adds the wide receiver they have been missing across from Larry Fitzgerald since trading Anquan Boldin in 2010.

14. St. Louis Rams (from Dallas): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. The Rams select its fourth defensive lineman in the first round in the last six years.

15. Seattle Seahawks (from Philadelphia): Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia. Irvin will be asked to only rush the passer in Seattle’s hybrid defensive scheme.

16. New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DL, North Carolina. Rex Ryan adds another pass rusher to an already impressive defensive unit.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Dre Kirkpatrick, DB, Alabama. The Bengals draft a cornerback that has a few character concerns but the skills to be an elite playmaker.

18. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: San Diego brings in its first true pass rusher since Shawne Merriman.

19. Chicago Bears: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State. McClellin has the experience and ability to play both outside linebacker and defensive end under Lovie Smith.

20. Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor. Titans select one of the most productive and explosive playmakers in college football.

21. New England (from Cincinnati): Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse. Jones has the size and strength to hold up at the point of attack at defensive end in New England’s 3-4 scheme.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons): Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State. The 28-year old quarterback will have the opportunity to compete with Colt McCoy for the Browns starting quarterback spot.

23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff, T, Iowa. The Lions bring in a player to help a unit that struggled producing holes for its running backs and protecting Matt Stafford.

24: Pittsburgh Steelers: David DeCastro, G, Stanford. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: The best interior offensive lineman in this draft class will be asked to help keep Ben Roethlisberger upright.

25. New England Patriots (from Denver Broncos): Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama. New England trades up to take a defender for the second time in six picks.

26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois. After losing Mario Williams to Buffalo in free agency, the Texans grabbed the best pass rusher on the board.

27. Cincinnati Bengals (from New Orleans via New England): Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin. Zeitler adds some power to an offensive line that struggled to get push in the run game last season.

28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, DE, USC. Packers add a productive and physically gifted pass rusher to play across from Clay Matthews.

29. Minnesota Vikings (from Baltimore Ravens): Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame. Smith is an instinctual safety with the range to make plays in coverage and the size to tackle runners in the open field.

30. San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois. After adding Randy Moss and Mario Manningham via free agency, the 49ers bring in another playmaking wide receiver for Alex Smith.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New England via Denver): Doug Martin, RB, Boise State. Martin will pair up with LeGarrette Blount to form a thunder-and-lightning duo in Tampa Bay.

32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech. The Giants released Brandon Jacobs earlier this offseason and will ask Wilson to team with Ahmad Bradshaw in the backfield.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
579 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
862 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
1025 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
1278 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports


Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports