The NFL Draft is assuredly filled with a bunch of hits and misses. And sure, teams will realize the error of their ways once all the smoke clears. But what if they had a second chance? How would last year's proceedings, the 2012 draft, look if it were held right now?
Knowing everything we know now about the 2012 rookies, how would the 2012 first round unfold today?
Here's my thoughts: (Results of the 2013 NFL Draft are in effect, 2012 draftees are pooled up. Ex: Jacksonville would still have Luke Joeckel [their 2013 first-rounder] but lose Justin Blackmon [their 2012 first-rounder].)
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (Original pick: Andrew Luck, QB Stanford)
Yeah, I think the Colts are pretty content with this fellow. Moving on...
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor (Original pick: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor)
Just as Indianapolis, Washington has absolutely zero regrets about their selection. The two superstar quarterbacks obviously sit tight within the first two picks.
3. Cleveland Browns: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin (Original pick: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama)
Now here's where the shakeup starts. Cleveland, who opted for Alabama' Richardson at this spot, would gladly switch out for Wilson. This is a no-brainer as the Browns would reel in a potential franchise guy with the third-rounder Wilson.
4. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC (Original pick: Matt Kalil, OT, USC)
Kalil was a great value pick for Minnesota at the time and still is. The USC product helped open up holes for Adrian Peterson's monster 2012 year and kept Christian Ponder on his feet before the young quarterback's arm injury.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (Original pick: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State)
Despite Blackmon's solid rookie season, the wide receiver isn't exactly endearing himself to the team's front office. Besides, Claiborne is a much more potent talent that fills another glaring hole in the Jaguars' secondary. Although Claiborne did not burst onto the scene, the Dallas cornerback is still the most talented player at his position amongst the 2012 class.
6. Dallas Cowboys: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (Original pick: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU)
With their original selection now off the board, Dallas can opt to fill up the middle of their defensive line. Cox, the draft's top defensive tackle prospect, would give the Cowboys a much needed pass rushing presence and plug up some holes in an underachieving run defense.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (Original pick: Mark Barron, S, Alabama)
Martin goes back to Tampa Bay, but just a bit earlier. The "Muscle Hamster" was an electric weapon for the Buccaneers last season and should be the redo pick given his rookie of the year-esque season.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (Original selection: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M)
Although he was labeled as a project, Tannehill has already paid some dividends for the team that trusted him with the seventh overall pick.
9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College (Original pick: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College)
Your 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year would remain in Charlotte with the Panthers. The NFL's leading tackler came up huge after the injury to Jon Beason and is now the defensive cornerstone for the franchise.
10. Buffalo Bills: Bobby Wagner, ILB, Utah State (Original pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina)
Two inside linebackers going in the top ten is, by admission, unconventional. But Buffalo lacked defensive playmakers and should love to take a shot at making Seattle's Wagner the "guy" for that side of the ball.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (Original pick: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis)
Outside of Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City does not have much to talk about in their receiving corps. Bringing in the falling Blackmon gives the Chiefs a high-end No. 2 and one of the most potent pass catching pairs out there.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse (Original pick: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State)
Originally snatched up by New England late in the first, Jones certainly played like a top half of the round prospect. Philadelphia would love a defensive playmaker on their front seven and Jones is it.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (Original pick: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame)
Watching Richardson slip all the way into their laps, Arizona should be ecstatic to take the best talent available. (And even at a skill position.) Richardson didn't exactly "rip it up" in his rookie campaign but is still in play for the Cardinals given their considerable need for offensive forces.
14. St. Louis Rams: Mark Barron, S, Alabama (Original pick: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU)
St. Louis was desperately lacking some safety talent going into the 2013 offseason. The draft's top safety, Barron, is a nice grab here for a team looking to get their defense into head coach Jeff Fisher's liking.
15. Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia (Original pick: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia)
After Seattle went with a perceived second round talent with some off-field issues, a lot of spectators went into hysterical fits. But who's laughing now? Irvin proved well-worth his 15th overall selection and the Seahawks wouldn't hesitate to go back to that well.
16. New York Jets: Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic (Original pick: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina)
With Shonn Greene signed away to Tennessee, the Jets should be looking to add a capable presence in the backfield. And from the looks of his phenomenal rookie season, Morris is definitely more than capable. The Washington running back would give New York a much needed talent in their stagnant offense.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Casey Heyward, CB, Vanderbilt (Original pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama)
Cincinnati will go with a corner in this redo, but a different one. Heyward exceeded expectations in 2012 with six interceptions and 21 passes defensed.
18. San Diego Chargers: David DeCastro, G, Stanford (Original pick: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina)
Injury aside, DeCastro never should have dropped to Pittsburgh last year. San Diego lined up a pathetic front for Philip Rivers and he, as well as the rest of the offense, suffered immensely.
19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor (Original pick: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State)
Chicago's pick here should have been geared towards an offense prospect, not McClellin. Wright, who had a very solid 2012, should be the pick. He'd give Cutler, who threw about 99.9% of his passes to Brandon Marshall, a legitimate target.
20. Tennessee Titans: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (Original pick: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor)
Tennessee is still lacking a solid pass rush. If Coples were to fall here, the Titans should have no qualms in going with him.
21. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama (Original pick: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse)
New England is usually not intimidated by off-field issues. Jenkins, one of the more talented corners in the class, is a good fit for the Patriots here.
22. Cleveland Browns: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International (Original pick: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State)
Not many people commended Cleveland for reaching at Weeden. Well, those people were right. Instead, the Browns could opt for a dynamic wideout in Hilton.
23. Detroit Lions: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California (Original pick: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa)
Schwartz certainly turned some heads this past season. Detroit is still desperate for some offensive line help to keep quarterback Matt Stafford off the ground.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin (Original pick: David DeCastro, G, Stanford)
With their initial guy off the board, Pittsburgh takes the next best guard to keep the oft-injured Ben Roethlisberger upright. As evidenced by his solid 2012 season, that man is Zeitler.
25. New England Patriots: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (Original pick: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama)
New England, with their second pick of the round, could decide they need to address their lack of pass rush on the interior. Brockers is a solid grab here for the Patriots.
26. Houston Texans: Josh Gordon, WR, Baylor (Original pick; Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois)
Houston did finally draft their No. 2 with DeAndre Hopkins. But Gordon, a dangerous slot option, could just put the Texans over the top and solidify their reputation as one of the best offenses in football.
27. Cincinnati Bengals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (Original pick: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin)
Although listed as a tackle, Reiff could come in and fill the guard void left by Zeitler.
28. Green Bay Packers: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina (Original pick: Nick Perry, OLB, USC)
Green Bay's pass rush is a bit down. The falling Ingram gets scooped up here by the Packers.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame (Original pick: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame)
Given his standout year, Smith easily goes back to Minnesota to improve their generous secondary.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson (Original pick: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois)
After filling out some of their defensive needs in the 2013 draft, San Francisco could keep their youngster Colin Kaepernick going with a worthy tight end to pair with Vernon Davis.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lavonte David, ILB, Nebraska (Original pick: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State)
In drafting David, Tampa Bay now snatches up two of their original 2012 draft players. David, who was drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round, had a huge rookie season in the middle of head coach Greg Schiano's defense.
32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech (Original pick: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech)
WIlson put his nightmarish start behind him and finished up his rookie season extremely strong. With Ahmad Bradshaw gone, the Giants may not pass up on their guy.
Edited by Anthony Rizzuti, 05 May 2013 - 12:12 AM.