Redrafting the 1st Round of the 2012 NFL Draft

The 2012 NFL Draft is full of hits and misses at wide receiver and other offensive positions. The first round of the 2012 draft is one of the most underwhelming classes in recent memory due to the amount of one year wonders and players who never reached what was expected of them. Notable players in the draft include Andrew Luck, Stephon Gilmore, Chandler Jones, Melvin Ingram, Harrison Smith, Bobby Wagner, Casey Hayward, Josh Norman, T.Y. Hilton, and Russell Wilson.

(1) Indianapolis Colts

Original pick- Andrew Luck QB/Stanford

New pick- Russell Wilson QB/Wisconsin

Russell Wilson is an obvious number one choice here, especially considering that he is still playing and has little injury history as well as a Super Bowl. Wilson has made the Pro Bowl 6 times in his 9-year career. He has totaled 31236 yards, 246 touchdowns, 71 interceptions, and a career QB rating of 102.4. Russell has never missed an NFL game and has 23 4th quarter comebacks. Russell's play lets him speak for himself and you don't need anyone telling you he is first pick worthy.

(2) Washington Redskins

Original pick- Robert Griffin III QB/Baylor

New pick- Andrew Luck QB/Stanford

I strongly believe that if Andrew Luck didn't go to Indianapolis, he would have never suffered his career altering injury. Washington needed to start a rebuild and chose to take a QB to build their offense around. Luck led his team to the playoffs on multiple occasions and was a more mature and strong leader than RG3. Andrew finished his career with 23671 yards, 171 touchdowns, 83 interceptions, 16 4th quarter comebacks, and a 89.5 QB rating. His career might have changed for the worst if drafted here but he would be playing longer and the Redskins' draft strategies would have been different.

(3) Cleveland Browns

Original pick- Trent Richardson RB/Alabama

New pick- David DeCastro OG/Stanford

David DeCastro has been the best Steelers offensive lineman since he stepped on the field, he would do the same for Cleveland. DeCastro would immediately reduce sack and TFL numbers for the Browns, making their offense more efficient. In his 9 year career, David has allowed 14 sacks, he had two straight years with no sacks allowed, he also doesn't commit many penalties. He is always ranked high and up until 2020, he hasn't missed more than 2 games in one season, after his rookie year between 2013-2019, he only missed 4 games. This pick dresses a ongoing problem for Cleveland and pays off good in the end.

(4) Minnesota Vikings

Original pick- Matt Kalil OT/USC

New pick- Brandon Brooks OT/Miami(OH)

Brandon Brooks has been a underrated tackle his entire career. Brooks has been a consistent starter and blocker when he is on the field, he has allowed just 6 sacks in 9 years. Brandon also has only committed 28 penalties in that time as well. He remains healthy through 2012-2019, he has yet to play a snap with the Eagles in 2020. A weird name to be picked at 4th overall, but stats don't lie and he remains in the league, an upgrade from Matt Kalil.

(5) Jacksonville Jaguars

Original pick- Justin Blackmon WR/Oklahoma St.

New pick- Stephon Gilmore CB/South Carolina

Stephon Gilmore is a top 5 corner in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars draft the 3-time Pro Bowler due to the lack of receivers and almost every other position in the draft. Gilmore has been more than elite in his career, he has totaled 25 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 113 passes defended, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, one sack, and 385 tackles in 117 games. Stephon would fix Jacksonville's secondary problem, also changing their draft strategies in future drafts. A great pick here for the Jags, Gilmore has more years to play and he remains elite.

(6) Dallas Cowboys

Original pick- Morris Claiborne CB/LSU

New pick- Luke Kuechly LB/Boston College

Any team could use a player like Luke Kuechly, but Dallas lacked linebacker depth and talent around the 2012 season. The 7-time Pro Bowler has Dallas Cowboy written all over him, he's a hard and highly motivated playmaker who makes people pay for coming his way on the field. During his career, Kuechly recorded 18 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 66 passes defended, 7 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries, 12.5 sacks, and 1092 total tackles. Dallas would've for sure have benefited from the player he is on and off the field. With the defense in 2018 and 2019, if you add Luke to the mix, its dangerous. Although he is retired now because of an injury, who knows if he would have suffered the injury at all in his career.

(7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original pick- Mark Baron SS,LB,ILB/Alabama

New pick- Melvin Ingram DE,OLB/South Carolina

Melvin Ingram has been worth a first round pick for the Chargers, he has made the Pro Bowl the past three seasons. Tampa Bay, until recently, have lacked linebacker depth and talent, Melvin Ingram fills that plus a defensive line spot. Melvin has 24.5 sacks in his last three seasons, along with a career total of 49. With the Bucs, this is a good pick because it gives Tampa a player that they can rely on and move around in the trenches, a franchise player on the front 7. He is a good pass rusher and a tackle machine, would help with the goal-line stand and help them win games.

(8) Miami Dolphins

Original pick- Ryan Tannehill QB/Texas A&M

New pick- Bobby Wagner MLB/Utah St.

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Bobby Wagner has been arguably the league's best MLB and Seattle's best defensive player, from consistency to stats, Wagner is a top 10 player, leader, and talent in this draft class. In Miami, they needed a little bit of everything, Wagner made the most sense here at 8th overall. The Dolphins linebacking core was not very talented and not developing, Wagner would have been a young and impactful pick. With 1127 total tackles and 19.5 sack in his career, Wagner can blitz as well as he can cover, 10 INTs and 51 passes defended by the 6-time Pro Bowler. The Dolphins pick here is a player who could start game one of his rookie season.

(9) Carolina Panthers

Original pick- Luke Kuechly LB/Boston College

New pick- Lavonte David LB/Nebraska

Lavonte David has played like a first round pick more than a second. David hasn't played at Luke Kuechly level, but he is a Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro selection. Lavonte would play the inside and middle of the field for Carolina, he would also give the struggling 2012 Panthers some run support. He gets into the backfield a lot with 121 TFLs, when playing all 16 games, he averages 12-13 TFLs. Lavonte David would have been a great addition to the Panthers and he still is playing at a high level despite being 30 years old.

(10) Buffalo Bills

Original pick- Stephon Gilmore CB/South Carolina

New pick- Fletcher Cox DT/Mississippi St.

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Fletcher Cox has been one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL since he was drafted. He has been to 5 straight Pro Bowls, a First-Team All-Pro, and a Super Bowl champion with the Eagles. In Buffalo, he would have teamed up with Marcell Dareus on the defensive line, Fletcher has experience playing defensive end so the Bills would rotate him between D-end and D-tackle because they run a 3-4. Cox has had double-digit QB hits since 2015 and has had 40+ tackles in back-to-back years. He would give the Bills extreme pressure on the line and would have been a force along side Dareus.

(11) Kansas City Chiefs

Original pick- Dontari Poe DT/Memphis

New pick- Whitney Mercilus DE,OLB/Illinois

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Drafted as a DE but plays OLB for Houston, Mercilus has not made the Pro Bowl or anything like that, but has been a big glue piece and has stepped up his production when J.J Watt is out with injury. The 2012 draft class is very weak and this is the position they need the most that there is a good player available. If draft to the Chiefs, Whitney would have played along side Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, both 27 and 28 years of age. Kansas City might have started him as a defensive end until Johnson or Hali left, he can get into the backfield wherever he's at, with 53 career sacks and 109 QB hits, Whitney Mercilus still would be playing with Kansas City today, just imagine him on that defense now.

(12) Philadelphia Eagles

Original pick- Fletcher Cox DT/Mississippi St.

New pick- Harrison Smith FS,SS/Notre Dame

The hardest hitting safety since being drafted in 2012, Harrison Smith's play-style reminds fans of the older days of football. Energy like that is needed for a passionate fanbase like Philadelphia has, they could also use his skills and talent on a weak secondary. 24 interceptions in his career, he has had only one year with zero. Harrison is a great safety blitzer, he would improve Philly's defensive backfield by his man-to-man and zone skills, along with his good tackling form along with his nose for the football. The 5-time Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro selection is a game changer in Minnesota and I don't see why he wouldn't be with the Eagles, a much needed player for the Eagles here at 12th overall.

(13) Arizona Cardinals

Original pick- Michael Floyd WR/Notre Dame

New pick- Chandler Jones OLB,DE/Syracuse

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He is currently an Arizona Cardinal, so this is kind of an easy pick, he is out for 2020 with a torn ACL, he played 5 games. Chandler Jones, like most LBs from the 2012 draft, play both on the line and as a linebacker. Jones is a great edge rusher and is top of his class in that category, he has 97 sacks, 432 tackles, 169 QB hits, and 106 TFLs in his career. He can also strip the ball and provides big plays when needed with 27 career forced fumbles. If drafted here, he would have replaced Joey Porter at LB, then Calais Campbell on the defensive line. Chandler would still most likely split time between the two throughout his career.

(14) St. Louis Rams

Original pick- Michael Brockers DT,DE/LSU

New pick- Casey Hayward CB/Vanderbilt

Casey Hayward has been more noticeable after leaving Green Bay after the 2015 season, despite having 6 interceptions in his rookie year. Hayward has been a pretty good coverage cornerback who will fight for the ball. The Rams struggled with secondary performance for the longest time, Hayward wouldn't change all that but he would be someone to put on an opposing teams top receiver. Casey has 22 career INTs, including a 7 interception season in 2016, 96 passes defended, 368 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, and 3 touchdowns. Casey Hayward is a underrated pick here at number 14 and would tide the Rams over until they can upgrade the secondary further.

(15) Seattle Seahawks

Original pick- Bruce Irvin LB/West Virginia

New pick- Olivier Vernon DE,OLB/Miami(FL)

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Seattle needed defensive front help, Olivier Vernon is the best fit at this position. He has been a consistent and healthy bull rusher and zone coverage player, 54.5 career sacks and 142 QB hits speak for themselves. Seattle would have ideally played him as a defensive end in a 4-3 style, and a linebacker in a cover 2,4, and 6 zone scheme. Vernon has been a top 20 player at his position for most of his playing time, Seattle would have loved to have Olivier Vernon because he fits their player style, definitely a glue piece for the franchise here at 15th overall.

(16) New York Jets

Original pick- Quinton Coples DE/North Carolina

New pick- Kelechi Osemele OT/Iowa St.

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Kelechi Osemele has spent time with the Jets already in 2019. He has been hurt quite a bit in his career, but if drafted by the Jets here, I think he wouldn't be hurt as much. When he has been healthy, he allows minimum sacks and uses his whole body, which is next to unmovable. This is definitely a reach, but New York needed an offensive lineman that was still playing, and the 2012 draft did not have many options.

(17) Cincinnati Bengals

Original pick- Dre Kirkpatrick CB/Alabama

New pick- Janoris Jenkins CB/North Alabama

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Janoris Jenkins has been an above average cornerback, he is an exceptional ballhawk though. He has 24 career interceptions and 8 of those being touchdowns, I have Janoris being picked in the middle of the 1st round. Jenkins sticks to his assignment and doesn't complain, he is a good teammate. Dre Kirkpatrick didn't turn out in the long run, but Janoris has always been a reliable number two corner, during his first years in the league he was a good number one corner. He also has 487 career tackles, along with 6 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries, and a touchdown. Cincinnati will get a consistent player who can make splash plays on defense when needed.

(18) San Diego Chargers

Original pick- Melvin Ingram DE/South Carolina

New pick- Vinny Curry DE/Marshall

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As the players who are first round worthy get slimmer and slimmer, the Chargers end up drafting Vinny Curry in this redraft. Vinny Curry has been a solid contributor to the scary defensive line in the Philadelphia, he has 30 career sacks along with 183 tackles and 83 QB hits. Curry is a glue piece, not a standout star but a player that helps keep the stats and production up. The draft is thinning at this point and most of the players remaining will be reaches, this one is a reach but the team will get production out of him.

(19) Chicago Bears

Original pick- Shea McClellin DE/Boise St.

New pick- T.Y. Hilton WR/Florida International

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Between T.Y. and Marvin Jones, T.Y. is the best receiver in the draft, Chicago needed a receiver due to lack of depth, talent, and the Johnny Knox injury coming into the 2012 Draft. T.Y. Hilton has had four 1000+ yard seasons in his 9-year career. Hilton would give the Bears a number one receiver to replace Knox and a speedy deep threat, also the Bears would have another Pro Bowler. T.Y. is a franchise player and a game changer, this is a no-brainer decision at the 19th pick considering the receiver situation of the future from the 2012 Chicago Bears.

(20) Tennessee Titans

Original pick- Kendall Wright WR/Baylor

New pick- Kevin Zeitler OG/Wisconsin

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For the entirety of Zeitler's career so far, he has been graded as a 70.0 and above. Kevin Zeitler is one of the few decent lineman left in this draft, he goes to Tennessee because of their offensive guard's ages and his talent. In 9 years, he has only allowed 17 sacks, which is what Tennessee has in a current offensive lineman in Taylor Lewan. Kevin Zeitler is underrated as a guard and doesn't miss many games, he would be a good fit in Tennessee.

(21) New England Patriots

Original pick- Chandler Jones DE/Syracuse

New pick- Josh Norman CB/Coastal Carolina

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Josh Norman has an attitude that has resulted in many penalties and possibly his release after his Pro Bowl season, but New England always seems to fix the attitudes in players that have them. Josh Norman has been a number one corner for quite a while, if drafted to New England, he would be their future corner and earn more Pro Bowls. Its no secret that the Patriots develop players extremely well, I feel like Josh Norman would be a more consistent player with the Patriots. His 14 career interceptions and 434 career tackles speak well for him as a cornerback, I don't see why Bill Belichick wouldn't take a chance and draft Norman here at 21st overall.

(22) Cleveland Browns

Original pick- Brandon Weeden QB/Oklahoma St.

New pick- Marvin Jones Jr. WR/California

The second best receiver in this class, Marvin Jones, goes too Cleveland to be a number one receiver. Marvin Jones is a great number two receiver as of now in Detroit, in Cleveland he would be a good number one. Jones had success after he left Cincinnati in the 2015 offseason, since then he has 3464 yards, 28 touchdowns, 387 targets, 227 receptions, and gets more targets, receptions, and yards per game. Marvin would help fix the receiver problem in Cleveland and possibly make them draft differently in future drafts. The Browns get an underrated pass catcher and red-zone target, great pick here at 22nd overall.

(23) Detroit Lions

Original pick- Riley Reiff OT/Iowa

New pick- Dont'a Hightower ILB/Alabama

Dont'a Hightower goes to the Lions with a very weak linebacker core. This pick is a great value and depth pick as Hightower went at 25th overall. He hasn't completely lived up to expectations in my opinion, he was a big part of the Patriots during their Super Bowl runs in the 2010s. He has 25.5 sacks and 505 tackles, along with 5 fumble recoveries, an interception and 63 QB hits. Dont'a is a pretty good run stopper more than a coverage player. In Detroit he would fulfill the inside linebacker and middle linebacker role. Not much to say about Hightower, I just think he was better in college and is a depth piece who can start.

(24) Pittsburgh Steelers

Original pick- David DeCastro OG/Stanford

New pick- Mitchell Schwartz OT/California

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Mitchell Schwartz had a rough career start, but during this time the Steelers would eventually hire Mike Munchak, who helped their offensive line develop extremely well. During his career, Schwartz has never missed a game, he has been consistent and has gotten better each year. Pittsburgh would replace Marcus Gilbert or move him to guard. Schwartz allowed 23 sacks in his first three years, but has allowed only 19 since 2015, totaling 42 career sacks allowed. This pick is most logical and he is one of the better lineman remaining on the board, he would have a better statistical career with Pittsburgh.

(25) New England Patriots

Original pick- Dont'a Hightower LB/Alabama

New pick- Derek Wolfe DT/Cincinnati

New England is known for reaching on players, this is a reach because of Derek Wolfe's injury history. New England drafts Derek Wolfe here for two reasons, one reason is his versatility as a lineman, he can play DT and DE, either side, the second reason is how he stops the run, this would be Vince Wilfork's replacement as the run stopping lineman. Wolfe has 33 sacks, 79 QB hits, 314 tackles, 1 forced fumbles, and an interception in 112 career games. Derek Wolfe would be used more in New England and obviously would have his name known due to the amount of Super Bowls the team won, would have been a good pick at 25th overall.

(26) Houston Texans

Original pick- Whitney Mercilus DE/Illinois

New pick- Dontari Poe DT/Memphis

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Houston lacks a true nose tackles, Dontari Poe is one, a really big one. Standing at 6'3 346 pounds, Dontari Poe would be an addition to the Texans defensive line. Poe has racked up 20.5 sacks along with 285 tackles, nothing gets past him. As long as a defensive tackle like Poe doesn't let anyone run past him, he does his job. Houston would have him and J.J. Watt on that line, and later with the addition of Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. Dontari Poe has been solid and consistent, nothing special, but big guys like him only have one job and that is to not let anything past them.

(27) Cincinnati Bengals

Original pick- Kevin Zeitler OG/Wisconsin

New pick- Ben Jones C/Georgia


Centers can usually play any offensive line position, Ben Jones could and would be moved over to guard. Jones has been consistent over his 9-year career, Ben has only missed one career game. He has given up a total of 25 sacks and has committed 31 penalties. He would help that Bengals O-line in the long run, including in the present days as he remains a top 15 center in the league. Decent pick by Cinci here, would have liked to draft a receiver or better lineman but he is the best available lineman in this scarce draft class.

(28) Green Bay Packers

Original pick- Nick Perry DE/USC

New pick- Tyrone Crawford DE/Boise St.

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Tyrone Crawford is a diamond in the rough for Dallas, why wouldn't he be for Green Bay? The defensive end has totaled 23 sacks, 185 tackles, 31 TFLs, 62 QB hits, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries in 102 career games. Green Bay seemed to always miss that one player who provides depth, versatility, and the ability to get behind the line of scrimmage on the D-line, Crawford is that player. As we near the end of the draft more and more players will look like non first round picks, like I've said before, this draft class is very thin.

(29) Minnesota Vikings

Original pick- Harrison Smith S/Notre Dame

New pick- Trumaine Johnson CB/Montana

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Although Trumaine Johnson has been nothing spectacular, he has been fairly consistent throughout his career. Johnson could be moved to the strong safety position or play corner, he gives Minnesota versatility in the secondary. Over 102 games, Trumaine has 23 interceptions, 74 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 11 TFLs, and 392 tackles. He tallies a lot of interceptions and tackles per season, also a lot of INT return yards. Not the best pick in the world but he does provide a corner or safety who seems to be always around the ball.

(30) San Fransisco 49ers

Original pick- A.J. Jenkins WR/Illinois

Akiem Hicks DE/University of Regina(Canada)

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In 2011, the 49ers only had one defensive end rostered, this is where Akiem Hicks comes into factor. Hicks is currently apart of a productive Bears defense and he has had the best years of his career there since 2016. Accumulating 37 career sacks, 336 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 67 TFLs, and 91 QB hits in his career, Akiem, if on the 49ers defensive line, would be a force. He gets into the backfield quite often and can play both DE and DT. He has also been fairly healthy, playing in 120 games since 2012. Overall, Akiem Hicks would put up similar numbers in San Fransisco, a for sure rotational player at defensive tackle.

(31) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original pick- Doug Martin RB/Boise St.

New pick- Riley Reiff OT/Iowa

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I was thinking either offensive lineman or Ryan Tannehill for Tampa Bay, I chose for them to draft Riley Reiff. Riley hasn't been anything spectacular, he has been average at best, something Tampa Bay will take over below average. He is somewhat inconsistent with allowing sacks and how many snaps he sees. He has done better in Minnesota than in Detroit, if drafted to Tampa Bay, he would develop differently and be with veterans who are good, he was the best lineman for the Lions heading into the 2012 season. Reiff surrendered 19 sacks in 4 years with Detroit and so far has allowed 11 sacks since 2017 with the Vikings. This is a reach for sure, but he is the best tackle left out there.

(32) New York Giants

Original pick- David Wilson RB/Virginia Tech

New pick- Mike Daniels DT/Iowa

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Best player available based off any type of need is Mike Daniels. Daniels has a Pro Bowl under his belt and a career total of 30 sacks. If drafted to New York, he would have joined a pretty talented group of players during that time, maybe their high powered defensive line would have lasted with Mike Daniels. Mike has also totaled 237 tackles, 49 TFLs, and 70 QB hits. The Giants end this redraft by drafting a defensive lineman. No positions that were more needed had any players worth picking, Mike Daniels can also play on the end, a good versatile player to end this 2012 first round redraft.

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