Day one of the 2012 NFL Draft was as trendy as the come. A flurry of trades led to some ingenious picks and some not so smart ones. Here are six of the most questionable picks in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
#8 Ryan Tannehill
Texas A&M/QB/Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill is a wonderfully physical specimen. The Ft. Lauderdale resident in me knew it was coming but dreaded it; much like a firing squad. Thinking today more positively (especially with the second round pick of OT Jonathan Martin), Mike Sherman and Joe Philbin have the coaching talents and experience to turn Tannehill into a great pick. Tannehill has all the physical tools, but too little experience and too little awareness to throw by the best DB’s in the NFL.
#9 Luke Kuechly.
Boston College/MLB/Carolina Panthers
There are some major criticisms of MLB Luke Kuechly, including his inability to sift through heavy traffic to make a tackle. Kuechly is another great Boston College Middle Linebacker. The Panthers need Kuechly to work on stopping the run, but need to shore up the front four as well. Kuechly’s awareness severely hampers him in stopping the run. Dealing with multiple blockers and finding the runner will slow him down. The weak defensive tackles up front will send too much heat Kuechly’s way for him to assert his strengths.
#15 Bruce Irvin.
West Virginia/DE/Seattle Seahawks
Bruce Irvin was no wear near a first round pick according to almost anyone. If any expert was asked if Irvin would be drafted before Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram, they would have security called based on your insult of a trick question.
#22 Brandon Weeden.
Oklahoma State/QB/Cleveland Browns
Were the Browns already that sick of QB Colt McCoy? Didn’t they draft RB Trent Richardson to take some of the burden off McCoy? Now they are choosing to trade him, but drafting the 28 year old Quarterback. Despite his experience at a competitive level, Brandon Weeden still will have to adjust to the level of the NFL defenders. Furthermore, Weeden had WR Justin Blackmon, who was by far the best receiver in college football and would immediately outplay anyone on the Browns roster. Weeden may do ok, but this team better run heavy if they wish to win.
#27 Kevin Zeitler.
I get the point. They are trying to protect their offensive investments, but Zeitler? Cordy Glenn and even Kelechi Osemele would have been a better choice. I really do not know much as the average TV broadcast doesn’t showcase the Guard very much, but I know these two will have better careers than Zeitler.
#30 A.J. Jenkins
For the same reason Irvin and Zeitler were poor picks, Jenkins is. There are about four or five wide receivers who have received national publicity that are better than Jenkins but were/will be drafted after. Mohamed Sanu, Tommy Streeter, Alshon Jeffery, Stephen Hill, Ryan Broyles, and others could have been drafted above with good reason. Jenkins may turn out to be a serviceable ball player, but the ‘Niners must’ve seen something no draft expert did.
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