2012 NFL Draft Round One Blog

2012 NFL Draft Round One Blog

We'll update this blog as the 2012 NFL Draft continues through the first round, but we're going to list the picks up top for ease of reading.

  1. Indianapolis: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor - *
  3. Cleveland: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - *
  4. Minnesota: Matt Kalil, T, USC - *
  5. Jacksonville: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St - *
  6. Dallas: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - *
  7. Tampa Bay: Mark Barron, S, Alabama - *
  8. Miami: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  10. Buffalo: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
  11. Kansas City: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
  12. Philadelphia: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St - *
  13. Arizona: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
  14. St. Louis: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU -*
  15. Seattle: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia -*
  16. NY Jets: Quinton Coples, DL, North Carolina
  17. Cincinnati: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama -*
  18. San Diego: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
  19. CHICAGO: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
  20. Tennessee: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
  21. New England: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse -*
  22. Cleveland: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State -*
  23. Detroit: Riley Reiff, T, Iowa
  24. Pittsburgh: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
  25. New England: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama -*
  26. Houston: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
  27. Cincinnati: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
  28. Green Bay: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
  29. Minnesota: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame -*
  30. San Francisco: AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois
  31. Tampa Bay: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State -*
  32. NY Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

* = pick involved in a trade

We already have one trade, announced roughly 45 minutes before the 2012 NFL Draft officially started. The Cleveland Browns, who had 13 picks in the seven rounds of the Draft, moved the fourth overall pick and selections in rounds 4 (#118), 5 (#139) and 7 (#211) to get the number three overall pick, where they will select Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

The first three picks in this year's draft now appear to be locked in:

  • Indianapolis will select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
  • Washington will select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
  • And Cleveland will select Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

But where will the 2012 NFL Draft go from there? Check back here throughout the Draft for updates, comments and news surrounding the selections.

UPDATE (7:20 pm CT): After much anticipation, the Colts selected Luck and Redskins selected RGIII. Cleveland then shocked the world by selecting Richardson.

UPDATE (7:21 pm CT): Tampa Bay has traded down out of their pick (per Adam Schefter)

UPDATE (7:25 pm CT): Jacksonville traded their first round pick (#7) and a fourth round pick to Tampa for the fifth overall selection.

UPDATE (7:31 pm CT): ESPN reporting the Dallas Cowboys have traded up to the sixth overall pick in a deal with St. Louis. St. Louis received the 14th overall selection and Dallas' second round pick (#45).

COMMENT: The Rams have done incredibly well in this draft. They received three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick from Washington to move from the second pick down to six, and now pick up an additional second to move down again to 14. Excellent movement by the Rams. Per ESPN, the Rams now hold 3 of the top 13 picks in the second round. Rams have picks 33, 39 and 45.

COMMENT: Per CNBC's Darren Rovell on Twitter - "In the first 10 minutes after Ryan Tannehill was selected, there were more than 800 tweets about his girlfriend."

UPDATE (8:05 pm CT): Philadelphia has traded up to acquire the 12th overall pick from Seattle. According to the Seahawks' twitter account, "The Seahawks have traded the #12 pick to the Eagles for the Eagles' #15 pick, 4th round pick and 6th round pick."

COMMENT: Seattle takes... Bruce Irvin? Our first WTF Moment of the 2012 NFL Draft.

COMMENT: The better defensive ends and a couple top-tier offensive linemen are still on the board through 16 picks. This couldn't line up better for the Chicago Bears.

Here's NFL.com's scouting report on Shea McClellin.

Here are some Shea McClellin highlights:

UPDATE (9:05 pm CT): The Bengals traded the 21st overall pick to New England for picks 27 and 93.

COMMENT: Cleveland is the first team to use multiple first round picks. They picked running back Richardson and quarterback Weeden. As we already noted, they have three selections early in the second round as well. So far, a solid draft for the Browns.

COMMENT: Riley Reiff was the first player from the Big Ten Conference selected, all the way back at 23. That's the longest the Big Ten has waited for the conference's first pick in over 35 years.

UPDATE (9:20 pm CT): New England traded up to the 25th overall pick with Denver. The Broncos receive the 31st and 126th overall selections.

COMMENT: Not surprisingly, New England was very active during the later stages of the first round. They moved up twice to address their mediocre defense and landed two really good athletes in Jones and Hightower. And no, I'm not referring to the stars of the first "Police Academy" movie.

COMMENT: Illinois' Mercilus fell to Houston, where he'll be asked to replace former Number One overall pick Mario Williams.

COMMENT: After their trades on Thursday, New England is left with two second round picks and nothing else in the 2012 Draft.

COMMENT: At 27, the Bengals made their second selection of the first round. They addressed their secondary with Kirkpatrick and then came back with help for their offensive line with Zeitler.

COMMENT: With Perry going to Green Bay, the Bears need to address their offensive line at least once in the coming rounds.

UPDATE (9:43 pm CT): Minnesota traded the 35th and 98th overall picks to Baltimore for the 29th overall selection.

COMMENT: Minnesota selected Smith, giving Notre Dame two first round selections this year. Only four schools - Alabama, Baylor, USC and Notre Dame - had multiple first round selections.

UPDATE (9:48 pm CT): Denver traded down out of the 31st overall selection. The Broncos traded the 31st and 126th picks to Tampa for the 36th and 101st overall selections.

COMMENT: Illinois and Boise State join the fun, increasing the list of schools with multiple first round picks to six.

COMMENT: Denver traded down twice, adding two fourth round picks while sliding from the 25th overall pick to 36.

COMMENT: The Patriots and Broncos each made two trades during Thursday night's first round.

COMMENT: McClellin will wear #99 for the Chicago Bears.

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