Originally posted on Draft Board Insider  |  Last updated 4/26/12

The start of the 2012 NFL Draft was sort of a pre-ordained scenario, at least for the top 2 picks.  All in all few suprises in terms of players but as with any draft there has to be some moves.

 

1.Indianapolis Colts-Andrew Luck, RB Stanford-The worst kept secret in the league for the past 2 months.  Obviously this is the move that had to be made.  Luck is a remarkable quarterback, the Colts are not a bare cupboard, and I expect them to be competitive right away. LOVE IT!

2.Washington Redskins-Robert Griffin III, Baylor-The Redskins went HAM to go up and draft RGIII and as I've written already I completely get the logic in it.  You simply cannot be a Super Bowl team wihtout elite quarterback play and that starts with a first round quarterback.  While I am not as high on RGIII as I am Luck, and I am really not as high on the Redskins team as I am the Colts, I see the potential in him, and if you are a Redskins fan you have to have optimism that you haven't had in a long time. LIKE IT!

3.Cleveland Browns-Trent Richardson, RB Alabama-I love this trade and hate it.  giving up a 4th, 5th, and 7th round pick to move up a spot is a bargain.  that 5th and 7th are longshots to make the roster, so big whoop.  My hate is with the position(not the player).  I think Trent Richardson is a special type of player.  But inherently moving up to draft a running back high in the first round is something I struggle to wrap my head around. LIKE IT!

4.Minnesota Vikings-Matt Kalil, OT USC-Probably the safest pick in the draft.  Kalil isn't Joe Thomas, but he's going to be plug and play for a long time.  Peterson will love having him block for him, and Ponder better hold up his head of the deal.  LOVE IT!

5.Jacksonville Jaguars-Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State-I don't think he's a No1. but if they want Blaine Gabbert to succeed Blackmon is going to help.  Strong and physical player who will take advantage of the rules.  As for the trade up, if you covet a player, you go get your guy.  LIKE IT!

6.Dallas Cowboys-Morris Claiborne, CB LSU-Another value trade up to draft their guy.  Claiborne is an elite player, and the cost to get his was minimal.  I knew ther was no way they were going up to get Mark Barron.  This pick makes much more sense.  Nice move by Jerry Jones. LOVE IT!

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Mark Barron, S Alabama.  My first hate it pick.  Mark it down, this was an over draft and he will never be considered among the elite in the league.  He's not as smooth on film as people say and he's going to be more in the box than in coverage.  Passing on a chance to get Claiborne for Barron makes it ever worse.  HATE IT!

8.Miami Dolphins-Ryan Tannehll, QB Texas A&M-And the ultimate over draft.  I've gone on plenty about Tennehill and what a project he is.  A team as bad as Miami can't wait for him to maybe develop.  HATE IT!

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