First Round Breakdown
• Credit to the Jaguars for moving up in the draft and landing the top talent at receiver in Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon. Blackmon has the ability to win vs. press coverage and make plays in the three-step game. However, as much as I like the aggressiveness of Jacksonville to get their guy, I still think they would have been better served to take the more talented prospect in CB Morris Claiborne.
ICONThe Cowboys got a gift in landing Claiborne at six.
• With that being said I think the Cowboys got a real steal in Claiborne falling all the way to them at six. In my mind he’s the second best overall prospect in the draft and has the skill set to mature into one of the league’s top players at the position. In my mind he was the best value in the top-ten and major props to the Cowboys for being aggressive and going up and getting the star corner.
• I love that the Miami Dolphins were not shy about drafting Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill at pick eight. He’s got all the tools needed to be a successful signal caller in the NFL and in my mind I would have rather invested a first round pick in Tannehill then three first round picks and a second for Robert Griffin III.
• I have some concerns about Memphis DT Dontari Poe being asked to do the dirty work and anchor the Kansas City 34 front. Physically and athletically he certainly has the talent. However, guys with motor problems rarely stay motivated clogging up run lanes inside.
• Bruce Irvin has been one of the NFP’s favorites all year because of his explosive first step and ability to threaten the corner. He played out of position in West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defense and was not consistently asked to play to his strengths. However, the undersized pass rusher should get plenty of opportunities to get after the QB from both a two and three point stance opposite a guy who he compares quite favorably to in Chris Clemons. Love the pick!
• The Bears will allow Boise State DE Shea McClellin to play to his strength and rush from a three-point stance, where he is noticeably more comfortable and effective compared to when rushing standing up. Should have an instant impact off the edge and could be a 10-12 sack guy in the NFL.
• If you want the steal of the 2012 NFL draft, I think that award goes to the Steelers for landing Stanford OG David DeCastro at pick 24. DeCastro has the ability to come in an play at a high level from day one and should mature into one of the league's very best. The idea of DeCastro playing next to center Maurkice Pouncey for years to come in scary.
• I wasn’t a fan of the Texans pick of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus for the simple fact that I think he’s too stiff to stand up and be overly effective rushing off the edge as a 34 rush backer. The Texans already have a solid pair of OLB’s in Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed, and I don’t think Mercilus offers them much of an upgrade over either.