Going back to the 2012 NFL Draft, it was Andrew Luck vs Robert Griffin III for the first overall pick held by the Indianapolis Colts. Since then, things have changed. Today, Russell Wilson has been the most successful quarterback of this draft, but would the Colts pass on luck for him? Also, the Panthers and Seahawks picked their star middle linebackers for their team’s today from this draft. Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner have been tremendous since their NFL careers began. Where would these players have been picked today? The Miami Dolphins picked their quarterback with the 8th pick in Ryan Tannehill. Would they have redone that pick, or maybe a different quarterback? Let’s find out in the 2012 NFL Re-Draft!
|Pick||Team||Original Pick||New Pick|
|1.||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford||Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin|
|2.||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor||Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford|
|3.||Cleveland Browns||Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama||Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College|
|4.||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil, OT, USC||Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State|
|5.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State||Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina|
|6.||Dallas Cowboys||Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU||Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina|
|7.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mark Barron, SS, Alabama||Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame|
|8.||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M||Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State|
|9.||Carolina Panthers||*Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College||Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama|
|10.||Buffalo Bills||Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina||David DeCastro, OG, Stanford|
|11.||Kansas City Chiefs||*Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis||Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis|
|12.||Philadelphia Eagles||*Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State||Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State|
|13.||Arizona Cardinals||Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame||TY Hilton, WR, Florida International|
|14.||St. Louis Rams||Michael Brockers, DT, LSU||Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse|
|15.||Seattle Seahawks||Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia||Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia|
|16.||New York Jets||Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina||Mike Daniels, DE, Iowa|
|17.||Cincinnati Bengals||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama||Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama|
|18.||San Diego Chargers||Melvin Ingram, LB, South Carolina||Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin|
|19||Chicago Bears||Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State||Tashaun Gipson, S, Wyoming|
|20.||Tennessee Titans||Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor||Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame|
|21.||New England Patriots||*Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse||Matt Kalil, OT, USC|
|22.||Cleveland Browns||Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State||Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M|
|23.||Detroit Lions||Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa||Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt|
|24.||Pittsburgh Steelers||*David DeCastro, OG, Stanford||Melvin Ingram, LB, South Carolina|
|25.||New England Patriots||*Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama||Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor|
|26.||Houston Texans||Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois||Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois|
|27.||Cincinnati Bengals||*Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin||Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa|
|28.||Green Bay Packers||Nick Perry, LB, USC||Doug Martin, RB, Boise State|
|29.||Minnesota Vikings||*Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame||Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina|
|30.||San Francisco 49ers||AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois||Michael Brockers, DT, LSU|
|31.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Doug Martin, RB, Boise State||Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette|
|32.||New York Giants||David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech||Nick Perry, LB, USC|
Breakdown of the Top 10:
- Indianapolis Colts
Original: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
New: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Discussion: Luck appeared to be the obvious choice here coming out of school, but Russell Wilson has been undoubtedly better. With a Super Bowl ring under his belt and coming off his best season yet, Russell Wilson would be the first pick of this draft and the Colts wouldn’t look back.
- Washington Redskins
Original: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
New: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Discussion: Robert Griffin III hasn’t had the best career, with several people blaming the Washington Redskins. RG3 has been haunted by injuries and hasn’t translated well following his Heisman Trophy season at Baylor. The Redskins would take Luck here and be confident heading into the season.
- Cleveland Browns
Original: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
New: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Discussion: With Trent Richardson not being in the league anymore, the Browns take the NFL’s best linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College. Kuechly has dominated since his rookie season and would dramatically help the Browns defense.
- Minnesota Vikings
Original: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
New: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Discussion: Next to Kuechly, Bobby Wagner has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL. He has started for a stellar defense of Seattle since his rookie year and would help the Vikings right away.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Original: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
New: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Discussion: Justin Blackman has had trouble staying on the field, so no doubt the Jaguars pass him. Instead, the snag Alshon Jeffery, one of the best young receivers. Jeffery would be an immediate threat for a weak Jaguars receiving corp.
- Dallas Cowboys
Original: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
New: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
Discussion: Morris Claiborne has struggled, so Dallas would take Josh Norman. Norman had a breakout season in 2015 and is among the elite cornerbacks in the NFL.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Original: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
New: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
Discussion: Mark Barron has been a major letdown for the Bucs. For their pick, they grab Harris Smith out of Notre Dame. Smith has proven to be a dominant safety that would start for almost every team in the NFL.
- Miami Dolphins
Original: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
New: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Discussion: While Tannehill has been average, the Dolphins elect to take Kirk Cousins. Cousins led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2015 and was one of the most accurate throwers of the season.
- Carolina Panthers
Original: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
New: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Discussion: With Kuechly off the board, the Panthers take Dont’a Hightower. While he would have been a early first round pick of this draft if it weren’t for injuries in college, Hightower has had a great career for the Patriots.
- Buffalo Bills
Original: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
New: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Discussion: The Bills need an upgrade at cornerback, but David DeCastro is on the board. DeCastro is one of the NFL’s best interior linemen that would help the Lions out fiercely.