2012 NFL Re-Draft

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:

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

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