The 2012 NFL Draft was exciting this year, as it is almost every year. As a football fan since I was four years old, I always remember watching the draft. It was a tradition I started with my father, and it still continues today. We get to observe as our favorite teams announce their draft choices, and laugh as our rivals make questionable calls. Of course, every team has their good and bad years. Here is my list of 2012 NFL Draft hits and misses.
Hit – Pittsburgh Steelers
There is no exception, The Pittsburgh Steelers need to protect Ben Roethlisberger. By nabbing David DeCastro and Mike Adams with their first two picks, they acquired two excellent offensive linemen who will be ready to step in immediately. They also picked up a giant defensive tackle in Alameda Ta’amu, who will stuff the middle against the run.
Miss – Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks went out and signed Matt Flynn in the off-season, hopefully solving the quarterback dilemma. The Seattle Seahawks were in the bottom half of most offensive categories last season, but they did nothing in the draft to sort that out. Flynn still doesn’t have many teammates to throw to besides Sidney Rice, and even he isn’t certain because of injuries that have plagued him. They only selected two offensive players, one of them being a back-up quarterback. Robert Turbin is a big, physical running back, but they already have that in Marshawn Lynch. This team is lacking speed and offensive weapons, and they failed to address that.
Hit – Minnesota Vikings
By selecting offensive tackle Matt Kalil in with their 3rd pick, the Minnesota Vikings now have someone to protect Christian Ponder’s blind side. Kalil is by far the best tackle in this year’s draft, and he will shore up the offensive line for many years to come. The Minnesota Vikings strengthened their secondary by grabbing free-safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Josh Robinson, who should both be ready to contribute right away. Jarius Wright is a capable slot receiver who can add another dimension to this offense and give Christian Ponder another weapon.
Miss – Jacksonville Jaguars
I really liked the Jaguars first two picks. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be a great weapon for second year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and defensive end Andre Branch will be an explosive rusher off the edge. After these picks were made, I was left scratching my head. Taking punter in the third round is a huge reach, and the rest of their picks seem to be guys who may not even have a chance to make the team. Linebacker Brandon Marshall may contribute on special teams, cornerback Mike Harris has only started one year, and Jeris Pendleton may not even be a viable back-up. The Jaguars have a lot of needs to be a contender, and I think that they failed to address them.
As the 2012 NFL Draft came to a close, I remarked to my Father about the pros and cons. And as usual, we argued about certain choices and players. We are both entitled to our opinions, and these were mine. Nothing is ever certain in football, so only time will tell if these teams did in fact hit or miss in the 2012 NFL Draft.
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Ryan Drew is a 30 year old sports enthusiast and pro wrestler from New England. Follow Ryan Drew on Twitter or at The Wrestling Hub.