With the 5th selection of the 2012 draft, Tampa Buccaneers select:
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
With Richardson off the board, the next logical decision was to repair the CB position where Ronde Barber and Aqib Taliq are looking likely to be on the way out for one reason or another. Decision came down to what Bucs picked up in the FA, and with Vincent Jackson acquired at WR then it became unreasonable to go with Justin Blackmon when there were other glaring holes throughout the team.
Claiborne becomes the second CB to be drafted at 5 in sucessive years with Patrick Peterson being selected by the Arizona Cardinals the year before. The LSU corner is a cut above the rest of the CB's in his draft class such as Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina or Dre Kirkpatrick, despite the latter being on the winning side in the National Championship against Claiborne. However, Claiborne can't be held responsible for the inept performance of his sides offence in that game where Alabama scored only 1 TD.
Alongside Tyrann 'Honeybadger' Mathieu (a likely top 5 pick next season), Claiborne was part of a defense that conceded only 137 points in 13 games - a phenomenal achievement given the standard of opposition throughout the season.
Next team on the clock is the Rams, and adrian522..
Last edited by UnitedIrishman; 29-03-2012 at 20:19.
With the 6 the Pick of the 2012 NFL Draft the St. Louis Rams select:
I guess no real surprises here though I don't think a receiver is going to solve all their problems I think it is a good move for the Rams, they still need to address their offensive line and its probably too early to select David DeCastro though I think he would be good for the Rams.
Martin can start at right tackle and help the ground game come on again from last year. He is a big upgrade on current right tackle Mark Colombo.
Wide-out was a consideration to replace Marshall but there is plenty of depth there in this draft class. Tannehill was a consideration but I just dont see how you can pick him 8th. They should try to trade down to the mid teens if they want him.
With the 9th pick of the 2012 Nfl Draft the Carolina Panthers
pick Corner Back Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama Crimson Tide.
I decided to upgrade and strengthen the Panthers Secondary as it is one of many needs for the Panthers. Janoris Jenkins was another option but his off field antics went against him for the pick. Dre Kirkpatrick also had an off field case against him but was dropped. He appears to be the second top CB prospect in the draft so thats why he was selected 9th overall.
Next up on the clock at pick ten is deise_boi with the Buffalo Bills.
With the 10th pick of the 2012 draft, The Buffalo Bills select....
South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
Tough pick to make here! The Bills' greatest need is at LT, however with both Reiff and Martin surprisingly off the board already, I felt that the quality was missing for a #10 pick at that position. This left me to choose between the likes of Tannehill, Gilmore and Floyd which wasn't so straight forward. Tannehill is still quite raw and certainly not ready to be a starter in the NFL, and with that I just can't see the Bills drafting at him at #10 (if he's available) when there are other pressing needs.
That left me to pick between Floyd and Gilmore. While I would be happy with either at 10, there is a deep receiver class in this year's draft and I fancy Buffalo to pick one up in later rounds. Which leads me to why I picked Gilmore. He's recognised as a very vocal leader and a tough tackler, and I think he'd be a great addition to the Buffalo D which has undergone drastic changes this season. I also see him as being part of a very good CB duo with Aaron Williams who was drafted last year.
Next on the clock is JohnnyRyan99 and the Kansas City chiefs!
This was a difficult decision for me to make. At the beginning I was tempted to go with who I thought was "the best player available" because The Chiefs have a lot of holes that need filling and with so much talent still left on the board there's plenty of options, but after looking into their needs I felt DeCastro made the most sense.
It's a safe pick and while The Chiefs still need a NT and a Pass Rusher I think they can be taken care of in later rounds. What this pick will do is improve their running game and with new signing Peyton Hillis coupled with the return of Jamall Charles from injury this will be a major boost, not to mention a pick that will certainly be well received by the two RB's.
For me DeCastro is the best Guard in the 2012 Draft and at 6'5, 316lb with deceivingly impressive athleticism he'll have no problem lining up from day one. Expect DeCastro to grow into a Pro Bowl Level Guard and become one of the best young Guards in the NFL.
Next up on the clock is FreeOscar and the Seattle Seahawks!
Could have went the obvious route with Kuelchy/Ingram/Couples but **** it, I'm the GM and Matt Flynn is getting some weapons!
Flynn, Skittles, An injury free Sidney Rice, Baldwin, Zach Miller and now Michael Floyd. If you want to win that NFC West you need the firepower to get by the vaunted 49ers D and the very underrated Cards D.
Next on the clock is malachyscott picking for the Arizona Cardinals
With the 13th pick in the NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals select
Luke Kuechly LB Boston College.
i can see the Cards trading down in the draft if picks turn out like this. Their biggest need is LT but the best guys have been taken and I think Mike Adams isn't worth the risk.
So I decided that we might as well take the top Linebacker on the board and improve the defense and give Patrick Peterson a little help.