2012 NFL Draft Notes
With the Super Bowl in the rear view mirror teams are beginning to stack up their draft boards in anticipation of next week's Scouting Combine. The first round draft order is set with the exception of two ties that will be broken with a coin flip at the Combine. After that we await the compensatory picks to be awarded and the entire draft order will be set. Here are a few other items if note:
For now the Packers have two additional picks thanks to preseason trades with the Titans and Jets. The pick from New York is conditional while the Tennessee pick is undisclosed so we don't know where those picks will be yet but it's a pretty safe bet they will be day three picks.
New England has done it again. The Patriots have an additional first round pick from New Orleans and an additional second round pick from Oakland. That means New England has four of the first 63 picks. No wonder they haven't had a losing season since 2000.
Speaking of New England, one of the hidden treasures of the draft (if you're a geek anyway) is going back and looking at how all the trades worked out. For example: when New England traded Randy Moss to the Vikings in 2010 the Patriots picked up Minnesota's third rounder in 2011 while giving up their 2012 seventh rounder. New England has won 27 regular season games since the start of 2010 while the Vikings stumbled to the basement of the NFC North. Moss of course was out of football in 2011 and is itching to get back in. Again, it's no wonder New England has been dominant for a decade. By the way, New England used that 2011 third rounder on quarterback Ryan Mallett who could very well replace Tom Brady someday.
Another team making a habit of stockpiling picks is Philadelphia. The Eagles get Arizona's second round pick due to the Kevin Kolb trade. Philly also acquired additional picks in the fourth round and two in the sixth while trading away their seventh. So that's three extra picks for a team that's always competitive even when they're disappointing.
Oakland on the other hand...not so much. The Raiders traded away their first rounder to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer. To be honest that was not an entirely bad trade as the Raiders needed a quarterback midseason. However, as mentioned above Oakland also traded away their second rounder and will forfeit their third rounder due to the selection of Terrelle Pryor in last year's supplemental draft. So no picks for the Raiders in the first three rounds. Reggie McKenzie has his work cut out for him.
As if Detroit wasn't dirty enough with Jim Schwartz picking fights with opposing coaches and Ndamukong Suh stomping on defenseless players the Lions will forfeit their sixth round pick. The reason? The Lions were found guilty of tampering with Kansas City in 2010. That's what the kids call "real sketch" (as in really sketchy.)
Cleveland reaps the benefits again from the Julio Jones trade up by Atlanta last year. The Browns pick up Atlanta's first and fourth to go with three additional picks from last year. I'd like to think the Browns have a real opportunity here but they're the Browns so let's just wait and see.