The 2012 NFL Draft began last night in New York with little suspense about the first two picks. It was a forgone conclusion that the Indianapolis Colts would select Stanford QB Andrew Luck, who would have probably been the top pick last year had he decided to come out. No secret who the Washington Redskins courted all along. After all, they gave up a truckload of first round draft picks, but they feel Baylor QB Robert Griffin, III was worth the risk at No. 2.
The Minnesota Vikings were scheduled to pick third, and since the Vikes need a little bit of everything, they decided to drop down one pick in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, who desperately wanted to prevent any one else from stealing Alabama RB Trent Richardson. Minnesota picked up more selections from the Browns, two additional picks in later rounds, and still got their pick, Southern Cal’s Matt Kalil, an All-American Offensive Lineman.
More trades followed with Tampa Bay trading down from its 5th pick, dealing the choice to Jacksonville, who selected WR Justin Blackmon, projected as the star wide receiver of the 2012 Draft. The Jags made a bold move because the St. Louis Rams were salavating for Blackmon’s services at No. 6. Then the Dallas Cowboys jumped in after the Rams lost Blackmon and secured the pick to select CB Morris Claiborne of LSU.
Seems to be slim pickins’ among Virginia players expected to be drafted this year with Virginia Tech RB David Wilson being the first state product to be taken off the board on the final pick of the first round to the world champion New York Giants. Wilson, who left the Hokies early was listed as one of the top 5 RBs in the 2012 draft.