2012 NFL Draft What's Next? AFC South
Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck
What happened? What should've happened? Who will the next pick be?
2012 NFL Draft
What's Next? AFC - South
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What Happened So Far? There’s mega-bust potential with the first three picks. DE Whitney Mercilus is a one-year wonder, Ohio State WR DeVier Posey has potential, and Miami University OG Brandon Brooks is a pure run blocking guard. However, Posey should be a good No. 2 target on the other side of Andre Johnson.
The Second Guess: T.J. Graham was a huge reach by Buffalo, but the speedy NC State receiver went one pick after Posey.
What Should Happen Next? With the fourth pick in the fourth round, getting a linebacker is a need and finding even more help for the pass rush wouldn’t be bad.
Hopefully Still On The Board … OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma (Jr.) 6-2, 253
Part end, part linebacker, he bulked up in a big way to get up to 253 pounds to show he could possibly fit a variety of systems, but he’s maxed out on his frame. Ridiculously strong, he put up 36 reps on the bench and showed he has the raw tools to potentially be a rock against the run. He’s a big hitter who’s excellent at coming up with a big stop, and he doesn’t miss a tackle. While he’s still an unfinished product and isn’t the greatest of athletes, there’s little bust potential as long as he can jack up the intensity level a few notches. He might not be a pure pass rusher and he’ll be far better against the run than the pass, but he’s quick enough to get by and he’ll be a rock when his job is to see ball, hit ball.
What Happened So Far? It’s all about helping Andrew Luck. The Colts went tight end-tight end with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, and then they gave him a speedster in the third taking T.Y. Hilton.
The Second Guess: Allen was a bit of a luxury pick after already gong with Fleener. The D line needed to be addressed. Mike Martin would’ve been the type of pick who would’ve fit.
What Should Happen Next? The Colts have the flash, and now it’s time to go help out the defense with a tackle and a corner. However, they don’t have a pick until the first slot in the fifth.
Hopefully Still On The Board … DT Hebron “Loni” Fangupo, BYU 6-1, 323
The textbook definition of an anchor, he’s a bowling ball with a great base and terrific leverage. Stick him in the middle and let him settle in. Ridiculously strong, he put up 36 reps on the bench at the Combine and translates the strength to the field. Not a pass rusher in any way, he’ll be in to hold up against double teams and let everyone else have their fun. For good and bad, he’s mature and this is it. 26, he won’t have a long career, and he’ll get beaten on and beaten up, but his combination of size and strength are rare. As long as a team knows that he’s a two-down defender and doesn’t expect anything other than what he is now, he should find a job.
What Happened So Far? The Jaguars got its guy in Justin Blackmon with the fifth overall pick, and then got a nice hybrid pass rusher early on the second taking Andre Branch. However, they got really cute, really fast selecting a punter, Bryan Anger, with the 70th overall pick. The punting game was a disaster, but the third round is way, way high for a kicker of any kind.
The Second Guess: Anger. Considering Jacksonville needs more receiver help and could use more pass rushers, taking a punter two picks ahead of DE Olivier Vernon was questionable.
What Should Happen Next? Making the Anger pick even worse was the lack of a fourth round pick. The Jaguars don’t get to go again until early in the fifth. They need to get another receiver or a linebacker.
Hopefully Still On The Board … DE Trevor Guyton, California (DT) 6-3, 285
Able to play as a 4-3 tackle or a 3-4 end, he’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of ways as a decent all-around player. There’s nothing special about his game and he doesn’t do any one thing at a superior level, but there isn’t any major deficiency. Great against the run, he’s strong, tough, and he’s always working. Motivation is never a problem and he’s a leader up front with the type of character that coaches love. Not an athlete, he’s not a speed rushing end and will probably be at his best in a 3-4 scheme. There’s little creativity in his pass rushing skills and there’s nothing splashy about his game. He’ll get the job done and that’s about it.
What Happened So Far? There isn’t a sure thing among the first three picks taking WR Kendall Wright, LB Zach Brown, and DT Mike Martin. However, the team got a lot faster in a big hurry. Brown is a good shot worth taking at the 52, and Martin was a bit of a steal in the third round.
The Second Guess: Brown over Penn State DT Devon Still, who went one pick later to Cincinnati. The Titans need defensive tackle help and could’ve had Still and Martin to load up in the interior. Grabbing Wisconsin center Peter Konz – who went three picks after Brown to Atlanta - would’ve made more sense.
What Should Happen Next? With the 20th pick in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds, there’s room to put together a package to get the best guy on the board. The Titans have to go after a defensive end and need a center.
Hopefully Still On The Board … C Michael Brewster, Ohio State 6-4, 312\
Potentially a guard, he can work in a variety of ways and could be a strong starter no matter where he plays. A great leader, he’s a great quarterback and smart to sniff out the blitz from ten miles away. Very big and with a great heart, he was a superstar recruit for the Buckeyes and lived up to the billing as a great run blocker and a ton of experience. However, he’s limited as a pro prospect with mediocre athleticism and he isn’t a destroyer like he should be for a player of his size; there’s no real upside. He’ll make up for his deficiencies with hard work and fight. A coaching staff will love him and won’t have any problems making him the leader up front.