Luck Expected, Irvin a Shock at NFL Draft 2012

Frank Doyle | Updated Apr 27, 2012

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The Colts took Luck, but the rest of the 2012 NFL Draft is much more interesting. Frank Doyle reports.

Everybody and their uncle knew that Mr Luck would go to Indianapolis and that Mr Griffin would go to Washington at last night’s NFL Draft. But after that, it got interesting.

The most talked about draft is Cleveland’s. The Browns swapped with the Vikings to claim Trent Richardson, the running back out of Alabama. Richardson was the first of three running backs selected in the draft, and the position does not have lustre it once enjoyed in the modern, pass-first-last-always NFL. But Richardson is talented and will help Cleveland forget about the year long disaster that Madden cover star Peyton Hillis was for all of last year.

What people are talking about though is the Browns second choice, when they used the 22nd pick in the Draft to choose Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. Weeden is 23-3 as a starter in Stillwater, but he’s 28 years old. He spent five years trying to make it as a pitcher in the Major Leagues before turning to football.

The upside to that is that he’s very mature for a rookie and he’s got an arm that could throw a pork chop past Prince Fielder. The downside is he’s 28 years old, so the future has to be now or else it’s not at all.

Jacksonville surprised a lot of people when the Jaguars moved up in the draft to select Weeden’s Oklahoma State team-mate, wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Nobody doubts that Blackmon has a future in the League but the question that has to be at the back of everbody’s mind has to be: who’s going to throw him the ball?

Blaine Gabbert, tenth overall pick in the Draft last year, looked more and more uncomfortable as the season went on last year. The belief in the front office must be that Gabbert will be fine once he has more options, but sometimes when a quarterback’s nerve goes, it never quite comes back.

Because the NFL is now a passing league, players who can stop the pass are just as important as those who can make ot. Seattle used the 15th pick to choose Bruce Irvin, a defensive end out of West Virginia.

Irvin has explosive speed for a big man and is natural sack machine. The downside is that Irvin had a hard time growing up and has been in trouble with the law. Pete Carroll has been watching Irvin since Carroll was at USC – if Irvin can seize this opportunity he could be one of the all-time greats. Only thing is, it’s a pretty big if.

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