Analyzing 1st round of NFL draft

By Ron Green Jr.

McClatchy Newspapers

Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

A pick-by-pick look at the first round of the 2012 NFL draft:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Now that Peyton Manning has exited Indianapolis, the keys to the kingdom belong to Luck, who seems to have just about everything a team could want in a quarterback.

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

In his Heisman Trophy-winning senior year, Griffin showed his uncommon blend of skills coupled with his almost infectious energy on the field.

3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The Browns so wanted Richardson that they swapped draft positions with the Vikings and gave up three picks to do it.

4. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, Southern Cal

The Vikings got their man in Kalil, considered the best offensive line prospect in the draft.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

The Jaguars wanted Blackmon badly enough that they traded up to make sure they got the player considered to be the best downfield receiving threat available.

6. Dallas Cowboys: Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU

The Cowboys traded up to get who they wanted — a superior defensive back prospect who can instantly upgrade their secondary.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

The Bucs took a big step to upgrade its defensive secondary in drafting Barron.

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

The Dolpins reunited Tannehill with his former head coach in College Station, Tex., Mike Sherman who is the new offensive coordinator.

9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

The Panthers drafted one of the most talented players on the board.

10. Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Gilmore rocketed up draft charts in the evaluation period.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Poe was an intriguing prospect for several teams looking for defensive help up front, especially after he impressed scouts with his performance at the combine.

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DE, Mississippi St.

The Eagles moved up to draft Cox.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

The Cardinals found someone to take some of the defensive attention away from superstar receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

14. St. Louis Rams: Michael Brockers, DT LSU

Looking for a player to build around in the middle of the defense, new coach Jeff Fisher can start with Brockers.

15. Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia

Some analysts felt Irvin was the best pure pass rusher in the draft but there were some character concerns.

16 New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

There was plenty of smoke around Coples and the Panthers prior to the draft before the Panthers settled on Luke Kuechly.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

It quickly got tougher to throw on the Bengals with their addition of Kirkpatrick.

18. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

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