2012 NFL Draft Snapshot

By Chris Malumphy

The 2012 NFL Draft is now history with 253 players having been selected, starting as expected with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck being drafted by Indianapolis and ending with the Colts taking Luck's potential backup, quarterback Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois, who will be invited to Newport Beach, California, for a week of festivities where he will be honored as Mr. Irrelevant

Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Robert Griffin III from Baylor was selected second.

Alabama produced 8 draft picks, the most of any college, including four first rounders: running back Trent Richardson (Browns), safety Mark Barron (Buccaneers), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (Bengals) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (Patriots). Also selected from the Crimonson Tide were linebacker Courtney Upshaw (Ravens), defensive tackle Josh Chapman (Colts), defensive back DeQuan Menzie (Chiefs) and tight end Brad Smelley (Browns).

The Cleveland Browns drafted the most players, 11, including two first rounders, running back Trent Richardson of Alabama and quarterback Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State. Other teams with multiple first round picks included the Bengals (defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick and guard Kevin Zeitler), the Buccaneers (saftety Mark Barron and running back Doug Martin), the Patriots (defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower) and the Vikings (tackle Matt Kalil and defensive back Harrison Smith).

Among the 253 draftees were 32 compensatory picks that were awarded to teams that had lost more or better players to free agency than they signed last year. The Oakland Raiders used the first compensatory pick at the end of the third round to take guard Tony Bergstrom from Utah.

Eight defensive ends were drafted in the first round including Bruce Irvin (Seahawks, West Virginia), Quinton Coples (Jets, North Carolina), Melvin Ingram (Chargers, South Carolina), Shea McClellin (Bears, Boise State), Chandler Jones (Patriots, Syracuse), Whitney Mercilus (Texans, Illinois) and Nick Perry (Packers, USC).

2012 NFL Draft Snapshot

First Pick111Andrew LuckColtsQBStanford
Heisman Trophy122Robert Griffin IIIRedskinsQBBaylor
Mr. Irrelevant746253Chandler HarnishColtsQBNorthern Illinois
First Quarterback111Andrew LuckColtsQBStanford
First Running Back133Trent RichardsonBrownsRBAlabama
First Wide Receiver155Justin BlackmonJaguarsWROklahoma State
First Offensive Lineman144Matt KalilVikings TUSC
First Defensive Lineman11111Dontari PoeChiefsDTMemphis
First Linebacker199Luke KuechlyPanthersLBBoston College
First Defensive Back166Morris ClaiborneCowboysDBLouisiana State
First Punter3770Bryan AngerJaguars PCalifornia
First Placekicker526161Randy BullockTexans KTexas A&M
First Compensatory Pick33295Tony BergstromRaiders GUtah
Top College133Trent RichardsonBrownsRBAlabama
 177Mark BarronBuccaneersDBAlabama
 11717Dre KirkpatrickBengalsDBAlabama
 12525Dont'a HightowerPatriotsLBAlabama
 2335Courtney UpshawRavensLBAlabama
 51136Josh ChapmanColtsDTAlabama
 511146DeQuan MenzieChiefsDBAlabama
 740247Brad SmelleyBrownsTEAlabama
Top Team133Trent RichardsonBrownsRBAlabama
 12222Brandon WeedenBrownsQBOklahoma State
 2537Mitchell SchwartzBrowns TCalifornia
 32487John HughesBrownsDTCincinnati
 45100Travis BenjaminBrownsWRMiami (FL)
 425120James-Michael JohnsonBrownsLBNevada
 525160Ryan MillerBrowns GColorado
 634204Emmanuel AchoBrownsLBTexas
 635205Billy WinnBrownsDTBoise State
 738245Trevin WadeBrownsDBArizona
 740247Brad SmelleyBrownsTEAlabama
Multiple 1st Round Picks11717Dre KirkpatrickBengalsDBAlabama
 12727Kevin ZeitlerBengals GWisconsin
 133Trent RichardsonBrownsRBAlabama
 12222Brandon WeedenBrownsQBOklahoma State
 177Mark BarronBuccaneersDBAlabama
 13131Doug MartinBuccaneersRBBoise State
 12121Chandler JonesPatriotsDESyracuse
 12525Dont'a HightowerPatriotsLBAlabama
 144Matt KalilVikings TUSC
 12929Harrison SmithVikingsDBNotre Dame
Top 1st Round Position11515Bruce IrvinSeahawksDEWest Virginia
 11616Quinton CoplesJetsDENorth Carolina
 11818Melvin IngramChargersDESouth Carolina
 11919Shea McClellinBearsDEBoise State
 12121Chandler JonesPatriotsDESyracuse
 12626Whitney MercilusTexansDEIllinois
 12828Nick PerryPackersDEUSC