3rd– Buffalo Bills select DT Marcel Dareus, Alabama
My Reaction: Great for the Bills as they had the 32nd ranked run defense allowing a meager 169.6 yards per game.
4th pick–Cincy Bengals select WR AJ Green, Georgia
My Reaction: Great for the Bengals. They have their star WR for the next 8 years or more. They are obviously banking that Carson Palmer will play for them. I just hope they find a better backup plan than Jordan Palmer. You could argue that they needed defense but they have more picks and there are still talented players out there. However, if they take a QB in the second, their D will probably hurt this year.
5th pick–Arizona Cardinals select CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
My Reaction: Bravo! Amazing talent and with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the other side, they have formed up an excellent 1-2 tandem for their corners.
6th pick–Atlanta Falcons select WR Julio Jones, Alabama
My Reaction: Initially I praised the pick, even though Jones was my #3 ranked WR. It was really that I noticed that they saw what they wanted and went and got it. Did they need Jones? No. Can he improve the team immediately and in the long-run? Very much. So, at the point, it’s great for the team. The ransom that they gave Cleveland was unheard of it was so much. Even though Atlanta moved up from 27th.
Here’s what Atlanta lost (link):
2011: 1st rounder, 2nd rounder, and 4th rounde (It’s already wayyy to0 much)
2012: 1st rounder and 4th rounder
Cleveland traded once again and walked away with NT Phil Taylor late in the first round. They are the clear winners of the draft at this point. Bad decision Atlanta. Jones is not worth two first round picks and then some.
7th pick San Fran 49ers select DE/OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
My Reaction: It’s definitely a shock that Gabbert isn’t the first Mizzou player off the board. San Fran not taking a QB high does not shock me in the least bit. Aldon Smith, this high, does shock me. I actually had smith going last to the packers in my mock. Now, I will easily admit that I didn’t study on this guy as much as I would prefer to have an actual opinion. Smith seemed to be a late teen to mid-20s pick. So, i watched one highlight video and forgot about him. Most seemed to predict, however, that he would transition from a 43 defensive end to a 34 stand up and rush guy. He will have to learn to play in space and cover TE’s. Position switch’s make me nervous because they are only a projection. You really have no idea.
8th pick TN Titans select QB Jake Locker, Washington
My Reaction: WOAH! Good for them sticking to their guns and shocking everybody, but wow! He needs some accuracy work. This is by far no sure thing. It’s like they wanted a clean-cut Vince Young.
9th pick Dallas Cowboys select RT Tyron Smith, USC
My Reaction: Well that was media consensus at it’s best. I just don’t like the guy. Watch this: YouTube. He just falls down a lot and I didn’t see him as a top-20 pick but people love projections and that is why #2 pick Jason Smith (high with media as well, a sure-fire top-10) is not good enough to play left tackle in the NFL and is playing RT. I would bet he is the highest paid at his position and will not sniff a Pro Bowl.
Like I mentioned earlier, there will be a seperate piece on Blaine Gabbert. This is a Jaguars site and you will get your fill.
If you’d like my inital reaction to trading up, it was: YES! We’re getting Prince! (Prince Amukamar, CB, Nebraska went 19th to the Giants)
I hope it was worth the read.