The Football Educator’s guest contributor Randy Schwimmer finishes up his comprehensive look at the AFC heading into the 2012 NFL Training Camp.
AFC East Division 2012 NFL Draft Round Up:
Year after year, it’s clear that there is one particular team in the AFC that is predicted to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl and favored by the media to make it to the Super Bowl. That particular team is the New England Patriots. With their exceptional offensive juggernaut, which is led by Tom Brady, I do not envision this changing any time soon. That is, of course, if Brady doesn’t get injured or retire any time soon. Here are my thoughts, heading into the 2012 NFL Training Camp, on how the AFC East division did with the 2012 NFL Draft.
New York Jets:
2012 NFL Draft – Best Pick: NONE: The 2012 draft did not treat the New York Jets kindly. I went through all of their draft picks at least four times. The only pick that I somewhat liked was the selection of Terrance Ganaway in the sixth round. This selection does not warrant a whole scouting report of Ganaway. Sorry Jets fans, I just personally thought the drafting by Mike Tannebaum and Rex Ryan was really poor this year. To top it off, the Jets are getting ready to deal with another hold out by the “star” of the team in Revis heading into the 2012 NFL Training Camp.
2012 NFL Draft – Worst Pick: Round 1 Pick 16, Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: As General Manager of an NFL organization, it is your job to make sure that your team drafts either the very best player available or a value pick for a position of need. This is why the pick of Coples bothers me so much. Coples lacks determination, motivation, and discipline. Additionally, Coples played strictly as a defensive tackle and defensive end in a base 43 alignment at UNC. The Jets defense has lacked a consistent rusher from their front four for many years and they had Melvin Ingram staring them right in the face. Now, they have to train a “lazy” Coples to play a position that he has never played before in the 34 base five technique. This should be fun to see through Training Camp & into the 2012 season.
New England Patriots:
2012 NFL Draft – Best Pick: Round 1 Pick 21, Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse: In the week leading up to the NFL Draft, the name Chandler Jones became a hot topic. Most mock NFL drafts had Jones in the middle of the second round, and maybe even in the third round. When the first round of the draft rolled around, the focus of discussion by Mike Mayock and NFL Network in general was all about Jones. When the Patriots jumped in front of Cleveland by trading with Cincinnati, I knew right away it was for Jones. I am pretty sure that Bill Belichick never thought that Jones would make it past the top twenty, he wasn’t alone. Jones brings what the Pats have been missing since Belichick released Adailius Thomas. Bill Belichick still wishes that he could have traded with John Elway at the beginning of last year’s draft to pick up the reigning defensive Rookie of the Year in Von Miller.
2012 NFL Draft – Worst Pick: Round 2 Pick 48, Tavon Wilson, Safety, Illinois: If you think as I do, you are sitting there reading this right now and going WHAT???? Did Belichick fall off the crazy wagon finally? While I know the Patriots had one of the worst secondaries in the league last year, there were plenty of more suitable options for the Patriots to pick from. Most people and analysts around the NFL think that this will probably end up being another stupendous pick by the mastermind Belichick, but I urge you to go and look at the Patriots roster and tell me which players are still on the roster from two to three drafts ago. Especially players past the first round picks. You are not going to find many. Belichick has clearly been striking out with the picks lately.
If you’re a PATTY or a J-E-T-S, let us know what you think! If not, take your shots!