AFC West 2012 NFL Draft Assessment per Team
Over the next few weeks I will be going through and giving my assessments of how the draft played out for each team in a specific division. I’ll start with my most familiar division, the AFC West. Without further ado, let’s get this going:
2012 NFL Draft - Best Pick: Round 2 pick 36, Derek Wolfe, DT, U of Cincinnati: Wolfe brings something that is an obvious weakness (at least in the mind of the media and draft analysts) to the Denver Broncos, gap shooting three technique that can provide an instant pass rush to force the QB back into the ferocious pass rush of Doom and Gloom. Wolfe should be a day one starter next to Ty Warren if he can remain healthy.
2012 NFL Draft - Worst Pick: Round 2 pick 57, Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State: Before the draft, John Elway clearly proclaimed that the Denver Broncos would approach this draft looking for impact players. Brock is not the impact player that Bronco fans were looking for after having to wait through the first round with no picks. The stun from John Elway (and crew) picking Derek Wolfe with pick 36 hadn’t sunk in yet, and then they made this pick. A future pick is what this was, and will be. If Brock can blossom under Elway and Manning, then Elway will look like a genius in four to five years. Let’s hope that is what happens.
2012 NFL Draft - Best Pick: Round 1 pick 18, Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina: When A.J. Smith drafted Larry English with the 16th pick in the 2009 draft, he was looking for what Melvin Ingram should provide the team with: an outside pass rush to match up with an aging Shaun Phillips. English never panned out only putting up 2 sacks in 2009, 3 sacks in 2010, and 2 sacks in 2011. Those aren’t the numbers you want to see from your first round pass rusher over three years. Especially since A.J. had to watch Denver land 11.5 sacks from their rookie last year in Von Miller.
2012 NFL Draft - Worst Pick: Round 5 pick, Johnny Troutman, Guard, Penn State: The Chargers lost one of the best deep threats/big play wide outs in the game with Vincent Jackson. They did not draft one single wide receiver to help recover from this. Robert Meacham and Eddie Royal, together, will not match Jackson’s production. While I like what Troutman can bring to the table, I feel this pick should have been one of the wide receivers left.
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