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2012 NFL Draft: A Brief Retrospective

Breaking down the weekend of madness.



The number of picks by position in the 2012 Draft:


# of Picks



Running Back


Wide Receiver


Offensive Line


Tight End


Defensive Line








Special Teams (K/P)



2011 was a record-setting year for passing offenses, and it became en vogue to devalue running backs. However, there were twice as many Running Backs (22) selected in the Draft as there were Tight Ends (11), even though the average team’s active roster carries the same number of players at each position (3).

In the first 75 selections of the Draft, there were nearly as many Punters (1) as Tight Ends (2).

In the first 100 selections of the Draft, there were 8 Running Backs taken, and 3 Tight Ends.


If you play fantasy football, and you hold a snake-style draft, you know all about the phenomena of ‘runs’. That is, one person takes a Tight End, then suddenly, and inexplicably, four of the next six picks are also Tight Ends. One would think that big-time NFL decision-makers would be immune from such traps…

-In the first 175 picks of the Draft, 11 Safeties were taken. In the next 22 picks (176-197), 8 of them were selected.

-In the first 160 picks of the Draft, no Kickers were chosen. 3 of the following 15 selections (161-175) were kickers.

-Of the first 109 players selected, 3 were Tight Ends. 4 of the next 18 picks were Tight Ends (110-127).


The seventh round of the NFL Draft was 46 picks long, and took 2 hours to complete (on the nose). That’s one pick every 2 minutes and 40 seconds or so.

The second round of the NFL Draft was 31 picks long, and took 2 hours and 6 minutes to complete. That’s one pick every 4 minutes and 6 seconds, give or take.


The following chart shows how some major football powerhouses produced Draft talent between 2000 and 2011.


Total Draft Picks (average)

1st Round Draft Picks


49 (4.2)



63 (5.3)


Florida State

61 (5.1)


Miami (FL)

75 (6.3)


The next chart shows the same schools’ Draft output in 2012.


Total Draft Picks

1st Round Draft Picks







Florida State



Miami (FL)



None of these four football powerhouses had players selected in the first or second rounds of the Draft; Miami had a 3rd rounder. It took until Saturday’s 4th Round for a Gator, Seminole or Longhorn to hear his name called.

Florida had two draftees this year, same as Lousiana-Lafayette.

Texas’ three draftees put them behind Nevada, who had 4.


The Auburn Tigers won the 2011 FBS National Championship. Quarterback Cam Newton was the first overall pick in the NFL Draft last season. Three of his teammates were also taken in that Draft.

One year later, one Auburn Tiger was selected in the Draft… the whole Draft. All of it.

That ties them with schools such as Albion, Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Maine, Presbyterian, Regina, Samford and South Dakota in terms of total number of players drafted.


The Minnesota Vikings selected two Wide Receivers from the same college (Jarius Wright and Greg Childs) in the 4th Round of the NFL Draft, 16 picks apart. They also played at the same high school. In fact, they have known one another since 3rd grade. I sincerely hope they are friends, and that neither of them has been waiting to rid themselves of the other. Because that story is just plain bizarre.


I was going to do a big review of the mock drafts of all of the bigwigs (Kiper, McShay, Mayock, etc). Then I found out that a website called ‘The Huddle Report’ has essentially made a business of doing just that. (I was bitter for a moment, then  came to appreciate the brilliance of using the word ‘huddle’ in one’s website).

See their full standings for the 2012 Draft here: http://www.thehuddlereport.com/Free/Mock.Draft.Scores/2012.shtml

A person must submit their entry to the site before the Draft starts; the site only grades those who submit their entries, and keeps their scores on a year-to-year basis.

To recap:

Bob McGinn, Packers writer for the Wisconsin State-Journal, won the thing again. He was tied for second last year and also won it in 2010. So by my estimation, the Packers not only have the smartest front office and smartest fans, but also the smartest beat writers.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network finished 79th.

Mel Kiper of ESPN finished 19th.

Todd McShay did not participate.

"I totally woulda participated, man, but, uh, I was fixing my hair and lost track of time." - Todd McShay, when reached for comment.


Despite my 5.9 40-yard dash time and 9 3/8ths inch vertical, I went undrafted, yet again. I have not received any phone calls about attending rookie camps as an undrafted free agent, either. I better stick to the keyboard.

"If I hit these keys randomly, eventually I'll churn out some Shakespearian-level stuff." - Me, before I begin writing.

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One Response

  1. Great post! It’s a “lineman’s league” really…if you’re not trying to protect the QB, you’re trying to get to him! Also, backs and receivers need good blocks to open lanes…

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