Final Thoughts on the 2012 NFL Draft

First a disclaimer: The following does not include draft grades. NFL Drafts should be evaluated, at the very least, two seasons after the last player has been selected.

  • The Dolphins will have a much different approach to offense under new coach Joe Philbin.  Tight End Michael Egnew is a receiver first and foremost, tailback Lamar Miller’s best asset is his break away speed and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin  is a finesse, pass protection blocker.  These selections are evidence that Miami is transitioning to a spread attack with the passing game as the foundation of the offense.
  • Change has also come to Oakland.  The Raiders philosophy of “draft the fastest guy available” is dead.  Oakland selected wide receiver Juron Criner in the fifth round who ran a 4.68 40 at the combine while Miami speed wide-out Tommy Streeter (4.40 in the 40) was still on the board.
  • It’s surprising that the Bengals, a playoff team  in 2011, was able to add so many productive college players like Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Thompson and Orson Charles.
  • Who would have predicted that San Diego State would have more players drafted than the University of Florida?
  • When was the last time six specialists ( four kickers, two punters) were drafted in the same class?

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