Redrafting the First Two Rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft

2.1 St. Louis Rams: Stephon Gilmore (CB S. Carolina)

Gilmore falls here and probably ends up looking as fantastic as Jenkins did on that Rams offense.

2.2 Indianapolis Colts: Dwayne Allen (TE Clemson)

In real life, Allen went a round later, but there's little chance the Colts wouldn't ensure he's on their team (even over Coby Fleener) by taking him here.

2.3 Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower (LB Alabama)

The Ravens needed Upshaw in 2012, but Hightower falls to them as a long-term replacement for Ray Lewis.

2.4 Denver Broncos: Derek Wolfe (DT Cincinnati)

The Broncos, in hindsight, don't need a whole lot. If there were a better lineman available or a great tight end prospect, maybe. Otherwise, Wolfe looked like a great prospect who fit their system.

2.5 Cleveland Browns: Nick Perry (LB/DE USC)

The Browns have done a lot to improve their offense already; here's a pass-rusher to grow alongside that young defense.

2.6 Jacksonville Jaguars: Kirk Cousins (QB Michigan State)

Blaine Gabbert got his general manager and head coach fired. Kirk Cousins would get a shot to start after his job in relief as a Redskin.

2.7 St. Louis Rams: Peter Konz (C/OG Wisconsin)

The Rams need more protection for Bradford, who got his receiver in Round 1. Know that the defense is a priority, but these picks made the Rams a lot more balanced on offense.

2.8 Carolina Panthers: Kendall Reyes (DT Connecticut)

Former GM Marty Hurney never got a great defensive tackle, seemingly ignoring the position with abandon. Reyes and Bobby Wagner would have probably saved his job.

2.9 Buffalo Bills: Courtney Upshaw (DE/LB Alabama)

Mark Anderson is a bit of a bust as a free-agent acquisition. Once Mario Williams gets healthy in this redo reality, the Bills defense would be a lot better.

2.10 Miami Dolphins: Brian Quick (WR App St.)

OK, you got Tannehill, now get him a receiver. While Quick didn't have the best season of the receivers who are left on the board, he's the guy who looks most like a true No. 1.

2.11 New York Jets: Brandon Weeden (QB Oklahoma State)

Is Weeden a sure thing? No, absolutely not. Is he worlds better than the QBs on the Jets roster? Absolutely.

2.12 Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Foles (QB Arizona)

Everything said about Weeden above, yeah....the same thing here. With even average play from Foles (and excitement about that play), Pioli keeps his job.

2.13 Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd (WR Notre Dame)

Without Alshon Jeffery available, the Bears get a local prospect who would look awfully nice across from Brandon Marshall.

2.14 Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Martin (OT Stanford)

Without Foles behind Vick, the Eagles will have to protect Vick to keep him healthy. Martin would be able to bookend Jason Peters extremely well for years to come.


2.15 Seattle Seahawks: Amini Silatolu (OG Midwestern State)

Without Wilson, the Seahawks need to build around Matt Flynn. That means better protection on the interior for a quarterback who isn't nearly as effective on the run.

2.16 New England Patriots: Vontaze Burfict (LB Arizona State)

In the first, the Patriots grabbed a couple of awesome linemen. That means Burfict should have plenty of talent in front of him to duplicate the success he had in Cincinnati.

2.17 San Diego Chargers: Shea McClellin (DE/OLB Boise State)

The Chargers didn't get their pass-rusher in the first, so while another linemen here may be needed, they pull the trigger on one of the best players available.

2.18 St Louis Rams: Mike Martin (DT Michigan)

After passing on Brockers in the first and beefing up the offense so far, the Rams finally flip the switch and go defense. Martin reestablishes and holds the line of scrimmage better than almost any lineman in this class.

2.19 Green Bay Packers: Mike Adams (OT Ohio State)

Another defensive pick would make sense for a Packers team that was able to improve so much on that side of the ball from 2011 to 2012. However, protecting Aaron Rodgers should be more of a priority the second time around.

2.20 Tennessee Titans: Jerel Worthy (DT Michigan State)

In hindsight, the Titans know that Chris Johnson can still carry the offense, so they continue to stock the defense with a solid player along the front.

2.21 Cincinnati Bengals: Kelechi Osemele (OT/OG Iowa State)

The Bengals ran behind rookie Kevin Zeitler when they needed yards in 2012. In an alternate reality, they do the same thing behind Osemele.

2.22 Detroit Lions: Andre Branch (DE Clemson)

The Lions' fearsome pass rush wasn't nearly as fearsome as it should've been. Branch is a versatile player who can add much needed depth with their starting ends as free agents in 2013.

2.23 Atlanta Falcons: Zach Brown (LB North Carolina)

Brown was viewed as "just an athlete" before the draft. In reality, he was fantastic and made a ton of big plays for the Titans. For the Falcons, he makes their defense that much more dynamic.

2.24 Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe (NT Memphis)

The Steelers have put up with merely hoping for better play along their defensive front for years. Might as well push some chips in and grab another fantastic athlete who could pan out in the future.

2.25 Denver Broncos: Alfred Morris (RB Florida Atlantic)

Why not Morris sooner? The Redskins are a perfect storm for running back successmobile QBs and zone-blocking schemes can make great running backs even greater. This redo would be a great opportunity to see if Morris could duplicate that success on another team.

2.26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tavon Wilson (S Illinois)

The Bucs have pretty much had the exact same draft, except for trading Wilson for Barron. If Wilson had the same success under Schiano that he had under Belichick, it's probably a draw for the Bucs.

2.27 New Orleans Saints: Pick Forfeited

Should the Saints get a pick in the redo now that Bountygate is over? Give me your opinion in the comments below.

2.28 Philadelphia Eagles: Devon Still (DT Penn State)

A local kid to make up for missing on Cox earlier. The Eagles come out on top with better line play.

2.29 Baltimore Ravens: T.Y. Hilton (WR Florida International)

Hilton lasts because he's not a true No. 1 and may not put up quite the numbers he did with Bruce Arians. Here, his deep speed adds another asset to the Ravens offense. Maybe Cam Cameron sticks around.

2.30 San Francisco 49ers: Mohamed Sanu (WR Rutgers)

Would the 49ers trade Jenkins for Sanu? Maybe, maybe not. Should they? Absolutely.

2.31 Green Bay Packers: Josh Robinson (CB Central Florida)

The Packers missed out on Hayward, who went in the first round to the Vikings. They return the favor here by stealing the athletic Robinson from the Vikings.

2.32 New York Giants: Trumaine Johnson (CB Montana)

The Giants need better coverage if they're ever going to stop teams from matching them point for point. Johnson could step in and improve that immediately.


Michael Schottey is the NFL national lead writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff at The Go Route.

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