Observations from the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

There was plenty of trades, surprise picks, and bizzare handshakes in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  It appeared to be the biggest game of chess that would get any NFL fan to pondering the following things.

1.  The NFC South got a bit more defensive.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected play-making safety Mark Barron and the Carolina Panthers selected linebacker Luke Kuechly.  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees better be on alert.

2.  The Dallas Cowboys pulled a bold move by trading up to grab cornerback Morris Claiborne.  Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said the Cowboys hadn’t spoken to Claiborne until they picked him.  Even Claiborne was surprised.

3.  We’ll see if the Ryan Tannehill experiment works with the Miami Dolphins.  Not saying he’s not a good quarterback, it’s just the question if he’s ready for the NFL.  Lot’s of pressure on him right now.

4.  Another quarterback competition will start in Cleveland after the Browns selected Brandon Weeden.  their current quarterback Colt McCoy probably wasn’t happy and he could be on borrowed time with the team.

5.  The Seattle Seahawks were responsible for the surprise pick of the night when they selected defensive end Bruce Irvin.  Considered a second to third round pick, his off the field issues turned Seattle into Las Vegas with this gamble.

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