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Observations from the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft

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6.  The New England Patriots traded up not once, but twice to snag defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont’a Hightower.  The Patriots aren’t known for trading up, but in this case it was worth it for these two pass rushers.

7.  Another “we’ll see pick” was the New York Jets selection of defensive end Quinton Coples.  He’s been compared to Julius Peppers one moment then inconsistent the next.  For the Jets, they don’t need another Vernon Gholston.

8.  Of the 32 picks in the first round, ten were defensive lineman and five were defensive backs.  In the pass heavy NFL, it’s not surprising that almost half the picks were to pressure the quarterback and cover receivers.

9.  Safety Harrison Smith snuck into the first round and was selected by the Minnesota Vikings.  Smith was thought to go as a high second rounder but the Vikings got a good player and may not have lasted until their second round pick.

10.  The directive from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about networks or teams not tweeting and revealing picks was a failure.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter and CBS Sports tweeted the picks at least 3-5 minutes before Goodell could get to the podium.