Coming into the 2012 NFL Draft, the one thing that everyone seemed to agree on was that nobody really knew what was going to happen. All drafts are unpredictable, that’s just the nature of the beast. But there was something really volatile about this year’s proceedings. Literally, heading into Thursday night, not even the experts knew what to expect.
Well, scratch that. Everyone knew what to expect from the top two picks – past that is where things got murky.
Even before the draft officially kicked off, we got word of our first trade of the night when the Cleveland Browns decided to move up in order to nab Trent Richardson. Whether this was because they heard that someone else was going to swap picks with the Minnesota Vikings or because Vikings management just faked them out is unknown at this time.
It only got weirder from there. Once the draft began and the first few picks were made, the Dallas Cowboys decided to move up in order to address a big weakness. Then the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles opted to get in on the action. And down the line – each little segment of the draft seemed to have its own fair share of transactions. More often than not, the New England Patriots seemed to be involved.
If you missed any of what happened, here is a complete pick-by-pick review of everything that transpired in the first round: