The 2012 NFL Draft has yet to start and already there’s been a huge trade.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns have swapped the No. 3 and 4 overall picks. Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns gave up picks in the fourth round (No. 118 overall), fifth round (No. 139 overall) and seventh round (No. 211 overall) to make the trade happen. The Vikings moved down one spot so the Browns could presumably select Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
The draft will begin at 5 p.m. PT.
Currently, the 49ers Faithful are filling up the Santa Clara Convention Center to get the best seats for the team’s annual draft party. Head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to speak to the fans at the start of the draft. Harbaugh was met with a serious ovation from the 49ers Faithful. Fans even chanted his name towards the end of his speech.
5:15 PM Update
It didn’t take the full 10 minutes for the Indianapolis Colts to make the first overall selection. The Colts did the expected and drafted Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. According to Schefter, Luck is the 12th quarterback taken No. 1 overall in the last 15 years.
In another non-surprise move, the Washington Redskins selected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III with the No. 2 overall selection. Griffin dressed appropriately to the event, wearing Redskins colored socks. According to NFL Network host Rich Eisen, Nike is hot-pressing uniforms backstage. Griffin’s last name was already on a Washington No. 1 jersey.
Lots of movement taking place. The Browns took Richardson, the Vikings took USC tackle Matt Kalil and now the Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock after working out a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jaguars have moved up to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
5:35 PM Update
The St. Louis Rams have traded with the Dallas Cowboys. LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is the pick at No. 6. The Cowboys traded their No. 14 and No. 45 overall choices to the Rams to take Claiborne. The Rams now have the 14th, 33rd, 39th and 45th choices in this year’s draft.
5:50 PM Update
Alabama safety Mark Barron is the second member of the Crimson Tide to be picked in the top seven selections. Barron is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choice at No. 7. Florida’s other NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, has just drafted Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall selection. So far, only the quarterbacks Luck, Griffin and Tannehill have gone to the team’s they were perceived to go to. Tannehill just became the first A&M quarterback to be taken in the first three rounds of the draft.
Back-to-back picks are in at the 9th and 10th picks. The Carolina Panthers took Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly at 9; the Buffalo Bills took South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore at 10.
6:05 PM Update
The Kansas City Chiefs have selected Memphis defensive tackle Donatri Poe at pick No. 11. Next pick, the Seattle Seahawks traded the No. 12 selection to the Philadelphia Eagles who are now on the clock. The Seahawks acquired the Eagles No. 15 overall pick, No. 114 overall pick (fourth round) and No. 172 overall pick (sixth round).
The Eagles have moved up to select Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
6:20 PM Update
The first team in the NFC West to make a pick is the Arizona Cardinals. They’ve selected Notre Dame wideout Michael Floyd at No. 13. The Rams and Seahawks both traded out of the top 12.
The Rams, who made a trade with the Cowboys, have taken LSU DT Michael Brockers with the 14th overall pick.
6:30 PM Update
The Seahawks have selected West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick.
6:45 PM Update
The 16th and 17th picks have been made. The New York Jets drafted North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples; the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Alabama has three of the first 17 draft picks in this year’s draft.
The San Diego Chargers have picked South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram at pick No. 18. The Chicago Bears drafted a pass rusher with the No. 19 overall pick, Boise State defensive end Shea McCLellin.
7:00 PM Update
The Tennessee Titans have selected Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright at No. 30. The New England Patriots have just traded up with the Cincinnati Bengals to make the No. 21 selection. Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is the pick.
7:15 PM Update
Picks are coming in fast and furious. The Cleveland Browns have drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden at pick No. 22. The Detroit Lions took Iowa tackle Riley Riff at No. 23 and the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Stanford guard David DeCastro at pick No. 24.
Surprise, surprise, another trade. The New England Patriots have moved up again to take Alablama linebacker Dont’a Hightower at pick No. 25, a pick previously held by the Denver Broncos.
7:30 PM Update
The Houston Texans have selected Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus at pick No. 26. The Cincinnati Bengals have selected Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler with pick No. 27.
7:50 PM Update
The Green Bay Packers selected USC linebacker Nick Perry at pick No. 28. The Minnesota Vikings selected Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith at pick No. 29.
The 49ers selected Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins with their No. 30 overall selection. Jenkins ran a 4.39, 40-yard dash at his pro day and led the Big Ten Conference with 6.9 receptions per game.
8:00 PM Update
Once again, another trade. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have moved back into the first round to take Boise State running back Doug Martin at pick No. 31. The New York Giants selected Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd pick of the first round.
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