The 2012 NFL draft is in the books, and after evaluating all 253 picks, here's my look at the player who will make the biggest impact for each NFC team and the most intriguing pick for each team.
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Impact pick: WR Danny Coale (fifth round)
-- DE Tyrone Crawford
should eventually be the most consistent contributor from this class outside of CB Morris Claiborne
, but Crawford is probably a year away. Coale, on the other hand, will push for playing time as the slot receiver and step in right away as a gunner on the punt team. He's a tough competitor with good ball skills, and with his willingness to make tough catches over the middle, Coale could quickly develop a rapport with QB Tony Romo
Intriguing pick: TE James Hanna (sixth round)
-- Hanna is a raw player who was not utilized a lot in the passing game at Oklahoma, but he had the best workout by far of any tight end at the NFL combine and there's little downside to taking him in the sixth round. If he doesn't pan out, then you don't lose a lot, but if Hanna is willing to work hard and learn from Jason Witten
, the ceiling is high and he can become a late-round steal.
New York Giants
Impact pick: WR Rueben Randle (second)
-- He's still developing as a route-runner and will never be dynamic after the catch, but Randle has great size and deceptive speed. He can be a good vertical threat and a nice complement to Hakeem Nicks
and Victor Cruz
. He needs to get stronger and work hard on the finer points of receiver play, but if Randle responds well to the environment created by head coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning, he will be a big-time weapon in the passing game.
Intriguing pick: OT Brandon Mosley (fourth)
-- Mosley has only been an offensive tackle since signing with Auburn out of junior college in 2010, but he started 11 games that season during the Tigers' national title run and the arrow is pointing straight up. Mosley has good size, and the athleticism to have played tight end and defensive end in junior college. He's quick, has enormous hands to lock on to defenders, a powerful upper body and a nasty streak. There are some concerns about how quickly he can absorb an NFL playbook, but if he can push for a starting job in 2013, it would be a huge boost for a team with plenty of issues up front.
Impact pick: ILB Mychal Kendricks (second)
-- He's the kind of rangy linebacker who fits perfectly in Philly. Kendricks is quick, instinctive and makes plays outside the box, and he's very good on third down with the ability to hold up in underneath zone coverage. He's also an underrated pass-rusher who will find a way to get on the field and likely end his rookie season as a productive starter.
Impact pick: CB Brandon Boykin (fourth)
He suffered an injury at the Senior Bowl and has two concussions on record, but assuming Boykin can stay on the field he's another perfect fit for a team in desperate need of a nickelback who can cover the slot. He has speed and natural athleticism, and while he develops on defense, Boykin can be a big-time weapon in the return game and even get some touches on offense.
Impact pick: OLB Keenan Robinson
-- Outside of Robert Griffin III
, the Redskins likely don't expect to get a lot of contributions from their 2012 class. However, Robinson could provide a little something as a nickel linebacker with freakish athleticism, a player who can cover a lot of ground on defense and contribute on kick coverage.
Intriguing pick: OT Tom Compton
-- Compton has size, agility and smarts, and Washington did a good job recognizing a late-round talent who fits its system. He knows angles and functions well on the move, and if Compton pans out, he could become a starter in a year or two and offer an upgrade over current OT Jammal Brown