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Second thoughts and second guesses from 2012 draft

Cleveland Browns first round draft picks running back

Cleveland Browns first round draft picks running back Trent Richardson, second from left, and quarterback Brandon Weeden, second from right, pose with head coach Pat Shurmur, left, and general manager Tom Heckert at the NFL football team's headquarters in Berea, Ohio. (April 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Second thoughts and second-guesses from the draft weekend 2012.

QB or not QB

Can't remember a better one-two quarterback combo at the top of a draft than Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. The last time two quarterbacks were drafted in succession to start a draft was 1999, when three of them -- Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith -- were picked at the top. The year before, it was Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. Manning turned into a Hall of Famer and McNabb helped turn the Eagles around. Leaf, Couch and Smith were busts. Luck and Griffin seem close to can't-miss.

Can't say the same for another first-round quarterback, Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State. He eschewed football for six years to pursue a baseball career before going back to football, and he turns 29 on Oct. 14. And keep this in mind: Weeden, a former pitcher, quit baseball because of a torn labrum and rotator cuff problems.

I love NY

Love the second-round picks of both the Jets and Giants. Both came away with wide receivers carrying first-round grades -- Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech for the Jets and Rueben Randle of LSU for the Giants. Plenty of speed for Hill and range for Randle, who "plays fast," as scouts like to say, even if he doesn't have great flat-out speed. Now that Hill is with the Jets, it's highly unlikely the team will re-sign Braylon Edwards.

Giants director of scouting Marc Ross said the team took into consideration the fact that Randle's production was muted because of the struggles of LSU quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Said Ross: "Those two quarterbacks, to be honest, are not very good."

All's well that ends well

Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu got a call from someone who identified himself as a Bengals executive when Cincinnati made its first-round selection Thursday night. But it was a prank call; the Bengals drafted Wisconsin offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler. Sanu indeed was drafted by Cincinnati, but not until the 83rd overall selection.

Keep it on the field

Rams second-round cornerback Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama had first-round talent but fell to the second because of off-field issues. "I'm pretty sure it hurt, but that's my past," Jenkins said. "I have a new chapter, and I'm ready to move forward."

Said Rams coach Jeff Fisher: "He made a few mistakes in school . . . I'm not anticipating any issues with Janoris."

Forget the others

Giants general manager Jerry Reese doesn't concern himself with what division rivals Washington, Dallas and Philadelphia did in the draft. "If we do what we're supposed to do, we'll win a lot of games," he said.


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