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2012 GZL Draft, First Round – Three Seasons Later
By Corey Smith
Special to gzl-football.com


2012 GZL Draft, First Round – Three Seasons Later

Around draft time, you’ll always hear the idea thrown around that you can’t judge a draft pick until X-number of years down the road. Arbitrarily, that number tends to be three … so we’ll roll with that for this article. Here is a breakdown, by position, of the first round of the GZL’s second rookie draft (2012). Key stats for each player, as well as the spot they were taken at in the draft.

This makes it a little easier to look at the big picture (of the first round, at least) of the value some GM’s have gotten out of their first-round investments thus far.

NOTE: All of this data is based off of LP, and the Draft Recap function. I had to try and figure out some of the picks by sifting through rosters, so I apologize if any of the picks are wrong.

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QB


A trio of big, strong-armed QBs entered the GZL via the first round in 2012. Gabbert, despite being bit consistently by the injury bug, has been the most productive of these three. He won the AFC Offensive ROY award, and he also has a Super Bowl ring, but didn't play in the big game. Cam Newton had a taste of the injury bug as well, and missed the '14 playoff run. Mallett's demise has be due, in large part, to a lack of opportunity. He is currently on the block, and could be playing for his third team in the upcoming season.
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RB
A rarity ... no HB's were taken in the first round this draft.
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WR


There isn't a WR from this 1st-round class that hasn't been productive. ALl five have averaged over 1,100 yards per season, and all have 15 or more career TDs. Jones, Baldwin, and Smith have all made the Pro Bowl. With Jones and Smith earning multiple trips.
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TE
N/A
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OL


DEN's Gary Richardson was the Co-Offensive ROY , and has been a monster for the DEN OL. He's racked up over 200 Pancakes, while giving up just 12 sacks in his career. Richardson's fellow OL classmates have been solid in their time as well.
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DE


While all of the DE's in the 2012 1st round class have been somewhat productive, the player that has stood out is ATL's Robert Quinn. He's averaged just over 10 sacks per season thus far, has another 26 TFLs, 4 FR, an INT, and a TD for good measure. Quinn earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in '14. Allen Bailey has also been productive for Detroit.
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DT


The 1st-Round DT class has been productive, as well. Nick Fairley has been a disruptive interior presence, ringing up 18 sacks. Muhammed Wilkerson has registered 13 sacks of his own, to go along with 5 FR. Wilkerson earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in '13.
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OLB


The Rams drafted back-to-back stud OLBs in this draft, though one now plays for OAK. Dontay Moch has lived in the backfield so far in his career, tallying 20 sacks, and 30 TFL. Fellow STL draftee (now in OAK) Chris Carter has 10 Sacks and 42 TFL of his own, to go along with 4 INTs. CHI's Akeem Ayers is the only of the class to have made a Pro Bowl, and did so as a rookie.
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MLB
N/A
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DB


#5 overall pick in the draft, Prince Amukamara came into his own in '14 and was voted as the DPOY, despite not making the Pro Bowl. Jalil Brown and Cortez Allen both have been productive, and both are now playing in different cities than they were drafted in. PHI's FS Dean Rowe is the only DB to have made a Pro Bowl to this point ('14).
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K


Reid Forrest has been sort of "Eh" in his time since being selected in the first round.
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Please discuss the players you think are having the best careers to this point, OR if you think any of these guys can be deemed a BUST yet.
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