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Instant Reaction: 2012 NFL Draft

Our Dynasty Reactions to the Skill Position Selections of the 2012 NFL Draft

After months of anticipation, the 2012 NFL Draft is finally here. While skill set, upside and desire trump all, the immediate and long term success for many of this years promising rookies is largely due to situation.  Follow along as we provide you Day-by-Day Dynasty Analysis of the 2012 NFL Draft in our annual NFL Draft Instant Reaction Article.  Remember to check back frequently over the Draft Weekend as we will be continually updating this article.  We'll also be adding a Landing Spot grade to each player's comments (see below). There are a number of offensive rookies capable of making an instant impact with their NFL teams. Also, be sure to check out our Dynasty profiles for the top QBRBWR and TE prospects. Enjoy!

Landing Spot Grades
5 - Opportunity for Instant Impact is extremely high, as is long term success. This player moves directly into the forefront of the team's offensive plans. 
4 - The chance to make an instant impact will present itself in 2012 and this prospect has the potential to make the most of it. 
3 - May see the field right away, but snaps and/or production will be limited or inconsistent. Also, a prospect who has the ability to climb a depth chart throughout the season.
2 - Could see the field in 2012, but more likely a 2013 prospect in terms of Dynasty leagues
1 - A developmental prospect, buried on the depth chart

Round 1 Instant Reactions:

QB Andrew Luck (1.1 Colts) - In a shock to no one, Luck hears his name called first in the NFL Draft. He's everything you want in an NFL QB and should be the cornerstone of the Colts rebuilding efforts. He has an ideal frame, a strong arm and underrated athletic ability. Do not mistake his high floor as a prospect for lack of upside, because it's sky high. In 2012, he'll have veteran receivers Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie at his disposal, but is in need of a couple dynamic weapons that should be added later in the Draft. Depending on your scoring system and Dynasty team needs, he could go anywhere from first overall to the middle part of the 1st round in your Rookie Draft. Luck could find some success early on as a QB2 because he has that kind of talent, but is most likely a few seasons away from elite production. Landing Spot Grade: 4 

QB Robert Griffin III (1.2 Redskins) - The Redskins did not mortgage their future to select anyone other than RGIII. He'll bring his dual threat ability to Washington and likely be their starter from Week 1 on. The Skins have a solid young offensive corp. with newly signed receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, franchised tight end Fred Davis and 2011 high upside draftees Leonard Hankerson and Roy Helu. We may never see another rookie season like Cam Newton had last year, but RGIII is not that far behind in terms of talent and upside. Can he transition that into fantasy success? It's definitely a real possibility and he could make more of an immediate impact than Luck. Fantasy upside is higher than any QB in the Draft, but he is not without risks. It remains to be seen how his Mike Vick-like frame holds up against NFL punishment. All in all, a great landing spot for the Heisman trophy winner. Landing Spot Grade: 5

RB Trent Richardson (1.3 Browns) - One of the most complete RB prospects in recent memory, T-Rich lands in a spot that should allow him to become the immediate bellcow. The Browns let Peyton Hillis walk via free agency and now have a backfield of Richardson and injury-prone handcuff Montario Hardesty. Richardson is a power runner that can break a long run off. He's also an excellent receiver out of the backfield with soft hands and good awareness. Expecting a top 10 season is not out of the question as a rookie, he should be in line for a full workload. Landing Spot Grade: 5 

WR Justin Blackmon (1.5 Jaguars) - Not electric or physically imposing, Justin Blackmon just gets the job done at a high level. He has a very solid skillset and while not elite in any one area, has the tools to succeed in a big way. Will give the Jaguars and Blaine Gabbert (or Chad Henne) a go-to receiver. Should start immediately, but immediate fantasy impact could be inconsistent because of QB issues. Long term, he could be a low end WR1 or high end WR2. Landing Spot Grade: 3 

QB Ryan Tannehill (1.8 Dolphins) - A former WR, Tannehill has been a QB for a season and a half at the collegiate level. Needs to sit and learn, not ready to play right away. He's got enough arm, athleticism and intangibles to be a top notch starting QB if he develops properly. He's a risky prospect, but for a team that needs hope at the position, the Dolphins are willing to take the chance. Patience will be the key. Needs more weapons in the passing game. Landing Spot Grade: 2

WR Michael Floyd (1.13 Cardinals) - A great landing spot for Floyd. He will soon be starting opposite Larry Fitzgerald, forming a potential lethal tandem. Has a WR1 ceiling, with size, speed and upside. Has some character concerns, but brings a much needed element to the Cardinals offense. Might have more upside than Blackmon and lands in a better spot for immediate production. Landing Spot Grade: 4

WR Kendall Wright (1.20 Titans) - Wright's draft stock has been all over the map, but he brings speed and toughness to the Titans lineup. Will have to battle with Nate Washington and Damian Williams, but he is a superior talent. Could be part of dangerous, high upside receiving corp. for Jake Locker with Kenny Britt and Jared Cook. Not necessarily a need for the Titans, but a great pick that adds another dynamic to their offense. Profiles as an ideal 2nd WR. Landing Spot Grade: 3

QB Brandon Weeden (1.22 Browns) - Yes, he's older than Colt McCoy, the Browns 3rd rounder two years ago. He has a higher upside than Colt, but not going to be a QB1. Strong accurate arm, can make all of the throws. Does not react well to pressure. He is already in the middle of his prime at soon to be 29 years old, he's not a developmental prospect. Should push McCoy immediately and emerge as the starter eventually. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR A.J. Jenkins (1.30 49ers) - A.J. Jenkins has the talent to be a starting WR, but first round over upside like Stephen Hill and NFL ready like Rueben Randle is a little surprising. Athletic playmaker gives 49ers another weapon. May take time to work his way into the rotation, could be 2nd WR in the long run. Fantasy value in 2012 may be limited, but he is certainly on Dynasty radars now. Landing Spot Grade: 3

RB Doug Martin 
(1.31 Bucs) - New coach Greg Schiano loves to run a power rush attack and Doug Martin will fit right in. He's a complete back and should get a sizable workload as a rookie. Will lose touches to LeGarrette Blount, but a very good landing spot for his skillset. Schiano had a similarly talented back in Ray Rice at Rutgers. Definite first round rookie selection with a chance for a big 2012 impact. Landing Spot Grade: 4

RB David Wilson (1.32 Giants) - Losing Brandon Jacobs and with Ahmad Bradshaw battling foot chronic foot injuries means the Giants needed to take an RB at some point. With Doug Martin off the board, they went with a potential gamebreaker in David Wilson. Could help immediately in spots and take over for Bradshaw as the featured back after a couple seasons. Excellent long term upside in this offense. Landing Spot Grade: 3

Round 2 Instant Reactions:

WR Brian Quick (2.33 Rams) - Perhaps the best Appalachian State prospect ever, Brian Quick brings much needed size and speed to the Rams. He is polished for a small school prospect, but might need some additional time to adjust to the NFL. Opportunity abound in St. Louis. Potential is off the charts and could give Sam Bradford a true go-to receiver.  Landing Spot Grade: 3

TE Coby Fleener (2.34 Colts) - Fleener made some big plays with Andrew Luck under center at Stanford and he'll get the chance to do the same on Sundays. Gives Luck and explosive and familiar target as he gets acclimated to the NFL. Has a chance to make an immediate impact, fantasy potential is Top 5 at the position. Landing Spot Grade: 4

WR Stephen Hill (2.43 Jets) - The Combine Beast comes off the board in the middle of the 2nd. The Jets traded up to get the 6'5" speedster. Hill is a raw playmaker with an immense ceiling. Jets have holes at receiver and Hill should get a shot to play significant snaps in 2012. His QB will be inaccurate, but Hill's got the skills to produce. Huge bust factor, but tantalizing potential might be too much to pass up. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Alshon Jeffery (2.45 Bears) - Alshon has a number of question marks, mostly his weight and motivation. He has the skills and WR1 potential, but is a long shot to reach it. Could be a very dangerous 2nd receiver across from Brandon Marshall. Impressive in traffic and on jump balls. Dangerous potential. Landing Spot Grade: 3

RB Isaiah Pead (2.50 Rams) - Pead is an exciting prospect with return, receiving and rushing ability. Will not be Steven Jackson's heir apparent, but certainly a potential platoon partner. Adds a playmaking dynamic to Rams offense. Undersized and not capable of handling a full workload, Pead has upside of an RB3/Flex player. Definite cuff for Jackson owners. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Ryan Broyles (2.54 Lions) - Stock was hurt by a torn ACL in November, but Broyles has potential as a slot machine. While Titus Young could be the no. 2 and deep play threat, Broyles has upside as the PPR asset underneath. Lions give Matt Stafford yet another weapon to work with. Might take some time to see the field because of injury. Has return potential as well. Landing Spot Grade: 2

QB Brock Osweiler (2.57 Broncos) - Oswelier screams Broncos with strong armed John Elway calling the shots. They need a QB with similar traits to Manning and while Os is a raw product, he does have major upside. Excellent landing spot to sit and learn. No pressure to play in the next few seasons as long as Manning is healthy. Inconsistent but very talented. Could have used another year in college, but gets his experience holding a clipboard. Landing Spot Grade: 1

RB LaMichael James (2.61 49ers) - He is an electric talent, but lands in a very crowded backfield in San Fran. Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs are on their last legs, though, and Kendall Hunter is an inside threat despite his size. James is tough for his size as well, but could be a dangerous asset in the passing game and on returns. Niners are definitely focused on adding talent to their offense in an attempt to compete with other high octane NFC teams. Landing Spot Grade: 2

WR Rueben Randle (2.63 Giants) - Randle is a complete WR prospect with excellent size and strength. Might take a few seasons to reach full potential, but could see the field often as a rookie. He's athletic and a willing blocker. Great value pick for the Giants and possibly your Dynasty team if he falls into the late 2nd round. Landing Spot Grade: 3

Round 3 Instant Reactions

TE Dwayne Allen (3.64 Colts) - Allen is the most complete TE in the Draft Class and he lands in the same spot as Coby Fleener. Could be a dangerous TE duo a la Gronkowski/Hernandez in New England. Good pass catcher, solid blocker. Fantasy upside not that of Fleener, but solid TE2. Landing Spot Grade: 2

RB Ronnie Hillman (3.67 Broncos) - The need for young talent at RB is glaring for the Broncos. They address it with a very underrated talent in Ronnie Hillman. A change of pace type that could be a high upside Flex player and possibly more in time. One to watch in Dynasty Rookie Drafts, could be a major mover because of Peyton effect. Fantasy ceiling is lofty. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR DeVier Posey (3.68 Texans) - Not many teams needed another WR more than the Texans. They reach for Posey here, but that is not to say he's not a talented receiver. Stock was down after what was basically a lost senior season. Quality skillset, could emerge as starter opposite Andre Johnson. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR TJ Graham (3.69 Bills) - The Bills needed a dynamic receiver and Graham might fit that bill. He has decent size and speed to be dangerous. The playmaking ability is there for him to carve out a role in the next few seasons. Has work to do. Landing Spot Grade: 2

QB Russell Wilson (3.75 Seahawks) - With Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn in front of him, Russell Wilson is a developmental type. He's undersized, but full of upside and athletic ability. Could be a gadget type or solid back-up, but do not discount potential for more than that. No elite talent in front of him on the depth chart could create opportunity in the next few seasons. Keep him stashed. Landing Spot Grade: 1

TE Michael Egnew (3.78 Dolphins) - Egnew lands in a spot desperate for a tight end since Randy McMichael left town. He's got enough athleticism to be a decent pass catching threat, but needs to hone all around skills. Solid prospect with upside because of situation. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Mohamed Sanu (3.83 Bengals) - Athletic receiver that can do the dirty work over the middle. Should fit in well with playmaking AJ Green. Big East's leading receiver has excellent hands and big PPR potential. Landing Spot Grade: 3

RB Bernard Pierce (3.84 Ravens) 
- Pierce is a solid between the tackles runner who will make an excellent compliment to Ray Rice. Good speed and enough burst to be effective. Could add bulk to his frame. High upside handcuff potential. Landing Spot Grade: 3

QB NIck Foles (3.88 Eagles) - Passes the eye test. High upside talent, but raw and in need of developmental time. Could start out as No. 3 QB and work his way up. Needs to work on consistency and decision making. Landing Spot Grade: 1

WR T.Y. Hilton (3.93 Colts) - Hilton gives Andrew Luck yet another weapon. He brings a speed element that is non-existent after the departure of Pierre Garcon. Undersized but could compete right away. Inconsistent at first, but long term potential is very intriguing. Landing Spot Grade: 3

Round 4 Instant Reactions


WR Chris Givens (4.96 Rams) - Just like they did last season, the Rams draft two receivers. They score a nice value here in Chris Givens, a playmaking threat from Wake Forest. Not a true speedster, Givens has solid skills across the board. Chance to see the field quickly. Landing Spot Grade: 3

RB Lamar Miller (4.97 Dolphins) - Miller is a truely electric player that needs to be in a committee. He will be in one in Miami with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas ahead of him on the depth chart. He can certainly inject even more speed into this offense and the Dolphins figure to run the ball often this year. Homerun threat. Landing Spot Grade: 2

WR Travis Benjamin (4.100 Browns) - Undersized receiver with speed to stretch a defense. He's raw and will need time to develop his game, but the Browns offer playing time as soon as he is ready. Landing Spot Grade: 2

QB Kirk Cousins (4.102 Redskins) - A game manager prospect that could keep an offense afloat as a back-up to RGIII. Does not have a high upside skillset, but the Skins will likely look at him as a potential 2 and possible trade bait in a few years. Landing Spot Grade: 1

WR Joe Adams (4.104 Panthers) - Adams has speed to burn and skills in the return game. Panthers need depth behind Steve Smith with only Brandon Lafell and David Gettis, as well as prospects Kealoha Pilares and Armanti Edwards to speak of. Should see immediate reps as a returner and opportunity eventually at receiver. Steve Smith's understudy possibly. Landing Spot Grade: 2

RB Robert Turbin (4.106 Seahawks) - Power inside runner with good size and slightly above average speed. Marshawn Lynch is ahead of him, but could be groomed to take over in a few years. Landing Spot Grade: 2

WR Devon Wylie (4.107 Chiefs) - Undersized WR, but has major slot ability. Playmaker with good hands and speed. Landing Spot Grade: 3

TE Ladarius Green (4.110 Chargers) - Green is a raw tight end with exciting upside as a receiver. Will be Antonio Gates' understudy and could emerge as his successor in the next couple seasons. Developmental type worthy of a pick in the middle rounds of your Rookie Draft. Landing Spot Grade: 2

TE Evan Rodriguez (4.111 Bears) - Undersized for a tight end, Rodriguez brings solid hands and after the catch ability to be helpful in fantasy. Not much by way of TE talent on the current Bears roster, so opportunity will be there when he is ready. Landing Spot Grade: 3

TE Orson Charles (4.116 Bengals) - The Bengals drafted Jermaine Gresham in the first round three years ago, but the position is definitely evolving. The Patriots may have provided the blueprint for using two tight ends and the Bengals are happy to follow suit. Enter Orson Charles, a small TE with little blocking ability, but he brings raw strength and good burst to the Bengals offense. Plenty of playmakers surrounding Andy Dalton now. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Jarius Wright (4.118 Vikings) -  Good college production but the Arkansas prospect is a bit undersized. With his speed, it might not matter. Plays fast in pads, deep threat that could go over the middle if he adds some bulk to his frame. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Keshawn Martin (4.121 Texans) - Michigan State prospect who is slightly undersized but with reliable hands and top end speed. He's raw, but has the necessary skillset to eventually make a fantasy impact. Texans an intriguing landing spot because of lack of talented depth. Landing Spot Grade: 2

WR Nick Toon (4.122 Saints) - NFL bloodlines. While the Saints are deep at receiver, they spread the ball around so much, that there is opportunity. If Toon shows polish and the same hands and ball skills he did in college, he'll be a nice weapon for Drew Brees. Landing Spot Grade: 3

TE Adrien Robinson (4.127 Giants) - Uber athletic prospect with the raw ability the Giants could mold. The only healthy TE's are Martellus Bennett (one year deal) and Bear Paschoe (more of a blocking TE). Landing Spot Grade: 3

TE Rhett Ellison (4.128 Vikings) - Crowded tight end corp. in Minnesota gets a little more crowded. Versatile prospect that could line up at FB for the Viks more than TE as a rookie.Landing Spot Grade: 1

WR Greg Childs (4.134 Vikings) -Health risk but Childs has major potential. Good roll of the dice this late in the draft, he's very talented. Good hands, runs clean routes. Could get on the field quickly. Landing Spot Grade: 3

Round 5 Instant Reactions

TE Taylor Thompson (5.145 Titans) - Thompson is a converted defensive end with Beastly size and upside. He's slot behind uber-athletic Jared Cook, but could develop in a few seasons. Upside selection. Landing Spot Grade: 1

WR Danny Coale 
(5.152 Cowboys) - Coale has excellent hands and PPR potential. Size and speed are just average. Gets the most out of his talents, but upside is limited. Strictly a moving the chains, possession type. Landing Spot Grade: 3

RB Chris Rainey (5.159 Steelers) - Rainey is instant speed upgrade in the Steelers backfield. Not a true between the tackles back, may see more touches in the passing game and on gagdet plays. Intriguing upside, but may end up a better NFL player than fantasy asset. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Marvin Jones (5.166 Bengals) - Jones becomes a nice value selection for the Bengals. Solid hands, good ball skills. Will have to fight for time with the Bengals, but a nice prospect.Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR Juron Criner (5.168 Raiders) - The Raiders add yet another WR to a crowded corps of pass catchers in Oakland.  Not talented enough to leapfrog the likes of Denarius Moore, DHB and Jacoby Ford, but could definitely see some snaps as he is already an above average route runner.  This big body wideout deserves a patient look.  Landing Spot Grade: 2

RB Vic Ballard (5.170 Colts) - Indy's got a whole new look in 2012 and Ballard has a chance to be a part of it.  He's only got a bunch of average RB talent to leapfrog to find himself in a prime spot for a heavy workload.  Opportunity alone should have you comfortable rolling the dice in mid to late Dynasty Rookie Drafts on Ballard.  Landing Spot Grade: 3 

Round 6 Instant Reactions

RB Alfred Morris (6.173 Redskins) - This compact, one-cut zone scheme rusher finds himself in a good spot in Washington.  Problem here is dealing with Mike Shannahan uncertainties when it comes to RB's.  Landing Spot Grade: 2 

RB Cyrus Gray (6.182 Chiefs) - We were surprised to see this talented rusher fall so far in the draft.  We would have like to have seen him land in a different spot other than a crowded KC backfield.  J. Charles, Peyton Hillis and Dex. McCluster owners should take a shot in late rounds of Dynasty Rookie Draft.  Landing Spot Grade: 1 

WR B.J Cunningham (6.183 Dolphins) - A raw reciever with legit size.  Considering Ryan Tanehill is likely the best receiver on the Fins roster, there is some nice opportunity here.  Landing Spot Grade: 3

QB Ryan Lindley (6.185 Cardinals) - Lindley landed in a spot with many QB question marks, however he's a long way from being relevant and likely is reserved to a backup career despite his intruiging skill set.  Landing Spot Grade: 1

TE James Hanna (6.186 Cowboys) - There is opportunity at the Dallas Cowboys TE position behind an aging Jason Witten.   Witten is still clearly the guy, but Hanna's skill set is impressive, but he's worth monitoring in 2012 as a potential future FA pickup.  Landing Spot Grade: 2

RB Dan Herron (6.191 Bengals) - This powerful rusher could earn himself the #3 spot on the Bengals roster but finds himself behind a very consistent and effective Law Firm. Worth a shot however in very late Dynasty Rookie Drafts. Landing Spot Grade: 1      

WR Marvin McNutt (6.194 Eagles) - A very similar skill set to Jason Avant, problem is there are some elite talent in front of him.   A long term prospect in an offense that loves to pass the football.  Landing Spot Grade: 1    

WR Tommy Streeter (6.198 Ravens)
 - The 6'5" receiver the Ravens have been searching for.  As a sixth rounder, it's tough to say if Streeter will in fact be "that" guy, but the opportunity is surely there, especially as a red zone threat for Joe Flacco. Landing Spot Grade: 3  

RB Terrance Ganaway (6.202 Jets) - Another Shonn Greene?  Maybe, but we've never been a big fan of the Jets backfield, and we see plenty of opportunity to unseat Greene. Landing Spot Grade: 3

WR LaVon Brazill (6.206 Colts) - A slot guy that will have to compete with Austin Collie for snaps.  He's not as good as Collie, but we've seen some serious injury concerns from Collie and therefore opportunity exists for him to make the team.   Landing Spot Grade: 2    

Round 7 Instant Reactions

RB Michael Smith (7.212 Bucs) - A change of pace back that is buried behind two very tough runners.  Likely a practice squad player to start the 2012 season. Landing Spot Grade: 1  

WR Rishard Matthews (7.227 Dolphins) - Every WR in Miami has opportunity at this point.  Take a shot on this good sized receiver in mid to late round Dynasty Rookie Drafts. Landing Spot Grade: 2

RB Bryce Brown (7.229 Eagles) - Brown joins a crowded backfield in Philly and likely will find himself on a practice squad to start his career. Landing Spot Grade: 1     

WR Toney Clemons (7.231 Steelers) - Wtihout many big bodied recievers in Pitt, there is some opportunity to find a niche.  Still a long shot however for a 7th rounder. Landing Spot Grade: 2

TE Drake Dunsmore (7.233 Bucs) - A work in progress not worth a Dynasty Rookie Draft pick.  See if he makes the team first. Landing Spot Grade: 1   

WR Jeremy Ebert (7.235 Patriots) - A long shot to make the squad or contribute for some time.  A player to keep an eye on to see if he makes the team. Landing Spot Grade: 1  

WR Junior Hemmingway (7.238 Chiefs) - Another big bodied WR who remains a long shot to land a roster spot in 2012, especially on a roster with plenty of offensive talent. Landing Spot Grade: 1          

TE David Paulson (7.240 Steelers) - The Steelers tend to hit on some picks, and there is definitely opportunity in Pitt at the TE position.  It may be a couple years, but keep an eye here on this above average reciever.  Landing Spot Grade: 2

QB B.J. Coleman (7.243 Packers) - Tough to ever count on a 7th Round QB ever making a difference, but the Packers do have a history of developing QB's. Landing Spot Grade: 1  

WR Jordan White (7.244 Jets) - White has some solid skills, but he's still a long shot to make the team, let alone contribute on a weak passing offense. Landing Spot Grade: 1  

TE Brad Smelley (7.247 Browns) - Not a good landing spot on a relatively strong Browns TE corps and a limited passing offense. Landing Spot Grade: 1 

RB Edwin Baker (7.250 Chargers) - There is some opportunity in SD to carve out a backup role to Ryan Mathews.  Not sure if 7th rounder Baker is the guy, but definitely some opportunity for the change of pace back. Landing Spot Grade: 2

RB Daryl Richardson (7.252 Rams) - An aging Steven Jackson indicates opportunity, but early draft pick Isaiah Pead is the heir apparent.  Landing Spot Grade: 1 

QB Chandler Harnish (7.253 Colts) - Mr. Irrelevant status comes with perksLanding Spot Grade: 1