2012 NFL Re-Draft: Five QBs in the Top 10

If they could go back in time and do it all over again, here's how I think the 2012 NFL draft would look. (Draft-day trades have been erased.)

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford) – Three-way toss-up between Luck, Griffin and Wilson, but I think the Colts stay put. 

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor) – Can't go wrong with the offensive rookie of the year, but they'd think long and hard about Wilson. Especially considering RG3's injury.

3. Cleveland Browns: Russell Wilson (QB, Wisconsin) – This is a no-brainer. Huge upgrade over Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. 

4. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil (OT, USC) — They'd have to decide between Kalil, who had a stellar rookie year, and defensive rookie of the year Luke Kuechly. Great spot to be.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Luke Kuechly (LB, Boston College) — Mark Barron did not have a great rookie season. 

6. St. Louis Rams: Casey Hayward (CB, Vanderbilt) — I'm sure they would have taken that trade from Dallas regardless, but they'd have lost each of the draft's best three corners had they done so.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M) — The Jags steal Tannehill from the state rival Dolphins instead of taking Justin Blackmon again. 

8. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Weeden (QB, Oklahoma State) — This is what happens when it's a phenomenal year for rookie quarterbacks. Big downgrade for the Phins. 

9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox (DT, Mississippi State) – The drop-off from Kuechly to Cox isn't monumental. 

10. Buffalo Bills: Morris Claiborne (CB, LSU) – A toss-up here between Claiborne and the play-maker Jenkins. Still projecting a bit by giving Buffalo Claiborne. Both are better than Stephon Gilmore.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Janoris Jenkins (CB, North Alabama) — The Chiefs wouldn't touch Dontari Poe with a 10-foot pole if they could do it again. Jenkins would be a great pick here.

12. Seattle Seahawks: Bobby Wagner (LB, Utah State) — The Seahawks have to take the defensive rookie of the year runner-up in the first round this time around.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Mitchell Schwartz (OT, Cal) – The Cardinals ditch Michael Floyd and go with a franchise tackle of the future. Schwartz was solid in Cleveland in 2012.

14. Dallas Cowboys: Lavonte David (LB, Nebraska) — Using extra hindsight here and considering how well he'd suit the Cowboys' new 4-3 defense on the weak side. 

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinton Coples (DE/OLB, North Carolina) — Coples had an underrated rookie season with the Jets, although I'm sure the Eagles would have been cool with Chandler Jones or Bruce Irvin, too.

16. New York Jets: Chandler Jones (DE/OLB, Syracuse) — Again, Coples, Jones and Irvin remained in a tough-too-separate group in 2012. The Jets fare well here. 

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Doug Martin (RB, Boise State) – The Bengals add a stellar offensive weapon to support Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. 

18. San Diego Chargers: Bruce Irvin (DE/OLB, West Virginia) – This re-draft isn't working out well for the Seahawks, but the Chargers upgrade on Melvin Ingram. 

19. Chicago Bears: Harrison Smith (S, Notre Dame) – Jury's still out on Shea McClellin. Smith had a good rookie year.

20. Tennessee Titans: Justin Blackmon (WR, Oklahoma State) — It was either Blackmon or Smith for the Bears, but they'd already invested in Brandon Marshall. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Tavon Wilson (S, Illinois) — Wilson had some very good moments in New England in 2012. Wouldn't fault them for taking guard Kevin Zeitler again, though. 

22. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama) — Would ya look at that, the Browns end up with their man and Russell Wilson. 

23. Detroit Lions: Alfred Morris (RB, Florida Atlantic) — Detroit could have used the league's second-leading rusher. 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Riley Reiff (OT, Iowa) — I think you're better off with Reiff than David DeCastro simply because of DeCastro's injury. Zeitler works here, too.

25. Denver Broncos: Michael Brockers (DT, LSU) — Yet I'm sure they'd be happy to trade down again and take Derek Wolfe.

26. Houston Texans: T.Y. Hilton (WR, Florida International) — Lots of good options here. Taking Whitney Mercilus again would be cool with me, but I'm giving them another receiving threat.

27. New England Patriots: Dont'a Hightower (OLB, Alabama) — The Pats don't trade up for Chandler Jones but still get Hightower with their original pick from New Orleans. 

28. Green Bay Packers: Stephon Gilmore (CB, South Carolina) — Sorry, Green Bay. Casey Hayward's gone, and so are Janoris Jenkins and Morris Claiborne. 

29. Baltimore Ravens: Mark Barron (S, Alabama) – Best player available for a team that never used its rookies much and is looking for a long-term replacement for Ed Reed.

30. San Francisco 49ers: David Wilson (RB, Virginia Tech) – The 49ers trade in one play-maker (A.J. Jenkins) for another. But at least Wilson made plays as a rook. 

31. New England Patriots: Whitney Mercilus (DE, Illinois) — The drop-off from Jones to Mercilus isn't big and the Pats keep the rest of their picks. 

32. New York Giants: Vontaze Burfict (LB, Arizona State) – With Wilson gone to San Francisco and all of the top backs off the board, they go with the best linebacker available over Zeitler.

Brad Gagnon

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Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.