Safety - Mark Barron
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall pick.
The 2012 NFL draft was the 77th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises. The draft, which is officially called the "NFL Player Selection Meeting", was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from April 26–28. The Indianapolis Colts, who compiled the league's worst record in the 2011 season with a 2–14 record, had the right to the first selection.
On April 17, Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson announced that the team would take Andrew Luck as their first pick, saying it was "the right thing to do" in anticipation of the "media gauntlet" Luck would face in the days leading up to the draft. Luck, being highly regarded as one of the best quarterback prospects in years, had been the subject of the "Suck for Luck" campaigns by fans hoping their teams would end up with the worst record in the 2011 season so they would have the chance to draft Luck. Something rare occurred when the first and last picks in the draft were both quarterbacks and were taken by the same team. Chandler Harnish, chosen with the final pick of the draft by the Colts, made him Mr. Irrelevant for 2012.
Even at a relatively early stage, the strength of the quarterbacks in the 2012 class had been noted. For the first time since the 1970 merger, five rookie quarterbacks would start during opening week – first-round draft picks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, and Brandon Weeden, as well as third-rounder Russell Wilson. By season's end, three more rookie quarterbacks would start their first games – third-round draft pick Nick Foles, fourth-rounder Kirk Cousins, and sixth-rounder Ryan Lindley. Undrafted quarterbacks Austin Davis, Case Keenum, and Kellen Moore, who were each signed to teams following the draft, as well as second-round draft pick Brock Osweiler, would each eventually win starting quarterback positions during later seasons. Luck, Griffin, and Wilson would be named to the Pro Bowl following the conclusion of the regular season, while Foles and Cousins would be recognized as Pro Bowlers later on in their careers.
In the draft, a record 5 players not from the United States were drafted, being Canadians Tyrone Crawford (drafted 81st overall by the Dallas Cowboys) and Philip Blake (drafted 108th overall by the Denver Broncos), Angolan Christo Bilukidi (drafted 189th overall by Oakland Raiders), Englishman Jack Crawford (drafted 158th overall by Oakland), and German Markus Kuhn (drafted 239th overall by the New York Giants).
A record 65 underclassmen announced their intention to forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility and declare themselves eligible to be selected in the draft. Of the 65 eligible underclassmen, 44 (or 67.7%) were drafted.
The selection of Luck, a junior, marked the fourth straight draft where the first overall selection was an underclassman. Since non-seniors were first eligible to be drafted in 1990, fifteen first overall picks (including seven of the last eight) have been players who have entered the draft early. Eight of the first ten players chosen in this draft were non-seniors, which matched the record set in the previous draft. Mark Barron and Ryan Tannehill were the only two seniors among the first ten draftees.
The Buccaneers picked alternately 5th and 4th through the draft. They traded picks in the 1st round with Jacksonville Jaguars and gained an extra 4th round selection. They then traded that pick and a 2nd round pick to Denver Broncos for an additional 1st round pick. They traded 3rd and 4th round picks to Houston Texans to gain a 2nd round selection and gained an extra 7th rounder in the process.
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|C||Center||CB||Cornerback||DB||Defensive back||DE||Defensive end|
|DL||Defensive lineman||DT||Defensive tackle||FB||Fullback||FS||Free safety|
|LB||Linebacker||LS||Long snapper||OT||Offensive Tackle||OL||Offensive lineman|
|NT||Nose tackle||P||Punter||PR||Punt returner||QB||Quarterback|
|RB||Running back||S||Safety||SS||Strong safety||TB||Tailback|
|TE||Tight end||WR||Wide receiver|
Notable Undrafted Players
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Baltimore Ravens||Justin Tucker||K||Texas||Big 12||Made 30–33 field goals during rookie season and Super Bowl XLVII Champion. First team All-Pro in 2013 season. Holds the highest all-time career NFL Field Goal percentage (as of 2015).|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Vontaze Burfict||LB||Arizona State||Pac-12||Led the Bengals with 127 tackles during rookie season. Also recorded 1 sack and 2 fumble recoveries. Led the NFL in tackles in 2013|
|Cleveland Browns||Tashaun Gipson||S||Wyoming||MW||Named starting free safety for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Finished 5th in the NFL in interceptions in 2013, finished 2nd in 2014|
|Dallas Cowboys||Ronald Leary||G||Memphis||C-USA||Named starting left guard for the 2013 and 2014 seasons|
|Dallas Cowboys||Cole Beasley||WR||Southern Methodist University||C-USA||Starting WR for Cowboys|
|Denver Broncos||Duke Ihenacho||S||San Jose State||WAC||Named starting strong safety for 2013 season|
|Indianapolis Colts||Griff Whalen||WR||Stanford||Pac-12||Starting return specialist for 3 seasons|
|Miami Dolphins||Jacquies Smith||DE||Missouri||Big 12||Led the Buccaneers in sacks in 2014|
|New York Jets||Damon Harrison||DT||William Penn||MSFA||Starting defensive tackle for the Jets from 2013-2015 and the Giants in 2016, first team All-Pro selection in 2016|
|Oakland Raiders||Marquette King||P||Fort Valley State||SIAC||Starting punter for the Raiders since 2013|
|St. Louis Rams||Johnny Hekker||P||Oregon State||Pac-12||Pro Bowl Punter|
|St. Louis Rams||Rodney McLeod||FS||Virginia||ACC||Starting free safety for the Philadelphia Eagles|
|Seattle Seahawks||Derrick Coleman||FB||UCLA||Pac-12||First deaf offensive player in the NFL. Super Bowl XLVIII champion|
|Seattle Seahawks||Jermaine Kearse||WR||Washington||Pac-12||Caught game-winning TD in 2013 & 2014 NFC Championship game. Super Bowl XLVIII champion, in which he caught a TD.|
Hall of Famers
- No player selected in this draft has yet been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. (If we've missed someone please advise)