As long as there is sports talk radio, there will be hypothetical questions being posed, and as long as there are hypotheticals there will be second-guessing of coaches and General Mangers on the personnel they select to fill their rosters.
What if you could go back and re-do the 2012? Which team would prosper the most from the benefit of hindsight? Which players would be make more money from moving up in the draft, and whose stock would plummet after knowing what they’re capable of on an NFL field?
Don Banks indulges in this past time once a year for Sports Illustrated, and says the one man out of all of last year’s draft who would stand to gain the most from a re-do, is a guy currently wearing the Burgundy and Gold.
No, it’s not Robert Griffin III. In fact, if he had it his way, the top two picks would remain unchanged, but not because Andrew Luck was necessarily better than the league’s Rookie of the Year.
“I could have changed that for the sake of change and flopped it, but I mean, I just think both teams go to the playoffs with their picks, both seasons go differently, but so much better than expectations,” Banks told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny. “I don’t know how you’d really make a case that you would have changed that.”
But the one man Banks thinks every GM would take a second look at in the combine if they had a chance – and he personally has going five rounds earlier in his re-do draft – is Alfred Morris.
“I had to have that kid in my 1st round,” Banks said. “There was nobody that came further. You could talk about Russell Wilson going 75th to 3rd overall, but this kid went from the 6th round to 1600 yards and really a strong bid for offensive rookie of the year, and I just think in this type of exercise – it’s all hypothetical; it can’t happen – but that kid’s got to be in my first round.”
Although much has been made of the Shanahan read offense and the running opportunities it provides, Banks says you can’t separate the man from the yards he earned.
“He may not be 1600 yards,” Banks said. “It is one of those impossible questions to answer.”
See exactly how high Morris climbed here.
Here’s the Redskins 2012 NFL Draft picks (listed by round):
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist
4. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
4. Keenan Robinson, ILB, Texas
5. Adam Gettis, OG, Iowa
6. Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic
6. Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
7. Richard Crawford, CB, Southern Methodist
7. Jordan Bernstine, DB, Iowa