There were no first round picks from Florida, Florida State, or Miami for the first time since 1980. The state of Florida is usually a well known pipeline for pro players starting from high school to college into the draft. The first player to be drafted in 2012 from a Florida college was cornerback Josh Robinson from Central Florida in round three with pick 66 of the Minnesota Vikings. The first from the big three was defensive end Olivier Vernon from Miami at pick 72 drafted in the same city by the Miami Dolphins. North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins, former Florida Gator, was drafted in round two with pick 39 by the St Louis Rams.
1st Round Breakdown of Players Drafted by Conference:
Big 12: 5
Pac 12: 4
Big Ten: 4
Big East: 2
This draft will be remembered by the first round trade frenzy. The 19 overall trades executed in the first round (three of which happened last year, involving Atlanta, New Orleans and Oakland) were the most in the NFL since the 1970 merger, and in that season there were only 26 teams in the league. The St. Louis Rams originally had the number two overall pick, but they traded down to six well before the draft to the Washington Redskins for multiple picks. Rams traded down again to 14 after they missed former Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon which was picked up just one selection before by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a result of a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rams also missed out on wide receiver Michael Floyd from Notre Dame by one pick which was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. Three out of the first five selections by the Rams were former FCS players leaving many fans wondering who they are, but St. Louis did get a hoard of players for Griffin.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts are top of many draft class ratings. The Steelers drafted two much needed offensive linemen while the Colts had the top pick along with drafting some offensive weapons for him.