A look back at recent No. 12 picks in the NFL draft

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The Eagles traded down Friday, from the 6th overall pick in the draft to #12. While you can still get a blue chip starter with the 12th overall pick, the possibility that a team drafts something less than stellar goes up. With that in mind, here’s a look back at the last ten #12 picks in the NFL Draft.

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Ruggs was highly thought of coming out of Alabama, but his rookie campaign was pedestrian at best. In 13 games, he caught just 26 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns. One of his scoring catches was a walkoff 46-yard TD against the Jets that led to the firing of Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

2/10

Gary came out of Michigan touted as a Ziggy Ansah-type, but hasn’t been as productive as the Packers would like through his first two NFL seasons. So far, he has totaled just seven sacks in 31 games, and played just 44% of defensive snaps last season.

3/10

The 6-4, 350-pound man-mountain has been rock-solid in his young career in Tampa Bay, anchoring a stout defensive line that was among the league’s best this past season. Vea broke his ankle early in the 2020 campaign, but made his way back to play in the NFC title game and Super Bowl LIV.

4/10

Forget his team’s 4-12 record in 2020. Watson is a top-10 QB in today’s NFL and should continue to be. A dynamic combination of arm strength, accuracy, and elusiveness, Watson threw for more than 4,800 yards and 33 touchdowns for a team that traded away its All-Pro wide receiver the previous offseason.

5/10

Rankins started off his career strong – 14 sacks from the tackle position in his first three seasons. The last two seasons he has dealt with a number of injuries that have cost him 10 games on the sidelines.

6/10

Had a solid first three years with Cleveland… the Patriots picked him up in a trade in 2018, and he helped them win a Super Bowl. Now with the Lions. Solid rotational run-stopper.

7/10

Exploded onto the scene with the Giants, seemingly making highlight-reel catches every week. Three Pro Bowls, five 1,000-yard seasons in seven years. If he can come back from the ACL injury that ended his 2020 season, he could put the Browns back on the map.

8/10

The first pick of Reggie McKenzie’s tenure with the Raiders was not a good one. In four years with the team that drafted him, Hayden had three interceptions, and missed 19 games due to injury. In 2018, somehow wrangled a 3-year, $19 million deal from the Jaguars. 

9/10

Perhaps the best draft pick, in any round, of the past decade for the Eagles. He’s made the Pro Bowl in each of the past six seasons, and showing no signs of slowing down at age 30.

10/10

Played four seasons with Minnesota, even leading the team to a 10-6 record in 2012. That team had the 31st-ranked passing offense. Ponder’s best completions were putting the ball in the belly of Adrian Peterson, and watching him run for 2,097 yards. Despite a 10-6 season, his lifetime record as a starter was 14-21-1.

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