Early impact from Round 1
Doug Martin, Morris Claiborne, Bruce Irvin among early-impact players
More Kiper NFL draft content:Draft Grades | Impact players: Round 1 | Rounds 2 and 3 | Rounds 4-7
When doing the NFL draft grades every year, I try not to put too much emphasis on what kind of immediate impact a player will have. Impact isn't as based on player evaluation and has a lot more to do with personnel. Obviously, when teams fill big needs, you're likelier to see impact with those picks, and I make needs a part of the analysis. But maximizing value is key for me.
Last year, 17 of the 32 first-round picks started or played in at least 15 games. There was major impact. Let's take a look at the first round and players I believe can have an early impact on their teams (I'll get to Rounds 2-3 and 4-7 over the next two days).
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2012 NFL DRAFT