The 2012 NFL Draft is over and we’re starting to get information about which uniform numbers will be worn by all the rookies. For fans who just can’t wait to buy a brand-new Nike jersey of their team’s newest player, information about NFL rookie jersey numbers for 2012 can’t come fast enough. I’ll do my best to update this post as soon as that information becomes available. If you see something I’m missing, leave me a note in the comments section down below!
Wide receiver Michael Floyd will join Larry Fitzgerald (number 11) in the teens. Floyd will wear jersey number 15.
Center Peter Konz will wear number 66 for the Falcons.
Rush linebacker Courtney Upshaw will wear jersey number 91.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore will wear jersey number 27. Gilmore picked the number because seven minus two equals five, which the number he wore in college. He didn’t reveal the formula he used to turn 27 into 7-2, however.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly will wear number 59 for the Panthers. Offensive lineman Amini Silatolu will wear number 61.
Defensive end Shea McClellin will wear jersey number 99 for the Bears. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will wear jersey number 17.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will wear jersey number 27 for the Bengals (though he said he would have preferred number 21, the number sported by his idol, Deion Sanders–a number currently held by the Bengals’ Brandon Ghee). Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler will wear jersey number 68.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but
it sounds like it’s official: running back Trent Richardson will wear jersey number 33. He wore the number 3 in college, but that is a number designated for quarterbacks and kickers in the NFL. New Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden also wore number 3 in college and he’ll continue to wear it in the pros.
The Cowboys traded up to select cornerback Morris Claiborne. He will wear jersey number 24 in Big D. He wore number 17 in college, but cornerbacks aren’t allowed to wear this number in the NFL.
Running back Ronnie Hillman will wear jersey number 21.
Offensive tackle Riley Reiff will wear jersey number 71 for the Lions. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles will wear number 84.
Green Bay Packers
New rush linebacker Nick Perry will wear jersey number 53. Defensive end Jerel Worthy will wear number 99.
First-round pick Whitney Mercilus will wear number 59, formerly worn by linebacker DeMeco Ryans (who was traded to the Eagles back in March).
To no one’s surprise, first overall pick Andrew Luck will wear jersey number number 12, his college number, when he lines up behind center for the Colts. Luck’s college teammate, tight end Coby Fleener, will wear number 80.
Wide receiver Justin Blackmon will take the field in jersey number 14. Reportedly, he was asked if his college number (81) was important to him and he said no. Laurent Robinson currently wears 81 for the Jaguars. It’s possible we will see some kind of number exchange happen in the future.
Kansas City Chiefs
Defensive tackle Dontari Poe will suit up for the Chiefs in jersey number 92.
New Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill says that he’s going to wear jersey number 17, the same number he wore in college. Running back Lamar Miller will wear 44.
New left tackle Matt Kalil
will wear number 67 struck a deal with DeMarcus Love and will wear number 75 and safety Harrison Smith will wear 22.
New England Patriots
To be announced.
New Orleans Saints
Wide receiver Nick Toon will honor his father, three-time Pro Bowler Al Toon, by wearing the same number he wore in the pros, 88.
New York Giants
The last pick of the first round, running back David Wilson, will wear jersey number 34 for the Giants.
New York Jets
Defensive end Quinton Coples will wear jersey number 98. Wide receiver Steven Hill will wear jersey number 84.
To be announced.
Fletcher Cox will be wearing jersey number 91 when he lines up as part of a fearsome Eagles defensive line next season. He’ll be joined by defensive end Vinny Curry, number 75. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks will wear 95.
The Steelers went after offensive linemen in the draft. Guard David DeCastro will wear number 61 and tackle Mike Adams will wear 76.
San Diego Chargers
Rush linebacker Melvin Ingram will wear jersey number 54.
San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver AJ Jenkins says he plans to wear jersey number 17 for the 49ers. Running Back LaMichael James will wear number 23.
Defensive end Bruce Irwin will wear jersey number 51. Bobby Wagner will wear number 54 and Russell Wilson will wear number 3.
St. Louis Rams
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers will wear jersey number 96. Wide receiver Brian Quick will wear 83.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Safety Mark Barron will wear jersey number 24 for the Buccaneers. He wore number 4 in college. Running back Doug Martin will keep his college number, 22.
Speedy wide receiver Kendall Wright will wear jersey number 13 for the Titans. Linebacker Zach Brown will wear 55.
New quarterback Robert Griffin III said he “[plans] to wear 10.” He added, “I think it’ll be available.” That doesn’t sound good for Jabar Gaffney, the current number 10 on the Redskins.
Remember that these numbers won’t necessarily be set in stone. Some rookies will end up changing their numbers during training camp when cuts occur and new numbers become available. That said, it’s a safe bet to assume that the big names in the draft won’t be changing numbers any time soon because teams will already be selling their jerseys.