The 2011 draft may be over, but its never too early to start preparing for next year. I'd love to have a top 32 big board made out soon, but my opinion isn't made up fully about some players. Until then, here is my top ten. Let me know what you think and who you would substitute. I filled in some reasonings to shed light on what I was thinking with each player.
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: The generic number one on every 2012 big board. Played like a stud through the 2010 season. If he can maintain that, will be the first overall pick in 2012.
2. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: Personally a huge fan of Jeffery. Has a massive frame and can fly. Great hands.
3. Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Another very "pro-ready" prospect. Could possibly surpass Luck as the number one rated quarterback in my opinion, but that would be way too brave this early in the year.
4. Matt Kalil, OT, Southern California: Potentially best tackle in a stacked offensive line class.
5. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Powerful and explosive end with great size and a quick first step.
6. Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma: Nearly came out this year. Makes a lot of tackles and can really run.
7. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: The second back in Alabama's stable for the past two years, Richardson could be a better pro than Heisman winner and former teammate Mark Ingram.
8. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Was unstoppable in 2010 as a redshirt sophomore. Should be fun to see how he tears up the big 12 in 2011.
9. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: Athletic tackle who is no slouch in the running game.
10. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: The "other corner" in Nebraska's talented secondary of last year. Good ball skills and plays faster than his former teammate Prince Amukamara.
Other players just outside the top ten...
- Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
- Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
- Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
- Zack Brown, LB, North Carolina
- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon