2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting Landing Spots for the Top Prospects

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2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting Landing Spots for the Top Prospects
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Every year, scouts, head coaches and even draft nuts like myself salivate over the idea of the NFL draft.

Admittedly, this is a hobby of mine. Not like others where a garden is involved, or a bicycle or something more constructive, I follow the progress of hundreds of college football players trying to make a buck in the NFL. Call it the dream I never got to follow myself.

This year is a bumper crop for teams that need help at receiver and on the offensive and defensive lines. While there are two very good passers at the top of the list, there is a big gap in the rest of the quarterback class after that.

The draft is always a tricky game of poker, teams showing their hand early and then asking for more cards from the deck. They try to bluff, but get caught without a face card and their hand goes up in smoke. Only the strong and experienced can find true gems in the later rounds to fill out their roster of hopefuls.

The top10 of this class can be summed up as strong and maybe the best offensive and defensive linemen to come out in a decade. While there are others who will fill in these gaps at "sexy" positions, this will be a draft dominated by linemen and speed on the outside.

Here is how the first handful of prospects will fare and where they will be chosen to earn that dime in the NFL.

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