2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting the Biggest Stud at Every Position

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2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting the Biggest Stud at Every Position
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Now that most of the big-time, free-agent puzzle pieces have fallen into place, it's time to look ahead towards the next major phase of the NFL offseason—the draft.

And rather than try and guess where the top stars will fall in Round 1 (i.e. a mock draft), here's a slightly different approach to the mystery that is the NFL draft.

I've picked the player who I think will be the top prospect at each position. 

Obviously, there are two ways to look at this—instant impact or long-term greatness. Take last year's superstar quarterbacks. Sure, Cam Newton had a monster rookie season, while Blaine Gabbert did next to nothing.

But if Gabbert ends up having a 10-year career with a few Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl title, he may turn out to be the better pro.

So for the sake of this article—because it does matter which team drafts these big names—full, long-term careers are the measuring stick. 

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