2012 NFL Draft: Trent Richardson and 3 Players Who'll Be Better Than Andrew Luck

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2012 NFL Draft: Trent Richardson and 3 Players Who'll Be Better Than Andrew Luck
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Trent Richardson will be better than Andrew Luck.

Believe it or not, he's not the only player coming out of the 2012 NFL draft that will end up trumping the likely No. 1 overall pick.

As long as the NFL continues to evolve into a passing league, the value of quarterbacks will be greater than that of any other position group. That's why the best quarterback in the draft has been the No. 1 choice four out of the last five years (h/t NFL.com).

Higher value doesn't automatically equal better performance, though, and there are a handful of players coming out of this year's class that will end up being better in the long run than Luck.

Consider last year's draft class.

Cam Newton came out and smashed the record books in a number of key statistical categories in 2011 (h/t ProFootballTalk). He is clearly well on his way to changing the culture of the Carolina Panthers, and I'm looking forward to watching him grow in his capacity as a true leader for that organization.

That being said, he wasn't the best player in his class.

Von Miller and Aldon Smith showed the league what true defensive dominance is going to look like for the next decade, and A.J. Green looks like he could become a legend at the wide receiver position.

Here are the players coming out of this year's class that will be better than Luck.

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