In the 2011 NFL draft, draftniks weren't sure there was a single top tier quarterback to be had. Cam Newton was considered risky, Blaine Gabbert was too unexciting and unpolished and everyone else had serious flaws that kept them from being an elite prospect.
Despite such a marginal group, four quarterbacks went in the top 12 picks last year, with Newton, Jake Locker, Gabbert and Christian Ponder going off the board early.
Could 2012 feature a repeat performance of 2011?
Certainly, more teams than ever need a major upgrade at quarterback. The Redskins and Colts will surely be drafting a quarterback, but neither Andrew Luck nor Robert Griffin III can be considered reaches.
Beyond the top of the draft, the Browns, Cardinals and Chiefs could all be in the market for a prospect, and a surprise team like the Eagles, Broncos or Seahawks could also emerge as players in the quarterback market.
All in all, quarterbacks will be in high demand this year, yet there are really only two sure-fire first-round talents.
That means that more than a few quarterbacks will be overdrafted. Here are the seven most likely candidates.