Are you ready for some football?!
The NFL season will kick off this weekend in Canton, Ohio when the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame Game.
Yours truly was fortunate enough to land media credentials to cover the festivities as the likes of Emmit Smith and the incomparable Jerry Rice take their place amongst the greatest players of all-time.
Several high-profile players from the 2010 NFL draft hope to make successful debuts with their new teams. Wide receivers Dez Bryant formerly from Oklahoma St. and Jordan Shipley formerly of the Texas Longhorns will officially start their NFL careers this weekend.
Ironically they’ll make their starts where the very best players put the finishing touches on their careers by being enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
While Bryant and Shipley have realized their dream in making it the NFL the college football season is just around the corner as well. The 2011 NFL Draft has the potential to be just as exciting as last years’ therefore it’s not too soon to speculate on who will make their dreams come and possibly get drafted in the first round.
Will it be quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford? Will Luck be “lucky” enough to go No.1?
Can the strong-armed Jake Locker be a “lock” for the No. 1 pick? With a strong season who knows.
Maybe, just maybe, Alabama’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner Alabama’s Mark Ingram can win his second trophy like Archie Griffin and lead The Crimson Tide to another National title. With another strong season can Ingram be the No. 1 pick in next years’ draft?
Will the likes of a Dion Lewis get drafted in the first round if he declares for the NFL draft after his sophomore year? What if he surpasses his 1,799 yard season he posted as a freshman with a 2,000-yard season?
Can Lewis be selected No.1 as a sophomore?
It's time to take a look at who I project will go where in the first round of the NFL draft in 2011. Yes, a lot will be predicated on how well the players perform in the upcoming season. But it's never to early to at least speculate right?