The NCAA and NFL football seasons are far from over, but for the truly prospect-crazy, the NFL Draft is always in season. Buffalo Bills fans care not whether the Bills finish 1-15 or 2-14; they want to know whether the team will get a chance to select junior quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford next April when the Bills, inevitably, have the first selection.
Even as NFL fans and teams begin to make firm evaluations of players, though, dozens of early-round hopefuls have been jockeying for position in next year's Draft for months. Some players have broken out in a big way this season, while others have disappeared at key moments and may tumble down the draft board.
Which 20 guys have done themselves the most favors with prospective NFL teams this season? Who will rise from modest second-round money to first-round riches? Who has already made the jump into top 10 discussions? Read on.