Today, we look into the crystal ball and see Andrew Luck, fresh off of leading the Stanford Cardinal to a victory in the Orange Bowl, suddenly decide that this college thing really appeals to him and Tim Tebow had the right idea.
In this fantasy, Luck sees all those projections of him already being the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and thinks to himself that the riches can wait. He's certainly got a good thing going right now on campus.
Stanford has just finished one of its best seasons ever, and while we're making predictions here, let's say that Coach Harbaugh gets the warm fuzzies as well and decides to pass up any NFL offers that might be brewing for him (any NFL offers from oh, just up the peninsula), since dominating in college is way better than being mediocre in the pros. (It's certainly an easier decision for a coach to make, after all, he's already getting paid anyway).
Upon hearing this news, the Carolina Panthers brass (after throwing a tantrum) must get down to the business of picking someone else, and the rest of the league smirks a bit before figuring out their selections in this un-Luck-y (yeah, I did it) turn of events. Who will those selections be? Read on...
(One note: picks 21-32 are based off of regular season records right now, but obviously could change based on playoff results. We're going with what we got for now. Sue me.)