Andrew Luck surprised a bunch of football followers when he announced his intentions to return to Stanford for his junior season, even with looming uncertainty surrounding Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The loss of Luck, who many evaluators considered the best pure prospect available in this class, certainly weakens the 2011 pool and with the continuing lockout talks ringning in everybody’s ears, you have to wonder if some other elite underclassmen don’t follow Luck’s lead.
Sorry kids, but one of you is going to have to play for the Panthers whether you like it or not.
It’s going to be odd taking a look at all the Andrew Luckless mock drafts from here on out after seeing his name at the top of every mock since September.
Jake Locker’s stock just went up.
1. Carolina Panthers: DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson (Junior)
2. Denver Broncos: DE Marcell Dareus, Alabama (Junior)
3. Buffalo Bills: WR A.J. Green, Georgia (Junior)
4. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Cam Newton, Auburn (Junior)
5. Arizona Cardinals: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU (Junior)
6. Cleveland Browns: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M (Senior)
7. San Francisco 49ers: QB Jake Locker, Washington (Senior)
8. Tennessee Titans: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (Junior)
9. Dallas Cowboys: OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri (Redshirt Sophomore)
10. Washington Redskins: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (Junior)
11. Houston Texans: DT Nick Fairley, Auburn (Junior)
12. Minnesota Vikings: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska (Senior)
13. Detroit Lions: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State (Senior)
14. St. Louis Rams: WR Julio Jones, Alabama (Junior)
15. Miami Dolphins: RB Bilal Powell, Louisville (Senior)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida (Junior)
17. New England Patriots: RB Jordan Todman, UCONN (Junior)
18. San Diego Chargers: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (Junior)
19. New York Giants: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama (Junior)
20. Tampa Bay Bucs: DE Cameron Jordan, Cal (Senior)
21. Seattle Seahawks: RB Shane Vereen, Cal ( Junior)
22. Indanaplis Colts: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (Senior)
23. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Brandon Burton, Utah (Junior)
24. Baltimore Ravens: DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State (Senior)
25. Kansas City Chiefs: DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple (Junior)
26. New Orleans Saints: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA (Junior)
27. New York Jets: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Redshirt Sophomore)
28. Chicago Bears: OT Tyron Smith, USC (Junior)
29. Green Bay Packers: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado (Senior)
30. New England Patriots: OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina (Junior)
31. Atlanta Falcons: RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State (Senior)
32. Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa (Senior)
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