It's no secret that this year's NFL draft pool of quarterbacks is not exactly the quarterback class of 1983, when John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino all entered the NFL. With little buzz surrounding many of the quarterbacks and little optimism about each having the ability to become a true franchise quarterback, all eyes are looking toward the Class of 2012, which will be highlighted by Stanford's Andrew Luck.
Luck passed on a chance to go pro this season at a time when he would have been the clear top quarterback, if not top pick, in the draft. He is making the same decision another Pac-10 quarterback, Washington's Jake Locker, made a year ago.
Will Luck's decision end up being the right one? That is a question for the future. Locker's much-hyped season did not quite pan out the way it was expected to at Washington, while Auburn's Cam Newton took the nation by storm with his dazzling ability to make plays for the Tigers. But is Newton a legitimate pro quarterback?
That is the question that the Carolina Panthers will have to debate internally between now and next Thursday, when the draft officially kicks off in New York City.
Here is one college football writer's ranking of the top 10 quarterbacks in this year's NFL draft.
Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for Examiner.com. Follow his college football discussion on Twitter @CFBExaminer.