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There are just not any blue-chip quarterbacks this year. Perhaps this is because so many college schools use spread offenses; and when Andrew Luck decided to return to Stanford for his senior year, the pursuit of a quarterback many experts considered a "sure thing" was delayed for at least a year. Or perhaps calling a quarterback a sure thing is just paradoxical by definition.
Last year saw a handful of tackles taken in the first round, and several in the top 10. This year only a couple are likely to go in the first round, and only one may sneak his way into the top 10. Sure, Anthony Castonzo, Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder and Tyrone Smith show a wealth of potential, but none can be called a sure thing.
There are a lot of good-looking running backs, but (other than Vereen) none stand out as can't-miss prospects to me.
The safeties of this year's draft have some interesting skills, and many show good character, but 2010's crop was much richer.
There's not exactly a Vernon Davis out there this year.
This year's strength on defense is primarily against the pass, and the linebackers most people are seeing are pass-rushing OLBs.
Now this is not to say there's no talent at these positions. Certainly a lot of value is out there to be had, and some sleepers will no doubt surface, but players you can bet your franchise on are about as rare as I like my fillet mignon.
To be a blue-chip draftee, everyone needs to know you're going to be an instant success, and they all need to be right about it.