It's never too early to take a look into the future of football. A 2012 mock draft is difficult because 2011 free agency hasn't even transpired. We don't know the needs of teams this season, let alone next season.
The order is going to be difficult to determine as well. Did anyone have Carolina pegged as the worst team in the league before the season started?
Even so, this list provides a good understanding of what to expect from the best of the best in college football, as we head into the 2011 season.
To be clear, playoffs were not taken into account in the order of the draft. I simply ranked them by their expected records, which explains why the NFC West doesn't have a team making the playoffs.
These are the players you will need to know, or at least monitor during the college season. There are a lot of draft "experts" who get started on their studying of potential draftees after the season ends.
Here is a starter kit so you can watch the real thing unfold for yourselves this upcoming season.