Andrew Luck is the top prospect in the 2012 NFL draft class.
He knows, we know it, but that doesn't mean that quarterbacks like Matt Barkley and Landry Jones won't try and take the top spot away from him.
Returning to Stanford for another season was risky in a sense that anything can happen, but unless Luck regresses and starts playing unquestionably bad, he'll still be the top prospect in the draft.
Matt Barkley won't be far behind though, and could very easily be the No. 2 player off the board if a the team is quarterback-needy.
Luck and Barkley got together on The Farm in 2010 and gave us the best quarterback duel of the year.
They each threw three touchdowns, neither threw and interception, and Luck led the Cardinal to a 37-35 win as the clock expired.
Barkley threw for nearly 400 yards in the game while Luck completed 20 of his 24 passes; they simply dominated the field.
They will meet again this year, but in the Coliseum, at the end of October; it will be the best quarterback duel of the year.
This year will be an interesting one for Luck without his coach at the helm, but he's the type of player that will rise above all.
Here is a way too early look at the rest of the first round and what players we should start rolling the tape of.
|1. Washington: Andrew Luck, QB, Stan. |
2. Carolina: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
3. Buffalo: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
4. Tennessee: Justin Blackmon, WR, OkSt
|17. Detroit: Stephon Gilmore, CB, S. Car
18. Kansas City: Manti Te'o, LB, ND
19. Minnesota: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio St.
20. Dallas: Robert Lester, S, Alabama
|5. Cincinnati: Donte Paige-Moss, DE, UNC |
6. Denver: Jerel Worthy, DT, Mich. St
7. Seattle: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
8. Cleveland: Alshon Jeffrey, WR, S. Car
|21. San Diego: Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU
22. Tampa Bay: Luke Kuechly, LB, BC
23. Indianapolis: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
24. New York Giants: Zach Brown, OLB, UNC
|9. Jacksonville: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Neb. |
10. Arizona: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
11. Oakland: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
12. San Fran: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Bama
|25. New York Jets: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
26. Pittsburgh: Jayron Hosley, CB, VTech
27. Clev.(Via ATL): Courtney Upshaw, LB, Bama
28. Philadelphia: Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
|13. Chicago: Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M |
14. Houston: Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami
15. St. Louis: Michael Floyd, WR, ND
16. Miami: Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
|29. Baltimore: Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, FSU
30. N.E. (via NO): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rut.
31. New England: Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
32. Green Bay: Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa St.