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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Will Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley Be Top Pick in the Draft?

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Will Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley Be Top Pick in the Draft?
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Andrew Luck has long been considered the top prospect in the 2012 draft class, but he won't be alone in chasing down the No. 1 pick next year.

Long story short, Andrew Luck is considered the best quarterback prospect to come out since Peyton Manning in 1998 and he turned down the opportunity to go No. 1 this year so he could finish his college education.

Luck did lose one of the better quarterback-oriented head coaches in Jim Harbaugh this offseason, but it is simply another opportunity for him to prove how good he really is.

As for the competition he will face, he has to look no further than rival USC and quarterback Matt Barkley.

The junior signal-caller continues to develop into one of the best in the nation after coming out of high school with a ton of hype.

In 2010, Luck and Barkley gave us the best quarterback duel of the year as they each threw three touchdowns, neither threw an interception and Luck led the Cardinal to a 37-35 win as time expired.

Barkley threw for nearly 400 yards in the game while Luck completed 20 of his 24 passes.

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 once again.

Barkley fits the mold of the quarterbacks like Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez, as they all stand around 6'2". Luck, on the other hand, is more of the classic mold at 6'4", but both have athleticism to play with.

Luck will still be the No. 1 pick next year, but Barkley will make things interesting.

Here is a look at the 2012 NFL draft and a few players to keep an eye on. 

1. Washington: Andrew Luck
2. Carolina: Quinton Coples
3. Buffalo: Matt Barkley
4. Tennessee: Justin Blackmon
5. Cincinnati: Donte Paige-Moss
6. Denver: Jerel Worthy
7. Seattle: Landry Jones
8. Cleveland: Alshon Jeffrey
9. Jacksonville: Alfonzo Dennard
10. Arizona: Matt Kalil
11. Oakland: Jonathan Martin
12. San Francisco: Dre Kirkpatrick
13. Chicago: Jeff Fuller
14. Houston: Ray-Ray Armstrong
15. St. Louis: Michael Floyd
16. Miami: Cliff Harris
17. Detroit: Stephon Gilmore
18. Kansas City: Manti Te'o
19. Minnesota: Mike Adams
20. Dallas: Robert Lester
21. San Diego: Vontaze Burfict
22. Tampa Bay: Luke Kuechly
23. Indianapolis: Ryan Broyles
24. New York Giants: Zach Brown
25. New York Jets: Chase Minnifield
26. Pittsburgh: Jayron Hosley
27. Cleveland (via ATL): Courtney Upshaw
28. Philadelphia: Marcus Forston
29. Baltimore: Brandon Jenkins
30. New England: (via NO) Mohamed Sanu
31. New England: Jared Crick
32. Green Bay: Kelechi Osemele

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