While the NFL endured four-and-a-half months of darkness looming over its $9 billion locked-up fortress, the college football palace has operated under cloudy skies with some turbulence along the way. And even though it wasn’t a smooth ride for college football this offseason, thankfully, it was business as usual and no offseason workouts were forcibly missed.
We’re all ready for the regular season to kick off in the NFL and college football, and later this week college football will officially get underway. But before it all begins, let’s fast forward and take a peek at what’s on the horizon for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck leads a potentially stacked crop of draft-eligible prospects, who may consider leaving school early; 18 of the 25 players featured in my Big Board are underclassmen. Many of the prospects listed in my Big Board are also teammates; seven teams (Alabama, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford and USC) have at least two players listed.
Here’s an early look at the top 25 draft-eligible prospects for next April’s spring spectacle.