Andrew Luck (6’4″ 235 lbs) QB Stanford – most awaited QB to enter the NFL Draft in years. He will enter the 2011 season as the Heisman trophy favorite. Luck passed for over 3,000 yards and had 32 touchdowns in 2010. What we like about Luck is his quick release and accuracy combined with intelligence. His mobility will surprise you and his toughness is unquestionable (see his video here: Andrew Luck Highlights). At Stanford, he is currently playing in a pro-style offense and received pro-style coaching from former head coach/NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Luck will need his throwing motion refined at NFL level as he has tendency to hold ball at his waist and use wind-up motion before getting to his release point.
JUSTIN BLACKMON (6’1″ 205 lbs) WR Oklahoma State – what the 2011 NFL draft lacked was true bonafide blue chip superstars. Blackmon and Luck will change that heading into 2012 draft. The sophomore wide receiver was named the 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner. Blackmon is a beast who punishes CB with his physical style combined with speed and amazing ability to go up for difficult catches. Think Dez Bryant without the diva persona….yet. Still on the fence? Here are his numbers for 2010: 102 catches for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns. Sic numbers on any level in any era. We consider him a better pro candidate than A.J. Green or Julio Jones. If you want to look at broad jumps numbers and 40 times…then Green and Jones will suffice. But if great hands, toughness, amazing production and who will block down field are things you look for – Blackmon is a player to follow in 2012!
TRENT RICHARDSON (5’11″ 220 lbs) RB Alabama – How many stud running backs does that program have? Mark Ingram gets drafted in first round. Trent Richardson takes over the starting job as many feel he has better upside than Ingram. Then you have Dee Hart who is a five star prospect (Richardson compares him to Chris Johnson of Titans). Richardson says his body fat was measured at 6% in spring practice. He said he bench presses 475 pounds and squats 600 but stresses that that’s only what the coaches will allow him to lift, not his actual limit. While backing up Ingram that past two season, Richardson has averaged 5.6 yards per and running for 1,451 yards and 14 touchdowns while also being a reliable receiver out of the backfield.
QUINTON COPLES (6’6″ 272 lbs) DE North Carolina – Played out of position in 2010 at DT and still put up good numbers – 59 tackles and 10 sacks. Will be a force on the outside who has similar size to Mario Williams of Texans. Quinton Couples “Q” as he is called, will be one of the reason’s North Carolina makes a push for the Coastal Division in the ACC. When asked: How much fun do you have just going after quarterbacks – You guys just like to hit people? Q response: “That’s one of the main parts, taking off a quarterback’s head.” Nuff said.