Who Will be the Top Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft?
In the world of college football, there are the players that are succeeding at the college game, and there are the players with the best pro potential. There is often crossover between those two groups, but they are not entirely the same. After all, guys like Eric Crouch and Jason White won Heisman Trophies, but never played in the NFL. In the end, it is the players who go high in the NFL Draft that make the big money. So, who is going to be the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft?
Well, the odds are it will be a quarterback or an offensive tackle. It is rare to see another player taken with that pick, though we do occasionally see a defensive end, such as with Mario Williams in 2006. However, the trend in recent years has really pointed toward quarterback. If you are going to turn a franchise around, a good quarterback is almost essential, and the best place to get one is to draft one highly and hope they pan out.
For a while, Jake Locker was considered by many to be the likely top pick in 2011. However, he has struggled this season and is no longer considered much of a contender for the honor. No, the new quarterback on top of the heap is Stanford’s Andrew Luck. The Cardinals are +3,000 to win the BCS Championship on Sportsbook, and they owe that mostly to Luck. Granted, he may not enter the NFL Draft this year, but if he does, he is very likely to be the top pick.