We're not even 24 hours past the 2011 NFL Draft and 2012 NFL Mock Drafts are already cropping up. In Brian Galliford and Andy Hutchins' first crack at a draft well over a year away (and may not even take place if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is not reached before next April, but I'm getting ahead of myself).
So, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck goes No. 1 overall to the San Francisco 49ers, who just took Colin Kaepernick in the second round of this year's draft. Luck is a franchise quarterback in the making, while Kaepernick could be a solid starter a few years down the line. A lot can change in a year, but the spot really is his to lose?
What about the Broncos? Picking No. 32 because they win the Super Bowl? Not quite. Well, not even close. The Packers win it all again in this way-too-early mock. The Broncos have the No. 9 selection and take the first cornerback in the draft: Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick. The junior is one of the top-rated prospects for next year's draft, according to Mocking the Draft. As Galliford writes, the Broncos will need to find a replacement for Champ Bailey--sooner rather than later is preferable.
But we're a year away from the 2012 NFL Draft. There's still a college football season to be played.