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Published: Jan. 16, 2012 at 02:37 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 at 02:45 p.m.

Bucky Brooks' top 10 prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft

As eyes begin to shift toward the 2012 NFL Draft in New York in late April, NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks presents his top 10 prospects right now.

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  • The most polished quarterback prospect to enter the league since Peyton Manning. Luck was the likely No.1 pick a season ago and remains the top prospect in this year's draft class. 10

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    1. Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB

    The most polished quarterback prospect to enter the league since Peyton Manning. Luck was the likely No.1 pick a season ago and remains the top prospect in this year's draft class.

  • The best offensive tackle prospect to hit the league in years. Kalil displays remarkable athleticism and technique and is a franchise-caliber left tackle poised for stardom. 9

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    2. Matt Kalil, USC, OT

    The best offensive tackle prospect to hit the league in years. Kalil displays remarkable athleticism and technique and is a franchise-caliber left tackle poised for stardom.

  • Michael Vick-like playmaker with extraordinary passing skills. Griffin is more polished in the pocket than Cam Newton at this stage of his development, which bodes well for his potential to make an impact as a rookie. 8

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    3. Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB

    Michael Vick-like playmaker with extraordinary passing skills. Griffin is more polished in the pocket than Cam Newton at this stage of his development, which bodes well for his potential to make an impact as a rookie.

  • Explosive catch-and-run playmaker with a more refined game than his Oklahoma State predecessor Dez Bryant. 7

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    4. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR

    Explosive catch-and-run playmaker with a more refined game than his Oklahoma State predecessor Dez Bryant.

  • Talented runner with a rock-solid game. He can handle the dirty work between the tackles, while also providing a big play element as a runner/receiver on the perimeter. 6

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    5. Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB

    Talented runner with a rock-solid game. He can handle the dirty work between the tackles, while also providing a big play element as a runner/receiver on the perimeter.

  • The premier cover corner in the draft brings a more complete game to the league than Patrick Peterson. 5

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    6. Morris Claiborne, LSU, CB:

    The premier cover corner in the draft brings a more complete game to the league than Patrick Peterson.

  • Talented edge player with an impressive set of physical skills, but teams should be concerned about his questionable motor. 4

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    7. Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE

    Talented edge player with an impressive set of physical skills, but teams should be concerned about his questionable motor.

  • A skilled technician with the size, strength and athleticism to develop into an all star-caliber edge blocker. 3

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    8. Riley Reiff, Iowa, OT

    A skilled technician with the size, strength and athleticism to develop into an all star-caliber edge blocker.

  • Athletic tackle prospect with all of the tools that scouts covet, but must display more grit and toughness as a pro. 2

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    9. Jonathan Martin, Stanford, OT

    Athletic tackle prospect with all of the tools that scouts covet, but must display more grit and toughness as a pro.

  • Rangy corner with the length and athleticism to match up with the big, physical receivers that are dominating the NFL. 1

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    10. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, CB

    Rangy corner with the length and athleticism to match up with the big, physical receivers that are dominating the NFL.

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