NFL Draft

2012 NFL Mock Draft: First Round Projections

The three-day draft starts Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall.
<p> 2012 NFL Mock Draft: First Round Projections</p>

The 2012 NFL Draft starts Thursday night, and the prime time first round has become a must-see event for football fans everywhere. Hope always springs eternal at the draft, and here’s my projection for the opening round.

2012 NFL Draft First-Round Primer

Athlon Sports looks at some story lines, players and teams to watch on Thursday night
<p> Athlon Sports looks at some story lines, players and teams to watch as the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft unfolds on Thursday night</p>
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The first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft begins Thursday night and although the Indianapolis Colts have the first pick, there's no mystery where the Colts or Washington, who have the second selection are going.

2012 NFL Draft: Ranking the Positions

Which positions are loaded at the top? Which are weak and which are full of sleepers?
<p> 2012 NFL Draft: Ranking the Positions</p>
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Each and every NFL Draft is a totally unique experience. Draft day trades, team needs, rookie salary caps and positional trends all play major roles in who takes what player with which pick.

Positional depth may play the biggest role of them all in helping teams organize their big boards. Knowing when to reach for scarcity or pass because of quality second choices is key for any NFL GM on draft day.

NFL Draft History: Busts, Sleepers and Solid Picks - Part 1

Athlon Sports takes a look back at some recent drafts to see which picks worked out and which ones didn't
<p> Athlon Sports takes a look back at some recent NFL drafts to see which picks worked out and which ones didn't</p>
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The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft will commence on Thursday night, marking the 77th installment of what is officially called the “NFL Player Selection Meeting.” From Thursday through Saturday 253 college players will hear their names called, adding their name to the NFL history books, regardless of whether they ever make it on the field.

2012 NFL Draft Busts: Ryan Tannehill and Dontari Poe

Athlon targets some names to stay away from in the first round of the NFL Draft.
<p> 2012 NFL Draft Busts: Ryan Tannehill and Dontari Poe</p>
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The NFL Draft is a potpourri of optimism, dreams come true, paydays and new beginnings for fans, players, agents, coaches and General Managers.

It can also be a horrific nightmare.

Like any other act in life, there are some who are better than others at evaluating, scouting and drafting NFL talent. For those who can’t hack it in the big leagues, failed first-round draft picks can cost you a seven-figure paycheck in short order. And can set playoff-starved franchises back years, both competitively and financially.

The NFL Draft's Impact on College Football's Preseason Top 25

What impact will Trent Richardson leaving for the NFL Draft have on Alabama?
<p> Underclassmen entering the NFL Draft will have a major impact on the preseason top 25 for 2012. Which players will have the biggest impact as the draft deadline approaches?</p>

By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)

2001 NFL Draft Revisited

We take a look back at one of college football's best classes.
<p> We take a look back at one of college football's best classes.</p>

By Jake Veyhl

Scan the list of the 2001 NFL Draft first-round selections below and you’ll probably recognize quite a few of the biggest names from college football. There are future Hall of Famers, franchise staples who are still with the organizations that drafted them and guys who have bounced around the league. And of course, there are a few busts.

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