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Signal callers will take center stage; The draft will focus on finding potential franchise quarterbacks but quality players who catch their passes and cover their

Pro football will stock up on more weapons for the passing game over the next three days during the NFL Draft.

The top two expected picks -- Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III -- are two of the better quarterback prospects in the past decade. The draft is loaded with wide receivers and cornerbacks. Worthwhile prospects at both those positions will be found well into the fourth and fifth rounds. Good offensive linemen are plentiful in the draft, and the defensive tackle position is loaded.

"This is going to be a good draft," said new Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. "There's a lot of talent across the board positionally."

Grigson holds the No. 1 pick, which means his job -- for one day, anyway -- is easy.

"The last guy in the last row of any stadium can tell you that he's a heck of a quarterback, a heck of a person, intelligent kid," Grigson said of Luck.

Here's a position-by-position look at the prospects, broken into tiers. Day Two is rounds two and three. Only selected third-day prospects are included.

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>QUARTERBACKS

*Day One

Andrew Luck*, Stanford 6-4, 234

Robert Griffin III*, Baylor 6-2, 223

Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 6-4, 221

*Day Two

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St. 6-4, 221

Brock Osweiler*, Arizona State 6-7, 242

Kirk Cousins, Michigan State 6-3, 214

*Day Three

Nick Foles, Arizona 6-5, 244

B.J. Coleman, Tenn-Chattanooga 6-3, 234

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 5-11, 204

Austin Davis, So. Miss 6-2, 219

*Sleeper:

Matt Simms, Tennessee 6-3, 220

Class Grade: B . The top two stars bring the grade up.

Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick calls Luck the best QB prospect since John Elway. Luck went 31-7 at Stanford with 82 TDs and 22 INTs. Griffin went 23-17 at Baylor with 78 TDs and 17 INTs. Griffin ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds (elite WR speed) and rushed for 2,254 career yards with 33 TDs. But he looks to throw first before taking off. For their careers, Luck produced 89 TDs, Griffin 111. Tannehill made just 19 starts after playing his first 2 1/2 years at WR. But he has a big arm and great mobility. He's a big gamble. Weeden, who will be 29 in October, spent five years playing pro baseball. As ESPN's Mel Kiper points out, he's as old or older than 21 starting NFL QBs last year. Weeden is big, accurate and smart. He was good in big games, including the Fiesta Bowl in January, when he out-dueled Luck in a 41-38 Cowboys win. Osweiler can move well for a 6-foot-7 guy and has a big arm. But he only has 15 college starts. Some team may gamble and pick him before the third round. Cousins went 27-12 as a starter, including 22-5 his last two years. He has great intangibles but his average arm strength may be suited to a West Coast offense. He's a tad better prospect than Trent Edwards was.

Arizona's Foles has size and arm strength. But like Florida State's Christian Ponder last year, something seems to be missing in the decision-making and execution department. Chattanooga's Coleman has good physical tools. Does he have the decision-making? Wisconsin's Wilson has everything you want -- athletic, mobile, good arm, a leader -- except height. Simms is the son of Giants great Phil Simms. He went to junior college and started only 10 games over two years for the Vols. He has size, arm strength and pedigree. In four years, who knows?

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>OFFENSIVE LINE

*Day One

Matt Kalil*, Southern Cal (T) 6-7, 306

Jonathan Martin*, Stanford (T) 6-5, 312

Riley Reiff*, Iowa (T) 6-6, 313

David DeCastro*, Stanford (G) 6-5, 316

Cordy Glenn, Georgia (T-G) 6-6, 345

Peter Konz*, Wisconsin (C) 6-5, 315

Mike Adams, Ohio State (T) 6-7, 323

*Day Two

Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin 6-4, 314

Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa St. 6-6, 333

Jeff Allen, T, Illinois 6-4, 307

Bobby Massie*, T, Ole Miss 6-6, 315

Brandon Brooks, G, Miami-Ohio 6-4, 350

Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern St. 6-4, 311

Zebrie Sanders, T, Florida State 6-5, 318

James Brown, G, Troy 6-3, 309

*Sleeper:

Jeff Adams, T, Columbia 6-6, 305

Class Grade: B. Quality at guard, decent depth at tackle.

Kalil isn't Tony Boselli, but he should be a long-term left-tackle starter. Reiff has the size and tough temperament needed and should be a solid left tackle. But can he ever be great? Martin, like Reiff, isn't an All-Pro athlete, but he has good feet and smarts. Both Reiff and Martin started 37 games. DeCastro has a 20-inch neck and a no-nonsense attitude. His parents are from South Africa. He will start from Day One and make the Pro Bowl someday. Glenn made 32 of his 50 starts at guard, but he played well down the stretch at LT for the Bulldogs. Given his weight, most draftniks think his best spot is guard in the NFL. But his arms are 35 3/4 inches. He may have a higher ceiling than Martin or Reiff. Wisconsin has seen 12 O-linemen drafted in the last 12 years. Konz is a safe pick. Adams has elite athleticism but was inconsistent. He would look good early in the second round, although a positive drug test at the combine could hurt his stock.

Zeitler is a road-grader who helped Wisconsin rank in the top 15 in rushing offense each of the past three years. Osemele can play right tackle or guard, made 44 straight starts and is tough and smart. Allen made 47 starts and played well vs. top competition. He's a late-second, early-third rounder. Ole Miss beat out Alabama in recruiting Massie. Too bad he didn't stay for his senior year. He's a solid right-tackle prospect. Silatolu is a beast making the jump from Division II. Sanders made 50 starts but has only modest strength and looked shaky at the Senior Bowl. Brooks will be the highest-drafted player not invited to the combine. He wowed scouts with his athleticism at his pro day. Brown was a left tackle better suited for guard. Adams, a late-round pick, is a three-time, first-team All-Ivy Leaguer who has the size to be a pro.

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>RECEIVERS

*Day One

Justin Blackmon*, Oklahoma St. 6-1, 207

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 6-3, 220

Kendall Wright, Baylor 5-10, 196

Stephen Hill*, Georgia Tech 6-4, 215

Coby Fleener, Stanford (TE) 6-6, 247

*Day Two

Rueben Randle*, Louisiana St. 6-3, 210

Alshon Jeffrey*, South Carolina 6-3, 216

Dwayne Allen*, Clemson (TE) 6-3, 255

Brian Quick, Appalachian St. 6-4, 220

A.J. Jenkins, Illinois 6-0, 192

Mohamed Sanu*, Rutgers 6-2, 211

Greg Childs, Arkansas 6-3, 219

Rishard Matthews, Nevada 6-0, 217

Juron Criner, Arizona 6-3, 220

Joe Adams, Arkansas 5-11, 183

*Day Three

Chris Givens, Wake Forest 5-11, 198

Nick Toon, Wisconsin 6-2, 216

Marvin McNutt, Iowa 6-3, 215

Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 5-10, 192

Tommy Streeter, Miami 6-5, 215

*Sleeper:

Dale Moss, S. Dakota St. 6-4, 205

Class Grade: B . Wide receivers grow on trees.

Blackmon was unstoppable for the Cowboys, catching 238 passes for 38 TDs the past two years. That's a four-year career for most. Floyd is a big, athletic run-after-catch playmaker. He's not A.J. Green or Julio Jones (last year's WR studs) but he's very good. Wright is a four-year starter with 302 catches who will start from Day One. Hill has size and speed and is similar to Tech's first-round product two years ago, Demaryius Thomas of Denver. Fleener tops a weak crop of tight ends. He could go late in Round One.

Randle is a big outside threat who averaged 17.3 yards per catch for LSU. He probably will go in the top 40. Jeffrey is a beast who had a great college career. The worry: He doesn't separate from corners. Quick focused on basketball in high school, which is why he took the small-college route. He's a big, athletic outside receiver who can run after the catch. Jenkins ran 4.39 at the combine, fourth best among WRs. He had 90 catches for the Illini last season. Sanu is not a burner and may be better in the slot but he caught 210 passes. Childs is intriguing. He had just 21 catches in 2011 because he was coming back from knee surgery. But he ran a 4.41 40 and he can run after the catch. If he passes medical tests, he could be a steal. Nevada's Matthews caught 91 passes last year but was under the radar because a sprained knee caused him to miss the workout season. He could go late in the third round. Givens is a slot guy. McNutt is a big outside WR, not a burner. Streeter ran 4.40 and is a one-year wonder. Moss played college basketball for four years, then as a fifth-year senior caught 61 passes in his first year of football.

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>RUNNING BACKS

*Day One

Trent Richardson*, Alabama 5-9, 228

*Day Two

Lamar Miller*, Miami 5-11, 212

Doug Martin, Boise St. 5-9, 223

David Wilson*, Virginia Tech 5-10, 206

LaMichael James*, Oregon 5-8, 194

Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati 5-10, 197

*Day Three

Chris Polk, Washington 5-11, 215

Ronnie Hillman*, San Diego St. 5-9, 200

Robert Turbin, Utah St. 5-10, 222

Bernard Pierce, Temple 6-0, 218

Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin (FB) 5-11, 241

*Sleeper:

Michael Smith, Utah State 5-9, 206

Class Grade: C . It's deep, as usual.

Richardson has the power and speed to be a top-10 pick. He rushed for 1,679 yards (5.9 a carry) and 21 TDs for the national champions. He lost just one fumble in 614 career touches. Miller, Wilson and Martin are in a tight group as second-round talents. Miller is a game-breaker who ran the 40 in 4.39 seconds and rushed for 1,272 yards in 2011. Wilson has speed (4.40), too, and ran for 1,709 yards. He had some fumbling issues. Martin is the most versatile. He runs hard and caught 28 passes each of the past two years. James was the game-breaker for Oregon's dynamic offense, scoring 52 TDs in three years. His size makes him a part-time player. ... Pead has the speed (4.41) to turn the corner and catches well, too.

Polk was a great college runner who hits the hole hard. He's not real elusive. Hillman (4.41 speed) is a change-of-pace back. Turbin has tackle-breaking power. He missed all of 2010 with a knee injury. Smith was Turbin's backup, but he rushed for 870 yards and 7.6 a carry. Ewing is the top pure fullback. He opened holes for Montee Ball and he can catch. Fullbacks go in the last round or two.

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>DEFENSIVE LINE

Day One

Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (DE) 6-1, 264

Fletcher Cox*, Mississippi St. (DT) 6-4, 298

Dontari Poe*, Memphis (DT) 6-4, 346

Michael Brockers*, Louisiana St. (DT) 6-6, 322

Quinton Coples, North Carolina (DE) 6-6, 284

Courtney Upshaw*, Alabama (DE) 6-1, 272

Whitney Mercilus*, Illinois (DE) 6-4, 261

Nick Perry*, Southern Cal (DE) 6-3, 271

Jerel Worthy*, Michigan State (DT) 6-2, 308

Devon Still, Penn State (DT) 6-5, 303

*Day Two

Kendall Reyes, UConn (DT) 6-4, 299

Andre Branch, Clemson (DE) 6-4, 259

Vinny Curry, Marshall (DE) 6-3, 266

Chandler Jones*, Syracuse (DE) 6-5, 266

Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati (DT) 6-5, 295

Jared Crick, Nebraska (DE) 6-4, 279

Brandon Thompson, Clemson (DT) 6-2, 314

Mike Martin, Michigan (DT) 6-1, 306

Alameda Ta'amu, Washington (DT) 6-3, 348

Cam Johnson, Virginia (DE) 6-4, 275

Billy Winn, Boise State (DT) 6-4, 294

*Day Three

Trevor Guyton, California (DE) 6-2, 285

Tyrone Crawford, Boise St. (DE) 6-3, 275

Marcus Forston*, Miami (DT) 6-1, 301

Olivier Vernon*, Miami (DE) 6-3, 262

*Sleeper:

Akiem Hicks, Regina (DT) 6-5, 318

Class Grade: B. Great depth at defensive tackle.

Ingram had nine sacks as a junior, 10 as a senior. He's such a good athlete, he took a fake punt 68 yards for a TD vs. Georgia. He plays with great leverage, but he's only 6-1 1/2 . The 3-4 may suit him. Cox is a smart, versatile player who excelled against the best competition. He's a safe pick. Poe is a freak of nature who lifted 225 pounds 44 times, best in the draft class. But he didn't always dominate at Memphis. He's a risk. Brockers is raw but has All-Pro talent. Coples is a phenomenal athlete, but he didn't play great or hard often enough. He could slip. Upshaw, like Ingram, has short arms. But he's a tough, aggressive play-maker. He's not an elite edge rusher. Mercilus led the nation with 16 sacks last year. He has ideal size, but he's a one-year wonder. Perry is a fast athlete who led the Pac-12 with 9.5 sacks last year. He's a good edge rusher. Worthy bench-presses 415 pounds. He's a load in the middle.

Capable linemen will be picked into the fourth or fifth round. Reyes is versatile, looked good at the Senior Bowl and is a team leader. Curry had 26.5 sacks and 49 tackles for loss in his career. Syracuse's Jones could creep into Round One due to his ideal frame. He missed five games to a knee injury last fall. Wolfe is an athletic disruptor who can play tackle or 3-4 end. He plays in the backfield and might even be a first-round New England pick. Michigan's Martin plays a bit like Buffalo's Kyle Williams. Hicks grew up in California, went to junior college and signed with LSU. But a recruiting violation self-reported by LSU prompted Hicks to migrate to Regina. He looked good at the East-West Shrine Game.

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>LINEBACKERS

*Day One

Luke Kuechly*, Boston College (ILB) 6-3, 242

Donta Hightower*, Alabama (ILB) 6-2, 265

*Day Two

Shea McClellin, Boise St. (OLB) 6-3, 260

Lavonte David, Nebraska (OLB) 6-1, 233

Bruce Irvin, West Virginia (OLB) 6-3, 245

Demario Davis, Arkansas St. (OLB) 6-2, 235

Zach Brown, North Carolina (OLB) 6-1, 244

Bobby Wagner, Utah St. (OLB) 6-0, 241

Ronnell Lewis*, Oklahoma (OLB) 6-2, 253

Sean Spence, Miami (OLB) 5-11, 231

Keenan Robinson, Texas (OLB) 6-3, 241

*Day Three

Mychal Kendricks, California (ILB) 5-11, 240

Nigel Bradham, Florida State (OLB) 6-2, 240

Terrell Manning*, North Carolina St. (OLB) 6-2, 237

Audie Cole, N.C. State (ILB) 6-4, 246

Tank Carder, Texas Christian (OLB) 6-2, 236

Miles Burris, S.D. State (OLB) 6-2, 246

*Sleeper:

Noah Keller, Ohio (ILB) 6-1, 242

Class Grade: D. No Cornelius Bennetts, shaky depth.

Kuechly -- pronounced KEEK-ly -- is a safe, top-15 pick, a bigger version of Zach Thomas. Hightower, former Mr. Football in Tennessee, can run like few 265-pounders and should be a star as a 3-4 inside backer. McClellin had 20.5 sacks for Boise and projects as a 3-4 outside backer. Irvin and Lewis also are 3-4 prospects. Irvin is a top athlete who underperformed a bit last season. Brown, David and Davis all are 4-3 weak-side backers who can run and chase. Brown is the most athletic, but he's not too physical. David, despite being a tad short, made 285 tackles the past two years. He's a good cover guy. Davis, who had a 38.5-inch vertical jump, could be a steal in the third round. Spence is a great college player whose speed time was a tad slow. Don't count him out as a pro. Wagner is one of the few quality, 4-3 strong-side prospects in the draft. He ran a fast, 4.46 time in the 40 and was a Senior Bowl MVP. He would be a steal if he gets to the third round.

Kendricks is fast but not so stout and could get overdrafted due to the lack of inside prospects. Bradham is a solid strong-side guy who led the Seminoles in tackles three straight years. Carder is an overachiever.

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>DEFENSIVE BACKS

*Day One

Morris Claiborne*, Louisiana St. (CB) 5-11, 188

Stephon Gilmore*, South Carolina (CB) 6-1, 190

Mark Barron*, Alabama (SS) 6-1, 213

Dre Kirkpatrick*, Alabama (CB) 6-2, 186

*Day Two

Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama (CB) 5-10, 193

Harrison Smith, Notre Dame (SS) 6-2, 213

Trumaine Johnson, Montana (CB) 6-2, 204

Jayron Hosley*, Virginia Tech (CB) 5-10, 178

Brandon Boykin, Georgia (CB) 5-10, 183

Josh Robinson*, Central Florida (CB) 5-10, 199

Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt (CB) 5-11, 192

Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina (CB) 6-0, 195

Dwight Bentley, La.-Lafayette (CB) 5-10, 182

Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma (CB) 5-11, 206

Chase Minnifield, Virginia (CB) 5-10, 183

Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (CB) 5-10, 204

Brandon Taylor, Louisiana St. (SS) 5-11, 207

Trevin Wade, Arizona (CB) 5-10, 192

*Sleeper:

Jerron McMillan, Maine (SS), 5-11, 205

Class Grade: B . Depth at corner, awful at safety.

Claiborne started 26 games the past two years, has good ball skills, plays man coverage and returns kicks. What's not to like? Gilmore has size, speed (4.40 in the 40), smarts and 40 college starts. Yet, his play didn't scream top-15 pick. Kirkpatrick is a quality player for a zone scheme. He ran 4.51. He's a top 20 talent. Barron is a three-year starter who was the leader of a great 'Bama secondary. He's bust-proof.

Jenkins, kicked out of Florida after three years, is an elite talent who will be red-flagged by many teams. He was arrested three times. Smith was a captain at Notre Dame and played strong the past two years. He's an immediate NFL starter. Hosley plays with an attitude and had 12 INTs the past two years. Johnson is a great athlete and looks like a good zone corner. Boykin is an athletic cover guy with speed. He's just a tad small. Robinson ran a 4.33 40 but didn't play to that elite figure. Norman has long arms and ideal size and showed he can step up in competition at the East-West Shrine Game. Bentley ran 4.43 in the 40, had two INTs vs. Oklahoma State and was good at the Senior Bowl. Fleming has good cover skills but isn't physical vs. the run. Minnifield, son of former Browns star Frank Minnifield, is a good tackler and had 13 career INTs. Dennard is a physical fighter who was better as a junior than a senior. McMillan is a possible late-round pick from a I-AA school that had five players in the NFL last season.

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