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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Locker, Luck could lead 2011 draft class

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Stanford fans probably have no interest in watching quarterback Andrew Luck compete with Washington's Jake Locker for the top spot in the 2011 NFL draft, but it might play out exactly that way.

Todd McShay ranked Luck and Locker Nos. 1 and 2 in his list of top-10 2011 NFL prospects.

Locker likely would have been a high first-round draft pick this go-around but he opted to return for his senior season. Luck, as a third-year sophomore, is eligible to declare for the draft after the 2010 season, but folks on the Farm surely would prefer he emulate Locker and former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and not rush things.

Chatted with Luck about the NFL last week. He's a bright young man, so he wasn't going to flop his cards on the table, consider this exchange:

Are you able to block out the NFL speculation, or are you at least curious about the draft gurus already talking about you?

AL: I honestly try to block it out as much as possible. I don't think about it. It's a long way off for me. If I do start thinking about it, I know I'll get myself in trouble.

You know people mention that you, as a third-year player, could conceivably leave for the draft after this season?

AL: I honestly haven't thought about it. My only priority right now is next season and hopefully winning the national championship.

As for the rest of the Pac-10, which produced only two first-round picks last weekend, the conference figures to have a better showing. Along with Locker and Luck, early first-round projections include Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea and UCLA safety Rahim Moore.