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The Indianapolis Colts have already announced they plan on taking Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Technically, I guess that means the draft is underway. Prior Roger Goodell making the official pick announcements, we had some of the top prospects stop by SportsNation to chat before hearing their names called.
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Oklahoma St. WR Justin Blackmon
Oklahoma State WR
James (IL): Convince me, what makes you the better WR and the most NFL ready WR in the draft?
Justin Blackmon: I would say that if you picked me you'd get someone that works hard every day and leaves everything out there on the field.Justin Blackmon's full chat transcript
LSU DT Michael Brockers
Dave (NYC): What are your draft day plans?
Michael Brockers: In NYC, at the table, probably playing Words with Friends and not focused on who gets picked or what place. Just waiting to get that call.Michael Brockers' full chat transcript
North Carolina DE Quinton Coples
North Carolina DE
David (NJ): What's the best part of playing at UNC?
Quinton Coples: The experience you get as a student. You can compete at one of the highest levels in the collegiate level and being around great people all of the time.Quinton Coples' full chat transcript
South Carolina DB Stephon Gilmore
Michigan State DT
Stephen (SC): Would you prefer to stay close to home or go far away?
Stephon Gilmore: It doesn't matter. Whatever team picks me. They'll believe in my ability and I'll work hard. I'll try to have a successful NFL career.Stephon Gilmore's full chat transcript
Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill
Georgia Tech WR
Dave (Ohio): I think you will be the next Calvin Johnson. What are your expectations for your first season?
Stephen Hill: I've worked out with Calvin. Our size and speed is a good comparison. But I do need to work on my route running. I hope to get up to his level of success. I won't set a lot of expectations for my first year. I'll look more to see what the coaches want me to do and the team and GM.Stephen Hill's full chat transcript
Miami (FL) RB Lamar Miller
Miami (FL) RB
Greg (VA): How much of the draft stuff have you paid attention to during this process?
Lamar Miller: I really don't read too much about it. Some of my friends talk to me about it, but I just stay focused on what I need to do. I watch the NFL Network some, but I don't really pay attention to it.Stephen Hill's full chat transcript
UConn DT Kendall Reyes
Steve (Dallas): How much has the perception of UConn football changed during your time in Storrs?
Kendall Reyes: I would say it's changed a lot. Before we really got there, we just entered the Big East and hadn't really proven ourselves. We went to some bowl games. I think it's come a long way.Kendall Reyes' full chat transcript
Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill
Texas A&M QB
Mark Tomlin (London, England): What do you make of the talk that wherever your drafted you will need to sit for at least a year? Should that affect your draft stock?
Ryan Tannehill: I don't know. I thnik it's different situation wherever you go. I'm going to go in and oompete. I want to be the starter. If there is a starter, I'm going to push that guy. I'm going to continue to improve and one day be that guy.Ryan Tannehill's full chat transcript
Oklahoma St. QB Brandon Weeden
Oklahoma St. QB Brandon Weeden
Shaun (AL): What was your take on Bama getting the nod over you for the NC game? Do you think your offense could have stood up to either of those defenses?
Brandon Weeden: I was a little upset at first. Especially after we won a conference championship, beating Oklahoma. But the system is in place. You follow the system. We ended up going to a great bowl game in the Fiesta Bowl.Brandon Weeden's full chat transcript
Virginia Tech RB David Wilson
Virginia Tech RB
Danville (Atlanta): What role has Virginia Tech played in helping you shape your football accomplishments?
David Wilson: Very big role. Coming out of high school, I think I've developed a lot with vision and becoming a more complete back.David Wilson's full chat transcript
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson
Kevin (Miami): Was the combine as much of a meat market as it appeared on TV?
Russell Wilson: Definitely. You have thousands of scouts sitting there as you're in spandex walking across the stage. But you have to respect the process.Russell Wilson's full chat transcript
Michigan St. DT Jerel Worthy
Michigan State DT
Peter (MI): How glad are you to be coming into the league this year and not last when you'd have to deal with the lockout?
Jerel Worthy: It's very fortunate this year, because there is a lot of stability with the new CBA. To be able to come in and go to work right away and be sure that everything is in place.Jerel Worthy's full chat transcript