The 2011 college football season is here. And with little time to spare, Athlon Sports has completed its most excessive all-120 draft yet. The mocks are over, this is the one we play out. And we combined Athlon Sports editors with college football experts from across a number of platforms to complete a week-long draft that concluded Wednesday night. (That's why you may see a few questionable picks. I'm talking about you Damaris Johnson).
Are you as ready for college football to start as we are at Athlon? Our daily countdown will take us right up to kickoff on September 1. Some days our number might represent an All-American player, a great stat or just something fun about the game we all love.
We take a look back at one of college football's best classes.
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.
The quarterback position is easily the most important, and most difficult, position on the football field. Do the necessary skills needed to succeed change from high school to college football to the NFL? Of course, the need for accuracy, efficiency and touch increases exponentially from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.