The latest NFL projections are out with plenty of Cardinal coloring on Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board and Todd McShay’s top 32 projection. It’s the usual suspects.
First, Kiper’s Big Board.
No. 1 Andrew Luck: Luck was unable to show off all he can do given the talent around him in 2011, but he is the total package. Arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor. He remains my pick to go No. 1 overall and could unseat Peyton Manning in Indy.
No. 7 Jonathan Martin: Martin can technically go back to school, as a fourth-year junior. Trusted in the passing game as the blindside protection for Luck, Martin does a great job in the run game, given his athleticism.
No. 19 David DeCastro: Extremely consistent, and both athletic and powerful in the run game. The rare guard who could get some looks in the first round.
Here’s how McShay breaks down the Stanford players in his top 32.
No. 1 Luck: He didn't win the Heisman Trophy, but Luck will get a nice consolation prize when his pocket presence, accuracy, intelligence and intangibles make him the No. 1 overall pick.
No. 7 Martin: With his strength and power in the running game, Martin looks like a solid NFL right tackle for years to come.
No. 16 DeCastro: DeCastro has been the most dominant interior lineman in the nation this season, and he is ready to be an NFL starter the minute he sets foot in training camp.