There are people who are actually paid to analyze the draft throughout the entire year, and rankings for the 2013 draft that’s 13 months away already exist. We live in a wonderfully amazing world.

The events of this week (Peyton Manning signing, the Tim Tebow trade, and the league announcing the BountyGate penalties) have added to the usual March free agency frenzy, and created a whole new breed of March madness in NFL land.

But that insanity should calm down a bit over the next few days, and we’ll begin analyzing the draft, and fulfilling our obligation to project the futures of elite young athletes, many of whom will have no future in the NFL whatsoever.

The draft is 35 days away, and in that time we’ll be rolling out team-by-team previews, and several mocks. But let’s kick off the draft drive by looking at what a few of the experts have to say, and charting their top five offensive prospect rankings.

There are a few blanks, mostly because The Sporting News is lazy.

Quarterbacks

Mike Mayock NFL Draft Countdown Sporting News Walter Football NFL Draft Scout
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford 1. Andrew Luck, Stanford 1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor 1. Andrew Luck, Stanford 1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2. Andrew Luck, Stanford 2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State 4. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State 4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State 4. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State 4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
5. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State 5. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State 5. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State 5. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State 5. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

Running Backs

Mike Mayock NFL Draft Countdown Sporting News Walter Football  NFL Draft Scout
1. Trent Richardson, Alabama 1. Trent Richardson, Alabama 1. Trent Richardson, Alabama 1. Trent Richardson, Alabama 1. Trent Richardson, Alabama
2. Doug Martin, Boise State 2. David Wilson, Va Tech 2. Doug Martin, Boise State 2. David Wilson, Va Tech 2. David Wilson, Va Tech
3. David Wilson, VA Tech 3. Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla) 3. David Wilson, Va Tech 3. Doug Martin, Boise State 3. Doug Martin, Boise State
4. Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla) 4. Doug Martin, Boise State 4. Chris Polk, Washington 4. Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla) 4. Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla)
5. LaMichael James, Oregon 5. Chris Polk, Washington 5. Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla) 5. LaMichael James, Oregon 5. Isaiah Pead, Cincinatti

Wide Receivers

 Mike Mayock  NFL Draft Countdown Sporting News  Walter Football NFL Draft Scout
1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 2. Kendall Wright, Baylor 2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
3. Kendall Wright, Baylor 3. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 3. Kendall Wright, Baylor 3. Kendall Wright, Baylor 3. Kendall Wright, Baylor
4. Stephen Hill, GA Tech 4. Rueben Randle, LSU 4. Rueben Randle, LSU 4. Stephen Hill, GA Tech 4. Rueben Randle, LSU
5. Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina 5. Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina 5. Juron Criner, Arizona 5. Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina 5. Stephen Hill, GA Tech

Tight Ends

 Mike Mayock  NFL Draft Countdown Sporting News Walter Football NFL Draft Scout
1. Coby Fleener, Stanford 1. Coby Fleener, Stanford 1. Coby Fleener, Stanford 1. Coby Fleener, Stanford 1. Coby Fleener, Stanford
2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson 2. Orson Charles, Georgia 2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson 2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson 2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson
3. Orson Charles, Georgia 3. Dwayne Allen, Clemson 3. Orson Charles, Georgia 3. Orson Charles, Georgia 3. Orson Charles, Georgia
4. Ladarius Green, La-Lafayette 4.Michael Egnew, Missouri 4. Ladarius Green, La-Lafayette 4. Ladarius Green, La-Lafayette
5. James Hanna, Oklahoma 5. Ladarius Green, La-Lafayette 5. Deangelo Peterson, LSU 5. Michael Egnew, Missouri

Offensive Tackle

Mike Mayock  NFL Draft Countdown Sporting News Walter Football NFL Draft Scout
1. Matt Kalil, USC 1. Matt Kalil, USC 1. Matt Kalil, USC 1. Matt Kalil, USC 1. Matt Kalil, USC
2. Riley Reiff, Iowa 2. Riley Reiff, Iowa 2. Johnathan Martin, Stanford 2. Riley Reiff, Iowa 2. Riley Reiff, Iowa
3. Jonathan Martin, Stanford 3. Mike Adams, Ohio State 3. Mike Adams, Ohio State 3. Jonathan Martin, Stanford 3. Johnathan Martin, Stanford
4. Mike Adams, Ohio State 4. Johnathan Martin, Stanford 4. Riley Reiff, Iowa 4. Mike Adams, Ohio State 4. Mike Adams, Ohio State
5. Cordy Glenn, Georgia 5. Zerbie Sanders, Florida State 5. Blake Dechristopher, Va Tech 5. Zerbie Sanders, Florida State 5. Zerbie Sanders, Florida State

Offensive Guard

Mike Mayock NFL Draft Countdown  Sporting News  Walter Football NFL Draft Scout
1. David DeCastro, Stanford 1. David DeCastro, Stanford 1. David DeCastro, Stanford 1. David DeCastro, Stanford 1. David Decastro, Stanford
2. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin 2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia 2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia 2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia 2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia
3. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State 3. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin 3. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State 3. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State 3. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
4. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State 4. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State 4. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin 4. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin 4. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
5. Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio) 5. Brandon Brooks, Miami (OH) 5. Jaymes Brooks, Va Tech 5. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State 5. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State

Center

Mike Mayock  NFL Draft Countdown  Sporting News  Walter Football NFL Draft Scout
1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin 1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin 1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin 1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin 1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin
2. Philip Blake, Baylor 2. Ben Jones, Georgia 2. Philip Blake, Baylor 2. Ben Jones, Georgia
3. Ben Jones, Georgia 3. Phillip Blake, Baylor 3. Ben Jones, Georgia 3. Michael Brewster, Ohio State
4. David Molk, Michigan 4. Michael Brewster, Ohio State 4. Michael Brewster, Ohio State 4. Phillip Blake, Baylor
5. Michael Brewster, Ohio State 5. David Molk, Michigan 5. David Molk, Michigan 5. Quinton Saulsberry, Mississippi State

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