First and 10: Draftniks, get out your pencils

Admit it, you’re one of the thousands of NFL fans suffering from draft withdrawal. We understand. And we agree with you that it is never too early to talk about next year’s draft.

What’s that you say? Still 11 months until the 2012 draft (if, of course, there even is a 2012 draft)? Problem is, many of you probably can’t name too many prospects for next year other than Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Fortunately, you’ve got a friend in senior analyst Gil Brandt, who just happens to have a handy list of his top 100 draft-eligible prospects for next year. And we are launching that list today, so here’s your first official cheat sheet for the 2012 draft.

And wouldn’t you know, it just happens to be Tuesday, the day Brandt joins us for his weekly chat. Got a question for Brandt about his list, or anything else? Get in the game now.

Here are some other stories of note for Tuesday:

With so much baseball talk about the 70th anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Tuesday’s Pick Six looks at the best NFL streaks.

During his Monday chat,’s Pat Kirwan mentioned that he was studying the Green Bay Packers’ defense for a story. Here’s his story on why other teams are studying the Packers’ D as well

Speaking of the Packers’ defense, cornerback Charles Woodson is on pace for a healthy return from the injury that sidelined him in Super bowl XLV.

And speaking of Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay’s win over Pittsburgh checks in at XIX on Elliot Harrison’s list of the top XX games of MMX.

Don’t be ashamed to admit that you couldn’t pick out the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in a lineup. You’re not alone. So check out Pat Shurmur‘s appearance last night on “NFL Total Access,” and you can say you know what he looks like.

Forget the tweets, whether or not Reggie Bush returns to New Orleans is a coaches decision based on the needs of the team. So Bucky Brooks takes a look at Bush’s value to the Saints via the Interactive Scouting Report.

Today’s Data Points looks at teams that gave up the most big plays in the passing game last season. These teams can certainly benefit from organized team activities. Hope they have organized workouts during the lockout.

Speaking of the lockout, we will have some news today. It’s the second of two days of mediations between the NFL and NFLPA. Here’s the latest, following Monday’s news that the appeals court granted a stay in the lockout, pending the appeal.

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