College/NFL Draft Update – 1/7

Andrew Luck (left) broke a lot of hearts in the Carolinas on Thursday.

The Stanford quarterback has decided to return to school for the 2011 season and will not declare for the NFL Draft. The Carolina Panthers have the first selection of the ’11 NFL Draft and Luck figured to be the automatic selection.

But Luck made a decision to stay in Palo Alto. He said in a statement that he wants to earn his architectural degree from Stanford and he’s on track to do that by the spring of 2012.

It now leaves the No. 1 slot in the NFL Draft wide open for a number of different possibilities. Underclassmen have until January 15 to declare for the draft. They have to be three years out of high school, so anyone who is a senior, junior or redshirt sophomore can apply to join the draft.

Announcing this past week that they are staying in school rather than join the draft were Brigham Young OT Matt Reynolds and Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles.

Here are the players who have elected to head to the NFL rather than stay in school, and they are lined up by position:

Offense

  • QB – Blaine Gabbert, Missouri; Ryan Mallett, Arkansas.
  • RB – Shane Vereen, California; Jordan Todman, Oklahoma; Darren Evans, Virginia Tech; Mark Ingram, Alabama.
  • WR – Vidal Hazelton, Cincinnati; Torrey Smith, Maryland; DeAndre Brown, Southern Mississippi; Tori Gurley, South Carolina; Tandon Doss, Indiana.
  • TE – Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame.
  • OT – Tyron Smith, Southern Cal.

Defense

  • DL – Jurrell Casey, Southern Cal; Jerrell Powe, Mississippi; Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple; Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson; J.J. Watt, Wisconsin; Marcell Dareus, Alabama; Zane Parr, Virginia.
  • LB – Akeem Ayers, UCLA.
  • CB – Aaron Williams, Texas; Brandon Harris, Miami; Brandon Burton, Utah.

4 Responses to “College/NFL Draft Update – 1/7”

  • January 7, 2011  - Michael says:

    Are you sure Todman is from Oklahoma? I think he’s a RB out of UCONN.


  • January 7, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Chiefs could use someone like JJ Watt on the DL.


  • January 7, 2011  - RW says:

    If he comes out, and the feeling around War Eagle nation is that he WILL, I’d have to give QB Cam Newton of Auburn a lofty place in the 2011 draft if not the top spot overall. I’ve watched every AU game this past season and this guy is remarkable.

    How well he interviews and tests out at the Combine will, of course, impact his stock as well so it’s far from certain that he’s top dog at this point but I haven’t seen anyone better on the collegiate level.


  • January 7, 2011  - el cid says:

    A good year for WRs, probably get a good one in second round, worry about WR, first round flops. Saw Gurley, SC, pretty sharp.

    Do not pretend to know much about college players. Whomever the Chiefs get, in first three rounds, HAVE to be a starter type. T. Jackson, still burns my rear. Second year and makes it to backup, darn.




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