Underclassmen For NFL Draft-Final … 1/16

There’s a good chance that a handful of college players sailed under the media radar and applied for inclusion in the 2011 NFL Draft without any notice.

So the total class of underclassmen could increase. As of the deadline on Saturday evening, there were 54 known players who walked away from eligibility to put their names in to the draft pool. Any college player is eligible for the NFL Draft three years after his high school graduation. Thus, any player who graduated in 2008 can apply for the draft.

Right now, it appears that the top 10 players on most teams’ draft boards right now are underclassmen, topped in most cases by Auburn DT Nick Fairley who declared for the draft last week, along with teammate and Heisman Trophy winner QB Cam Newton.

Draft season in the NFL never really ends, but it picks up speed this week with the first of several all-star games. The East-West Shrine Game will go down this coming weekend, but practices start on Monday in Orlando. After that comes the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama and then the Texas vs. USA game in San Antonio.

Here are the underclassmen petitioning for the draft. Those players in bold are the most recent players to join the group since the last time we covered this group.

Offense (29)

  • QB (3) – Blaine Gabbert, Missouri; Ryan Mallett, Arkansas; Cam Newton, Auburn.
  • RB (12) – John Clay, Wisconsin; Darren Evans, Virginia Tech; Jamie Harper, Clemson; Mark Ingram, Alabama; Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington; Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh; Mikel Loushere, Illinois; Stevan Ridley, LSU; Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State; Jordan Todman, Connecticut; Shane Vereen, California; Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech.
  • FB (1) – Henry Hynoski, Pitt.
  • WR (10) – Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt; DeAndre Brown, Southern Mississippi; Randall Cobb, Kentucky; Tandon Doss, Indiana; A.J. Green, Georgia; Tori Gurley, South Carolina; Jamel Hamler, Fresno State; Vidal Hazelton, Cincinnati; Julio Jones, Alabama; Torrey Smith, Maryland;
  • TE (1) – Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame.
  • OT (2) – Nick Claytor, Georgia Tech; Tyron Smith, Southern Cal.

Defense (25)

  • DL (12) – Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson; Jurrell Casey, Southern Cal; Marcell Dareus, Alabama; Nick Fairley, Auburn; Lawrence Guy, Arizona State; Corey Liuget, Illinois; Zane Parr, Virginia; Jerrell Powe, Mississippi; Sealver Siligi, Utah; Aldon Smith, Missouri; J.J. Watt, Wisconsin; Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple.
  • LB (4) – Akeem Ayers, UCLA; Justin Houston, Georgia; Tom Keiser, Stanford; Martez Wilson, Illinois.
  • DB (9) – Brandon Burton, Utah; Brandon Harris, Miami; Will Hill, Florida; Rahim Moore, UCLA; Patrick Peterson, LSU; Robert Sands, West Virginia; Tyler Sash, Iowa; Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech; Aaron Williams, Texas.

4 Responses to “Underclassmen For NFL Draft-Final … 1/16”

  • January 17, 2011  - Chuck says:

    In picking 21st (first round) and 42nd (second round) it presents a unique challenge. The guy or guys you really want could get taken just before you pick. I would say when you pick this low it is going to require lots of extra homework. I sure hope we are “EXTRA ACTIVE” in free agency this year. Which would be unlike most years. After watching “carefully” the Jets,Pats,Steelers,Ravens, and even Packers I realized “we have a long ways to go” yet before we will be like those guys.


  • January 17, 2011  - RW says:

    To me, the most compellingly interesting element of the NFL Draft is the sliding scale of value teams place on the picks. For example, a guy predicted to be a sure fire top 10 pick right now, might slide to the bottom of the first round by draft day if said player has a poor Combine, fails to interview well, or doesn’t impress on his individual workouts.

    The needs of the Chiefs are one thing but what happens if, for example, a guy like Mark Ingram (RB, ‘Bama) falls down to the 20s or even a QB like a Locker is there? Filling a need is the goal and filling a need with a value pick is even better but if a genuine stud is sitting there, I say take the quality but that’s me.

    I’m sure we’ll have many spirited opinions and discussions surface leading up to the draft and it’s a time of year I always enjoy watching unfold.


  • January 17, 2011  - el cid says:

    I forsee some disappointment coming to some of us. Pioli has gone his own way in selecting the what the needs are and how to fill them. It was not about the 2010 season and coaching seemed to carry the shortcomings, no Pioli has said to be a dominate team it would take 4-5 years to get players (thru the draft) in place. Note coordinators are moving and on the outside, the Chiefs are determining if they even want one on offense. It seems to be the standard of the Chiefs, we do it our own way and in our own time.

    Should be interesting to watch as they develope into the team they want.


  • January 20, 2011  - Michael says:

    I wouldn’t forsee you forseeing anything else.




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