Each year, there are early entrants into the NFL Draft and 2011 is no different. Some of them are sophomore's who have been three years removed from high school, and the others are juniors. Over recent years, plenty of analysis and opinion have been provided on the subject.
There has always been debate as to whether or not a player entering the NFL early has an impact on their careers; or at least the early portions of it. No matter what side of the fence you are on in regards to the subject of early entrants, it is extremely difficult to prove how a specific athlete will do at the next level. Lists could be formed on either side of the equation in the matter of success and failure. I believe that most of the debate usually revolves around specific positions. Basketball is in no way related to football, but there are plenty of success stories of guys coming out with no college experience at all. Talent is talent anyway you chalk it up.
I am under firm belief that if a players is ready and has the talent, if they feel like it is the right decision, then they should go for it.
This years draft could be one of the thinnest in a long time. If you take a look at some of the more important positions, and the guys that are in those positions, its hard to build a case that there is an abundance of talent entering the 2011 NFL Draft. I do think that there will be a few guys that will carve out their legacies from this draft. Just about every draft has at least a few, but some more than others.
The official list will not be confirmed for at least a few days. Players had until this past Saturday, January 15th to declare for the draft and have until Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 to rescind that declaration. After that, there will be a few more that will make themselves eligible for the supplemental draft ... but that will not come until after the official draft in April.
After the jump, the list of this years underclassmen so far will be provided. Give your thoughts as to whether you agree or disagree with a guy should be allowed to come out before he is senior.
TOP 5 UNDERCLASSMEN THAT HAVE DECLARED:
1. A.J. Green, WR -- Georgia
2. Nick Fairely, DT -- Auburn
3. Patrick Peterson, CB -- LSU
4. Da'Quan Bowers, DE -- Clemson
5. Akeem Ayers, LB -- UCLA
And here's the rest of the guys so far. There will be a few stragglers that come in between now and Tuesday but this list is going to be very close to the final cut.
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama.
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri.
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn.
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama.
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama.
Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri.
Shane Vereen, RB, California.
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois.
Martez Wilson, LB Illinois.
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech.
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA.
Robert Sands, S, West Virginia.
Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame.
Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State.
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland.
Jurrell Casey, DT, USC.
Tyron Smith, OT, USC.
Tyler Sash, S, Iowa.
Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh.
Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana.
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut.
Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky.
Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh.
Tom Keiser, LB, Stanford.
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas.
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh.
Brandon Harris, CB, Miami.
Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State.
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah.
Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois.
Aaron Williams, CB, Texas.
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin.
DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Mississippi.
Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech.
Will Hill, S, Florida.
Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson.
Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina.
Zane Parr, DE, Virginia.
Jerrard Tarrant, S, Georgia Tech.
Nick Claytor, OT, Georgia Tech.
Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah.
Thearon Collier, WR, USC.
If there is anyone missing off this list, feel free to provide their name in comments.