2011 NFL Draft: 56 Underclassmen Declare As Early Entrants

The NFL released its official list of early entrants for the 2011 NFL Draft and I thought I'd post it after the jump. The deadline to declare was last Saturday, but players had until yesterday to withdraw their name from the list. This year's class of 56 entrants set a record for early entries, surpassing the previous high of 53 in 2008 and 2010.

While there are a few lesser known players, many of the early entrants are well-known underclassmen. Among positions the 49ers might be looking at, there are three QBs and ten defensive backs. Additionally, there are six defensive ends, seven defensive tackles, and four linebackers. I include all of them there given the 49ers need for a pass rusher and a possible replacement for Isaac Sopoaga on the left end at some point.

As we move towards the April draft Drew K will have plenty of insight on these players. In the meantime, I did some searching around to see what kind of analysis was on the Internet at this point. Well, what kind of analysis was on the remotely respectable portions of the Internet. I couldn't find much on ESPN at this point, but an article at The Sporting News had some interesting comments from Russ Lande (their NFL Draft expert and former scout and front office executive). The most interesting were about LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is much loved by many here. Lande had Peterson in his list of "Bad Calls" for coming out early:

I know I am in the minority, but I feel Peterson is a better athlete than player right now and his draft stock could fall this spring.

At least he recognizes where he stands among draft followers. Of course, he also mis-spelled Peterson's name once, so take that for what it's worth. I suppose any player can get tripped up in the four months between the end of the college football season and the NFL Draft. Aside from something unexpected (pot bust, arrest, etc), does anybody see any reason Patterson's stock might slip a decent amount?

Player

Pos.

College

Adams, Darvin

WR

Auburn

Austin, Marvin

DT

North Carolina

Ayers, Akeem

LB

UCLA

Baldwin, Jon

WR

Pittsburgh

Bowers, Da'Quan

DE

Clemson

Brown, DeAndre

WR

Southern Mississippi

Burton, Brandon

DB

Utah

Casey, Jurrell

DT

Southern California

Clay, John

RB

Wisconsin

Claytor, Nick

T

Georgia Tech

Cobb, Randall

WR

Kentucky

Dareus, Marcell

DE

Alabama

Doss, Tandon

WR

Indiana

Evans, Darren

RB

Virginia Tech

Fairley, Nick

DT

Auburn

Gabbert, Blaine

QB

Missouri

Green, A.J.

WR

Georgia

Gurley, Tori

WR

South Carolina

Guy, Lawrence

DT

Arizona State

Hamler, Jamel

WR

Fresno State

Harper, Jamie

RB

Clemson

Harris, Brandon

DB

Miami

Hill, Will

DB

Florida

Houston, Justin

LB

Georgia

Hynoski, Henry

RB

Pittsburgh

Ingram, Mark

RB

Alabama

Jones, Julio

WR

Álabama

Keiser, Thomas

LB

Stanford

Leshoure, Mikel

RB

Illinois

Lewis, Dion

RB

Pittsburgh

Lewis, Javes

DB

Oregon

Little, Greg

WR

North Carolina

Liuget, Corey

DT

Illinois

Mallett, Ryan

QB

Arkansas

Moore, Rahim

DB

UCLA

Newton, Cam

QB

Auburn

Parr, Zane

DE

Virginia

Peterson, Patrick

DB

Louisiana State

Quinn, Robert

DE

North Carolina

Ridley, Stevan

RB

Louisiana State

Rodgers, Jacquizz

RB

Oregon State

Rudolph, Kyle

TE

Notre Dame

Sands, Robert

DB

West Virginia

Sash, Tyler

DB

Iowa

Siliga, Sealver

DT

Utah

Smith, Aldon

DE

Missouri

Smith, Torrey

WR

Maryland

Smith, Tyron

T

Southern California

Tarrant, Jerrard

DB

Georgia Tech

Todman, Jordan

RB

Connecticut

Vereen, Shane

RB

California

Watt, J.J.

DE

Wisconsin

Wilkerson, Muhammad

DT

Temple

Williams, Aaron

DB

Texas

Williams, Ryan

RB

Virginia Tech

Wilson, Martez

LB

Illinois

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