Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts to a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Underclassmen Will Make This Draft Great


Last year, 74 underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft.  This year, an astounding 81 have already declared eligible for the event.  Players still have until January 15th to declare, but here is the list of players that have already decided to make the jump to the NFL:

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
QB Blake Bortles, UCF 
QB Brett Smith, Wyoming

RB Tre Mason, Auburn
RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
RB Terrance West, Towson

Nov 23, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back James Wilder Jr. (32) before the game against the Idaho Vandals at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

RB James Wilder, Florida State
RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
RB Storm Johnson, UCF 
RB Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State

RB De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon 
RB Jerome Smith, Syracuse 

RB Henry Josey, Missouri
RB George Atkinson III, Notre Dame
RB Adam Muema, San Diego State

RB Darrin Reaves, UAB

Nov 23, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) carries the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Citadel Bulldogs at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
WR Marqise Lee, USC
WR Allen Robinson, Penn State
WR Odell Beckham, LSU
WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
WR Davante Adams, Fresno State
WR Paul Richardson, Colorado

WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
WR Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson 
WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
WR Willie Snead, Ball State
WR Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
 
WR Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt

Nov 2, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) and safety Damien Washington (35) celebrate a victory against the North Carolina State Wolfpackat Carter Finley Stadium. North Carolina beat North Carolina State 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

TE Xavier Grimble, USC
TE Jake Murphy, Utah

TE Richard Rogers, California
TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State

TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon
TE Mike Flacco, New Haven

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) carries the ball past the blocking of Greg Robinson (73) against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
 

C Marcus Martin, USC 
C Russell Bodine, North Carolina 

Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) waves to the crowd as quarterback Connor Shaw (14) applauds after the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Wisconsin Badgers 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

DE Aaron Lynch, South Florida 

DE Jeffrey Pagan, Alabama

Apr 20, 2013; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish nose tackle Louis Nix (1) gestures before a two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter of the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
DT Ego Ferguson, LSU
DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
DT Anthony Johnson, LSU
DT George Uko, USC

 

Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (10) celebrates in the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
LB Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
LB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
LB Ronald Powell, Florida
LB Khairi Fortt, California

CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
CB Victor Hampton, South Carolina
CB Marcus Roberson, Florida
CB Terrence Mitchell, Oregon
CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson

CB Kameron Jackson, California

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) catches a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha

FS Hasean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
FS Dion Bailey, USC
FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville
FS Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky

Don’t know who a lot of these guys are?  Don’t worry about it!  Soon, I will be doing draft profiles on all the top selections, so you can get all the information you need about them.  Until then, enjoy the search for a Vikings head coach and look forward to draft day!

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