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Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Should I Stay or Should I Go

Every year juniors and jophomores must decide if another year in college is worth it. There are many reasons to stay in college. They are the best years of your life. There are many reasons to go pro. Being paid to play is major incentive. In this article we provide a list of all underclassmen who will declare early and whether or not those players are making the right decision.

Key:

Player Name, College = Good Decision

Player Name, College = Mixed Feeling on Decision

Player Name, College = Bad Decision

** = Sophomore
**Rs = Redshirt Sophomore
* = Junior
*Rs = Redshirt Junior
(No asterisks or letters) = Senior
Rs = Redshirt Senior


Quarterback (QB)

Brett Hundley, UCLA*Rs
On one hand, Hundley could probably use more time to develop. On the other hand, UCLA runs more screens than the NBA's Tim Duncan. It's a stale offense for a QB looking to develop into something greater. Hundley projects as a day two selection.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon*Rs
When you can't see yourself falling past the second overall selection you should probably enter. Mariota is ready for the professional game.

Jameis Winston, FSU**Rs
Winston shows ability, both natural and developed, in every category as a passer and rusher. Giving credence to the FSU QB becoming the first overall selection. Winston could have used another year of improvement, but the risk is too much. His bad decisions off-the-field raise a lot of flags.

Running Back (RB)

RB Rule: Given the nature of the position RBs tend to have shorter careers. A running back should enter if he is almost certain to be drafted.

Jay Ajayi, Boise State*Rs
As a likely day two selection, Ajayi is making a good decision.

Javorius “Buck” Allen, USC*Rs
Allen performed as a rusher and pass catcher in 2014. He will probably be a late day two to early day three selection.

Tevin Coleman, Indiana*
He rushed for over 2,000 yards. Coleman should have declared early for the sake of wear and tear alone. This Hoosier is almost certainly a day two pick.

Mike Davis, South Carolina*
A thick rusher with some quickness. Davis is likely a day two to early day three selection.

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin*RS
It's unlikely for a running back to be a first round selection. Melvin Gordon has that opportunity.

Todd Gurley, Georgia*
Gurley tore his left ACL in 2014. His NFL draft round will be determined by team's individual medical reports. If it's felt Gurley can return to his old form then the first to second round is where Gurley will be drafted.

Dee Hart, Colorado State*Rs
Four years removed from high school, who can blame the 187 pound Hart for entering. He may not be drafted, but he will probably get a chance somewhere.

Braylon Heard, Kentucky*Rs
Heard didn't produce often, but that is because of the offensive scheme he was in. Another year wouldn't change that.

Duke Johnson, The U (Miami of FL)*
He is likely a day two selection. Good decision by Johnson.

Matt Jones, Florida*
Jones projects as a day three selection. He suffered an injury in 2013. Why risk another in 2015?

Josh Robinson, Mississippi State*Rs
Robinson has been out of high school for four seasons. I don't blame him for entering. He may be a late round selection, but he performed well enough to get some attention in 2014.

Trey Williams, Texas A&M*
Texas A&M has a very crowded backfield. Williams barely lead the team in rushing with unspectacular numbers. Another year is more of the same thing.

T.J. Yeldon, Alabama*
Yeldon struggled with fumbles over his career, but he still finds his draft value in day two.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Nelson Agholor, USC*
Agholor has a chance to be the third USC WR in three years to be drafted in the second round. He could fall to the third round, but it's hard to imagine he falls any further.

Sammie Coates, Auburn*Rs
Coates is a 6'2'' vertical threat with reported speed in the 4.3-4.4 range. He may just be a deep threat at this point, but the Alabama native has the kind of talent teams are willing to wait for. Coates is a possible late first round selection, but will likely fall to day two.

Amari Cooper, Alabama*
A near lock as a top-ten selection. Cooper will almost certainly be the first wide receiver drafted.

Stefon Diggs, Maryland*
Diggs constantly battled injuries at College Park. It was a smart move to go pro. If Diggs is selected, he will probably have to wait until day three.

Lemar Durant, Simon Fraser*Rs
Durant is a Canadian college football player. (Although, Simon Fraser is part of the NCAA.) Durant didn't produce great numbers against weaker competition. Another year may have improved his draft stock. Instead of relying upon his production a few years ago at Nevada with Colin Kaepernick. He may improve his stock, but he seems to be a late round selection (at best) at this point.

George Farmer, USC*Rs
George Farmer switched from running back to wide receiver at USC. He struggled with injuries and didn't produce much. Farmer may be taken as a late round flier. Being out of high school for four years is the only reason I understand the decision to go pro.

Devin Funchess, Michigan*
A tight end turned wide receiver, Funchess is in the first round discussion. He may fall to day two, but he made the right move to go pro.

Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma*Rs
After a couple drug related arrests and an event where he allegedly pushed a women down some steps, Green-Beckham was dismissed from Missouri. He transferred to Oklahoma, but never played a down due to the mandatory one year transfer restriction for athletes. Green-Beckham entered college as a 6'6'', 220 pound wide receiver who ran a 4.43 40-yard dash. NFL teams want that kind of athlete on their roster. There has been some talk of the first round for the Sooner that never was, but his off-field concerns will likely push him down to day two or three.

Deontay Greenberry, Houston*
He is a 6'3'” receiver who produced better numbers in prior seasons. Greenberry had enough talent coming out of high school to go to Notre Dame, but he loved Houston. He must polish his game, but there is enough potential for a team to invest a mid-round selection on the Fresno native.

Chris Harper, California*
At only 176 pounds, Chris Harper should enter early due to long-term durability concerns. He is viewed by some as a poor man's DeSean Jackson, because he lacks the same blazing speed, but shows play making quickness. Harper projects as a mid-to-late round selection.

Nigel King, Kansas*Rs
I'm not sure why King felt the urge to enter early. He is unlikely to be drafted.

Breshad Perriman, UCF*Rs
Perriman caught my eye as a receiver for Blake Bortles. He may only be a mid-to-late round selection, but he is four years removed from high school.

Shaq Roland, South Carolina*
After being suspended from the team, Roland quit the Gamecocks. He is a late round prospect that could easily go undrafted.

Jaelen Strong, Arizona State*Rs
A large target downfield, Strong is an aggressive receiver who fights for the ball in the air. He also fights hard after the catch. Strong is a first to second round prospect.

Tight End (TE)

Jesse James, Penn State*
With QB Christian Hackenburg returning, I don't know why a mid-round prospect like James felt the need to enter.

Tyler Kroft, Rutgers*Rs
His QB is graduating. Kroft will likely be a mid-round draft pick.

Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts*
His QB is graduating, and he had some very good production in 2014. Sifrin isn't expected to be anything higher than a mid-round selection.

Maxx Williams, Minnesota**Rs
Seen by many as the unquestioned, best TE in the draft. Williams is considered to be a first to second round selection.. A no-brainier early-entry for Williams.

Offensive Tackle (OT)

Ereck Flowers, The U (Miami of FL)*
Flowers worked himself from an off the radar prospect to a very probable first round selection.

D.J. Humphries, Florida*
Humphries may only be a mid-to-late round prospect, but he has already had two of his collegiate seasons effected by injuries.

Patrick Miller, Auburn*
A former four-star high school recruit, Miller never lived up to expectations. A freshman started over him at the Outback Bowl. Miller took the hint and went pro. He is unlikely to be drafted.

Andrus Peat, Stanford*
While he didn't maintain his top ten draft stock, Peat has enough good tape to show teams he has a future somewhere along an offensive line. Peat is a first or second round pick.

Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah*
Poutasi is a 330 pound prospect with surprising foot quickness on the edge. He could move inside to guard if needed. Poutasi's value is on the second day.

Donovan Smith, Penn State*Rs
I don't understand the rush for Smith. He could be blocking for a QB who will get a lot of attention next season, Christian Hackenburg. That kind of attention on a quarterback usually boosts an offensive lineman’s profile as well. With Smith's blend of size and quickness, he could have greatly improved his draft stock next season. He settles for a likely mid-round selection.

Guard (G)

Tyler Moore, Florida*Rs
It is rare a guard should enter early. Moore is probably a late round prospect. He may not be drafted. Yet, he is four years removed from high school. An understandable reason Moore felt ready to move on from Gainesville.

Defensive End (DE)

Deion Barnes, Penn State
Given how poorly college coaches develop pass rushers, most edge players should enter early. Barnes is likely a mid-round selection, but another year lets a lot of uncontrollable variables possibly effect his draft stock in a negative way.

Dante Fowler, Florida*
Fowler projects as a top fifteen selection. It is hard to see him falling out of the first round.

Noah Spence, Ohio State*
After a couple failed drug tests, Spence was suspended indefinitely. The suspension may not be lifted next season. All this made the decision easy for Spence to enter. This former Buckeye is a mid-round prospect.

Five Technique (5T)

Arik Armstead, Oregon*
Armstead could have definitely used another season to develop. He has a chance to go in round one, but shouldn't fall past the second.

Xavier Cooper, Washington State*Rs
Cooper is a likely day two selection, but could fall to day three.

Leonard Williams, USC*
The safest selection in the draft. Williams can do it all at multiple positions along the defensive line. I don't see how he falls past the third overall selection.

Defensive Tackle (DT)

Christian Covington, Rice*Rs
Four years removed from high school, Covington is ready to leave college. He is probably a mid-round selection.

Mario Edwards, Florida State*
A versatile defensive lineman, Edwards played power end and defensive tackle for FSU. Edwards is a first to second round prospect.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Southern Mississippi*Rs
There isn't a lot of buzz around Nunez-Roches. He enters because he is four years removed from high school. He could go undrafted.

Darius Philon, Arkansas*
After producing 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2014, I can't blame Philon for wanting to take advantage of a successful season. He projects a mid-to-late round draft pick.

Nose Tackle (NT)

Malcom Brown, Texas*
This is a top-heavy class of nose tackles. Brown has great size at 6'4'', 320 pounds and better movement skills than his frame would indicate. Brown is a first to second round prospect.

Eddie Goldman, FSU*
Sporting a traditional nose tackle frame, Goldman surprisingly plays the edge with success as well. His versatility only adds to the certainty that he will be a first or second round pick.

Ellis McCarthy, UCLA*
He enters with a wide range of where he could be drafted. Some feel he belongs on day two. Others think his value is in day three. Either way McCarthy gets draft.

Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma**Rs
Phillips projects as a day one to day two prospect. Another season could have hurt that draft stock.

Outside Linebacker (OLB)

Kwon Alexander, LSU*
The leading tackler for the Tigers is only projected as a mid-round prospect. His production may not have been matched next year, but it could have helped improved his play.

Shaq Thompson, Washington*
Thompson was a two-way player. Playing running back as well as linebacker. His future resides at linebacker where his range and aggression make him a fit on any team as a weak side (inside) linebacker. Thompson is a first to second round prospect.

3-4 Outside Linebacker (3-4 OLB)

Randy Gregory, Nebraska*Rs
A near lock as a top five selection. Easy decision for Gregory.

Eli Harold, Virginia*
At 235 pounds, Harold certainly needed more time in the weight room, but he will likely hear his name called on day two. At worst, Harold won't fall far past early day three.

Danielle Hunter, LSU*
In need of more time in the weight room and more reps on the field, Hunter could have used another year at LSU. He still maintains a day one to day two projection.

Shane Ray, Missouri*Rs
A definite top ten selection. Ray made the right decision.

Max Valles, Virginia**Rs
As a likely mid-to-late round selection, Valles is questionably entering the draft early. He may rest his hat on his production. Valles garnered similar stats to that of his more highly touted teammate, Eli Harold. Simply put: the redshirt sophomore could have used more time to develop.

Inside Linebacker (ILB)

Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State*Rs
In a poor inside linebacker class McKinney is considered to be the best. He is the only interior linebacker with a first round consideration. At worst, he falls to the second round.

Cornerback (CB)

Alex Carter, Stanford*
At around 6'1'', Carter has the size teams are looking for. He has potential to be a day two selection, and likely won't fall past the fourth round.

Jalen Collins, LSU*Rs
A 6'2'' cornerback is going to draw interest around the NFL. Collins never was a full-time starter, but he found his way onto the field often. Collins projects as a day two selection. He could slip to day three.

Ronald Darby, FSU*
Darby will probably be selected anywhere from day two to early day three. He could have used another year to solidify a higher draft round projection.

Lorenzo Doss, Tulane*
He may sneak into day two, but Doss will likely be selected on day three. I'm not sure what drove him to enter early.

Charles Gaines, Louisville*Rs
Gaines is likely a mid-round pick. After four years away from high school he feels ready to go pro.

Jacoby Glenn, UCF**Rs
It makes sense that Glenn wants to take advantage of a tremendous individual and team season. Glenn is the first Golden Knight to make an All-American team since 2007. He was third in the nation in interceptions with seven and pass deflections with eighteen. All these stats played a major role in UCF performing as the third best defense in the nation. Glenn is a wildcard at the moment, because most teams haven't scouted him much yet. I anticipate a day two to early day three pick for Glenn.

Marcus Peters, Washington*Rs
After being kicked off the Huskies football team, Peters doesn't have a better option than to go pro. He shows first round talent, but his biggest questions are due to his off-field concerns. Despite his character concerns, there seems to be a contingent that thinks Peters may still be drafted in the first round.

Trae Waynes, Michigan State*Rs
Waynes is a first to second round prospect. He is battling to be the first cornerback drafted.

P.J. Williams, FSU*
Williams is a day one to day two selection. He is making the right choice.

Safety (S)

Landon Collins, Alabama*
Collins is the only definite first round talent in a weak safety class.

Durell Eskridge, Syracuse*Rs
You can't blame a fourth-year junior for feeling ready to move on from college. Eskridge is a mid-round prospect.

Chris Hackett, TCU*Rs
A seven interception season is a good year to go out on. Hackett could go as early as day two, but may fall to day three.

Gerod Holliman, Louisville*Rs
2014 first round selection Calvin Pryor left big shoes to fill in Louisville. Gerod Holliman stepped up with a fourteen interception season. He may raise up draft boards into the first round, but he will likely be taken on day two.

James Sample, Louisville*Rs
Sample projects as a late-round prospect. After his fourth year removed from high school Sample is ready to move on.

Punter (P)

Bradley Pinion, Clemson*
It's rare a punter should enter early. Pinion may make a roster next season, but it probably won't be because he's drafted.