Thursday, October 24, 2013
Every year, juniors and red-shirt sophomores must decide if they should forgo their final year(s) of eligibility and go pro, or to stay in college longer hoping to raise their draft round value. This page helps gives you an opinion, mid-season, on whether athletes should stay another year or go to the NFL.
G = Good decision to enter
B = Bad decision to enter
M = Mixed feelings on the decision
E = Either decision makes sense
Player Name = Newest entries
* = Junior
** = Redshirt Sophomore
G*Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville – Despite the rise of Oregon's Marcus Mariota there is no reason for Bridgewater to not enter the draft this year. He will be a top five selection. Bridgewater brings everything to the table: NFL level arm, ability to read defenses out of a pro-style system, great accuracy, excellent pocket presence and athleticism to extend plays.
B**Brett Hundley, UCLA – Last year, Hundley showed skills to become a complete quarterback someday. He has been in the first round discussion ever since. The redshirt sophomore struggled recently with Stanford's complex defensive scheme. That game will loom in scouts minds. In addition to that, two quarterbacks are clearly ahead of Hundley. It would be better for Hundley's draft position and his long term NFL career to go back to the Bruins.
B**Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – He may not be ideal in terms of size or arm strength, but there is no doubt Manziel can make plays. He may never be a first round selection, but if Manziel returns next season, and shows a more technically sound passer, it will be harder for teams to pass up “Johnny Football.”
E**Marcus Mariota, Oregon – The year this redshirt sophomore has put together is beyond incredible. Mariota still has not thrown an interception going into week ten. Granted, that statistic and his 64% completion rate are somewhat because of the offensive scheme. Mariota's tools are exactly what you look for in an NFL quarterback: a quick release, pro-ready arm strength, greatly improved accuracy, an ability to read defenses quickly, throws with anticipation and elite athleticism for the position. The thing that most excites me about Mariota is his proven mastery of an offensive scheme in just two years of starting. I would love to see Mariota return for another year to get more experience, but he may be the first quarterback drafted, which means, he may be the first pick overall.
Rule: If a running back is a third round projection or higher, there are few reasons he should not enter. Less damage taken by a running back logically translates to better career longevity. Running backs are a second contract kind of position.
G*Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona – As a sophomore, Carey exploded, rushing for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns. As impressive as that is, he did it while maintaining 6.4 yards per rush. In 2013, there has been more of the same. Carey has the talent to be in the second round, but could fall to the third.
G**Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – An interesting blend of size, acceleration and agility make Gordon a threat between the tackles or in space. A fringe first round grade gives Gordon plenty of reason to enter.
B*Lache Seastrunk, Baylor – The height-weight-speed aspect of Seastrunk is great. It translates to showcases of power, agility and pure speed. The rest of his game, at this point, has not developed. Seastrunk is not a decisive runner which causes him to go east-west too often. In pass catching and blocking, he still needs a lot of work. With the arrival of quarterback Bryce Petty, Seastrunk could be a part of a special offense and team next season. If this Junior can put it all together, he has the physical tools to go from a third round pick to a late first round possibility.
G*De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon – The first thought that comes to mind about Thomas, elite speed. What makes him even more dangerous is his ability to change direction at full speed. Very much like Chris Johnson. At 5-9, with a frame that might be able to get up to 190lbs, his biggest concern is size. When the draft rolls around, Thomas would be looking at being selected in the late 2nd to mid 3rd round.