2016 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Who Should Not Have Declared Early

January 19, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The deadline for collegiate football players to declare for the 2016 NFL draft passed Monday. A total of 103 underclassmen have announced their intentions to forgo the rest of their eligibility to enter the NFL draft, and the official number will be reported by the NFL on Thursday. If the 103 total stands, it will break the previous record of 98 early entrants from 2014.
The high number of underclassmen entering the NFL early is alarming. Twenty-four of the 84 early entrants in 2015 went undrafted. Every situation is different in terms of why each player is leaving school early, but the risk of leaving school to be under-drafted or undrafted is high for many underclassmen.
There are 10 players who especially stand out as players who are making poor decisions by leaving school before their eligibility is out. Our list doesn't mean these players will be bad in the NFL but rather that they haven't maximized their draft stocks to this point in their careers. This list was also ba...

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