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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Predicting the Underclassmen

Dwayne Wright, Rory Johnson, Luke Smith-Anderson, Chris Henry, Stanley Doughtey, Gary Russell, Eric Wright, and Lawrence Timmons, have all announced they will go pro.

Which other top underclassmen will enter the NFL draft? Below is our best guesses based on rumors, 2006 performance, and opinion.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma - Going pro. He's a probable top 5 pick and a virtual lock to skip his senior season.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech - Going pro. Another top 5 pick, who should go pro. However, it's not a lock and there has been a lot of noise from friends and family about the importance of staying in school.

Henne, Hart, Long, Michigan - Staying in school. All announced they will return for senior year.

Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville - Staying in school. Will return for another National Championship and Heisman run.

Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC - Going pro. Not as certain as the start of the season, but should still go pro.

Jackson, Baker, Washington, and Booty, USC - All announced they will return for senior year.

Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio St - Going pro. He won't want to audition for the NFL with a new QB next year at OSU.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal - Going pro. Stock way up. A few scouts like him better then Peterson.

Alan Branch, DT, Michigan - Going pro. Could be the top DT.

Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina - Staying in school. Has already told Spurrier he'll return.

Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU - Will go pro. Stock is up and should be a first rounder.

JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU - Going pro. Has everything scouts look for in a pro QB prospect: size (6-6 250), athleticism and a big time arm. Could challenge Quinn for first QB taken in draft.

Reggie Nelson, S, Florida - Going Pro. Stock way up. Could pass Laron Landry as the best safety prospect.

Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii - Originally looked to return, now seems to be leaning to going pro.

Limas Sweed, WR, Texas - Announced he will return.

Zach Miller, TE, ASU - Going pro. With coach fired, he's more likely to skip senior year. Best TE in the draft.

Greg Olsen, TE, Miami - Going pro. 2nd best TE in the draft.

Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee - Likely to go pro. Has a daughter to support and should be a late first or early second rounder.

Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville - Will return to school.

Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt - Going pro. Could be top CB in draft.



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