List of NFL Draft early-entries

To stay or to go? Who is going to the NFL and who is staying?

1/11/12 in NCAAF   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

As the bowls wind down, it becomes the time of year when collegiate stars make their sometimes-fateful decisions of whether to stay in college or turn to the NFL. It was about this time last year that Stanford's Andrew Luck shocked much of the western hemisphere by declaring that he would stay in school for his senior year.

This year some decisions aren't surprising (Landry Jones staying, given his lackluster 2011) and some are (Montee Ball staying, since he is a running back who gets beat up). 

We want to keep track of early-entries, so I am going to do so in this thread by including the player, his decision, and where he projects if he is going to the draft. If I miss any, add them in the comments. 

Matt Barkley, USC quarterback: STAYING 
Matt Kalil, USC offensive tackle: GOING, projects as a top-five pick.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin running back: STAYING
Landry Jones, Oklahoma quarterback: STAYING
David DeCastro, Stanford guard: GOING, projects as the top guard in the draft, potential top-15 pick.
Jonathan Martin, Stanford offensive tackle: GOING, projects as a top-10 pick.
Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina wide receiver: GOING, projects as one of the top wide receivers in the draft, a first-rounder.
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State wide receiver: GOING, projects as the top receiver in the draft, a top-10 pick.
Jerel Worthy, Michigan State defensive tackle: GOING, projects as a first-round pick.
Brandon Jenkins, Florida State linebacker: STAYING
Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma defensive end: GOING,
projects as a second-round pick. 
Barrett Jones, Alabama offensive tackle: STAYING
Dwayne Allen, Clemson tight end: STAYING
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech wide receiver: GOING, projects as one of the top-10 wide receivers in the draft, perhaps a third rounder.  
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State quarterback:
 GOING, projects as a second- or third-round pick.
LaMichael James, Oregon running back:
 GOING, projects as a late-first or early-second round pick.
Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State linebacker:
 GOING, projects as one of the top linebackers, a first rounder. 
Chris Polk, Washington running back:
 GOING, projects as a second- or third-round pick.
Nick Perry, USC defensive end: GOING, projects as a late-first-round pick. 
Luke Kuechly, Boston College linebacker:
 GOING, projects as one of the top linebackers in the draft.
Chase Thomas, Stanford linebacker:
 STAYING
Xavier Rhodes, Florida State defensive back:
 STAYING
Peter Konz, Wisconsin center:
 GOING, projects as the top center in the draft.
Knile Davis, Arkansas running back:
 STAYING
Robert Griffin III, Baylor quarterback:
 GOING, projects as the 2nd quarterback and a top-five pick.
Onterio McCalebb, Auburn running back: STAYING
Orson Charles, Georgia tight end: GOING, projects as a one of the top few tight ends in the draft.
Morris Claiborne, LSU cornerback:
 GOING, projects as the top defensive player in the draft, a top-ten pick.
Russell Shepard, LSU
 wide receiver: GOING, projects as a middle-round pick with upside.
Trent Richardson, Alabama running back: GOING, projects as the top running back in the draft.
Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama cornerback: GOING, projects as one of the top defensive players in the draft--top-10. pick.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas quarterback:
 STAYING
Kenjon Barner, Oregon running back:
 STAYING
Denard Robinson, Michigan quarterback: STAYING
Darron Thomas, Oregon quarterback: GOING, out of nowhere, projects as a late-round pick.
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1/14/12   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

cdsdraft.com/boards/topic/11220-early-entries-for-the-2012-nfl-draft/  I am going to post a link to our most recent radio show discussing the early declarees.  www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp  just search for Consensus Draft Services.   I was joined by FanIQ's Mark the Shark and Alex Brown of http://www.optimumscouting.com,  Follow him on twitter at @ABXXV25.

1/14/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Michigan QB Denard Robinson, STAYING.

1/7/12   |   Basscat02   |   193 respect

After Monday the list should grow, and it will be clear. The biggest name we are all waiting to hear about in Louisiana is Mo Claiborne of LSU.. Wish he would stay his senior year but wouldn't blame him for moving on.. My guess is, if LSU wins he will move on, if not, then he may stay to try for that NC ring. LSU will be better next year and should be at this same spot at this time in 2013, whether he stays or not.
And don't worry about Scott's opinion, he loves to disagree!! Morning there Scott!!
Geaux Tigers!!

1/6/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

 Luke Kuechly is a monster. One of very few bright spots on the Boston College Eagles this year.

1/6/12   |   Scott   |   52026 respect

Pat wrote:
 I'd love to see the Patriots end up with Alshon Jeffrey, but I think we all know they'll grab a tight end or something like that. They have the most inexplicable drafting methods ever.

You obviously havent paid much attention to how the Rams draft

1/5/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

 And don't get me wrong... I'm not complaining about the tight ends... they're wonderful. I'm just saying the Patriots always seem to draft the position they need the least. That, or keep trading down. And trading down, and down and down.

1/5/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Dan_B wrote:
However they draft, it seems to be working pretty well. Those tight ends (Gronk, Hernandez) are pretty useful...

Some defensive players would be nice. Secondary, in particular.

1/5/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

beerstudk wrote:
Andrew Luck is a Red Shirt Junior, so technically he could stay for another year.

Yeah, I know. I was at Stanford when they inexplicably redshirted him. It was a foregone conclusion that he was going pro after getting his degree, so I didn't include him on the list--but you are correct, he theoretically could come back (but won't). 

1/5/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Pat wrote:
 I'd love to see the Patriots end up with Alshon Jeffrey, but I think we all know they'll grab a tight end or something like that. They have the most inexplicable drafting methods ever.

However they draft, it seems to be working pretty well. Those tight ends (Gronk, Hernandez) are pretty useful...

1/5/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Andrew Luck is a Red Shirt Junior, so technically he could stay for another year.

1/5/12   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

 I'd love to see the Patriots end up with Alshon Jeffrey, but I think we all know they'll grab a tight end or something like that. They have the most inexplicable drafting methods ever.