The gigantic list of college underclassmen heading to the NFL includes many of the players we expected to see on it.
There’s Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Johnny Manziel (who ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr. has going No. 1) and Marqise Lee, among others.
Just think, 98 college underclassmen think they’re strong or fast or smart or good enough to make it on a NFL roster. Each one has his reasons for going, but some of them won’t be drafted and won’t make teams next fall.
The list has increased each of the past six years.
When 56 underclassmen declared in 2011, it set a record.
Another record was established when 65 left early in 2012.
The mark was increased to 73 last year.
Now, it’s at 98.
That list that includes 20 wide receivers.
The reasons to leave are numerous, from wanting to support their families to disliking their coaching staff, from being academically ineligible to getting to relying on bad advice.
Some, like Clowney, Manziel and Watkins, will go fast.
Others won’t go at all. Some might sign as free agents, but many will never play in the NFL.
I understand the rush.
Most young NFL players won’t make the big money until their second pro deal. Many want to get there as fast as they can, so they leave college early.
I don’t blame that solely for the record exodus, but it does play a part.
Anyway, they all have their reasons to turn pro.
Many will be disappointed when their name isn’t called.
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