Early Entry Underclassmen Tracker & Who's Skipping Bowl Games

Early Entry Underclassmen Tracker & Who's Skipping Bowl Games

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Early Entry Underclassmen Tracker & Who's Skipping Bowl Games


Where are all the early entry underclassmen going? Who’s coming out early and where will they be taken in the 2018 NFL Draft? Who’s sitting out and skipping the bowl games?


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Who’s Skipping Bowl Games?

RB Justin Crawford, West Virginia
S DeShon Elliott, Texas
RB Royce Freeman, Oregon
CB Holton Hill, Texas
S Derwin James, Florida State
OT Connor Williams, Texas

Will They Play? Top Players To Watch Out For

– RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State* (expected to play)
– DE Bradley Chubb, NC State
– OT Tyrell Crosby, Oregon (will play)
– RB Derrius Guice, LSU*
– TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina* (will play)
– DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan
– CB Joshua Jackson, Iowa*
– QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville* (expected to play)
– DE Arden Key, LSU*
– RB Bryce Love, Stanford* (expected to play)
– QB Josh Rosen, UCLA*
– WR James Washington, Oklahoma State
*Underclassman

Early Entry Underclassmen

Running Backs

Mark Walton, Miami

Projected: 4th Round
There’s not enough there to think he’s an automatic franchise back, but he’s extremely quick and doesn’t take on a lot of big hits. At just 5-9 and 205 pounds, he’s not going to be a workhorse, and he missed too much time – getting knocked out in the fifth game this year – but he can be a part of a rotation.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Callaway, Florida

Projected: 4th Round
There’s no questioning his gamebreaking ability and skills, but who wants to take the chance on the off-the-field and character concerns? Someone will. He’s not all that big or physical, but if he blasts out a sub-4.4 in workouts, most of the other issues will be overlooked.

Quadree Henderson, Pitt

Projected: 6th Round
He’ll make a splash in offseason workouts with his speed and quickness, but he’ll mostly be a kick returner. He’ll drop because he’s not a receiver – catching just 17 passes this season – but he’s got enough skill to get a look as a special teamer.

Tight Ends

Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Projected: 3rd Round
The concern? Age. After spending a few years playing baseball, he’s a wee bit overaged, but he’s a good receiver who came through for an offense that lacked weapons.

Offensive Tackles

Brian O’Neill, Pitt

Projected: 3rd Round
Extremely athletic, he’s a tight end in an offensive tackle’s body. At 6-6 and 305 pounds, he’s not massive, but he’s got uncoachable upside with his quickness. However, he has to grow into a more dominant force to be a regular left tackle. He’ll be a great piece of the puzzle no matter where he plays.

Connor Williams, Texas

Projected: 1st Round
If the 6-6, 320-pounder isn’t the first tackle off the board, he won’t be far off. He likely would’ve been the top tackle taken in last year’s draft with the right size and right quickness, but he’s at his best blasting away for the running game. He’ll go in the top 20.

Defensive Tackles

Taven Bryan, Florida

Projected: Mid-to-late 1st round, early 2nd Round
A high-riser in the draft circles, he’s a sure-thing second-rounder and could find his way into the first round with 6-5, 293-pound size and a great motor. He’s got freakish skills and upside with the potential to be use more as an end.

Linebackers

Jack Cichy, Wisconsin

Projected: 4th Round
He could’ve come back for a sixth year after missing all of 2017 recovering from a torn ACL, but with his injury history and his age, he’s ready to go to the next level with what tread is left on the tires. As a pure pass rusher, though, he could be a GM favorite as the draft process rolls on.

Cornerbacks

Holton Hill, Texas

Projected: 2nd Round
The 6-3, 200-pound size and skill are there, but he was suspended for violating team rules and missed time – that might drop him a wee bit. He made 51 stops and came up with two interceptions – both for scores. The suspension, though, is the question.

J.C. Jackson, Maryland

Projected: 3rd Round
An interesting prospect, he’s long, lean, and fast. At 6-1 and 195 pounds, he’s got the size, and he’ll check in at under 4.5 in the 40 – the scouts will like the measurables. He came up with 40 tackles with three picks and seven broken up passes this year, with a key interception against Texas.

Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

Projected: 1st Round
A really fast, really productive playmaker, he might slip into the late first round and won’t last long in the second if he drops. At 6-1 and 195 pounds he has the size to go along with the speed, and he can get after the ball with 13 broken up passes and 1two picks this year.

Safeties

DeShon Elliott, Texas

Projected: 2nd Round
All of a sudden, it all worked. He wasn’t a bust in his first few years, but he didn’t play up to the hype. This year, though … boom. The 6-2, 210-pounder was second on the team with 63 tackles with six interceptions – taking two for scores – and nine broken up passes. He also came up with 8.5 tackles for loss.

Derwin James, Florida State

Projected: 1st Round
The prototype, he came back from missing all of 2016 hurt and did everything he was supposed to. At 6-3 and 215 pounds he has the size, and he can hit, making 84 stops with 11 broken up passes and two interceptions – taking one for a score.

Jordan Whitehead, Pitt

Projected: 3rd Round
The 5-11, 195-pounder saw time as a rusher as well as a good defender, making 60 tackles with a pick and four tackles for loss this season. He topped out in tackles with 108 as a freshman, and was more of an all-around playmaker, but he took a bit of a beating over his three seasons. Athletic and tough, he’s ready to go.

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