For most juniors, it's not a gamble entering the NFL Draft a year early. The player generally gets a proper evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.
Still, there are some players that be drafted lower than they'd hope. Then there is a player like Kevin Basped who left Nevada a year early only to be undrafted.
These players usually don't say anything. Maybe they're too embarrassed about not being drafted.
Don Warren is not one of those people. He went undrafted last week after leaving Michigan a year early and signed with the Jets immediately after the draft. Speaking to reporters following New York, Warren was critical of the advisory board, which tells players where they should expect to be picked.
"I definitely felt [the advisory board misled him] because they told me I would be drafted -- and drafted pretty high," Warren said on Friday. "It was definitely shocking and eye-opening when I didn't get drafted after that."
Warren said he was told by the advisory board that he'd be picked in the first three rounds of the draft.
It can be argued that Warren hurt himself greatly by running a 4.65 40-yard draft at the combine. But he's right in thinking that the advisory board should be giving players a more accurate indication of where they'll be drafted.
Warren is transitioning from college cornerback to NFL free safety, a move that suits his style and overall lack of athleticism. When and why he decided to go by "Don Warren" instead of "Donovan Warren" could become one of the great mysteries of our time.