The NFL Draft is coming up in a little over three months, meaning many hopeful collegiate athletes are preparing with vigor.
While seniors have been preparing for this moment for a year, the NFL announced 73 underclassmen have officially declared their intention to enter the draft, something that always adds intrigue to the event.
Some of the biggest names are:
- Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
- Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
- Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
- Matt Elam, DB, Florida
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
- Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
- Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
- Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU
- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
- Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
- Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
- Robert Woods, WR, USC
Out of those names, approximately six are expected to be first round selections, with Joeckel and Jones thought of as No. 1 overall talents.
Joeckel earned his reputation blocking Johnny Manziel's blind side for the Aggies, while Jones was a dominant force in the SEC, racking up double-digit sacks with 14.5.
The only quarterback to declare early is Bray, who could rise up the draft boards considering what a weak class this is for signal-callers.