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2014 NFL Draft Underclassmen


A list of officially declared underclassmen for the 2014 NFL Draft. I also offer my opinion on whether or not each prospect made a wise move by leaving school early. I will not factor financial considerations in my analysis because most players need the money.

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Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 14:

Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

I can't really blame Alfred Blue for declaring, but he probably should have returned to school so he could prove to NFL teams that he can stay healthy. He played in only three games in 2012 because of a knee injury and he didn't see much of a workload in 2013, rushing just 71 times. He would've received more carries next season with Jeremy Hill gone.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Height: 6-6. Weight: 318.
Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Cameron Fleming will probably be chosen early on Day 3, but he has a chance to sneak into the third round. He's set to graduate in the spring. If that weren't the case, he probably would've been better off going back to school, though I don't know how much he could've improved his draft stock.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

Ed Reynolds probably would've been better off staying in school for another season - especially considering that he hasn't earned his degree yet - but I can understand declaring because he has a slight chance to be a second-round pick. Being a redshirt junior, he's also been at Stanford for four years.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Trai Turner, G, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 316.
Projected 40 Time: 5.25.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

Some players make stupid decisions when declaring. That applies to Trai Turner, a redshirt sophomore who figures to be a third-day selection. He should have stayed in school.

The Verdict: Bad move






Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 13:

Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 243.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Carl Bradford has already graduated, and he's pegged as a second-day prospect. He's also coming off a great year, so there's no reason for him not to declare. He projects as a pure 3-4 rush linebacker.

The Verdict: Good move

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Height: 5-10. Weight: 196.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 2.

Ka'Deem Carey might be the first running back drafted this May. He received a second-round grade from the advisory committee. With that in mind, he's making the right choice. As a running back, he's very prone to injury, so returning to school could've really hurt him.

The Verdict: Good move

Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

I wrote the following when Jeremy Hill anounced he was staying: "Hill has some baggage. He was charged with misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl. He then had a simple battery charge for a fight outside of a bar in April 2013 while on probation. Hill needs to show NFL teams that he has grown up, and his decision to return to LSU to make it up to his head coach shows signs of good character."

So much for that. Hill's best course of action would've been returning to LSU, but I wouldn't stay he's making a terrible choice by bolting for the pros, given that he's a running back who has a chance to be chosen on Day 2.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Vinnie Sunseri missed a big chunk of 2013 after tearing his ACL in mid-October. He suddenly went from being a Round 2-3 prospect to a Round 3-5 prospect, as teams will downgrade him because of his medical. Sunseri should have returned to school and rehabbed his draft stock; he won't be able to run at the Combine or his Pro Day, which will obviously hurt him. Sunseri is making a big mistake.

The Verdict: Bad move

David Yankey, G/OT, Stanford
Height: 6-5. Weight: 311.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2014): 2.

David Yankey had a good year for Stanford and will likely be a second-round pick. I don't see how he could have improved his draft stock much more by returning to Stanford for another season, so his decision to declare a year early is a good one.

The Verdict: Good move








Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 12:

Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt
Height: 6-4. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
Projected Round (2014): 7-FA.

Chris Boyd was dismissed from Vanderbilt after being charged with covering up a rape allegedly committed by four of his teammates. He could have gone to a different school, but opted to make the leap to the NFL instead. I feel like playing for another school would've shown some character, so Boyd seems to be making a mistake. It probably doesn't matter anyway though.

The Verdict: Bad move

Dominique Easley, DE, Florida
Height: 6-2. Weight: 282.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

I missed Dominique Easley earlier, so I'll list him here. I have a mixed opinion on Easley. If he were just coming off a torn ACL, I'd suggest for him to go back to school to rehab his draft stock. However, Easley tore his ACL twice during his college career, so it might be in his best interest to get treatment with an NFL team.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings






Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 11:

Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 209.
Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

Devonta Freeman has a chance to be a third-round pick after leading the national champion Seminoles in rushing. His ability as a receiver should help him go on Day 2. Given that he's a running back projected to be selected in the first few rounds, he's making the right choice.

The Verdict: Good move

Trent Mackey, ILB, Tulane
Height: 5-11. Weight: 228.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2014): FA.

Trent Mackey has talent, but he was suspended for the season because of armed robbery. He won't be drafted.

The Verdict: Irrelevant

Viliami Moala, NT, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 318.
Projected 40 Time: 5.30.
Projected Round (2014): 7-FA.

Viliami Moala will need some outstanding pre-draft workouts to even be drafted. That's probably a sign that he shouldn't have declared.

The Verdict: Bad move

Pierre Warren, S, Jacksonville State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 202.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2014): FA.

I have no idea who this is. I'll give you some analysis when I do some research.

The Verdict: Unknown






Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 10:

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 234.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Kelvin Benjamin, who caught the game-winning touchdown in the national championship, is making a good decision by declaring early. Benjamin actually had two more years of eligibility, but he'll turn 23 in February. He's a likely first-round pick, so there's no reason for him not to leave for the pros.

The Verdict: Good move






Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 9:

Haha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Height: 6-1. Weight: 209.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): Top-20 Pick.

This should've been an easy decision for HaHa Clinton-Dix. The stud safety will be a top-20 selection - I currently have him slotted at No. 13 in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft - so there was no reason for him to return to school. Doing so could've only hurt him.

The Verdict: Good move

Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
Height: 6-6. Weight: 252.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

Adrian Hubbard is coming off an underwhelming 2013 campaign, as he saw his sack total drop from seven to three. His best course of action would've been returning to school and rebounding with a strong senior season, but Hubbard opted to go pro instead. This was a poor decision on his part.

The Verdict: Bad move

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 298.
Projected 40 Time: 4.99.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Some will focus on Timmy Jernigan's poor conditioning - he sat out a number of plays in the fourth quarter of the national championship - but that's something that can be fixed. Jernigan was dominant earlier in the game, so that will likely get him drafted in the first round. With that in mind, Jernigan is making the right choice.

The Verdict: Good move

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.15.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2

I'm mixed on Cyrus Kouandjio. On one hand, there's a decent chance he'll be selected in the latter stages of the first round, so I can't blame him for declaring. On the other hand, Kouandjio had such a terrible finish to his 2013 campaign that he could fall into Round 2. He looked helpless against Oklahoma's Eric Striker, and it's an image scouts and general managers won't forget throughout the draft process. Kouandjio probably should've returned to Alabama, but again, I can understand why he opted to bolt for the NFL.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Height: 5-10. Weight: 196.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Tre Mason really improved his draft stock throughout the year. He's a likely second-round pick, and he won't go lower than the third round, barring a poor Combine showing. Running backs risk injury by going back to school, so Mason is definitely making the right decision.

The Verdict: Good move

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Height: 6-6. Weight: 270.
Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

I don't like this decision on Troy Niklas' part. With his quarterback returning to school from hiatus, he could have improved his draft stock and consequently may have been the first tight end off the board next spring. Instead, he might get lost in the shuffle behind Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The Verdict: Bad move

Jeoffrey Pagan, DE/DT, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 290.
Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

Jeoffrey Pagan is another Alabama player who is coming out too early. Pagan, who figures to be a 3-4 defensive end in the pros, had a disappointing 2013 campaign. Expectations were high, but he wasn't productive at all, so he's likely to be chosen on the NFL Draft's third day, barring some sort of unbelievable Combine performance. Pagan should have returned to Alabama and rehabbed his draft stock. He could've emerged as a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 8:

George Atkinson, RB, Notre Dame
Height: 6-1. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

George Atkinson will be a mere third-day pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it sounds like he's declaring because he's fed up with his coaching staff. Atkinson was suspended for texting during a meal, which he claimed he had done all year. There might be more to this story, but it sounds like Atkinson felt like he wasn't welcomed back to the team.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
Height: 6-5. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

Xavier Grimble initially said he would return to school, but he apparently had a change of heart. Grimble would be better off staying in college for another year, but as I've said with all USC prospects declaring, I don't blame them for leaving because of the coaching change. Again, I have no idea why USC didn't just stick with Ed Orgeron. He did a great job at the end of the year, and he had the support of the players as well as many of the school's former players. It's no surprise that so many Trojans are bolting to the pros as a result.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 1.

Was there any doubt that Manziel would bolt for the NFL after his redshirt sophomore season? First of all, he's a likely top-10 selection, so it makes sense from a pure draft-pick perspective. Also, considering how much trouble Manziel got into last offseason, he would've been a fool to stay at Texas A&M and risk a suspension. I currently have Manziel going fourth to the Browns in my updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

The Verdict: No-brainer

Willie Snead, WR, Ball State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 193.
Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
Projected Round (2014): FA.

Willie Snead won't be drafted, so it's difficult to understand what he could possibly be thinking here. It's not even like he's graduated early or anything; he has yet to earn his degree, so his decision is quite baffling.

The Verdict: Bad move

Josh Stewart, WR/PR, Oklahoma State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

Josh Stewart probably won't be much of an offensive weapon in the NFL; he'll be a dynamic punt returner for someone though. Still, it's hard to like his decision when he's destined to be a third-day pick. He should return to Oklahoma State and refine his receiving skills before making the jump to the pros.

The Verdict: Bad move

Terrance West, RB, Towson
Height: 5-11. Weight: 223.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Terrance West is a talented back out of Towson who rushed for a whopping 2,509 yards in 2013. I like his decision to declare early, as there really wasn't anything left for him to accomplish in school. Would he have raised his stock with another 2,500-yard season? That actually probably would've been more damaging because teams would've been concerned about his workload. Throw in the fact that West will turn 23 soon, and this was close to a no-brainer.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 7:

Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 6-FA.

I'll almost never criticize a running back for declaring early because of injury implications, but Henry Josey is an exception because there's a decent chance that he won't even be drafted. Josey's best course of action would've been going back to school and proving to everyone that he can stay healthy. Sure, he could've gotten hurt again, but it's not like that would've changed much.

The Verdict: Bad move

Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB
Height: 5-10. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

Darrin Reaves, who rushed for 928 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013, apparently received a fourth-round grade from the advisory committee. Given that, it's difficult to criticize his decision to declare early. Running backs are just so injury-prone, so going back to UAB probably would've hurt him more than it would've helped him.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Height: 6-5. Weight: 320.
Projected 40 Time: 5.18.
Projected Round (2014): Top-15 Pick.

Greg Robinson had a fantastic 2013 campaign, capped off by impressive showings in the SEC title game and the national championship. He's locked into the top 15 - I currently have him 12th to the Giants in my updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft - and he could even sneak into the top 10 and challenge Jake Matthews to be the first tackle off the board. This decision was rather easy for Robinson.

The Verdict: Good move

James Wilder, Jr., RB, Florida State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 226.
Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

James Wilder wasn't the featured running back on his own college team, so that doesn't bode well for his chances in the NFL. Still, James Wilder isn't making a poor choice because he'll be able to avoid an injury before getting drafted.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 6:

Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

I'll never give a running back a bad grade for declaring early, even if one's projected to be a third-day pick. The injury risk is just too great. Besides, Storm Johnson's quarterback is leaving, so he would be in danger of having a down year had he returned to Central Florida.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Ron Powell, DE/OLB, Florida
Height: 6-4. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

I can't exactly say it's a good move for a Round 4-6 prospect to declare early, but Ron Powell is a special situation. He's been so banged up at Florida that another injury could make him undraftable. He could go back to school and actually have a healthy season, but the odds are against that because he's just so injury-prone.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Height: 5-10. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2014): 2.

Lache Seastrunk has a chance to be the first running back chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft (I have him going atop the second round in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft). There was no reason for him to go back to Baylor.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 5:

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 187.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2014): 2.

Odell Beckham will probably be chosen in the second round this May. Given that sort of draft status, Beckham is making the right decision, especially when considering that his quarterback will be heading to the pros.

The Verdict: Good move

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Height: 6-4. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2014): Top-15 Pick.

Blake Bortles will almost certainly be a top-10 pick, and he actually has a chance to be chosen No. 1 overall if the Texans fall in love with him over Teddy Bridgewater. Bortles is coming off a brilliant bowl performance over Baylor, so he's obviously making the right decision because he's entering the draft process with tons of momentum.

The Verdict: Good move

Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

I don't understand the thought process here. Bashaud Breeland is just a third-day prospect, so there was no reason for him to declare early.

The Verdict: Bad move

Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Height: 6-4. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.36.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

I'd make that round projection "3-5" if Al Davis were around because Martavis Bryant is the height-weight-speed prospect the former Raiders' owner would often fall in love with. Martavis Bryant is making a bad decision by declaring. He's raw and should go back to school for another year. He has just 61 career receptions.

The Verdict: Bad move

Khairi Fortt, ILB, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Cal's football program is in shambles right now, but it's tough to get behind this decision because Khairi Fortt will need good pre-draft workouts to sneak into Day 2. Fortt, whose best fit will be in a 3-4, will have competition from a bunch of similar linebackers who likely will be chosen on Friday.

The Verdict: Bad move

Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

Jarvis Landry's likely destination this May will be the third round, though given the major depth at the receiver position in this class, he could fall to Saturday. Still though, Landry would've risked damage to his draft stock had he returned to school and played with a new quarterback.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Cody Latimer is a productive, big receiver, but he'll be fortunate to be chosen on the first two days of the 2014 NFL Draft. He's yet another receiver who is making a mistake by declaring early.

The Verdict: Bad move

Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Height: 6-3. Weight: 226.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

Another player who has never heard of the "sell high" adage, Donte Moncrief is making a mistake by declaring following a down year. Moncrief saw his numbers drop in 2013, and he'll be lucky to be chosen on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. He should've gone back to school.

The Verdict: Bad move

Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 226.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Thanks to being versatile in terms of playing either the 4-3 or 3-4, Ryan Shazier has a decent chance to be a first-round pick. In fact, I have him going at the end of Round 1 in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Given that, Shazier is making a solid choice by declaring early.

The Verdict: Good move

Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
Height: 6-5. Weight: 315.
Projected 40 Time: 5.19.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

It's rare for redshirt sophomore guards to declare, and it's not like Xavier Su'a-Filo has to deal with a coaching change at UCLA or anything. However, Su'a-Filo isn't an ordinary sophomore; he's 23, as he's in this position because he was on a mission for a few years. He's played tackle in the past, but he'll stay at guard in the NFL. There's a good chance he'll be chosen in the first round.

The Verdict: Good move

De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Height: 5-9. Weight: 173.
Projected 40 Time: 4.37.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

As I've said, I won't ever criticize a running back for declaring early as long as he has a shot to go in the first three rounds. De'Anthony Thomas could be a third-round pick because of his unbelievable speed. However, he's coming off a disappointing season, so he could've rehabilitated his draft stock by returning to school for another year.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Height: 6-6. Weight: 312.
Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Stephon Tuitt was once considered a probable first-round prospect, but he had a down year. He's now in danger of falling into Round 2, which is what I have happening in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Returning to school would've allowed him to rehab his draft stock, but he could still be a Thursday night selection with some strong pre-draft workouts. He needs to trim some of his weight.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2014): Top-10 Pick.

Sammy Watkins will likely be a top-five pick. He had a great 2013 campaign, capped off by an amazing performance in his bowl game. He would've been completely insane had he decided to return to Clemson.

The Verdict: No-brainer



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 4:

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Scott Crichton has a solid chance to be chosen in the first round, so he's making a good decision by going pro. Crichton, who totaled 7.5 sacks in 2013, had a strong finish to his season, so he'll be entering the draft with lots of momentum.

The Verdict: Good move

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Height: 6-5. Weight: 275.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2014): 1.

Kony Ealy had a dominant 2013 campaign, capped off by a strong bowl performance. He now has a good chance to be selected in the top 20, so he's obviously making the right choice by declaring early. I actually listed Ealy No. 3 overall in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft a few hours before he made his announcement.

The Verdict: Good move

Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 309.
Projected 40 Time: 5.00.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Ego Ferguson will probably be drafted on the second day, so it's puzzling why he didn't go back to school to improve his draft stock. It's not a terrible move because he won't be a late-round pick or anything, but Ferguson could be blowing an opportunity.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2014): 1.

Marqise Lee struggled at the beginning of the year, but he's back in top-15 consideration because of a hot finish. I actually have Lee going to the Steelers with the 15th pick in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Considering the positive momentum and the coaching change at USC, this is close to being a no-brainer.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 3:

Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Height: 5-9. Weight: 196.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Bruce Ellington will be lucky to be chosen on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft, so he's not making a very good decision by declaring. I don't think it's necessarily a bad choice though, as quarterback Connor Shaw won't be around next year. Plus, Ellington just had a great performance in his bowl game, so he has momentum on his side.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

Terrance Mitchell didn't receive favorable feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, yet this didn't stop him from declaring. He justified his decision by telling reporters that he didn't think his draft grade was fair. Why even ask for a draft evaluation in the first place? It appears as though Mitchell is making a mistake.

The Verdict: Bad move

Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 184.
Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Marcus Roberson has a chance to be a first-round pick this May - I currently have him going near the top of Round 2 in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft - so this is a good decision on his part. I don't know how much his draft stock could have improved by going back to school.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 2:

Damian Copeland, WR, Louisville
Height: 6-1. Weight: 182.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2014): 5-7.

Damian Copeland will probably be a late-round pick, but he's making the right decision to bolt for the pros despite obtaining a sixth year of eligibility. First of all, Teddy Bridgewater is leaving Louisville as well, so Copeland's stock could've dropped had he remained with a new quarterback. Second, he's been out of high school since 2009. I couldn't find an exact age for him, but he has to be around 23. Waiting another year probably would have been detrimental to his stock.

The Verdict: Good move

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 204.
Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

I'll never criticize a quality draft prospect for leaving school early when there's a coaching change. Bill O'Brien was hired by the Texans, so Allen Robinson is making the right decision. Bolting for the NFL would have been a decent choice anyway; Robinson has a chance to be selected late in the first round. I currently have him going to the Ravens in the second round of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft, but he could easily sneak into Thursday.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Jan. 1:

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Height: 6-3. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
Projected Round (2014): Top-10 Pick.

Jadeveon Clowney would be Houston's No. 1 overall pick if the 2014 NFL Draft were held today, but Bridgewater will have four-plus months to win over Bill O'Brien and the Texans (go here to see my Bill O'Brien hire), just as Cam Newton did with Carolina a few years ago. Bridgewater has a great chance of being the top selection, but even if Houston passes on him, he's not getting past the Jaguars, Browns, Raiders and Vikings. Barring some sort of disastrous Combine or Pro Day performance, Bridgewater will be a top-10 choice, making his decision to go pro an extremely easy one.

The Verdict: No-brainer

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Height: 6-6. Weight: 272.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): Top-Five Pick.

Was there anyone in America who actually thought there was a chance Jadeveon Clowney wouldn't declare? Clowney performed sluggishly this year, but only because he didn't want to get hurt before making the leap to the pros. He'll still be one of the first three players chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The Verdict: No-brainer

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 186.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 2.

It's impossible to predict what'll happen in the next five months, but Brandin Cooks would go in the second round if the 2014 NFL Draft were held today. I highly doubt that returning to school would've helped him improve his draft stock, especially with the possibility that his quarterback could turn pro as well. Cooks is making a solid decision by declaring early.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 31:

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2014): 1.

Credit to Charlie Campbell for first reporting that Jace Amaro would declare early. Amaro is making a great decision because he has a good chance of being a top-20 selection and the first tight end off the board. It'll be a tight race between Amaro and North Carolina's Eric Ebron, but both figure to go in the middle of the first round. I'll have both in the top 25 of today's live 2014 NFL Mock Draft update, beginning at noon.

The Verdict: Good move

Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.11.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

Russell Bodine could be selected at the end of the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft, as some team may value his versatility (he can play guard as well). I don't think that's enough to justify this early declaration, however. It's a bad decision because returning to school for another year may not have helped his stock much, but the safer option would've been playing for North Carolina once again in 2014.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

There's no doubt that Bishop Sankey is making the right decision by declaring early. A likely second-rounder, Sankey would've risked unnecessary injury risk by returning to school. Running backs who can be drafted in the first three rounds should always bolt for the NFL as soon as possible because they are so injury-prone.

The Verdict: Good move

George Uko, DT, USC
Height: 6-3. Weight: 285.
Projected 40 Time: 5.09.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Tony Pauline reported earlier that George Uko is likely to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, and that is exactly what happened. Uko would've had a chance to be a first-rounder next spring - I have him going late in Round 1 in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft - but he will likely be a second-day selection this May. Still though, you can't exactly blame Uko because there's an inexplicable coaching change at USC despite Ed Orgeron's great finish. It's a safe move for Uko, so I can understand the decision, but staying would've provided more upside for his draft status.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 30:

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6-5. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2014): Top-20 pick.

This was a very easy decision. Mike Evans is almost certainly a lock to go in the top 15. With his quarterback also declaring, there was no reason for Evans to go back to school.

The Verdict: Good move

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Height: 6-2. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

The hard-hitting Calvin Pryor will probably be a second day selection, so his choice to bolt to the NFL makes sense. He may have improved his draft stock by returning to Louisville, but the Cardinals won't be as good next year in the ACC, so Pryor would have to worry about getting exposed as well.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 29:

Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 203.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

I won't ever criticize any running back who has a chance of going in the first three rounds for declaring early because of how injury-prone the players are at that position. Kapri Bibbs might be a second-rounder depending on how he runs in Indianapolis. Still though, it's a risky choice for this redshirt sophomore, who didn't show much as a receiver; he caught eight passes, though his rushing numbers (1,741 yards, 31 TDs, 6.2 YPC) were pretty amazing.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 28:

Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 244.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2014): 2.

Demarcus Lawrence will probably be chosen in the second round, so this isn't a bad move on his part. He could have benefited from another year in school, but he would've been playing for a new head coach, so no one can blame him for bolting early.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
Height: 6-4. Weight: 252.
Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Jake Murphy's best-case scenario is being chosen in the third round, but he's making a good decision by declaring early because of his age. He'll be 24 in September, so staying in school actually could've been detrimental.

The Verdict: Good move

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Height: 6-6. Weight: 266.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has a chance to sneak into the end of the first round. That's what I have happening in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft, with the big tight end going to the Patriots. Given that Washington just lost its head coach, Seferian-Jenkins' decision was an easy one.

The Verdict: Good move

Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
Height: 6-2. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Wyoming is undergoing a coaching change, which would explain Brett Smith's decision. Smith will probably be an early third-day selection, though he'll have a chance to sneak into Round 3. It's still a questionable choice to declare, but it's definitely not a bad one.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 27:

Richard Rodgers, TE, California
Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

Richard Rodgers would've had a chance to be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but I can't exactly blame him for declaring early. This Cal program is a complete mess, so there's also a possibility that Rodgers' stock would've declined.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 26:

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 216.
Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Davante Adams is coming off a disappointing bowl performance, but he's making the right move by declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. He has a chance to be a late first-round pick, so that alone makes this a good decision. Also, the fact that Derek Carr is heading to the pros has to be a big factor. Who knows how much Adams' stock could've declined in 2014 had he been paired with an inept quarterback?

The Verdict: Good move

Kameron Jackson, CB, California
Height: 5-9. Weight: 178.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2014): 6-FA.

This decision makes no sense. Kameron Jackson will be lucky if a team drafts him. He'll have to impress in training camp to make an NFL roster.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 24:

Dion Bailey, S, USC
Height: 6-0. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

What I wrote about George Uko applies to Dion Bailey. The converted safety is a likely second-day selection, so he would've benefited from returning to school. However, he can't be criticized too much because of the strange coaching change that took place. It was odd because some of these players would've stayed at USC if Ed Oregeron would've retained the job. Oregeron had a strong finish, so why go in a different direction? Bailey's production could have fallen with the new coach, so I can't blame him for declaring.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 21:

Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse
Height: 5-11. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Even though Jerome Smith will be a bit fortunate to enter the third round, he's making the right decision for a few reasons. First, he's already set to graduate, so it's not like he still needs to earn his degree or anything. Second, he's avoiding a superior running back class next April. And third, his position makes him fragile, so it's in his best interest to avoid a serious injury before earning his initial professional paycheck.

The Verdict: Good move

Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 19:

Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 184.
Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Austin Franklin didn't consult his head coach about declaring early, and it shows. Franklin will be lucky to sneak into Day 2, so this decision makes zero sense.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 17:

Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
Height: 6-6. Weight: 262.
Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Aaron Lynch is yet another prospect who doesn't seem to grasp the concept of "buy low, sell high." Lynch had a poor 2013 campaign, logging just five sacks in a very weak conference. Lynch was a beast for Notre Dame in 2011, but has barely done anything since. He could have returned to school in 2014 and reestablished himself as a potential first-round prospect, but he'll be lucky to be chosen on Day 2 this May.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 14:

Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Height: 6-6. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
Projected Round (2013): 2-3.

Brandon Coleman apparently has never heard of the "buy-low, sell-high" adage because he's entering the NFL at the worst time possible. Coleman had a down 2013 campaign after dealing with a knee injury. The wiser move would've been returning to school and having a dominant 2014 season to emerge as a possible first-round pick. Instead, Coleman will likely be chosen on Day 2. I have him going to the Panthers in the third round of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

The Verdict: Bad move

Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
Height: 6-2. Weight: 198.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

Jonathan Dowling may have a shot to sneak into the third round, but he'll probably be selected on the third day. Given that, it's tough to figure out why he would declare a year early.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 13:

A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: .
Projected Round (2014): 6-FA.

A.C. Leonard was highly recruited coming out of high school, but he's had some off-the-field issues, including a domestic battery charge. He probably won't be drafted.

The Verdict: Irrelevant



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 10:

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Height: 6-3. Weight: 340.
Projected 40 Time: 5.55.
Projected Round (2014): Top 20.

Louis Nix has a great chance of being chosen in the top 15, perhaps even the top 10. There was no reason for him to return to Notre Dame.

The Verdict: Good move

Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Height: 6-6. Weight: 332.
Projected 40 Time: 5.31.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Antonio Richardson could be chosen at the end of the first round. The gamble to enter the NFL Draft early could pay off, but the better course of action might have been returning to school to solidify his first-round standing.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
Height: 6-4. Weight: 236.
Projected 40 Time: 4.77
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

I'm normally not a fan when prospects who aren't first-round picks declare early, but Connecticut will have a new head coach next year, so it's understandable that Yawin Smallwood would want to bolt to the pros. Too many things could go wrong with someone new on the sidelines.

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 3:

Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Height: 5-10. Weight: 202.
Projected 40 Time: .
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

You have to wonder what some of these early-declaration prospects are thinking. Victor Hampton will be lucky to get into Day 2, so he should have stayed at South Carolina for his senior season.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Dec. 1:

Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
Height: 6-1. Weight: 189.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Loucheiz Purifoy is almost certainly going to be a second-round pick. He would've been better off returning to Florida and refining his technique to help himself emerge as a first-round prospect. I think he's making a mistake by declaring.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Nov. 30:

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2014): 5-7.

Isaiah Crowell has good ability. He was kicked off Georgia's team because of weapons charges, but they were eventually dismissed. Crowell has been a model citizen since. However, he could have benefited from another clean, productive year.

The Verdict: Bad move

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Height: 6-1. Weight: 170.
Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Paul Richardson is not making a good decision. He would've had a shot at being a first-round pick in 2015, but he almost certainly will be a second-day selection this upcoming May. His body isn't completely ready for the NFL, so he'll struggle early on in his professional career.

The Verdict: Bad move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Nov. 25:

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Eric Ebron is having a great season, and he's currently projected to be a first-round pick. There's no reason for him not to declare (reported by @TarHeelFootball).

The Verdict: Good move



Underclassmen Declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft - Nov. 23:

Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Height: 6-5. Weight: 246.
Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
Projected Round (2014): 5-FA.

Colt Lyerla is an idiot who was kicked off the Oregon team because of an arrest on cocaine charges. He has hired a personal trainer to prepare for the NFL.

The Verdict: No choice

Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 298.
Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
Projected Round (2014): 1-3.

Kelcy Quarles, going pro according to his father, is having a great year. However, he has a pretty wide draft range. He'll need a strong draft preseason to sneak into the first round. Heading back to school could've strengthened his first-round bid, but declaring early could pay off.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Bradley Roby would've been a top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, he has ruined his draft stock, dealing with some off-the-field issues and then constantly getting torched this season. Roby will almost certainly be a second-day pick, so he would've been better off returning and rehabilitating his stock, as Justin Gilbert did this year. Roby is currently in the third round of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

The Verdict: Bad move



Major Prospects Going Back to School:


Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson
Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Vic Beasley received a second-round grade from the draft advisory committee, which is why he decided to return to school. The committee is often conservative to cover its own a**, so Beasley definitely had a shot at being a late first-rounder. He probably should have declared, but perhaps he'll go higher next year if he has another great season.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Shilique Calhoun would've been a borderline first-round prospect this year. Given that he's just a redshirt sophomore, going back to school is the better option because he can solidify his first-round status. I actually have him going to the Broncos in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft.

The Verdict: Good move

La'El Collins, G/OT, LSU
Height: 6-5. Weight: 321.
Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

La'El Collins had a chance to be a first-round pick, but his stock could rise even further with another great season at tackle. If Collins can convince scouts that he can play tackle, he'll be a first-round selection for sure.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Height: 5-10. Weight: 190.
Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Ifo Ekrpe-Olomu is making the same mistake Bradley Roby was guilty of last spring. The Oregon corner was a likely first-round pick, so he should have declared early. As with Roby and several other cornerbacks over the years, Ekpre-Olomu could be exposed in coverage, which would ruin his draft stock.

Note: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu refuted the report that he would be going back to school. It doesn't mean that he'll be declaring, but it's just a reminder that players can always change their minds this time of year unless they hire agents.

The Verdict: Bad move

Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.28.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

I don't understand Cameron Erving's decision. There's a good chance he would've been chosen in the middle of the first round - I had him going No. 19 overall to the Dolphins in my most recent 2014 NFL Mock Draft - so he should have declared. His stock won't improve much, so he's just taking a needless risk. What if he suffers an injury or gets exposed?

The Verdict: Bad move

Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas
Height: 5-10. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

This new is a bit surprising, but Quandre Diggs said he's returning to school so he can play for Charlie Strong. Diggs was seen as a Round 2-3 prospect, so there's room for improvement. However, going to the pros would've been the safe move, as Diggs' draft stock could always decline.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Height: 6-1. Weight: 207.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Reports indicated a few weeks ago that Melvin Gordon would go back to Wisconsin. Those turned out to be accurate, as Gordon announced that he would return. Gordon is making a very poor decision. He would have been a first-round pick this year, so all he's doing is risking injury. I get that Gordon is just a redshirt sophomore, but running backs are more fragile than any other position. There's no upside for Gordon. Any running back who can be a first-round choice must declare as soon as possible.

The Verdict: Bad move

Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

Rashad Greene probably would've been chosen on Day 2, but another year with Jameis Winston can only do wonders for his draft stock. I like Greene's decision to return to school.

The Verdict: Good move

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Height: 6-3. Weight: 227.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2014): 1.

I'm pretty torn on this one. On one hand, Brett Hundley needs more starts and reps in school before being ready to start in the NFL, so his decision to return to UCLA could be a good one. On the other hand, Hundley definitely would've been a top-10 pick this May, and there's a chance he'll be exposed during another year in school, much like Matt Barkley. Hundley won't be one of the first two quarterbacks chosen in the 2015 NFL Draft - click here for my 2015 NFL Mock Draft - so if I were him, I probably would've bolted for the NFL. I do understand his decision, however.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee
Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.71.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.

We had A.J. Johnson as a Round 2-4 prospect, but the Tennessee linebacker was apparently told that he would be selected in the Round 4-5 range had he declared. Opinions vary from team to team, but given this evaluation by the draft advisory committee, it's not hard to blame Johnson for returning to school.

The Verdict: Good move

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.76.
Projected Round (2014): 3-5.

I've seen some mocks that had Sean Mannion in the first round earlier in the year, and I never understood that. Mannion is a mid-round prospect - he was even told by some scouts that he'd be chosen in the third round - so there was no reason for him to declare early.

The Verdict: Good move

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Height: 6-4. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2014): Top-10 Pick.

No surprise that Marcus Mariota is going back to school. As I've been saying in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft, redshirt sophomores seldom declare. Mariota is only 19 anyway, so he has some growing up to do. Given his age, I don't think this is a bad decision. I don't think this is a good choice either though; Mariota would be a top-two pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he could be exposed next year, as scouts could find his flaws. See what happened Matt Barkley. I'm not saying Mariota will drop like Barkley, but there's a chance he could.

Mariota is currently slotted No. 1 overall to the Vikings in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

Braxton Miller apparently had been weighing his options in terms of declaring. I figured his return to school would be a no-brainer. Miller is a raw passer who would've certainly been a third-day pick had he entered the 2014 NFL Draft. He also had a mediocre bowl performance, which wouldn't have helped matters. Miller needs to refine his mechanics before going pro, so the extra year at Ohio State could allow him to do that.

The Verdict: Good move

Nick O'Leary, TE, Florida State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 238.
Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

Nick O'Leary would've been a mere fringe second-day player had he declared. Another year with Jameis Winston could do wonders for his draft stock. O'Leary could emerge as a second-round prospect next spring.

The Verdict: Good move

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Height: 6-5. Weight: 300.
Projected 40 Time: 5.20.
Projected Round (2014): Top-25 Pick.

Had Cedric Ogbuehi declared, he probably would've been the third or fourth tackle off the board behind teammate Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson and maybe Taylor Lewan. This would've granted him a spot inside the top 25, but his decision to go back to Texas A&M is a good one. Like Matthews, Ogbuehi will flip from right tackle to left tackle, so he'll have an opportunity to show why he should be the No. 1 tackle off the board in the 2015 NFL Draft. I currently have him slotted No. 11 in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft.

The Verdict: Good move

DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
Projected Round (2014): 3-4.

DeVante Parker is taking a risk by going back to school because he won't have Teddy Bridgewater throwing the ball to him. However, this isn't necessarily a bad move because Parker had an injury-plagued 2013 campaign. Perhaps he'll be able to improve his draft stock with a healthy 2014 season.

The Verdict: Mixed feelings

Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami
Height: 6-0. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Denzel Perryman was given a third-round grade by the draft advisory committee. He could emerge as a second-round prospect with another strong year at Miami, so I'd say he's making the right choice.

The Verdict: Good move

Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.10.
Projected Round (2014): 1-2.

Brandon Scherff would have had a chance to sneak into the first round, but he likely would've been a second-round selection in such a deep tackle class. He can ensure his first-round standing with a solid 2014 campaign.

The Verdict: Good move

Damian Swann, CB, Georgia
Height: 5-11. Weight: 189.
Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
Projected Round (2014): 2-3.

Damian Swann probably would've been a third-round pick had he declared early, so he's making the right move by returning to school. Perhaps he can evolve into a solid second-round prospect (or better) with a strong 2014 campaign.

The Verdict: Good move




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