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Draft Buzz: Underclassmen

Tuesday, December 03, 2013


Please note that we are not reporting any of the listed announcements. Rather, treat this as a compilation of nuggets and reports of prospects leaning one way or another.


The deadline for prospects to declare for May's NFL Draft is January 15, 2014.


Quarterback


Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater


- “The reality is that we’re hoping and believing that he has a great season,” Bridgewater’s mother said, “and after that he’ll do what he needs to do to prepare to go to the draft.” The junior quarterback is on track to graduate early, which likely makes his decision to leave even easier.


Oregon redshirt sophomore Marcus Mariota


- Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota will return to school for the 2014 season.


- Mariota said he will not discuss his NFL future until the after the season. "We're obviously going to put the pros and cons together, and we're going to do what's best for the family. At the same time, my education is important... I love Oregon. I love the community. We'll decide when the time is right."


UCLA redshirt sophomore Brett Hundley


- "All signs point to" UCLA redshirt sophomore QB Brett Hundley returning for the 2014 season, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.


Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Johnny Manziel


- SI's Pete Thamel tweeted there is "zero chance" redshirt sophomore QB Johnny Manziel returns to Texas A&M next season.


UCF redshirt junior Blake Bortles


- UCF redshirt junior QB Blake Bortles said he is not thinking about forgoing his final season of eligibility and entering the 2014 NFL Draft.


Ohio State junior Braxton Miller


- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he has not spoken with junior LB Ryan Shazier or QB Braxton Miller about their upcoming NFL decisions.


Baylor redshirt junior QB Bryce Petty

- Baylor redshirt junior QB Bryce Petty told reporters he will "definitely" return to school for the 2014 season.



Running Back


Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon


- Wisconsin student Zack Miller, who writes for the school's newspaper, cites a source close to redshirt sophomore RB Melvin Gordon who would be shocked if the runner declared for the NFL after this season.


Florida State junior James Wilder Jr.

Florida State junior Devonta Freeman

 

- Shai McKenzie, a high school running back recruit for Florida State, told 247 Sports that junior RB James Wilder Jr. said he and fellow junior Devonta Freeman could jump to the NFL following the season.

 

LSU redshirt sophomore Jeremy Hill

 

- LSU sophomore RB Jeremy Hill "will likely leave LSU for the NFL draft," according to beat writer to Jim Kleinpeter. 


LSU senior Alfred Blue


- LSU senior RB Alfred Blue plans on leaving for the NFL following this season despite earning an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA.



Wide Receiver


USC junior Marqise Lee


- USC junior WR Marqise Lee believes there are still areas of his game that need improvement before leaving for the NFL.


Clemson junior Sammy Watkins


- Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney admitted he would be surprised if junior WR Sammy Watkins returned for his senior season.


LSU junior Odell Beckham Jr.


- LSU beat writer Jim Kleinpeter believes it is likely junior WRs Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. declare for May's NFL Draft following this season.


LSU junior Jarvis Landry


- LSU beat writer Jim Kleinpeter believes it is likely junior WRs Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. declare for May's NFL Draft following this season.


Ole Miss junior Donte Moncrief


- Ole Miss junior WR Dontre Moncrief will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

 

- Ole Miss junior WR Donte Moncrief suggested head coach Hugh Freeze is the key to whether or not he chooses to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

Fresno State redshirt sophomore Davante Adams

 

- Draft insider Tony Pauline is hearing "more and more" that Fresno State redshirt sophomore WR Davante Adams will declare for May's draft.

 

Colorado junior Paul Richardson

 

- Colorado redshirt junior WR Paul Richardson will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

- Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that Colorado redshirt junior WR Paul Richardson will enter the NFL draft.

 

- Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre told reporters he would not twist junior WR Paul Richardson's arm to return next season.

 

Ex-Vanderbilt junior WR Chris Boyd

 

- Former Vanderbilt junior WR Chris Boyd will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

Rutgers redshirt junior WR Brandon Coleman

 

- Rutgers redshirt junior WR Brandon Coleman is 50/50 on his upcoming NFL decision, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.



Tight End


Texas Tech junior Jace Amaro


- Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro alluded to his draft decision on Twitter again.


- Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro told the media he has made his decision regarding his collegiate future, but would not disclose it at this time.


- Prior to Texas Tech's final home game of the season, junior TE Jace Amaro suggested it might be his last at the school.


- Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro tweeted that he will return to school in 2014 rather than enter May's draft.


Ex-Oregon junior Colt Lyerla


- Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla has signed with an agent and will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.


UNC junior Eric Ebron


- UNC junior TE Eric Ebron announced his intent to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.



Offensive Line


Texas A&M junior T Cedric Ogbuehi


- Texas A&M junior T Cedric Ogbuehi plans to return for his senior year in 2014.


- Texas A&M T Cedric Ogbuehi told reporters on Tuesday he will consider his NFL options after the season.


South Carolina junior G A.J. Cann


- South Carolina redshirt junior G A.J. Cann will request feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board but plans on returning in 2014 regardless.


Stanford redshirt junior G David Yankey


- Stanford head coach David Shaw would not be surprised if redshirt junior G David Yankey declared for the NFL.



Defensive Line


South Carolina junior DE Jadeveon Clowney


- When asked about head coach Steve Spurrier's belief that he will leave after three years, Clowney said, "So he knows that? There's no doubt I'm leaving."


Notre Dame junior DL Stephon Tuitt


- Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly believes junior Stephon Tuitt stumbled into his answer after the DL was asked if he was going pro following this season.


South Carolina junior DT Kelcy Quarles


- South Carolina junior DT Kelcy Quarles will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to his father.

 

Stanford redshirt junior DL Henry Anderson

 

- Stanford head coach David Shaw said redshirt junior DE Henry Anderson's injury "probably stopped any possibility" of him declaring for the NFL Draft after this season.


Clemson junior DE Vic Beasley


- Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney believes redshirt junior DE Vic Beasley should return for his senior season.


Notre Dame junior NT Louis Nix III


- Notre Dame junior NT Louis Nix III admitted to entertaining the idea of entering the 2014 NFL Draft.



Linebacker


Ohio State junior OLB Ryan Shazier


- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he has not spoken with junior LB Ryan Shazier or QB Braxton Miller about their upcoming NFL decisions.



Defensive Back


Florida junior CB Marcus Roberson


- Florida juniors CBs Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson are leaning towards declaring for the NFL Draft, according to National Football Post's Jason Cole.


Florida junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy


- Florida junior CB Loucheiz Purifoy will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.


- Florida juniors CBs Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson are leaning towards declaring for the NFL Draft, according to National Football Post's Jason Cole.


South Carolina junior CB Victor Hampton


- South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier suggested junior CB Victor Hampton could decide to declare for May's NFL Draft.


Ohio State redshirt junior CB Bradley Roby


- Ohio State redshirt junior CB Bradley Roby will declare for the NFL Draft.



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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