For Miami, it keeps going from bad to worse. The same could be said for Stanford.
- Miami Junior’s Oliver Vernon and Brandon Washington have declared for the NFL Draft. Washington is likely a mid round pick at either OG or RT. Vernon is likely a late round DE.
- For Stanford, Junior Guard David DeCastro is apparently near declaring for the NFL Draft and according to a source, “It is not a matter of if but when”. He could land as high as the top ten and should be a lock for the first round of the NFL Draft in April.
Less than one week after saying he was likely going to return to school, Matt Kalil has changed course and decided that he will hire an agent and enter the draft. He is almost surely going to wind up at #2 or #3 to the Vikings or the Rams so this is the right decision. He projects as a franchise Left Tackle and did not allow a sack all season while protecting Matt Barkley’s blind side. Remember to continue to check the site often to get all the up to the minute news on who will enter the NFL Draft.
These will be common posts throughout the next month, keeping all of you faithful followers up to date on who is going and who is staying. Today’s news includes Lamichael James and Ray Ray Armstrong
- LaMichael James will declare for the NFL Draft. He is considered a 2nd to 4th round pick, depending who you ask. His speed and return abilities will make him a dangerous player, no matter where he ends up
- Ray Ray Armstrong will return for his senior season. What began as a possible 1st round pick, his stock was ranging anywhere from the 3rd round to undrafted after being suspended on two different occasions and never getting into a rhythm. Hopefully with another year at Miami, he can build his stock back up to the first round.
I just got word of the following three announcements
- Virginia Tech Junior DB Jayron Hosely will enter the NFL Draft. “I plan on getting my grade back and go from there. Right now my mind is I’m moving on after this season,” Hosley said. “I put the papers in because obviously I have my mind on leaving or possibly leaving,” he later added. “I’m not going back and forth or re-thinking anything. Right now my mindset is on leaving so right now I’m gonna complete the rest of my time here and help my team to win as much as I can for right now.”
Get the other two players after the jump
I have been dormant for the past couple weeks but here is a summary of who has declared for the NFL Draft, who has filed for paper work, and who is staying in college.
- Today I found out via Mocking the Draft that Brandon Jenkins has filed for paper-work for the NFL Draft but is nowhere near a decision. A report by the Orlando Sentinel today noted that Jenkins, cornerback Greg Reid and “many” third-year players will be filing. I am assuming that one of these third year players is red-shirt sophomore Xavier Rhodes, who will likely just test the waters and return.
- Wake Forest WR Chris Givens has said that he will consider the NFL Draft. Givens has had 74 catches for 1276 yards and 9TDs this year to lead the Deamon Decons. Givens told reporters he is going to make his decision after he receives his grade from the board. “After the Vanderbilt game I sent them my declaring-for-eligibility form or whatever, and I’m just waiting to get my official evaluation back,” Givens said. “I’ve heard things from different people but nothing official yet.”
- Andrew Luck will enter the NFL Draft. No surprise here
- Matt Kalil is unsure of his decision. “I’m not close to making a decision. That will probably happen in the next couple weeks. No decision has been made. I just started thinking about the process I’m going to go through to make the decision.” If he does not enter, the OT class will be extremely weak.
- Justin Blackmon will declare for the NFL Draft. No surprise here either because due to Alshon Jeffery’s struggles this year, Blackmon has become the clear #1 WR in this year’s draft class.
- Junior WR Mohammed Sanu is unsure of whether or not he will declare for the draft.
- Montee Ball has said that his draft grade will determine whether or not he will enter the draft. “Obviously I’d love to hear first round,” he told the media. “I’d love to hear even late second. But third or four I’d most likely stay.” For what it is worth, I have him rated out as a first to second round back if Trent Richardson stays in school.
- Trent Richardson said that he is coming back to Alabama for his Senior season. However, many remain skeptical of this, especially if he wins the Heisman and a National Championship in the next month.
- Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State will enter the NFL Draft. I have him rated as a second round DT prospect with room to rise at the Combine.
- David Wilson will submit his NFL Draft paperwork but has not made a decision. “Regardless of my decision, I would like to see where I would end up if I was to take that route,” Wilson told the paper.
- Matt Barkley has filed for NFL Draft Paperwork but has not made his decision. “There’s not really a timetable,” he told the media. “But there’s definitely going to be a process.”
- Marcus Forston, Tommy Streeter, and Aldarius Johnson, all from Miami (Fl), will enter the NFL Draft. The highest rated of the three is Forston, who could be a Day Two pick.
- Manti Teo has filed for paperwork for the NFL Draft but was non-committal about whether or not he will enter. Same goes for Tyler Eifert, the Junior TE from Notre Dame.
- It is rumored that Khaseem Greene, the Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year, will enter the NFL Draft but he has been silent on the issue. Same goes for Miami RB Lamar Miller (a Redshirt sophomore) and Junior Temple RB Bernard Pierce.
That is all I have for you guys tonight. Expect more from me in the following week.