Ranking the Best Players to Declare Early for the NFL Draft

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Ranking the Best Players to Declare Early for the NFL Draft
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The first wave of underclassmen have begun to announce their intentions for next season, whether to stay in college for a final year or head off to the NFL.

This seems like as good a time as any to point out that there are still several great players such as Florida State's Bjoern Werner and Georgia's Jarvis Jones who have yet to make their intentions known.

That said, this list runs down the best underclassmen to declare so far and even includes a punter.

Everyone on this list has some eligibility left, and all of them will be drafted, and drafted fairly high, with the exception of Brad Wing (sorry, LSU fans).

Go ahead and read on to find out which underclassmen we rank as the best going into the final few days of college football's postseason.

By the way, if you haven't seen South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's monster hit in the Gamecocks bowl game, drop everything and watch it now.

UPDATE (Jan. 3, 2012, 2 p.m. ET):

FSU DE Bjoern Werner has reportedly declared for the NFL draft as well. Werner will largely be considered among the best prospects available in April.

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