2013 NFL Draft: 5 Players Who Should Have Stayed in School
A number of underclassmen have already declared for the 2013 NFL draft. Some of those decisions were very smart, while others weren't very well thought out.
Players that made the right choice by declaring for the draft include wide receiver Keenan Allen from Cal, running back Giovani Bernard from North Carolina, tight end Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins from Ohio State, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from Missouri and wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee.
I'm listing five players now that I think should have stayed in school for one more year, including the quarterback from Tennessee.
Quarterback Tyler Bray (Tennessee)
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Tyler Bray has a ton of talent, but has had some maturity issues at Tennessee. Bray threw 34 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions in 2012, but the Volunteers went just 5-7 this year—and 1-7 in the SEC.
Granted, he will be losing his top two receivers to the draft, and will also be getting a new coaching staff. However, he has the talent to become a future top-10 pick in the draft. That won't happen this year, though. It could have happened next year, if he'd stayed at school and developed more.
Bray could be picked anywhere from the late first to the second or third rounds. He will most likely be selected on the second day.
Defensive Tackle Akeem Spence (Illinois)
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Akeem Spence was very inconsistent in 2012. He had 72 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Still, he did not play to his potential.
Spence needs to get stronger, and needs to improve his run-stuffing ability.
He probably won't get picked before the third round.
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Brandon Jenkins (Florida State)
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Brandon Jenkins broke his foot in the first week of the 2012 season. Jenkins would have been better served to get a medical redshirt and then come back next year.
Jenkins has talent, as he had 21.5 sacks, along with 33.5 tackles for loss in his first two years at Florida State.
Jenkins will get drafted because of his talent, but it probably won't happen before the third round.
Running Back Knile Davis (Arkansas)
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Knile Davis has been injury prone in his career at Arkansas. He missed all of the 2011 season due to an ankle injury, and didn't look as good this year as he did in 2010.
Davis rushed for just 377 yards and two touchdowns this season, after rushing for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010.
With Bret Bielema coming to Arkansas, you can bet the Razorbacks will tote the rock a lot.
Davis will probably be a late-round draft pick, as this draft is pretty deep at running back.
Guard Alvin Bailey (Arkansas)
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Alvin Bailey had a pretty good year in 2012 for the Razorbacks, even though the team struggled. Bailey is a decent run-blocker and looks to be a better-than-average pass-blocker.
Still, as with teammate Knile Davis, Bailey would have been better off staying in school for one more year. New coach Bret Bielema saw many of his offensive linemen from Wisconsin get picked in the first and second rounds of the draft.
Bailey will still get picked fairly early—in the late second or somewhere in the third round—but his stock could have gone a lot higher had he stayed at Arkansas for one more year.