College players who make the decision to go pro early walk a tightrope. The decision to stay in school can either help them or hurt them, depending on many variables that the player cannot control.
Some players, like USC's Matt Barkley, end up regretting their choice to stay in school. Others, like defensive tackle Jesse Williams, saw their draft stock skyrocket in their final season at school.
On the flip side, many underclassmen who make the decision to leave early find out the hard way that they should have stayed. Case in point: Oregon's Darron Thomas, who ended up on the practice squad of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.
With this in mind, let's take a look at the decisions made by key underclassmen as it relates to this year's draft class.