With the NFL draft now less than 100 days away, the list of underclassmen forgoing their senior season is now finalized.
Seventy three underclassmen have declared for April's draft, setting a new NFL record.
As a former NFL player and talent evaluator, I've studied each prospect closely on film and compiled an early power ranking of every guy attempting to enter the NFL early. This list is a work in progress, however, as there is a lot more film to be watched and factors to be considered between now and April.
To be fair to all prospects, I've disregarded all medical history and character issues, which means the list is based almost exclusively on my personal film analysis.
In order to quantify position-specific attributes, I applied a numeric grading scale to different categories for each position to give more meaning to my observations. So instead of saying running back X is elusive, I give his elusiveness a numeric grade from 1-10 based on film study.
To get a better idea of the ranking system I used as a tool to help generate the list, check out the Google Doc here.