College football juniors can sometimes be the best available NFL draft prospects. While seniors are thrown into the pool of talent each year due to graduation, juniors have a choice to either return to school or bolt for the next level if they are good enough.
And if that NFL draft stock begins to flash dollar signs, there's a good chance said player isn't returning to school. Every year, there are many juniors who generate so much buzz to the point of no return, and it's sure to happen again this season.
This year's list of players includes a remarkable cornerback from Ohio State, a flashy Clemson receiver and a non-BCS defensive end who could sneak into the first-round range.
Read on to find out who they are.
Note: Players who are listed as redshirt sophomores are included since they are technically three years removed from their high school graduation and are eligible to enter the NFL draft.