Who would have thought that just four weeks into this college football season and we would already be seeing prospects entering first-round discussion in the 2014 NFL draft, despite being only first-year eligible players?
Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon is one of them, and for good reason.
Gordon has displayed speed, vision, balance, power and patience on his way to leading the NCAA in rushing yards this season with 624 yards on a mere 53 carries. And the crazy part is, he's not the only redshirt sophomore making noise.
Plenty of other young players are making their cases too. Seeing how well Giovanni Bernard has adapted to life in the NFL should make Gordon and other underclassmen consider making a similar jump early next year.
Nonetheless, getting past just the first-year eligible players—and Gordon in particular—which other college athletes are making similar cases for their right to be first-round NFL selections?
The season is young, but here are three players generating plenty of buzz early for the next NFL draft.