Unofficially, 96 college players have declared early for the 2014 NFL draft, shattering last year's then-record mark of 73 by a factor of 30.5 percent.
This mass exodus has depleted the well of talent at many programs. Teams like LSU have again become victim of their own successful player development, pumping underclassmen into the league when they're still eligible to remain in college.
But for some teams, the well is less dry. Whether it be by good fortune—players opting not to declare early—or by quality recruiting and depth, the players returning from last year's roster have fans looking forward to next season, not pitying who just left.
This isn't a preseason ranking system. It ignores things like coaching and schedule and scheme. It's not a prediction of who will win their conference or which teams will play in the College Football Playoff.
It's simply a measure of talent, as it exists on paper. Let's take a look.