The outcome of the 2014 NFL draft will inevitably be disappointing for some of the underclassmen who have declared for early entry into this year’s class.
Though the NFL’s official list of early entrants will not be released until Sunday, unofficial lists compiled by SB Nation and CBS Sports have counted more than 95 players who are forgoing at least one season of college football eligibility in order to turn pro.
With only 73 early entrants in last year’s draft class, 17 underclassmen went undrafted, according to SB Nation. With a list nearing triple digits for the 2014 draft, there is not going to be room for all of them among this year’s 256 selections.
There are many different reasons why a college football player might have decided to declare for this year’s draft early. While many do so with the expectation they will be early-round draft selections, some get pushed to declare early for financial, academic or other off-field reasons.
Still, the whopping inflation suggests that the allure of playing in the NFL is as strong as it has ever been.
The decision to declare early could backfire for some players. While each of them decided that moving on to the NFL was the correct move for their futures, their draft stocks fall short of where they might have been with another year to improve.