The NFL has approved a total of 53 underclassmen to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. This exceeds last year's 46 and ties the number from 2008.
Is the possibility of work stoppage in 2011 the compelling reason for their decisions?
Let's take a look at the top five juniors that are coming out this year.
Through 40 games played, McCoy had 12 solo and five assisted sacks for a total loss of 97 yards. He also had 18 QB hurries and two forced fumbles.
McCoy also achieved 51 solo and 32 assisted tackles for 141 lost yards.
He will go in the first round and could possibly be a top five pick. Overall, he is the second best DT in the draft after senior Ndamukong Suh.
He will definitely be in the top 10, and could go to a Florida team, either the Buccaneers or Jaguars.
Take a look at McCoy in action via ProDraftParty.com:
After being arrested for DUI prior to the SEC Championship game, it became a foregone conclusion that Dunlap would leave early for the NFL draft.
Coach Urban Meyer kindly reinstated him for the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati.
In his career at Florida, Dunlap played in 39 games. In those games, he had 18 sacks and three assists for a total loss of 136 yards.
He also had 56 tackles and 28 assists for 155 yards lost.
Dunlap should be a top 15 pick in the first round. Don't be surprised if the Chiefs or Seahawks take him with the fifth or sixth picks in the first round, respectively.
Yes, the junior defensive linemen are dominating the top five.
Another top five or ten pick, Derrick Morgan of Georgia Tech, is destined to land in Tampa Bay, Kansas City, or Jacksonville.
Playing in 39 games, Morgan had 17 career solo sacks and five assists. He also had 74 solo tackles, of which 24 accounted for 154 total yards lost. He also had two forced fumbles while at Georgia Tech.
Another defensive lineman, but this time from a team that recently has become a force in the state of Florida. Enter Jason Pierre-Paul of the University of South Florida.
Pierre-Paul's college career journey has been quite interesting.
Prior to his arrival and one-year stay at South Florida, he started at College of the Canyons. For his sophomore season, he transferred to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, before finally arriving at South Florida.
Let's just hope that once he's drafted, he stays more than a year with his new NFL team.
While at South Florida, he had six solo and one assisted sacks, six QB hurries, and two forced fumbles. He also had one interception, returning it 18 yards for a TD.
He will come off the draft board within the first 15 picks. He reminds me of another "freak": Jevon Kearse.
Anthony Davis played in 38 games at Rutgers, and will protect a NFL QB's blind side soon enough.
OTs are important positions in the NFL, even though they are not sexy ones. Definitely a top ten pick in the upcoming draft, don't be surprised if you see Davis end up in Detroit, Washington, or Cleveland.