2011 NFL Draft: Potential Underclassman Early Entrant List

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2010

Stanford QB Andrew Luck
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It remains to be seen just how next year’s looming NFL lockout will affect the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft, which will take place at the end of next April. But one thing’s for sure: the strength of the draft will undoubtedly be determined by how many underclassmen choose to declare.

This year’s senior class—which was extremely weakened by the unusual amount of players who declared last year due to fears over the upcoming rookie salary cap—needs some help to make the 2011 draft interesting. Luckily, there are plenty of big names like Stanford’s Andrew Luck, LSU’s Patrick Peterson, Auburn’s Cameron Newton and Georgia’s A.J. Green to help them out.

The underclassmen have until the January 15 deadline to decide if they're ready to make the jump to the NFL, but we already have a good idea of which players could try to test the waters.

Here's a look at the juniors and redshirt sophomores who are likely to file their paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board for an opinion on where their stock sits at this point.

*Players in bold are those most likely to enter this year’s draft.

Tyron Smith, Jurrell Casey and Jonathan Baldwin have already declared.


  • Andrew Luck, Stanford (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Cameron Newton, Auburn (Junior)
  • Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (Junior)
  • Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (Junior)
  • Nick Foles, Arizona (Junior)

Running Backs

  • Mark Ingram, Alabama (Junior)
  • LaMichael James, Oregon (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Mikel Leshoure, Illinois (Junior)
  • Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Jordan Todman, UCONN (Junior)
  • Shane Vereen, California (Junior)
  • John Clay, Wisconsin (Junior)
  • Montel Harris, Boston College (Junior)
  • Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M (Junior)
  • Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss (Junior)
  • Jeff Demps, Florida (Junior)

Wide Receivers

  • A.J. Green, Georgia (Junior)
  • Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (Junior)
  • Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Julio Jones, Alabama (Junior)
  • Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (Junior)
  • Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt (Junior)
  • Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M (Junior)
  • Greg Childs, Arkansas (Junior)
  • Chris Owusu, Stanford (Junior)
  • DeVier Posey, Ohio State (Junior)
  • Randall Cobb, Kentucky (Junior)
  • Darvin Adams, Auburn (Junior)
  • Jermaine Kearse, Washington (Junior)
  • Nick Toon, Wisconsin (Junior)
  • Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech (Junior)
  • Torrey Smith, Maryland (Junior)
  • Marvin Jones, California (Junior)

Tight Ends

  • Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette (Junior)
  • Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame (Junior)
  • Michael Egnew, Missouri (Junior)
  • George Bryan, North Carolina State (Junior)

Offensive Linemen

  • Tyron Smith, USC (Junior)
  • Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State (Junior)
  • Nate Potter, Boise State (Junior)

Defensive Tackles

  • Nick Fairley, Auburn (Junior)
  • Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple (Junior)
  • Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Jurrell Casey, USC (Junior)
  • Mike Martin, Michigan (Junior)
  • Jaye Howard, Florida (Junior)
  • Jared Crick, Nebraska (Junior)
  • Corey Liuget, Illinois (Junior)
  • Lawrence Guy, Arizona State (Junior)

Defensive Ends

  • Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson (Junior)
  • Aldon Smith, Missouri (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Marcell Dareus, Alabama (Junior)
  • Robert Quinn, North Carolina (Junior)
  • J.J. Watt, Wisconsin (Junior)
  • Armond Armstead, USC (Junior)


  • Akeem Ayers, UCLA (Junior)
  • Travis Lewis, Oklahoma (Junior)
  • Justin Houston, Georgia (Junior)
  • Keenan Robinson, Texas (Junior)
  • Martez Wilson, Illinois (Junior)
  • Tank Carder, TCU (Junior)
  • Nigel Bradham, Florida State (Junior)
  • Zach Brown, North Carolina (Junior)
  • Dont’a Hightower, Alabama (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Danny Trevathan, Kentucky (Junior)


  • Patrick Peterson, LSU (Junior)
  • Brandon Burton, Utah (Junior)
  • Aaron Williams, Texas (Junior)
  • Brandon Harris, Miami (Junior)
  • Janoris Jenkins, Florida (Junior)
  • Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (Junior)
  • Josh Robinson, Central Florida (Redshirt Sophomore)
  • Omar Bolden, Arizona State (Junior)
  • Brandon Boykin, Georgia (Junior)
  • Chase Minnifield, Virginia (Junior)
  • Shaun Prater, Iowa (Junior)
  • Tashaun Gipson, Wyoming (Junior)
  • Trevin Wade, Arizona (Junior)


  • Delano Howell, Stanford (Junior)
  • Mark Barron, Alabama (Junior)
  • Rahim Moore, UCLA (Junior)
  • Lance Mitchell, Oregon State (Junior)
  • Tyler Sash, Iowa (Junior)
  • Robert Sands, West Virginia (Junior)
  • Kenny Tate, Maryland (Junior)


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