It seems like everyone is leaving early these days. The 2011 NFL Draft will break the record for underclassmen selected, as sophomores and juniors from campuses all over the country are flocking to the NFL.
The prevailing culture in college athletics is to get out as soon as you can and get your big payday in the pros. Who wants to be bothered by papers and midterms anyway?
That desire is so deeply rooted in many pro prospects that the risk of the impending NFL lockout is not deterring anyone from turning pro.
If the Draft and the season run, though, there will be many unheralded rookies that find themselves in prime positions to play because their contracts are below market value for most players in the league. Although under the radar now, these rookies will become the best bargains and maybe provide the most impact down the road.
Here are 10 underclassmen who are going pro that no one is talking about.