A record 56 underclassmen entered the NFL draft in 2011, and the 2012 NFL draft will provide plenty of young talent as well.
Of those 56 players, 15 were selected in the first round, and a similar ratio can be expected in 2012 with names like Matt Kalil, Justin Blackmon and Landry Jones opting for the pros.
And why not? With early entries like Cam Newton, A.J. Green and Julio Jones proving that professional success can come earlier than expected, the wave of 2012 talent has much reason to feel encouraged.
The same encouragement can be felt if you're a coach or general manager of a team in need of premier young talent, because there will be plenty of it on draft day.