2011 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker: Jan. 17

2011 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker: Jan. 17


2011 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker: Jan. 17


Darvin AdamsJust after bowl games come to an end, the real beginning of the “Draft” season comes. And as we’ve seen in year’s past and what is likely in this upcoming draft is that the juniors and redshirt-sophomores that declare for the draft have a major impact on the whole draft, with the first round in particular.

We end with the two Auburn studs leaping to NFL in Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, a playmaker from Kentucky, and a surprise third Auburn player that probably should have waited another year.

So ,in our final update of the Tracker, here is our  2011 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declaring Tracker.

Player Proj. Round Verdict Notes
Jurrell Casey, DT, USC 1st-2nd Good Move Lackluster DT crop,versatile and athletic
Tyron Smith, OT, USC Top 10 Good Move Very athletic, only LT in this class so far
Vidal Hazelton, WR, Cincinnati 6th-UN Undecided Transfer, injuries killed career, no other option
DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss 2nd-3rd OK Move Hard for stock to rise, 2011 would’ve helped
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland 2nd-3rd Good Move New coach, young team, and he’s a playmaker
Aaron Williams, CB, Texas 2nd-3rd OK Move Played well in ’10,  1st rounder in 2012 probably
Shane Vereen, RB, California 2nd-3rd Good Move Not great this year, risky to stick around though
Jordan Todman, RB, Uconn 2nd-3rd Good Move Lot of carries, teams worry about punishment
Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina 6th-UN Bad Move Helped by Jeffery opposite him, not NFL ready 
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri Top 10 Good Move We thought he was a Top 10 guy all year, #1 QB? 
Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana 6th-UN Bad Move Kevin Wilson as coach could’ve helped
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah 2nd-3rd Good Move Good size, instincts, could rise up boards
Akeem Ayers, ILB, UCLA 1st-2nd Good Move The draft’s top LB, could be as high as Top 15
Brenden Harris, CB, Miami (FL) 1st-2nd Good Move Quick, good speed, struggles with bigger WRs 
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame 2nd-3rd Undecided Out all ’10 with an injury, has to show he’sv100%
Muhammed Wilkerson, DT, Temple 3rd-5th OK Move Great length, great 3-4 DE fit, HC Golden’s gone
DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson Top 10 Good Move One of the best athletes in draft, as high as #1
Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech 1st-2nd Good Move Can’t knock a RB leaving after 2 great years
JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin 1st-2nd OK Move High motor, athletic, plays physical
Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech 3rd-5th Bad Move Could have benefited at 100%, without Williams
Thomas Keiser, OLB, Stanford 5th-7th Bad Move Luck stays, average linebacker leaves; Strange
Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama Top 20 Good Move Not as high on him as others, but he’s Top 10
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Top 20 Good Move Struggled in the clutch, a 1st rounder; Top QB?
Zach Farr, DE, Virginia 6th-UN Bad Move Only 2 sacks in 2010, not NFL ready
Rahim Moore, S, UCLA 1st-2nd Good Move One of the top safeties, UCLA defense was bad
Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh 3rd-5th OK Move Subpar ’10, but had a lot of carries in 2 years
Robert Sands, S, West Virginia 3rd-5th OK Move Rangy and talented, hips, instincts need work
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin 3rd-5th Good Move Won’t be a high pick, great power back
Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri 2nd-3rd OK Move Could’ve improved in ’11, outstanding talent
AJ Green, WR, Georgia Top 10 Good Move Larry Fitzgerald type impact, could be Top 3
Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona 2nd-3rd Good Move Got lost at times, could be 3-4 DE in NFL
Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois 3rd-5th OK Move Played well, character issues will worry teams
Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia 1st-2nd Good Move Was a pleasant surprise, 3-4 rusher, 1st round?
Mikel LeShore, RB, Illinois 1st-2nd Good Move Very impressive, Rashard Mendenhall #2?
Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh 5th-7th OK Move Rare for a FB, but he’s very impressive, maybe #1
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State 3rd-5th OK Move Thought he’d stay with brother, size hurts
Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois 3rd-5th Bad Move Isn’t ready yet, a lot could change with workouts
Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU 4th-6th OK Move Decent year, good talent, had quite a few carries
Sealver Siligi, DT, Utah 6th-UN Bad Move Late round prospect at best, hope he had a reason
Nick Claytor, OT, Georgia Tech 5th-7th Bad Move Needed another year to develop, zone blocker
Tyler Sash, S, Iowa 3rd-5th OK Move Playmaker in college, lock to be great STer
Will Hill, S, Florida 2nd-3rd OK Move Inconsistent all year, could have used 2011 year
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Top 20 Good Move Questions about eligibility are reason enough
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn Top 10 Good Move Came out of nowhere this year, # 1 overall?
Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky 2nd-3rd Good Move Playmaker, think Percy Harvin plus Brad Smith
Will Hill, S, Florida 2nd-3rd Bad Move A year with Will Muschamp could have helped
Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn 4th-6th Bad Move Team’s leading receiver, still not NFL ready
Jerrard Tarrant, S, Georgia Tech 5th-7th Bad Move Questionable call, good talent, not developed
Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington 3rd-5th OK Move Productive, talented, but FCS Jrs are rare

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