For any young, talented college football player with a bright future ahead of him, it’s hard to resist the temptation of leaving school early and declaring for the NFL draft. The fame, big stage, and of course the big money all compel young players to go pro as soon as they are eligible.
While they are all likely to make the early jump to the NFL, here are five underclassmen we’d be thankful to watch in the college football ranks in 2014-15.
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
I hope Teddy Bridgewater stays another year!!—
Uncle Luke (@King_Lanham) November 18, 2013
Bridgewater has yet to indicate whether he will go pro next season, but with the season that the young quarterback has had, it’ll be hard for him not to feel ready for the next level.
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
The 6-6, 274-lb. junior has been key to South Carolina’s success this year, and his impressive play will likely land him in the top five of the NFL draft.
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Mariota on whether he has thought that this could be his Autzen finale. "Not at all and I'm being honest."—
Steve Mims (@SteveMims_RG) November 25, 2013
As the Ducks QB continues to shine, it’s becoming more likely each week we’ll see him announced as one of the first 10 players taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. Oregon – and their fans – are naturally holding out hope that Mariota will decide he needs a little more seasoning before making the leap to the pros.
WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Evans has been the top target for Texas A&M all season long. He has impressed so much that some are calling him the top wideout in the upcoming draft.
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Clemson fans should recognize Sammy Watkins too…He is a monster! Nothing left to prove in college—
Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) November 23, 2013