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December 14, 2010

These can be tough times for underclassmen who are thinking of declaring early for the NFL draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, but rumors of a lockout could cause some second-guessing among some of the players.

Last year, 53 underclassmen declared for the draft. There were 46 in 2009, 53 in '08, 40 in '07, 48 in '06, 49 in '05, 43 in '04, 54 in '03, 43 in '02, 54 in '01 and 31 in 2000.

Here's a list of the players who likely are at least considering leaving school early. As always, there will be players who surprise us with their decisions, so this isn't necessarily the definitive list. We will update the list as decisions are made.

Sophomore-eligible players are denoted with an asterisk.

SS Mark Barron: Will return to school
DE Marcell Dareus: Will enter NFL draft
LB Dont'a Hightower: Will remain in school
RB Mark Ingram: Will enter NFL draft
WR Julio Jones: Will enter NFL draft
WR Juron Criner: Will remain in school
CB Omar Bolden: Will remain in school
QB Ryan Mallett: Will enter NFL draft
DT Nick Fairley: Will enter NFL draft
QB Cameron Newton: Will enter draft
OT Matt Reynolds: Will remain in school
RB Shane Vereen: Will enter NFL draft
DE Da'Quan Bowers: Will enter NFL draft
RB Jamie Harper: Will enter NFL draft
RB Jordan Todman: Will enter NFL draft
FS Will Hill: Will enter NFL draft
CB Janoris Jenkins: Will remain in school
WR T.Y. Hilton: Will remain in school
WR A.J. Green: Will enter NFL draft
LB Justin Houston: Will enter NFL draft
WR Tandon Doss: Will enter NFL draft
RB Mikel Leshoure: Will enter NFL draft
DT Corey Liuget: Will enter NFL draft
LB Martez Wilson: Will enter NFL draft
WR Marvin McNutt: Will remain in school
CB Shaun Prater: Will remain in school
WR Randall Cobb: Will enter NFL draft
CB Patrick Peterson: Will enter NFL draft
RB Stevan Ridley: Will enter NFL draft
WR Torrey Smith: Will enter NFL draft
CB Brandon Harris: Will enter NFL draft
LB Sean Spence: Will remain in school
QB Blaine Gabbert: Will enter NFL draft
DE Aldon Smith*: Will enter NFL draft
DT Jared Crick: Will remain in school
LB Lavonte David: Will remain in school
CB Alfonzo Dennard: Will remain in school
DE Robert Quinn: Will enter NFL draft
WR Michael Floyd: Will remain in school
TE Kyle Rudolph: Will enter NFL draft
OT Mike Adams: Will remain in school
C Michael Brewster: Will remain in school
RB Dan Herron: Will remain in school
WR DeVier Posey: Will remain in school
WR Ryan Broyles: Will remain in school
LB Travis Lewis: Will remain in school
WR Justin Blackmon*: Will remain in school
NT Jerrell Powe: Will enter NFL draft
RB LaMichael James*: Will remain in school
RB Jacquizz Rodgers: Will enter NFL draft
WR Jonathan Baldwin: Will enter NFL draft
RB Dion Lewis*: Will enter NFL draft
WR Tori Gurley*: Will enter NFL draft
WR DeAndre Brown: Will enter NFL draft
LB Thomas Keiser: Will enter NFL draft
QB Andrew Luck*: Will remain in school
DT Muhammad Wilkerson: Will enter NFL draft
CB Aaron Williams: Will enter NFL draft
WR Jeff Fuller: Will remain in school
LB Akeem Ayers: Will enter NFL draft
FS Rahim Moore: Will enter NFL draft
DT Jurrell Casey: Will enter NFL draft
OT Tyron Smith: Will enter NFL draft
CB Brandon Burton: Will enter NFL draft
CB Chase Minnifield: Will remain in school
DE Zane Parr: Will enter NFL draft
RB Darren Evans: Will enter NFL draft
RB Ryan Williams*: Will enter NFL draft
FS Robert Sands: Will enter NFL draft
RB John Clay: Will enter NFL draft
DE J.J. Watt: Will enter NFL draft

NOTE: Clemson QB Kyle Parker and North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson also may leave, but they would head to pro baseball, not the NFL.



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