By | December 4, 2017

Quartet of juniors added to 2018 list … Over the course of the past few days, four more juniors have announced in one way or another that they will be skipping their final years of eligibility and entering the 2018 draft including Texas junior DBs DeShon Elliott and Holton Hill. Elliott is a FS with second-day potential, while Hill is an emerging cover corner who also has second-day physical skills, although he will have to address some major character issues after he was suspended for the final three games of the year for an unspecified violation of team rules. The entry of Elliott and Hill into the draft brings to three the number of Longhorn underclassmen entering this year’s draft afetr LT Connor Williams announced his intention to turn pro late last month. Meanwhile, NFL scouts are still waiting to hear from junior MLB Malik Jefferson, the Big XII co-defensive player of the year who has yet to announce. Jefferson likely will miss the ‘Horns Texas Bowl date with Missouri as he has a turf toe problem. The 2018 draft underclassmen list added a third defensive back as Colorado junior CB Isaiah Oliver said he will be entering this year’s draft. Oliver is a rangy (6-1, 195) corner with early second round potential; he is currently the 5th rated CB on the GBN positional list. At the same time, Pittsburgh junior WR/KR Quadree Henderson surprised some by announcing he will be entering this year’s draft; he’s a 5-8, 190-pound speedster with big-play ability but never appeared to find a niche with the Pitt offense although he did return 7 kicks for scores in his career; Henderson is considered to be an early to mid 3rd day prospect. The addition of these 4, brings the number of underclassmen known to be entering this year’s draft to 7. Underclassmen have until January 15th to file paperwork with the NFL to be eligible for the upcoming draft.