Underclassmen

By | May 1, 2016

Mixed bag for underclassmen in draft … Every year, one of the enduring questions revolving around the draft is whether too many underclassmen are leaving for the NFL with eligibility remaining. No question, though, that underclassmen tend to dominate the top of the board. At the 2016 draft, for example, 8 of the top 10 picks and 21 of the 31 first-round selections still had college eligibility left. In the end 77 of the 107 juniors and redshirt freshman in this weekend’s draft class were ultimately selected. On the other hand, though, 30 declared underclassmen were not selected at all in this weekend’s draft. Of course, many of those never actually expected to be drafted, but many did. Indeed, even Ohio State, which led all schools with 12 players selected this past weekend, wasn’t immune as neither of junior FS Tyvis Powell and sophomore WR Jalin Marshall were chosen through the seven rounds. Indeed, it was a tough weekend for junior receivers as along with Marshall fellow WRs Rogers Lewis of Bowling Green, De’Runnya Wilson of Mississippi State, Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall of Oregon, Cayleb Jones of Arizona and Tennessee’s Marquez North all were disappointed when they weren’t selected Meanwhile, other underclassmen who had to be devastated when they weren’t drafted included Arkansas G/T Denver Kirkland, Oklahoma MLB Dominique Alexander, and Indiana DT Darius Latham. At the same time, a number of other underclassmen went substantially later than they had expected when the filed paperwork with the NFL back in January including CB Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson, Baylor Dt Andrew Billings, Clemson SS Jayron Kearse and Arizona MLB Scooby Wright.