Clock ticking on underclassmen

January 2, 2019

Clock ticking on underclassmen … Underclassmen who need to apply to the NFL in order to be eligible for the 2019 draft have until the end of business on January 14th to get their paperwork into the league office. That’s less than two weeks away. In fact, more than 70 juniors and redshirt sophomores have already indicated in one way or another that they will be turning pro this winter, but the NFL is still waiting to hear from a number of key underclassmen including Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins, currently the consensus top prospect at the position for this April’s draft. Haskins is still currently saying that he is ’50-50′ to enter this year’s, although most observers around both the NFL and the OSU program fully expect him to declare in the next few days. Meanwhile, other top prospects who have yet to make their intentions known publicly include WRs Marquise Brown of Oklahoma, JJ Arcega-Whiteside of Stanford, Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler, Riley Ridley of Georgia, and Collin Johnson and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey of Texas; TEs TJ Hockenson of Iowa and Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam; Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans; OGs Connor McGovern of Penn State, Ohio State’s Michael Jordan and Darryl Williams of Mississippi State; Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz; Miami DE Joe Jackson; DTs Derrick Brown of Auburn and LSU’s Rashard Lawrence; LSU ILB Devin White; OLB Vosean Joseph of Florida; CBs Byron Murphy of Washington and Notre Dame’s Julian Love; and Washington SS Taylor Rapp. Of course, the NFL is also still waiting to hear from the small army of underclassmen from Alabama and Clemson which play in next Monday’s national championship game. Here is the full listing of underclassmen who could still be planning to enter the 2019 draft as compiled by GBN College Football Investigative Analyst Larry Parker on the Junior Scoreboard.