NFL Draft 2012: Andrew Luck, LaMichael James, Trent Richardson Among Underclassmen Leaving School
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The NFL postseason has not even ended yet the upcoming draft in April is already dominating many football conversations -- especially those in cities without a team remaining in the hunt. With the January 15th deadline to declare for the draft passed, our list of eligible draftees is finalized.
There are certainly plenty of top players who have decided to bolt early for the NFL: The latest National Football Post mock draft had underclassmen being drafted with the top seven picks.
For some players, three years of college football was more than enough to distinguish themselves as top picks in the NFL draft. Such was the case for 2011 Heisman finalists Trent Richardson, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, all whom are rated highly by professional scouts.
While the choice for those three college stars was clear-cut, there are others for whom the decision was not so easy. For those players unsure about staying on campus for another year or playing on Sundays, the chance to further hone one's skills at the college level was perhaps not worth passing up an NFL paycheck. Such may have been the case for Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, who caught many off-guard by declaring for the NFL draft despite many lingering questions about where he'll fit in at the next level.
Here are the underclassmen who have declared for the 2012 NFL Draft. Browse and vote for whichever players you feel made the right and wrong decisions to go pro.