Every year some of the best players in college football are underclassmen and many of them decide they want to pursue a NFL career rather than go back to college for one more year. When a college football player has to decide whether to come back or not, there are several factors. These are some of this year’s underclassmen and whether they should come out early for the NFL Draft.
Tim Tebow, Florida Gators – Tim Tebow is the easiest choice of all underclassmen. Tim Tebow should stay in school. Right now Tim Tebow is being projected in the NFL Draft as a 3rd or 4th round draft pick and the team that picks him might even move him from the QB position. Plus Tim Tebow has a chance to win a third SEC Championship, a third National Championship and a second Heisman Trophy. If Tebow came back he could make a case for being the greatest college football player of all-time.
Percy Harvin, Florida Gators – The Gators offense was on a whole different level when Percy Harvin was healthy, that is why it pains me to say that Harvin should leave for the NFL Draft. If Harvin had a healthy career in Gainesville then maybe I’d say come back with Tebow and try and win a third National Championship but Harvin has been injured off and on and should go for the money while he can. At this point the injury risk has probably moved Harvin down to a late first round pick, but another injury next season could move him out of the first round altogether.
Matthew Stafford, Georgia Bulldogs – The Bulldogs had a very disappointing season there might be a part of Matthew Stafford thinking he should come back to redeem himself. But most experts have Stafford as the number quarterback prospect and that makes it pretty hard to pass up leaving for the NFL Draft.
Knowshon Moreno, Georgia Bulldogs – Basically the same thing goes for Moreno. He’s probably the top running back prospect so he’ll be a high draft pick. Plus if Stafford is gone the Bulldogs might not be worth coming back to next season.
Colt McCoy, Texas Longhorns – In my opinion Texas should have been in the Big 12 Championship, the National Championship and if I had to vote for a Big 12 quarterback to be the Heisman Trophy winner then it would be Colt McCoy. All of these things can’t sit well with McCoy and since all of his weapons are returning McCoy could be the Heisman and National Championship favorite next season.
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma Sooners – Unlike Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford will not have all of his weapons returning. I’m sure losing in the National Championship doesn’t sit well with Bradford but coming back next season could damage his position in the NFL Draft. Even if Bradford is the same quarterback his stats will probably suffer and it will seem like he had a down season.
Mark Sanchez, USC Trojans – Honestly, Mark Sanchez might be in the best position of any underclassmen. If Sanchez decides to come back to USC then they will be a favorite to win the National Championship (along with Florida and Texas.) If Sanchez leaves for the NFL Draft then he’ll probably be behind Stafford and Bradford but that could mean he would be drafted around 11 – 20, which is a nice spot. In that range you get first round money, go to a better team than a top pick, but not necessarily a team that is so good you can’t start soon. The last two quarterbacks drafted in that part of the draft were Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlesberger.