This is the time of year when underclassmen consider their NFL possibilities, and to CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli, three SEC programs will be most affected by NFL Draft early entrees.
In this piece published Monday, Fornelli explains how LSU, Florida and Alabama “will feel the sting in 2017” with quality underclassmen choosing to begin their professional careers early.
The inclusion of the three SEC programs shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The Tigers must move on without running back Leonard Fournette, safety Jamal Adams, defensive lineman Davon Godchaux and wide receiver Malachi Dupre. The Gators will lose standouts such as linebacker Alex Anzalone, defensive lineman Caleb Brantley and cornerbacks Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson. The Crimson Tide will start next season without offensive tackle Cam Robinson, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart.
Of course, it’s somewhat of a compliment for each program that so many quality players are leaving early. It says something about the schools’ ability to develop NFL-quality talent.
You can read Fornelli’s full explanations here. Clemson, Washington, Ohio State, Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech also are included in the post.