– It looks like a trio of Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket underclassmen are headed to the NFL draft. Sources have told us that receiver Demaryius Thomas is a lock to enter April’s event while defensive end Derrick Morgan is also about 75% sure he’s leaving. Surprisingly the one player hedging the most at this point is running back Jonathan Dwyer, though most expect the big ball carrier will be playing on Sunday’s next year.
– Florida State quarterback Chris Ponder had been telling people he would explore his draft options and receive a grade from the advisory committee at the conclusion of the season. But that was before Ponder suffered the shoulder injury that’s put him on the sidelines. People close to the situation expect Ponder to shelve his NFL dreams for at least another season.
– Seminoles Dekoda Watson entered the season with high grades from NFL scouts but has fallen short of expectations. The reason is not complicated; Watson has been suffering from a groin injury since the start of the campaign. Watson has received an invitation to play in January’s Senior Bowl. He may have plenty of time to rest his groin until then, depending on whether or not FSU makes it to the post season.
– It’s been a long season for North Carolina State, one which is coming to a quick close. That won’t be the case for center Ted Larsen, who also received an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. The other senior centers invited to Mobile are J.D. Walton of Baylor, Matt Tennant of Boston College and Hawaii’s John Estes.
– To build upon our story from last month, it looks as though Ras-I Dowling is going to enter the draft, which most scouts have told us is a mistake at this point. In fact a number of teams rate Dowling lower than his teammate, senior Chris Cook.
– In our SEC notes of October 8th we mentioned linebacker Rennie Curran was giving serious thought to entering the draft. Additional sources have told us Curran is leaning heavily towards making the jump to the NFL at this point.
– The New York Jets have told people they presently rank Georgia junior safety Rashad Jones as a second round pick. The Jets also grade out two other SEC players, Eric Norwood of South Carolina and Tennessee’s Dan Williams, as second round talent.
– One junior that could be a surprise entry into next April’s draft is LSU safety Chad Jones. To date Jones whose only been a fulltime starter this season, has totaled 59 tackles and two interceptions. Some teams think Jones will project to outside linebacker at the next level.
– The worst kept secret in the southeast is Eric Berry’s intention to enter the draft. The official announcement could come days after the Volunteers final game. Berry will be one of the top five players selected next April.