The deadline for underclassmen to apply for the 2010 NFL Draft is a little more than one month away. Until the official announcements are made by players they’ll be plenty of speculation. TFY Draft readers can expect updates at least twice a week for the month of December on the way players are leaning towards entering the draft, besides any breaking news as it comes in.
– The first “official” entry into the draft came today as Dezmon Briscoe publicly stated he will forgo the uncertainty around the Kansas program and has declared for the 2010 event. “I feel like I don’t have anything left to prove in college football and my mom agrees,” Briscoe said. “I want to be a consistent deep threat for an NFL team. I can get over corners and I’m a smart player.” Briscoe finished the season with 84 receptions for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns. He also is KU’s career leader with 3,240 receiving yards. Briscoe’s draft grade will be decided by how fast he runs prior to April. We’ve always liked his receiving skill and feel he’s worthy of being a second round choice, but he’s likely to be selected a round to a round-and-a-half later.
– The cornerback position is expected to be heavily influenced by a large number of underclassmen entries next April. We’ve reported on a number of occasions that Florida’s Joe Haden will enter the draft and is likely to be the first cornerback selected. Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks is also going to make the leap. Sources have told us at least three more juniors are likely to throw their hat into the ring including Kareem Jackson of Alabama, Colorado’s Jimmy Smith and North Carolina’s Kendric Burney.
– Speaking of the Tar Heels, sources have told us large numbers of UNC underclassmen are expected to leave for the NFL, similar to the situation at Florida we reported just days ago. Defensive lineman Marvin Austin, linebacker Bruce Carter, safety Deunta Williams and linebacker Quan Sturdivant are reportedly heavily leaning towards entering April’s event. There’s been little word on the teams other talented secondary prospect, cornerback Charles Brown.
– Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn is reportedly 50/50 as whether or not he’ll enter the draft. Most feel when push comes to shove Clayborn will be back in a Hawkeye uniform next year.
– That’s not the case for offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. Hawkeye insiders have told us they expect the big blocker to enter the draft. Scouts we’ve spoken with are not sold on the fact Bulaga can handle left tackle duties in the NFL. We’ll have our own opinion once we go through our Big Ten film in detail.
– San Diego State wide out Vincent Brown is exploring his draft options and going through the process of getting opinions on where he’ll be selected if he opts for the NFL. Brown showed big time potential this season, but was hampered part of the year with a thumb injury.
– San Jose State senior defensive lineman Carl Ihenacho is likely to be a late round pick as teams are considering moving him to outside linebacker. His brother, junior safety Duke Ihenacho, is considered to be a better prospect and has an earlier draft grade. Will Duke follow his brother to the NFL and leave SJSU a year early? We are hearing it depends on who the Spartans hire as their next football coach. If they hire from within the younger Ihenacho is likely to stay for his senior season. But should they hire an outsider there’s a good chance he’ll leave for the draft.
– We’ve mentioned on several occasions that Nevada defensive lineman Kevin Basped is set to enter the draft. Now comes word his teammate, Dontay Moch, is also lining up his options and considering leaving for the NFL. On film many argue Moch is a better player than Basped, something we feel has validity. But on paper he lags behind as his listed measurables of 6-feet, 1-inch and 245 pounds means a downgrade by NFL scouting departments. We’ve been told Moch may head to the draft because of finances.
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