Is Clausen ready for the NFL?

Is Clausen ready for the NFL?

A second underclassman makes his entry into the NFL Draft official. One Big Ten lineman is having second thoughts about leaving for the big leagues while a lesser known lineman from the same conference is telling people around him he may be headed into the draft. Mike Williams may not be the only junior from Syracuse in April’s draft. Full details on these stories and a few notes on Senior Bowl invitations in this edition of underclassmen news.

Jimmy Clausen made official what we posted back on October 26th, he’s leaving Notre Dame and entering the NFL Draft. We’ll reiterate what we said in our SI.com column almost a month later; scouts love Clausen’s physical skills but really feel he has a ways to go before being NFL-ready. A drop down draft boards into the second half of the initial frame next April would not be a surprise to many in the scouting community.

– Despite his numerous mental errors a number of teams still have Oklahoma junior cornerback Dominique Franks graded as a potential first rounder. The New York Jets in particular are high on the well sized cover man.

– From middle America we hear offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga is having second thoughts about entering the draft after some poor performances towards the end of the season. Most in Iowa expect Bulaga will be playing in the NFL next season.

– Many in Purdue believe the same thing about defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The Boilermaker leader in sacks and tackles for loss has been telling people he is seriously considering entering the draft.

– One prospect telling those around him he’s not interested in making the NFL his employer next season is Central Michigan all purpose skill player Antonio Brown. Just about everyone we’ve spoken with close to the situation has said that Brown seems disinterested when the topic of his early entry into the draft is discussed.

– Former Syracuse receiver Mike Williams will begin training for the combine this week in Pensacola, Florida.

– Williams may not be the only underclassman from Syracuse in this year’s draft. Sources have told us running back Delone Carter will go through the advisory committee with the hopes of receiving an opinion on his draft ranking, then make a decision where his future lies. Carter is coming off a career season in which he rushed for over 1000 yards.

– In our November 20th edition of draft news and notes from the ACC we informed readers that a number of scouts rated Virginia Cavalier senior cornerback Chris Cook higher than his more notable junior teammate Ras-I Dowling. Sources told us today that Cook will receive an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl this January.

– Another ACC player that does not get much mention yet is also slated to receive an invitation to the Senior Bowl is North Carolina defensive tackle Cam Thomas.

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