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SEC teams hit hardest by NFL Draft early entrants

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Draft-eligible underclassmen turning pro are a forgone conclusion these days. And it is an anomaly for a projected first-round player – and sometimes second or third round – to return for another year, especially with fear of injuries, etc. A lot of it depends on the position the player plays as to whether a first- or fourth-round projection is good enough.

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The league minimum in 2014 is $420,000, and these players all see the money and the possibility to get some coin in their pockets and help their families out. And early entries into the NFL Draft hammered several teams. LSU, again, was the team that was hit the hardest, with seven underclassmen leaving.

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Let’s rank the teams that were hit hardest by the NFL Draft early entries:

LSU (7)

  • Odell Beckham, WR
  • Alfred Blue, RB
  • Ego Ferguson, DT
  • Jeremy Hill, RB
  • Anthony Johnson, DT
  • Jarvis Landry, WR
  • Trai Tuner, OG

South Carolina (4)

  • Jadeveon Clowney, DE
  • Victor Hampton, CB
  • Kelcy Quarles, DT
  • Bruce Ellington, WR

Texas A&M (2)

  • Johnny Manziel, QB
  • Mike Evans, WR

Alabama (5)

  • HaHa Clinton-Dix, DB
  • Adrian Hubbard, LB
  • Cyrus Kouandjio, OT
  • Jeoffrey Pagan, DL
  • Vinnie Sunseri, DB

Auburn (2)

  • Tre Mason, RB
  • Greg Robinson, OT

Missouri (2)

  • Henry Josey, RB
  • Kony Ealy, DE

Florida (3)

  • Loucheiz Purifoy, CB
  • Marcus Roberson, CB
  • Ronald Powell, LB

Ole Miss (1)

  • Donte Moncrief, WR

Tennessee (1)

  • Antonio Richardson, OT

Vanderbilt (1)

  • Chris Boyd, WR (suspended for the 2013 season)

Photo  Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports





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Comments 7

  1. I love that nobody fron Georgia left!

  2. Now do these lists take into account the seniors these teams lost?

  3. I don’t understand yoir premise myles. and seriously bill? do you understand what you’re reading? the article is about players who left early. early, get it? early!

  4. Dang, South Carolina’s gonna be hurtin w/out those 4 dudes. Plus, Shaw and Jimmy Legree are seniors, so they’ll be leaving. :-(