Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tuesday was the deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. For the third straight year, a record number of juniors and third-year sophomores have gone pro. In 2010, a then-record 56 underclassmen declared. In 2011, the record ballooned to 65. This year, we have 75.
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With player evaluations courtesy of Rotoworld college football maven Josh Norris, here is a loose ranking of the 75 underclassmen now officially eligible for April's NFL Draft:
1. Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel -- Listed at 6-foot-6, 310, Joeckel earned the 2012 Outland Trophy as the nationís top lineman after starting all 39 games of his Aggies career at left tackle. If the Chiefs don't retain free agent Branden Albert, Joeckel will be a serious candidate to be selected first overall.