Over 50 underclassmen have already decided to forgo their eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. PewterReport.com has compiled a list of all of the reported underclassmen that have entered the draft and that can be found right here.
There have already been over 50 underclassmen that have decided to forgo their remaining college eligibility and leave school early for the 2013 NFL Draft. Last year, 65 players entered the draft as underclassmen, which set a new record, beating the mark of 56 players in 2011. Players have until Tuesday, January 15 to officially declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
PewterReport.com has the list of all of the underclassmen that have declared for the April draft in its annual Underclassmen Declaring For The 2013 Draft Tracker,
which can be found on its PewterReport.com Message Boards by clicking here.
Some of this year's early entries in the 2013 NFL Draft are expected to be first-round picks, including Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, LSU defensive end-outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore and Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel among others. Joeckel and Jones have the chance to become the first overall pick with a great offseason.
The Buccaneers, who need help with their defense, could target Rhodes, Moore or Mingo with the 13th overall pick in the first round. Rhodes has the ability and experience to step in as a starting cornerback, which is the greatest position of need for Tampa Bay, while Mingo or Moore could help the team's pass rush as the Bucs only generated 27 sacks in 2012, which ranked tied for 29th in the NFL. Only two teams – Jacksonville (20) and Oakland (25) – posted fewer sacks than Tampa Bay in 2012.
The Bucs surrendered a franchise-worst 4,758 passing yards in 2012, and were last in the league in pass defense, allowing 297.4 passing yards per game. It is believed that Tampa Bay will concentrate heavily on defensive players in the 2013 NFL Draft.
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