PewterReport.com has compiled a list of draft-eligible juniors and sophomores who have declared their intentions to skip their senior seasons and enter the 2005 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 23-24. Thus far, the majority of underclassmen who are entering the NFL Draft are running backs, wide receivers and cornerbacks.
Players have until Saturday, January 15 to opt for the NFL Draft. PewterReport.com will update this list as other juniors forego their senior campaigns and turn pro.
QUARTERBACKS California QB Aaron Rodgers Utah QB Alex Smith Indiana Firebirds (AFL) QB Adrian McPherson (NEW 1/15/04) Temple QB Walter Washington
RUNNING BACKS Florida RB Ciatrick Fason Oklahoma State RB Vernand Morency Louisville RB Eric Shelton Louisiana Tech RB Ryan Moats Minnesota RB Marion Barber III (NEW 1/15/04) N.C. State RB T.A. McClendon Missouri RB Damien Nash Miami (Fla.) RB Frank Gore Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett San Jose State RB Tyson Thompson (NEW 1/15/04) Northwestern State RB Derrick Johnese (NEW 1/15/04) Vanderbilt FB Matthew Tant
WIDE RECEIVERS USC WR Mike Williams South Carolina WR Troy Williamson Utah WR Steve Savoy (Sophomore) West Virginia WR Chris Henry Ball State WR Dante Ridgeway Miami (Fla.) WR Roscoe Parrish Pearl River Community College WR Larry Brackins (Sophomore)
TIGHT ENDS Virginia TE Heath Miller
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN Ole Miss C Chris Spencer Nebraska OL Richie Incognito (NEW 1/15/04)
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN Notre Dame DE Jason Tuck (NEW 1/14/04) Maryland DE Shawn Merriman Vanderbilt DE Jovan Haye Temple DT A.J. Lindsay (NEW 1/15/04) San Jose State DE Tony Ficklin (NEW 1/15/04)
LINEBACKERS Virginia LB Darryl Blackstock Florida MLB Channing Crowder (Sophomore) USC MLB Lofa Tatupu (NEW 1/14/04) Georgia MLB Odell Thurman Temple OLB Rian Wallace San Diego State OLB Matt McCoy (NEW 1/14/04)
SAFETIES Georgia S Thomas Davis Michigan S Ernest Shazor Nebraska S Josh Bullocks Oklahoma S Brodney Pool (NEW 1/15/04) Central Florida S Peter Sands
CORNERBACKS West Virginia CB Adam “Pac-Man” Jones Clemson CB Justin Miller Nebraska CB Fabian Washington Oregon State CB Brandon Browner
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