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» List: Players who declared early for 2015 NFL Draft's College Football 24/7 is tracking the latest news on college football underclassmen in anticipation for the 2015 NFL Draft. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15, 2015 to declare for the draft.

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Jan. 5: Two-way star Thompson will turn pro
The take: Thompson, who won the Paul Hornung Award this season as the nation's most versatile player, announced that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Thompson (6-foot-1, 228 pounds) played nickelback as a freshman and is known for his outstanding ability in pass coverage, which could help separate him from the rest of the draft's linebackers. He also rushed for 463 yards on 61 carries this season as a part-time running back.

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Jan. 5: Report: Peat entering 2015 draft
The take: Peat, one of the top offensive tackle prospects in college football, will bypass his senior season and enter the 2015 draft, according to a report by Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin. Peat played left tackle for the Cardinal the last two seasons. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks called him "a pro-ready offensive tackle with impressive technical skills and athleticism."

Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU

Jan. 5: LSU defender intends to enter draft
The take: LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter will reportedly enter the 2015 NFL Draft as an underclassman, a key loss for a Tigers defense that has already lost defensive back Jalen Collins, as well as linebacker Kwon Alexander, and one of the top coordinators in the college game, John Chavis. Hunter (6-6, 240 pounds) made 13 tackles for loss to lead the Tigers in 2014.

Jalen Collins, DB, and Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU

Jan. 5: LSU defenders ignore Draft Advisory Board recommendations
The take: LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive back Jalen Collins, both of whom have declared for the 2015 NFL Draft, apparently weren't moved by their official draft grades. Both received "return to school" recommendations from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, according to Beginning this year, the NFLDAB is issuing one of only three grades to underclassmen -- first-round, second-round, or return to school. Tigers junior left guard Vadal Alexander, who has yet to announce if he is entering the draft as an underclassman, also received a "return to school" grade, according to the report.

D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida

Jan. 5: Humphries intends to enter 2015 draft
The take: In December, Humphries refuted a report that he had decided to turn pro. Now, in the wake of Florida's win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl, Humphries has made his decision. He tweeted his intention to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. His departure means Florida will have one returning starting offensive lineman for next fall.

Nigel King, WR, Kansas

Jan. 5: KU wide receiver turning pro
The take: Kansas wide receiver Nigel King, who had 30 receptions this season after transferring from Maryland, says he is going pro. King, who has good size but lacks elite speed, told the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World he hopes to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He appears to be a late-round pick at best.

Christian Covington, DT, Rice

Jan. 5: KU wide receiver turning pro
The take: Rice defensive tackle Christian Covington, who missed the final five games of the season with a knee injury, reportedly will declare for the draft. Covington had surgery Nov. 11 for a dislocated kneecap. At the time, the Houston Chronicle reported that he would need six months of rehab.

Dee Hart, RB, Colorado State

Jan. 3: Hart to enter draft
The take: Hart told the Loveland Reporter-Herald that he applied for feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but has not yet received a grade. The Alabama transfer played only one season for Colorado State, leading the team with 1,275 yards rushing. He's not considered in the top tier of backs that will be available in the 2015 draft, and there appears to be strong depth at the position in the '15 class.

Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Jan. 3: Agholor declares for 2015 draft
The take: Agholor announced that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He's a dynamic threat as a pass-catcher and punt returner. Agholor led the Trojans with 104 catches for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2014 season. He's been compared to Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne and likely will receive draft consideration as early as the second round.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

Jan. 3: Diggs says he'll enter 2015 draft
The take: Diggs told the Baltimore Sun that he forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 draft. There's never been any doubt about Diggs' talent, but he never had the big, breakout year so many expected from him. Diggs was on NFL Media analyst Charles Davis' list of 10 underclassmen who should forgo the 2015 draft. "He's battled injuries, and another year with the Terrapins would give him a chance to have that big year that has eluded him," Davis wrote. "Diggs could prove his durability and give his stock a big boost."

Nigel King, WR, Kansas

Jan. 3: King announces he's entering 2015 draft
The take: King took to social media to announce he'll forgo his senior season at Kansas to enter the 2015 draft. "I honestly feel in my heart that it was best for me to leave and I feel that I am ready," he wrote. He arrived at Kansas last summer as a graduate transfer from Maryland and finished the 2014 season with 29 catches for 518 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver could get some late-round consideration.

Xavier Cooper, DE, Washington State

Jan. 2: Cooper says he'll enter 2015 draft
The take: Cooper has made the surprising decision to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. A three-year starter, he led the team with five sacks this season and played defensive end and tackle for the Cougars. Although the NFL Draft Advisory Board recommended he stay in school -- meaning he did not receive a first- or second-round grade -- Cooper is on track to graduate in May and believes he can make it at the next level even if he won't be taken until day three. "That was a tough decision, but ultimately me and my family realized the opportunity doesn't happen very often for anybody, and it was there for the taking, and I felt that it was in my heart to go get it," Cooper told the Spokesman Review.

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Jan. 2: Williams will enter 2015 draft
The take: Williams, a third-year sophomore, announced Friday that, as expected, he will enter the 2015 draft. He is one of the most talented tight ends in the nation, even if he wasn't used all that much as a receiver in the Golden Gophers' ground-oriented offense. Williams (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) is a physical blocker -- not surprising since his dad, Brian, was a longtime NFL center -- with surprisingly good speed. He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, which goes to the nation's top tight end, and will be one of the most intriguing talents at his position in the 2015 draft.

Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma

Jan. 2: Tapper to forgo 2015 draft
The take: Tapper announced via Twitter that he has decided to return to Oklahoma for his senior year "to win a national championship" after considering early draft entry. It appears to be a pretty wise decision by Tapper. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis included Tapper last month in his list of 10 underclassmen who should forgo the 2015 draft. Davis wrote "Sooners defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is highly respected and another year under his tutelage would no doubt enhance Tapper in the eyes of evaluators."

Jalen Collins and Jalen Mills, DBs, LSU

Jan. 2: Collins says he's turning pro; Mills might leave, too
The take: Collins announced via Instagram that he will enter the 2015 draft, and Mills is telling players that he's going to leave early, too, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Collins' decision is not surprising, although the Advocate reported he received a "stay-in-school" grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Both appear to be candidates for a middle-round pick in the draft.

Jean Sifrin, TE, UMass

Jan. 2: Report: Sifrin expected to enter 2015 draft
The take: Sources close to the UMass program say coaches believe Sifrin will forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the 2015 draft, according to Sifrin made 42 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games during the 2014 season, which was his first with UMass after transferring from El Camino (Calif.) Junior College. Sifrin is 27 years old -- he spent five years away from football after high school to care for his son. At 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, he's an intriguing physical specimen.

Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Jan. 2: Waynes intends to enter 2015 draft
The take: Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes will forego his senior year with the Spartans and enter the 2015 NFL Draft as an underclassman. Waynes intercepted three passes and broke up eight more for Michigan State, helping to anchor one of college football's most talented secondaries.

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Jan. 1: Winston on draft: 'I'm not focused on that'
The take: Winston finished 29-of-45 for 348 yards with one touchdown and an interception in Florida State's Rose Bowl loss to Oregon. Asked after the game about his NFL draft plans, Winston said he's "not focused on that at all," but emphasized that he's looking forward to "next season" and "playing baseball." Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told the "Mike and Mike" radio show recently that he "wouldn't be shocked either way," in regard to his star quarterback's pending career choice. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote after the Rose Bowl that Winston is still a better pro prospect than Ducks QB Marcus Mariota.

Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma

Jan. 1: Striker says he'll return for senior season
The take: Striker said after the Sooners' Russell Athletic Bowl loss that he would be back at Oklahoma for his senior season. "I don't want to go out like this. I'll be back at OU because I'm a winner," Striker said. Heading into the season, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that "Striker is an intriguing speed rusher off the edge, but concerns about his size and strength must be answered before scouts can fully endorse his potential at the next level." Those concerns remain, and Striker has an opportunity to boost his stock in 2015.

Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Jan. 1: Texas A&M running back intends to enter draft
The take: Texas A&M running back Trey Williams has joined the lengthening cast of SEC rushers who will enter the 2015 NFL Draft as underclassmen. But unlike the exits of Georgia's Todd Gurley and South Carolina's Mike Davis, Williams' decision comes as something of a surprise. Williams, a junior, carried 81 times for a career-high 560 yards (6.9 per carry) for the Aggies this season.

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Dec. 31: Prescott refutes report he will return
The take: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott denied a broadcast report that he has decided to remain in college for his senior season in 2015. ESPN's Brent Musburger said prior to the Orange Bowl that Prescott had revealed his decision when the two met during the network's Tuesday preparation for the broadcast. But when asked about the decision after the Bulldogs' 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech, Prescott denied making the statement, saying he doesn't recall saying that.

Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU

Dec. 31: Alexander says he'll enter 2015 draft
The take: Alexander, who led the Tigers with 90 tackles this season, announced via Twitter that he will bypass his senior season to turn pro. At 6-foot-2, 227 pounds, he has outstanding quickness and open-field tackling skills and projects as an outside linebacker in the NFL.

Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State

Dec. 31: Robinson announces his draft decision
The take: Robinson emerged as a threat out of the backfield in 2014, but has yet to prove he can handle a heavy workload. However, Robinson is a bowling ball of sorts when running with the ball, and has shown a knack for catching the ball out of the backfield.

Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

Dec. 31: Stanford cornerback intends to enter draft
The take: Stanford cornerback Alex Carter, whose dad was a first-round pick of the Washington redskins in 1993, has declared for the draft. Carter's dad, Tom, played safety at Notre Dame and was an NFL cornerback for nine seasons. Alex Carter's size and physical nature make him a solid prospect.

Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Dec. 31: Phillips intends to enter 2015 draft
The take: Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, a fourth-year sophomore who started all 13 games this season after missing most of the 2013 season with a back injury, announced via Twitter that he is entering the draft. If he can remain healthy, he can be a productive NFL interior lineman.

Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State

Dec. 30: Barnes will enter 2015 draft
The take: Barnes (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) announced that he will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft, joining teammate Donovan Smith, the Nittany Lions' left tackle who announced Monday that he also will be turning pro. Barnes, who has already earned his degree, had six sacks and 44 tackles this season.

Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers

Dec. 30: Kroft to declare for 2015 draft
The take: Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced Kroft will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He had 24 catches for 269 yards and zero touchdowns this season, but inconsistent quarterback play limited his production. He has the versatility to play a variety of roles at the next level, having taken snaps as a traditional tight end, split out in the slot and as an H-back. With the 2015 draft's tight end crop looking weak, Kroft could emerge as an intriguing option for teams looking for help at the position.

D.J. Foster, RB, Arizona State

Dec. 30: Foster returning for senior year
The take: Foster was considering making the jump to the NFL, but announced Tuesday that he will return to Arizona State for his senior season. Foster is a versatile weapon, starring as a rusher and pass-catcher for the Sun Devils. He lead the team with 1,081 yards rushing during the 2014 season and finished second to WR Jaelen Strong with 688 yards receiving. Foster was not considered among the top backs in CFB this season, but with players like Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley, Tevin Coleman and others set to move on, he'll have a better chance to stand out next season.

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Dec. 30: Buckeyes RB sure Miller will return
The take: There is speculation that the QB situation at Ohio State could lead Miller to either transfer or turn pro, but Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott says he's confident Miller will return, telling CFB 24/7, "Braxton will be back for sure." Miller injured his shoulder in August, opening the door for J.T. Barrett and then Cardale Jones to showcase their abilities as starters. Whether Miller will be fully recovered and ready for spring practice remains uncertain.

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Dec. 30: Ragland considering turning pro
The take: Ragland, who is in his first full season as a starter, sought feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board and said he is considering turning pro after getting back "a nice little result." Still, Ragland said he feels like he'll probably return for his senior season. Ragland is second on the team with 88 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss.

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

Dec. 30: Another key underclassmen staying with Bears
The take: Drango (6-6, 310), a three-year starter for the Bears at left tackle, has decided to stay for his senior season, coach Art Briles said. He is the second prominent Bears underclassman to stay for his senior season, joining DE Shawn Oakman. Drango may have been the best offensive lineman in the Big 12 this season. He is a physical run blocker known for his brute strength (he has squatted 605 pounds, benched 415 pounds and had 34 reps at 225 pounds in the bench).

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Dec. 30: Huskers pass rusher going pro
The take: Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, considered one of the top prospects in the nation, has decided to enter the draft. Gregory released a statement, obtained by NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, Tuesday morning announcing his intention. Gregory was used as a stand-up outside linebacker and a hand-down defensive end this season, and an NFC North scout told NFL Media analysts that while there were "plenty of good pass rushers in the country ... I think he's the best this year."

Avery Young, G/T, Auburn

Dec. 30: Versatile lineman expects to remain in school
The take: Young (6-6, 315), a third-year sophomore, told that while he has not yet received his requested feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, his plan is to remain in school. "As of now, I'm coming back," Young said. He has started at left guard and right tackle this season for the Tigers, and he thinks his future is at guard. His brother, Willie, is a defensive end with the Chicago Bears, and his cousin, Thomas Davis, is a linebacker with the Carolina Panthers.

Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fla.)

Dec. 29: Flowers follows classmate into draft
The take: Flowers' high school and college teammate Duke Johnson intends to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, and the Miami offensive tackle is following the running back's lead. Flowers is a strong run blocker, but has issues against speed rushers.

Leonard Williams, DL, USC

Dec. 29: Williams declares for 2015 draft
The take: Williams has terrorized Pac-12 quarterbacks for three seasons en route to All-American honors, and his skills as a pass rusher will likely be highly coveted by NFL teams come draft season. Williams' name will be one to remember this spring as the USC defensive lineman could be among the first players selected in the draft.

Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Dec. 29 Smith entering 2015 NFL Draft
The take: Smith was the Nittany Lions' left tackle for three seasons, and at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, he has the size and strength to play at the next level, but his decision comes as a surprise because he wasn't a dominant player while at Penn State. His workouts in the coming months will go a long way toward boosting his draft status, but he projects as a third-day pick at this point.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Dec. 29 Coleman says he's turning pro
The take: Coleman, who is second in the nation in rushing with 2,036 yards, told that he will bypass his senior season to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Coleman (6-1, 210) is one of the most explosive players in the nation and piled up the yards this season despite having zero offensive help the last half of the season because of injuries. He is one just of 18 players in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season

Dhaquille Williams, WR, Auburn

Dec. 29: Williams returning for senior season
The take: Williams (6-2, 216), who leads Auburn with 45 receptions, will remain in school for his senior season, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Monday at an Outback Bowl news conference. This is Williams' first season at Auburn after transferring in from junior college. Malzahn also said that Williams is suspended for the Outback Bowl. Williams is a gifted athlete with good size and speed. He remains raw in his technique, but has a good upside. Williams had four 100-yard games this season and finishes with 730 yards and five TDs. Auburn is losing junior WR Sammie Coates, who already said he is turning pro.

Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

Dec. 29: Oakman staying for senior season
The take: Oakman (6-9, 280) said Monday that he is returning for his senior season, telling reporters, "You don't leave somebody who brought you from the bottom. You don't want to leave the bottom without giving it your all." A raw but physically imposing pass-rusher, Oakman (6-foot-9, 280 pounds) was recently listed among NFL Media analyst Charles Davis' 10 underclassmen who should stay in school. An AFC scout told NFL Media analysts in late November that Oakman "more than looks the part. Massive man who can rush the passer, play the run and is violent on the field. But still raw and needs consistency. Another year in school would be good for him." The decision to return means Oakman will go into 2015 as one of the most hyped players nationally.

Cody Kessler, QB, USC

Dec. 27: Kessler will return for senior season
The take: Kessler, a junior, went 23-of-39 for 321 yards with three touchdowns and an interception to lead the Trojans past Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. After the game, Kessler said he would stay in school rather than enter the 2015 NFL Draft. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has called Kessler an "intriguing developmental prospect to watch" because of his success in a system similar to the schemes run in the NFL.

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

Dec. 27: Johnson will enter draft, mom says
The take: Johnson's mother told the Palm Beach Post before the Independence Bowl that the game would be her son's last as a Hurricane. He'll depart as the leading career rusher in school history. Johnson hasn't been included in the top tier of CFB running backs -- such billing has been reserved for Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley -- but NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last month that Johnson "could be a better pro prospect than some of the bigger names garnering the headlines at the position" because of his "exceptional" receiving skills. Johnson rushed for 132 yards in the Independence Bowl but left the game with a minor injury.

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Dec. 27: Swinney: No Clemson player sought feedback
The take: There had been some speculation that Lawson -- a third-year sophomore reserve with three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss -- was considering leaving early, but Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Saturday that no Tigers underclassmen filed paperwork to seek feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. The deadline for seeking feedback was Dec. 15. Asked specifically about Lawson and junior OT Isaiah Battle, a starter, Swinney said he believed both were set to return. Clemson's starting ends are seniors Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford, so Lawson is in line for a breakout season next fall.

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

Dec. 27: Talented wideout staying for senior season
The take: Carroo, who has good size (6-1, 205) and speed, was toying with the idea of turning pro after averaging 19.7 yards on his 53 receptions. He asked the NFL Draft Advisory Board for input and told that his feedback was to stay in school. Carroo said he needs to continue developing his technique, with a focus on separation and getting out of cuts faster. He is two TDs shy of setting the school career record for TD catches ( Brandon Coleman holds it with 20). In addition, OT Keith Lumpkin (6-8, 310) will remain in school, while TE Tyler Kroft (6-6, 240) said he has not made a decision.

Jeremiah Poutasi, OL, Utah

Dec. 26: Report: 'Zero percent chance' Poutasi returns
The take: Poutasi, a junior, recently helped the Utes run for a bowl-record 359 yards in a victory over Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl. A report in the Salt Lake Tribune said there is "a zero percent chance" he would return for his senior season. At 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, Poutasi was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection and helped lead an offensive line that allowed only three sacks this season.

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Dec. 26: Richt: Gurley will be moving on
The take: Georgia head coach Mark Richt confirmed Friday that Gurley will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. The news didn't come as a surprise -- Gurley is considered one of the top rushers in college football. Richt said the star running back is rehabbing well from the ACL tear he suffered Nov. 15, and barring any setbacks in his rehab, he has the potential to garner consideration for a first-round pick.

Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon

Dec. 26: GM tabs Armstead as 'first-round talent'
The take: Armstead, a junior defensive lineman, is reportedly leaning toward entering the 2015 draft, and one NFL GM appears sold on his pro potential, saying Armstead "has first-round talent, no doubt" and calling him "a 6-foot-8, 290-pound freak." The GM echoed the sentiments of another NFL exec who said he could see Armstead go "very, very high" in the draft.

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Dec. 26: Report: Calhoun's mother meeting with agents
The take: The mother of Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is meeting with potential agents for her son, who is considering entering the 2015 NFL Draft as an underclassman, according to Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin. Calhoun is among the nation's top pass rushers but has maintained that returning to MSU holds a strong appeal. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has compared Calhoun to former New York Giants star Michael Strahan.

Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech

Dec. 26: Nicolas reveals he intends to return to Virginia Tech
The take: Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas will return to college in 2015 for his senior season, the Hokies' sack leader revealed via Twitter. Nicolas had nine sacks this season to lead the team and was constantly in the opposing backfield with 17.5 tackles for loss and 34 quarterback hurries. His return gives Frank Beamer's team a star anchor for its pass rush in 2015.

Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

Dec. 25: Davis intends to enter NFL draft
The take: South Carolina running back Mike Davis didn't quite have the kind of year he was hoping for, but it was good enough for the Gamecocks junior to say goodbye to the college ranks. Davis confirmed in a video interview as South Carolina prepared for the Independence Bowl against Miami that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas

Dec. 24: Williams decides to stay in school
The take: Williams was among the Razorbacks who applied for feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.  While it's unclear what grade he received, what is clear is that the Arkansas running back will be one of the SEC's players to watch in 2015.

Shaq Roland, WR, South Carolina

Dec. 23: Spurrier: Roland turning pro
The take: South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier announced that Roland plans to enter the 2015 draft and has elected to drop out of school and is no longer with the team as it prepares for the Independence Bowl. It was unclear whether Roland was dismissed from the team or quit. He had 26 receptions for 256 yards in a season in which his effort on the field was often questioned.

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Dec. 22: Strong announces he's turning pro
The take: Strong, who made one of the top plays of the 2014 season when he caught a Hail Mary in the end zone to beat USC, announced on the ASU website that he will enter the 2015 draft. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he is known for his ability to catch contested passes in traffic. He has 75 receptions for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma

Dec. 22: OU coaches seek draft input for Green-Beckham
The take: No one questions Green-Beckham's talents -- he is athletic, big (6-6, 225) and fast (in the 4.4s in the 40), with good hands -- but his litany of off-field problems certainly gives pause. OU receivers coach Jay Norvell said he expects the NFL to look "very closely" at all of the receiver's past troubles. Green-Beckham sat out this season after transferring to OU after he was kicked out of Missouri for numerous off-field issues.

Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Dec. 22: Star said to be 'lock' to enter draft
The take: Collins (6-0, 222) is a big hitter who runs well and is extremely physical; he leads Alabama in tackles (90), and while he also leads in interceptions with three, his coverage ability isn't necessarily a strong suit. Another selling point: Collins is a special-teams demon. Tide safeties Mark Barron (2012) and HaHa Clinton-Dix (2014) are recent first-round selections, and Collins could follow suit.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Dec. 21: Ajayi declares for draft
The take: Ajayi will enter the 2015 draft after having started to build considerable buzz in scouting circles with a strong finish to the 2014 season. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that "the 'J-Train' has been a monster running between the tackles ... exhibiting outstanding vision, pitter-pat and toughness."

Kris Frost, LB, Auburn

Dec. 20: Tigers' backers exploring options
The take: The NFL Draft Advisory Board has been asked to weigh in on Frost (6-2, 234) and fellow junior LB Casanova McKinzy (6-3, 249). McKinzy was Auburn's second-leading tackler, Frost No. 3. While both have good size, neither played consistently well this season for a defense that struggled on what seemed to be a weekly basis. Frost has played both inside and outside linebacker and runs well. McKinzy strictly is an inside linebacker and is solid against the run. But he looks to be a two-down linebacker.

Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Dec. 20: Prescott receives draft grade
The take: Prescott has received a grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board but is not revealing the grade, according the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. In what appears to be a shift in thinking from earlier this season, Prescott indicated he's not as concerned about where he's projected to go in the draft and more interested in comfort. "I don't think it's any more round," Prescott said. "Just what I feel (is) best for me, what I feel more comfortable doing." Prescott had previously said he would enter the draft if he were projected as a first-rounder and would consider it if he were projected in the second or third rounds.

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

Dec. 19: Mullen: McKinney will announce decision after bowl game
The take: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen confirmed that junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney is likely to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, and will make an announcement following the Bulldogs' Orange Bowl appearance against Georgia Tech. Earlier this week, Yahoo Sports reported that McKinney is "a lock" to enter the draft. McKinney was a first-team All-SEC pick in leading the MSU defense in tackles.

Avery Young, OL, Auburn

Dec. 19: Auburn OL Young files for draft feedback
The take: Auburn will file for feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board on behalf of Tigers offensive lineman Avery Young, coach Gus Malzahn confirmed. Young has experience at both guard and tackle, and as points out, he has the bloodlines for the Sunday league: His brother is Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young, and Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is a cousin. Young (6-6, 309 pounds) is a third-year sophomore.

Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

Dec. 19: Georgia linebacker returning to school
The take: Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins confirmed via Twitter Friday that he will return to play for the Bulldogs as a senior in 2015. Jenkins was among several UGA underclassmen who gave some thought to entering the 2015 NFL Draft. Georgia coach Mark Richt said last weekend that he expected four of them, including Jenkins, to be back. Jenkins and fellow linebacker Leonard Floyd, another underclassman Richt foresees returning, will lead one of the SEC's top linebacking corps next year.

James Burgess, LB, Louisville

Dec. 18: Burgess forgoing draft
The take: Louisville announced that Burgess, a junior linebacker, will return to play for the Cardinals next season, according to Burgess (6-foot, 230 pounds) made 61 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks this season. He was also effective in pass coverage with three interceptions and five pass breakups.

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

Dec. 18: Sooners WR seeking draft feedback
The take: Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard is among the Sooners underclassmen who will receive feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board regarding his draft status. But according to the Twitter feed of John Shinn of The Norman Transcript, Shepard said he has no intention of leaving college early. In past years, it hasn't been uncommon for juniors who know they want to stay in school to apply for feedback out of curiosity, but with the new limit of five NFLDAB evaluations per school, cases like this won't be nearly as common.

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

Dec. 17: Report: Goldman leaning strongly toward entering draft
The take: Goldman is one of the most talented defensive tackles in the nation. He started at defensive end for the Seminoles last season but moved inside in 2014 and has been dominant at times. Goldman suffered an ankle injury early in the ACC Championship Game and was carted off the field, but FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has indicated he expects him to be ready for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game vs. Oregon.

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Dec. 17: Christmas break discussion with family in store for Thompson
The take: Thompson (6-foot-1, 228 pounds) also plays running back for the Huskies and is one of the more versatile players in the nation; every team wants a playmaking outside linebacker, and Thompson certainly has been that for the Huskies. He told the Seattle Times that he would talk with his family over Christmas break before making any decision about whether to turn pro. "Just sitting down with my family and 'Coach Pete' (coach Chris Petersen) and some of the coaches and just think about it," he said after practice Tuesday. Washington meets Oklahoma State in the Jan. 2 Cactus Bowl.

Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU

Dec. 17: Will Hawkins follow Collins' lead?
The take: Hawkins, the Tigers' right tackle, is one of six LSU underclassmen with a draft decision to make, but it was just a year ago that Hawkins pleaded with LSU left tackle La'el Collins to stay himself, according to the Collins, of course, had a fantastic senior year as a first-team All-SEC pick and even won the team MVP award. Hawkins took note. "Not much to argue about with his decision," Hawkins said. As a third-year sophomore, Hawkins has two years of starting experience and two years of NCAA eligibility remaining. Asked if Collins' senior-year success will influence him, Hawkins was tight-lipped.

Travin Dural, WR, LSU

Dec. 16: Dural will return to LSU next season
The take: LSU wide receiver Travin Dural will return to the Tigers next season rather than leave college early for the NFL draft, helping to stem what is expected to be a smaller contingent of LSU underclassmen turning pro this year. Dural, a third-year sophomore, was LSU's leading receiver by a wide margin in 2014.

Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State

Dec. 16: Zettel seeking draft feedback
The take: Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is one of five Nittany Lions underclassmen that requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, but he says he's not giving much thought to leaving Penn State anytime soon. "There's no intent of me leaving (early) right now," Zettel told The All-Big Ten first-team selection has good size for an interior lineman and recorded 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks as one of the most productive members of the PSU defense.

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Dec. 16: Cook intends to return for senior year
The take: Cook, one of the top draft-eligible QB talents in college football, hinted earlier this season that he was inclined to forgo the 2015 draft, and it appears he hasn't changed his mind, although he indicated in October that a first-round draft grade could sway him. Cook said he has "unfinished business" at MSU, and it's hard to disagree. A strong senior season could really solidify his draft stock.

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Dec. 16: Ray strongly considering entering 2015 draft
The take: Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year, is considering an early jump to the NFL strongly enough that his mother, Sebrina Johnson, is vetting potential agents, according to Yahoo Sports. Ray, a junior, led the SEC in sacks this season with 14. At just 240 pounds, Ray could be facing a move to outside linebacker at the NFL level if he declares for the draft.

Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Dec. 16: Report: Peters to enter 2015 draft
The take: Peters, a fourth-year junior, was recently dismissed from the Huskies football team and had no plans to transfer, making his decision to turn pro no surprise. At 5-11, 185 pounds, he is considered one of the best cornerback prospects in the country, but his dismissal from the team -- reportedly because he had difficulty getting along with the UW coaching staff -- has hurt his stock, according to a scout.

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Dec. 15: Auburn receiver turning pro
The take: Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates is going to bypass his senior season and turn pro, according to a published report on Monday. He is expected to test extremely well in pre-draft workouts and might be overvalued a bit because of his high-level athleticism. Coates showed well in big games for Auburn this season, including five catches for 206 yards and two TDs in a loss to Alabama.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Dec. 15: Dungy compares Mariota to Aaron Rodgers
The take: Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show," Dungy praised Mariota, this year's Heisman Trophy winner, calling him "Aaron Rodgers in the waiting." Dungy also said he believes Mariota would be perfect for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying if the Bucs had the No. 1 pick he would take Mariota "in a heartbeat." Dungy's praise echoes the sentiments over the weekend of an AFC college scouting director who said Mariota "has all the tools" and would probably receive a signficantly higher grade than Robert Griffin III, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville

Dec. 15: Report: Holliman will enter 2015 draft
The take: Holliman, this year's Thorpe Award winner, has reportedly decided to turn pro despite saying last week that he would wait until after the Belk Bowl to make his decision. Despite tying an FBS single-season record with 14 interceptions, one scout recently advised that Holliman stay in school, calling him "horrible" and a poor tackler who lacks athleticism.

Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

Dec. 13: Floyd among four Georgia players returning
The take: Floyd, along with linebacker Jordan Jenkins, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and offensive lineman John Theus are expected to stay in school, according to Georgia coach Mark Richt. Floyd and Jenkins -- who finished first and second on the team in sacks -- will be pass rushers to follow next fall.

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Dec. 12: Scout: Cooper lacks 'wow' factor
The take: Cooper is this year's Biletnikoff winner and a Heisman finalist and generally considered the best receiver in the country, but one scout says he isn't sure Cooper is elite. The scout praised Cooper's complete skill-set but said he doesn't stack up with the stars of the 2014 WR class, such as Sammy Watkins. Cooper has not said whether he would enter the 2015 draft, but Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin recently said he expects Cooper will declare.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Dec. 11: Mora confirms Hundley will enter draft
The take: Many figured 2014 would be Hundley's last in Westwood, and what was assumed for the past year was confirmed by UCLA coach Jim Mora. While Hundley is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected in the draft, he does have his detractors.

Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

Dec. 11: Doss waving senior season to go pro
The take: NFL teams always need corners, so Doss will get a close look from scouts in the pre-draft process. His size (5-foot-11, 187 pounds) is adequate and production was excellent (15 interceptions in three seasons), and his 40-yard dash times will draw interest.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Dec. 10: Gordon says he'll enter draft
The take: The news didn't come as a surprise, and the question is whether Gordon will be the rusher to end the draft's first-round RB drought. The Heisman finalist has a good chance to be the first back taken in 2015.

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia

Dec. 10: Harold announces he's turning pro
The take: Harold should intrigue teams looking to bolster their pass rush. He could really shine at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he should test well. He's a great athlete who recorded 17.5 sacks in his three seasons with the Cavaliers.

Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan

Dec. 9: Funchess intends to enter draft
The take: Michigan struggled this season, but Funchess somehow managed to thrive despite those issues. The addition of Funchess to the draft should help boost what is considered to be a weak crop of tight ends. An NFL scout compared him to Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

Durell Eskridge, FS, Syracuse

Dec. 9: Eskridge announces intent to enter 2015 draft
The take: Eskridge -- who asked the NFL Draft Advisory Board for feedback -- was a two-year starter whose size obviously is a selling point. He is a physical player who is solid in run support. How he runs at the NFL Scouting Combine and on his pro day will be important.

Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame

Dec. 8: Golson applying for draft feedback
The take: Golson's play dropped off dramatically this season, and NFL scouts have noticed his struggles. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that "NFL scouts will have to pore over the tape to see if (Golson) is worthy of draft consideration at this point."

Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Dec. 1: Report: Jones intends to enter 2015 draft
The take:, a Florida-centric website, reported Jones will enter the 2015 draft. The website reported Jones has a young daughter, and that the ability to provide for her financially played a big role in his decision. Jones leads the Gators in rushing this season, carrying the ball 166 times for 817 yards. However, he is not considered among the top draft-eligible backs, and with that being the case, he'll likely be bypassed in the early rounds.

Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State

Nov. 28: Spence indicates he's turning pro
The take: Spence announced via Twitter that he'll enter the 2015 draft. He broke the news shortly after the Big Ten declared him permanently ineligible -- Spence and his family went through an appeals process with the league that reportedly stemmed from a failed drug test before the season. He was listed by NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks as one of the nation's top 10 pass rushers heading into the 2014 season, so Spence has the potential to intrigue teams looking for help in pressuring quarterbacks.

Tyler Moore, G, Florida

Nov. 24: Reports: Moore will enter 2015 draft
The take:, a Florida-centric website, and ESPN's Derek Tyson reported via Twitter that Moore will enter the 2015 draft. The news comes as a surprise. He was part of a three-man rotation at guard during the 2014 season, starting six games and playing in 10. He played tackle in 2013 and was frequently overmatched. Guard appears to be a better position for him, but it won't be a surprise if he goes undrafted.

Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Nov. 18: Fowler tweets he's leaving Florida
The take: Fowler took to Twitter, announcing he intends to enter the 2015 draft. Fowler was Florida's most consistent pass rusher during the 2014 season, recording 4.5 sacks. He plays the run well, too, and his former head coach, Will Muschamp, has said he thinks Fowler is a first-round talent.

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