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Richardson, Randle, Kirkpatrick & Claiborne Join NFL Draft

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Richardson, Randle, Kirkpatrick & Claiborne Join Underclassmen Group - Pro Prospects 2012 - Updated Jan. 15th
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Photo - RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

Today is the final declaration date for the NFL Draft 2012. The ranks of the underclassmen added many blue chip prospects with players from the national champion title game with Alabama’s Trent Richardson, Dre Kirkpatrick and Donta Hightower and LSU’s Morris Claiborne, Reuben Randle and Michael Brockers all opted to declare for the NFL Draft 2012. Richardson is coming off an outstanding performance where he was the workhorse for the Tide ground game.

Kirkpatrick, Hightower, Claiborne and Bookers all strengthen a talented defensive group that should dominate the early rounds of the draft. Kirkpatrick and Claiborne are the top two cornerbacks and figure in the top of the first round. There postseason performances will determine who emerges as the top overall corner prospect. LB Hightower was a key defender in the dominant Tide defense and is expected to be among the top linebackers and possible 1st round selection with a strong postseason. DT Brockers was a surprising addition to this class. He has excellent physical skills that will warrant an early selection despite raw talent at this point of his career. He has enormous upside potential as an interior defender.

The BCS national title game will produce several blue chip underclassmen that will have a huge impact on the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2012. The national title game has produced 5 top prospects for the NFL Draft 2012 with most players already having made their decisions about turning pro.

We will have daily updates to the list this week with an extensive underclassmen report in our January 2012 Newsletter out next week. Players have three days after the January 15th deadline to rescind their decision and return to the college ranks. LSU wideout Russell Shepard has already changed his mind and returned to the college ranks for his final season in college.

w - Declared for NFL Draft / r - Returning to School / y - suspended

Offensive Players
Quarterbacks

w - Andrew Luck - 6'4" 235 - Stanford
w - Robert Griffin - 6’2” 225 - Baylor
r - Matt Barkley - 6’2” 225 - Southern Cal
r - Landry Jones - 6’4” 230 - Oklahoma
w - Brock Osweiler - 6'8" 235 - Arizona St.
w - Darron Thomas - 6'3" 215 - Oregon

Running Backs
w - Trent Richardson - 5’10 225 - Alabama
w - Lamar Miller - 5’11” 215 - Miami (Fl)
w - LaMichael James - 5’9” 185 - Oregon
w - Chris Polk - 5’10” 215 - Washington
w - David Wilson - 5’10” 205 - Virginia Tech
w - Bernard Pierce - 6’ 220 - Temple
r - Montee Ball - 5’11” 215 - Wisconsin
Christine Michael - 5’11” 215 - Texas A&M
r - Andre Ellington - 5’9” 190 - Clemson
w - Edwin Baker - 5’9” 210 - Michigan St.
w - Ronnie Hillman - 5’9” 210 - San Diego St.
w - Robert Turbin - 5’10” 220 - Utah St.
w - Darrell Scott - 6’1” 230 - South Florida
w - Mike Ball - 5’10” 215 - Nevada
w - Jewel Hampton - 5'10" 210 - Southern Illinois
w - Alvester Alexander - 5’10“ 210 - Wyoming
w - Bryce Brown - 5'11" 220 - Kansas St
r - Knile Davis - 5’10 - 220 - Arkansas

Wide Receivers
w - Justin Blackmon - 6’1” 210 - Oklahoma St
w - Alshon Jeffery - 6’4” 235 - South Carolina
w - Rueben Randle - 6’3” 210 - LSU
w - Mohamed Sanu - 6’2” 210 - Rutgers
w - Eric Page - 5’10” 185 - Toledo
w - Tommy Streeter - 6’5” 210 - Miami
w - Stephen Hill - 6'5" 200 - Georgia Tech
w - Chris Givens - 6’ 200 - Wake Forest
w - Dorian Graham - 5’10” 185 - Syracuse
w y - Damaris Johnson - 5’8” 170 - Tulsa
r - Russell Shepard - 6' 185 - LSU

Tight Ends
w - Dwayne Allen - 6’4” 255 - Clemson
w - Orson Charles - 6’3” 245 - Georgia
r - Tyler Eifert - 6’4” 240 - Notre Dame

Offensive Linemen
w - Matt Kalil - 6’6” 300 - Southern Cal
w - Jonathan Martin - 6’6” 305 - Stanford
w - Riley Reiff - 6’5” 310 - Iowa
w - Bobbie Massie - 6’6” 315 - Mississippi
D.J. Fluker - 6’6” 330 - Alabama
r - Ricky Wagner - 6’5” 325 - Wisconsin

Guards & Centers
w - David DeCastro - 6’4” 310 - Stanford
r - Barrett Jones - 6’5” 315 - Alabama
w - Peter Konz - 6’4” 315 - Wisconsin
w - Brandon Washington - 6’4” 320 - Miami
Larry Warford - 6’3” 330 - Kentucky

Defensive Players
Ends

w - Whitney Merilus - 6’4” 265 - Illinois
w - Nick Perry - 6’5” 255 - Southern Cal
w - Chandler Jones 6’4” 260 – Syracuse
w - Olivier Vernon - 6’4” 265 - Miami
w - Max Holloway - 6'2" 250 - B.C.
Alex Okafor - 6’4” 260 - Texas
r - Devin Taylor - 6’6” 250 - South Carolina
r - Sam Montgomery - 6’4” 250 – LSU

Tackles
w - Jerel Worthy - 6’3” 310 - Michigan St
w - Dontari Poe - 6’5” 350 - Memphis
w - Fletcher Cox - 6'4" 300 - Mississippi St
w - Michael Brockers - 6’6” 300 - LSU
Kawann Short - 6'3" 300 - Purdue
w - Marcus Forston - 6’3” 300 - Miami
r - Sylvester Williams - 6'3" 320 - North Carolina
r - Josh Boyd - 6'4" 300 - Mississippi St

Linebackers
w - Luke Kuechly - 6’2’ 235 - Boston College
w - Ronnell Lewis - 6'2" 245 - Oklahoma
w - Vontaze Burfict - 6’3” 250 - Arizona St
w - Donta Hightower - 6’2” 250 - Alabama
w - Donta Paige-Moss - 6’4” 250 - North Carolina
w - Terrell Manning - 6’2” 235 - North Carolina St.
w - Jonathan Massaquoi - 6’2” 250 - Troy
r - Manti Te'O - 6’2” 255 - Notre Dame
r - Brandon Jenkins - 6’3” 255 - Florida St.
r - Jarvis Jones - 6'2" 240 - Georgia
r - Khaseem Green - 6'1" 225 - Rutgers
r - Kevin Riddick - 6’1” 240 - North Carolina
Shane Skov - 6’2” 245 - Stanford

Cornerbacks
w - Dre Kirkpatrick - 6’2” 195 - Alabama
w - Morris Claiborne - 5’11” 180 - LSU
w - Stephon Gilmore - 6’1” 195 - South Carolina
w - Cliff Harris - 5’11” 180 - Oregon
w - Jayron Hosley - 5’11” 175 - Virginia Tech
w - Josh Robinson - 5’9” 185 - Central Florida
r - Greg Reid - 5’9” 185 - Florida St.
r - Johnthan Banks - 6’1” 185 - Mississippi St.
r - Rod Sweeting - 6’1” 185 - Georgia Tech

Safeties
w - Phillip Thomas - 5'11" 200 - Syracuse
r - T.J. McDonald - 6’2” 205 - Southern Cal
r - Ray-Ray Armstrong - 6’4” 215 - Miami
r - Robert Lester - 6’1” 210 - Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc forthe past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.