NFL Draft Takes Most Early Talent from LSU, Bama

AP Max Becherer
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While college seniors prepare for graduation in the coming weeks, the following student-athletes chose to instead enter this week’s NFL draft before their senior year of college football. We took a look at the teams hurt the most by talented players leaving early.

We calculated 25 points for losing a player who would be one of the first few picks, all the way down to 2 points for a player who left early but might not even be drafted. Admittedly I go into more detail on the student-athletes leaving early for the NBA draft and the projections for all remaining players and their teams (click here), but the NHL, baseball and NBA drafts are not until June so here is the focus on this week’s NFL draft.

The hardest hit team was LSU, which loses running back Derrius Guice (23 of 25 possible points), defensive backs Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver (20 and 19), linebacker Arden Key (18), center Will Clapp (C) and then some minor players in Toby Weathersby and Travonte Valentine (tackle and nose tackle both worth two points). All together, that tallies 100 points even.

We list LSU’s players first on the table below, and then we list the rest of the teams who lost someone early to the draft in alphabetical order. This worked out nicely because Alabama appears first alphabetically and happens to also be the second hardest hit with 87 points lost between five players.

However, you will have to scroll down alphabetically to see the next three hardest hit in Texas, Stanford and Ohio State. I will actually be on Ohio State’s campus for graduation weekend due to working on a redistricting ballot measure in the state for www.takeback.org – which has more student signups there than on any other campus. We will keep updates coming at www.pudnersports.com.

Team Players lost to draft before senior year Value Pos
LSU 1 rank, LSU lost 7 early entrees 100 Team 1
LSU Derrius Guice 23 RB
LSU Donte Jackson 20 DB
LSU Kevin Toliver 19 DB
LSU Arden Key 18 LB
LSU Will Clapp 17 C
LSU Toby Weathersby 2 T
LSU Travonte Valentine 2 NT
Alabama 2 rank, Alabama lost 5 early entrees 87 Team 2
Alabama Minkah Fitzpatrick 24 DB
Alabama Calvin Ridley 24 WR
Alabama Ronnie Harrison 21 DB
Alabama Bo Scarbrough 16 RB
Alabama Da’Ron Payne 2 NT
Arizona St. 36 rank, Arizona State lost 3 early entrees 18 Team 36
Arizona St. Christian Sam 15 LB
Arizona St. JoJo Wicker 2 DT
Arizona St. Sam Jones 2 G
Auburn 8 rank, Auburn lost 4 early entrees 58 Team 8
Auburn Carlton Davis 22 DB
Auburn Kerryon Johnson 21 RB
Auburn Jeff Holland 12 LB
Auburn Kamryn Pettway 2 RB
Benedictine 47 rank, Benedictine lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 47
Benedictine Matt Fleming 2 WR
Boise St. 27 rank, Boise State lost 1 early entrees 23 Team 27
Boise St. Leighton Vander Esch 23 LB
Clemson 29 rank, Clemson lost 4 early entrees 22 Team 29
Clemson Deon Cain 10 WR
Clemson Taylor Hearn 8 G
Clemson Ray-Ray McCloud 2 WR
Clemson Van Smith 2 DB
Colorado 28 rank, Colorado lost 1 early entrees 23 Team 28
Colorado Isaiah Oliver 23 DB
Florida 14 rank, Florida lost 3 early entrees 43 Team 14
Florida Taven Bryan 22 DT
Florida Antonio Callaway 19 WR
Florida Eddy Pineiro 2 K
Florida St. 18 rank, Florida State lost 4 early entrees 32 Team 18
Florida St. Tarvarus McFadden 14 DB
Florida St. Josh Sweat 14 DE
Florida St. Auden Tate 2 WR
Florida St. Jalen Wilkerson 2 DE
FSU 21 rank, FSU lost 2 early entrees 27 Team 21
FSU Derwin James 25 DB
FSU Ryan Izzo 2 TE
Georgia 15 rank, Georgia lost 2 early entrees 42 Team 15
Georgia Roquan Smith 25 LB
Georgia Trenton Thompson 17 DT
Houston 41 rank, Houston lost 1 early entrees 13 Team 41
Houston Kyle Allen 13 QB
Indiana 42 rank, Indiana lost 1 early entrees 13 Team 42
Indiana Simmie Cobbs 13 WR
Iowa 12 rank, Iowa lost 2 early entrees 48 Team 12
Iowa James Daniels 24 C
Iowa Josh Jackson 24 DB
Kansas 35 rank, Kansas lost 1 early entrees 18 Team 35
Kansas Dorance Armstrong 18 DE
Kansas St. 43 rank, Kansas State lost 2 early entrees 11 Team 43
Kansas St. Byron Pringle 10 WR
Kansas St. DJ Reed 2 DB
Louisiana-Monroe 48 rank, Louisiana-Monroe lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 48
Louisiana-Monroe JJ Dallas 2 DB
Louisville 6 rank, Louisville lost 3 early entrees 65 Team 6
Louisville Lamar Jackson 25 QB
Louisville Jaire Alexander 24 DB
Louisville Geron Christian 16 T
Marshall 39 rank, Marshall lost 1 early entrees 15 Team 39
Marshall Chase Litton 15 QB
Maryland 17 rank, Maryland lost 2 early entrees 35 Team 17
Maryland DJ Moore 23 WR
Maryland JC Jackson 12 DB
Miami 16 rank, Miami lost 4 early entrees 38 Team 16
Miami RJ McIntosh 18 DT
Miami Kendrick Norton 10 DT
Miami Mark Walton 9 RB
Miami Courtel Jenkins 2 DT
Middle Tennessee 46 rank, Middle Tennessee lost 1 early entrees 5 Team 46
Middle Tennessee Richie James 5 WR
NC St. 19 rank, NC State lost 2 early entrees 32 Team 19
NC St. Will Richardson 16 T
NC St. Nyheim Hines 16 RB
Nebraska 40 rank, Nebraska lost 2 early entrees 14 Team 40
Nebraska Tanner Lee 9 QB
Nebraska Nick Gates 6 T
Nevada 49 rank, Nevada lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 49
Nevada Vosean Crumbie 2 DB
Notre Dame 10 rank, Notre Dame lost 3 early entrees 56 Team 10
Notre Dame Quenton Nelson 25 G
Notre Dame Josh Adams 16 RB
Notre Dame Equanimeous St Brown 15 WR
Ohio St. 5 rank, Ohio State lost 3 early entrees 65 Team 5
Ohio St. Denzel Ward 25 DB
Ohio St. Sam Hubbard 21 DE
Ohio St. Jerome Baker 19 LB
Oklahoma 13 rank, Oklahoma lost 4 early entrees 47 Team 13
Oklahoma Mark Andrews 22 TE
Oklahoma Orlando Brown 21 T
Oklahoma Du’Vonta Lampkin 2 DT
Oklahoma Dwayne Orso-Bacchus 2 T
Ole Miss 38 rank, Ole Miss lost 1 early entrees 16 Team 38
Ole Miss Breeland Speaks 16 DE
Oregon St. 45 rank, Oregon State lost 1 early entrees 10 Team 45
Oregon St. Ryan Nall 10 RB
Penn St. 22 rank, Penn State lost 1 early entrees 25 Team 22
Penn St. Saquon Barkley 25 RB
Pittsburg St. 50 rank, Pittsburg State lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 50
Pittsburg St. Juante Baldwin 2 DB
Pittsburgh 24 rank, Pittsburgh lost 3 early entrees 25 Team 24
Pittsburgh Brian O’Neill 22 T
Pittsburgh Jordan Whitehead 2 DB
Pittsburgh Quadree Henderson 2 WR
Purdue 51 rank, Purdue lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 51
Purdue Eddy Wilson 2 DT
San Jose St. 52 rank, San Jose State lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 52
San Jose St. Frank Ginda 2 LB
SMU 20 rank, SMU lost 2 early entrees 31 Team 20
SMU Courtland Sutton 24 WR
SMU Trey Quinn 7 WR
South Carolina 26 rank, South Carolina lost 1 early entrees 23 Team 26
South Carolina Hayden Hurst 23 TE
Southeastern Louisiana 53 rank, Southeastern Louisiana lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 53
Southeastern Louisiana Maea Teuhema 2 T
Southern Miss 54 rank, Southern Miss lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 54
Southern Miss Korey Robertson 2 WR
Stanford 4 rank, Stanford lost 4 early entrees 70 Team 4
Stanford Harrison Phillips 21 DT
Stanford Justin Reid 18 DB
Stanford Dalton Schultz 17 TE
Stanford Quenton Meeks 15 DB
Tennessee 32 rank, Tennessee lost 3 early entrees 19 Team 32
Tennessee Rashaan Gaulden 10 DB
Tennessee John Kelly 7 RB
Tennessee Reginald McKenzie 2 DT
Texas 3 rank, Texas lost 6 early entrees 82 Team 3
Texas Connor Williams 23 T
Texas Malik Jefferson 22 LB
Texas DeShon Elliott 14 DB
Texas Holton Hill 12 DB
Texas Michael Dickson 7 P
Texas Chris Warren 4 RB
Texas A&M 30 rank, Texas A&M lost 1 early entrees 21 Team 30
Texas A&M Christian Kirk 21 WR
Texas Tech 44 rank, Texas Tech lost 1 early entrees 11 Team 44
Texas Tech Keke Coutee 11 WR
Toledo 55 rank, Toledo lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 55
Toledo Olasunkanmi Adeniyi 2 DE
UCF 31 rank, UCF lost 2 early entrees 19 Team 31
UCF Jordan Akins 18 TE
UCF Tre’Quan Smith 2 WR
UCLA 9 rank, UCLA lost 4 early entrees 57 Team 9
UCLA Josh Rosen 25 QB
UCLA Kolton Miller 24 T
UCLA Jordan Lasley 6 WR
UCLA Austin Roberts 2 TE
UNC 56 rank, UNC lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 56
UNC Andre Smith 2 LB
USC 11 rank, USC lost 4 early entrees 55 Team 11
USC Sam Darnold 25 QB
USC Ronald Jones 22 RB
USC Deontay Burnett 6 WR
USC Rasheem Green 2 DT
Virginia Tech 7 rank, Virginia Tech lost 3 early entrees 59 Team 7
Virginia Tech Tremaine Edmunds 25 LB
Virginia Tech Tim Settle 20 DT
Virginia Tech Terrell Edmunds 14 DB
Wake Forest 37 rank, Wake Forest lost 1 early entrees 17 Team 37
Wake Forest Jessie Bates 17 DB
Washington 25 rank, Washington lost 1 early entrees 24 Team 25
Washington Vita Vea 24 NT
Washington St. 34 rank, Washington State lost 2 early entrees 18 Team 34
Washington St. Hercules Mata’afa 17 DE
Washington St. Tavares Martin 2 WR
Western Kentucky 57 rank, Western Kentucky lost 1 early entrees 2 Team 57
Western Kentucky Joel Iyiegbuniwe 2 LB
Wisconsin 33 rank, Wisconsin lost 1 early entrees 19 Team 33
Wisconsin Nick Nelson 19 DB
Wyoming 23 rank, Wyoming lost 1 early entrees 25 Team 23
Wyoming Josh Allen 25 QB

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