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December 14, 2010
These can be tough times for underclassmen who are thinking of declaring early for the NFL draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, but rumors of a lockout could cause some second-guessing among some of the players.
Last year, 53 underclassmen declared for the draft. There were 46 in 2009, 53 in '08, 40 in '07, 48 in '06, 49 in '05, 43 in '04, 54 in '03, 43 in '02, 54 in '01 and 31 in 2000.
Here's a list of the players who likely are at least considering leaving school early. As always, there will be players who surprise us with their decisions, so this isn't necessarily the definitive list. We will update the list as decisions are made.
Sophomore-eligible players are denoted with an asterisk.