Sunday, April 22, 2018

NFL Draft Takes Most Early Talent From; 1) LSU, 2) Bama, 3) Texas, 4) Stanford, 5) Ohio State

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 - which has more student signups there than on any other campus. We will keep updates coming at

TeamPlayers lost to draft before senior yearValuePos
LSU1 rank, LSU lost 7 early entrees100Team 1
LSUDerrius Guice23RB
LSUDonte Jackson20DB
LSUKevin Toliver19DB
LSUArden Key18LB
LSUWill Clapp17C
LSUToby Weathersby2T
LSUTravonte Valentine2NT
Alabama2 rank, Alabama lost 5 early entrees87Team 2
AlabamaMinkah Fitzpatrick24DB
AlabamaCalvin Ridley24WR
AlabamaRonnie Harrison21DB
AlabamaBo Scarbrough16RB
AlabamaDa'Ron Payne2NT
Arizona St.36 rank, Arizona State lost 3 early entrees18Team 36
Arizona St.Christian Sam15LB
Arizona St.JoJo Wicker2DT
Arizona St.Sam Jones2G
Auburn8 rank, Auburn lost 4 early entrees58Team 8
AuburnCarlton Davis22DB
AuburnKerryon Johnson21RB
AuburnJeff Holland12LB
AuburnKamryn Pettway2RB
Benedictine47 rank, Benedictine lost 1 early entrees2Team 47
BenedictineMatt Fleming2WR
Boise St.27 rank, Boise State lost 1 early entrees23Team 27
Boise St.Leighton Vander Esch23LB
Clemson29 rank, Clemson lost 4 early entrees22Team 29
ClemsonDeon Cain10WR
ClemsonTaylor Hearn8G
ClemsonRay-Ray McCloud2WR
ClemsonVan Smith2DB
Colorado28 rank, Colorado lost 1 early entrees23Team 28
ColoradoIsaiah Oliver23DB
Florida14 rank, Florida lost 3 early entrees43Team 14
FloridaTaven Bryan22DT
FloridaAntonio Callaway19WR
FloridaEddy Pineiro2K
Florida St.18 rank, Florida State lost 4 early entrees32Team 18
Florida St.Tarvarus McFadden14DB
Florida St.Josh Sweat14DE
Florida St.Auden Tate2WR
Florida St.Jalen Wilkerson2DE
FSU21 rank, FSU lost 2 early entrees27Team 21
FSUDerwin James25DB
FSURyan Izzo2TE
Georgia15 rank, Georgia lost 2 early entrees42Team 15
GeorgiaRoquan Smith25LB
GeorgiaTrenton Thompson17DT
Houston41 rank, Houston lost 1 early entrees13Team 41
HoustonKyle Allen13QB
Indiana42 rank, Indiana lost 1 early entrees13Team 42
IndianaSimmie Cobbs13WR
Iowa12 rank, Iowa lost 2 early entrees48Team 12
IowaJames Daniels24C
IowaJosh Jackson24DB
Kansas35 rank, Kansas lost 1 early entrees18Team 35
KansasDorance Armstrong18DE
Kansas St.43 rank, Kansas State lost 2 early entrees11Team 43
Kansas St.Byron Pringle10WR
Kansas St.DJ Reed2DB
Louisiana-Monroe48 rank, Louisiana-Monroe lost 1 early entrees2Team 48
Louisiana-MonroeJJ Dallas2DB
Louisville6 rank, Louisville lost 3 early entrees65Team 6
LouisvilleLamar Jackson25QB
LouisvilleJaire Alexander24DB
LouisvilleGeron Christian16T
Marshall39 rank, Marshall lost 1 early entrees15Team 39
MarshallChase Litton15QB
Maryland17 rank, Maryland lost 2 early entrees35Team 17
MarylandDJ Moore23WR
MarylandJC Jackson12DB
Miami16 rank, Miami lost 4 early entrees38Team 16
MiamiRJ McIntosh18DT
MiamiKendrick Norton10DT
MiamiMark Walton9RB
MiamiCourtel Jenkins2DT
Middle Tennessee46 rank, Middle Tennessee lost 1 early entrees5Team 46
Middle TennesseeRichie James5WR
NC St.19 rank, NC State lost 2 early entrees32Team 19
NC St.Will Richardson16T
NC St.Nyheim Hines16RB
Nebraska40 rank, Nebraska lost 2 early entrees14Team 40
NebraskaTanner Lee9QB
NebraskaNick Gates6T
Nevada49 rank, Nevada lost 1 early entrees2Team 49
NevadaVosean Crumbie2DB
Notre Dame10 rank, Notre Dame lost 3 early entrees56Team 10
Notre DameQuenton Nelson25G
Notre DameJosh Adams16RB
Notre DameEquanimeous St Brown15WR
Ohio St.5 rank, Ohio State lost 3 early entrees65Team 5
Ohio St.Denzel Ward25DB
Ohio St.Sam Hubbard21DE
Ohio St.Jerome Baker19LB
Oklahoma13 rank, Oklahoma lost 4 early entrees47Team 13
OklahomaMark Andrews22TE
OklahomaOrlando Brown21T
OklahomaDu'Vonta Lampkin2DT
OklahomaDwayne Orso-Bacchus2T
Ole Miss38 rank, Ole Miss lost 1 early entrees16Team 38
Ole MissBreeland Speaks16DE
Oregon St.45 rank, Oregon State lost 1 early entrees10Team 45
Oregon St.Ryan Nall10RB
Penn St.22 rank, Penn State lost 1 early entrees25Team 22
Penn St.Saquon Barkley25RB
Pittsburg St.50 rank, Pittsburg State lost 1 early entrees2Team 50
Pittsburg St.Juante Baldwin2DB
Pittsburgh24 rank, Pittsburgh lost 3 early entrees25Team 24
PittsburghBrian O'Neill22T
PittsburghJordan Whitehead2DB
PittsburghQuadree Henderson2WR
Purdue51 rank, Purdue lost 1 early entrees2Team 51
PurdueEddy Wilson2DT
San Jose St.52 rank, San Jose State lost 1 early entrees2Team 52
San Jose St.Frank Ginda2LB
SMU20 rank, SMU lost 2 early entrees31Team 20
SMUCourtland Sutton24WR
SMUTrey Quinn7WR
South Carolina26 rank, South Carolina lost 1 early entrees23Team 26
South CarolinaHayden Hurst23TE
Southeastern Louisiana53 rank, Southeastern Louisiana lost 1 early entrees2Team 53
Southeastern LouisianaMaea Teuhema2T
Southern Miss54 rank, Southern Miss lost 1 early entrees2Team 54
Southern MissKorey Robertson2WR
Stanford4 rank, Stanford lost 4 early entrees70Team 4
StanfordHarrison Phillips21DT
StanfordJustin Reid18DB
StanfordDalton Schultz17TE
StanfordQuenton Meeks15DB
Tennessee32 rank, Tennessee lost 3 early entrees19Team 32
TennesseeRashaan Gaulden10DB
TennesseeJohn Kelly7RB
TennesseeReginald McKenzie2DT
Texas3 rank, Texas lost 6 early entrees82Team 3
TexasConnor Williams23T
TexasMalik Jefferson22LB
TexasDeShon Elliott14DB
TexasHolton Hill12DB
TexasMichael Dickson7P
TexasChris Warren4RB
Texas A&M30 rank, Texas A&M lost 1 early entrees21Team 30
Texas A&MChristian Kirk21WR
Texas Tech44 rank, Texas Tech lost 1 early entrees11Team 44
Texas TechKeke Coutee11WR
Toledo55 rank, Toledo lost 1 early entrees2Team 55
ToledoOlasunkanmi Adeniyi2DE
UCF31 rank, UCF lost 2 early entrees19Team 31
UCFJordan Akins18TE
UCFTre'Quan Smith2WR
UCLA9 rank, UCLA lost 4 early entrees57Team 9
UCLAJosh Rosen25QB
UCLAKolton Miller24T
UCLAJordan Lasley6WR
UCLAAustin Roberts2TE
UNC56 rank, UNC lost 1 early entrees2Team 56
UNCAndre Smith2LB
USC11 rank, USC lost 4 early entrees55Team 11
USCSam Darnold25QB
USCRonald Jones22RB
USCDeontay Burnett6WR
USCRasheem Green2DT
Virginia Tech7 rank, Virginia Tech lost 3 early entrees59Team 7
Virginia TechTremaine Edmunds25LB
Virginia TechTim Settle20DT
Virginia TechTerrell Edmunds14DB
Wake Forest37 rank, Wake Forest lost 1 early entrees17Team 37
Wake ForestJessie Bates17DB
Washington25 rank, Washington lost 1 early entrees24Team 25
WashingtonVita Vea24NT
Washington St.34 rank, Washington State lost 2 early entrees18Team 34
Washington St.Hercules Mata'afa17DE
Washington St.Tavares Martin2WR
Western Kentucky57 rank, Western Kentucky lost 1 early entrees2Team 57
Western KentuckyJoel Iyiegbuniwe2LB
Wisconsin33 rank, Wisconsin lost 1 early entrees19Team 33
WisconsinNick Nelson19DB
Wyoming23 rank, Wyoming lost 1 early entrees25Team 23
WyomingJosh Allen25QB

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