2008 NFL Draft Underclassmen

Jan 4, 2008

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There have been eight underclassmen to declare themselves eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft.  Four on offense and four on defense.

Branden Albert, G, Virginia
Albert is a monster at 6’7″, 315 lbs.  He has started all three years at Virginia (37 games).  He was a third-team All-American. 

Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Jamaal is put together well at 6’1″, 200 lbs.  He put together an outstanding season rushing for 1619 yards (6.3 yard per carry) with 18 TDs.  He also had 17 receptions for 199 yards.  His high came when he destroyed Nebraska for 290 yards and three scores.  In the Holiday Bowl victory he had 161 yards and a pair of scores.  He’s pretty quick with a 4.39 fourty time.

Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
Clady has the size (6’6″, 316 lbs.) to make the transition to the next level.  He was an All-American last year for the Broncos.

Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville
If you’re looking to add a tall receiver to the mix, Mario is your guy.  He’s listed at 6’6″, 225 lbs.  Speed isn’t his strength as he ran a 4.64 fourty.  He was banged up this year, but still finished with 35 receptions for 501 yards.  With his lack of speed and coming off a down year, one would think Mario would have been better suited to stay in school.  Maybe he figured without Brian Brohm, this was as good as it was going to get.

Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
Campbell’s height (6’8″) will help him bat down balls at the line of scrimmage, but his weight (282 lbs.) could prove to be a problem.  His six sacks this year were down form the 10.5 he had in 2006.  He’s still a highly touted end that will likely go in the first round.

Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
Harvey is another end that will likely go in the first round.  He may be asked to bulk up given his 6’5″, 252 lbs. frame.  Many list him behind Chris Long as the second best end in the draft.

Erin Henderson, LB, Maryland
Despite the female first name, Erin is built to play linebacker.  He’s listed at 6’3″, 242 lbs.  He led Maryland with 133 tackles despite dealing with a knee injury that cost him a game.  He’s not the quickest LB with a 4.67 fourty time, but he has a nose for the football.

Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
Kenny is next in line of outstanding safeties coming out of the U.  He has good size (6’2″, 208 lbs.) and outstanding speed (4.46 fourty time).  He was second on Miami with 95 tackles.  He’ll likely be a first round pick.

Side Note:
So far the Lester Awards and the Associated Press Awards have been on par.  We each selected Adrian Peterson and Patrick Willis as the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, as well as Bill Belichick as the Coach of the Year. 

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