28 players who entered the draft early went undrafted

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For a sure thing high draft pick like Myles Garrett, the decision to turn pro after three years of college football is an easy choice. For others, there are no sure things.

Of the 103 players who decided to enter the draft even though they had some NCAA eligibility remaining, 28 of them were undrafted and will now hope to catch on somewhere as undrafted free agents.

Those include some fairly well-known names from the college football world including Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans, Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph, Ole Miss receiver Damore’ea Stringellow and Clemson receiver Artavis Scott.

Here’s the full list via the Associated Press:

KD Cannon, WR, Baylor

Devin Childress, WR, North Park

Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech

Jeremy Faulk, DT, Garden City CC

Tarean Folston, RB, Notre Dame

Isaiah Golden, DT, McNeese State

Jermaine Grace, LB, Miami

Derrick Griffin, WR, Texas Southern

Titus Howard, DB, Slippery Rock

Tim Kimbrough, LB, Georgia

Jerome Lane, WR, Akron

Keevan Lucas, WR, Tulsa

Damien Mama, OL, USC

Deon-Tay McManus, WR, Marshall

Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M

Marcus Oliver, LB, Indiana

Aaron Peak, DB, Butler County CC

Devine Redding, RB, Indiana

Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State

Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson

Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M

Garrett Sickels, DE, Penn State

Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss

Charles Walker, DL, Oklahoma

Khari Waithe-Alexander, DE, Southern Illinois

Stanley Williams, RB, Kentucky

Joe Yearby, RB, Miami

Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor

24 responses to “28 players who entered the draft early went undrafted

  1. This list will shorten up the next few days. Based on the odds, not many will be in the NFL by start of regular season. Good luck to them.

  2. They will all have the opportunity to sign as an undrafted free agent. It’s not over yet… keep your heads up.

  3. I don’t know if it applies to any of these guys, but there were some early entrants who were already working on Masters degrees. I graduated from college with a famous guy who is in the NFL now. He played 1 more college season after we graduated. Some of these guys have freshman redshirts, medical redshirts, etc. There are 23-24 year olds in the “early” bunch along with 21 year olds who played 4 years.

  4. charger383 says:
    Apr 30, 2017 2:29 PM
    they weren’t as really good as they thought they were

    If that’s true then they’d make good Cowboys fans

  5. NCAA should let them play to finish their degree. Maybe one more year will help them get drafted next year.

  6. Letting them back into the NCAA is the equivalent of telling your boss you quit, figuring out no one will hire you and asking for your job back.

    They let their ego decide, now they have to either get their degree or pound the pavement for real work.

  7. They did not go to college to get an education anyway. This is what happens when you view your college as nothing more than prep for the NFL. BTW, I wonder how many of these undrafted ones have a history of domestic violence?

  8. At least one of them, Artavus Scott of Clemson, has graduated.Yes, he could have come back as a grad student, but it’s not like he dropped out of school to go early.

  9. mark0226 says:
    Apr 30, 2017 11:40 PM

    They can’t get their degree after they quit

    Sure they can. They just have to do it on their own dime and they’re no longer eligible to play college football.

  10. That they can’t play college football again is proof that “the scholar-athlete” narrative is bunk. First the schools are supposed to want these guys to get “a good education”. A perusal of the majors many have shows that’s nonsense. Then I wonder how many classes they were allowed to miss in what they planned to be the year before they entered the draft.

    I’d be interested in seeing the academic records of the guys who were drafted high. It should be instructive.

  11. Letting them go back to college football is an absolute joke. So… What’s you plan for the guys that get drafted in the 6th or 7th round that thought they’d go 2nd or 3rd round and lose out on a bunch of money? Can they bail and go back to school too?

  12. It’s interesting what these UDFA’s were thinking. Were their families destitute and any money they could make even as a later round pick would help? Did they have coddling agents who didn’t have the balls to admit to them they weren’t as good as they thought they were?

    Even if you’ve already graduated, there is no downside to another year in college to improve. We used to see guys declare early, then get drafted middle rounds and be disappointed, but to declare early and go undrafted means someone is living in la-la land, or is really desperate.

  13. The ncaa allows undrafted college basketball players to return to college as long as they do not sign an agent. Thumps up if the think college football players should be given the same opportunity.

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