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After a disappointing 6-6 season in which pretty much every player on the team had a worse season (personally and collectively) than he probably expected, I figured there wouldn't be any talk of players leaving early for the pros. Guys like LT and Fuller, who were our early-season highly touted leaders and likely all-acc candidates on each side of the ball, both had their struggles for various reasons and neither looked as good as he did last year. Gayle wasn't the one-man wrecking crew that he was sold as being, at least not consistently. Exum steadily improved but never reached a level that had me saying "wow he looks like an nfl db" on a consistent basis.
So I was surprised to see on another board some discussion that there might be early departures for the NFL. You insiders - what are you hearing? Did the disappointing season convince everyone to come back? Or are there still guys who are seriously considering leaving early?
I would expect Fuller and Gayle back. LT is probably the only one that could go but I don't know why he would want to. His stock has fallen like a rock and if he has a bad combine, he could go undrafted.
I would expect everybody back for next season, which is a good thing.
Logan wouldn't go undrafted based on potential alone. And he's not someone who would have a bad combine. Scouts would fall in love with his size and arm strength. He would throw inaccurately to the wideouts, but would be largely written off like most passing results at the combine are. Combine that with good measurables, the 2011-12 season, and flashes this season and he would still get taken even if it was mid-round.
I just don't see anybody leaving early...
If keep a very close eye on Logan. Scouts still love him, and their opinions are the ones that matter
My hope is we bring in an OC and an O to give LT a reason to stay...without that I can see him leaving, he'll kill it at the combine and interviews
Agree w LT. Gayle, Exum, and Fuller are the only other ones that would have a chance and would submit paper work. LT despite the stats this year has scouts drooling. We fans might think he's not ready...but GM's are the ones making the decision...and they along with their scouts like him....a lot. Some say...he is like Big Ben. Exum will wow peeps at the combine...dude is safety sized ready w corner skills...but He'll stay...he's not hurting for money. Fuller was playing hurt....so you never know. These guys (fuller 3) just finished up their 4th year...so...you never know. Me...I hope they all stay...but you never know what goes on in these guys heads, who they are talking to....OR...who their family is talking to.
I wonder about LT "killing it" at the combine. No question he'll ace the interview part and his physique and measurables will wow them. But if he bounces passes to WR's and isn't able to hit a swing pass to the flat, that isn't going to impress any scouts. I think he has some serious passing mechanics-issues to iron out before he's ready to have his throwing placed under a microscope by NFL-types.
I do think he'd get drafted at some point, simply based on potential and on the flashes of ability he has shown. But it's not like he's in the position Andrew Luck and USC's Matt Barkley were in as juniors who would have been top-5 picks if they came out early yet came back to college anyway. IMO his stock must have taken a serious hit this season - talking many multiple millions of dollars difference from being a top 10 pick vs. being picked later on, even at the end of the first round let alone in the 2nd or 3rd round. If he came back and had a better senior season without the accuracy issues he had this fall he could vault himself back up into the top half of the first round and make tens of millions more.
If he'd had the season we all expected and was a consensus top-12 or better NFL draft pick I would reluctantly agree it's a no-brainer for him to go pro. Not so much after the film he put out there this season.
They love him today, but if the LT that throws balls in the dirt on 5 yard outs does the same at the combine...
Scouts always love potential and a good value. Key word there is value, 1st round isn't the same as 3rd. Drafting a player is like betting with your wallet, that's when the truth speaks. I'm curious what real scouts would select him. Most scouts/analysts don't get to the real film breakdowns until the off season.
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