I looked at the roster and think Kyle Fuller, Antone Exum, James Gayle, and Logan Thomas stand the best chance to be drafted if they declared (which none have indicated they're doing).
I think we all assume that Kyle is going to stay for his senior season to play a year with Kendall.
There were rumors floating around towards the beginning of the year that Exum might bolt if he had a big junior season. I think he's the most improved player on the team, and he'd probably play safety in the NFL, not corner.
Kiper said this today about Gayle.
Kiper said if he were DE James Gayle, he'd come back for his senior season. Said there are lots of DEs, pass-rushing OLBs in t his draft.— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) December 11, 2012
There's no question Gayle has NFL-level talent, but it's up to him whether he not he wants to optimize his payday.
Kiper also said , "But when you look at the talent, he's more talented than any quarterback that's going to be in this draft. You take any quarterback — I don't care who it is — he's more talented. So I think just on potential, he could be a guy that factors into the equation [first round selection]."
Logan had previously said he'd seek a draft grade, but would return for his senior season.
I'm curious, which juniors (maybe some not listed here) are the most crucial for our success in 2013. Which, if any, do you think will leave a year early?