Miami fans saw what happened last year when several underclassman declared for the NFL Draft prematurely. They, who shall remain nameless, saw their NFL stock plummet faster than the Titanic.
I cannot speak on the issue firsthand, but one can assume that at the age of 20 or 21, it would be nearly impossible to turn down a multimillion dollar contract and the chance to represent NFLU in the ‘league.’
This year may not be any different.
Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald is reporting that OL Seantrel Henderson, OG Brandon Linder and DT Curtis Porter will announce on Monday their intentions of going pro or returning to UM for their senior seasons.
In his latest Eye on the U post, Navarro wrote:
Hurricanes juniors Seantrel Henderson, Brandon Linder and Curtis Porter will announce their intentions on whether they will declare for the 2013 NFL Draft or return to the University of Miami for their senior seasons during a press conference Monday at 11 a.m.”
I cannot recall a time when athletes held a press conference to announce that they would be sticking around for their senior seasons. In any event, if I had to guess, I would say that of the three Henderson is the most NFL ready – at this point. However, if he opted to stick around for another year, Henderson would see his draft status increase immensely – perhaps to a late first, early second-round pick, barring any injury.
I have yet to understand what Porter is thinking. Granted, he began to impress during the close of the 2012 season, Porter’s history of injuries have limited his play at UM drastically. He would also benefit from returning to UM for his senior season.
According to Navarro, “Henderson is listed as the 11th best offensive tackle at his position in the Class of 2014…Porter is not listed [at all]…[Linder] ranks 29th at his position in the Class of 2014.”