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The players are the thing and here are 56 possibilities

Can we be real?

Conference Championship Weekend is upon us. And if the Miami Dolphin are ever going to again participate in one of these weekends, it will take TALENT on the field. Yes, it is interesting the team is hiring and firing coaches this week (check out the previous couple of posts).

But the players are the thing.

The players make the plays. The players make the difference. The players, the players, the players.

Because that is true, I am starting to shift to player-talent mode on this blog. That means the focus will be less on the coaching (not sure whether that makes coaches who read this blog happy or sad) and much more on the players (not sure whether that makes players who read this blog happy or sad).

We start today with some future prospects. The NFL has granted 56 talented (most of them) players special eligibility to enter the April 28-30 draft. Each player met the NFL's three-year eligibility rule and submitted a written application renouncing their college eligibility. The deadline for turning those applications in to the NFL was January 5.

So this is it for the underclassmen entering the draft.

Consider the players:

Player

Pos.

College

Adams, Darvin

WR

Auburn

Austin, Marvin

DT

North Carolina

Ayers, Akeem

LB

UCLA

Baldwin, Jon

WR

Pittsburgh

Bowers, Da’Quan

DE

Clemson

Brown, DeAndre

WR

Southern Mississippi

Burton, Brandon

DB

Utah

Casey, Jurrell

DT

Southern California

Clay, John

RB

Wisconsin

Claytor, Nick

T

Georgia Tech

Cobb, Randall

WR

Kentucky

Dareus, Marcell

DE

Alabama

Doss, Tandon

WR

Indiana

Evans, Darren

RB

Virginia Tech

Fairley, Nick

DT

Auburn

Gabbert, Blaine

QB

Missouri

Green, A.J.

WR

Georgia

Gurley, Tori

WR

South Carolina

Guy, Lawrence

DT

Arizona State

Hamler, Jamel

WR

Fresno State

Harper, Jamie

RB

Clemson

Harris, Brandon

DB

Miami

Hill, Will

DB

Florida

Houston, Justin

LB

Georgia

Hynoski, Henry

RB

Pittsburgh

Ingram, Mark

RB

Alabama

Jones, Julio

WR

Álabama

Keiser, Thomas

LB

Stanford

Leshoure, Mikel

RB

Illinois

Lewis, Dion

RB

Pittsburgh

Lewis, Javes

DB

Oregon

Little, Greg

WR

North Carolina

Liuget, Corey

DT

Illinois

Mallett, Ryan

QB

Arkansas

Moore, Rahim

DB

UCLA

Newton, Cam

QB

Auburn

Parr, Zane

DE

Virginia

Peterson, Patrick

DB

Louisiana State

Quinn, Robert

DE

North Carolina

Ridley, Stevan

RB

Louisiana State

Rodgers, Jacquizz

RB

Oregon State

Rudolph, Kyle

TE

Notre Dame

Sands, Robert

DB

West Virginia

Sash, Tyler

DB

Iowa

Siliga, Sealver

DT

Utah

Smith, Aldon

DE

Missouri

Smith, Torrey

WR

Maryland

Smith, Tyron

T

Southern California

Tarrant, Jerrard

DB

Georgia Tech

Todman, Jordan

RB

Connecticut

Vereen, Shane

RB

California

Watt, J.J.

DE

Wisconsin

Wilkerson, Muhammad

DT

Temple

Williams, Aaron

DB

Texas

Williams, Ryan

RB

Virginia Tech

Wilson, Martez

LB

Illinois

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