No surprise here but USC junior defensive end Clifton Geathers has decided to test the NFL waters. He will submit paperwork to the draft advisory committee to see where he would be projected to go in the April draft. Unless he is a first or second rounder he expects to return for his junior season.
I’ve heard rumblings that Geathers and Culliver could take a serious look at leaving early. There will be a lot of juniors leaving early because of the expiring NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement rookie salaries could drop in 2011 which means some juniors may think it is best to jump out now before the current deal expires.
Steve Spurrier has told this players that if they are a first or second round pick it makes sense to go but if not they should return. He can point at Eric Norwood as a prime example on why coming back can be a good thing. Norwood is a consensus All-American and will be an early round draft pick. And perhaps more importantly he has his degree. Like Spurrier, he is advising juniors to think carefully before deciding to leave or stay.
AUDIO: Norwood’s advice to the underclassmen
Last year, Jared Cook, Captain Munnerlyn and Emannuel Cook all left early. Cook was drafted in the third round by the Titans, Munnerlyn went in the seventh round to the Panthers but still managed to make the team and is a regular on special teams and as a nickel back. Cook went undrafted and hasn’t been on an active roster all season.