Think Twice

By Adam Caparell - January 16, 2008

The deadline has come and gone for college players to declare themselves eligible for April's NFL Draft and while the decisions by many to leave school early was a no-brainer (Darren McFadden), there were just as many head scratchers (two from Florida State) to balance things out.

Geno Hayes, LB, Florida State: Florida State linebacker may have been the team's second leading tackler this past season, but he's a projected third round draft pick at best - maybe more like a fourth - with an undersized body at only 220 pounds.

Xavier Lee, QB, Florida State: Hyped to no end entering school, we only saw glimpses of what Lee was supposed to be in his brief time at Florida State, but once he saw the writing on the wall that he wasn't going to cut it at quarterback for Bobby Bowden, instead of trying his luck elsewhere or trying a different position, Lee bolted for the NFL where your guess is as good as anyone's where he lands. Very good chance he doesn't get selected. Some seasoning at quarterback, or any other position for that matter, would have done wonders for him.

Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia: There's always the fear of injury when it comes to running backs, as well as wear and tear, but considering the disappointing season Slaton had this past fall, the way he disappeared down the stretch and his fumbling issues in big games, why wouldn't Slaton come back for another season? Might want to get out of Pat White's shadow.

Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville: You can understand not wanting to catch balls for another quarterback after having Brian Brohm throw you balls the past few seasons, but considering Urrutia is not projected to be selected in the draft you'd think returning to school would be the wise decision. Coach Steve Kragthorpe, a guy who spent time in the NFL, thought he needed to come back.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 11:14 AM on January 16, 2008

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