No mass exodus

Contrary to popular belief, the Clarett ruling will not lead to a mass exodus of college freshmen and sophomores.

Originally Published: February 9, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Contrary to popular belief, the court's decision to allow more players into the NFL won't create a large departure of players. Don't expect a flood of high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores dotting the NFL draft landscape. There are just too many obstacles for those players to overcome for it to become a big deal.

The position most affected by this ruling is running back, because it's an easier transition for college players. The Associated Press has picked a running back as offensive rookie of the year 29 times out of the 37 years it has voted.


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