For the third year in a row, there are a record number of collegiate players declaring early for the NFL draft. When those defections are added to the departing seniors going to the draft, it can make for a difficult transition for teams having to replace those players.
Having noted this, some college football teams are better situated to absorb these losses, and in some cases may actually see an improvement with the new personnel.
Here's a look at seven teams well-positioned to replace departing stars.
As great as Mason was, the metrics indicate Auburn actually could end up with an equally great backfield in 2014 in the form of Grant and Artis-Payne.