Every one of these players will have the option to return to school instead of opting to enter the 2013 draft class. But, as anyone who follows the draft knows, many of the top prospects in the draft will come from this group. To start the year, 17 of the 25 players on my first Big Board for the 2013 NFL draft class come from this group.
This should offer a good reflection of the depth at each position group. The one caveat is many of these players are about to play their most pivotal season, as they now fall under the draft microscope. The rankings will often shift dramatically as the season unfolds.