NFLDraftScout.com received an early list of underclassmen committed to the 2012 NFL Draft, and as of Sunday, a record-tying 56 eligible juniors and redshirt sophomores had entered the player pool. The number ties last year's total. Each player is listed by position and school as well as where he ranked on deadline day.
Sun Devils linebacker Vontaze Burfict shows up as the 44th-best player available and the third-best inslide linebacker on the board.
Boasts prototypical size and explosive hitting ability but hasn't played with the consistency scouts would like and developed a well-earned reputation as a hot-head prone to foolish penalties. The ultimate boom or bust pick of the 2012 draft.
ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler also makes the grade, coming in as the 107th best player overall and 7th-best QB on the board.
Osweiler's emergence in his first full season as the starter played a critical role in ASU's return to a bowl game in 2011. Though more athletic than Ryan Mallett, Osweiler has a similar tall, lanky frame that could lead to struggles escaping the pocket in the NFL. Scouts would have liked to have seen him return for his senior season but there is no denying Osweiler's talent and impressive production (4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns/13 interceptions) in a pro-style offense this season.
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