Which college football freshmen could go one-and-done to the NFL draft if allowed?

June 16, 2017
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It should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid a minute of attention to the NBA draft that this year's draft class is dominated by freshmen. The era of the one-and-done star in college basketball, players who spend the minimum required single season on college campuses before jumping to the pros, is in full effect. In Andrew Sharp's latest mock draft for SI.com, nine of the projected top 10 picks are freshmen, and the only non-freshman is an international player.

With the NFL's requirement that players be three years removed from high school, the one-and-done trend is a non-issue in football. But as the NBA draft approaches, it got us thinking about what players could be good enough to leap straight from college football to the NFL after just one season. The adjustment would be exceedingly difficult, and surely freshmen wouldn't take over the first round the way they do in basketball. But after these players' debut seasons, SI's college football experts have seen enough to say they'd be worthy of a draft pick if the rules allowed.

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