CB Deandre Baker: He played at a high level this season and has decided to stay for his senior season, when he could be the best corner in the league.
LB Roquan Smith: He is turning pro. It always seemed a given that Smith, who was the best defensive player in the SEC this season and one of the best in the nation, would leave for the NFL.
DT Trenton Thompson: In a mild surprise, Thompson is turning pro. Thompson certainly has the size and skill set to play in the NFL. But he had a somewhat disappointing season and at one point seemed to be leaning toward remaining in school for his senior season.
LB Josh Allen: Allen is returning for his senior campaign. He emerged as a playmaker this season, finishing with 10.5 tackles for loss. But his play tailed off noticeably down the stretch. Still, he seems likely to go because he has a good upside.
LB Jordan Jones: He missed four games and finished with half as many tackles as he had last season (55, compared to 109 in 2016). He is staying in school.
S Mike Edwards: Edwards has announced he will stay for his senior season. He is a tackle machine on the back end for the Wildcats, with 189 stops the past two seasons. Edwards also had four picks this season and looked better in coverage.
C Will Clapp: Clapp has decided to turn pro. His versatility — he started at guard and center for the Tigers — will be a big selling point. He is an especially good run blocker and should be off the board by the end of the third round.
RB Derrius Guice: To no one’s surprise, he is bypassing his senior season. He should be one of the first three running backs selected in the 2018 NFL draft.
CB Donte Jackson: He has decided to turn pro and announced his decision on Twitter. He was one of the fastest players in college football and showed improved coverage skills this season.
OLB Arden Key: To no one’s surprise, Key is going pro. He never seemed to be 100 percent healthy after offseason shoulder surgery, but when he is at his best, he is the best edge rusher in college football. And big-time edge rushers are like gold in the NFL.
CB Kevin Toliver II: Toliver is going pro. He has great size (6-3, 204), but truth be told, he never has lived up to his high school hype. But he will test well, and 6-3 corners are highly valued.
OT Toby Weathersby: Somewhat surprisingly, Weathersby is turning pro. He seems likely to be a third-day pick.
OLB/DE Montez Sweat: Sweat announced he is remaining at Mississippi State. He began his career at Michigan State, left for a junior college, then emerged as a force for the Bulldogs this season. He remains raw, but he also had 9.5 sacks. He is a good athlete with impressive first-step quickness.
DT Terry Beckner Jr.: He is an absolute load in the middle – when healthy. This was the first season in which he played every game, and he had seven sacks – an impressive number for an inside guy – and 10.5 tackles for loss. He has said he will be back for his senior season; if he follows through, he has All-American potential.
QB Drew Lock: Lock is staying for his senior season. He set an SEC single-season record with 44 TD passes, and will be playing for his third coordinator in four seasons.
DT Breeland Speaks: He was solid as a redshirt freshman in 2015, then had a poor sophomore campaign in ’16 before rebounding this season. He can be disruptive inside (eight tackles for loss), but consistency remains an issue. Breeland has decided to leave school early.
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