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5/04/2007 12:24:00 PM

Who Should and Shouldn't be Entering the NBA Draft

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We think Taurean Green is making a huge mistake leaving Florida for the NBA. Who else needs another year of college ball?
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The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft has passed and among the list of early entry candidates there were no huge shockers (unless you thought Greg Oden and Kevin Durant really wanted to experience more of college life). But a decision as big choosing the right time to enter the NBA is one that shouldn't be taken lightly, so let's review some of the big names and whether or not they're making the right choice (keep in mind, however, that the early entrees can still withdraw from the draft and go back to school provided they haven’t signed with an agent):

DJ Augustin, Texas (staying) – Right choice. His game still needs refining.

Darren Collison, UCLA (staying) – Wrong choice. He was arguably the best player on a Final Four team.

Taurean Green, Florida (leaving) – Wrong choice. One more year at Florida could have helped solidify him as an NBA talent. Now, he’s the “fourth guy” from that Florida team.

Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina (staying) – Right choice. This year’s draft is stocked with big men and Carolina is the favorite to win it all next season.

Ty Lawson, North Carolina (staying) – Right choice. With Hansbrough staying, Lawson would be a fool to leave a potential championship team.

Chase Budinger, Arizona (staying) – Right choice. His game needs work, and he's a cult hero at Tuscon. Why leave that?

Hasheem Thabeet, UConn (staying) – Right choice. His game needs a lot of work, and he should stay in Storrs not only next season, but the following one as well.

Those are some of the big names, but there are others we didn’t mention who are staying in school another year (Drew Neitzel, Chris Lofton, Ronald Steele) and others who are leaving early (Mike Conley Jr., Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Roy Hibbert). What would you do if you were these players?
5/02/2007 02:11:00 PM

2008 Mock NFL Draft

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Will Brian Brohm end up as the next quarterback of the Vikings?
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Now that the 2007 Draft is out of the way, it's time to look ahead to 2008. SI.com's Andrew Perloff offered up his mock draft on Fan Nation, and here are his first 10 picks:

1. Oakland: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
2. Texans: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
3. Vikings: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
4. Lions: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
5. Buccaneers: Sam Baker, LT, USC
6. Dolphins: Chad Henne, QB, Michigan
7. Cardinals: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
8. Titans: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
9. Cowboys (via Browns): Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
10. Falcons: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

To see the rest of the first-round picks, click here. Now we want to hear from you -- what did Perloff get wrong? What did he get right? Give us your 2008 draft thoughts.
4/30/2007 12:40:00 PM

What does your 2008 Top 10 look like?

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Arkansas' Darren McFadden is our choice for top pick in the 2008 draft. What does your draft board look like?
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Are you all NFL drafted out? Forget about this year and turn the page to next year's draft. There are only 364 days until the 2008 Draft and it's time to survey the landscape. SI.com put out its list of Top 25 draft candidates for 2008 and here is the Top 10:

10. Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
9. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
8. Chris Long, DE, Virginia
7. Phillip Merling, DL, Clemson (underclassmen)
6. Chad Henne, QB, Michigan
5. Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas (underclassmen)
4. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
3. Calais Campbell, DE, Miami-FL
2. Jake Long, OT, Michigan
1. Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas (underclassmen)

Do you agree/disagree with this list? What does your Top 10 look like and who might move up or down?
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