Nearly 30 SEC underclassmen are leaving school early for the lure of the NFL draft. Ten of the 14 SEC schools will have players who are leaving early. Georgia isn’t one of those. (Sometimes, inexperience has its pluses.)
With the way rookie contracts are capped these days, if you’re a junior who’s a major talent, it’s almost crazy not to leave as soon as you can, because the big money at the next level doesn’t come until you reach your second contract. If you look at Paschall’s list, you can see how that incentive is playing out. TAMU is losing its two best players. South Carolina, which was also a pretty young team in 2013, takes a major hit on the defensive line. Florida will feel some pain in the secondary.
And then there’s LSU. The Tigers lost 11 underclassmen last year and lose another seven this year. They’ll still roll along. Miles probably deserves even more credit for being a very good recruiter than he already gets.
In any event, early attrition can’t be a bad thing for Georgia’s 2014 chances.