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slc chief
01-09-2009, 09:15 PM
All-purpose threat Maclin declares his intent to enter NFL Draft

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Outrunning defenses came easy for Missouri wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Maclin. Saying goodbye was the hard part.
The two-time All-American declared Friday that he will skip his last two seasons of college football eligibility with the intent to enter the NFL Draft -- but not before breaking down in tears at the microphone before a crowd of reporters, grateful teammates and coaches.
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"This decision hasn't been easy," Maclin said, adding that he didn't completely make up his mind until 10 minutes before the news conference. "As much as I love you guys ... I feel like I'm ready for the next level."
Maclin, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt sophomore, scored 17 touchdowns and caught 102 passes for Missouri this season while leading the nation in all-purpose yardage, helping elevate the Tigers to national prominence with a brief stint at No. 1 in the late-season rankings last year and consecutive appearances in the Big 12 Conference championship.
As a redshirt freshman, Maclin scored 16 touchdowns and immediately electrified a program that had been mired in mediocrity for years. Maclin sat out his first year in Columbia after injuring his knee during summer workouts, but he announced his presence in the 2007 season opener with two touchdowns in a home victory against Illinois.
Maclin totaled 2,833 all-purpose yards this season -- fifth-most in NCAA history -- and capped his career by igniting Missouri's comeback victory over Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl with a third-quarter punt return and then catching the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.
"He's the elite of the elite," said Tigers assistant coach Cornell Ford, who helped recruit Maclin. "He set the bar for this program."
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he gave Maclin his blessing to forgo his senior season.
"That's the right thing for him, which is ultimately the right thing for our program," Pinkel said. "He asked me if I thought he was ready, and I said, 'Yes.' Maybe that's being too honest, but it's the truth."
Pinkel said he knew right away that Maclin was a special player. The coach recalled driving home after the 2007 game against Illinois and telling his wife, "We've got a superstar here."
Maclin said that the specter of a potentially career-ending injury loomed large in his decision.
"It's definitely something you think about," he said. "In a worst-case scenario, you get hurt and you can never play football again."
The deadline for players to declare their intent to enter the draft is Jan. 15. The NFL Draft will be held April 25-26 in New York.
Other players announcing their intent to enter the NFL Draft in recent days include Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno, Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill, Florida State defensive end Everette Brown, Virginia wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, Auburn defensive back Jerraud Powers, Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, Iowa running back Shonn Greene and North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

hardcorechiefsfan
01-09-2009, 11:09 PM
What an idiot(sorry but that the only word I could think of). He should finish college but no, he's thinking of that big money he might get. The NFL isn't THAT important.

m0ef0e
01-10-2009, 02:47 PM
What an idiot(sorry but that the only word I could think of). He should finish college but no, he's thinking of that big money he might get. The NFL isn't THAT important.

Whoa now, take it easy. If he plays 2 more years in college, there is a possibility he could get injured or see a decline in production that would hurt his draft value.

I agree with his decision. He should declare now and go in at the top of his game so he can basically get all that he can. I don't fault him for that at all.

There is a limited window of when you can play football, he will always be able to go back to school and finish his degree (classes in the off-season, or just wait until his NFL career is over). There are numerous options and plenty of time for him to finish school. It can wait.

The NFL is all about NOW.

slc chief
01-10-2009, 02:52 PM
it did not say where he would be projected to go in the draft. i agree if it was me i would be gone

hometeam
01-10-2009, 05:02 PM
I dont think he is an idiot. If you where facing either a future of uncertainty, playing through college for free, possibly getting injured or losing draft ranking (aka losing money) or a future of guarenteed millions of dollars, what path would you take? IMO its an easy choice. There is a huge chance he will never get a higher draft grade than this year, so im all for it.

That being said he won't be going to the Chiefs, and now MU is gonna suck without him haha.. those are the only reasons he should stay in :P

KCCAT21
01-19-2009, 06:49 PM
I think he made the right choice for him. Who knows what would have happened if he stayed. No knock against him, but he is on the ground hurt a lot of the games. He had to come out now. Like one of the other posters said, the window closes fast. If it is your dream get there and make as much as you can because it won't last forever.

honda522
01-28-2009, 01:30 AM
Whoa now, take it easy. If he plays 2 more years in college, there is a possibility he could get injured or see a decline in production that would hurt his draft value.

I agree with his decision. He should declare now and go in at the top of his game so he can basically get all that he can. I don't fault him for that at all.

There is a limited window of when you can play football, he will always be able to go back to school and finish his degree (classes in the off-season, or just wait until his NFL career is over). There are numerous options and plenty of time for him to finish school. It can wait.

The NFL is all about NOW.
QFT, if he gets injured playing for Mizzo, there could be a good chance he will never make in the NFL. Also Chase Dainel is gone so he might not get as many passes as he use to.

Sn@keIze
01-28-2009, 02:54 AM
If Chase were still there, including Koffman and a handfull of other Senoirs, it would be a diff. story..

but they (probly)arent going to be as potent..I think this is a no-brainer for Maclin.