Two Ducks, A Buff and Sooner Move On
RB - Chris Brown Getty: Images
RB - Chris Brown Getty: Images

Posted Jan 10, 2003

The running back crop got a boost today as did the tight end position for next April's draft as four more underclassmen declared their eligibility.

Building on a story we broke this past Tuesday, Oregon bunning back Onterrio Smith and tight end George Wrighster both said they will give up their final seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Smith missed three games with a knee injury that eventually required surgery while Wrighster set a school record with 41 receptions this season, most ever by an Oregon tight end. 

Two more OU juniors, safety Keith Lewis and receiver Sammie Parker are also considering making the jump to the NFL.

University of Colorado tailback Chris Brown also declared himself eligible for this year's National Football League draft, making public his decision Friday morning.

Brown received feedback from the NFL that indicated he would be at least be a second round pick.

"I think this is the best thing for me to do," Brown said about reversing his decision "I've thoroughly explored it, and am comfortable with my decision, as is my family.

Oklahoma defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson informed Bob Stoops and the Sooner coaching staff today that he has decided to forgo his senior year enter the 2003 NFL draft, OU Insider confirmed today.

Hinting before the start of the season he would leave early for the pros were he to have a good year, Wilkerson now figures into the later rounds after what was a very disappointing campaign in 2003.

TFY Analysis: Smith is taking a huge chance but as we stated Tuesday, he may have had no other choice.  Wrighster could move into the first day based on his athleticism and a weak tight end crop but needs to bulk up and run fast.  A good forty time (4.55 area) could move Brown into the first round and ahead of Smith on the running back charts.  Wilkerson is making a big mistake (as would both Lewis and Parker were they to leave) as he sorely needed another year to develop physically.





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