The risk of returning

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Let Matt Barkley, Landry Jones and Tyler Wilson provide a cautionary tale for college quarterbacks. If they had struck while the iron was hottest -- a year ago -- and entered the NFL draft as juniors, they would have been in the conversation as possible first-round selections. If they hadn't returned to school for their senior seasons, they would have been millionaires with a shot at starting for their respective franchises right now.

Instead, each watched helplessly as his draft stock plummeted because of a mediocre senior season, proving once more what a gamble the draft can be. They bet big on what one more year could do to their value, no matter how slight the possibility of improvement, and they lost.