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Underclassmen face tough decisions

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15, 2006, to file their paperwork with the league office in order to qualify for entry in the 2006 NFL draft. The following is a list of the top underclassmen prospects, broken down into three categories: those that are already gone, those that should stay and those that should go.

ALREADY GONE
Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue -- second round
Possesses a massive frame, long arms and room to grow. Naturally athletic DE with above-average speed. Shows explosive pass-rushing potential, but is still very raw. Needs to improve technique and lower body strength. Had a better season as a sophomore (2004) than he did as a junior (2005).

Bernard Pollard, S, Purdue -- second or third round
A big safety with good versatility. Is aggressive versus the run and shows good instincts in coverage. Lack of ideal top-end speed and explosive power will keep him out of the first round.