Junior inside linebacker Anthony Waters confirmed early Tuesday that he sent in the required paperwork to the NFL's draft advisory board to see where is the most logical place he would be picked in April's draft.
"I wanted to see what they said," he told CUTigers.com.
Players declaring early for the draft have until Jan. 15 to do so.
In 11 games, Waters led the Tigers with 109 tackles, which averages 9.9 tackles per game and ranks third in the ACC. He also had 13.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and five quarterback pressures.
According to some NFL personnel, including longtime NFL scout Frank Coyle, Waters projects higher than defensive end and fellow junior teammate Gaines Adams.
"I think he's a more developed player than Adams," said Coyle, who serves as a scouting consultant annually to the Senior Bowl and to several NFL teams, and who owns draftinsiders.com. "He's a two-year starter and that helps. He'd be a first-day guy. But the draft is loaded with linebackers and that might hurt him some."
Waters said he think he'll be back, but going in the second round could alter that thought process.
"I don't think I'll go pro," said Waters, who didn't elaborate much on what it would take to make him leave school.
As far as Adams is concerned, there are rumblings among agents that he is thinking harder about making the jump.
Coyle doesn't think that would be wise.
"I don't see him as a second-round pick," he said. "He may be in the top 100, but not in the top 50. I'm not even sure he's a first-day guy unless he has a monster workout."
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