Tuesday Draft Notes -- 13.0

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Several big-name underclassmen have announced they are entering the draft and won’t participate in their team’s bowl games. Meanwhile a few next-level decisions continue to hinge on coaching moves. Here's the latest as well as a few surprising grades out of Georgia in the latest edition of Tuesday Draft Notes.

Now that Willie Taggart has been named the head coach of Florida State, his first order of business will be to re-recruit some of the bigger-named underclassmen in the program.

Safety Derwin James has already declared for the draft, as we first reported last week, and won’t be playing in the Seminoles' bowl game. We’ve previously mentioned the names of defensive end Josh Sweat and receiver Auden Tate as players potentially out the door. People tell me tight end Ryan Izzo is considering the draft, and they fully expect cornerback Tarvarus McFadden to leave for the next level.

On the Tate front, I’m told the big receiver understands he won’t be an early selection in the draft but doesn’t feel he’ll improve staying at FSU another season. He also believes his height of 6-foot-5-inches makes him an automatic red zone threat on Sundays.

Staying in the state of Florida, reports surfaced last week Taven Bryan of the Gators was entering the draft, yet I’m told it’s not a done deal as of yet. While Bryan has met with agents, I’m told he’s made no final decision on entering the draft. 

He’s expected to meet with new Florida coach Dan Mullen, who’s expected to give him the hard sell to return -- and many believe it will work. I’m told right now it’s 50/50 as to where Bryan will be playing next year. If he does enter the draft, expect him to land in the second day.

Several people I’ve spoken with believe defensive end Zach Allen will return to Boston College for his senior season. Those close to the situation point to several reasons including the fact that Allen, who comes from an accomplished family, has not graduated and is only 20 years old. As we previously reported, some teams grade Allen as a potential top-45 selection.

I was surprised to hear several area scouts grade Georgia running back Sony Michel ahead of his teammate Nick Chubb. They believe Michel’s game projects better to the next level compared to Chubb’s and that both will end up in the draft’s second round. At this point it’s not an opinion I share, as I think highly of Chubb and believe he will be a first-round selection.

Expect a few surprise announcements from juniors declaring for the draft out of the University of Maryland in the coming days.

Finally, SMU receiver Trey Quinn is receiving a lot of attention and could declare for the draft. In fact, many believe it's a done deal if head coach Chad Morris bolts for Arkansas.

Quinn was the Mustangs' leading receiver, outperforming his more-heralded teammate Courtland Sutton in every category except touchdowns, where each registered 12 scores. The speedy Quinn transferred from LSU and though he's under 6-feet tall, I’m told he will run in the 4.3s when he works out for scouts.