A record 65 underclassmen declared for the 2012 NFL Draft by the deadline. The Big East made up only five of that number, but three players left the Syracuse Orange early: WR Dorian Graham, DE Chandler Jones and S Phillip Thomas. Running back Darrell Scott is leaving the South Florida Bulls early. Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is leaving the Rutgers Scarlet Knights early.
Jones, Sanu and Scott are the only players who are leaving early who made the All-Big East team last season. Jones was a first-team defensive selection while Sanu was a first-team offensive selection and Scott was a second-team offensive selection. Jones and Sanu are the only ones who were ranked as Top 100 prospects by Draft Countdown.