Nobody expected this. It had previously been reported that if Bradford got through the BCS Championship game without suffering a serious injury he would declare. After winning the Heisman Trophy and scoring 50 touchdowns, his stock was high and some predicted he could be the first overall pick. Instead Bradford will get another shot at the Heisman alongside fellow finalists Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy.
Sanchez ended his year strongly with an impressive display in the Rose Bowl. Even so, many expected him to return for his senior year in So Cal. The news today could be a knee jerk reaction to Bradford's decision and there is still time for Sanchez to change his mind. Chris Mortensen reports that both his family and USC coach Pete Carroll have tried to discourage him from going pro.
How does this change the draft? Many expected it to be a Bradford vs Stafford battle to go first overall, could it now become a Sanchez vs Stafford contest? Is Sanchez a top five pick and could he become an option for the Seattle Seahawks? Interesting times ahead.