Ironically, most of the media attention focuses on the highly touted prospects who, quite frankly, would be foolish not to ask for their grades. The real news comes when talented players who have perhaps played a bit under the national radar ask for their grades, as well.
Such is the case with Wake Forest redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Givens, who according to a report from Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal, has requested his grade from the committee and is seriously considering early entry into the 2012 draft.
"I don't know if I'm coming back or I'm leaving yet," Givens said Thursday. "I want to make my decision before the end of next week, and we'll see what happens."
Listed at 6-0, 195 by the Demon Deacons, Givens earned All-ACC honors in 2011 catching 74 passes for a school-record 1,276 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Givens does not possess the imposing size of some of the other top-rated underclassmen receivers, but does bring terrific straight-line speed and playmaking ability.
He's led Wake Forest in all-purpose yardage each of his three seasons of action and as such is no sleeper for those in ACC country.
Wake Forest relatively meager contributions to the NFL, however, has likely contributed in keeping Givens out of the spotlight. Should Givens elect to leave school early, he'd only be the second Wake Forest underclassmen to do so. The other was inside linebacker Jon Abbate who left after the 2006 season but wasn't drafted at all in 2007. Abbate signed with the Houston Texans as a fullback following the 2007 draft but did not make the club and hasn't played a down in the NFL.
Collins quotes Givens and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe throughout the article, drawing some interesting distinctions between Abbate and the receiver.
"He's a real-deal guy, there's no question about it," Grobe said. "And Jon Abbate was a real good player. There was no doubt Jon could play. But Jon just wasn't very tall.
"In Chris' case, you know they would probably want him to be a little taller, I'm sure, if the truth is known. They would probably want him to be a little bit more physical as a blocker and did some things without the ball in his hands than he does.
"But he does some really good things — good speed, good routes, good work ethic, catches the ball good. He's got the real, real good foot speed.
"He's a good player. He's a really good player."
Givens is a good player. He's currently ranked 11th among NFLDraftScout.com's class of 2013 receivers and could rise up the board once scouts are able to put a stopwatch to him.
Whether that opportunity comes in the next couple of months or before the 2013 draft, of course, remains to be seen.