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An unofficial list of underclassmen who declared for the NFL draft

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The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is upon us. It looks like we’ll have a record 92 (at minimum) declarations this year, easily topping last year’s record of 73. This draft should be among the most talent-laden in recent history.

Why the sudden exodus? Blame the new rookie wage scale, which rewards less money to first round draft picks and delays the big payout until a player’s second contract. That means the more time spent in the league, the better. A lot of these players want to get moving on proving themselves, even if they are a late round pick at the start.

Here’s the unofficial list of early entries as of the Jan. 15 deadline. The NFL will have an official list on Jan. 19:

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
George Atkinson III, RB, Notre Dame
Dion Bailey, S, USC
Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
Brendan Bigelow, RB, California
Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt
Carl Bradford, DE/OLB, Arizona State
Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Mike Flacco, TE, New Haven
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
Vic Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama
Kameron Jackson, CB, California
Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Aaron Lynch, DE, USF
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Viliami Moala, DT, California
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Adam Muema, RB, San Diego State
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Jeoffrey Pagan, DL, Alabama
Ronald Powell, LB, Florida
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
Kelcy Quarles, DL, South Carolina
Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB
Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford
Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Richard Rodgers, TE California
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn
Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse
Willie Snead, WR, Ball State
Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OL, UCLA
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Trai Turner, OG, LSU
George Uko, DL, USC
Pierre Warren, FS, Jacksonville State
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Terrance West, RB, Towson
James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State
David Yankey, OL, Stanford

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9 Responses to “An unofficial list of underclassmen who declared for the NFL draft”
  1. noleitup says: Jan 15, 2014 6:28 PM

    Unless I missed something I believe Kelvin Benjamin and Timmy Jernigan are also underclassmen. Didnt see them on the list

  2. djshnooks says: Jan 15, 2014 7:14 PM

    This is going to make finding gems in the later rounds a little easier…as it should push some players stock back.

    There should also be a bunch of undrafted free agents, who would have otherwise been drafted in previous drafts.

  3. theworkhorsebackdotcom says: Jan 15, 2014 7:58 PM

    Kinda shocked by the amount of underclassmen RBs that declared. They might not go high, but they should be bargains for teams in the later rounds.

  4. cfballfan1 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:06 PM

    The irony of the large number of underclassmen declaring is that they are collectively watering down their value to NFL clubs.

  5. tommy57 says: Jan 16, 2014 6:36 AM

    Probably a smart move for some of them. They’re only one serious injury away from losing millions. To be sure, many are not there for the education. Isn’t that right, Johnny Football?

  6. djshnooks says: Jan 16, 2014 9:11 AM

    This means 1st rounders in other years will be available in the 2nd…2nd rounders available in the 3rd…and so on.

    Awesome draft year for a rebuilding team with a good amount of quality picks.

  7. pettytom says: Jan 16, 2014 10:48 AM

    I understand the want to get paid and collect that check, really I do, but the fact remains that coming out early guarantees you nothing. Out of the 73 players that came out early last year 20% of them either didn’t even get drafted or are no longer on an NFL roster (slow day at work I did the math). If you have a grade in the first three rounds go for it but if you’re graded out after that why not go back to school work harder to improve your draft stock that way next year you can get guaranteed money. I know that doesn’t always work out either but you have better odds of making it in the NFL if you do so. A team would be less likely to dump you if they have guaranteed money dedicated to you than not. Just my opinion.

  8. imaduffer says: Jan 16, 2014 10:50 AM

    Soon you will have kids with two years of High School declare that they are going to college.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 16, 2014 12:28 PM

    imaduffer says:
    Jan 16, 2014 10:50 AM

    Soon you will have kids with two years of High School declare that they are going to college.
    ______________________-

    That’s been happening for years….

    Kids are starting to commit as early as sophomore year…. there have even been a few middle schoolers commit.

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