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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  A detail from the red carpet prior to the start of the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)
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Nearly 30 percent of early entrants went undrafted

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North of 100 college football players decided earlier this year, in some form or fashion, to forego their remaining collegiate eligibility for an early shot at the NFL.  In the end, roughly seven out of every 10 of those players felt a draft.

In mid-January, the NFL announced that 96 players “have been granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft.”  Another 11 players with eligibility remaining “have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements” and were eligible for the draft as well.

Add it up, there were 107 players who left collegiate eligibility on the table.  And, in the end, exactly 30 of those players were left without a seat once the draft music had stopped.

Below is the list of players who will hope to gain a foothold on an NFL club as an undrafted free agent:

Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon
Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson
Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn
Dariusz Bladek, OG, Bethune-Cookman
Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State
Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne
Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State
Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia
Eric Enderson, P, Delaware
David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State
Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas
Darius Latham, DL, Indiana
Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers
Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa
Marquez North, WR, Tennessee
Joe Powell, DB, Globe
Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State
Alex Redmond, OL, UCLA
Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
Tyrell Smith, OT, Massachusetts
Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse
Corey Tindal, DB, Marshall
Quinn van Gylswyk, K, British Columbia
Cleveland Wallace III, CB, San Jose State
De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
Avery Young, OL, Auburn

In wake of stabbings, Syracuse talk safety measures with players

SYRACUSE, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Anthony Rice #80 of the Central Michigan Chippewas jumps and fails to bring in a touchdown pass attempt as Chauncey Scissum #21 of the Syracuse Orange defends during the first quarter on September 19, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chauncey Scissum; Anthony Rice
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In attempt to keep a disturbing situation from worsening, Dino Babers is looking to get out ahead of a potential backlash for the sake of his players.

Over the weekend, former Syracuse defensive back Naesean Howard was arrested and charged for allegedly stabbing current Orange defensive backs Chauncey Scissum (pictured, No. 21) and Corey Winfield at a birthday barbecue on campus.  Howard, who reportedly went into a “rage” for no apparent reason a couple of minutes after arriving at the party, was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

As a direct result of that incident, Babers held a meeting with his players Tuesday, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported, in which safety measures were discussed.  From the Post-Standard‘s report, which cited multiple sources as its basis:

Babers instructed his players not to wear any Syracuse football clothing out in public places and not to travel alone as associates of Howard may be looking for them, sources said. However, Babers also emphasized the importance of staying together and not letting the situation affect day-to-day life.

Winfield has already been released from the hospital, while remains hospitalized in fair condition.  The former was stabbed in the right lower back, upper right chest, left abdomen and left wrist, the latter in the right side of his neck, right upper chest, left shoulder and bottom lip.

Howard was arraigned Monday morning, and remains jailed as of Wednesday morning.

Details emerge in stabbings of two Syracuse DBs by ex-teammate

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27: Scott Shafer, head coach of Syracuse Orange talks to cornerback Corey Winfield #11 of the Syracuse Orange during their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at MetLife Stadium September 27, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Now we know a little more of the rest of what’s quickly turned into a very disturbing story.

Reports surfaced Sunday morning that two current Syracuse defensive backs, Chauncey Scissum and Corey Winfield (pictured), were stabbed by a former Orange defensive back, Naesean Howard. Monday, details of the frightening incident were revealed.

According to witnesses, Howard went into an unprompted “rage” shortly after showing up at an on-campus barbecue celebrating an SU student’s birthday, first stabbing Scissum near his jaw. Winfield, one of five or six ‘Cuse football players in attendance, intervened on his teammate’s behalf and was stabbed multiple times in the arms, chest and ribs.

From the Syracuse Post-Standard:

“Everybody was out there chilling,” the friend said. “No one was drunk.

“It literally just happened out of nowhere,” the friend said. “It came out of nowhere. There was no argument before. It just happened.”

The friend said Winfield then stepped in front of Howard to keep him away from Scissum, who recently had surgery and was not in a position to defend himself.

“Chauncey couldn’t hit him at all,” the friend said. “Chauncey had one arm.

“At the end of the day, if there is a big savior in this whole situation, it’s Corey Winfield. He put his life on the line for his best friend.”

Scissum and Winfield remain hospitalized, although both are expected to fully recover from their wounds. On Twitter, Scissum proclaimed both he and his teammate as “good.”

Howard, meanwhile, was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. The 20-year-old was officially arraigned Monday morning.

In 2014, Howard “parted ways” with the Orange football program, although he remains enrolled as a student at the school.

Former Syracuse DB charged with stabbing two current Orange DBs

SYRACUSE, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  Anthony Rice #80 of the Central Michigan Chippewas jumps and fails to bring in a touchdown pass attempt as Chauncey Scissum #21 of the Syracuse Orange defends during the first quarter on September 19, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chauncey Scissum; Anthony Rice
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A rather disturbing story has emerged from Syracuse this Sunday morning.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Former Syracuse defensive back Naesean Howard was arrested and charged Saturday evening for the alleged stabbing of two individuals.  The two individuals who were stabbed?  Current Orange defensive backs Chauncey Scissum (pictured, No. 21) and Corey Winfield.

No details of what led to the on-campus incident have been detailed.

Howard was officially charged with with two counts of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.  He has been indefinitely suspended from the university as he’s still enrolled as a student, two years after he “parted ways” with the football team.

The Post-Standard writes that Winfield is in stable condition, while Scissum’s condition is unclear.  Both Scissum, a safety, and Winfield, a cornerback, were starters for the Orange in 2015.

Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer steps down

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Scott Shafer of the Syracuse Orange watches team warm ups before the game against the Boston College Eagles on November 28, 2015 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.  Syracuse defeats Boston College 20-17.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Scott Shafer
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On a day notorious for fake news, some all-too-real news slipped in the cracks. Maryland has announced defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, hired on Dec. 9, has stepped down for personal reasons.

“I want to thank DJ Durkin for the opportunity to be on his staff, but at this time I feel it’s best to step aside to tend to personal matters,” Shafer said in a statement. “I’m sincerely appreciative of his support and friendship.”

“I, along with the entire Maryland football family, will continue to support Scott in every way that we can,” said Durkin.

Shafer had been Syracuse’s head coach from 2013 until his firing at the close of last season. He was 14-23 with the Orange. Prior to that, Shafer served as defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Stanford, Michigan and Syracuse, and as a college football coach since 1991.

It is not immediately clear where Maryland turns to replace Shafer, but with this move coming so late in the game the smart money may be on Durkin serving as his own coordinator while backfilling Shafer’s spot on the staff.