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Record 73 early entries for NFL draft

Posted Jan 23, 2013

Draft-Early Entries


NEW YORK (AP) -A record 73 underclassmen, including six first-team All-Americans, have been approved for the NFL draft.

That number is eight more than last year.

The six All-Americans were safety Matt Elam of Florida, tight end Zach Ertz of Stanford, tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, defensive end Bjoern Werner of Florida State, linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia and cornerback Dee Milliner of national champion Alabama.

Only Elam is not projected as a high first-round pick, but all six easily could go in the opening round on April 25.

Several scouts and NFL personnel directors believe Joeckel, Werner, Jones and Milliner could go in the top 10.

NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt, the former general manager of the Cowboys, has Joeckel and Werner as his top two prospects.

Also approved was former LSU cornerback-kick returner Tyrann Mathieu, a 2011 All-American. Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, was dismissed from the team in August after reportedly failing a drug test.

Louisiana State lost a whopping 11 players, including Mathieu. Next were Florida State, Tennessee and Florida, each with four. Michigan State, Stanford, Georgia and Oklahoma each lost three players.

Alabama saw Milliner and running back Eddie Lacy enter the draft.

In all, 38 schools lost players early.

Also leaving school and projected to go high in the draft: LSU DEs Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery; Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore; Georgia LB Alec Ogletree; California WR Keenan Allen; Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes; Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins; and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter.

Other All-Americans entering early were second-teamers Moore, Hankins, Minter, WR Stedman Bailey of West Virginia, safeties Tony Jefferson of Oklahoma and Eric Reid of LSU. Third-teamers were Montgomery, RBs Giovani Bernard of North Carolina and Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada, WR DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson, and DT Sharif Floyd of Florida.

Only one quarterback, Tyler Bray of Tennessee, applied early for the NFL.

In the last 10 years, the number of early entrants has risen from 43 to 73.

A player must have been eligible to play in college for three years before he can enter the draft. He must petition the NFL in writing and renounce his college eligibility.

Each of the 73 players has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.  The deadline for receiving applications was January 15.

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the fourth consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 25.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 26.  Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 27.  

The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years

Year

Players Granted Special Eligibility

 

Year

Players Granted Special Eligibility

2013

73

 

2008

53

2012

65

 

2007

40

2011

56

 

2006

52

2010

53

 

2005

51

2009

46

 

2004

43

The players granted special eligibility for the 2013 NFL Draft:

Number

Player

Pos.

College

1

Allen, Keenan

WR

California

2

Amerson, David

DB

North Carolina State

3

Bailey, Alvin

G

Arkansas

4

Bailey, Stedman

WR

West Virginia

5

Bakhtiari, David

T

Colorado

6

Beckford, Dwayne

LB

Purdue

7

Bell, Le’Veon

RB

Michigan State

8

Bernard, Giovani

RB

North Carolina

9

Bray, Tyler

QB

Tennessee

10

Brown, Terrence

DB

Stanford

11

Carter, Duron

WR

Ohio State

12

Davis, Knile

RB

Arkansas

13

Edwards, Mike

DB

Hawaii

14

Elam, Matt

DB

Florida

15

Ertz, Zach

TE

Stanford

16

Escobar, Gavin

TE

San Diego State

17

Faulk, Chris

T

Louisiana State

18

Floyd, Sharrif

DT

Florida

19

Ford, Michael

RB

Louisiana State

20

Frederick, Travis

C

Wisconsin

21

Geathers, Kwame

NT

Georgia

22

Gholston, William

DE

Michigan State

23

Hankins, Johnathan

DT

Ohio State

24

Harley, Jajuan

DB

Middle Tennessee

25

Hopkins, DeAndre

WR

Clemson

26

Hunter, Justin

WR

Tennessee

27

Jamison, Jawan

RB

Rutgers

28

Jefferson, Stefphon

RB

Nevada

29

Jefferson, Tony

DB

Oklahoma

30

Jenkins, Jelani

LB

Florida

31

Joeckel, Luke

T

Texas A&M

32

Jones, Jarvis

LB

Georgia

33

Jose, Jose

DT

Central Florida

34

Kruger, Joe

DE

Utah

35

Lacy, Eddie

RB

Alabama

36

Lattimore, Marcus

RB

South Carolina

37

Lemonier, Corey

DE

Auburn

38

Logan, Bennie

DT

Louisiana State

39

Maponga, Stansly

DE

Texas Christian

40

Mathieu, Tyrann

DB

Louisiana State

41

Milliner, Dee

DB

Alabama

42

Mingo, Barkevious

DE

Louisiana State

43

Minter, Kevin

LB

Louisiana State

44

Montgomery, Sam

DE

Louisiana State

45

Moore, Brandon

DT

Texas

46

Moore, Damontre

DE

Texas A&M

47

Ogletree, Alec

LB

Georgia

48

Patterson, Cordarrelle

WR

Tennessee

49

Randle, Bradley

RB

Nevada-Las Vegas

50

Randle, Joseph

RB

Oklahoma State

51

Reed, Jordan

TE

Florida

52

Reid, Eric

DB

Louisiana State

53

Reid, Greg

DB

Florida State

54

Rhodes, Xavier

DB

Florida State

55

Richardson, Sheldon

DT

Missouri

56

Robey, Nickell

DB

Southern California

57

Ryan, Logan

DB

Rutgers

58

Sanders, Ace

WR

South Carolina

59

Sentimore, Darrington

DT

Tennessee

60

Simon, Tharold

DB

Louisiana State

61

Sims, Dion

TE

Michigan State

62

Spence, Akeem

DT

Illinois

63

Stills, Kenny

WR

Oklahoma

64

Toilolo, Levine

TE

Stanford

65

Ware, Spencer

RB

Louisiana State

66

Watson, Menelik

T

Florida State

67

Werner, Bjoern

DE

Florida State

68

Williams, Steve

DB

California

69

Wilson, Marquess

WR

Washington State

70

Wing, Brad

P

Louisiana State

71

Wood, Cierre

RB

Notre Dame

72

Woods, Robert

WR

Southern California

73

Wort, Tom

LB

Oklahoma