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Record number of underclassmen declare for NFL draft

Posted Jan 19, 2014

The number has gone up for the fourth straight year, but the increase in underclassmen declaring for the NFL draft in 2014 is dramatic.

In recent years the increase typically numbers eight to 10 additional prospects. This year a stunning 102 underclassmen declared their eligibility for the NFL draft this May (including four players to graduate early), up from last year’s figure of 73 underclass eligibles.

Year Special Eligibility
2014 98
2013 73
2012 65
2011 56
2010 53
2009 46
2008 53
2007 40
2006 52
2005 51

For Bills GM Doug Whaley it’s an attractive additional pool of talent that has their personnel department intrigued despite the fact that it adds to their already heavy workload this time of year.

“The list definitely catches your attention when it comes to the record number of underclassmen who have declared for the 2014 draft,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “As a personnel staff, we’ll continue to follow our usual protocol and listen to the initial reads on the underclassmen during our BLESTO meetings at the Senior Bowl. Plus, our scouts will continue our evaluations on all the eligible players in this year’s draft class and we look forward to selecting players who will add to our talent-base on the roster.”

Here’s the list of underclassmen by position who have declared themselves eligible for the 2014 NFL draft.

Pos. Player College
WR Davante Adams Fresno State
WR Odell Beckham Louisiana State
WR Kelvin Benjamin Florida State
WR Chris Boyd Vanderbilt
WR Martavis Bryant Clemson
WR Brandon Coleman Rutgers
WR Brandin Cooks Oregon State
WR Bruce Ellington South Carolina
WR Mike Evans Texas A&M
WR Austin Franklin New Mexico State
WR Jamel Johnson Alabama State
WR Jarvis Landry Louisiana State
WR Cody Latimer Indiana
WR Marqise Lee Southern California
WR Donte Moncrief Mississippi
WR Paul Richardson Colorado
WR Allen Robinson Penn State
WR Willie Snead Ball State
WR Josh Stewart Oklahoma State
WR Sammy Watkins Clemson
TE Jace Amaro Texas Tech
TE Eric Ebron North Carolina
TE Xavier Grimble Southern California
TE Nic Jacobs McNeese State
TE A.C. Leonard Tennessee State
TE Colt Lyerla Oregon
TE Jake Murphy Utah
TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame
TE Richard Rodgers California
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
T Cameron Fleming Stanford
T Terrance Hackney Bethune-Cookman
T Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama
T Antonio Richardson Tennessee
T Greg Robinson Auburn
T David Yankey Stanford
RB George Atkinson Notre Dame
RB Kapri Bibbs Colorado State
RB Brendan Bigelow California
RB Alfred Blue Louisiana State
RB Ka'Deem Carey Arizona
RB Isaiah Crowell Alabama State
RB Devonta Freeman Florida State
RB Jeremy Hill Louisiana State
RB Storm Johnson Central Florida
RB Henry Josey Missouri
RB Tre Mason Auburn
RB Adam Muema San Diego State
RB Darrin Reaves Alabama-Birmingham
RB Bishop Sankey Washington
RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor
RB Jerome Smith Syracuse
RB John Spooney Brown
RB De’Anthony Thomas Oregon
RB Terrance West Towson
RB James Wilder Florida State
QB Blake Bortles Central Florida
QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M
QB Brett Smith Wyoming
QB Teddy Bridgewater* Louisville
LB Khairi Fortt California
LB Ryan Shazier Ohio State
LB Yawin Smallwood Connecticut
LB Adrian Hubbard* Alabama
G Xavier Su’a-Filo UCLA
G Trai Turner Louisiana State
DT Ego Ferguson Louisiana State
DT Carlos Gray North Carolina State
DT Timmy Jernigan Florida State
DT Anthony Johnson Louisiana State
DT Viliami Moala California
DT Louis Nix Notre Dame
DT Kelcy Quarles South Carolina
DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina
DE Scott Crichton Oregon State
DE Kony Ealy Missouri
DE Demarcus Lawrence Boise State
DE Aaron Lynch South Florida
DE Chris McCain California
DE Jeoffrey Pagan Alabama
DE Ronald Powell Florida
DE Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame
DE George Uko Southern California
DE Carl Bradford* Arizona State
DB Nick Addison Bethune-Cookman
DB Bashaud Breeland Clemson
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama
DB Jonathan Dowling Western Kentucky
DB Victor Hampton South Carolina
DB Kameron Jackson California
DB Albert Louis-Jean Boston College
DB Terrance Mitchell Oregon
DB Calvin Pryor Louisville
DB Loucheiz Purifoy Florida
DB Ed Reynolds Stanford
DB Marcus Roberson Florida
DB Bradley Roby Ohio State
DB Vinnie Sunseri Alabama
DB Pierre Warren Jacksonville State
DB Dion Bailey* Southern California
C Russell Bodine North Carolina
C Marcus Martin Southern California
* denotes players who have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league that they have graduated. Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2014 Draft.