Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Georgia junior OLB Jarvis Jones attacks Florida quarterback Jeff Driscal. He’ll be doing a lot more QB hunting next season, but this time in the NFL. (John Raoux / Associated Press) The NFL announced on Friday night that a record number of college underclassmen declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. Officially, 73 underclassmen are preparing themselves for this year’s draft, and have been granted “special eligibility” by the NFL, which is a record for the league. In 2011, just 56 underclassmen left early, and in 2012, 65 left. The number continued to increase this season. 201o, the final year before the rookie wage scale, which is now implemented, saw just 46 underclassmen enter the draft. That’s a 58% increase since 2010. In fact, the average from 2004-’11 was just 49. In 2012, 34 of the 44 underclassmen selected were taken in the first three rounds. When players are being picked that early before becoming a senior and working their way into that king of money, why wouldn’t these players take it? Why risk your body on the field in college, with zero pay? You’re either going to make starter money in the NFL, or you’re going to be able to make a great salary while working your way up the NFL totem pole. You can always go back and get your degree. The first-round is expected to be a large make-up of juniors in 2012. We know, as of now, at least seven of these underclassmen that will be drafted first round in April: Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel, Florida State DE Djoern Werner, Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones, Alabama CB Dee Millner, LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo, Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins and LSU DE Sam Montgomery. The full list of underclassmen entering the draft is listed below by alphabetical order. (Chart from JSonline.com) Follow Christian Hardy on Twitter – @CHardySports Follow Down and Distance on Twitter – @DownandDistance 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   The post Record number of underclassmen declare for NFL Draft appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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