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Record 102 Underclassmen Set to Enter 2014 NFL Draft

January 19th, 2014 at 11:47 PM
By Mark Mihalko
As the NFL season is winding down, NFL Draft preps are in full swing. This year, teams will have even more work to do as a record number of  underclassmen have declared for the 2014 class.
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This year teams will have 102  underclassmen to choose from, as 98 were granted eligibility and four more have graduated. This is not out of the ordinary, as the league has seen the number rise tremendously since 2011, where a then-record 56  underclassmen were granted eligibility. 
For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, this list should be a prime document to study as May 8 approaches. Under the combination of Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert, the Steelers have consistently tapped an underclassman from a major program in the first round.
Looking at this list, there are definitely some interesting names, some of which have been projected to the Steelers in various mock drafts. Here's the complete list of players granted special eligibility, one of which, will likely be hearing his name called with the number 15 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
WR Davante Adams – Fresno State
DB Nick Addison – Bethune-Cookman
TE Jace Amaro – Texas Tech
RB George Atkinson – Notre Dame
WR Odell Beckham – Louisiana State
WR Kelvin Benjamin – Florida State
RB Kapri Bibbs – Colorado State
RB Brendan Bigelow – California
RB Alfred Blue – Louisiana State
C Russell Bodine – North Carolina
QB Blake Bortles – Central Florida
WR Chris Boyd – Vanderbilt
DB Bashaud Breeland – Clemson
WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson
RB Ka'Deem Carey – Arizona
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Alabama
DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
WR Brandon Coleman – Rutgers
WR Brandin Cooks – Oregon State
DE Scott Crichton – Oregon State
RB Isaiah Crowell – Alabama State
RB Jonathan Dowling – Western Kentucky
DE Kony Ealy – Missouri
TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina
WR Bruce Ellington – South Carolina
WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M
DT Ego Ferguson – Louisiana State
OT Cameron Fleming – Stanford
LB Khairi Fortt – California
WR Austin Franklin – New Mexico State
RB Devonta Freeman – Florida State
DT Carlos Gray – North Carolina State
TE Xavier Grimble – Southern California
OT Terrance Hackney – Bethune-Cookman
DB Victor Hampton – South Carolina
RB Jeremy Hill – Louisiana State
DB Kameron Jackson – California
TE Nic Jacobs – McNeese State
DT Timmy Jernigan – Florida State
DT Anthony Johnson – Louisiana State
WR Jamel Johnson – Alabama State
RB Storm Johnson – Central Florida
RB Henry Josey – Missouri
OT Cyrus Kouandjio -Alabama
WR Jarvis Landry – Louisiana State
WR Cody Latimer – Indiana
DE Demarcus Lawrence – Boise State
WR Marqise Lee – Southern California
TE A.C. Leonard – Tennessee State
DB Albert Louis-Jean – Boston College
TE Colt Lyerla – Oregon
DE Aaron Lynch – South Florida
QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
C Marcus Martin – Southern California
RB Tre Mason – Auburn
DE Chris McCain – California
DB Terrance Mitchell – Oregon
DT Viliami Moala – California
WR Donte Moncrief – Mississippi
RB Adam Muema – San Diego State
TE Jake Murphy – Utah
TE Troy Niklas – Notre Dame
DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
DE Jeoffrey Pagan – Alabama
DE Ronald Powell – Florida
DB Calvin Pryor – Louisville
DB Loucheiz Purifoy – Florida
DT Kelcy Quarles – South Carolina
RB Darrin Reaves – Alabama-Birmingham
DB Ed Reynolds – Stanford
OT Antonio Richardson – Tennessee
WR Paul Richardson – Colorado
DB Marcus Roberson – Florida
WR Allen Robinson – Penn State
OT Greg Robinson – Auburn
DB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
TE Richard Rodgers – California
RB Bishop Sankey – Washington
RB Lache Seastrunk – Baylor
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Washington
LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State
LB Yawin Smallwood – Connecticut
QB Brett Smith – Wyoming
RB Jerome Smith – Syracuse
WR Willie Snead – Ball State
RB John Spooney – Brown
WR Josh Stewart – Oklahoma State
OG Xavier Su'a-Filo – UCLA
DB Vinnie Sunseri – Alabama
RB De'Anthony Thomas – Oregon
DE Stephon Tuitt – Notre Dame
OG Trai Turner – Louisiana State
DE George Uko – Southern California
DB Pierre Warren – Jacksonville State
WR Sammy Watkins – Clemson
RB Terrance West – Towson
RB James Wilder – Florida State
OT David Yankey – Stanford
There are also four underclassmen, who have graduated and notified the NFL that they will enter the 2014 NFL Draft
DB Dion Bailey – Southern California
DE Carl Bradford – Arizona State
QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville
LB Adrian Hubbard – Alabama
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