Sunday, January 24, 2016

Draft Nuggets Blog #4 for KTCK 1310AM The Ticket

Draft Nuggets 2016: Entry #4
By Jeff Bowers of

Total Underclassmen Declaring for NFL Draft

The deadline for underclassmen to declare themselves eligible for the 2016 NFL Draft was Jan 18th. Over the past decade, the number of underclassmen has been steadily increasing each year. That was until last season, when the league changed the advisory evaluation they gave to potential prospects in an effort to slow that growth. In 2014 a record 102 underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft. Last season with the less optimistic evaluation process in place, that number dropped to 84. But this season the number is back up, reaching a total of 107 including 11 players who graduated early. Of the 186 prospects who declared early in the past 2 years, 34% did not get drafted.

Here is the official list of underclassmen in the 2016 NFL Draft Class (Bold Indicates Top 50 Prospect):

Underclassmen who already graduated:
1. Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
2. Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson
3. Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson
4. Eric Enderson, P, Delaware
5. Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
6. Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
7. Tyvis Powell, DB, Ohio State
8. Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
9. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
10. Corey Tindal, DB, Marshall
11. Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska
Underclassmen who were granted special eligibility:
1. Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon
2. Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
3. Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson
4. Eli Apple, DB, Ohio State
5. Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
6. Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn
7. Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State
8. Caleb Benenoch, T, UCLA
9. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
10. Dariusz Bladek, G, Bethune-Cookman
11. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
12. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
13. Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
14. Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State
15. Artie Burns, DB, Miami
16. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
17. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
18. Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne
19. Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
20. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
21. Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State
22. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
23. Kamalei Correa, DE, Boise State
24. Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California
25. Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State
26. Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia
27. Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
28. Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
29. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
30. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
31. Kendall Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
32. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
33. Jared Goff, QB, California
34. T.J. Green, DB, Clemson
35. David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State
36. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
37. Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
38. Jerald Hawkins, T, Louisiana State
39. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
40. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
41. Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
42. Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
43. Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
44. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
45. Xavien Howard, DB, Baylor
46. Germain Ifedi, T, Texas A&M
47. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
48. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
49. Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
50. Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
51. Jayron Kearse, DB, Clemson
52. Denver Kirkland, T, Arkansas
53. Darius Latham, DT, Indiana
54. Kenny Lawler, WR, California
55. Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
56. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
57. Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
58. Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers
59. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
60. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
61. Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
62. Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa
63. Keanu Neal, DB, Florida
64. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
65. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
66. Marquez North, WR, Tennessee
67. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
68. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
69. Joe Powell, DB, Globe
70. C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
71. Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
72. Alex Redmond, G, UCLA
73. Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
74. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
75. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
76. Rashard Robinson, DB, Louisiana State
77. Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
78. Zack Sanchez, DB, Oklahoma
79. Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State
80. Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
81. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
82. Tyrell Smith, T, Massachusetts
83. Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
84. Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
85. Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse
86. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
87. Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi
88. Quinn van Gylswyk, K, British Columbia
89. Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
90. Cleveland Wallace, DB, San Jose State
91. Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington
92. Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt
93. De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
94. Daryl Worley, DB, West Virginia
95. Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
96. Avery Young, T, Auburn

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