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NFL Draft 2014 Underclassmen Class Sets New Record

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2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Update Tracker –
Friday Jan. 17th

OL David Yankey and Cameron Fleming Declare for NFL Draft

The record number of underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2014 declared this January for the pro ranks. Over 90 underclassmen have entered this draft class surpassing last years’ record group of 73 pro prospects. Many of this year’s group of underclassmen have received a top 100 grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. These entries have enhanced this draft class significantly and makes the NFL Draft 2014 class one of the strongest talent groups of the past decade. The official number of underclassmen will be announced early next week.

As the 2014 postseason unfolds with major All-star games over next two week and the NFL Combine in late February, the 2014 NFL Draft continues to shape up as a bumper crop of pro prospects. Last season a record 73 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012. This year’s class has already set a new record of underclassmen with most expected to be chosen in the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2014.

Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2014 Postseason Rankings – available now –
January Newsletter – available this week - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo - WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson

For a pro prospect to meet the NFL’s eligibility requirement, he must be three years removed from high school and submit a written application to renounce his remaining college football eligibility. This includes redshirt sophomores, true juniors and fourth year juniors. The deadline for underclassmen to declare was Jan. 15, 2014. There is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent. The NFL office will announce the official group of underclassmen early next week.

The following underclassmen have announced they will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014

Underclassmen
Quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater - 6-2, 190 - Louisville
Blake Bortles - 6-5, 230 - Central Florida
Johnny Manziel - 6-1, 200 - Texas A&M
Brett Smith - 6-3, 215 - Wyoming

Running Backs
Ka’Deem Carey - 5-10, 200 - Arizona
Jeremy Hill - 6-1, 235 - LSU
Tre Mason - 5-10, 215 - Auburn
Bishop Sankey - 5-9, 215 - Washington
Lache Seastrunk - 5-9, 220 - Baylor
De’Anthony Thomas - 5-9, 175 - Oregon
James Wilder - 6-2, 225 - Florida St.
Devonta Freeman - 5-9, 210 - Florida St.
Terrance West - 6-1, 220 - Towson St.
Storm Johnson - 6-0, 220 - Central Florida
Adam Muena - 5-9, 210 - San Diego St.
Henry Josey - 5-10, 210 - Missouri
Darrin Reaves - 5-11, 210 - UAB
Jerome Smith - 5-11, 230 - Syracuse
Kapri Bibbs - 5-10, 210 - Colorado St
George Atkinson - 6-1, 210 - Notre Dame
Isaiah Crowell - 5-9, 190 - Alabama State
Darrin Reaves - 5-11, 210 - UAB
Brandon Bigelow - 5-9, 185 - Cal

Receivers
Mike Evans - 6-5, 225 - Texas A&M
Kelvin Benjamin - 6-6, 220 - Florida St.
Marquis Lee - 6-0, 195 - Southern Cal
Sammy Watkins - 6-1, 200 - Clemson
Odell Beckham - 6-0, 190 - LSU
Jarvis Landry - 6-1, 195 - LSU
Allen Robinson - 6-3, 200 – Penn St.
Brandin Cooks – 5-10, 180 - Oregon St.
Donte Moncrief - 6-2, 220 - Mississippi
Davante Adams - 6-1, 200 - Fresno St.
Martavis Bryant - 6-5, 200 - Clemson
Cody Latimer - 6-2, 215 - Indiana
Brandon Coleman - 6-5, 220 - Rutgers
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado
Bruce Ellington - 5-9, 195 - South Carolina
Josh Stewart - 5-10, 185 - Oklahoma St.
Willie Snead - 5-11, 190 - Ball St.
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt
Austin Franklin - 6-1, 210 - New Mexico St

Tight Ends
Jace Amaro - 6-5, 260 - Texas Tech
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - 6-6, 270 - Oregon
Xavier Grimble - 6-5, 255 - USC
Troy Niklas - 6-7, 260 - Notre Dame
Nic Jacobs - 6-5, 260 - McNeese St.
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon
A.C. Leonard - 6-4, 248 - Tennessee St
Jake Murphy - 6-4, 245 - Utah
Richard Rodgers - 6-4, 245 - Cal
Michael Flacco - 6-4, 255 - New Haven

Linemen
Cyrus Kouandjio - 6-6, 310 - Alabama
Greg Robinson - 6-5, 310 - Auburn
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee
David Yankey - 6-4, 300 - Stanford
Xavier Su'a-Filo - 6-3, 310 - UCLA
Cameron Fleming - 6-6, 320 - Stanford
Trai Turner - 6-3, 310 - LSU
Russell Bodine - 6-3, 310 - North Carolina
Marcus Martin - 6-3, 320 - Southern Cal

Defensive Players
Ends

Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina
Stephne Tuitt - 6-5, 295 - Notre Dame
Kony Ealy - 6-5, 265 - Missouri
Scott Crichton - 6-3, 265 - Oregon St.
George Uko - 6-2, 280 - Southern Cal
Aaron Lynch - 6-5, 250 - South Florida
Demarcus Lawrence - 6-3. 245 - Boise St.
Jeoffrey Pagan - 6-4, 290 - Alabama

Tackles
Louis Nix - 6-3, 335 - Notre Dame
Timmy Jernigan - 6-2, 300 - Florida St.
Ego Ferguson - 6-2, 300 - LSU
Anthony Johnson - 6-3, 290 - LSU
Kelcy Quarles - 6-3, 300 - South Carolina
Vilani Moala - 6-1, 340 - Cal

Linebackers
Ryan Shazier - 6-2, 225 - Ohio St.
Adrian Hubbard - 6-5, 250 - Alabama
Carl Bradford - 6-2, 245 - Arizona St.
Yamin Smallwood - 6-2, 245 - UConn
Ronald Powell - 6-4, 235 - Florida
Khairi Fortt - 6-2, 235 - Cal

Cornerbacks
Bradley Roby - 5-10, 195 - Ohio State
Dion Bailey - 6-0, 200 - Southern Cal
Louchiez Purifoy - 6-0, 185 - Florida
Marcus Robinson - 6-0, 190 - Florida
Terrance Mitchell - 5-11, 190 - Oregon
Bashaud Breeland - 6-0, 195 - Clemson
Vic Hampton - 5-10, 200 - South Carolina
Kam Jackson - 5-9, 180 - Cal

Safeties
Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - 6-1, 210 - Alabama
Ed Reynolds - 6-2, 210 - Stanford
Calvin Pryor - 6-1, 210 - Louisville
Vinnie Sunseri - 6-0, 210 - Alabama
Pierre Warren - 6-2, 200 - Jacksonville St.
Jonathan Dowling - 6-2, 200 - Western Kentucky
Nick Addison - 6-1, 190 - Bethune-Cookman

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.