For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the
The league on Friday released a list of 95 underclassmen who have been granted early entry to draft, along with the names of eight other players, including
Last year 96 underclassmen declared for the draft and 11 others became eligible by finishing their degrees. Of those 96 underclassmen, 66 were drafted (69 percent). In 2015, 71 percent of 74 underclassmen were drafted.
The record for underclassmen declaring for the draft is 98 in 2014.
Gil Brandt, former vice president of personnel for the
Draft picks receive four-year contracts and the value of those contracts is basically determined by where a player is drafted since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. The agreement curtailed rookie salaries.
"What's taken place is that agents, they want to get guys as soon as they can because if you can get an underclassmen, when his contract comes up he's one year younger," Brandt said.
"The story is, in that 95, there's probably 25 or 30 that really should have come out. The others they probably would have been doing a lot better by staying a year in school."
This year's draft will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia. The
Watson was one of four players from the national champion
Among the other notable underclassmen entering the draft are star running backs Leonard Fournette of LSU, Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford. Junior quarterbacks DeShone Kizer of
Miami's Brad Kaaya, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes and
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