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Record Number of Underclassmen Granted Draft Eligibility

Posted Jan 19, 2014

You will find wall-to-wall coverage of the Senior Bowl this week, which is good because the importance of the Senior Bowl continues to increase on an annual basis and this year has reached a new level of relevance.

The reason? For the sixth consecutive year, the number of underclassmen who’ve been granted NFL draft eligibility has increased and this year sits at a record 98 players, up 25 from last year.

The NFL disclosed the list of declared underclassmen on Sunday, just a day before Senior Bowl practices were set to begin in Mobile, Alabama. Each of the 98 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15.

You can view the list of eligible underclassmen by clicking here.

The 2014 NFL Draft will be held in New York City and will kickoff in primetime for the fifth consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, May 8, the second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 9 and rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, May 10.

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