Record-setting number of players leaving early for 2014 NFL Draft

Record-setting number of players leaving early for 2014 NFL Draft

A record-setting number of college players will leave school early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Running back Jeremy Hill is one of seven LSU players leaving early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: AP)

Running back Jeremy Hill is one of seven LSU players leaving early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (Photo: AP)

The NFL announced Sunday that a 98 college players have been granted “special eligibility” to enter May’s draft. That number obliterates the previous record of 73 players leaving early set last year.

2014 marks the sixth consecutive year that the number of early entrants has increased.

In all, 102 players left early, but USC defensive back Dion Bailey, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard had already graduated from school and were not included in the NFL’s official count.

Not unexpectedly, the SEC was hit hardest 29 league players leaving early to enter the upcoming draft, followed closely by the Pac-12 (26).

For the second consecutive year, LSU led all schools with seven early entrants. The Tigers had 10 players leave early in 2013. Alabama, USC and Cal had five players make the early jump into the NFL, while Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and South Carolina each had four.

Players had until Jan. 15 to announce their intention to enter the draft, plus three additional days to reconsider.

Below is a list of all the 2014 NFL Draft early entrants broken down by conference:

SEC (29)

Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Vic Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama
Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Jeoffrey Pagan, DL, Alabama
Ronald Powell, LB, Florida
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
Kelcy Quarles, DL, South Carolina
Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Vinnie Sunseri, DB, Alabama
Trai Turner, OG, LSU

PAC-12 (26)

Dion Bailey, S, USC
Brendan Bigelow, RB, California
Carl Bradford, DE, Arizona State
Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
Kameron Jackson, CB, California
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Chris McCain, DE, California
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Viliami Moala, DT, California
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Richard Rodgers, TE California
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OL, UCLA
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
George Uko, DL, USC
David Yankey, OL, Stanford

ACC (12)

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Carlos Gray, DT, North Carolina State
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Albert Louis-Jean, DB, Boston College
Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State

FCS (8)

Nick Addison, DB, Bethune-Cookman
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
Terrance Hackney, T, Bethune-Cookman
Nic Jacobs, TE, McNeese State
A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
John Spooney, RB, Brown
Pierre Warren, FS, Jacksonville State
Terrance West, RB, Towson

AAC (7)
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
Aaron Lynch, DE, USF
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn

FBS INDEPENDENT (5)
George Atkinson, RB, Notre Dame
Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

MOUNTAIN WEST (5)

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Adam Muema, RB, San Diego State
Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming

BIG TEN (4)

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

BIG 12 (3)

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State

C-USA (1)

Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB

MAC (1)

Willie Snead, WR, Ball State

SUN BELT (1)

Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky

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