98 granted NFL draft special eligibility

98 granted NFL draft special eligibility
January 19, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome.

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According to the NFL, 98 players have been granted special eligibility for the 2014 draft.

Basically, these players are underclassmen. All 98 met the league's three-year eligibility rule and submitted a writted application to renounce their remaining college eligibility.

The 98 players crushed the previous record of 73 from last year.

The Texans have the first pick in the NFL draft this spring and they could take one of the players from the list.

There are many notable players among the 98, including former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and other likley first-rounders Blake Bortles, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins.

Four players -- Dion Bailey, Carl Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Hubbard -- who still have college eligibility notified the NFL they have graduated and are eligible for the draft.

Here's a look at all 98 players:

1. Davante Adams WR Fresno State

2. Nick Addison DB Bethune-Cookman

3. Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech

4. George Atkinson RB Notre Dame

5. Odell Beckham WR Louisiana State

6. Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

7. Kapri Bibbs RB Colorado State

8. Brendan Bigelow RB California

9. Alfred Blue RB Louisiana State

10. Russell Bodine C North Carolina

11. Blake Bortles QB Central Florida

12. Chris Boyd WR Vanderbilt

13. Bashaud Breeland DB Clemson

14. Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

15. Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona

16. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix DB Alabama

17. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

18. Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers

19. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State

20. Scott Crichton DE Oregon State

21. Isaiah Crowell RB Alabama State

22. Jonathan Dowling DB Western Kentucky

23. Kony Ealy DE Missouri

24. Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

25. Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina

26. Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

27. Ego Ferguson DT Louisiana State

28. Cameron Fleming T Stanford

29. Khairi Fortt LB California

30. Austin Franklin WR New Mexico State

31. Devonta Freeman RB Florida State

32. Carlos Gray DT North Carolina State

33. Xavier Grimble TE Southern California

34. Terrance Hackney T Bethune-Cookman

35. Victor Hampton DB South Carolina

36. Jeremy Hill RB Louisiana State

37. Kameron Jackson DB California

38. Nic Jacobs TE McNeese State

39. Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

40. Anthony Johnson DT Louisiana State

41. Jamel Johnson WR Alabama State

42. Storm Johnson RB Central Florida

43. Henry Josey RB Missouri

44. Cyrus Kouandjio T Alabama

45. Jarvis Landry WR Louisiana State

46. Cody Latimer WR Indiana

47. Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State

48. Marqise Lee WR Southern California

49. A.C. Leonard TE Tennessee State

50. Albert Louis-Jean DB Boston College

51. Colt Lyerla TE Oregon

52. Aaron Lynch DE South Florida

53. Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

54. Marcus Martin C Southern California

55. Tre Mason RB Auburn

56. Chris McCain DE California

57. Terrance Mitchell DB Oregon

58. Viliami Moala DT California

59. Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi

60. Adam Muema RB San Diego State

61. Jake Murphy TE Utah

62. Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame

63. Louis Nix DT Notre Dame

64. Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama

65. Ronald Powell DE Florida

66. Calvin Pryor DB Louisville

67. Loucheiz Purifoy DB Florida

68. Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina

69. Darrin Reaves RB Alabama-Birmingham

70. Ed Reynolds DB Stanford

71. Antonio Richardson T Tennessee

72. Paul Richardson WR Colorado

73. Marcus Roberson DB Florida

74. Allen Robinson WR Penn State

75. Greg Robinson T Auburn

76. Bradley Roby DB Ohio State

77. Richard Rodgers TE California

78. Bishop Sankey RB Washington

79. Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor

80. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington

81. Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State

82. Yawin Smallwood LB Connecticut

83. Brett Smith QB Wyoming

84. Jerome Smith RB Syracuse

85. Willie Snead WR Ball State

86. John Spooney RB Brown

87. Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma State

88. Xavier Su’a-Filo G UCLA

89. Vinnie Sunseri DB Alabama

90. De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon

91. Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame

92. Trai Turner G Louisiana State

93. George Uko DE Southern California

94. Pierre Warren DB Jacksonville State

95. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

96. Terrance West RB Towson

97. James Wilder RB Florida State

98. David Yankey T Stanford

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