Lattimore, Sanders among approved underclassmen
01/19/2013 1:00 PM
08/26/2013 1:12 PM
A record 73 underclassmen, including South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Ace Sanders, were approved for the NFL draft on Saturday.
That number was eight more than last year.
Six All-Americans were safety Matt Elam of Florida, tight end Zach Ertz of Stanford, tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M, defensive end Bjoern Werner of Florida State, linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia and cornerback Dee Milliner of national champion Alabama.
Only Elam is not projected as a high first-round pick, but all six easily could go in the opening round on April 25.
Also approved was former LSU cornerback-kick returner Tyrann Mathieu, a 2011 All-American. Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, was dismissed from the team in August after reportedly failing a drug test.
Louisiana State lost a whopping 11 players, including Mathieu. Next were Florida State, Tennessee and Florida, each with four. Michigan State, Stanford, Georgia and Oklahoma each lost three players.
Alabama saw Milliner and running back Eddie Lacy enter the draft.
In all, 38 schools lost players early.
Also leaving school and projected to go high in the draft: LSU DEs Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery; Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore; Georgia LB Alec Ogletree; California WR Keenan Allen; Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes; Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins; and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter.
Other All-Americans entering early were second-teamers Moore, Hankins, Minter, WR Stedman Bailey of West Virginia, safeties Tony Jefferson of Oklahoma and Eric Reid of LSU. Third-teamers were Montgomery, RBs Giovani Bernard of North Carolina and Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada, WR DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson, and DT Sharif Floyd of Florida.
Only one quarterback, Tyler Bray of Tennessee, applied early for the NFL.
In the last 10 years, the number of early entrants has risen from 43 to 73.
A player must have been eligible to play in college for three years before he can enter the draft. He must petition the NFL in writing and renounce his college eligibility.
The approved players are:
Number Player Pos. College
1 David Amerson DB North Carolina State
2 Alvin Bailey G Arkansas
3 Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia
4 David Bakhtiari T Colorado
5 Dwayne Beckford LB Purdue
6 Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State
7 Giovani Bernard RB North Carolina
8 Tyler Bray QB Tennessee
9 Terrence Brown DB Stanford
10 Duron Carter WR Ohio State
11 Knile Davis RB Arkansas
12 Mike Edwards DB Hawaii
13 Matt Elam DB Florida
14 Zach Ertz TE Stanford
15 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State
16 Chris Faulk T Louisiana State
17 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
18 Michael Ford RB Louisiana State
19 Travis Frederick C Wisconsin
20 Kwame Geathers NT Georgia
21 William Gholston DE Michigan State
22 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
23 Jajuan Harley DB Middle Tennessee
24 Hopkins, DeAndre WR Clemson
25 Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
26 Jawan Jamison RB Rutgers
27 Stefphon Jefferson RB Nevada
28 Tony Jefferson DB Oklahoma
29 Jelani Jenkins LB Florida
30 Luke Joeckel T Texas A&M
31 Jarvis Jones LB Georgia
32 Jose Jose DT Central Florida
33 Joe Kruger DE Utah
34 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
35 Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina
36 Corey Lemonier DE Auburn
37 Bennie Logan DT Louisiana State
38 Stansly Maponga DE Texas Christian
39 Tyrann Mathieu DB Louisiana State
40 Dee Milliner DB Alabama
41 Barkevious Mingo DE Louisiana State
42 Kevin Minter LB Louisiana State
43 Sam Montgomery DE Louisiana State
44 Brandon Moore DT Texas
45 Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M
46 Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
47 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
48 Bradley Randle RB Nevada-Las Vegas
49 Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma State
50 Jordan Reed TE Florida
51 Eric Reid DB Louisiana State
52 Greg Reid DB Florida State
53 Xavier Rhodes DB Florida State
54 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
55 Nickell Robey DB Southern California
56 Logan Ryan DB Rutgers
57 Ace Sanders WR South Carolina
58 Darrington Sentimore DT Tennessee
59 Tharold Simon DB Louisiana State
60 Dion Sims TE Michigan State
61 Akeem Spence DT Illinois
62 Kenny Stills WR Oklahoma
63 Levine Toilolo TE Stanford
64 Spencer Ware RB Louisiana State
65 Menelik Watson T Florida State
66 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
67 Steve Williams DB California
68 Marquess Wilson WR Washington State
69 Brad Wing P Louisiana State
70 Cierre Wood RB Notre Dame
71 Robert Woods WR Southern California
72 Tom Wort LB Oklahoma
73 Keenan Allen WR California
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