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Thursday, January 20, 2011

NFL Draft 2011 Breaks Record for Underclassmen Declaring Early

One season after tying an all-time high for non-senior draft declarations, those college kids are at it again.
A record 56 players with NCAA eligibility remaining have declared for the 2011 NFL Draft, surpassing last year's total by three. The list of 56 does not include Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the player widely considered to be drafted first overall as recently as a few weeks ago.
Without a new collective bargaining agreement in place, the players leaving the college ranks behind are risking the chance that there may be no professional football to be played in 2011. Should that transpire -- and every day without a new CBA in place increases the chances of that scenario becoming a reality -- the declared prospects would be ineligible to rejoin their former teams for the 2011 season.
Last season, 14 of the 32 players selected in the first round of the draft left college early. According to FanHouse's mock draft from early January, 15 of the 56 declared non-seniors could be taken in the first round in 2011. FanHouse included eight non-seniors in the top 10 picks, but only Justin Blackmon chose to return to school.
Find the full list of 56 below.
NamePositionCollege
Adams, DarvinWRAuburn
Austin, MarvinDTNorth Carolina
Ayers, AkeemLBUCLA
Baldwin, JonWRPittsburgh
Bowers, Da'QuanDEClemson
Brown, DeAndreWRSouthern Mississippi
Burton, BrandonDBUtah
Casey, JurrellDTSouthern California
Clay, JohnRBWisconsin
Claytor, NickTGeorgia Tech
Cobb, RandallWRKentucky
Dareus, MarcellDEAlabama
Doss, TandonWRIndiana
Evans, DarrenRBVirginia Tech
Fairley, NickDTAuburn
Gabbert, BlaineQBMissouri
Green, A.J.WRGeorgia
Gurley, ToriWRSouth Carolina
Guy, LawrenceDTArizona State
Hamler, JamelWRFresno State
Harper, JamieRBClemson
Harris, BrandonDBMiami
Hill, WillDBFlorida
Houston, JustinLBGeorgia
Hynoski, HenryRBPittsburgh
Ingram, MarkRBAlabama
Jones, JulioWR√Ālabama
Keiser, ThomasLBStanford
Leshoure, MikelRBIllinois
Lewis, DionRBPittsburgh
Lewis, JavesDBOregon
Little, GregWRNorth Carolina
Liuget, CoreyDTIllinois
Mallett, RyanQBArkansas
Moore, RahimDBUCLA
Newton, CamQBAuburn
Parr, ZaneDEVirginia
Peterson, PatrickDBLouisiana State
Quinn, RobertDENorth Carolina
Ridley, StevanRBLouisiana State
Rodgers, JacquizzRBOregon State
Rudolph, KyleTENotre Dame
Sands, RobertDBWest Virginia
Sash, TylerDBIowa
Siliga, SealverDTUtah
Smith, AldonDEMissouri
Smith, TorreyWRMaryland
Smith, TyronTSouthern California
Tarrant, JerrardDBGeorgia Tech
Todman, JordanRBConnecticut
Vereen, ShaneRBCalifornia
Watt, J.J.DEWisconsin
Wilkerson, MuhammadDTTemple
Williams, AaronDBTexas
Williams, RyanRBVirginia Tech
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