The NFL announced Sunday that 98 underclassmen have entered the draft, forgoing the final sea-son of their college career. In addition, another four players who are underclassmen in terms of eli-gibility are in the draft because they have already graduated. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is among those who has already graduated and fellow quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles are among the 98 who have declared early.
The total of 102 is the highest ever to declare for the draft, eclipsing the 73 who came out early last year. NFL personnel executives have said they expect half of the players selected in the first round to be underclassmen. Aside from Bridgewater, Manziel and Bortles, players such as USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo are expected to be first-round picks.
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