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January 15, 2014

Record number of underclassmen in NFL draft

— South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel headline a record number of underclassmen entering the NFL draft heading into Wednesday night's deadline.

    At least 90 players who had college eligibility remaining are expected to enter the draft, shattering last year's record number of 73.

    "It's a humongous number, so the first reaction is it makes you step back a little bit," said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. "What I'm hearing is that the agents always have to make the sales pitch to get these to come out. This year, what I've been told is the sales pitch is that all your money right now is coming from the second contract, so you need to come out early so you can get to that second contract a year earlier ... and apparently it's been pretty effective."

    ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released a mock draft Wednesday in which 23 of the 32 first-round picks were early entries. Kiper had Manziel going first overall and included Clowney, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins as top-five picks.

    Jeremiah's list of the top 50 draft prospects includes early entries in the top three spots: Clowney at No. 1, Watkins at No. 2 and Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 3.

    "It's going to be a huge number of underclassmen that go high and have long careers," Jeremiah said. "And there are going to be some other guys who don't get drafted and will be in a tough spot and would have been better served to go back to school. It works both ways."

    Here's a position-by-position breakdown of some of the early entries at each position.

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