Record 98 underclassmen in draft
The NFL announced that a record 98 underclassmen made themselves eligible for this year's draft.
The league released the list of early entrants Sunday, and said the number has increased six straight seasons. The deadline for underclassmen to apply for the draft was Jan. 15.
That list includes Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is also a notable underclassman who applied for the draft.
The 98 underclassmen shatters last year's record of 73. In 2012, 65 underclassmen entered the draft, and in 2011 the number was 56.
Four players who graduated but still have college playing eligibility remaining also joined the draft class. That includes Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The draft is May 8-10 in New York.
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