Record number of underclassmen declare for NFL draft, SEC leads the way with 28

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Yesterday was the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft, and by our count, a total 97 — others say 96 — underclassmen will enter the draft. The previous record of 73 was shattered and exceeded by 24 more players.

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The SEC’s 28 underclassmen led all conferences, but it fell short of last year’s record 32 underclassmen. There’s some serious talent still funneling through the SEC compared to other conferences.

For example, LSU had seven who declared early, and Alabama had five. By comparison, the Big Ten had four total, and the Big 12 only had three total. The Pac-12 had an amazing 25 players, with the ACC having 10 and the AAC having seven. The Mountain West conference had more players declare early than the Big Ten and the Big 12.

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Here’s a breakdown by conference:

  • SEC: 28
  • Pac-12: 25
  • ACC: 10
  • AAC: 7
  • Independent: 5
  • Mountain West: 5
  • Big Ten: 4
  • FCS: 4
  • Big 12: 3
  • CUSA: 1
  • Colonial: 1
  • MAC: 1
  • MEAC: 1
  • New England 10: 1
  • Sun Belt: 1

Here are all SEC underclassmen who declared early:

  • Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
  • Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
  • Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt (suspended for the 2013 season)
  • HaHa Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
  • Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
  • Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
  • Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
  • Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
  • Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
  • Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
  • Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
  • Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama
  • Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
  • Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
  • Cyrus Kouandjio, OL, Alabama
  • Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
  • Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
  • Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
  • Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
  • Jeoffrey Pagan, DL, Alabama
  • Ronald Powell, DE/LB, Florida
  • Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
  • Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
  • Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
  • Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
  • Greg Robinson, LT, Auburn
  • Vinnie Sunseri, DB, Alabama
  • Trai Turner, OG, LSU

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