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NFL draft: Manziel, Clowney among 98 early-entry candidates

Record 98 underclassmen eligible for NFL draft

A record 98 underclassmen, including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May.

The league released the list of early entrants Sunday and said the number has risen six straight seasons. The deadline for underclassmen to apply was Jan. 15.

Last year, 73 underclassmen entered the draft. The year before it was 65 and in 2011 it was 56.

Also, four players who recently graduated and still have eligibility left are joining the draft class but aren't included in the number. Most notable among those is Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Southern California defensive back Dion Bailey, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard are also juniors who have informed the league they have graduated.

Among the early entrants expected to be selected near the top of the draft are Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, Clowney, the defensive end from South Carolina, and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

The draft is May 8-10 in New York.

LSU for the second straight season had the most players of any school to leave early. The Tigers had seven early entrants this season, including wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., after 11 LSU players left early last year.

Alabama and Southern California each had five leave early, along with California. Cal, which went 1-11, has six players listed among the early entrants, but that includes defensive end Chris McCain, who was dismissed from the team in September.

National champion Florida State lost four players early, including All-America defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who caught the winning touchdown in the BCS championship game against Auburn. Notre Dame, Florida and South Carolina also had four early entrants.

2014 NFL Draft Early Entries

By The Associated Press

At New York: May 8-10

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

Nick Addison, DB, Bethune-Cookman

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

George Atkinson, RB, Notre Dame

Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State

Brendan Bigelow, RB, California

Alfred Blue, RB, LSU

Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina

Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt

Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson

Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State

Jonathan Dowling, DB, Western Kentucky

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

Khairi Fortt, LB, California

Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State

Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State

Carlos Gray, DT, N.C. State

Xavier Grimble, TE, Southern Cal

Terrance Hackney, OT, Bethune-Cookman

Victor Hampton, DB, South Carolina

Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

Kameron Jackson, DB, California

Nic Jacobs, TE, McNeese State

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU

Jamel Johnson, WR, Alabama State

Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

Henry Josey, RB, Missouri

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal

A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State

Albert Louis-Jean, DB, Boston College

Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Marcus Martin, C, Southern Cal

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Chris McCain, DE, California

Terrance Mitchell, DB, Oregon

Viliami Moala, DT, California

Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi

Adam Muema, RB, San Diego State

Jake Murphy, TE, Utah

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama

Ronald Powell, DE, Florida

Calvin Pryor, DB, Louisville

Loucheiz Purifoy, DB, Florida

Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB

Ed Reynolds, DB, Stanford

Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Marcus Roberson, DB, Florida

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Bradley Roby, DB, Ohio State

Richard Rodgers, TE, California

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn

Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming

Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse

Willie Snead, WR, Ball State

John Spooney, RB, Brown

Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State

Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

Vinnie Sunseri, DB, Alabama

De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Trai Turner, G, LSU

George Uko, DE, Southern Cal

Pierre Warren, DB, Jacksonville State

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Terrance West, RB, Towson

James Wilder, RB, Florida State

David Yankey, OT, Stanford

Graduated, eligible for selection

Dion Bailey, DB, Southern Cal

Carl Bradford, DE, Arizona State

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama

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