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Record 56 players leave college early for NFL draft

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The NFL announced today that 56 players — the most ever — have renounced their remaining college eligibility and entered this year’s draft.

The list includes three quarterbacks: Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Auburn’s Cam Newton and Arkansas’s Ryan Mallett. All three have the potential to be high first-round picks.

Other notable names on the list include Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, Georgia receiver A.J. Green, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus.

The previous record for most players declaring early for the draft was 53, in both 2010 and 2008. The full list is here.

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17 Responses to “Record 56 players leave college early for NFL draft”
  1. orngcrsh says: Jan 19, 2011 1:58 PM

    Predictable since owners are trying cap rookie salaries, underclassmen want that Big contract.

  2. cmstrick says: Jan 19, 2011 1:59 PM

    As much as I loathe the expression: “well, duh!”

    Of course they are. With the CBA and it’s rookie pay cap coming (eventually) they think this is their best chance for a big rookie payday.

    That’s not true, of course. Not all of these guys will be drafted early enough to make any diference (especially if staying in school would have caused them to be drafted higher next year).

    But don’t expect patience to be urged by the agents they (wink, nudge, fart) don’t have yet.

  3. terpface says: Jan 19, 2011 2:03 PM

    a little surprising considering the threat of a lockout next year.

  4. FinFan68 says: Jan 19, 2011 2:09 PM

    The way things are going right now for the Dolphins, there may be a sliver of hope since Luck stayed at Stanford. Though, the way the luck has been, Henne will show improvement and the Dolphins will pass on him next year to get another speedy no hands receiver from ohio state

  5. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 19, 2011 2:22 PM

    Record 56 idiots leave college early for NFL draft.

    I love how these ready-made primadonnas snub the very institutions that granted them scholarships, assuring each a free college education, in the “hopes” they’ll become the next mega millionaire, when the reality is most will washout as complete busts and only last a few years – only now without that sheepskin.

    Enjoy your night shifts at McDonald’s in 5-6 years, freakin’ morons.

  6. snowpea84 says: Jan 19, 2011 2:30 PM

    This record really isnt that remarkable. Its just not significantly higher than past numbers.

  7. coutre says: Jan 19, 2011 2:37 PM

    That’s a lot of running backs. Last year 15 were drafted.
    Yikes. I hope these kids know what they are doing.

  8. theviperstrikes says: Jan 19, 2011 2:54 PM

    So much for them fearing a possible lockout next year..

  9. cynicalvision says: Jan 19, 2011 3:18 PM

    A college education just isn’t worth what it used to these days….

  10. john0756 says: Jan 19, 2011 3:21 PM

    What happen to these players if there is a lockout?

  11. coutre says: Jan 19, 2011 3:23 PM

    Does Cam Newton realize he will be taking a pay cut?

  12. ampats says: Jan 19, 2011 3:25 PM

    Great news for the Patriots. 6 picks in the first three rounds and 3 in the first 33 picks.

  13. beastofeden says: Jan 19, 2011 3:28 PM

    People really do under value the gift a of free education. How many of these drop outs are going to become house hold names due to their on field ability?

    They get a house, 3 meals, and schooling from the nations top university’s only to drop out to chase some money.

    Why should college athletes get paid?

  14. xtb3 says: Jan 19, 2011 4:49 PM

    so they are taking a whole year off! bad move!

  15. 11inthebox says: Jan 19, 2011 5:18 PM

    @ FoozieGrooler who says:

    I love how these ready-made primadonnas snub the very institutions that granted them scholarships, assuring each a free college education, in the “hopes” they’ll become the next mega millionaire, when the reality is most will washout as complete busts and only last a few years – only now without that sheepskin.
    Enjoy your night shifts at McDonald’s in 5-6 years, freakin’ morons.

    ————————————————–

    So do you feel required to say that? I mean, is it a law for every hateful moron who never played sports to insist that all athletes will end up at minimum wage jobs?

    Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is a college degree isn’t worth much these days. Those who have them are having a hell of a time finding work that pays the bills. And then there’s the reality that ‘education’ is hardly a prerequisite for success.

    Look at some of the most highly paid celebrity personalities these days: Snookie, the Situation, and of course Sarah Palin. None of these folks exhibits any real intellectual prowess. In fact, you could say they’re all pretty stupid. But they’re all very well paid.

    Education? Not worth what it once was.

  16. cappa662 says: Jan 19, 2011 5:26 PM

    College athletes are smarter now, they finally know they are getting used like a $2 hooker by the NCAA. They know they are still going to get used by the NFL, but at least its for a 500K a year or more.

  17. cappa662 says: Jan 19, 2011 5:32 PM

    beastofeden says: Jan 19, 2011 3:28 PM

    People really do under value the gift a of free education. How many of these drop outs are going to become house hold names due to their on field ability?

    They get a house, 3 meals, and schooling from the nations top university’s only to drop out to chase some money.

    Why should college athletes get paid?
    ________________________

    You’re kidding right? There’s nothing free about the education. You are a slave to the university: you can’t get a job, you have to put in 40 hours a week into the football program (in Michigan and other football programs, 80 hours), all the while keep up with your studies and etc. And for the player who actually has no aspirations to play in the NFL, how do you find the time to study? All this, while the BCS programs rake in over a billion dollars in revenue. How is that fair? I’d rather have 100K a year, than your “free education and meals”.

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