College football players are leaving the NCAA behind to enter the NFL draft after their junior seasons in increasing numbers.
The NFL announced today that 65 players have been granted special eligibility for this year’s draft. That’s an increase from 56 in 2011, 53 in 2010 and 46 in 2009.
Among the names on the list are many expected to be high first-round picks, including Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Iowa tackle Riley Reiff and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon.
Click the link to see the full list of early entries in the 2012 NFL draft.