NFL announces 115 players giving up college eligibility to enter draft

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The deadline for players to give up their remaining collegiate eligibility in order to enter the 2020 NFL Draft was last Friday and the league announced the names of all the players who have opted to go that route on Tuesday.

Sixteen players who earned degrees without exhausting their eligibility have opted to enter the professional ranks and 99 other underclassmen have declared for the draft. The total of 115 players is down from the record-high of 135 players in 2018.

The players who have graduated are:

Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona St.
Oluwole Betiku, DE, Illinois
Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU
Quartney Davis, WR, Texans A&M
Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
Keith Ismael, C, San Diego St.
Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Tony Jones, RB, Notre Dame
Terrell Lewis, edge rusher, Alabama
Jordan Love, QB, Utah St.
Elorm Lumor, DE, Rutgers
Houston Miller, DE, Texas Tech
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

The 99 players who are leaving school without getting their degrees are:
Salvon Ahmed, RB, Washington
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Grayland Arnold, CB, Baylor
Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA
Trajan Bandy, CB, Miami
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
Lynn Bowden, WR, Kentucky
Marcus Brown, DE, Missouri Western
Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
K’Lavon Chaisson, edge rusher, LSU
Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise St.
Nick Coe, edge rusher, Auburn
Trystan Colon-Castillo, OT, Missouri
Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
Kamren Curl, S, Arkansas
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Miami
Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi St.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Central Florida
Kyle Davis, WR, Florida Atlantic
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
Jordan Elliott, DL, Missouri
A.J. Epenesa, edge rusher, Iowa
Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami (Fla.)
Willie Gay, LB, Mississippi St.
Yetur Gross-Matos, edge rusher, Penn St.
Peter Guerriero, RB, Monmouth
Javelin Guidry, CB, Utah
K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn St.
Harrison Hand, CB, Temple
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon St.
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Austin Jackson, OT, USC
Trishton Jackson, WR, Syracuse
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech
Solomon Kindley, OG, Georgia
Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
Javon Leake, RB, Maryland
James Lynch, DT, Baylor
James Lynch, DL, Baylor
Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii
Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU
Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State
Thomas Newman, DB, Virginia-Lynchburg
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri
Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
James Pierre, CB, Florida Atlantic
Patrick Queen, LB, LSU
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Debione Renfro, CB, Texas A&M
Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
Kenny Robinson, DB, West Virginia
Kendrick Rogers, WR, Texas A&M
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
Cesar Ruiz, center, WR, Michigan
Darnell Salomon, WR, South Florida
Stanford Samuels III, CB Florida State
Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan St.
Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Arryn Siposs, P, Auburn
Geno Stone, S, Iowa
D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Tabyus Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami
Michael Turk, P, Arizona St.
Michael Warren II, RB, Cincinnati
Quez Watkins, WR, Southern Miss
Curtis Weaver, edge rusher, Boise St.
Cody White, WR, Michigan St.
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
David Woodward, LB, Utah St.
Chase Young, edge rusher, Ohio State
Toren Young, RB, Iowa

12 responses to “NFL announces 115 players giving up college eligibility to enter draft

  1. jrdbrn says:
    January 21, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    LSU losing a ton of talent.

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    Frees up a lot of cap space to go get more, though.

  2. tvguy22 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 1:18 pm
    jrdbrn says:
    January 21, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    LSU losing a ton of talent.

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    Frees up a lot of cap space to go get more, though.

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    Rumor is 2020 is an Un-Capped Year

  3. NFL announces 115 players giving up college eligibility to enter draft
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    Like I’ve been saying for a month now with all of these players declaring and the fact that only about 120 players that get drafted will make a teams 53 man opening day roster there’s going to be a whole lot of disappointed players that’ll be going home this year instead of to an NFL team, BANK IT!

    A lot of these players should have put more thought into their decision and waited until next year, sure that’d be a risk but I believe declaring this year and not getting drafted is an even bigger risk because you can’t try again next year!

    Thats why I believe Entienne made the correct choice to stay, with all of the good RBs in the NFL now(16 RBs with over 1000yds rushing, that more than we’ve seen in 10yrs) there won’t be a huge demand for RBs and because of his average games against those better NFL style D’s and he put up the best numbers against the worst teams(like the WOFFORD
    TERRIERS, who the hell are the Wofford Terriers?) he wouldn’t go in the top 5 which probably means he’d be a 4th rounder or later. By staying in school he has a chance to prove himself and if he does he can come out next year and very possibly be the #1 RB off of the board, very smart move on his part!

  4. Like I’ve been saying for a month now with all of these players declaring and the fact that only about 120 players that get drafted will make a teams 53 man opening day roster
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    7 rounds x 32 teams is a minimum of 224 players drafted. That doesn’t include the compensatory picks. And then there are the priority un-drafted free agents. About 1/3rd of the NFL is made up of un-drafted free agents.

    Overall I agree with your point

  5. That’s the biggest list of disappointment I have seen in a while, regarding the people who will have left school early for no payoff.

  6. For the guys who have their degrees, it is the right choice. For the others, most of them should stay. ~250 people get drafted. another 300 are UDFA. Even if half of them are underclassmen, the odds are not great. XFL for a lot of them.

  7. “with all of these players declaring and the fact that only about 120 players that get drafted will make a teams 53 man opening day roster”

    You’re right in probably on 4-5 drafted players on each team likely make the opening day roster, at least for the better teams. For the lousy teams its probably more.

    But what you’re not including is the practice squads, which have 10 players of which only 4 can be veterans that have less than 2 accrued NFL seasons on active rosters.

    Those players got minimum $8000 per week during the season or 136k if they remained on one the entire season. Teams can choose to pay I guess what you would consider “premium practice squad players” anything they want and some get much more than 8k per week.

    So if you assume 6 x 32 practice squad players are rookies who have no accrued NFL time, that’s another 192 drafted or undrafted FA players that will get NFL experience.

    Then add in that if another team signs a player from a different team’s practice squad during the season, they have to be placed on the 53 man roster so they get a much bigger paycheck for as long as they last, be it 1 game or several.

    So its not as bad a picture as you paint it. Some of the practice squad guys will never see an NFL field beyond practice, and some will make a name for themselves and manage to get on the field at least a few times.

  8. All I want to know is who pays the income taxes due on their football scholarships? Room, board, tuition expenses add up and the IRS has their hands out.

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