Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of the headliners of the 2014 NFL draft’s record-setting group of underclassmen. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)
BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis
With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft elapsed, the draft class has finally taken shape.
Last year, a record 73 underclassmen declared. This year, the following 102 players, who announced they would forgo their collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, have shattered that record. (Note: The official count of players is 98, as Teddy Bridgewater, Dion Bailey, Adrian Hubbard and Carl Bradford did not need to be granted special eligibility because they had already graduated from their respective universities).