note, in case anyone didnt know, record 56 players declared for nfl draft; 56 players declare, official so far; 56 PLAYERS GRANTED SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR 2011 NFL DRAFT 19 Jan The National Football League announced today the names of 56 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2011 NFL Draft on April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Here is the league’s official release. The NFL Draft will start in primetime for the second consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 28. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 30. The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN. Each of the 56 players has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15. The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years: Year Players Granted Special Eligibility Year Players Granted Special Eligibility 2011 56 2006 52 2010 53 2005 51 2009 46 2004 43 2008 53 2003 47 2007 40 2002 38 The players granted special eligibility for the 2011 NFL Draft: Player Pos. College Adams, Darvin WR Auburn Austin, Marvin DT North Carolina Ayers, Akeem LB UCLA Baldwin, Jon WR Pittsburgh Bowers, Da’Quan DE Clemson Brown, DeAndre WR Southern Mississippi Burton, Brandon DB Utah Casey, Jurrell DT Southern California Clay, John RB Wisconsin Claytor, Nick T Georgia Tech Cobb, Randall WR Kentucky Dareus, Marcell DE Alabama Doss, Tandon WR Indiana Evans, Darren RB Virginia Tech Fairley, Nick DT Auburn Gabbert, Blaine QB Missouri Green, A.J. WR Georgia Gurley, Tori WR South Carolina Guy, Lawrence DT Arizona State Hamler, Jamel WR Fresno State Harper, Jamie RB Clemson Harris, Brandon DB Miami Hill, Will DB Florida Houston, Justin LB Georgia Hynoski, Henry RB Pittsburgh Ingram, Mark RB Alabama Jones, Julio WR Álabama Keiser, Thomas LB Stanford Leshoure, Mikel RB Illinois Lewis, Dion RB Pittsburgh Lewis, Javes DB Oregon Little, Greg WR North Carolina Liuget, Corey DT Illinois Mallett, Ryan QB Arkansas Moore, Rahim DB UCLA Newton, Cam QB Auburn Parr, Zane DE Virginia Peterson, Patrick DB Louisiana State Quinn, Robert DE North Carolina Ridley, Stevan RB Louisiana State Rodgers, Jacquizz RB Oregon State Rudolph, Kyle TE Notre Dame Sands, Robert DB West Virginia Sash, Tyler DB Iowa Siliga, Sealver DT Utah Smith, Aldon DE Missouri Smith, Torrey WR Maryland Smith, Tyron T Southern California Tarrant, Jerrard DB Georgia Tech Todman, Jordan RB Connecticut Vereen, Shane RB California Watt, J.J. DE Wisconsin Wilkerson, Muhammad DT Temple Williams, Aaron DB Texas Williams, Ryan RB Virginia Tech Wilson, Martez LB Illinois http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=4264 http://www.draftdaddy.com/blog/nfldraft.htm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Record 56 players leave college early for NFL draft http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...for-nfl-draft/ Posted by Michael David Smith on January 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EST 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.