The Full List of Underclassmen Entering 2014 NFL Draft

By DJ Byrnes on January 14, 2014 at 11:32a
Tom Brady wasn't an underclassman when he came out, but facts won't stop us from a chance to laugh at Tom Brady.

Last year, a record number of underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft. This year, the record fell once again. Here's a complete list of those who have declared early:

  • Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
  • Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
  • George Atkinson III, RB, Notre Dame
  • Dion Bailey, S, USC
  • Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
  • Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
  • Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
  • Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
  • Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt
  • Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson
  • Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
  • Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
  • Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
  • Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
  • Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
  • Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
  • Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
  • Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
  • Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
  • Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
  • Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
  • Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
  • Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
  • Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
  • Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
  • Mike Flacco, TE, New Haven
  • Khairi Fortt, LB, California
  • Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State
  • Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
  • Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
  • Vic Hampton, CB, South Carolina
  • Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
  • Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama
  • Kameron Jackson, CB, California
  • Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
  • Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
  • Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
  • Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
  • Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
  • Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
  • Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
  • Marqise Lee, WR, USC
  • A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
  • Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
  • Aaron Lynch, DE, USF
  • Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
  • Marcus Martin, C, USC
  • Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
  • Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
  • Viliami Moala, DT, California
  • Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
  • Adam Muema, RB, San Diego State
  • Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
  • Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
  • Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
  • Jeoffrey Pagan, DL, Alabama
  • Ronald Powell, LB, Florida
  • Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
  • Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
  • Kelcy Quarles, DL, South Carolina
  • Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB
  • Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
  • Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
  • Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
  • Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
  • Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
  • Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
  • Richard Rodgers, TE California
  • Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
  • Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
  • Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
  • Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn
  • Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
  • Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse
  • Willie Snead, WR, Ball State
  • Josh Stewart, WR, Oklahoma State
  • Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
  • De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
  • Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
  • Trai Turner, OG, LSU
  • George Uko, DL, USC
  • Pierre Warren, FS, Jacksonville State
  • Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
  • Terrance West, RB, Towson
  • James Wilder Jr., RB, Florida State


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OSUStu's picture

I find it surprising that so many running backs have decided to leave early when fewer and fewer are taken in the early rounds these days.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

dancorona5's picture

i think it's because the lifetime of a RB is so short these days. Players probably want to get their money now before their legs are done

DJ Byrnes's picture

The drop in value of the running back position has been pretty nuts over the last few years. Slew of FA RB talent available too. Just an absolutely brutal market. 

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OSUStu's picture

Diminished career lifespans and diminished incentives.  It is a wonder any of them want to be NFL running backs.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

d5k's picture

Players are starting to realize that despite what Mel Kiper thinks, it is often better to enter the NFL a year younger with more tread on the tires and just get on a roster and develop.  It is very hard to measure improvement in draft stock from coming back.  I will never have any problem with someone leaving for the NFL early if they are basically a lock to make a roster. 

osubuck57's picture

But some of these guys won't get the money they deserve by leaving early either. Not everyone is gonna be a 1st or 2nd round pick. Guess they'd rather roll the dice.


UrbanAssaultVehicle's picture

A league minimum salary beats a senior year with a career ending injury any day.  I never have a problem with young athletes trying to cash in on their athletic gifts while they still can.  That unfinished degree will still be there when they are done in the League.

AndyVance's picture

Agreed - I used to be among the vocal advocates of playing four years or bust, but the Greg Oden situation convinced me otherwise. Consider that Oden may never play another meaningful minute in his career, but will be financially fine for the rest of his days because he turned pro when he did.
Obviously Oden is a special player, and obviously the NFL is not the same as the NBA, but had Oden stayed another season we can be almost certain that he would have incurred an injury that would have short-circuited his professional aspirations - and earning potential.

740's picture

just an awesome picture of Tom Brady. such a dreamboat.

otrain2416's picture

Interesting they consider Roby who's a RSJr eligibility wise but Senior academic wise an underclassman. I guess they consider anyone who has any eligibility left what so ever an early entry to the draft? 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

bafiesta's picture

I agree, I don't think they should consider redshirt Jrs to be leaving early.  
Also interesting that most players leaving OSU with eligibility remaining will be 1st or 2nd round picks, not so for other schools.  

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