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NFL Draft 2016: Official List of Eligible Underclassmen Released

Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa plays against Minnesota during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Joe PantornoFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 10, 2017

On Friday afternoon, NFL Communications announced its official list of eligible underclassmen that will be entering April's draft.   

There are 96 players that have been granted special eligibility to pursue their NFL dreams. Here is the full list:

Underclassmen Eligible for 2016 NFL Draft
Bralon AddisonWROregon
Dominique AlexanderLBOklahoma
Mackensie AlexanderDBClemson
Eli AppleDBOhio State
Demarcus AyersWRHouston
Peyton BarberRBAuburn
Vonn BellDBOhio State
Caleb BenenochTUCLA
Andrew BillingsDTBaylor
Dariusz BladekGBethune-Cookman
Joey BosaDEOhio State
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan
Beniquez BrownLBMississippi State
Artie BurnsDBMiami (FL)
Kenny ClarkDTUCLA
Corey ColemanWRBaylor
Trenton ColesDBDuquesne
Alex CollinsRBArkansas
Maliek CollinsDTNebraska
Jack ConklinTMichigan State
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina
Kamalei CorreaDEBoise State
Su'a CravensLBUSC
Elijah DanielDTMurray State
Terrell DavisLBBritish Columbia
Kevin DoddDEClemson
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State
Leonard FloydLBGeorgia
Kendall FullerDBVirginia Tech
Will FullerWRNotre Dame
Jared GoffQBCalifornia
T.J. GreenDBClemson
David GrinnageTENorth Carolina State
Christian HackenbergQBPenn State
Vernon HargreavesDBFlorida
Jerald HawkinsTLSU
Derrick HenryRBAlabama
Hunter HenryTEArkansas
Willie HenryDTMIchigan
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State
Austin HooperTEStanford
Jordan HowardRBIndiana
Xavien HowardDBBaylor
Germain IfediTTexas A&M
Myles JackLBUCLA
Cardale JonesQBOhio State
Cayleb JonesWRArizona
Chris JonesDTMississippi State
Jayron KearseDBClemson
Denver KirklandTArkansas
Darius LathamDTIndiana
Kenny LawlerWRCalifornia
Shaq LawsonDEClemson
Darron LeeLBOhio State
Roger LewisWRBowling Green
Steve LongaLBRutgers
Paxton LynchQBMemphis
Jalin MarshallWROhio State
Alex McCalisterDEFlorida
Brett McMakinLBNorthern Iowa
Keanu NealDBFlorida
Yannick NgakoueDEMaryland
Robert NkemdicheDTOle Miss
Marquez NorthWRTennessee
Emmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma State
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA
Joe PowellDBGlobe
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame
Jalen RamseyDBFlorida State
Alex RedmondGUCLA
Hassan RidgewayDTTexas
A'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida
Rashard RobinsonDBLSU
Aldrick RosasKSouthern Oregon
Zack SanchezDBOklahoma
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
Tyrell SmithTUMass
Ronnie StanleyTNotre Dame
Kelvin TaylorRBFlorida
Ron ThompsonDESyracuse
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss
Laremy TunsilTOle Miss
Quinn van GylswykKBritish Columbia
Nick VigilLBUtah State
Cleveland WallaceDBSan Jose State
Dwayne WashingtonRBWashington
Stephen WeatherlyLBVanderbilt
De'Runnya WilsonWRMississippi State
Daryl WorleyDBWest Virginia
Scooby WrightLBArizona
Avery YoungTAuburn

This is the most underclassmen given special eligibility since 2014, when 98 players left school early and headed to the league. That was also the most players declaring for the draft in the past 10 years. 

However, declaring for the draft early doesn't automatically spell success as CBS Sports' Dan Brugler pointed out:

There are some big names on this list that will surely headline the draft, including Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, who have been projected by's Mel Kiper Jr. to go near the top of the draft. 

Bosa could go No. 1 overall.

Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, fresh off a national championship win, is also headed to the draft after his historic junior season that saw him break SEC records for most rushing yards in a season. 

ESPN College Football discussed how Henry might fare at the next level:

He is joined by fellow teammate and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson.

We'll all be finding out where these underclassmen are headed to begin their NFL journeys on April 28 when the draft kicks off from Chicago, Illinois. 

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