The NFL announced that 106 players have been granted special eligibility for the 2018 draft. Special eligibility, generally, refers to players who have met the NFL’s three-year eligibility rule and renounced their college football eligibility.
The group of 106 early eligibility players marks a new high for the league, up from 95 in 2017, 96 in 2016, 74 in 2015, and 98 in 2014. Ten years ago (2009), there were only 46 players forgoing their remaining college eligibility. It’s a trend that figures to continue, so long the NCAA continues its policy of not compensating its athletes.
As previously reported, this year’s early entry crop will include top quarterbacks Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, and UCLA’s Josh Rosen plus Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, and LSU linebacker Arden Key.
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