2015 NFL Draft: 74 Players Granted Special Eligibility

The NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 30

The National Football League announced today the names of 74 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft and 10 players who have graduated with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 30-May 2 draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

The following 10 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have graduated. Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2015 Draft:

1Deion BarnesDEPenn State
2Sammie CoatesWRAuburn
3Zach D'OrazioWRAkron
4Charles GainesDBLouisville
5Dee HartRBColorado State
6Brett HundleyQBUCLA
7Nigel KingWRKansas
8Marcus MariotaQBOregon
9Donovan SmithTPenn State
10Tacoi SumlerWRAppalachian State

Each of the 74 players granted special eligibility 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 74 players granted special eligibility is a 24.5 percent decrease from the 2014 total of 98 and represents the first time the number has dropped from the preceding year since 2009.

The players granted special eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft:

PlayerPos.College
1Nelson AgholorWRSouthern California
2Jay AjayiRBBoise State
3Kwon AlexanderLBLouisiana State
4Javorius AllenRBSouthern California
5Arik ArmsteadDEOregon
6Malcom BrownDTTexas
7Alex CarterDBStanford
8B.J. CatalonRBTexas Christian
9Tevin ColemanRBIndiana
10Jalen CollinsDBLouisiana State
11Landon CollinsDBAlabama
12Amari CooperWRAlabama
13Xavier CooperDTWashington State
14Christian CovingtonDTRice
15DaVaris DanielsWRNotre Dame
16Ronald DarbyDBFlorida State
17Mike DavisRBSouth Carolina
18Stefon DiggsWRMaryland
19Lorenzo DossDBTulane
20Mario EdwardsDEFlorida State
21Durell EskridgeDBSyracuse
22George FarmerWRSouthern California
23Max FloresLBNorthern Colorado
24Ereck FlowersTMiami
25Dante FowlerDEFlorida
26Devin FunchessWRMichigan
27Jacoby GlennDBCentral Florida
28Eddie GoldmanDTFlorida State
29Melvin GordonRBWisconsin
30Dorial Green-BeckhamWRMissouri
31Deontay GreenberryWRHouston
32Randy GregoryDENebraska
33Todd GurleyRBGeorgia
34Chris HackettDBTexas Christian
35Eli HaroldDEVirginia
36Chris HarperWRCalifornia
37Braylon HeardRBKentucky
38Gerod HollimanDBLouisville
39D.J. HumphriesTFlorida
40Danielle HunterDELouisiana State
41David IrvingDTIowa State
42Jesse JamesTEPenn State
43Duke JohnsonRBMiami
44Matt JonesRBFlorida
45Tyler KroftTERutgers
46Ellis McCarthyDTUCLA
47Benardrick McKinneyLBMississippi State
48Patrick MillerTAuburn
49Tyler MooreGFlorida
50Rakeem Nunez-RochesDTSouthern Mississippi
51Andrus PeatTStanford
52Breshad PerrimanWRCentral Florida
53Marcus PetersDBWashington
54Jordan PhillipsDTOklahoma
55Darius PhilonDTArkansas
56Bradley PinionPClemson
57Jaquel PittsWRTrinity International
58Jeremiah PoutasiTUtah
59Darien RankinLBNorth Carolina
60Shane RayDEMissouri
61Josh RobinsonRBMississippi State
62James SampleDBLouisville
63Jean SifrinTEMassachusetts
64Jaelen StrongWRArizona State
65Shaq ThompsonLBWashington
66Max VallesLBVirginia
67Easton WahlstromLSArizona State
68Trae WaynesDBMichigan State
69Leonard WilliamsDESouthern California
70Maxx WilliamsTEMinnesota
71P.J. WilliamsDBFlorida State
72Trey WilliamsRBTexas A&M
73Jameis WinstonQBFlorida State
74T.J. YeldonRBAlabama

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the sixth consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 30.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 1.  Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, May 2.

The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

YearPlayers Granted Special Eligibility*YearPlayers Granted Special Eligibility*
201574201053
201498200946
201373200853
201265200740
201156200652

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