The NFL announced on Thursday that a record 65 college football players declared early for the 2012 NFL draft. That crashes the previous record of 56 set last year.
The list ranges from Heisman-winning Baylor QB Robert Griffin III and Stanford QB Andrew Luck – the projected first overall pick – to players you’ve probably never heard of like Texas RB Jamison Berryhill and Minnesota TE Tiree Eure.
It’s anyone guess if this is partially a result of the NFL collective bargaining agreement – some believe lower salaries for the top overall picks limits the reward of coming back to school for another year – or just players like Darron Thomas believing he can be the next Cam Newton despite questions about whether the Oregon QB will even be drafted.
The 2012 draft will take place from April 26-28 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Note: Washington RB Chris Polk, Utah State RB Robert Turbin, Troy DE Jonathan Massaquoi were all considered seniors by the NFL.
2012 NFL Draft Early Entries