65 Players Granted Special Eligibility for 2012 NFL Draft

The National Football League announced today the names of 65 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft on April 26-28 in New York. 

Each of the 65 players 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 NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the third consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 PM ET.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM ET.  Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 28 at noon ET.   

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

Year Players Granted Special Eligibility   Year Players Granted Special Eligibility
2012

65

  2007

40

2011

56

  2006

52

2010

53

  2005

51

2009

46

  2004

43

2008

53

  2003

47

 The players granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft:

Player Pos. College
Alexander, Alvester RB Wyoming
Allen, Dwayne TE Clemson
Baker, Edwin RB Michigan State
Ball, Mike RB Nevada
Berryhill, Jamison RB Texas
Blackmon, Justin WR Oklahoma State
Brockers, Michael DT Louisiana State
Brown, Bryce RB Kansas State
Burfict, Vontaze LB Arizona State
Charles, Orson TE Georgia
Claiborne, Morris DB Louisiana State
Cox, Fletcher DT Mississippi State
DeCastro, David G Stanford
Eure, Tiree TE Minnesota
Forston, Marcus DT Miami
Gilmore, Stephon DB South Carolina
Givens, Chris WR Wake Forest
Graham, Dorian WR Syracuse
Griffin, Robert QB Baylor
Hampton, Jewel RB Southern Illinois
Harris, Cliff DB Oregon
Hightower, Dont’a LB Alabama
Hill, Stephen WR Georgia Tech
 Hillman, Ronnie  RB  San Diego State
Holloway, Max DE Boston College
Hosley, Jayron DB Virginia Tech
Jackson, Janzen DB McNeese State
James, LaMichael RB Oregon
Jeffery, Alshon WR South Carolina
Johnson, Aldarius WR Miami
Johnson, Damaris WR Tulsa
Jones, Chandler DE Syracuse
Kalil, Matt T Southern California
Kirkpatrick, Dre DB Alabama
Konz, Peter C Wisconsin
Kuechly, Luke LB Boston College
Lewis, Ronnell DE Oklahoma
Luck, Andrew QB Stanford
Manning, Terrell LB North Carolina State
Martin, Jonathan T Stanford
Massie, Bobby T Mississippi
Mercilus, Whitney DE Illinois
Miller, Lamar RB Miami
Osweiler, Brock QB Arizona State
Page, Eric WR Toledo
Paige-Moss, Donte DE North Carolina
Perry, Nick DE Southern California
Pierce, Bernard RB Temple
Plue, Ken G Purdue
Poe, Dontari DT Memphis
Randle, Rueben WR Louisiana State
Reiff, Riley T Iowa
Richardson, Trent RB Alabama
Robinson, Josh DB Central Florida
Sanu, Mohamed WR Rutgers
Scott, Darrell RB South Florida
Streeter, Tommy WR Miami
Thomas, Darron QB Oregon
Thomas, Johnny DB Oklahoma State
Thomas, Phillip DB Syracuse
Trotter, Barrett QB Auburn
Vernon, Olivier DE Miami
Washington, Brandon T Miami
Wilson, David RB Virginia Tech
Worthy, Jerel DT Michigan State
     
     

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