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NFL Announces List of Underclassmen Granted Eligibility

By Mark Solway | January 19th, 2006

The National Football League released the names of 48 underclassmen who have been granted special eligibility for the 2006 NFL Draft on April 29-30.

It is a bumper crop of declarations. Reggie Bush and Vince Young highlight this year’s underclassmen, but Vernon Davis, Haloti Ngata and Mario Williams are potential top ten picks as well. LenDale White, Winston Justice, Ernie Sims, Santonio Holmes, Laurence Moroney, Chad Jackson, Leonard Pope, Darnell Bing, and Ashton Youboty could all also hear their names called before the first round is over.

That would make almost half of the entire first round underclassmen, with 14 out of 32 selections.

Ko Simpson and Johnathan Joseph from South Carolina were the only two sophomores that were granted eligibility.

Player Position College
Darnell Bing S Southern Cal
Cornell Brockington RB Connecticut
Reggie Bush RB Southern Cal
Brian Calhoun RB Wisconsin
Antonio Cromartie CB Florida St
Vernon Davis TE Maryland
Maurice Drew RB UCLA
Ray Edwards DE Purdue
Anthony Fasano TE Notre Dame
Charles Gordon WR/CB Kansas
Willie Hall OT Middle Tennessee
Devin Hester CB/KR Miami Fl
Santonio Holmes WR Ohio St
Chad Jackson WR Florida
Omar Jacobs QB Bowling Green
Cornell Johnson RB Indiana State
Marquis Johnson WR Texas Tech
Johnathan Joseph* CB South Carolina
Winston Justice OT Southern Cal
Brandon Kirsch QB Purdue
Greg Lee WR Pittsburgh
Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota
Richard Marshall CB Fresno St
Derrick Martin CB Wyoming
Fred Matua OG USC
John McCargo DT North Carolina St
Stanley McClover DE Auburn
Tony McDaniel DT Tennessee
Derek Morris OT North Carolina St.
Haloti Ngata DT Oregon
Kai Parham LB Virginia
Bobby Payne DE Middle Tennessee
Bernard Pollard S Purdue
Leonard Pope TE Georgia
Drouzon Quillen WR Louisiana-Monroe
Cory Rodgers WR Texas Christian
Ko Simpson* S South Carolina
Ernie Sims LB Florida State
D.J. Smith WR Idaho
Rob Smith G Tennessee
Stephen Tulloch LB North Carolina St
Marcus Vick QB Virginia Tech
Dee Webb CB Florida
LenDale White RB USC
Donte Whitner S Ohio State
Mario Williams DE North Carolina St
Ashton Youboty CB Ohio St
Vince Young QB Texas
*Sophomore Declarations

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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