Record number of underclassmen enter 2014 NFL Draft

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in action on April 13, 2013
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A record number of 98 underclassmen make themselves eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

A record number of underclassmen have entered this year's NFL Draft.

No fewer than 98 early entrants have made themselves eligible for the Draft, including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The number of players entering themselves early has steadily risen over the last five years, but the jump of 25 from 73 in 2013 to 98 in 2014 is the biggest increase in that time.

In addition to those 98 players, a further four have opted in for the Draft having graduated despite still being eligible for college football, most notably Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

LSU had the most players to leave early with seven deciding to try their luck in the NFL this season, while Alabama and Southern California also lost five players each.

This year's NFL Draft will take place between May 8-10 in New York.

Teddy Bridgewater of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the Houston Cougars at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 16, 2013
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