The College football regular season has come to an end and all of a sudden, a lot more NFL fans will be watching the college stars. Why? Two reasons: 1) it’s Bowl season, 2) with six teams now eliminated from the playoffs, draft season has already begun for some teams. That means that seniors on the teams heading to a Bowl game have one more game for their college teams to put themselves on the NFL’s radar. But this will also be the swansong for many juniors and redshirt sophomores looking to fulfil their dreams one or two years earlier.
For those unfamiliar with draft eligibility, you must be 3 years or more removed from your high school graduation to enter the draft – that makes redshirt sophomores, juniors and seniors eligible to enter the NFL Draft. A redshirt is a player, typically freshman, who chooses to sit out a year of their college eligibility, meaning they cannot play for their team for that year. What this does is it adds a year of eligibility for the player, meaning they can play for another 4 years outside of their redshirt season. So, a redshirt sophomore is a player who is playing in his 2nd year of eligibility, but has been at the school for 3 years. Thus, they are eligible to enter the draft.
All prospects have until January 18th to declare for the NFL draft but declarations are coming in quickly and often. The most recent updates can be found at the top of this page and the full list can be found below.
- Chad Kelly (QB), Ole Miss, rJr: The Rebels QB had quite the season in his first year as their starter, and instead of using that momentum to enter the draft, he has announced that he will stay at Ole Miss for his senior season.
- Alex Collins (RB), Arkansas, Jr: The Razorbacks’ #1 running back had quite the game against Kansas State and has declared that he will enter the draft.
- Roger Lewis (WR), Bowling Green, rSo: Lewis was Bowling Green’s top receiver this year in a potent passing attack, and though he is just a sophomore, he has declared he will enter the draft.
- Thomas Duarte (WR), UCLA, Jr: Duarte had a pretty big year for the Bruins, racking up 872 yards and 10 touchdowns on 53 catches. Coming off a big season, he has announced he will enter the draft.
- Jordan Leggitt (TE), Clemson, Jr: Clemson lost in the National Championship after winning their previous 14 games, but with his sights set on winning it next year, Leggitt has announced he will stay at Clemson for his senior season.
- Ethan Pocic (C), LSU, Jr: LSU’s starting center has given the Tigers’ faithful a boost by announcing that he will play out his senior season.
- Andrew Billings (DT), Baylor, Jr: Billings has announced that he will enter the draft.
- Vincent Valentine (DT), Nebraksa, rJr: Nebraska had two of the best defensive tackles in the country this year in Collins and Valentine, and unfortunately for the Corn Huskers, both will be in the NFL next year as Valentine has announced he will enter the draft.
- Jaylon Smith (LB), Notre Dame, Jr: Following his gruesome knee injury against Ohio State there were doubts if he’d still think about entering the draft, but Smith has announced he will leave Notre Dame for the NFL.
- Jalen Reeves-Maybin (LB), Tennessee, Jr: Reeves-Maybin is the focal point of the Volunteers defense and another year in college would likely do a lot for his draft stock and give him a degree. Sensibly, then, he has decided to stay at Tennessee for his senior season.
- Travis Blanks (LB/S), Clemson, rJr: Due to his size, Blanks will likely project as a safety at the next level. Following Clemson’s loss in the National Championship he has decided to enter the draft.
- Shaq Wiggins (CB), Louisville, rSo: The former Georgia Bulldog is one of the Cardinals’ top corners and he has declared that he will return to Louisville to work towards his degree.
- Josh Harvey-Clemons (S), Louisville, rJr: Another former Georgia Bulldog found his way to the Cardinals, and Harvey-Clemons has had quite the impact. Luckily for the Cardinals, he has declared he will stay at Louisville for his senior year.
- Eric Enderson (P), Delaware, rJr: We’ve already had one special teamer declare for the draft, and now we have another. Craig Hailey announced that Enderson will enter the draft.
- Paxton Lynch, Memphis, Jr: Lynch is widely regarded as the best QB prospect this year, and as reported by Ian Rapoport, he will declare for the draft.
- Jared Goff, California, Jr: Goff is seen by some as the top QB but is considered overrated by others. He has declared for the draft, as reported by Matt Miller, on the the same day as Paxton Lynch.
- Christian Hackenberg, Penn State, Jr: Hackenberg’s stock has been up and down all season. Some love him, some really don’t. Following his Bowl game – which was ended prematurely by a shoulder injury – Matt Miller reported that he will enter the draft.
- Cardale Jones, Ohio State, Jr: Jones won the National Championship but couldn’t win the starting job. Nevertheless he has declared for the draft per CBS.
- Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State, Jr: Elliot is seen as the best running back in the draft if he declares, and though he hasn’t officially declared, he made it very clear that he intends to.
- Derrick Henry: Alabama, Jr: The Heisman finalist has had an unbelievable season. He is a physical specimen whose tools and gaudy stats make him intriguing. He has not yet declared.
- Paul Perkins, UCLA, Jr: After two hugely productive seasons in the PAC-12, Perkins unsurprisingly will enter the 2016 draft per CBS. Running backs with the amount of touches he has accumulated, combined with his level of production always warrants such a decision at a position where scouts worry about the number of career touches.
- Jordan Howard, Indiana, Jr: After one successful season with the Hoosiers, Jordan Howard will enter the draft per ESPN. The UAB transfer took over the bulk of the carries for Indiana in place of the departed Tevin Coleman, and despite missing four games still topped 1,200 yards.
- Dwayne Washington, Washington, Jr: Washington is entering the draft. The converted wide receiver lost his starting role to freshman Myles Gaskins, and was only going to resume his backup role next year had he stayed. With a history of knee issues, there was no need to risk further injury problems, and will take his chances in the pros now.
- Kelvin Taylor, Florida, Jr: Taylor, son of Jags great Fred, is entering the draft per Trevor Sikkema. While it was a breakout year, coming close to reaching 1,000 yards on the season, Taylor wasn’t exactly a game changer too often on his way to just a 3.97 yards per carry average. He looks like a late pick at best.
- C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame, rJr: Prosise was the workhorse for the Fighting Irish this season and, via Instagram, he has confirmed he will enter the draft.
- Corey Clement, Wisconsin, Jr: After missing most of this season following sports hernia surgery, Clement he has informed is coaches that he intends to play in his senior year.
- Wendall Smallwood, West Virginia, Jr: Smallwood was the Big 12 rushing champion this year and was a huge asset for the Mountaineers this year. Unfortunately for WVU, Smallwood announced on twitter that he will enter the NFL Draft.
- Glenn Gronkowski (FB), Kansas State, Jr: The NFL already has three Gronkowskis, each one known as a party animal, and now there will be four of them as youngest brother, Kyle, has declared for the draft according to his father.
- Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss, Jr: Treadwell is seen as the best receiver in this year’s draft and you can see why t. Treadwell has confirmed, in a statement to Ole Miss, that he will enter the draft.
- Will Fuller, Notre Dame, Jr: Will Fuller has elite speed and is an awesome deep threat. Having initially stated that he would stay for his senior year, Fuller announced via twitter that he will enter the draft.
- Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh, Jr: Tyler Boyd was seen as potential 1st round pick going into the year and he is obviously jumping at the opportunity. Boyd’s season may have ended in a loss, but his career looks to be on the up as he has announced that he will enter the draft.
- Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina, Jr: Cooper was a lone bright spot for the Gamecocks and he is using that momentum to enter the draft, according to his father.
- Michael Thomas, Ohio State, rJr: Ohio State did not have the best passing offense this year by any means, but Thomas really showed off his talent against Notre Dame in their Bowl game, which has resulted in him declaring that he will enter the draft.
- Corey Coleman, Baylor, rJr: Coleman is right behind Treadwell and Thomas in the WR rankings. Baylor’s system has huge benefits for receivers and he has taken advantage of that. Both he and his head coach have indicated he intends to enter the draft.
- Cayleb Jones, Arizona, Jr: Following the Wildcats’ bowl win over New Mexico, Jones declared for the draft. Jones offers size at 6ft 3, 204 lbs, but lacks ideal speed or separation skills that will limit his upside and likely keep him on the board until Day 3 of the draft.
- Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, Jr: The Tar Heels have one of the best offenses in the FBS this year and Switzer is a big reason why. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands and is a big weapon as a returner. He has stated he will stay at school for his senior year.
- Darren Carrington, Oregon, Jr: Oregon have received a big boost for next season as their top receiver is reportedly leaning towards staying at Oregon.
- Bralon Addison, Oregon, Jr: Unlike Oregon’s other top receiver, Addison will enter the draft.
- Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan, Jr: Of the Western Michigan receivers, Braverman wouldn’t be the one you’d expect to declare for the draft, but he has.
- Mike Williams, Clemson, Jr: The #1 team in the country have are retaining their best receiver as head coach Dabo Swinney has announced the Williams intends to stay at Clemson for his senior season.
- Gabe Marks, Washington State, rJr: The Cougars’ #1 receiver has indicated that he will remain in school for his senior season.
- Demarcus Ayers, Houston, Jr: Houston’s top receiver has decided to forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.
- Kenny Lawler, Califormia, Jr: Jared Goff’s favourite target had quite the day in what turned out to be his final college football game. He has declared that he will enter the draft.
- Jalin Marshall, Ohio State, rSo: The Buckeyes have already lost one receiver to the draft, and now they will lose another. Marshall has announced that he will enter the draft.
- Michael Rector, Stanford, rJr: Stanford are losing quite a lot of players this year and that list will grow by one. Rector announced that he will enter the draft.
- Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M, rSo: The Aggies have had so much controversy surrounding their program with 2 QBs transferring and the relieving of Jake Spavital, but they will be keeping one of their younger stars. Ricky Seals-Jones announced that he will stay in College Station for his redshirt Junior year.
- Joshua Reynolds, Texas A&M, Jr: Another Aggie receiver who the 12th man would love to see stay has announced that he will play his senior year with the Aggies.
- Jake Butt, Michigan, Jr: Butt is seen as the best tight end who could have been eligible for the draft this year, especially as he played well for the Wolverines this year in a pro-style offense, but he is reportedly going to stay at Michigan for his senior year.
- Hunter Henry, Arkansas, Jr: The consensus top TE in the draft has announced, following Arkansas’ Bowl victory, that he will enter the draft.
- Evan Engram, Ole Miss, Jr: Having talked with his parents and with head coach Hugh Freeze, Engram has decided to stay in school.
- David Grinnage, NC State, Jr: Grinnage has the body and the playing style that makes him an attractive NFL prospect, but he wasn’t utilised that much at NC State. He is a player to watch as someone who will be a better pro than college player. He has declared for the NFL Draft.
- Pat Elflein (G), Ohio State, rJr: Elflein is one of Ohio State’s many standout players. Luckily for the Buckeyes, he is expected to remain at school for his senior year.
- Laremy Tunsil (T), Ole Miss, Jr: Tunsil is regarded as the best offensive lineman in this draft, and is a favourite to go in the first five picks. Having had quite the game for Ole Miss in their Bowl game – he caught a touchdown pass – Tunsil has decided to enter the draft.
- Ronnie Stanley (T), Notre Dame, rJr: Stanley has been an anchor on a good Notre Dame O-Line, and per Matt Miller, will declare for the draft.
- Jack Conklin (T), Michigan State, rJr: Conklin may have been part of the team that was smacked by the Clemson Tide in the playoffs, but as an individual he held up pretty well. Following his strong showing this season, Conklin has decided to enter the NFL Draft.
- German Ifedi (T), Texas A&M, rJr: Ifedi seems to be the next offensive lineman out of Texas A&M to go in the first round. Ifedi revealed via Twitter that he will enter the draft.
- Caleb Benenoch (T/G), UCLA, Jr: Benenoch has experience at both tackle and guard during his Bruins career. While he is still raw, and has had his struggles in pass protection, his movement and athleticism with NFL size at 6ft 5, 305 lbs will attract teams for his potential upside. He has confirmed he will enter the draft via his twitter.
- Alex Redmond (G), UCLA, Jr: Alex Redmond was ineligible to play for the Bruins in their loss to Nebraska, as not only had he decided to enter the draft, but had already signed with an agent, preventing him from playing. He has all the physical measurables, but could have used his senior season to fine-tune his game.
- Zach Banner (T), USC, Jr: The Trojans starting left tackle has given the program a big boost by stating that he will be returning for his senior season.
- Conor McDermott (T), UCLA, rJr: The Bruins have already lost four starters to the Draft, two on the offensive line, so they will be relieved that their starting left tackle will be playing his senior year with the Bruins, as he announced on his Instagram.
- Shon Coleman (T), Auburn, Jr: Coleman was a key part of the Tigers offensive line this season, starting 12 of 13 games, missing one through injury. However, having requested to be evaluated by the NFL’s College Advisory Committee, he has decided to enter the Draft.
- Joey Bosa (DE), Ohio State, Jr: Bosa is widely seen as in the mix for the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. He announced on December 31st that he will enter the draft, per Matt Miller.
- Robert Nkemdiche (DT), Ole Miss, Jr: Nkemdiche, the elder of the two brothers playing for Ole Miss, is a beast. He could be a high draft pick, as he announced he will enter the draft as reported by Matt Miller.
- A’Shawn Robinson (DT), Alabama, Jr: A finalist for the Outland Trophy for best interior lineman, and a driving force for the Tide, Robinson has yet to make an announcement.
- Andrew Billings (DT), Baylor, Jr: Billings is one of the most disruptive players in the country and is an athletic freak who has scouts drooling.
- Kenny Clark (DT), UCLA, Jr: Clark is second on the UCLA defense in total tackles (64), despite the fact he receives most of the double teams. Two of the best defensive tackles in the FBS played in the same Bowl game – Maliek Collins and Clark – and now both will be in the pros next year after Clark announced that he will enter the draft.
- Shaq Lawson (DE), Clemson, rJr: Lawson is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end and has been huge for the undefeated Tigers. He has 22.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. He’s yet to make an announcement.
- Jonathan Allen (DE), Alabama, Jr: Allen is another force on the Crimson Tide D-Line and amassed 10 sacks this year, including 3 against Mississippi State. He is yet to make an announcement.
- Emmanuel Ogbah (DE), Oklahoma State, rJr: Ogbah had 13 sacks this season but isn’t nationally recognised, but scouts know about him and like him. As expected, Ogbah will enter the NFL Draft as he announced in a statement on twitter.
- Yannick Ngakoue (DE), Maryland, Jr: Maryland had a rough year but Ngakoue was a bright spot, racking up 13 sacks. He tweeted his intentions just after the end of the college season, he is going to enter the draft.
- Darius Hamilton (DT), Rutgers, Jr: Hamilton missed most of this season with a knee he suffered in September and immediately stated he will stay at Rutgers for his senior year.
- Chris Wormley (DE), Michigan, rJr: Wormley said in an interview that he thinks this team looks good for the years to come, and thus, will be returning for his 5th year.
- Hassan Ridgeway (DT), Texas, Jr: Ridgeway, one of the better players on a unit that struggled for much of the season, won’t be sticking around to continue the rebuild for Charlie Strong and the Longhorns. The powerful interior lineman is built for the pros, and he’s headed there a year early.
- Maliek Collins (DT), Nebraska, Jr: Collins, after receiving a grade he liked from the advisory board, will enter the draft. The Nebraska defensive tackle is a compact but explosive interior pass rusher which inevitably results in some Aaron Donald comparisons.
- Alex McCalister (DE), Florida, Jr: McCalister will enter the draft. According to the Gators website. Built similarly to Randy Gregory, the lean and rangy McAllister flashed elite pass rush ability at times as one of the biggest impact players on a superb Gators defense this season, but was dismissed near the end of the year due to a violation of team rules.
- Kamalei Correa (DE), Boise State, Jr: Correa is one of the Broncos’ top players and he played like it in their Bowl game. Despite chants by his teammates for him to stay, Correa announced that he will enter the draft.
- Chris Jones (DE), Mississippi State, Jr: Jones was one of the biggest recruits out of high school but he hasn’t completely lived up to expectations. Nevertheless, this season was his best, as a result he has declared for the draft.
- Austin Johnson (DT), Penn State, Jr: Austin Johnson is one of the standouts from a strong Penn State defensive line. He has decided that he will enter the draft.
- Fadol Brown (DE), Ole Miss, Jr: Ole Miss have already waved goodbye to one-star defensive lineman, but they won’t have to wave goodbye to this one. Brown announced, via twitter, that he will play-out his senior season.
- Daeshon Hall (DE), Texas A&M, Jr: More good news for the Aggies! Hall and Myles Garret make up quite a formidable duo, and that duo will be staying together for another year as he too has announced he will stay at school for his senior year.
- Carl Lawson (DE), Auburn, rSo: The redshirt sophomore edge rusher is one of the standouts from the Tigers defense, and if he were to declare, he would be among the top edge rushers in a deep edge rusher class. However, he has announced that he will be playing at least one more year at Auburn.
- DeVonte Fields (DE), Louisville, rJr: Fields finally put together a consistent year having transferred from TCU after his freshman year. That could’ve been reason enough for him to make the jump to the NFL but he has decided to stay at Louisville for his senior year.
- Myles Jack, UCLA, Jr: Jack excelled as both a linebacker and a running back for the Bruins, but a knee injury in September ended his season early. He very promptly announced that he will forego his eligibility immediately and start rehabbing for the NFL Scouting Combine. He’s entering the draft.
- Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame, Jr: Jaylon Smith is a huge part of the Golden Domers defense and has scouts giddy. This year, he was awarded the Butkus Award for best linebacker, though he is yet to make an announcement.
- Leonard Floyd, Georgia, rJr: Floyd played both inside and outside for the Bulldogs this year, but he projects as a 3-4 outside backer at the next level. Following Mark Richt’s dismissal, he promptly announced he’ll be entering the draft.
- Scooby Wright, Arizona, Jr: The 2014 Pac-12 defensive player of the year had an injury-plagued 2015 season but he is supposedly going to play in Arizona’s Bowl game. Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman tweeted that Wright will be entering the draft.
- Jarrad Davis, Florida, Jr: Davis has largely flown under the radar thanks to Antonio Morrison, but he has been huge for this team. He leads the team in tackles and has been good against the run and pass. He will stay for his senior year.
- Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky, rJr: The troubled ex-Buckeye is very talented, and has been very good for FCS EKU. Luckily for him, the 4th year junior has been invited to the Senior Bowl. This suggests he will enter the draft.
- Su’a Cravens, USC, Jr: Cravens has played both linebacker and safety for the Trojans and played well in both spots. He announced that he’ll enter the draft on Wednesday 16th.
- Darron Lee, Ohio State, rSo: Lee has been a big part of the Buckeyes defense and was a key cog in the Buckeyes’ National Championship last year – his redshirt freshman year. Part of the exodus of talent from this Ohio State team is LB Darron Lee. Lee made the announcement via twitter that he will be entering the NFL Draft.
- Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma, Jr: One of the Big 12’s best defenders and a key part of the Sooners defense will be staying in school for his senior season he revealed via twitter.
- Tim Williams, Alabama, Jr: Following ‘Bama’s huge win over Michigan State, a game in which Williams impressed, he said to reporters that he intends on staying at Alabama for his senior year.
- Beniquez Brown, Mississippi State, Jr: Brown is one of the better inside linebackers thanks to his ability to play all three downs. He has a lot of desirable traits and they will be on show in the NFL next year as he has declared for the Draft.
- Skai Moore, South Carolina, Jr: Moore has been a big part of the Gamecocks defense for all three years that he has been there, leading him in tackles every year. Having stated that he wanted to enter the draft, he has reversed course and will stay at South Carolina for his senior year.
- Vernon Hargreaves (CB), Florida, Jr: Vernon Hargreaves has been one of the best corner backs in college football for a few years now and this year was no different. Hargreaves was already expected to enter the NFL Draft, but he has now confirmed that he will enter the draft.
- Mackensie Alexander (CB), Clemson, rSo: Mackensie Alexander is already one of the better cornerbacks in college football and would likely be drafted no lower than the 2nd round, Rand Getlin reports that Alexander is leaning towards entering the draft.
- Tre’Davious White (CB), LSU, Jr: White seems to be the next LSU corner back to make his way to the pros. Though he isn’t necessarily better than some of those before him, he has a bright future. That said, Rand Getlin reports that he is thinking about finishing his education over leaving early.
- Kendall Fuller (CB), Virginia Tech, Jr: The younger brother of Kyle Fuller (14th pick in 2014 to the Bears) is already raising eyebrows. He is regarded as the more talented Fuller, but just needs consistency. CBS has reported that he will enter the draft.
- Jourdan Lewis (CB), Michigan, Jr: Though he flies largely under the radar, NFL scouts like Lewis, NFL Media’s Chad Reuter went as far as putting him at 19th of the top 20 college players. Though he seems to be leaning towards staying for his senior year, as his tweet suggests.
- Xavien Howard (CB), Baylor, rJr: The Bears’ top corner announced via twitter that he will enter the NFL Draft.
- Desmond King (CB), Iowa, Jr: Desmond King was one of the most productive corners in the FBS this season so there was a lot of speculation as to if he’d enter the draft. Following the Hawkeyes’ Rose Bowl Game loss, King announced that he will be playing his senior year.
- Eli Apple (CB), Ohio State, rSo: Eli Apple is one of the best young cornerbacks in the FBS and has been very good for the Buckeyes in his two years of eligibility. Though he could play for another two years, he has decided to enter he NFL Draft.
- Zack Sanchez (CB), Oklahoma, rJr: The 4th year junior announced on twitter after the Sooners’ disappointing loss to the Clemson Tigers that he will be entering the Draft.
- Damontae Kazee (CB), San Diego State, Jr: Kazee will cash in on a big season in which he had 8 interceptions as part of an overall impressive junior campaign. Kazee is a very talented athlete with coverage and ball skills to start in the NFL. Per the San Diego Tribune, he will enter the draft.
- Artie Burns (CB), Miami, Jr: While he could use another year to develop in football terms, family and financial issues make it necessary for Burns to earn an NFL contract now, per CBS, he is entering the draft. He is a work in progress, but elite speed and big upside could tempt someone to select Burns on day 2 of the draft.
- Jalen Ramsey (CB/S), Florida State, Jr: Ramsey, like Hargreaves, has excelled for several years, but he has the versatility to play safety too. Ramsey has announced that, as expected, he will enter the NFL Draft.
- Jayron Kearse (S), Clemson, Jr: Kearse is a big guy. He is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, but he is a safety. He’s had a good year and has reportedly told multiple people of his intentions according to Rand Getlin. His intentions appear to be that he is leaning towards entering the draft.
- Vonn Bell (S), Ohio State, Jr: He led the Buckeyes in passes defensed (11) and made the All-Big Ten second team. He’s versatile and if he chooses to enter the draft, his versatility will be very appealing to scouts. Yet another member of the very talented Buckeyes defense will make the leap to the NFL, as Bell has announced he will enter the draft.
- Tyvis Powell (S), Ohio State, rJr: The Buckeyes boast one of the best defenses in the FBS and it isn’t hard to see why as they have so much talent, though with Bell, Bosa, Lee and Apple already leaving for the NFL, the Buckeyes can’t afford to lose many more players. However, Bell’s partner, Powell, has announced he will join his teammates in the NFL.
- Keanu Neal (S), Florida, Jr: The Gators vaunted defense has already lost several key players to the draft. Now, they will lose another player as Neal has announced he will enter the Draft.
- Roberto Aguayo (K), Florida State, rJr: We’ve already had a fullback declare for early entry to the draft, and, now we have a kicker. The most accurate kicker in the NCAA has declared for the NFL Draft.