The underclassmen who will declare for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft in New York City will most likely come from the listing below, with the exception of a few junior college players that enter every year.

The 2011 draft had a record 56 underclassmen announce their intention to forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility, declaring themselves for inclusion in the draft. Each year this number grows despite the NFL and NCAA working together to keep the overall numbers from rising too high and hurting college football across the nation.

In order for underclassmen to be eligible for the draft, they must be out of high school for at least three years. They submit their names to the NFL league office along with the blessing of the college head coach, athletics director or pro liaison. The NFL committee I sat on for eight years has three different members evaluate a single underclassman, reviewing at least three tapes of their best games submitted by them and attach a grade upon completion. All data and information including grade transfer is done via a NFL league office computer program.

When the Carolina Panthers selected junior Cam Newton in the 2011 draft, it marked the third straight draft where the first overall player selected was an underclassman. Underclassmen were first eligible to be drafted in 1990. Last April, eight of the first 10 players chosen where underclassmen, which broke the record of six set in 1997 and matched in 2006. Jake Locker and Von Miller were the only two seniors among the first 10 draftees in the 2011 draft class.

Below you will find a position key, and the list of underclassmen by position that is not in any order.

Position key

C=Center; CB=Cornerback; DB=Defensive back; DE=Defensive end; DL=Defensive lineman; DT=Defensive tackle; FB=Fullback; FS=Free safety; G=Guard; HB=Halfback; K=Placekicker; KR=Kick returner; LB=Linebacker; LS=Long snapper; OG=Offensive Guard; OT=Offensive tackle; NT=Nose tackle; P=Punter; PR=Punt returner; QB=Quarterback; RB=Running back; SS=Safety; TE=Tight end; WR=Wide receiver.


Robert Griffin III, Baylor

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Andrew Luck, Stanford

Collin Klein, Kansas State

Seth Doege, Texas Tech

Geno Smith, West Virginia

Alex Carder, Western Michigan

Matt Barkley, Southern California

Sean Renfree, Duke

Brock Osweiler, Arizona State

Running Backs

David Wilson, Virginia Tech

Trent Richardson, Alabama

LaMichael James, Oregon

Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Mike Ball, Nevada

Zach Line, SMU

Ray Graham, Pittsburgh

John White, Utah

Robbie Rouse, Fresno State

Robert Turbin, Utah State

Bernard Pierce, Temple

Chris Polk, Washington

Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

Isi Sofele, California

Tavon Austin (PR), West Virginia

Wide Receivers

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

Chris Givens, Wake Forest

Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee

Eric Page (PR, Toledo

Mitch Burroughs (PR), Boise State

Jamal Miles (PR/KR), Arizona State

Drew Terrell (PR), Stanford

Offensive Linemen

Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Matt Kalil, OT, Southern Cal

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Defensive Linemen

Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

Kawann Short, Purdue

Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma

John Simon, Ohio State

Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan

Tourek Williams, Florida International

Rob Lohr, Vanderbilt

Travis Johnson, San Jose State

Alex Okafor, Texas

Nick Perry, Southern California

Chris Jones, Bowling Green

Michael Buchanan, Illinois

Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

Alan Baxter, Northern Illinois

Dion Jordan, Oregon

Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky

Trevardo Williams, Connecticut

Defensive Backs

Greg Reid (PR), Florida State

James Orth (WR), San Jose State

Gerald Hodges, Penn State

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Nigel Malone, Kansas State

Phillip Thomas, Syracuse

Duron Harmon, Rutgers

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

Morris Claiborne (KR), LSU

Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss

Dexter McCoil, Tulsa

Brandan Bishop, North Carolina State

Broderick Brown, Oklahoma State

Ryan Travis, Tulane

Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan


Dwayne Woods Jr., Bowling Green

Sean Porter, Texas A&M

Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers

Jonathan Davis, UCF

Sio Moore, Connecticut

Luke Kuechly, Boston College

Brian Wagner, Akron

Trent Mackey, Tulane

Mike Taylor, Wisconsin

David Hinds, Florida Atlantic

Travis Freeman, Ball State

Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas