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The NFL announced the names of 95 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft and 8 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 27-29 draft in Philadelphia. 

The following 8 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2017 Draft: 

 

Player

Pos.

College

1

Alex Anzalone

LB

Florida

2

Gareon Conley

DB

Ohio State

3

Wayne Gallman

RB

Clemson

4

Bucky Hodges

TE

Virginia Tech

5

Artavis Scott

WR

Clemson

6

Khari Waithe-Alexander

DE

Southern Illinois

7

Deshaun Watson

QB

Clemson

8

Mike Williams

WR

Clemson

Each of the 95 players granted special eligibility 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 16. 

The players granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft:

Player

Pos.

College

1

Jamal Adams

DB

Louisiana State

2

Budda Baker

DB

Washington

3

Derek Barnett

DE

Tennessee

4

Garett Bolles

T

Utah

5

Caleb Brantley

DT

Florida

6

Noah Brown

WR

Ohio State

7

KD Cannon

WR

Baylor

8

Devin Childress

WR

North Park

9

Michael Clark

WR

Marshall

10

James Conner

RB

Pittsburgh

11

Dalvin Cook

RB

Florida State

12

Zach Cunningham

LB

Vanderbilt

13

Malachi Dupre

WR

Louisiana State

14

Jerod Evans

QB

Virginia Tech

15

Jeremy Faulk

DT

Garden City CC

16

Tarean Folston

RB

Notre Dame

17

Isaiah Ford

WR

Virginia Tech

18

D'Onta Foreman

RB

Texas

19

Leonard Fournette

RB

Louisiana State

20

Myles Garrett

DE

Texas A&M

21

Shelton Gibson

WR

West Virginia

22

Davon Godchaux

DT

Louisiana State

23

Chris Godwin

WR

Penn State

24

Isaiah Golden

DT

McNeese State

25

Jermaine Grace

LB

Miami

26

Derrick Griffin

WR

Texas Southern

27

Chad Hansen

WR

California

28

Charles Harris

DE

Missouri

29

Carlos Henderson

WR

Louisiana Tech

30

Brian Hill

RB

Wyoming

31

Elijah Hood

RB

North Carolina

32

Malik Hooker

DB

Ohio State

33

Titus Howard

DB

Slippery Rock

34

Marlon Humphrey

DB

Alabama

35

Adoree’Jackson

DB

Southern California

36

Roderick Johnson

T

Florida State

37

Aaron Jones

RB

Texas-El Paso

38

Josh Jones

DB

North Carolina State

39

Nazair Jones

DT

North Carolina

40

Sidney Jones

DB

Washington

41

Brad Kaaya

QB

Miami

42

Alvin Kamara

RB

Tennessee

43

Tim Kimbrough

LB

Georgia

44

DeShone Kizer

QB

Notre Dame

45

Jerome Lane

WR

Akron

46

Marshon Lattimore

DB

Ohio State

47

Carl Lawson

DE

Auburn

48

Elijah Lee

LB

Kansas State

49

Keevan Lucas

WR

Tulsa

50

Marlon Mack

RB

South Florida

51

Patrick Mahomes

QB

Texas Tech

52

Josh Malone

WR

Tennessee

53

Damien Mama

G

Southern California

54

Christian McCaffrey

RB

Stanford

55

Malik McDowell

DT

Michigan State

56

Isaiah McKenzie

WR

Georgia

57

Deon-Tay McManus

WR

Marshall

58

Raekwon McMillan

LB

Ohio State

59

Jeremy McNichols

RB

Boise State

60

Joe Mixon

RB

Oklahoma

61

Al-Quadin Muhammad

DE

Miami

62

Montae Nicholson

DB

Michigan State

63

David Njoku

TE

Miami

64

Speedy Noil

WR

Texas A&M

65

Marcus Oliver

LB

Indiana

66

Aaron Peak

DB

Butler County CC

67

Jabrill Peppers

LB

Michigan

68

Samaje Perine

RB

Oklahoma

69

Elijah Qualls

DT

Washington

70

Devine Redding

RB

Indiana

71

Cam Robinson

T

Alabama

72

John Ross

WR

Washington

73

Travis Rudolph

WR

Florida State

74

Curtis Samuel

WR

Ohio State

75

Ricky Seals-Jones

WR

Texas A&M

76

Adam Shaheen

TE

Ashland

77

David Sharpe

T

Florida

78

Garrett Sickels

DE

Penn State

79

JuJu Smith-Schuster

WR

Southern California

80

ArDarius Stewart

WR

Alabama

81

Damore'ea Stringfellow

WR

Mississippi

82

Teez Tabor

DB

Florida

83

Vincent Taylor

DT

Oklahoma State

84

Solomon Thomas

DT

Stanford

85

Mitch Trubisky

QB

North Carolina

86

Darius Victor

RB

Towson

87

Anthony Walker

LB

Northwestern

88

Charles Walker

DT

Oklahoma

89

T.J.Watt

LB

Wisconsin

90

Marcus Williams

DB

Utah

91

Stanley Williams

RB

Kentucky

92

Howard Wilson

DB

Houston

93

Quincy Wilson

DB

Florida

94

Joseph Yearby

RB

Miami

95

Ishmael Zamora

WR

Baylor

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

Year

Players Granted Special Eligibility

 

Year

Players Granted Special Eligibility

2017

95

 

2012

65

2016

96

 

2011

56

2015

74

 

2010

53

2014

98

 

2009

46

2013

73

 

2008

53

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