Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

The NFL announced the 103 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft. An additional 32 players have fulfilled their degree requirements before using all of their college eligibility and are eligible for the April 25-27 draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

See the rules of the NFL Draft.

The following 32 players have officially notified the league office in a timely fashion that they have fulfilled their degree requirements and are eligible for selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Player Pos. College
Rodney Anderson RB Oklahoma
Alex Barnes RB Kansas State
Ryan Bates T Penn State
Venzell Boulware G Miami
Hakeem Butler WR Iowa State
Xavier Crawford DB Central Michigan
Jamel Dean DB Auburn
Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
Cody Ford T Oklahoma
Youhanna Ghaifan DT Wyoming
Joe Giles-Harris LB Duke
Penny Hart WR Georgia State
Tyree Jackson QB Buffalo
Daniel Jones QB Duke
Dre'Mont Jones DT Ohio State
Dawson Knox TE Mississippi
David Long LB West Virginia
Erik McCoy C Texas A&M
Jakobi Meyers WR North Carolina State
Anthony Nelson DE Iowa
Tony Pollard RB Memphis
Anthony Ratliff-Williams WR North Carolina
Dax Raymond TE Utah State
Quart'e Sapp LB Tennessee
Cortrelle Simpson WR Richmond
Sutton Smith DE Northern Illinois
Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
William Sweet T North Carolina
Josiah Tauaefa LB Texas-San Antonio
Deionte Thompson DB Alabama
Jonah Williams T Alabama
Caleb Wilson TE UCLA

The 103 players listed below have met the NFL’s three-year eligibility rule and have renounced their remaining college eligibility by submitting written notification to the league office by the Jan. 14 deadline and they are eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft:

Player Pos. College
Ed Alexander NT Louisiana State
Jeff Allison LB Fresno State
JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR Stanford
Mike Bell DB Fresno State
Amani Bledsoe DE Oklahoma
Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
Miles Boykin WR Notre Dame
A.J. Brown WR Mississippi
Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
Sean Bunting DB Central Michigan
Brian Burns DE Florida State
Devin Bush LB Michigan
Hamp Cheevers DB Boston College
Damarea Crockett RB Missouri
Maxx Crosby DE Eastern Michigan
Tyrel Dodson LB Texas A&M
Greg Dortch WR Wake Forest
Clifton Duck DB Appalachian State
Jovon Durante WR Florida Atlantic
David Edwards T Wisconsin
Bobby Evans T Oklahoma
Datryan Evans TE Friends
Noah Fant TE Iowa
Jazz Ferguson WR Northwestern State, La.
Malik Gant DB Marshall
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB Florida
Rashan Gary DE Michigan
Zach Gentry TE Michigan
Kevin Givens DT Penn State
Jalen Guyton WR North Texas
Mecole Hardman WR Georgia
Kelvin Harmon WR North Carolina State
N'Keal Harry WR Arizona State
Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
Darrell Henderson RB Memphis
Nate Herbig G Stanford
Justice Hill RB Oklahoma State
Trysten Hill DT Central Florida
T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa
Joshuwa Holloman RB Eastern Michigan
Elijah Holyfield RB Georgia
Travis Homer RB Miami
Amani Hooker DB Iowa
Lil'Jordan Humphrey WR Texas
Joe Jackson DE Miami
Josh Jacobs RB Alabama
Andre James T UCLA
Darryl Johnson DE North Carolina A&T
Diontae Johnson WR Toledo
Tyron Johnson WR Oklahoma State
Michael Jordan G Ohio State
Vosean Joseph LB Florida
Tre Lamar LB Clemson
Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
Justin Layne DB Michigan State
Greg Little T Mississippi
David Long DB Michigan
Julian Love DB Notre Dame
Alize Mack TE Notre Dame
Alexander Mattison RB Boise State
Connor McGovern G Penn State
D.K. Metcalf WR Mississippi
Shareef Miller DE Penn State
Dillon Mitchell WR Oregon
David Montgomery RB Iowa State
Trayvon Mullen DB Clemson
Byron Murphy DB Washington
Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
Isaac Nauta TE Georgia
Chidi Okeke T Tennessee State
Ed Oliver DT Houston
Jachai Polite DE Florida
Ryan Pulley DB Arkansas
Taylor Rapp DB Washington
Riley Ridley WR Georgia
Tyler Roemer T San Diego State
Miles Sanders RB Penn State
Jordan Scarlett RB Florida
Kendall Sheffield DB Ohio State
Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
Devin Singletary RB Florida Atlantic
Darius Slayton WR Auburn
Irv Smith TE Alabama
Kaden Smith TE Stanford
Saivion Smith DB Alabama
Benny Snell RB Kentucky
Dredrick Snelson WR Central Florida
Jace Sternberger TE Texas A&M
Jawaan Taylor T Florida
Darwin Thompson RB Utah State
John Ursua WR Hawaii
Kahale Warring TE San Diego State
Mike Weber RB Ohio State
Antoine Wesley WR Texas Tech
Devin White LB Louisiana State
Kerrith Whyte RB Florida Atlantic
Greedy Williams DB Louisiana State
James Williams RB Washington State
Joejuan Williams DB Vanderbilt
Preston Williams WR Colorado State
Quinnen Williams NT Alabama
Trayveon Williams RB Texas A&M
Mack Wilson LB Alabama

The players listed below are eligible for selection without needing special eligibility:

Player Pos. College
Sean Adesanya DE Central Michigan
Blessuan Austin DB Rutgers
Jordan Brailford DE Oklahoma State
Keenen Brown TE Texas State
Byron Cowart DE Maryland
D’Andre Ferby RB Western Kentucky
P.J. Johnson DT Arizona
Daniel LaCamera K Texas A&M
L.J. Scott RB Michigan State

Year Players Granted Special Eligibility
2019 103
2018 106
2017 95
2016 96
2015 74
2014 98
2013 73
2012 65
2011 56
2010 53