2016 NFL draft: Almost 30 percent of early entrants undrafted

This year, more than 100 college football players made the decision to give up a year of eligibility in attempt to join an NFL team early. For nearly a third of them, they did not achieve what they’d hoped. About 7o percent of these players were drafted.

In January, 96 players were “granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft”. 11 more players were able to participate in the draft as well, because they  “have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements.” In total, there were 107 early entrants in this year’s draft.

Precisely 30 of these players were without an NFL team to play for during the 2016 season when all was said and done. Provided by Pro Football Talk, below is a list of these players, who are current undrafted free agents:

Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon
Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson
Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn
Dariusz Bladek, OG, Bethune-Cookman
Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State
Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne
Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State
Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia
Eric Enderson, P, Delaware
David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State
Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas
Darius Latham, DL, Indiana
Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers
Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa
Marquez North, WR, Tennessee
Joe Powell, DB, Globe
Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State
Alex Redmond, OL, UCLA
Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
Tyrell Smith, OT, Massachusetts
Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse
Corey Tindal, DB, Marshall
Quinn van Gylswyk, K, British Columbia
Cleveland Wallace III, CB, San Jose State
De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
Avery Young, OL, Auburn

A handful of big names were among the unfortunate to make this list. Two of these names are WR De’Runnya Wilson and RB Peyton Barber. Barber has an especially unique situation, granted that he only entered the draft early due to the fact that his mother is currently homeless. Both players could easily be signing a deal with a team in the near future, so stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates!

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