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NFL grants draft eligibility to 82 underclassmen

Nov 6, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) scrambles away from LSU Tigers linebacker Mike Jones Jr. (19) during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL released the list of 82 underclassmen who will be eligible for the 2023 draft on Friday.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft was Jan. 16.

The list of players includes 69 who have been granted “special eligibility” after meeting the three-year eligibility rule, and 13 underclassmen who have completed their degrees with playing eligibility remaining.

Several underclassmen who have declared for the draft are expected to be top 10 selections. Among them are quarterbacks Bryce Young (Alabama) and C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), linebacker Will Anderson (Alabama) and defensive tackle Jalen Carter (Georgia).

The 2023 NFL Draft will take place April 27-29 in Kansas City, Mo.

GRANTED SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY
1. Abanikanda, Israel, RB, Pittsburgh
2. Achane, Devon, RB, Texas A&M
3. Addison, Jordan, WR, Southern California
4. Anderson, M.J., DE, Iowa State
5. Anudike-Uzomah, Felix, DE, Kansas State
6. Austin, Alex, DB, Oregon State
7. Banks, Deonte, DB, Maryland
8. Bigsby, Tank, RB, Auburn
9. Boutte, Kayshon, WR, LSU
10. Bradford, Anthony, G, LSU
11. Branch, Brian, DB, Alabama
12. Bresee, Bryan, DT, Clemson
13. Carter, Jalen, DT, Georgia
14. Dexter, Gervon, DT, Florida
15. Downs, Josh, WR, North Carolina
16. Evans, Zach, RB, Mississippi
17. Forbes, Emmanuel, DB, Mississippi State
18. Gibbs, Jahmyr, RB, Alabama
19. Gonzalez, Christian, DB, Oregon
20. Harrison, Anton, T, Oklahoma
21. Herbig, Nick, LB, Wisconsin
22. Hill, Brandon, DB, Pittsburgh
23. Hyatt, Jalin, WR, Tennessee
24. Jarrett, Rakim, WR, Maryland
25. Johnson, Antonio, DB, Texas A&M
26. Johnston, Quentin, WR, TCU
27. Jones, Broderick, T, Georgia
28. Jones, Jaylon, DB, Texas A&M
29. Joseph, Brandon, DB, Notre Dame
30. Kancey, Calijah, DT, Pittsburgh
31. Kraft, Tucker, TE, South Dakota State
32. Mayer, Michael, TE, Notre Dame
33. McBride, DeWayne, RB, Alabama-Birmingham
34. McKee, Tanner, QB, Stanford
35. Miller, Kendre, RB, TCU
36. Mims, Marvin, WR, Oklahoma
37. Mitchell, Cameron, DB, Northwestern
38. Mitchell, Keaton, RB, East Carolina
39. Murphy, Myles, DE, Clemson
40. Nichols, Lew, RB, Central Michigan
41. Ojulari, B.J., DE, LSU
42. Pelley, J-Min, DT, Calgary (Canada)
43. Phillips, Clark, DB, Utah
44. Porter, Joey, DB, Penn State
45. Richardson, Anthony, QB, Florida
46. Ricks, Eli, DB, Alabama
47. Ringo, Kelee, DB, Georgia
48. Robinson, Bijan, RB, Texas
49. Roy, Jaquelin, DT, LSU
50. Sanders, Drew, LB, Arkansas
51. Scott, Tyler, WR, Cincinnati
52. Sewell, Noah, LB, Oregon
53. Skoronski, Peter, T, Northwestern
54. Smith, Cam, DB, South Carolina
55. Smith-Njigba, Jaxon, WR, Ohio State
56. Strange, Brenton, TE, Penn State
57. Stroud, C.J., QB, Ohio State
58. Tippmann, Joseph, C, Wisconsin
59. Torrence, Rashad, DB, Florida
60. Tucker, Sean, RB, Syracuse
61. Tuipulotu, Tuli, DE, Southern California
62. Valentine, Carrington, DB, Kentucky
63. Van Ness, Lukas, DE, Iowa
64. Vaughn, Deuce, RB, Kansas State
65. Washington, Darnell, TE, Georgia
66. Washington, Parker, WR, Penn State
67. Williams, Garrett, DB, Syracuse
68. Wooden, Colby, DE, Auburn
69. Wypler, Luke, C, Ohio State

UNDERCLASSMEN
1. Anderson, Will, LB, Alabama
2. Douglas, Demario, WR, Liberty
3. Foskey, Isaiah, DE, Notre Dame
4. Hickman, Ronnie, DB, Ohio State
5. Hull, Evan, RB, Northwestern
6. Johnson, Paris, T, Ohio State
7. McClendon, Warren, T, Georgia
8. Morris, Mike, DE, Michigan
9. Simpson, Trenton, LB, Clemson
10. Smith, Mazi, DT, Michigan
11. Spears, Tyjae, RB, Tulane
12. Turner, D.J., DB, Michigan
13. Young, Bryce, QB, Alabama

The NFL also released the names of four players who do not require special eligibility, but have until Feb. 3 to opt out of the draft.

1. Backmeier, Hank, QB, Boise State
2. Billingsley, Jahleel, TE, Texas
3. Musgrave, Luke, TE, Oregon State
4. Smith, Ainias, WR, Texas A&M

–Field Level Media