53 underclassmen head to NFL Draft

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:22pm

The NFL on Tuesday officially released its list of underclassmen who have declared for the draft.

In all 53 players are leaving school early in order to enter the draft this year, tying 2008 as the most ever in one season. Last year, only 46 players who were underclassmen shorted their college careers to enter the draft.

Some of the names on the list are plenty familiar to area college football fans, including University of Tennessee safety Eric Berry, Vols defensive back Dennis Rogan and Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate, who played high school football at Pope John Paul II in Hendersonville.

Tennessee Titans fans might want to pay particular attention to the list, because the Titans have not been shy in recent years in regards to drafting underclassmen. Last year alone, the Titans’ first three picks – wide receiver Kenny Britt of Rutgers, defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks of Auburn and tight end Jared Cook of South Carolina were all juniors.

The Titans have spent first-round picks in past years as well on players who entered the draft early, selecting Jevon Kearse in 1999, Albert Haynesworth in 2002, Adam “Pacman” Jones in 2005 and Vince Young in 2006.

Click here for the full list of underclassmen who have declared themselves eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft.