53 Players Granted Special Eligibility For 2010 NFL Draft

The National Football League announced today the names of 53 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft on April 22-24.

The NFL Draft will start in primetime for the first time in 2010.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM ET.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 6:30 PM ET.  Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 AM ET.  The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

Each of the 53 players 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 15.

The 53 players this year match the total number that was granted special eligibility in 2008.  Last year, special eligibility was granted to 46 players.

The players declared eligible are:

Player Pos. College
Basped, KevinDENevada
Benn, ArreliousWRIllinois
Berry, EricDBTennessee
Best, JahvidRBCalifornia
Bowman, NavorroLBPenn State
Bradford, SamQBOklahoma
Briscoe, DezmonWRKansas
Brown, AntonioWRCentral Michigan
Bryant, DezWROklahoma State
Bulaga, BryanTIowa
Burnett, MorganDBGeorgia Tech
Campbell, BruceTMaryland
Clausen, JimmyQBNotre Dame
Curran, RennieLBGeorgia
Davis, AnthonyTRutgers
Dunlap, CarlosDEFlorida
Dwyer, JonathanRBGeorgia Tech
Franks, DominiqueDBOklahoma
Geathers, CliftonDESouth Carolina
Gibson, ThaddeusDEOhio State
Gresham, JermaineTEOklahoma
Griffen, EversonDESouthern California
Gronkowski, RobTEArizona
Haden, JoeDBFlorida
Hernandez, AaronTEFlorida
Jackson, KareemDBAlabama
Jones, ChadDBLouisiana State
Jones, ReshadDBGeorgia
Joseph, LinvalDTEast Carolina
Marshall, DariusRBMarshall
Mathews, RyanRBFresno State
McClain, RolandoLBAlabama
McCoy, GeraldDTOklahoma
McKnight, JoeRBSouthern California
McNeal, ShawnbreyRBSouthern Methodist
Mitchell, CarltonWRSouth Florida
Moore, JoshuaDBKansas State
Morgan, DerrickDEGeorgia Tech
Norton, JerellDBArkansas
Pierre-Paul, JasonDESouth Florida
Pouncey, MaurkiceCFlorida
Price, BrianDTUCLA
Rogan, DennisDBTennessee
Snead, JevanQBMississippi
Spievey, AmariDBIowa
Tate, GoldenWRNotre Dame
Thomas, DemaryiusWRGeorgia Tech
Thomas, EarlDBTexas
Warren, DonovanDBMichigan
Williams, DamianWRSouthern California
Williams, MikeWRSyracuse
Worilds, JasonDEVirginia Tech
Wright, MajorDBFlorida

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