2017 NFL Draft: 95 Players Granted Special Eligibility

On Friday, the NFL announced the names of 95 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft and 8 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 27-29 draft in Philadelphia.

The following 8 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements. Consequently, they are eligible for selection in the 2017 Draft:

1Alex AnzaloneLBFlorida
2Gareon ConleyDBOhio State
3Wayne GallmanRBClemson
4Bucky HodgesTEVirginia Tech
5Artavis ScottWRClemson
6Khari Waithe-AlexanderDESouthern Illinois
7Deshaun WatsonQBClemson
8Mike WilliamsWRClemson

Each of the 95 players granted special eligibility 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 16.

The players granted special eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft:

1Jamal AdamsDBLouisiana State
2Budda BakerDBWashington
3Derek BarnettDETennessee
4Garett BollesTUtah
5Caleb BrantleyDTFlorida
6Noah BrownWROhio State
7KD CannonWRBaylor
8Devin ChildressWRNorth Park
9Michael ClarkWRMarshall
10James ConnerRBPittsburgh
11Dalvin CookRBFlorida State
12Zach CunninghamLBVanderbilt
13Malachi DupreWRLouisiana State
14Jerod EvansQBVirginia Tech
15Jeremy FaulkDTGarden City CC
16Tarean FolstonRBNotre Dame
17Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech
18D’Onta ForemanRBTexas
19Leonard FournetteRBLouisiana State
20Myles GarrettDETexas A&M
21Shelton GibsonWRWest Virginia
22Davon GodchauxDTLouisiana State
23Chris GodwinWRPenn State
24Isaiah GoldenDTMcNeese State
25Jermaine GraceLBMiami
26Derrick GriffinWRTexas Southern
27Chad HansenWRCalifornia
28Charles HarrisDEMissouri
29Carlos HendersonWRLouisiana Tech
30Brian HillRBWyoming
31Elijah HoodRBNorth Carolina
32Malik HookerDBOhio State
33Titus HowardDBSlippery Rock
34Marlon HumphreyDBAlabama
35Adoree’JacksonDBSouthern California
36Roderick JohnsonTFlorida State
37Aaron JonesRBTexas-El Paso
38Josh JonesDBNorth Carolina State
39Nazair JonesDTNorth Carolina
40Sidney JonesDBWashington
41Brad KaayaQBMiami
42Alvin KamaraRBTennessee
43Tim KimbroughLBGeorgia
44DeShone KizerQBNotre Dame
45Jerome LaneWRAkron
46Marshon LattimoreDBOhio State
47Carl LawsonDEAuburn
48Elijah LeeLBKansas State
49Keevan LucasWRTulsa
50Marlon MackRBSouth Florida
51Patrick MahomesQBTexas Tech
52Josh MaloneWRTennessee
53Damien MamaGSouthern California
54Christian McCaffreyRBStanford
55Malik McDowellDTMichigan State
56Isaiah McKenzieWRGeorgia
57Deon-Tay McManusWRMarshall
58Raekwon McMillanLBOhio State
59Jeremy McNicholsRBBoise State
60Joe MixonRBOklahoma
61Al-Quadin MuhammadDEMiami
62Montae NicholsonDBMichigan State
63David NjokuTEMiami
64Speedy NoilWRTexas A&M
65Marcus OliverLBIndiana
66Aaron PeakDBButler County CC
67Jabrill PeppersLBMichigan
68Samaje PerineRBOklahoma
69Elijah QuallsDTWashington
70Devine ReddingRBIndiana
71Cam RobinsonTAlabama
72John RossWRWashington
73Travis RudolphWRFlorida State
74Curtis SamuelWROhio State
75Ricky Seals-JonesWRTexas A&M
76Adam ShaheenTEAshland
77David SharpeTFlorida
78Garrett SickelsDEPenn State
79JuJu Smith-SchusterWRSouthern California
80ArDarius StewartWRAlabama
81Damore’ea StringfellowWRMississippi
82Teez TaborDBFlorida
83Vincent TaylorDTOklahoma State
84Solomon ThomasDTStanford
85Mitch TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
86Darius VictorRBTowson
87Anthony WalkerLBNorthwestern
88Charles WalkerDTOklahoma
90Marcus WilliamsDBUtah
91Stanley WilliamsRBKentucky
92Howard WilsonDBHouston
93Quincy WilsonDBFlorida
94Joseph YearbyRBMiami
95Ishmael ZamoraWRBaylor

The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

YearPlayers Granted Special Eligibility YearPlayers Granted Special Eligibility
201795 201265
201696 201156
201574 201053
201498 200946
201373 200853

  • StolenUpVotes

    Wow look at how those numbers jumped

  • Hypo Cycloid

    I wish Conner was staying at Pitt for one more year. Wish him all the best in the NFL.

    And a kid from Slippery Rock! Wow, must be a true athletic freak if he is declaring early from a small-time school.

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  • pittsburghjoe

    Yes. Start breaking down the draft. I love it, its never too early. However, I understand there is more pressing stuff at hand so I guess it can wait a couple of weeks. There are alot of edge guys in this draft. I think one may fall to them. I keep thinking Smoot or Charles Harris or Takk Mckinley may fall to them. Taco seems pretty big for an OLB but may be there. 1) OLB, 2)ILB 3)RB 4)TE (if Green is waived…. this may get bumped up). 5)DL 6)OLB 7) OL FA – Backup QB

  • JB Burgess

    No way did Mike Williams graduate anything

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    Smoot will probably be there in the 4th round.

  • mem359

    The teams tend to downgrade players from small-time schools. For example, Hargrave went in the 3rd round, despite his performance at the Senior Bowl and the combine (plus his football stats). If the kid from Slippery Rock already has a mid-round grade (dunno, just assuming), then another year of college may not make much of a difference on his draft position.

  • VinHuddle

    I wouldn’t mind a bit if it’s McKinley with the 1st rd pk. Any suggestions for the ILB in the 2nd?

  • LucasY59

    whoever the ILB is he will be fast like Shazier (…if they pick a ILB in rd 2)

  • Jake Caruso

    He graduated last month