It’s bowl season in college football, a period of time when many of the game’s top underclassmen have a tough call to make: stay in school for another season, or forgo their final year (or two) of eligibility and leave early for the NFL Draft.
This year, the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft is on Jan. 20, plenty of time for some of college football’s top talent to decide their immediate playing future. More than ever, those players have elected to leave early for the NFL.
A record-111 underclassmen declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, which continued the trend of at least 100 underclassmen declaring for the fourth-straight year (106 players declared in 2018, 103 in 2017 and 107 in 2016). Will that trend continue in 2020?
Sporting News is tracking the top college football underclassmen who declare for the 2020 NFL Draft:
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NFL Draft declaration tracker 2020
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Important NFL Draft dates
Jan. 18: East-West Shrine Game (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Jan. 20: Deadline to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft
Jan. 24: Full list of approved early entrants presented to all 32 NFL teams
Jan. 25: Reese’s Senior Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Feb. 24-March 2: NFL Scouting Combine (Indianapolis)
Apr. 23-25: 2020 NFL Draft (Las Vegas)