There’s a new record when it comes to underclassmen who have decided to forgo their final seasons in college and pursue a career in the NFL.
According to a report from Sporting News, 111 underclassmen have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. That total is up eight from last year’s NFL Draft, which saw 103 underclassmen enter. With the expiration date to declare already passed, there should be very little, if any, fluctuation from that 111 total.
The previous record was at 106, which was the total from 2018. In 2017, the total didn’t even crack 100, as 95 underclassmen decided to enter the NFL Draft early.
While there has been a growing interest in the number of players leaving school with eligibility left, declaring for the NFL Draft hasn’t always paid off. Last year, nearly half of the early entrants into the draft went unpicked. Of the 103 underclassmen, 49 went undrafted.
The 2019 NFL Draft will start on April 23 and run through April 25. The event will be held in Las Vegas.