73 players granted special eligibility for the 2013 NFL draft

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

The NFL has announced that a record 73 players have been granted special eligibility for the 2013 draft, which will be held in New York on April 25-27.

This year's number of players entering the draft early breaks the previous mark of 65 players, which was set in 2012.

Among the 73 players are 11 from Louisiana State University, a group that includes offensive tackle Chris Faulk, defensive end Barkevious Mingo, linebacker Bennie Logan and former LSU cornerback Tyann Mathieu, a.k.a., the "Honey Badger", who was dismissed from the program in 2012 for violating team rules.

The 15 defensive backs comprise 20.5 percent of the underclassmen entering this draft, followed closely by running backs (12) and wide receivers (10). There are nine defensive tackles, eight defensive ends and six linebackers on the list. On offense, there are six offensive linemen - including four identified as tackles - five tight ends and one quarterback, Tyler Bray from the University of Tennessee.

LSU punter Brad Wing is the lone specialist declaring early for the draft.

Here's the full list of 73 underclassmen entering the 2013 draft, in alphabetical order:

Keenan Allen, wide receiver, California
David Amerson, defensive back, North Carolina State
Alvin Bailey, guard, Arkansas
Stedman Bailey, wide receiver, West Virginia
David Bakhtiari, offensive tackle, Colorado
Dwayne Beckford, linebacker, Purdue
Le'Veon Bell, running back, Michigan State
Giovani Bernard, running back, North Carolina
Tyler Bray, quarterback, Tennessee
Terrence Brown, defensive back, Stanford
Duron Carter, wide receiver, Ohio State
Knile Davis, running back, Arkansas
Mike Edwards, defensive back, Hawaii
Matt Elam, defensive back, Florida
Zach Ertz, tight end, Stanford
Gavin Escobar, tight end, San Diego State
Chris Faulk, offensive tackle, LSU
Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida
Michael Ford, running back, LSU
Travis Frederick, center, Wisconsin
Kwame Geathers, nose tackle, Georgia
William Gholston, defensive end, Michigan State
Johnathan Hankins, defensive tackle, Ohio State
Jajuan Harley, defensive back, Middle Tennessee State
DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Clemson
Justin Hunter, wide receiver, Tennessee
Jawan Jamison, running back, Rutgers
Stefphon Jefferson, running back, Nevada
Tony Jefferson, defensive back, Oklahoma
Jelani Jenkins, linebacker, Florida
Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
Jarvis Jones, linebacker, Georgia
Jose Jose, defensive tackle, Central Florida
Joe Kruger, defensive end, Utah
Eddie Lacy, running back, Alabama
Marcus Lattimore, running back, South Carolina
Corey Lemonier, defensive end, Auburn
Bennie Logan, linebacker, LSU
Stansly Maponga, defensive end, TCU
Tyrann Mathieu, defensive back, LSU
Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama
Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU
Kevin Minter, linebacker, LSU
Sam Montgomery, defensive end, LSU
Brandon Moore, defensive tackle, Texas
Damontre Moore, defensive end, Texas A&M
Alec Ogletree, linebacker, Georgia
Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee
Bradley Randle, running back, UNLV
Joseph Randle, running back, Oklahoma State
Jordan Reed, tight end, Florida
Eric Reid, defensive back, LSU
Greg Reid, defensive back, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes, defensive back, Florida State
Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
Nickell Robey, defensive back, USC
Logan Ryan, defensive back, Rutgers
Ace Sanders, wide receiver, South Carolina
Darrington Sentimore, defensive tackle, Tennessee
Tharold Simon, defensive back, LSU
Dion Sims, tight end, Michigan State
Akeem Spence, defensive tackle, Illinois
Kenny Stills, wide receiver, Oklahoma
Levine Toilolo, tight end, Stanford
Spencer Ware, running back, LSU
Menelik Watson, offensive tackle, Florida State
Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State
Steve Williams, defensive back, California
Marquess Wilson, wide receiver, Washington State
Brad Wing, punter, LSU
Cierre Wood, running back, Notre Dame
Robert Woods, wide receiver, USC
Tom Wort, linebacker, Oklahoma

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