Record number of underclassmen to enter draft … As noted in the post below, the NFL is still waiting to hear from a handful of prominent underclassmen with Monday’s deadline for juniors and redshirt sophomores to file paperwork with the league in order to be included in the 2019 draft. However, while we won’t have the final numbers until later in the week, it appears that a record number of underclassmen will be entering this year’s draft. So far, our unofficial count of underclassmen who have announced in one way or another that they will be entering the draft stands at 129, again with a number of still to be heard from. That’s already well above last year’s final total of 117 which was a clear record at the time. The final NFL list which will be released later in the week will be smaller as the GBN list includes all players with eligibility left who are entering the draft, whereas some of those – for example, 6th year seniors who’ve gotten an extra year of eligibility because of an injury – do not technically have to apply to the NFL in the same fashion. In the end, last year, the NFL designated 106 underclassmen in the 2018 draft, the first year the number was over 100.