Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eligible Underclassmen Spike Draft Field

The Bucs, who drafted underclassmen in the first round the last two years, saw the 2016 field of prospects grow by nearly 100 when this year's list of eligible underclassmen was released.


The field of potential Tampa Bay Buccaneer draft picks grew by a significant amount on Friday.

The NFL has released its annual list of underclassmen who applied for and were granted special availability for the draft, and as usual it includes many of the players widely considered to be the top prospects. It was a long list, too, with 96 players getting special eligibility, the second-biggest group of underclassmen ever to declare for the draft. There were 98 players granted special eligibility in 2014.

The NFL also announced the names of 11 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements early and notified the league of such in order to become eligible for the draft.

Among the underclassmen who declared for the 2016 draft are Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. The full list is below; don't be surprised if you hear some of those names again when the Buccaneers are making their picks in April. The underclassmen eligibility list released last January included Jameis Winston and Kwon Alexander, both of whom were drafted by Tampa Bay. In addition, second-round pick Donovan Smith had received his degree, like the 11 above, despite having eligibility left.

A photo timeline of Jameis Winston's rookie year with the Buccaneers.

In fact, 18 of the 32 players picked in the first round last year were underclassmen, including seven of the top 10. Another 13 went in the second round. Fifty of the 74 players granted special eligibility last year were drafted.

Tampa Bay's first two picks in the 2014 draft were also underclassmen: wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In 2013 the Bucs used mid-round picks on underclassmen Will Gholston and Akeem Spence, a pair of Big Ten defensive linemen. The last time the Bucs did not draft a single underclassman was 2012.

Here are the 96 underclassmen who have been granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft, as released by the NFL on Friday:

       Player                   Pos.   College

1     Roberto Aguayo    K        Florida State

2     Travis Blanks         LB      Clemson

3     Zac Brooks             RB      Clemson

4     Eric Enderson        P        Delaware

5     Austin Johnson      DT      Penn State

6     Keith Marshall       RB      Georgia

7     Tyvis Powell          DB      Ohio State

8     Noah Spence        DE      Eastern Kentucky

9     Michael Thomas   WR     Ohio State

10   Corey Tindal         DB      Marshall

11   Vincent Valentine            DT        Nebraska

Each of the 96 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 18.

The players granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft:

       Player                         Pos.   College

1     Bralon Addison            WR     Oregon

2     Dominique Alexander            LB  Oklahoma

3     Mackensie Alexander  DB      Clemson

4     Eli Apple                     DB      Ohio State

5     Demarcus Ayers           WR     Houston

6     Peyton Barber             RB      Auburn

7     Vonn Bell                    DB      Ohio State

8     Caleb Benenoch         T        UCLA

9     Andrew Billings           DT      Baylor

10   Dariusz Bladek             G        Bethune-Cookman

11   Joey Bosa                    DE      Ohio State

12   Tyler Boyd                   WR     Pittsburgh

13   Daniel Braverman       WR     Western Michigan

14   Beniquez Brown          LB      Mississippi State

15   Artie Burns                   DB      Miami

16   Kenny Clark                 DT      UCLA

17   Corey Coleman           WR     Baylor

18   Trenton Coles              DB      Duquesne

19   Alex Collins                 RB      Arkansas

20   Maliek Collins              DT      Nebraska

21   Jack Conklin                T        Michigan State

22   Pharoh Cooper            WR     South Carolina

23   Kamalei Correa           DE      Boise State

24   Su'a Cravens               LB      Southern California

25   Elijah Daniel               DT      Murray State

26   Terrell Davis                LB      British Columbia

27   Kevin Dodd                 DE      Clemson

28   Thomas Duarte            TE      UCLA

29   Ezekiel Elliott              RB      Ohio State

30   Leonard Floyd             LB      Georgia

31   Kendall Fuller             DB      Virginia Tech

32   Will Fuller                    WR     Notre Dame

33   Jared Goff                   QB      California

34   T.J. Green                   DB      Clemson

35   David Grinnage           TE      North Carolina State

36   Christian Hackenberg QB      Penn State

37   Vernon Hargreaves      DB      Florida

38   Jerald Hawkins             T        Louisiana State

39   Derrick Henry               RB      Alabama

40   Hunter Henry               TE      Arkansas

41   Willie Henry                 DT      Michigan

42   Rashard Higgins          WR     Colorado State

43   Austin Hooper              TE      Stanford

44   Jordan Howard            RB      Indiana

45   Xavien Howard            DB      Baylor

46   Germain Ifedi              T        Texas A&M

47   Myles Jack                   LB      UCLA

48   Cardale Jones             QB      Ohio State

49   Cayleb Jones               WR     Arizona

50   Chris Jones                  DT      Mississippi State

51   Jayron Kearse              DB      Clemson

52   Denver Kirkland           T        Arkansas

53   Darius Latham             DT      Indiana

54   Kenny Lawler              WR     California

55   Shaq Lawson               DE      Clemson

56   Darron Lee                  LB      Ohio State

57   Roger Lewis                 WR     Bowling Green

58   Steve Longa                LB      Rutgers

59   Paxton Lynch              QB      Memphis

60   Jalin Marshall              WR     Ohio State

61   Alex McCalister           DE      Florida

62   Brett McMakin             LB      Northern Iowa

63   Keanu Neal                 DB      Florida

64   Yannick Ngakoue        DE      Maryland

65   Robert Nkemdiche       DT      Mississippi

66   Marquez North             WR     Tennessee

67   Emmanuel Ogbah       DE      Oklahoma State

68   Paul Perkins                RB      UCLA

69   Joe Powell                  DB      Globe

70   C.J. Prosise                  RB      Notre Dame

71   Jalen Ramsey              DB      Florida State

72   Alex Redmond            G        UCLA

73   Hassan Ridgeway        DT      Texas

74   A'Shawn Robinson      DT      Alabama

75   Demarcus Robinson    WR     Florida

76   Rashard Robinson       DB      Louisiana State

77   Aldrick Rosas               K        Southern Oregon

78   Zack Sanchez             DB      Oklahoma

79   Isaac Seumalo            G        Oregon State

80   Wendell Smallwood    RB      West Virginia

81   Jaylon Smith               LB      Notre Dame

82   Tyrell Smith                T        Massachusetts

83   Ronnie Stanley           T        Notre Dame

84   Kelvin Taylor               RB      Florida

85   Ron Thompson            DE      Syracuse

86   Laquon Treadwell       WR     Mississippi

87   Laremy Tunsil             T        Mississippi

88   Quinn van Gylswyk      K        British Columbia

89   Nick Vigil                     LB      Utah State

90   Cleveland Wallace      DB      San Jose State

91   Dwayne Washington    RB      Washington

92   Stephen Weatherly      LB      Vanderbilt

93   De'Runnya Wilson       WR     Mississippi State

94   Daryl Worley                DB      West Virginia

95   Scooby Wright             LB      Arizona

96   Avery Young                T        Auburn

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