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NFL puts limits on underclassmen and draft

By Taylor Ellis,

The NFL has decided to limit the number of underclassmen from a college football team allowed to be evaluated for the draft each year to five.

The 2014 NFL draft saw a record number of underclassmen from college football teams, according to Fanatix.com. Out of the record 107 underclassmen in this year’s draft, 37 were not selected by a team.

The league's head of football operations, Troy Vincent, said that underclassmen will be advised on their potential to be drafted in the first two rounds, and could be advised to play another year at college.

"When you look at our accuracy rate, we did a good job evaluating first- and second-round picks," Vincent told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Below - the third, fourth and fifth rounds - a lot of these players were not getting drafted. It's better for these young men to remain a student-athlete for another year."

LSU and Cal were the only schools that had over five underclassmen in the 2014 draft, according to The Associated Press. Six of LSU’s seven were picked, while just two of Cal’s six were.

 
 

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