NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen who can receive evaluations for the draft to five from a single school, although special exceptions will be allowed.
Concerned about the record 107 underclassmen who applied for this year’s draft, and with 37 of them not selected, the league’s College Advisory Committee developed new guidelines for players considering forfeiting their final years of eligibility.
Troy Vincent, the league’s head of football operations, said last week the underclassmen will be advised on their potential to be picked in the first or second round. They also could be advised to stay in school.
Previous assessments dealt with the first through third rounds, and whether a player had no potential of being selected.
Only two schools, LSU and California, had more than five underclassmen in this year’s draft. Six of LSU’s seven players were chosen, while only two of the six from Cal were drafted.
Qualifications for an exception will be taken on a case-by-case basis by the NFL committee.
Vincent emphasized the league is not prohibiting underclassmen from entering the draft.