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2012 NFL Draft: 65 Players Enter Early

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A record number of college football players entered the 2012 NFL Draft early. To be exact, 65 total players went pro despite having some eligibility left. The official list was released by the NFL today, and you can check it out after the jump.

The only two local players on the list are Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy and running back Edwin Baker. Worthy projects to be taken in the first couple of rounds, whereas Baker may not even be drafted. (His decision was very surprising.) Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and cornerback J.T. Floyd both explored going pro before ultimately deciding to return. That was a good move considering neither is really ready for the NFL. Then again, Mel Kiper did shockingly say today that Robinson could be one of the top receivers next year despite never playing the position, so it's all really a crapshoot at this point.

Alvester Alexander, RB, Wyoming

Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State

Mike Ball, RB, Nevada

Jamison Berryhill, RB, Texas

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Michael Brockers, DT, Louisiana State

Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State

Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

Morris Claiborne, DB, Louisiana State

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Tiree Eure, TE, Minnesota

Marcus Forston, DT, Miami

Stephon Gilmore, DB, South Carolina

Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest

Dorian Graham, WR, Syracuse

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Jewel Hampton, RB, Southern Illinois

Cliff Harris, DB, Oregon

Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State

Max Holloway, DE, Boston College

Jayron Hosley, DB, Virginia Tech

Janzen Jackson, DB, McNeese State

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

Aldarius Johnson, WR, Miami

Damaris Johnson, WR, Tulsa

Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

Matt Kalil, T, Southern California

Dre Kirkpatrick, DB, Alabama

Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Terrell Manning, LB, North Carolina State

Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford

Bobby Massie, T, Mississippi

Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

Eric Page, WR, Toledo

Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

Nick Perry, DE, Southern California

Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

Ken Plue, G, Purdue

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana State

Riley Reiff, T, Iowa

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Josh Robinson, DB, Central Florida

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Darrell Scott, RB, South Florida

Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami

Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon

Johnny Thomas, DB, Oklahoma State

Phillip Thomas, DB, Syracuse

Barrett Trotter, QB, Auburn

Vernon Vernon, DE, Miami

Brandon Washington, T, Miami

David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

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