The NFL will limit the number of underclassmen from a college football team that can be evaluated for the draft each year to five.
A record number of underclassmen from college football teams entered the 2014 NFL draft, and 37 out of the 107 who left school early were not selected by a team. The NFL has decided to take action to prevent this kind of outbreak from happening again.
Troy Vincent, the head of football operations, said that players will be advised on whether they will be taken in the first two rounds or whether they should play out their final seasons of college eligibility.
The highest number of underclassmen to declare for the draft came from LSU and Cal, who had seven and six respectively. LSU had six of their underclassmen get drafted, but only two of Cal’s were picked.
Running back Brendan Bigelow was one of the Cal underclassmen to go undrafted. Tight end Richard Rodgers was the first Cal player to be selected in the draft as the Green Bay Packers picked him in the third round.
LSU had two key wide receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, get taken in the first two rounds after declaring early. Beckham was taken 12th overall by the New York Giants.