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Clowney, Manziel lead exodus of underclassmen

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SOUTH CAROLINA defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel headline a record number of underclassmen entering the NFL draft heading into Wednesday night's deadline.

At least 90 players who had college eligibility remaining are expected to enter the draft, shattering last year's record number of 73.

"It's a humongous number, so the first reaction is it makes you step back a little bit," said NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. "What I'm hearing is that the agents always have to make the sales pitch to get these to come out. This year, what I've been told is the sales pitch is that all your money right now is coming from the second contract, so you need to come out early so you can get to that second contract a year earlier ... and apparently it's been pretty effective."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 16, 2014 D4

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