Thanks to the extra COVID year of eligibility granted by the NCAA following the 2020 season, schools and universities have listed their athletes under differing descriptions. Some decided to automatically advance their players to the next season despite the free year of eligibility. In contrast, others decided to keep their athletes in the same year of eligibility they were in following the 2021 season.
Thankfully, we’re almost past the COVID classes affecting eligibility.
To avoid confusion in our NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker, we’ve decided to track all the decisions from any player who has either accepted an invitation to an All-Star game following the season or has publically declared their intent to enter the draft or return to school. We’ve also listed them by their appropriate year/class as stated on their respective school roster page.
That means you’ll see a “sophomore declaring for the draft” when this is a third-year player or even a “redshirt senior declaring for the draft” because that player may still have a free year of eligibility to use.
Unlike 2022, when a special declaration deadline was set, this year’s 2024 NFL Draft declaration deadline has been set in stone. All underclassmen willing to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft must apply for Special Eligibility with the NFL by January 15, 2024.
For the first time, underclassmen are eligible to participate in the 2024 East-West Shrine Game and 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
A list of all underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2024 NFL Draft will then be sent out to all 32 NFL teams on January 20, 2024.