The 2021 NFL Draft is still a long way out, but the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming college football season has prompted some of the top players around the country to announce their draft intentions early.
Four of the 10 FBS conferences have postponed their seasons with the hope of playing in the spring, including the Big Ten and Pac-12 among the Power Five ranks, while the other six leagues are still planning to play this fall. But numerous players have announced they are opting out of the upcoming season and declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Last year, there were 115 college underclassmen who declared early for the NFL Draft, including 99 players who were granted special eligibility and 32 players who had college eligibility remaining but notified the league that they had fulfilled their degree requirements. That number was down was 135 early entrants in 2018.
Twenty-four underclassmen were selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, including four of the top five overall picks.
The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The first round will take place on April 29, followed by the second and third rounds on April 30 before concluding with the final four rounds on May 1.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the players who have declared for the 2021 NFL Draft along with their respective 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings, listed in alphabetical order.
2021 NFL Draft early entrants
*-Denotes senior who skipped season.
Rashod Bateman | WR | Jr. | Minnesota
247Sports Composite: 4-star | 0.8914 | No. 61 WR | 2018
Caleb Farley | CB | R-Jr. | Virginia Tech
247Sports Composite: 3-star | 0.8781 | No. 27 ATH | 2017
Warren Jackson | CB | Sr. | Colorado State*
247Sports Composite: 3-star | 0.8397 | No. 152 WR | 2017
Jalen Mayfield | OT | Jr. | Michigan
247Sports Composite: 4-star | 0.9062 | No. 16 OT | 2018
Rondale Moore | WR | Jr. | Purdue
247Sports Composite: 4-star | 0.9123 | No. 41 WR | 2018
Micah Parsons | LB | Jr. | Penn State
247Sports Composite: 5-star | 0.9982 | No. 2 WDE | 2018
Gregory Rousseau | DE | R-Soph. | Miami
247Sports Composite: 3-star | 0.8804 | No. 27 WDE | 2018
Rashawn Slater | OT | Sr. | Northwestern*
247Sports Composite: 3-star | 0.8584 | No. 32 OG | 2017
Sage Surratt | WR | R-Jr. | Wake Forest
247Sports Composite: 3-star | 0.8372 | No. 164 WR | 2017
Ambry Thomas | CB | Sr. | Michigan*
247Sports Composite: 4-star | 0.9583 | No. 12 CB | 2017
Jay Tufele | DT | R-Jr. | USC
247Sports Composite: 4-star | 0.9817 | No. 3 DT | 2017
Jaylen Twyman | DT | R-Jr. | Pittsburgh
247Sports Composite: 3-star | 0.8616 | No. 46 DT | 2017
Kary Vincent Jr. | CB | Sr. | LSU*
247Sports Composite: 4-star | 0.9567 | No. 13 CB | 2017