2013 NFL Draft: Record number of underclassmen headed for the pros

James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

With the next underclassman to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, this year's class will set the record for most ever to make the jump.

The 65 underclassmen to declare for the 2012 NFL Draft did not last long as an all-time record, as the 2013 NFL Draft will now claim the most ever.

Former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson is the latest underclassman expected to declare for the draft. That brings the total to 67 reported entrants.

According to Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation's latest mock draft, updated on Jan. 7, a number of potential top picks are underclassmen. Missouri Tigers junior defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is projected by Fairburn to be the first underclassman taken, going to the Oakland Raiders with the third overall pick.

With the fourth overall selection, he has the Philadelphia Eagles taking Texas A&M Aggies junior offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. The underclassmen run continues in the mock, with the Detroit Lions picking junior Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner with the fifth pick and the Cleveland Browns selecting another Texas A&M Aggie in defensive end Damontre Moore at No. 6 overall.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft. A full and constantly-updated list of every declared underclassman can be seen right here.

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