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53 players granted special eligibility for 2010 NFL Draft

The NFL announced Tuesday the names of 53 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 22-24 in New York.

The NFL announced Tuesday the names of 53 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2010 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 22-24 in New York.

The NFL Draft will start in primetime for the first time in 2010. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

Each of the 53 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule, and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 15.

The 53 players this year match the total number that was granted special eligibility in 2008. Last year, special eligibility was granted to 46 players.

2010 NFL Draft early entrants
PlayerPositionCollege
Kevin BaspedDENevada
Arrelious BennWRIllinois
Eric BerryDBTennessee
Jahvid BestRBCalifornia
Navorro BowmanLBPenn State
Sam BradfordQBOklahoma
Dezmon BriscoeWRKansas
Antonio BrownWRCentral Michigan
Dez BryantWROklahoma State
Bryan BulagaOTIowa
Morgan BurnettDBGeorgia Tech
Bruce CampbellOTMaryland
Jimmy ClausenQBNotre Dame
Rennie CurranLBGeorgia
Anthony DavisTRutgers
Carlos DunlapDEFlorida
Jonathan DwyerRBGeorgia Tech
Dominique FranksDBOklahoma
Clifton GeathersDESouth Carolina
Thaddeus GibsonDEOhio State
Jermaine GreshamTEOklahoma
Everson GriffenDESouthern California
Rob GronkowskiTEArizona
Joe HadenDBFlorida
Aaron HernandezTEFlorida
Kareem JacksonDBAlabama
Chad JonesDBLouisiana State
Reshad JonesDBGeorgia
Linval JosephDTEast Carolina
Darius MarshallRBMarshall
Ryan MathewsRBFresno State
Rolando McClainLBAlabama
Gerald McCoyDTOklahoma
Joe McKnightRBSouthern California
Shawnbrey McNealRBSouthern Methodist
Carlton MitchellWRSouth Florida
Joshua MooreDBKansas State
Derrick MorganDEGeorgia Tech
Jerell NortonDBArkansas
Jason Pierre-PaulDESouth Florida
Maurkice PounceyCFlorida
Brian PriceDTUCLA
Dennis RoganDBTennessee
Jevan SneadQBMississippi
Amari SpieveyDBIowa
Golden TateWRNotre Dame
Demaryius ThomasWRGeorgia Tech
Earl ThomasDBTexas
Donovan WarrenDBMichigan
Damian WilliamsWRSouthern California
Mike WilliamsWRSyracuse
Jason WorildsDEVirginia Tech
Major WrightDBFlorida

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