B.C. back AJ Dillon among 99 NFL Draft early entries

By WEEI 93.7

The NFL announced the official list of early entries for the 2020 Draft on Tuesday.

It’s a group of 99 players led by Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, one of the first names likely to come off the board in the first round come April.

The 99 total early entries is the third-highest number in the last 10 years, although it’s actually down from the previous two drafts. There were 103 early entries a year ago and 106 in 2018.

Other notable names among the 99 early entries include Alabama wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs, Wisconsin record-breaking running back Jonathan Taylor, Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason, LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson, Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm and injured Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa among many others.

Locally, star Boston College running back AJ Dillon is also leaving the Heights a year early to make a run at NFL stardom.

The full list of underclassmen now eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft can be found here.

Sixteen other prospects have already fulfilled their degree requirements and are also eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft, a group that includes highly-touted Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons as well as Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

99 underclassmen have been granted special eligibility for the 2020 NFL Draft and an additional 16 have fulfilled their degree requirements and are also eligible.This is the third straight year the number has decreased -- 4 fewer than last year and 7 off the record set in 2018. pic.twitter.com/Mo5maRxG9s

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The 2020 NFL Draft will take place April 23-25 in Las Vegas.