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2020 NFL draft underclassman declarations

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More than 100 underclassmen already have declared for the 2020 NFL draft, and there are a few more expected to announced their intentions before the deadline, which will be announced by the NFL on Monday, Jan. 20. Some played in their bowl games; others opted not to.

What promises to be a banner class for wide receives has gotten even deeper. Here are the prospects who have declared for the draft, in alphabetical order:

More 2020 NFL draft coverage:
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Position: Running back

Ahmed declares after leading team in rushing as junior


Position: Running back

Akers to skip bowl, enter draft


Position: Cornerback

Arnold, fifth nationally in interceptions, announces for draft


Position: Tight end

Asiasi rides strong finish to season into draft


Position: Cornerback

Canes CB Bandy decides on early entry


Position: Offensive tackle

Becton posts intentions to skip bowl, enter draft


Position: Running back

Benjamin to pass on senior season for draft


Position: Defensive end

Illini sack leader to forgo senior season


Position: Center

ESPN No. 1 center Biadasz will forgo final year for draft


Position: Defensive tackle

Blacklock says he’s ready to chase NFL dream


Position: Wide receiver

Hornung Award winner Bowden declares for draft, will play in bowl


Position: Linebacker/defensive end


Position: Tight end

Bryant posts video saying he will turn pro


Position: Wide receiver

Cephus posts big season, decides to move on to NFL


Position: Outside linebacker

Chaisson will leave school early, enter draft


Position: Offensive tackle

Charles part of seven early entries from LSU


Position: Offensive tackle


Position: Defensive end

Coe cites personal reasons for departing early for NFL


Position: Center

Colon-Castillo thanks coaches, fans and heads to NFL draft


Position: Wide receiver


Position: Safety

Curl to forgo senior season


Position: Center

LSU center joins list of early entries


Position: Running back

Dallas decides to move on to ’20 draft


Position: Cornerback

Dantzler to move on to pros


Position: Wide receiver

Davis says decision to move on to NFL not an easy one


Position: Wide receiver


Position: Wide receiver

Sleeper WR Davis graduates early, eligible for senior all-star games


Position: Safety

Delpit leads cadre of early entries for national champs


Position: Running back

Dillon to pass on bowl, turn pro


Position: Running back

ESPN No. 3 RB Dobbins opts for early entry

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J.K. Dobbins breaks free for a 68-yard touchdown run for the Buckeyes to increase their first-quarter lead.


Position: Quarterback

Top 5 QB Eason leaves Huskies for draft


Position: Running back

Edwards-Helaire joins several teammates in going pro early


Position: Defensive tackle

Underrated Elliott to make jump after just one full year as starter


Position: Defensive end

Highly ranked pass-rusher Epenesa enters draft


Position: Running back

RB Evans makes jump after finishing in top 10 nationally in rushing


Position: Quarterback

ESPN No. 5 QB Fromm elects to enter draft

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Desmond Howard explains that he is surprised but understanding about Jake Fromm entering the NFL draft, and Ryan Leaf voices his support of Fromm’s decision.


Position: Defensive end


Willie Gay Jr., Mississippi State Bulldogs

Position: Linebacker

Despite season cut short by suspension, Gay declares for draft


Position: Safety

Navy transfer Gilman passes on final year at ND for draft


Position: Defensive end

Gross-Matos to enter draft, play in bowl


Position: Running back

“Petey the Jet” decides to test NFL waters


Position: Defensive back

Utes nickelback posts intent to pass up final season


KJ Hamler, Penn State Nittany Lions

Position: Wide receiver

Kiper’s No. 10 WR joins loaded class at position


Position: Cornerback

Baylor transfer Hand will leave Owls early for draft


Position: Cornerback

Highly ranked CB to forgo senior season


Position: Center

Another Owl opts for early-entry route


Position: Wide receiver

Higgins’ early entry adds another gem to WR class


Position: Wide receiver

After ‘long talks with God,’ Hodgins goes pro


Position: Cornerback

Holmes moves on from Bruins, enters draft


Position: Cornerback

Auburn CB passes up final year for ’20 draft


Position: Offensive tackle

Possible first-round OT Jackson decides to go pro


Position: Wide receiver

Syracuse leading receiver Jackson passes up final year


Position: Wide receiver

Jefferson decides to make jump after big season for national champs


Position: Wide receiver

Jeudy, Kiper’s No. 1 WR, says bye to Tide, joins loaded draft


Position: Cornerback

Johnson, school jointly announce his departure for next level


Tony Jones Jr, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Position: Running back

Jones passes on senior year for draft after big bowl game


Position: Tight end

Tight end announces on Twitter it’s time for him to try next level


Position: Offensive guard

Kindley makes it 3 Georgia OL to enter draft early


Cole Kmet, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Position: Tight end

Kmet flips, now will explore NFL draft


Position: Wide receiver

ESPN No. 2 WR Lamb decides to enter draft

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CeeDee Lamb is not only Oklahoma’s star wide receiver and Jalen Hurts’ favorite target, but he serves as a magician on the field with his mind-boggling abilities.


Position: Running back

Leake declares to chase lifelong dream of NFL


Position: Linebacker

Top 5 OLB Lewis leaves Tide to enter draft


Position: Quarterback

ESPN’s No. 7-ranked QB Love enters draft


Position: Defensive end/linebacker


Position: Defensive tackle

Big 12 sack leader Lynch casts lot with NFL


Position: Defensive tackle

ESPN’s No. 4-ranked DT moving on to NFL


Position: Tight end

Markway decides to enter draft


Position: Running back

RB McClease follows 100-yard bowl effort by declaring for draft


Position: Running back

McFarland passes on final two years of eligibility


Position: Quarterback

McDonald opts to pass on senior season to enter draft


Position: Safety

First-team All-SEC McKinney opts for draft


Position: Defensive end

Little-used backup DE enters draft early


Position: Tight end

Moss, Chaisson join early exits for champion LSU


Position: Linebacker

Murray posts video thanking OU coaches and fans, moves on to draft


Position: Offensive guard

Underrated but oft-injured Muti opts for draft


Position: Running back


Position: Cornerback

Top corner Okudah makes choice to turn pro early

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Adrian Martinez’s overthrow is tipped, and Jeff Okudah makes the catch from the turf.


Position: Tight end

ESPN’s No. 6-ranked TE puts name in NFL draft


Position: Tight end

6-foot-7 TE Parkinson makes tough call to leave Stanford


Position: Wide receiver

Peoples-Jones skips senior year to join very deep WR class


Position: Linebacker

LSU leading tackler Phillips opts for draft


Position: Cornerback

Pierre thanks Lane, Monte Kiffin on way into draft


Position: Linebacker

Delpit leads cadre of early entries for national champs


Position: Wide receiver

Reagor joins list of elite WR prospects in 2020 draft


Position: Cornerback

Renfro pens “Dear 12th Man” letter, enters draft


Position: Cornerback

Roberts to forgo senior season for draft


Position: Safety


Position: Wide receiver

Rogers casts name into loaded wide receiver pool


Position: Wide receiver

Speedy Ruggs ranks among Kiper’s top 5 WRs


Cesar Ruiz, Michigan Wolverines

Position: Center

Ruiz passes on senior year to enter ’20 draft


Position: Wide receiver


Position: Cornerback

FSU corner decides to forgo senior season


Position: Cornerback

Scott to forgo final season with Spartans, throw hat in NFL draft


Position: Wide receiver

ESPN’s No. 3-ranked WR Shenault declares for draft


Position: Linebacker

Simmons, top-five prospect, declares for draft


Position: Punter

Aussie punter, 27, moving on to pro game


Position: Safety

Hawkeyes safety passes on senior season for NFL draft


Position: Running back

Swift opts for NFL, could be first RB taken


Position: Quarterback

In midst of rehab, Tagovailoa makes “difficult decision” to move on to pros

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Dabo Swinney has high praise for Tua Tagovailoa and explains why he’d want him on his NFL team.


Position: Running back

Taylor posts intention to enter draft


Position: Running back

After consecutive Doak Walker Awards, Taylor opts for NFL


Tabyus Taylor, Virginia Union Panthers

Position: Running back

Division II RB passes on senior season for NFL dream


Position: Offensive tackle

Thomas enters draft, could be first OL off the board


Position: Wide receiver

Thomas says on Instagram he’s skipping bowl to join ’20 draft


Michael Turk, Arizona State Sun Devils

Position: Punter

Turk to forgo senior season with Sun Devils


Josh Uche, Michigan Wolverines

Position: Linebacker

ESPN’s No. 9-ranked OLB Uche heads to draft


Position: Running back

Warren makes jump after 1,200-yard season


Position: Wide receiver

WR Watkins posts 1,000-yard season, jumps to NFL


Position: Outside linebacker

Weaver, fifth nationally in sacks, passes up senior season for draft


Cody White, Michigan State Spartans

Position: Wide receiver

White joins early-entry list littered with wide receivers


Position: Offensive tackle

Right tackle Wills could be a first-round pick


Position: Offensive tackle

RT Wilson joins pack of Bulldogs entering draft early


Position: Safety

Winfield Jr. passes on final two years to enter draft


Position: Offensive tackle

With possible first-round status, Wirfs chooses to enter draft


Position: Linebacker

Injured Woodward joins Aggies QB Love in draft


Position: Defensive end

Pass-rusher Young enters draft, lock to go top 5


Position: Running back

Young to enter draft rather than explore graduate transfer




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Cowboys’ Jason Witten wants to play in ’20, open to other teams

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FRISCO, Texas — Jason Witten wants to play another season but acknowledged it might have to be with a franchise other than the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think I have to be,” Witten said when asked if he’s open to playing elsewhere. “Obviously I’d love to finish it out here, but some of those things are not in your control.”

Witten said he met with Mike McCarthy not long after McCarthy was named head coach. He has had conversations with owner and general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones.

While Witten said the talks with McCarthy and Jones were great, he added, “We didn’t get into the weeds of my role and what that would look like.”

He said he will have more discussions after next week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis but before free agency begins on March 18.

Witten caught 63 passes for 529 yards and four touchdowns in his return from a one-year hiatus as an analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. He has played 16 seasons for the Cowboys, a franchise record.

“I still feel like I have something to give,” Witten said. “I’ve obviously been on the other side of that in the decision to retire. Yeah, I think coaching is in the future, but I want to play while I can. We’ll see where that takes place. Of course I want it to be with the Dallas Cowboys and I’ll always be a Dallas Cowboy, but I also understand that with all the changes that I might have to go somewhere else.”

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Source — Ex-Panthers TE Greg Olsen joining Seahawks on 1-year deal

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Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to terms on a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday.

Terms weren’t released, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is for one year and worth $7 million, with $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Olsen visited with Buffalo, Seattle and Washington, and he felt most comfortable with the Seahawks, the source said.

Tight end was an area of need for the Seahawks with Will Dissly coming off a ruptured Achilles, his second major injury in as many NFL seasons. Veteran Ed Dickson is a candidate to be released after missing most of his two seasons with Seattle due to injuries. Luke Willson, whom Seattle re-signed after trading Nick Vannett last year, is an unrestricted free agent. Jacob Hollister is a restricted free agent.

Because Olsen was released by Carolina, his addition won’t cost the Seahawks a compensatory pick.

Olsen became a free agent after he and the Panthers mutually agreed to part ways after nine seasons. A three-time Pro Bowl selection who has played 13 NFL seasons, he said he was still interested in playing in the NFL.

Olsen’s cap number for the 2020 season was to be $11,675,000 after he ruled out an extension to lower that number.

After dabbling in broadcasting during some time off, Olsen returned to the field in 2019 to prove that he could still be among the top tight ends in the league. From 2014 to 2016, he became the first tight end in NFL history to have 1,000 yards receiving in three straight seasons.

Olsen, the 31st pick by the Bears in 2007, had 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns this past season. He has 718 career catches for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns.

Olsen, who turns 35 on March 11, holds the Panthers’ franchise record for single-season receiving yards (1,104 in 2015) and receptions (84 in 2014) by a tight end.

ESPN’s David Newton and Brady Henderson contributed to this report.

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Ex-Panthers TE Greg Olsen going to Seahawks

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Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is signing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

The contract includes $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Olsen visited with Buffalo, Seattle and Washington but felt most comfortable with the Seahawks, the source said.

Seattle has a need at tight end with Will Dissly coming off a torn Achilles. In addition, Luke Willson is an unrestricted free agent and Jacob Hollister is restricted. Ed Dickson is a candidate to be released after missing last season with injury.

Because he was cut by Carolina, Olsen won’t cost Seattle a compensatory pick.

Olsen became a free agent after he and the Panthers mutually agreed to part ways after nine seasons. A three-time Pro Bowl selection who has played 13 NFL seasons, he said he was still interested in playing in the NFL.

Olsen’s cap number for the 2020 season was to be $11,675,000 after he ruled out an extension to lower that number.

After dabbling in broadcasting during time off, Olsen returned to the field in 2019 to prove he still could be among the top tight ends in the league. From 2014-16, he became the first tight end in NFL history to have 1,000 yards receiving in three straight seasons.

Olsen, the 31st pick by the Bears in 2007, had 52 catches for 597 yards and two touchdowns this past season. He has 718 career catches for 8,444 yards and 59 touchdowns in his career.

Olsen, who turns 35 on March 11, holds the Panthers franchise record for most receiving yards (1,104 in ’15) and receptions (84 in 2014) in a season by a tight end.

ESPN’s David Newton and Brady Henderson contributed to this report.

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