D. Bowers - lean and meanThe National Football League announced today the names of 56 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2011 NFL Draft on April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Here is the league’s official release.

The NFL Draft will start in primetime for the second consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 28.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29.  Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 30. The entire NFL Draft will be televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

Each of the 56 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 January 15.

The players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

YearPlayers Granted Special Eligibility YearPlayers Granted Special Eligibility
201156200652
201053200551
200946200443
200853200347
200740200238

The players granted special eligibility for the 2011 NFL Draft:

Player Pos. College
Adams, DarvinWRAuburn
Austin, MarvinDTNorth Carolina
Ayers, AkeemLBUCLA
Baldwin, JonWRPittsburgh
Bowers, Da’QuanDEClemson
Brown, DeAndreWRSouthern Mississippi
Burton, BrandonDBUtah
Casey, JurrellDTSouthern California
Clay, JohnRBWisconsin
Claytor, NickTGeorgia Tech
Cobb, RandallWRKentucky
Dareus, MarcellDEAlabama
Doss, TandonWRIndiana
Evans, DarrenRBVirginia Tech
Fairley, NickDTAuburn
Gabbert, BlaineQBMissouri
Green, A.J.WRGeorgia
Gurley, ToriWRSouth Carolina
Guy, LawrenceDTArizona State
Hamler, JamelWRFresno State
Harper, JamieRBClemson
Harris, BrandonDBMiami
Hill, WillDBFlorida
Houston, JustinLBGeorgia
Hynoski, HenryRBPittsburgh
Ingram, MarkRBAlabama
Jones, JulioWRÁlabama
Keiser, ThomasLBStanford
Leshoure, MikelRBIllinois
Lewis, DionRBPittsburgh
Lewis, JavesDBOregon
Little, GregWRNorth Carolina
Liuget, CoreyDTIllinois
Mallett, RyanQBArkansas
Moore, RahimDBUCLA
Newton, CamQBAuburn
Parr, ZaneDEVirginia
Peterson, PatrickDBLouisiana State
Quinn, RobertDENorth Carolina
Ridley, StevanRBLouisiana State
Rodgers, JacquizzRBOregon State
Rudolph, KyleTENotre Dame
Sands, RobertDBWest Virginia
Sash, TylerDBIowa
Siliga, SealverDTUtah
Smith, AldonDEMissouri
Smith, TorreyWRMaryland
Smith, TyronTSouthern California
Tarrant, JerrardDBGeorgia Tech
Todman, JordanRBConnecticut
Vereen, ShaneRBCalifornia
Watt, J.J.DEWisconsin
Wilkerson, MuhammadDTTemple
Williams, AaronDBTexas
Williams, RyanRBVirginia Tech
Wilson, MartezLBIllinois

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