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NFL Draft 2015: A few early entry players are possible Kansas City Chiefs picks

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The number of underclassmen declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft was 98. The number of underclassmen in this year's draft has shrunk down to 74 players, one more than the 2013 NFL Draft class had.

The reason for the change could be the changes in how the NFL gives these players their evaluations. College players can apply to see where the NFL Draft Advisory Board puts them, which used to be the first, second, third or fourth through seventh rounds. Now the NFL Draft Advisory Committee simply gives the player first or second round. The NFL also limits the early entry paperwork from the Advisory Committee to five players per school.

The NFL is trying to get these players to go back to school for as long as possible. That makes the player better on the field and more mature off the field. I'm not big on the idea of telling a capable 21-year old player he can't play in the NFL but I do agree that the college game would be better if they stayed longer.

There are plenty of intriguing names on this list, including WRs Dorial Green-Beckham and Jaelen Strong. Those two have been connected to the Chiefs via mock drafts for a few weeks now. Both ESPN's Mel Kiper and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah (former scout under Andy Reid) sent DGB to the Chiefs with the 18th overall pick. You can bet that any other potential first round receiver will at some point be connected to Kansas City. Stanford OT Andrew Peat is a name that Mocking The Draft has mocked to the Chiefs in the past.

Current list of players to go pro (will be updated)

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame
Easton Wahlstrom, LS, Arizona State
Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane
Max Flores, LB, Northern Colorado
David Irving, DT, Iowa State
Jaquel Pitts, WR, Trinity International
Darien Rankin, LB, North Carolina
Tacoi Sumler, WR, Appalachian State
Zach D'Orazio, WR, Akron
Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California
Charles Gaines, DB, Louisville
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU
Javorius Allen, RB, Southern California
Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon
Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Xavier Cooper, DE, Washington State
Christian Covington, DT, Rice
Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
Stefon Diggs, WR, Mayrland
Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane
Lemar Durant, WR, Simon Fraser
Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State
Durell Eskridge, S, Syracuse
George Farmer, WR, Southern California
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB, Florida
Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan
Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma 
Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston 
Randy Gregory, DE/OLB, Nebraska 
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 
Chris Hackett, S, TCU 
Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia 
Chris Harper, WR, California 
Dee Hart, RB, Colorado State 
Braylon Heard, RB, Kentucky
Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville 
D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida 
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA 
Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU 
Jesse James, TE, Penn State 
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami 
Matt Jones, RB, Florida 
Nigel King, WR, Kansas 
Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers 
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA
Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State 
Patrick Miller, OT, Auburn
Tyler Moore, G, Florida 
Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss 
Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford 
Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington 
Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma 
Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas
Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson 
Jeremiah Poutasi, OT, Utah
Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri 
Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State 
Shaq Roland, WR, South Carolina 
James Sample, S, Louisville 
Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts 
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State 
Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Ohio State 
Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State 
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington 
Max Valles, OLB, Virginia 
Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State 
Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California 
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota 
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State 
Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M 
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

Of those 74, the following 10 players have notified the NFL office that they have graduated and made themselves eligible for the draft:

Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Zach D'Orazio, WR, Akron
Charles Gaines, DB, Louisville
Dee Hart, RB, Colorado State
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Nigel King, WR, Kansas
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Donovan Smith, T, Penn State
Tacoi Sumler, WR, Appalachian State