96 players, including Alabama RB Henry, early draft entries
NEW YORK - Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry is among 96 players granted early entry into the NFL draft.
Henry is one of two players from national champion Alabama given permission to enter the draft despite not being a senior. His Crimson Tide teammate, defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson, also is on the eligible list for the draft this spring.
The 96 players are the second most that have been granted early entry for the last 10 drafts. Two years ago, 98 players got the go-ahead. Last year, it was 74.
The NFL also gave clearance to enter the draft to 11 others who have graduated with eligibility. That list includes two members of national runner-up Clemson: linebacker Travis Blanks and running back Zac Brooks.