The NFL announced on Monday that 46 “underclassmen” were granted “special eligibility” for the 2009 NFL Draft.
Second team AP All-America WR Austin Collie of BYU, a junior, announced recently that he was foregoing his senior year and declaring for the draft, but his name was not on today’s list.
It’s not that the NFL isn’t interested in Collie, who’s expected to be a first-day selection. It turns out that Collie — who completed a Mormon mission — graduated high school five years ago. Because of that, he fell into a different classification than the underclassmen announced by the NFL. Collie actually didn’t need to complete any of the paperwork required of the underclassmen.
The NFL will notify all teams by Friday that Austin Collie is eligible for the ’09 NFL Draft.