Underclassmen Who Declared for 1997 NFL Draft

Updated August 28, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Thirty-four players forfeited the remainder of their college eligibility and declared for the NFL draft in 1997. NFL teams drafted 25 underclassmen. Players listed in alphabetical order; first round selections in bold type.

PosDrafted byOverall pick
Reidel Anthony, Florida WRTampa Bay16
Darnell Autry, Northwestern RBChicago105
Ronde Barber, Virginia CBTampa Bay66
Terry Battle, Arizona St. RBDetroit206
Will Blackwell, San Diego St.WRPittsburgh53
Peter Boulware, Florida St.DEBaltimore4
Chris Canty, Kansas St.CBNew England29
Jason Caudill, Ohio U. OTnot selected
Tony Daniels, Texas Tech DEnot selected
Troy Davis, Iowa St.RBNew Orleans62
Corey Dillon, Washington RBCincinnati43
Tony Gonzalez, California TEKansas City13
Yatil Green, Miami-FL WRMiami15
Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech RBAtlanta41
Ike Hilliard, Florida WRNY Giants7
Hudhaifa Ismaeli, Northwestern DBMiami203
Walter Jones, Florida St.OTSeattle6
Kenard Lang, Miami-FL DEWashington17
Tremain Mack, Miami-FLSCincinnati111
LeVance McQueen, Duke LBnot selected
Jamie Nails, Florida A&M OTBuffalo120
Orlando Pace, Ohio St.OTSt. Louis1
Pearce Pegross, Baylor WRnot selected
Trevor Pryce, Clemson DEDenver28
Derrick Rodgers, Arizona St.DEMiami92
Dwayne Rudd, Alabama LBMinnesota20
Darrell Russell, USC DTOakland2
Alex Smith, Indiana RBnot selected
Shawn Springs, Ohio St. DBSeattle3
Maurice Staley, Tennessee WRnot selected
Broderick Thomas, So. Miss. DBnot selected
Rodney Wells, Florida St.DBnot selected
Kenny Wheaton, Oregon DBDallas94
C.J. Williams, Georgia TechRBnot selected

Consensus All-America Team1996-97 SeasonNCAA Division I-AA Final Standings
1997 NCAA College Football Season Overview
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