Last season, Rutgers WR Janarion Grant waited until over six weeks after the season’s end to state publicly that he would be staying in school, rather than giving up his education and entering the NFL draft.
Three players, three red flags
Now, Rutger has at least three players with question marks over them concerning whether they will make themselves eligible for the 2018 draft. Players are unable to speak with the media once the season over, according to athletics department policy.
All three players are rumoured to be edging towards staying for their senior year, despite a lack of any official announcement to date.
How it works
Underclassmen can give their name to the NFL’s College Advisory Committee, which awards a grade from a pure football sense (1st-round, 2nd-round, or stay in school), all presented in a letter to the head coach of the school.
The evaluations aren’t guaranteed to be accurate and it isn’t a requirement that underclassmen submit their name. The deadline for all underclassmen to declare their 2018 Draft eligibility is January 15.
Will they or won’t they?
It remains to be seen whether any of the three players will be playing NFL football next season. But who would bet against them? Although, realistically, betting on the draft is a bit premature when the 2017 season hasn’t even played out yet.
Fortunately, for NFL fans, there’s plenty of action left in the season, especially for those who do enjoy a flutter. The savvier among them will no doubt take advantage of that time by using free bets on offer through such sites as Oddschecker. The site lists a number of the more reputable pages offering free bets on the NFL.
Austin may have been the most primed for early entry into the draft if he had been on the field for the entire season. Unfortunately for the player, the torn ACL that ended his season may also have ended any hope of him being picked before the middle rounds of the draft.
Cole has started 23 of 24 games, protecting the QB’s blind side at LT, twice being named in the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection, and has a stellar reputation as a blocker by Pro Football Focus. His downfall is that he was also among the team’s most penalized players, with a number of them costing the team.
Washington was the team’s leading receiver with 282 yards and 28 receptions, after catching just one ball at the University of Miami. However, despite making a couple of acrobatic stretches to pin the ball to various body parts, he wasn’t a regular red-zone target and scored only a single touchdown.